Wearable computers could be the next big thing, and few companies could do more than Apple -- and its army of developers -- to make a smartwatch a must-have accessory.
Wearable computers, such as a wristwatch that makes phone calls, have for many years been the stuff of comic books, science-fiction novels and spy movies.
But recent reports that Apple (AAPL) is developing a so-called "smartwatch" mean that the company could turn wearable computers into computing's next frontier and singlehandedly revive watch-wearing among younger generations.
"We see the body as the next frontier for personal computing," said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester Research. "It would be strange for Apple to be absent from that, they absolutely have something to contribute to that."
Before Steve Jobs passed away, he acknowledged that he would have liked Apple to take on Detroit with its own vehicle.
Apple (AAPL) sells hundreds of millions of iDevices. If Steve Jobs were still around, those products could include an iCar.
In a New York Times article this weekend, discussing Apple's possible development of a wristwatch-like gadget, writer Nick Bilton discussed the tech pioneer's penchant for pushing boundaries, even if it meant taking on the automobile industry.
Before his death in October 2011, Jobs confided to Times tech reporter John Markoff that he would have liked Apple to do something with automobiles.
Sony's unprecedented ability to innovate in the realm of consumer electronics hit a wall as the company failed to move on, to reinvent and to think differently.
Before there was the Cult of Steve, there was the Cult of Morita-san.
It's impossible for young people today to understand just how revolutionary the Walkman was in its time. It let us take our music -- not the radio station's programming but whole albums -- with us wherever we went. And it ran on regular AA batteries.
If the iPod is a telephone, the Walkman was a telegraph, the first revolution, not a refinement.
Riding the avalanche of new smartphones and tablets released for the holiday season, Qualcomm reported better-than-expected sales and earnings for its fiscal first quarter.
Without question, the pursuit of supremacy in the mobile-device space is the hottest battle in the market. As Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) battle to drive each other out of business, there are chip companies, including Qualcomm (QCOM) and Intel (INTC), looking to dominate form factors with each new mobile device.
With each passing quarter, it's evident that Qualcomm is winning its battles with Intel, by an ever-greater margin.
This trend bodes well for Qualcomm, which looks to be the surest bet in the volatile but growing mobile-device market.
And if fiscal-first-quarter earnings are any indication, this chip giant is not done rewarding investors.
The stock is trading at an all-time high on investor optimism about cloud services and other technology initiatives. But those are a small part of the overall business.
Recently, I speculated in print that shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) would drop after the Seattle company posted its quarterly earnings. I expected the online retailer to miss analyst estimates
Betting against Amazon has become a mug's game. Since the stock market bottom, in late 2008, the stock has risen steadily, from below $38 a share to its present high of $266.
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