Apple Will Pay Ad Companies Out-Of-Pocket For Skipped Commercials On Its New TV Streaming Service (HNGN)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is in talks with several cable companies over a comprehensive TV service, a plan which has been going back and forth for quite some time. According to former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin, the company plans on pitching a premium TV service that allows not only the streaming of live cable but will also allow users to skip through commercial breaks via their Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV set-top box or TV. The project has been slow-moving over the course of a year with Apple seeking the rights from cable companies and television networks for a TV service. How does Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plan to clear add skipping with cable providers and ad companies? Simple, it will be paying the cost of all skipped commercials out of its pocket.
Apple To Buy Company Responsible for Microsoft Kinect Technology for $280 Million (HNGN)
It appears Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to make a move toward 3D sensor technology, or at least that’s the idea people are getting form its latest plan to acquire Israeli based fables semiconductor company Primesense, best known for making the technology behind Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Xbox’s Kinect. According to local newspaper Calcalist, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has offered to buy the company for $280 million following discussions over the embedding of its technology inside Apple products. In the past, Primesense has worked with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to include its technology, chips and designs inside the first Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360. Since that time, the Xbox’s Kinect has taken off and become a pillar of in-home entertainment as well as the focal point of the new Xbox One design with almost full integration of Kinect into every aspect of the next generation console’s workings.
$3.7M tablet? CEO of Russia’s largest company wants one (WralTechWire)
OAO Gazprom, Russia’s biggest company, ordered a tablet computer for Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller, with a maximum price tag of 119.7 million rubles ($3.7 million). OOO Gazprom Inform, a unit of the Moscow-based natural-gas exporter, has announced a tender to design a tablet based on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS operating system, that matches the functionality as Miller’s desktop personal computer, Gazprom said in tender documentation, posted on its website today. The gadget should be guaranteed to start within no more than five seconds as well as support 3G, GPRS and Wi-Fi.
BlackBerry may now be stuck in a no-win situation (BGR)
With Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s comeback momentum seemingly stalled, many analysts have started coming up with ideas for how the company can survive if its current plan to take on iOS and Android with BlackBerry 10 falls apart. Barron’s points us to a new research note from Nomura Equity Research analyst Stuart Jeffrey, who says that the company may have painted itself into an unprofitable corner because its longtime business model simply doesn’t give it the flexibility to remake itself. In particular, he says that Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s current market share will never be enough to attract enough app developers and, unlike Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the company doesn’t have the resources to simply pay off developers en masse to bring over their apps.