SLIDESHOW: Microsoft Buys Nokia Handsets, Apple's Two iPhone Events And More From The First Week Of September
It was a week filled with anticipation, surprises -- and most of all a massive acquisition.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) confirmed the existence of not one but two events next week -- one in America and one in Beijing.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
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Microsoft Finally Acquired Nokia's Handset Business
From this point forward, all Lumia and Asha phones will be manufactured by Microsoft. They will now contain the Microsoft logo.
Microsoft has not announced when the first branded phone will be released, but a recent leak suggests that Nokia was on the verge of announcing a new phone before the buyout was finalized.
Could this device be re-branded as a Microsoft handset?Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Apple Promoted Two Global Events
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) confirmed that it will hold an event in California on Tuesday, September 10.
The company took it one step further by confirming that it will also hold an event in China on September 11.
Multiple new products, including the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, are expected to be unveiled at the first event.
The second event is expected to confirm Apple's long-awaited deal with China Mobile (NYSE: CHL).Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Samsung Unveiled Galaxy Gear
Samsung's (OTC: SSNLF) long-awaited wearable computing device was finally introduced this week.
The watch-shaped device will cost $300 and serve as a high-tech accessory to a Galaxy smartphone.
Samsung also unveiled the long-awaited Galaxy Note 3 in an attempt to undercut Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) before the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are unveiled.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Apple TV Rumors Heated Up
Is Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) planning to unveil something besides the iPhone next week?
Rumors suggest that the company is on the cusp of upgrading its set-top box, known as Apple TV.
The rumor lacked specific details, but Apple has been rumored to bring apps to Apple TV for several months.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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BlackBerry Quietly Searching For A Quick Buyer
After all, BlackBerry's entire business could be cheaper than the $7.2 billion Microsoft spent on Nokia's handset division.
The word on the street is that BlackBerry hopes to have its auction wrapped up by November.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Madden Sales Fell Short
Madden NFL 25, the Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) game celebrating the series' 25th anniversary, has been off to a rough start this year.
While last year's edition sold more than 1.6 million copies in its first week, the latest edition only moved one million units during its first week at retail.
This is partially due to platform limitations. Madden NFL 25 is currently available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will not be available until those consoles ship in November.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Amazon E-Book Refunds Soar To $3
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iPhone Kept Growing And Growing
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Google Teased The Nexus 5 - Accidentally
Is there any such thing as an accidental leak in technology?
That's hard to say. But it seems that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) may not have wanted the Nexus 5 to be revealed just yet.
For better or worse, the new device appeared in a YouTube video that was quickly removed from the Internet.
Of course, this only made people think that the video's tease is real.
Could this have been Google's goal -- to tease and distract consumers on the cusp of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone event?Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Microsoft Promoted Xbox One, Sans Games
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