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Tech News: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Slowing Growth, Google Inc (GOOG)’s Initiative & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI), China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL)

Apple Inc. (AAPL) to be Added to Several WisdomTree ETFsOut with Apple, in with Tesla (BusinessTech)
Fidelity Contrafund manager Will Danoff cut his stake in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) 28 percent during the first half of the year, citing the iPhone maker’s “slowing growth profile.” The star stockpicker remained bullish on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and on Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s “disruptive technology and superior business model,” according to his latest monthly commentary for investors. Danoff remains Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s largest active shareholder, only passive index and exchange-traded funds have larger stakes. His Contrafund owned 8.3 million shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) at the end of June valued at $3.3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data. He owned nearly 11.6 million shares at the end of 2012.

Google Start Searching India Campaign To Help You Make The Best Use Of The Search Engine (CrazyEngineers)
With Start Searching India initiative, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has taken a concrete step to light bulbs in the heads of thousands of ignorant internet users. Though that may sound a bit harsh, but every now and then you come across a netizen who doesn’t know how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) works or why is the search engine not giving optimally relevant results. Most googlers end up on wrong content because they can’t use Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) to its best potential. With the growth of penetration of Internet users in India, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has taken a measure to create awareness about the importance and use of the internet in remotest of areas.

Microsoft Xbox One Designed for Ten Years Life-Cycle (XBitLabs)
Many market observers believe that emergence of 4K ultra-high-definition TVs in the next several years will shorten the life-cycle of next-generation video game consoles, but Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to have a completely different opinion. According to a comment made unofficially, the forthcoming Xbox One is not only designed for ten-year lifecycle, but every single system should last for a decade. After massive reliability-related scandal that the current-generation Xbox 360 faced early in its lifecycle, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) decided to play it safe and put reliability of its hardware designs on top of everything, reports EuroGamer web-site.

Next iPad Mini to Sport ‘Retina’ Display (WSJ)
The iPad mini wasn’t short of fans when it was released in November last year. But as more brands vie for a slice of the global tablet market, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) -0.17% shift to a “retina” display for its small tablet could help keep consumers interested. Since the iPad sparked a boom in the tablet market a few years ago, tablet makers have been hard-pressed to woo an increasingly discerning crowd. Consumers have come to expect Sharp 6753.TO +1.73%er screens and faster processors at low prices for both smartphones and tablets. Last week, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) -0.36% released its latest Nexus 7 tablet with a high-resolution screen.

Google to unveil Fort Worth-made Moto X Thursday (BizJournals)
Put a big X on your calendar for Thursday. That’s an X for the unveiling by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) of the new Moto X smartphone from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)-owned Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) at an event in New York City. The Moto X is being assembled at a Flextronics plant in the Alliance development of north Fort Worth, and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) said it’s the first smartphone to be completely assembled in the United States. Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) has been pretty hush-hush about the phone, although some images have been leaked on technology websites.

Microsoft brings Office to Android phones but not tablets (TheAustralian)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is bringing a pared-down version of its Office software to Android phones, but it won’t work on Android tablets just as it doesn’t on iPads. The software requires a $US100-a-year subscription to Office and won’t be sold separately. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is trying to make its subscription more compelling, without removing an advantage that tablet computers running Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows system now have – the ability to run popular Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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