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.

By TheStreet Staff Feb 8, 2013 5:58PM

The original 'Walkman', model TCS 300, made by Sony © SSPL/Getty Images)By Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreet

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Sony (SNE) was once  what Apple (AAPL) is now.


Under the late Akio Morita, the Tokyo-based company was where consumer electronics came from; Sony was an iconoclastic company that marched to the beat of its own entrepreneurial drummer.


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.

By TheStreet Staff Feb 7, 2013 4:48PM

Qualcomm headquarters in San DiegoBy Richard Saintvilus, TheStreetthestreet logo


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.

By TheStreet Staff Feb 5, 2013 5:24PM

Amazon.comBy Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreet 

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Recently, I speculated in print that shares of (AMZN) would drop after the Seattle company posted its quarterly earnings. I expected the online retailer to miss analyst estimates

I was wrong, and stock jumped on the news.


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.


IBM is quietly going about the business of building an indispensable suite of cloud applications. Meanwhile, the stock consistently rewards shareholders.

By TheStreet Staff Feb 4, 2013 3:48PM

File photo of the IBM logo (© ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)By Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreetthestreet logo


Over the last five years, owning shares of IBM (IBM) has been very, very good for investors.


Since November 2008 the stock has more than doubled in value; the dividend, which has been raised at regular intervals, now stands at 85 cents per share, yielding 1.7%. IBM can well afford the $1 billion quarterly payout -- profits range from $3 billion to $5 billion each quarter.


Despite this, all is not well at Big Blue, at least according to analysts.


From grove to glass, Coca-Cola's sophisticated Black Book model guides every aspect of orange juice production.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 1, 2013 2:52PM

Coca-Cola Co.'s Simply Orange brand orange juice in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois (© Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By Duane Stanford, Bloomberg Businessweek  

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Don't let the name fool you. Coca-Cola's (KO) Simply Orange juice is anything but pick, squeeze and pour.

That cold glass of 100% liquid sunshine is the product of a sophisticated industrial juice complex. Satellite imagery, complicated data algorithms, even a juice pipeline are all part of the recipe.

"You take Mother Nature and standardize it," says Jim Horrisberger, director of procurement at Coke's juice packaging plant in Auburndale, Fla. "Mother Nature doesn't like to be standardized."



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