The Fortune’s ranking is based on a extensive poll of industry analysts, corporate executives and directors who ranked companies by nine key attributes: Use of corporate assets, People management, Financial soundness, Innovation, Social responsibility, Quality of management, Financial soundness, Quality of management, Long-term investment, Global competitiveness and Quality of products/services. Apple scored the number one spot in all nine categories.
The Wall Street Journal reports on recent Apple’s operations to increase sales in India, one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The company recently launched iTunes and Apple TV there. There also were rumors that Apple was planning to open retail stores in India.
Joshua Topolsky from The Verge has written a lengthy report about his experiences using on-face computer Google Glass.
Google Glass is a small computer mounting to an eyeglass frame that has a display visible only to the user. The device includes GPS, a built-in camera, which can record what the wearer sees, and Bluetooth and Wi-FI connections. The wearable device can handle many of the tasks performed on smartphones, including sending text messages, showing weather reports, giving driving directions and more.
Market intelligence firm IDC published a report on what it describes as the Smart Connected Device Market. The graphic created by the company shows the market share decrease for both laptops (from 29% in 2010 to 17% in 2012) and desktop PCs (from 23% to 12%), while smartphones grew from 45% to 60% and tablets from 3% to 11%. Overall, the PCs’ market share fall from about 50% to 30% in just two years.
Citing "channel checks", аnalyst Peter Misek from Jeffries today said in a research note that Apple seems to be preparing to introduce Developer Tools for TV at a special event next month. Misek believes the company might begin setting the stage for the rumored television set by releasing developer tools that reportedly would also allow third parties to create apps for the current Apple TV set-top box.
Today analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital issued a note to clients (via Forbes) providing his expectations for much-rumored cheaper iPhone. According to White, Apple can release the low-cost iPhone as early as June and the device will be called “iPhone Air” or “iPhone mini”. He also expects that the contract-free model will cost from $250 to $300, which would allow the device to compete with high-end smartphones priced below $320 from China-based Xiaomi. He also noted:
Today Apple introduced a new section in its iBookstore entitled "Breakout Books", offering books that have been independently published to the iBookstore by authors. The section features titles that have earned 4 and 5 star reviews.
Today Appleannounced that the new 128GB iPad model would go on sale on February 5th with a starting price of $799 – an attractive option for those who consider purchasing Surface Pro tablet when it debut on February 9th. Microsoft today also confirmed (via Engadget) that 45GB of storage space in the new Surface Pro will be used for Windows 8 and various preloaded applications, leaving owners of the 128GB model with 83GB of free storage. Microsoft said:
The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.