UPDATE: Apple Introduces Redesigned iPad Air And iPad Mini

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 10:48am PDT

Apple‘s share price fell right after CEO Tim Cook closed today’s new product event without a major surprise such as an update to the Apple TV or an iWatch. We’ll see whether investors … Read More »

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Will Nielsen’s New Mobile TV Viewing Ratings Plan Satisfy Skeptics?

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 6:32pm PDT

Advertising and network execs say that they’ve already waited too long for the ratings colossus to figure out how to measure the growing number of people who watch TV shows on smartphones and tablets. No surprise, then, that many clients — and investors — are eager to hear the details next week when, according to the Wall Street Journal and Variety, Nielsen will disclose plans to start measuring mobile viewing in fall 2014. Some answers may depend on Nielsen’s negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission to win its approval for the company’s $1.26B deal to buy Arbitron. Nielsen said that Arbitron has assets that could help with out-of-home measurements, including the Portable People Meter that enables networks led by ESPN to account for viewers who aren’t planted in front of the living room TV. Read More »

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Apple Wins Last-Minute Reprieve To Sell Older iPhones And iPads

By | Saturday August 3, 2013 @ 2:06pm PDT

Apple would have had to stop importing and selling the iPad 1 and 2 for AT&T and the iPhone 4 for AT&T and T-Mobile, among other products, if U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Read More »

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Hooked Digital Media Launches; Will Produce Original Filmed Content For Apps

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Neal Edelstein (Mulholland Dr., The Ring, The Invisible) and his Hooked Digital Media partners have their sights on the future of content consumption. They’re banking on it moving to the micro-screen. Their new digital … Read More »

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Apple Unveils 128GB Version Of iPad 4

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 7:08am PST

They’ll have twice the maximum space of the current fourth-generation iPads, but they’re not for bargain hunters: The Wi-Fi-only model of the new 128GB iPad will carry a suggested retail price of $799, while the ones that also … Read More »

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Will Apple Shares Fall Below $500 Today?

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 8:12am PST

That’s a real possibility, and a potential milestone for a three-month period during which the consumer electronics company has declined more than 28% from its 52-week high of $705. Apple‘s down about 1% in early trading today to $506, the lowest it’s been since February. Investors fear that iPhone 5 sales are short of expectations following reports, including several last week, that Apple has cut orders from its suppliers. That’s one reason Citi just downgraded Apple to “neutral” from “buy,” and cut the price target to $575 from $675. Although the reports from suppliers are “inconclusive,” analyst Glen Yeung says that they “bring into question the strength of iPhone 5 and refocus investors onto risks in the Apple story.” The company tried to reassure the market today, disclosing that it has sold more than 2M iPhone 5s in China in the three days after its December 14 launch there. “iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever,” it says. Read More »

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Microsoft Surface Vs. Apple iPad

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 9:58pm PST

Watch who comes out ahead in this parody matchup:

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Apple Moves 3M iPads Over Weekend, But Doesn’t Break Out iPad Mini Number

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 10:26am PST

I suspect that Apple would have said something if it sold 1.5M or more iPad Minis. That was the top of the widely cited target range for sales that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Read More »

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UPDATE: Apple Introduces iPad Mini And A More Powerful iPad

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 10:26am PDT

Apple iPad Mini AnnoucementUPDATED: Apple‘s new iPad Mini enters the ring against small-sized tablets including Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. But it doesn’t appear to deliver a knock-out punch. Indeed, the price of Apple shares fell during the roll-out presentation, and are down about 2% in mid-afternoon trading. Apple says the iPad Mini’s 7.9-inch screen compares to the 9.7 inch screen for its larger iPads. The company says the total screen area is 35% larger than the 7-inch screen rivals. But iPad Mini’s screen resolution is 1024 X 768 — which means it’s not as sharp as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. The iPad Mini is 7.2 mm thick, about 25% thinner than the latest iPad. It weights 0.68 pounds. All of the software for the iPad will work on the Mini, unchanged. The iPad Mini has an A5 processor, FaceTime HD camera in front and 5MP iSight camera in back. Beginning November 2, models with 16 GB of storage and communicate via WiFi will sell for $329 (a higher price than the Google and Amazon competitors) with 32GB versions for $429 and 64 GB $529. Two weeks later, iPad Minis with 4G cellular communications will go for $459, $559 and $659.

Meanwhile Apple may infuriate consumers who bought the new iPad introduced in March: The company just announced a fourth-generation model with a more powerful processor and the new Lightning connector. Price starts at $499 with 16GB of storage. Read More »

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Will Apple Unveil The iPad Mini On Tuesday?

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 8:37am PDT

Sure looks that way based on the company’s press invitation to an October 23 meeting at San Jose’s California Theater. Per usual, Apple‘s keeping everything secret. But the note says that “We’ve got a little more to show you.” … Read More »

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Disney CFO Says Ads Are Coming To ESPN Streams To Apple Devices

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 12:57pm PDT

Video programmers have been eagerly waiting for technicians to figure out how to present their ads to millions of iPad and iPhone users. And they’ve finally done it. “In the near future, by the end of this month, you will … Read More »

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Apple Will Drop YouTube App From iOS 6, Possibly Clearing The Way For Mobile Ads

By | Monday August 6, 2012 @ 3:02pm PDT

iPhone and iPad owners who like to watch YouTube videos may soon have to deal with commercials. Apple said today that its license to carry the YouTube app has expired, which means it won’t come pre-loaded with iPhones and … Read More »

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Google Expected To Unveil Its Own Tablet

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 5:52am PDT

Google TabletThis is one of the most interesting stories circulating before the opening today in San Francisco of the Google I/O conference for developers. It seems the search giant will pose a more direct challenge to Amazon’s Kindle Fire … Read More »

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Microsoft Getting Into Tablet Game, Unveils iPad Rival Surface

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 4:35pm PDT

Microsoft Surface TabletThe business media rumor mill can be put to rest. Microsoft made it official today with the unveiling of its Microsoft Surface Windows 8 tablet. Windows president Steve Sinofsky said today at … Read More »

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Tablet TV Viewing Passes Computers As Second-Screen Pick: Study

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 2:16pm PDT

Tablet computer devices like Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook have replaced laptop and desktop computers as the preferred second-screen alternate to television for watching full-length TV, according to the results of a … Read More »

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Apple Shares Crack $600 As Initial iPad Sales Pass 3M

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT

Apple iPadApple-mania will fade at some point. But not yet. The company’s stock was up 2.7% today to close at $601.10 — its highest closing price ever, and up 81.8% over the last 12 months. Much of today’s bump … Read More »

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Will iPad-mania Push Apple Over $600?

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 9:18am PDT

The watch is on after shares this morning briefly crossed that milestone marker,  setting a new high for Apple. Although the company’s market value is up more than 46% so far in 2012, several analysts say they still expect it to grow with … Read More »

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Will Feds Challenge Apple And Publishers’ E-Book Pricing Arrangement?

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 12:11pm PST

Apple AntitrustIt could be a fascinating anti-trust case according the details reported by The Wall Street Journal. The paper says that the Justice Department is gearing up to sue Apple and five top publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins — for conspiring to fix e-book prices around 2010 when the tech company introduced its iPad. The group allegedly wanted to end Amazon’s practice of selling e-books for a deeply discounted $9.99, part of the company’s strategy to promote sales of its Kindle e-readers. Hoping to loosen Amazon’s grip on the market, and help its new iPad, Apple encouraged publishers to stop selling books wholesale — which enabled retailers to set the selling price– and to adopt a so-called “agency model.” That empowers publishers to set the sales price, and pay retailers a fee of about 30%. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he told publishers “the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want any way.” He added that Read More »

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Apple’s New iPad Seen As Only Small Step Forward For Digital Infotainment

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 3:42pm PST

New iPad 3We may have to wait for Apple to unveil its much-rumored and allegedly revolutionary television set, or even the next iteration of the iPhone, in order to see how the tech giant hopes to rock the infotainment world. That’s because, at first glance, Hollywood execs and analysts say that the new iPad is virtually a non-event: It says more about Apple’s desire to protect its share of tablet sales from rivals including Amazon and Samsung — or upcoming devices built around Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system — than it does about any plan to shake up media. “There’s nothing game-changing” about it, says one Hollywood exec. To be sure, people say that iPad’s new HD screen and 4G broadband should improve the video-watching experience for consumers. The enhancements also will help iPad to remain the supplemental device of choice. “It will accelerate the development of the dual screen world, and the end of the set-top box” as pay TV providers try to shift TV control capabilities to tablets, says independent analyst Chris Dixon. But the updated tablet is still dinged as being Read More »

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