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Posted On February 22, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Here’s Why Apple Won’t Be The Next Microsoft

Here’s Why Apple Won’t Be The Next Microsoft Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes recently downgraded Apple stock stock from “overweight” to “equal weight” with a $570 price target. Ben Reitzes told investors that Apple will end up being the next Microsoft. This has prompted Mark Rogowsky of Forbes to pen an excellent rebuttal of the concerns Ben Reitzes raised. “While it’s certainly challenging to predict the future of Apple’s share price, it’s fairly easy to eviscerate the facile argument presented by Barclays (and elsewhere) concerning Apple,” Mark Rogowsky said. “In telling investors to “step aside,” analyst Ben Reitzes saysRead More
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Posted On January 13, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

iOS vs Android: Both Google and Apple Have Won

Benedict Evans recently posted this tweet: ”I am rapidly losing interest in ‘iOS versus Android‘ as a discussion. Both Google and Apple have won.” This reminds me of Steve Jobs‘s keynote at Macworld Boston 1997. After announcing a new partnership with Microsoft (to jeers from the audience), Jobs said: Replace “Microsoft” with “Google” and the same is true today. For Apple to win, Apple has to do a really go job. In an excellent piece, Jay Yarrow describes how Apple continues to excel despite reports of the company’s imminent demise. Jay Yarrow: SourceRead More
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In a note to investors, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund (via BusinessInsider) suggest that Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties. According to Sherlund, Android revenue has a 95% margin, helps Microsoft masked failings in other areas such its mobile and Xbox divisons. Sherlund estimates that Microsoft is losing nearly $2.5 billion on Skype, Xbox, and Windows Phone. Of that, $2 billion in losses are attributable to the Xbox platform, the report said. Investors are blind to Xbox’s struggles, says Sherlund, because they are “concealed by the hugelyRead More
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Posted On November 7, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Forbes: Apple Is The Most Valuable Brand In The World

Forbes: Apple Is The Most Valuable Brand In The World Forbes has ranked Apple Inc. as the most valuable brand in the world in their latest survey. Apple has seen off the likes of Microsoft (2), Coca Cola (3) IBM (4) and Google (5) to win the prestigious prize. Samsung was 9th on the list. Apple has been the most valuable brand the past three times Forbes has valued the world’s top brands, according to the report. Forbes describes their methodology of the study as follows: The most valuable brands areRead More
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Fred Vogelstein shares his opinion of the ongoing battle between Google and Apple for platform dominance and how this compared to the platform war between Apple and Microsoft in 1980s. Fred Vogelstein: There have always been good reasons to believe that the Apple/Google fight might not play out like Apple versus Microsoft: Developers seem more capable of writing software for two platforms than they were in the 1980s. The platform-switching costs are much smaller, too. Back then, PCs cost more than $3,000 and each software title cost more than $50. Now the costsRead More
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Posted On October 31, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

What Apple’s Real Problem? It’s Not Innovation

This piece by Don Frommer really summed up what’s been happening to Apple recently. The problem, according to Frommer, is not the lack of great products or innovation, but the lack of a “surprise” element or “wow” moment from the company during the unveiling of new products. Dan Frommer: It’s not that Apple isn’t making great products anymore: You’d be a fool to argue that the iPhone 5S, retina iPad mini, iPad Air, and various Macs aren’t the best computers that any company — not just Apple — has ever made.Read More
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Posted On September 28, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Microsoft News

Video of Steve Ballmer’s Tearful Goodbye to Microsoft

The Verge Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has always been a speaker and performer like no other — his absolute enthusiasm for his company is electric in person, turning ordinary corporate events into raw displays of emotion that are often criticized but never forgotten. Say what you want about Ballmer, this guy really loves Microsoft. Great to such passion from a CEO!Read More
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Posted On September 27, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

BCG: Apple Is Still The Most Innovative Company In The World

According to a new report from the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG), Apple has retained the crowned as the most innovative company in the world in 2013. In its new report, The Most Innovative Companies 2013: Lessons from Leaders, BCG reveals the 50 companies that this year’s sample of over 1,500 international executives ranked as the most innovative. According to BCG findings: • Apple has been number one every year since 2005. • Google, which ranked number two from 2006 to 2012, placed third this year. • Samsung has been risingRead More
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IDC: Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Forecast to Grow 7.3% in 2013 Driven by 1 Billion Smartphone Shipments According to a new report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide mobile phone market is forecast to grow 7.3% year over year in 2013. This growth is driven by strong demand for smartphones across all geographies will drive much of this growth as worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1 billion units for the first time in a single year, according the report states. The report points to a stronger-than-expectedRead More
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Microsoft to Acquires Nokia for US 7.2 Billion Dollars In a press release, Microsoft has informed the world of its intention to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. This move is intended to give Microsoft a much needed boost in the mobile era, as well as ensure Nokia does not slight into obscurity. According to the report, “Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion toRead More