On Tuesday night, social media titan Twitter filed an amended S-1 with the SEC, further setting the stage for what looks like a hugely successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange this November.
Let's get right to the important stuff. The big news is that Twitter's advertising revenue growth accelerated to 123% from 113% last quarter. That matters because the most obvious... » more
Where Apple stands in the smartphone market is clear: The iPhone is the one to beat. It's simultaneously a leader in specs and a vanity status symbol. The high end is its territory.
So when shoppers were given the choice between the latest iPhone and the ever so slightly cheaper iPhone 5C, they decided to go big or go home.
Data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows... » more
Samsung likes software.
Anyone who bought the Galaxy S4 already knows this; the handset comes loaded with proprietary software.
There’s eye tracking, advanced touch functionality, and an enterprise package called Knox. There’s also a custom camera app, a TV remote app, a workout app, a travel app, a translation app ... the list goes on and on.
So really, last week’s Wall Street... » more
It was one happy day on Wall Street yesterday, and the happiest of all were investors in Best Buy. Its shares jumped 6.5%, closing at $39.04, making it the day’s top gainer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
Moreover, a look at the reasons for that enthusiasm could spread some cheer well beyond Best Buy.
Best Buy was the focus of two new analyst reports, both reporting greater demand... » more
Could it be that the most interesting battle in technology is not Apple versus Google, but rather Microsoft versus its long-standing hardware partners?
Yesterday at the company's analyst meeting, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman acknowledged the growing heat with Microsoft, saying, "Current, long-term HP partners, like Intel and Microsoft, are increasingly becoming outright competitors."
Now... » more
There’s no doubt tech companies believe wearable devices are a big part of the future of personal computing. Just ask Google, who spent untold research and development dollars on Glass, or Intel with its big investment in rival Recon Instruments, the Canadian outfit that brought the world’s first Heads-Up Display to market.
Motorola just patented a gaze-tracking and mood-detecting armband,... » more
The Alliance for Affordable Internet sounds like one of those high-minded but futile ideas that go nowhere, slowly.
But then again, maybe it’s not. And the stakes are so high, for both the technology industry and for Civilization with a capital "C," that it’s got to be worth a try.
More than a billion people, about 60% of the world’s population, still lack access to the Internet.... » more
The tech industry can’t be trusted on privacy. That’s the message we’re getting these days – the one we see in headlines about Google Glass and Prism, and in ad campaigns like Microsoft’s “Scroogled.”
We experience it firsthand when targeted advertisements pop up in our news feed or our search results, and when our photos become the stuff of web commercials. Browser cookies, webmail... » more
Yesterday afternoon, Twitter filed its S-1 with the SEC and that means planet Earth is about to be hit with the biggest IPO since Facebook's ill-fated baptism in 2012.
So let's get right to it -- here's what investors need to know about his deal:
Twitter learned a lot from the Facebook mess
First things first -- Twitter seems to have learned from Facebook's IPO debacle, which was... » more
Can money buy Microsoft some smartphone love?
And why is Samsung trying to game benchmark tests?
These, my friends, are the questions that tech investors should be asking themselves this week while waiting for Twitter's highly anticipated IPO filing to drop.
So let's get down and explore the dark side of smartphone growth strategies.
Microsoft's Mobile Pickle
As it... » more