If you can say one thing about those folks at AllThingsD, it’s that they really know how to throw a party. This year’s premier U.S. tech conference, at the swanky Terranea Resort in upscale Rancho Palos Verdes just an hour south of LA, brought out the Ferraris, CEOs and fancy gizmos in droves.
Such an event deserves a worthy schwag bag, and the folks at AllThingsD did not disappoint. This year’s trove of goodies for the 600 monied attendees included a brand-new HP Veer smartphone, a “Pogoplug” personal cloud box (for backing up content and stuff), a Disney skull-shaped decanter meant to commemorate the release of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, a Lenovo wireless keyboard-and-mouse.
By Poornima Gupta
You could call it another victory lap for Steve Jobs.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar and an old chum of the Apple CEO, credits the making of the new “Cars 2″ film to a single device: the iPad.
Being the creative guru at Pixar and Disney, as well as an adviser for Walt Disney Imagineering — Walt Disney Co’s design and development arm — means Lasseter has less time than he’d like to review materials for the movie, which he directed.
By Edwin Chan
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – British actor and director Kenneth Branagh is best known for his deft handling of Shakespearean material.
So the choice of Branagh to direct the hotly-anticipated comic book movie “Thor,” which makes it U.S. debut on Friday, came as something of a surprise.
BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – “Thor”, the first of several superheroes debuting on movie screens this summer, hits U.S. theaters on Friday with out-sized hopes resting on the Norse deity’s expansive shoulders.
Hollywood is praying that the God of Thunder and Marvel Comics staple will electrify a dismal 2011 box office, and squeeze more life out of a superhero genre that — with some of the most iconic characters already established franchises — is beginning to look tired.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 (Reuters) – Strong results from a
clutch of technology heavyweights, led by top global chip maker
Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and “cloud computing” specialist VMware Inc
(VMW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), may give the battered U.S. tech sector a boost.
International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) also blew past
Wall Street targets, raising its profit forecast and citing
strong sales of mainframe computers and brisk business in
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare Wall Street downgrade stoked fears that Apple Inc’s torrid growth is slowing and sent its shares sliding for the second straight day as nervous investors ponder the impact on the tech industry from Japan’s largest-ever earthquake.
The world’s largest technology company lost about $14 billion of value on Wednesday after JMP Securities’ Alex Gauna downgraded the stock, pointing to a sharp pullback in sales growth at Apple’s largest Asian contract manufacturer as a sign that business was also slowing at the iPhone and iPad maker.
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare Wall Street downgrade stoked fears that Apple Inc’s torrid pace of growth is slowing, sending shares in the world’s largest technology company sliding for the second straight day.
Apple lost about $13 billion of value in Wednesday trade after JMP Securities’ Alex Gauna downgraded the stock, citing also uncertainty about how the aftermath of the largest earthquake to hit Japan — which accounts for 6 percent of Apple’s sales and is a major source of electronic components — will affect it.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Natalie Portman won the Oscar as best actress on Sunday for her role as an unhinged ballerina in the thriller “Black Swan,” while fellow nominee Annette Bening went home empty-handed for the fourth time in her career.
The 29-year-old Israeli-American actress, considered the leading favorite after dominating other film awards shows leading up to the Oscars, was visibly overwhelmed as she expressed her gratitude in a trembling voice, and occasional stammer.
Searching for Apple’s secret sauce? Perhaps you need look no further than Hollywood for the key to their runaway success over the past decade.
According to the advertising mavens at brandchannel.com, the consumer electronics titan’s products — Macs, iPods, iPhones — cameo-ed in almost a third (10) of the 33 movies that topped the U.S. box-office charts in 2010, ranking first among all product placements last year. Nike, Chevrolet and Ford tied in second place.
Apple’s COO and — many say — CEO-in-waiting Tim Cook has presided over a near-doubling of Apple’s margins over the past decade. Known as a supply chain maven and operations specialist, Cook has stepped up to the plate during CEO Steve Jobs’ three medical absences.
On Wednesday, Cook is expected to face questions about the company’s succession plan during Apple’s annual shareholders’ meeting at 1 Infinte Loop.