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Apple cooks up recipe to empty pockets and wallets

September 10, 2014

The tech giant combined a fingerprint sensor and an overlooked app into an iPhone payment system that looks secure and easy to use. A new watch lacks obvious appeal but has potential to replace car keys and other pocket detritus. Higher profits should be the cherry on top.

If Apple, publishers plotted they didn’t need to

April 12, 2012

U.S. trustbusters say Apple and e-book producers conspired to raise download prices. But the model they came up with makes sense even without collusion. It gives publishers a better chance of survival. And if readers pay a bit more, at least it means books will keep coming.

Samsung investors should worry less about Apple

May 17, 2012

The Korean company’s shares slid over fears Apple might use fewer of its chips, and buy more Japanese ones instead. Apple may diversify its suppliers, but that just reflects the fact that smartphone demand is outpacing parts supply. Samsung’s valuation looks too low.

Apple again turns iPhone buzz into gold

January 11, 2011

Despite all the talk of possible bells and whistles, Verizon Wireless looks to be offering the iconic smartphone on roughly the same terms as AT&T. The only clear winners will be Apple's masters of hype.

Apple takes another bite out of Nokia

June 16, 2010

Apple has taken another bite out of Nokia. As customers stampeded for the new iPhone, the Finnish cellphone giant warned of disappointing sales and operating margins. It lost another 9.7 percent, or about $3.5 billion, of its market capitalization on Wednesday. Nokia is increasingly at risk of becoming just a commoditized, low-margin manufacturer.

Googlephone’s influence more important than sales

December 14, 2009

The Googlephone is coming. Google is escalating its effort to upend the mobile market by introducing a phone it has designed and which is currently being tested on its pointy-headed employees.

Put BlackBerry on hold – but not for long

September 25, 2009

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is a victim of its own success. Having dominated the market for corporate e-mail devices for years, it is being forced to seek out growth in consumer markets, where, so far, it has had trouble differentiating its products.