SLIDESHOW: iWatch Supplier, iPad Event And More From The Third Week Of October
As a result, consumers and investors alike turned their attention to the days ahead, such as the October 22 iPad event, the possibility of an imminent iWatch release and sales indicators for the iPhone 5C.
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) acquired a startup.
And clueless retail store employees hurt Wii U sales for Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY).
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.
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Apple's Upcoming iPad Event Builds Buzz
In just two days, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will unveil at least one new tablet.
The company is expected to introduce two models -- the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad Mini.
Apple is also rumored to unveil new iMac and MacBook Pro units, and spend more time hyping the long-awaited Mac Pro upgrade.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Google Play Revenue Took A Bite Out Of Apple
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) app revenue rose from 25 percent of the total market to 35 percent.
While Apple is still in the lead (nearly doubling Google's app revenue), this fluctuation shows that Google is slowly closing the gap.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Apple Ordered Fewer iPhone 5C Units…
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) highly-anticipated plastic iPhone proved to be very colorful, but retailers haven't been seeing much green.
Consequently, Apple reportedly reduced the number of iPhone 5C units it ordered from suppliers.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 5S continues to sell like hotcakes.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
...But One Carrier Wants More
The iPhone 5C may not be popular with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) customers who want the latest and greatest handset, but it has proved to be popular with one carrier: Virgin Mobile USA.
Virgin Mobile has been selling out of select iPhone 5C units.
The low price (Virgin Mobile's contract-free 16GB iPhone 5C retails for just $449 -- $100 less than the MSRP) could be responsible.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Amazon And HTC Teamed Up For New Smartphone?
This unusual pairing comes after a year's worth of rumors claimed that Amazon would build its own smartphone.
Nothing has come from the rumors, however, indicating that Amazon is not yet ready to go public with its plans -- regardless of its manufacturing partner.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Apple Hired A New Retail Exec
Sony And Netflix Joined Forces For New Series
Sony (NYSE: SNE) is looking beyond the confines of network and cable television.
The Japanese tech giant and entertainment empire announced that it is teaming up with Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) -- and Damages creators Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler and Todd A. Kessler -- for a new series.
Sony will begin to film the series in early 2014. A release date has not been set, but Netflix will publish all episodes in all Netflix territories simultaneously.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Apple Rumored To Select An iWatch Supplier
Is the iWatch real? No one knows for sure.
Apple also chose a supplier for its 12-inch iPad, or so the rumor claims.
Pictured: Samsung's (OTC: SSNLF) Galaxy GearImage Source: Wikimedia Commons
Wii U Sales Hurt By Clueless Retail Employees
Nintendo's (OTC: NTDOY) troubled Wii U may have been hurt by confusion and misinformation.
"I did the secret shopper kind of thing, and they would say, 'Well, there's no difference between the Wii and Wii U,'" she said.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Facebook Had A Severe Case Of Compression
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