A Bear Outlook for Apple? Analysts Cautious on Sales

Apple's shares are trading at about $347, just shy of their all-time high of $364.90, which they hit in February. Its second quarter earnings were record-breaking. So why are some analysts beginning to worry about Apple's stock?

Motorola Joins
the Patent Wars,
Suing Apple

No less than four major mobile companies -- Apple, HTC, Microsoft and now Motorola -- are currently suing each other over cell-phone technology. At issue is the intellectual property that underlies several popular mobile devices.

HTC Profit Almost Doubles on Smartphone Sales

Phone manufacturer HTC Corp. (HTCXF) almost doubled quarterly profited as demand for smartphones surged. Third-quarter profit jumped to NT$11.1 billion ($360 million) from NT$5.7 billion a year earlier, Bloomberg News reported. The Taiwanese company easily beat the NT$9.2 billion forecast by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Google Aims for Black Friday Launch of Its Tablet PC

Google reportedly is in the midst of developing its own tablet computer and aims to launch its Chrome OS-based iPad killer on the busiest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday -- according to a report at the website Download Squad.

Rivals to Steve Jobs: No Antenna Problems Here

Research In Motion wasn't thrilled when Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed the iPhone 4's antenna problem is common throughout the industry, including on the BlackBerry, and called Apple's actions "unacceptable." Nokia and HTC aren't amused either.

Motorola's Droid X Smartphone Sells Out on Verizon Wireless Site

Motorola's Droid X is either a huge success, or the company didn't make enough of the smartphones to handle even modest demand. The Droid X is sold out on the Verizon Wireless website, and very few are available in the wireless service provider's stores.

Android Passes iPhone OS in China

While Google's Android OS has been a hit in America with handsets from HTC, Motorola and others, it has still trailed other operating systems, including the iPhone OS from Apple. But the story is different in China.

Microsoft to Change Device Division Management

Microsoft will change management at its device division. The actions are, according to early speculation, a reaction to the rise of Apple and Google in the consumer electronics sector. But the trouble goes deeper than that.

Palm Prepares to Put Itself on the Block

Struggling smartphone maker Palm is reportedly gearing up for a sale, and is poised to put out a call for bids in a move that could come as early as this week, Bloomberg reported Monday. Shares of Palm soared 20% in morning trading, climbing as high as $6.17.

Aiming for Apple: Sprint Unveils Evo Phone

Paging Apple's legal dept. Sprint announced the first WiMax smart phone Tuesday, the HTC Evo 4G, which runs on Google's Android platform. It's the first phone designed to run on Clearwire's 4G WiMax network. It's also a clear challenge to Apple, which recently sued HTC over Android.

Will Google's Next Phone Be A BlackBerry Killer?

On the heels of the debut of the Nexus One handheld,Google is now targeting the business market. The company says that the next version of the Nexus One will probably come with a physical keyboard like the BlackBerry. Research In Motion has reason to be concerned.

Smart phone sales get smarter

Sales of smart phones have been hurt by the economy, at least according to industry research. The handsets, which function as small, de facto PCs,...