Tech News: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Big Phone, Research In Motion (BBRY)’s ‘Red Carpet,’ and 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) Coverage

Related tickers: Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD)

Rumor: Apple’s next-gen iPhone will launch with ‘at least two screen sizes’ (AppleInsider)
Faced with growing popularity of big-screen phones, Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone with “at least” two different screen sizes, one analyst claims. The details were reported on Tuesday by Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, who said the details stem from a meeting with a company in Apple’s supply chain. In fact, White said it’s possible that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s so-called “iPhone 5S” could even launch with three separate screen sizes, in his view.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)BlackBerry Rolls Out Red Carpet For Q10 (InformationWeek)
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) announced Tuesday that the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will go on sale in its home market of Canada on April 30. The Q10 follows the Z10 as the second smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Both smartphones were announced in January. The Q10 is powered by a dual-core 1.5-GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage. It includes an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture. The camera application includes a new feature called TimeShift, which lets users select from a range of photos to get the best one (i.e., the one in which Aunt Tilly isn’t blinking).

Photo Credit: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Japan’s SIIT to Sell 3D Systems Printers (TenLinks)
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that Seiko-I Infotech, Inc. (SIIT), a leading wide-format solutions provider to manufacturers, architects and construction companies, has joined its expanding reseller network. SIIT will represent 3D Systems’ complete portfolio of ProJet 3D printers, full color ZPrinters and extensive range of print materials through its 11 locations in Japan.

Apple Headquarters $2 billion over budget and it hasn’t even started yet (TreeHugger)
Peter Burrows of Bloomberg reports that the cost of the new Foster designed Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) headquarters has ballooned to five billion dollars, from the originally projected three. This won’t bother Apple much (it’s sitting on a $137 billion pile of cash), and Norman Foster buildings are never cheap. But as Mike Eliason tweets, “whoa. foster’s apple project is already $2B over budget and ain’t even out of the ground yet?!? holy cow…” Scott Wyatt, the architect for Google’s new complex isn’t crazy about it.

Photo credit (bottom right): Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)

Big Surprise: J.C. Penney Isn’t Apple (US News & World Report)
So it made sense for struggling retailer J.C. Penney to hire Ron Johnson, the man who executed Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s retail strategy, as the CEO to lead the turnaround at Penney’s. Obviously it didn’t work. Penney’s just fired Johnson after a rocky 17-month tenure characterized by falling sales, fleeing customers and a plunging stock price. Johnson tried to take Penney’s upscale by introducing more prestigious merchandise, offering shoppers a more refinedResearch in Motion Ltd. (BBRY)experience and discounting less. As rational as it may have sounded, shoppers apparently didn’t like the new strategy.

Verizon’s Top 4 Reasons to Give BlackBerry 10 a Try (N4BB)
The BlackBerry Z10 (Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)) is now on all of the major mobile carriers within the US. Verizon Wireless being no exception, with an exclusive on the white Z10 variant. Verizon Wireless reached out to us and let us know their top 4 reasons users should give BlackBerry 10 a try. If the word ‘BlackBerry’ makes you think of email, security and a physical keyboard, you’re not alone. But with the introduction of BlackBerry 10, the company has infused the smartphone marketplace with some brand new ideas that might soon be synonymous with its name.

3D Systems Corporation : 3D Systems’ Accura Xtreme Raises Bar in Direct Manufacturing (4 Traders)
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Accura® Xtreme™ White-200 plastic for use in 3D Systems’ iPro SLA® printers , advanced manufacturing’s “gold standard” for part performance and accuracy. This next generation SLA material extends 3D Systems’ unmatched solutions for direct manufacture of end use parts further. Accura Xtreme White-200 is also available through 3D Systems’ Quickparts service.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices can now use Maxis’ 4G LTE network (The Sun Daily)
Customers of Maxis Bhd, the country’s largest mobile operator, using the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 can now enjoy its 4G LTE network. The Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL were the first two smartphones to be activated on Maxis’ 4G LTE network. Maxis joint COO Mark Dioguardi said since the launch of its 4G LTE network on Jan 1, 2013, some 100,000 customers are now enjoying the super fast internet from Maxis.

It’s Time To Go Long In 3D Systems (Seeking Alpha)
My target after my article on 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) published on February 17th has been achieved. I was calling for a target of $46 (post-split, or $30), which was reached in the last 1-2 weeks. I have been thinking of accumulating shares recently and like the potential of the chart going forward. At the end of the fourth quarter, 8 hedge funds were bullish on the stock. Tiger Global Management has the biggest position worth close to $55 million. Criterion Capital owns $11 million. Ken Grifin’s Citadel Investment Group also owns a hefty amount.

Apple and Google Are Killing BlackBerry and Microsoft in App Sales (International Business Times)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) continue to reign supreme when it comes to mobile app purchases, according to a Canalys report issued on Monday, while Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) are more paupers than princes in this court. Google Play and Apple’s App Store are dominating app and in-app purchases, but Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry (Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY))World are struggling to get their footing, despite a growing smartphone market and a double-digit increase in app downloads in the last three months.