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Microsoft’s Four Biggest Problems Microsoft’s Four Biggest Problems

The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Rettinger | August 1, 2014 | Huffintonpost.com | Where is Microsoft headed in the next three to five years? Will it continue to slog along, as it has been for the past several years, riding its PC legacy and expanding its footing in the cloud, while its market is increasingly defined by business users instead of consumers? With Satya Nadella now at the wheel, it's clear that Microsoft is looking for a new direction. ... Read More

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What Will it Take to Get People to Buy New iPads? What Will it Take to Get People to Buy New iPads?

The following is an excerpt from Scott Stein | April 24, 2014 | cnet.com | What does the iPad need next? Maybe nothing, and that's the biggest challenge of all. My wife uses an iPad 2. She's happy with it. The iPad 2 came out in early 2011. There's nothing wrong with it, really. In fact, Apple just took it off the market earlier this year. That's the problem with iPads: they're stable, polished, and don't change all that much. That's great for ... Read More

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Asian Stock Index Fluctuates as Sharp Falls, Telcos Rise Asian Stock Index Fluctuates as Sharp Falls, Telcos Rise

The following is an excerpt from Adam Haigh | April 13, 2014 | Bloomberg.com | Asia’s benchmark stock index swung between gains and losses as raw-material companies declined and Sharp Corp. slumped, while telecommunications shares advanced. Sharp slumped 8.4 percent in Tokyo after the supplier of displays for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad said its considering ways to increase capital. Nippon Meat Packers Inc. rose 3.3 percent as UBS AG advised buying the Japanese shares. Rio Tinto Ltd. sank 0.7 percent in ... Read More

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Sony Quits the PC Business. Good! Sony Quits the PC Business. Good!

The following is an excerpt from Jared Newman | February 6, 2014 | Time.com | Sony is officially giving up on laptops and desktops, announcing plans to sell its Vaio PC business to a Japanese investment group. More interesting than the sale itself is the way it’s going to happen. Instead of just picking up where Sony left off, a new company formed by Japan Industrial Partners will drastically scale back operations after the deal goes through next month. At first, the ... Read More

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Apple Bets on Burberry Chief to Burnish Retail Shine Apple Bets on Burberry Chief to Burnish Retail Shine

The following is an excerpt from Poornima Gupta and Guy Faulconbridge | October 15, 2013 | Reuters.com | (Reuters) - Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts rebuilt the British luxury brand after excessive exposure of its trademark checkered pattern alienated wealthy clientele. Her approach was to embrace digital innovation, build a strong online business, and tap Chinese and Latin American markets. Now Apple Inc is hoping she can do the same at the world's most valuable technology company. In hiring Ahrendts to direct strategy, expansion ... Read More

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Allowing More IPad Use in Flight Recommended by FAA Group Allowing More IPad Use in Flight Recommended by FAA Group

The following is an excerpt from Todd Shields | September 27, 2013 | Bloomberg.com | The days of keeping the iPad or Kindle off while a commercial flight is under 10,000 feet could end if U.S. aviation authorities heed an advisory panel. Airline passengers should be allowed to read e-books, send e-mail and browse websites throughout flights of Wi-Fi equipped planes, including during takeoff and landing, an advisory committee to the Federal Aviation Administration has concluded, a person familiar with panel’s work ... Read More

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Obama Administration Vetoes Apple Product Ban Obama Administration Vetoes Apple Product Ban

The following is an excerpt from Mike Isaac | August 3, 2013 | allthingsd.com | The Obama administration on Saturday issued a veto on a proposed potential ban on a number of Apple products in the United States, including some iPhones and iPad devices. “After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group…I have decided to disapprove the USITC’s determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation,” ... Read More

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Microsoft Drops Price of Surface RT Tablet to $350 Microsoft Drops Price of Surface RT Tablet to $350

The following is an excerpt from JOANNA STERN | July 15, 2013 | abcnews.go.com | After 10 months of being on the market, Microsoft is shaving approximately $150 off the price of its Surface RT tablet. The tablet, the first to be made by the company, will be priced at approximately $350, down from $499. The keyboard, which Microsoft has marketed as being a key differentiator from the iPad, will still be sold separately for about $100. "We've been seeing great success with pricing ... Read More

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Apple’s iOS 7: The iPhone and iPad are Changing Everything … Again Apple’s iOS 7: The iPhone and iPad are Changing Everything … Again

The following is an excerpt from Rosa Golijan | June 10, 2013 | msnbc.com | On Monday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote event and plenty of product announcements — which included iOS 7. This new version of Apple's popular mobile operating system has a totally redesigned look and hundreds of new features, making your ol' iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch feel brand-spanking new. "iOS 7 is the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of ... Read More

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The iPhone Could Have Been the ‘Mobi’ or ‘Telepod’ The iPhone Could Have Been the ‘Mobi’ or ‘Telepod’

The following is an excerpt from Daniel Bean | March 5, 2013 | abcnews.go.com | We knew the iPhone could have looked different, but what if it had never been called the iPhone at all? How about the Mobi, Telepod — or even iPad? This was the topic of discussion at a recent event at the University of Arizona’s Department of Marketing. Ken Segall, a former advertising creative director with Apple, was the one who spilled the beans, according to 9to5Mac. Segall ... Read More

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