Facebook’s Oculus Unveils New Virtual Reality Prototype Device

September 21, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Facebook Inc’s Oculus VR unit announced an upgraded prototype of its virtual reality headset that has higher resolution and built-in audio, but the company said it is not ready to sell a device to consumers. The new Crescent Bay device also is lighter than the most recent prototype of the Oculus Rift headset the company has made available […]

Alibaba Stock Soars in Jubilant Trading Debut

September 20, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value of the e-commerce giant soaring well beyond that of […]

Review: Larger iPhones Eliminate Reason to Switch

September 19, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Associated Press – It’s easy to dismiss Apple’s new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google’s Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores. […]

Alibaba Surges in its Stock Market Debut

September 19, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Alibaba’s stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse begins its first day trading as a public company. The stock opened at $92.70 and nearly hit $100 on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, a gain of 46 percent from the initial $68 per share price set Thursday evening. At Friday’s opening price, the company […]

Review: Devices, Apps Act Like One Under iOS 8

September 18, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

The scores of new features in Apple’s software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like […]

Alibaba IPO Prices at Top of Range, Raising $21.8 Billion

September 18, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut. At that price, the IPO, one of the largest-ever, would give Alibaba a market valuation of $167.6 billion, […]

End of Era: Ellison Steps Aside as Oracle CEO

September 18, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world’s best-known technology companies. With the changing of the guard announced Thursday, Ellison will be handing over […]

Preorders for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Hit Record High

September 15, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Apple announced today that first-day preorders hit a record high as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached over 4 million. With more orders streaming in, the first-weekend sales will likely surpass those of last year’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which totaled over 9 million according to Apple. In fact, analysts say that the first-day preorder […]

One More Thing: The Apple Watch

September 14, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“We’ve really gone through enough to call it a day,” Apple CEO Tim Cook says after wrapping up the debut of Apple Pay at the company’s September 9 keynote. And truly the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Apple Pay were huge in and of themselves. “But,” he continued, “we’re not quite finished yet.”  We have one […]

Why There Is No ‘i’ In Apple’s New Watch

September 11, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Apple Inc’s Tuesday launch was a marketing extravaganza stuffed full of gadgets, corporate hyperbole and celebrities of every stripe. One thing was missing: the “i” in front of the Watch. Apple’s prefix has anchored the brand names of generations of products, from its phone to the iPad. But in announcing “the next chapter of Apple’s story” […]