Tech News: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY)

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)

Apple Looks to British Architect Norman Foster to Redesign Retail Stores (IBTimes UK)
The iPhone maker has previously used 8 Inc for the design of its stores, including the iconic glass cube on New York’s 5th Avenue and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Regent Street shop in London, but is now working with Foster+Partners, which is also responsible for the enormous ‘spaceship’ Campus 2 headquarters Apple is planning in California. Foster+Partners has previously designed the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey as well as Wembley Stadium. The news that it is to work on future Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stores comes from UK publication Marketing Magazine.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)Microsoft Corp Earnings Estimates Lowered at Citigroup (MSFT) (Daily Political)
Equities research analysts at Citigroup decreased their earnings per share estimates on shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, reports. The firm currently has a $35.00 price target on the company’s shares. A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on MSFT. Analysts at BGC Financial downgraded shares of Microsoft Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note to investors on Wednesday. They now have a $31.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $30.21. Separately, analysts at Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in a research note to investors on Wednesday. They now have a $28.00 price target on the stock.

BlackBerry Q10 U.S. Release Date Still Unknown, Device to Debut in Canada on April 30 (Eagle’s Rant)
Waterloo, Ont. company Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) announced yesterday that its Q10, a more “traditional” BlackBerry device with a smaller screen and physical keyboard, will be released in its native Canada on April 30. This release date will take place exactly three months after the official BlackBerry 10 launch event, and close to three months after the all-touch Z10 was released initially in Canada and the U.K.

Apple Inc. (AAPL): This Supply Chain Bombshell May Kill Shares Today (Insider Monkey)
There is no denying the fact that many companies all over the world rely on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to survive. This is particularly true for manufacturers that work closely with the Cupertino-based company to produce its products. Unfortunately, some of these companies often times find out the hard way that “putting all their eggs in one basket” is never a good idea. Reuters is reporting that (emphasis added) “Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the main manufacturer of Apple Inc products, posted a 19 percent decline in sales in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, hurt by disappointing demand for the iPhone.”

Path Finders wins Microsoft’s Imagine Cup (Hindu Business Line)
Team Path Finders from MRCE, Faridabad, has won the Imagine Cup 2013 for their project Swasthya Sanjivani that provides affordable, quick and automised healthcare services to people in remote areas. They are among the 10 finalists that made it to the annual competition conducted by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to identify and promote entrepreneurship. The winning team would represent in India at the global finals scheduled to be held at St Petersburg in Russia. The winners will be given mentorship to hone their app at the global event.

More doom n’ gloom for BlackBerry 10: Lots of people have no idea it launched (VentureBeat)
Blackberry 10, no matter how you slice it, is Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s last chance to save itself from complete irrelevance. But what if the age of Research In Motion’s complete irrelevance is already here? That seems to be the case judging by a poll commissioned by research firm MKM Partners, which confirms one thing above all:…