Apple’s Banner Year Is 2011 — with Verizon Wireless


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It’s a forgone conclusion that Apple (AAPL) has been the savior of AT&T (T) for the past few years. Little did any of the wireless companies know that Apple’s various iPhone models would change the face of the wireless phone industry and sell millions and millions.

And the thing just turned three years old. Is there pent-up demand, though, to use the iPhone on different networks than AT&T (at least, in the U.S.)?

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GM and Ford to Compete for the More Connected Car


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While Ford Motor (F) has been busy integrating the Sync hands-free entertainment system into many of its passenger car lines in recent years, most other auto manufacturers have been late to the game. That is, until now. After all, we’re all connected 24/7 by laptops, netbooks, iPads, iPhones and other smartphones — why should the car be any different?

The voice-activated music and wireless phone technology already exists in $500 smartphones — why aren’t automakers taking a lead in integrating more tech into vehicles? That’s a question Ford answered years ago and GM is just now — after a tumultuous few years — finally realizing.

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GM and Ford to Compete for the More Connected Car originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Best Buy to Resell Clearwire’s Mobile Broadband


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Now that Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) has made mobile a clear strategic priority for the largest consumer electronics retailer in the U.S., why not private label a broadband internet service and sell it? That’s precisely what Best Buy is doing with Clearwire Corporation (CLWR), as it is taking the latter’s 4G wireless nationwide network and branding its “Best Buy Connect” with that network.

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Microsoft’s Ballmer: Tablet Computers a Top Issue for Us


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After watching Apple, Inc. (AAPL) jet past them in market capitalization last month, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has to be wondering what will come next — more quarterly revenue? While that didn’t happen with the latest set of financials, Redmond is probably asking “not if, but when.” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, although dismissive of the Apple iPad originally, has seen his rival now sell more then three million of them.

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Dell Places Some Bets on ‘Cloud Gaming’


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Dell logoDell’s (DELL) lack of good press these days centers around what could be considered a tired game of “me too” in the consumer electronics business combined with the relatively banal business of corporate IT. Even so, the Round Rock, Tex., company has its head in the clouds in a good way.

Dell’s bet in the clouds is part of a strategy to revive its stock price from the doldrums of sub-$20s it has languished in for years. While keeping its status quo in the PC and server business — and losing some of its shirt to HP (HPQ) and Acer — the company needs to lead in a hit area. Selling a billion or so in goods for high-end server farms specifically targeting the delivery and interaction of high-tech games to game addicts seems like a great area to target.

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Dell Places Some Bets on ‘Cloud Gaming’ originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google’s Trading Floor Is a Huge Competitive Advantage


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Google GOOG logoGoogle’s (GOOG) investments have amassed to over $26 billion in cash. With a stockpile like that — in the area of what Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) have on hand — one cannot let an amount like that sit under the mattress.

Google, as it turns out, has a team of investment analysts that spend all day ensuring Google’s cash hoard return a good rate. With a Google trading floor now in existence, you can bet Google’s cash and short-term investments are adding up a return greater than a Bank of America (BAC) annual CD.

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Google’s Trading Floor Is a Huge Competitive Advantage originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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What Is Yahoo! — And Where Is It Going?


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Yahoo! YHOO logoAlthough indoctrinated Yahoo! (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz is a sharp-tongued devil when it comes to dealing with the media, sometimes that is not a good thing.

Bartz was recently asked what Yahoo! was. Take a deep breath:

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Does TiVo Have What It Takes to Survive After Another Quarterly Loss?


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TiVo Inc. (TVO) has been desperately trying to find as many strategies as possible to ensure it stays the household name among the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) market. From a marketing perspective, the term “DVR” trumping the term “tivo” could signal the television recording pioneer’s downfall. Based on its latest quarterly numbers, it may already be happening.

For the fifth time in a row, TiVo recorded a quarterly loss. This after just announcing the TiVo Premiere product that intends to integrate television/cable/satellite with web-based video content and give the customer a single interface for all their video. Problem #1: it’s $300 — quite a wallop. Problem #2: the competition is heating up fast. What does TiVo intend to do about it? If it can’t make money on its hardware and subscribers are being lost to competing DVR services on cable and satellite networks, there’s darkness on the horizon.

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Does TiVo Have What It Takes to Survive After Another Quarterly Loss? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 28 May 2010 16:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple’s Moment: Market Cap Leaps Past Microsoft’s for First Time


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Appple (AAPL) has never been worth more than rival Microsoft (MSFT). Although the brand equity in Apple is at an all-time high and it can’t make its newer products fast enough, Microsoft’s continuing bankroll every quarter from software licensing has trumped just about every other computer company (hardware and software) for years. Microsoft’s consumer electronics products (except for maybe the Xbox 360) have never had the cache or consumer love factor as Apple’s products. And, it finally happened: Apple’s market cap bypassed Microsoft’s this week.

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GM to Use Google Services in the New Chevy Volt


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General Motors continues to recover from a disastrous 2008 and 2009, and in that respect its latest quarterly numbers indicate it is partially on the way to becoming a consistent profit maker. But, it has a very long road ahead. In converting more shoppers into buyers and taking away from the competition, the automaker will be teaming up with Google Inc. (GOOG) to offer more in-car technology in combination with its existing OnStar service.

Ford Motor Company (F) has had a relationship with Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) for in-car entertainment and calling for years now, so it’s good to see GM finally step up its game. It still has a way to go in keeping up with Ford’s continual technology announcements, but a partnership with the largest internet brand is a good start. Google will provide its Google Maps navigation product directly onto the OnStar product, and it will initially debut on the upcoming Chevy Volt electric vehicle.

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GM to Use Google Services in the New Chevy Volt originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 20 May 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yahoo! Snaps Up Associated Content, Adds Freelance Content to Its Network


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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is continuing its transformation from an old-school internet portal to a destination for all types of original and unique content — along with all the ad inventory that also brings. Its latest prize: the announced acquisition of Associated Content — a network with 380,000 content contributors.

Yahoo! will now have a small army — make that a large one — of freelance contributors that should help spice up Yahoo!’s content offerings across the board. This follows along the lines of the social media explosion in the last 18 months; Yahoo!’s staple of offering news and content from an array of professional publishers is no longer sufficient. The $100 million it will cost to add Associated Content under its fold will most likely come back in less than two years in ad sales from that network alone. This is a smart play By Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, but the market did not agree, pushing down YHOO shares every day since the announcement this week.

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Target Joins Walmart in Expanding Electronics, Video Game Categories


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Target TGT logoNow that Walmart (WMT) has again renewed its chase to merchandise consumer electronics on the level of leader Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT) is saying that it, too, will be expanding the electronics and videogame sections of its stores to the tune of 30%. Is this another “me too” announcement from Target, or does it have the gall to try and chase Walmart, let alone present consumer electronics (and get the sell-through) as good as Best Buy?

Video games are a no-brainer: very little shelf space for the amount of product and the markup is quite nice. Although this category has flopped a bit recently, it’s still lucrative for mass retailers. But Target can’t be left behind, either. In 2009, many of its customers flocked back to bargain-basement Walmart to save money as the recession turned everyone into penny-pinchers. Walmart gained; Target, no so much.

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Target Joins Walmart in Expanding Electronics, Video Game Categories originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 18 May 2010 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple Counsel: iPhone 4G Leak to Result in ‘Huge Loss’ in Sales


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Apple AAPL logoIt seems like the consumer electronics sector is intensely focused on Apple’s (AAPL) impending fourth-generation iPhone release that is sure to come out of next month’s Apple developer conference. There is only one problem: the unannounced iPhone has already been exposed to the world for quite a while now.

Will Apple see financial harm from what may be the biggest product leak in its history?

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Wal-Mart Going After Best Buy’s Gadget-Obsessed Crowd, Again


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Although Wal-Mart Stores, Inc’s (WMT) has been trying to catch up with Best Buy Co., Inc.’s (BBY) hold on the consumer electronics market for over a few years now, perhaps the world’s largest discount chain is finally getting serious.

In 2008, Wal-Mart re-invented the way it displayed flat-panel televisions to try and merchandise them in a manner consistent with the pure consumer electronics players — like Best Buy and the now-defunct Circuit City. That was a good start — but other gadgets — to this day — still are not merchandised as well as consumer electronics chains.

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Wal-Mart Agrees to $86 Million Settlement with Former Employees


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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) will be paying $86 million as the result of a class-action lawsuit in regards to back wages owed to California employees who left the company only to see built-up benefits apparently vaporize into thin air.

The amount is a small one for the retailing behemoth, and the retailer did not admit to not paying those back wages to some 232,000 former employees. The case, filed in 2006, claimed that back wages were either delayed beyond the amount allowed by state law or weren’t provided at all to these former employees. The company had already settled another lawsuit in 2008 over similar issues for a total of $640 million.

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Hewlett-Packard Committed to Scaling Palm Purchase: Enter Google


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When Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) stunned the consumer electronics and mobile market back in April by announcing that it would buy handheld device pioneer Palm for $1.5 billion, many jumped in to say that HP was just playing catch-up to Dell (DELL), which has its own mobile device strategy, and various hardware and mobile PC makers. After all, HP lacked a cohesive mobile and tablet computer product line and strategy — two areas that are red-hot in the consumer sector. Was this a smart move for HP?

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Amazon’s Long-Term Kindle Strategy: Make It Available on Any Device


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When Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) launched the Kindle e-reading device in 2008, its grand vision was to transition physical books into more easily distributable and cheaper book downloads, but keep the experience the same as the newsprint in many books we all know and love. Unfortunately, Amazon knew that more competitors would inevitably show up to challenge it. The latest: Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPad device.

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Sprint Nextel Goes for Broke: Introduces the Lowest Prepaid Plan in the Industry


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sprint logoSprint Nextel (S), which has been bleeding valuable contract wireless customers for well over a year now, continues trying to find a leadership position — any leadership position — and it is banking (again) on the growth in prepaid wireless to salvage its future. After it’s acquisition of Virgin Mobile earlier this year, the company is set to introduce a $25 “Beyond Voice” that will give prepaid customers 300 minutes and all the messaging and data they can eat.

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Dell Tops in Medical Field IT Services Marketshare


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Dell (DELL) hasn’t seen its light shine very brightly in the eyes of the market recently. It makes billions in revenue every quarter, and continues to compete well in the computer commodity field. But isn’t as exciting as what Mark Hurd is doing over at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and is now in third place globally behind Acer in PC shipments after being knocked from the top spot several years ago by HP. Is Dell a boring company? Far from it; it’s just not seen as being innovative, even with the world’s thinnest laptop and a new swath of high-tech smartphones.

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Is Apple Trying to Be More Like Google?


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With Apple, Inc. (AAPL) continuing to set the consumer electronics world on fire, it’s a problem every company would love to have. Apple, at the top of its game from just about every angle, is timing its product launches in almost every category to capture the hearts and minds of consumers all over the globe. Its stock price and quarterly revenue prospects reach new heights on a monthly basis it seems. Thus, it is hard to believe that, in half a decade, one of Apple’s core businesses may no longer exist as it does today.

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