SLIDESHOW: Apple's 65-Inch TV, Microsoft's Smartwatch and More From the Third Week of July
The last several days have been dominated by Cupertino, California-based Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL).
From rumors of an iPhone delay and a Kinect-related acquisition to a 65-inch TV and a lower-priced MacBook Pro, Apple has proven to be a very hot company this week.
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) also commanded a few headlines with the rumors involving Chromebook shipments (which could increase by a significant margin) and the company's plans for a TV service.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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Apple to Develop a 65-Inch Ultra HD TV
Analysts have been hyping the mysterious Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) television set for more than two years.
Thus far, it has not turned out to be more than an urban legend.
If the newest report is true, however, Apple has reached out to LG Display about its desire to purchase two massive panels.
One would measure 55 inches diagonally -- the other would reach 65 inches.
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Industry insiders expect Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) partners to ship a cornucopia of Chromebooks this year.
With a number of manufacturers lined up to produce new models, the low-cost platform could see a massive shipment increase at retail.
One report stated that Chromebook shipments could increase by as much as 200 percent.
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If viewers want something to do during TV commercial breaks, there are a million apps for that.
If viewers want to skip the commercial entirely, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) hopes to build a device for that.
Apple is rumored to be speaking to broadcasters about how it can make this happen.
One possibility: the company will reimburse TV networks every time an Apple TV user skips a commercial.
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Sony (NYSE: SNE) is one of the few companies that has actually released a smartwatch.
In 2014, expect a half-dozen manufacturers to be added to that list, including Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).
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Google Rumored to Greatly Expand its Pay-TV Initiative
Right now, only a handful of people can subscribe to Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) pay-TV network.
The search engine giant is rumored to be working on a plan to change that in the not-too-distant future.
Google Fiber will eventually blanket the entire country with a pay-TV alternative. If this latest report is true, it could happen sooner than later.
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This week Yahoo acquired AdMovate, one of the smallest startups yet.
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