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Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dead at 56

After a lengthy battle with his health, co-founder and the face of consumer technology giant Apple, died Wednesday at the age of 56. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," the company said in a statement.

E-Book Soundtracks: The Next Revolution in Reading?

New startup Booktracks is creating soundtracks for e-books with technology that tracks your reading speed and syncs the sound perfectly to the text. The company promises it will revolutionize reading, and authors like Salman Rushdie and Jay McInerney are giving it a try. But do books really need a Hollywood makeover?

My 3 Cents: Fix It or Nix It? A Gadget Conundrum

Your favorite gadget just broke, and is no longer under warranty. Should you repair it or replace it? DailyFinance consumer advisor Regina Lewis examines the best options for your ongoing consumer electronics happiness.

Could Samsung Suit Leave U.S. Without iPads and iPhones?

The intellectual property battle between Samsung and Apple has grown a bit more serious: Samsung has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation of iPads, iPhones, and iPods into the United States for patent violations. It's not a hollow threat.

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?

Steve Jobs Ordered to Testify in iTunes Antitrust Case

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been ordered by a federal judge to answer questions in an iTunes antitrust lawsuit, according to Reuters. Jobs will respond to allegations that Apple designed its software in a way that prevented competitor RealNetworks' music files from playing on iPods.

Apple After Steve Jobs? Disney May Hold a Clue

To get a better idea how Apple might fare without Steve Jobs's leadership, it's helpful to look at another American company that decades ago lost its iconic CEO -- Walt Disney Co. After Walt passed away in 1966, his company didn't miss a step -- at least not for several years. . .

Steve Jobs Unveils Apple's Faster, Better iPad 2

Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave, made a surprise appearance today at an Apple press conference to unveil the iPad 2, its next generation tablet. The iPad 2 will go on sale in the U.S. on March 11. The company's stock edged up on the news.

Five Gadgets Worth Buying Now

Now that electronics makers have unveiled their latest gadgets and stores are slashing prices on old inventory and TVs for the Super Bowl, there are...

Without Steve Jobs, What Kind of Apple Would Carry On?

The company has already proved that it can thrive while the CEO is away. But what's still not clear is whether Apple can remain far more than a tech company once he truly retires. Whose vision can possibly keep Apple the cultural phenomenon that Jobs has made it?

CES: Not Just for Early Adopters

It's hard to avoid the Consumer Electronics Show. Talk of it is everywhere and you'll be hard pressed to access a news outlet this week without...

What Facebook's Goldman Deal Says About Tech IPOs

Facebook and many other tech startups have realized that the hassles and headaches of an IPO in the U.S. aren't always worthwhile. Thanks to willing venture capitalists and private investors, it's easier than ever to avoid the lure of going public.

What to Know If You're Buying Gadgets for Gifts

Before you grab a consumer electronics product, here are a few things to consider. Given how quickly devices become obsolete, a key point savvy shoppers should be mindful of is whether the gadget will provide long enough useful life for its recipient.

R&D Spending Fell in 2009 for the First Time in a Decade

Corporate America took a tightfisted approach to its future last year, leading to an overall 3.5% decline in research and development spending at major industry titans, the first such drop in over a decade, according to a Booz & Co. survey cited by The Wall Street Journal.

Apple Unveils New 2.3 Pound MacBook Air

Apple took a page from its iPad design book and dished up a new MacBook Air Wednesday, coming away with a super thin, lightweight notebook that has no hard drive.

Apple Takes a Bite Out of $300

Shares of the consumer electronics company crossed the $300 mark for the first time ever Wednesday. And with sales of iPhone 4s and iPads still holding steady, there could be more room to grow.

Report: Newest Apple iPod Nano Cheaper to Produce

Apple's newest version of its iPod nano is the second-cheapest to produce out of the six generations of the media players, increasing the likelihood that the new product will boost profits for the computing and media-player giant, according to a report released Monday.

Apple's Ping Ain't Got That Swing

The centerpiece of Apple's recent product announcements was its new music social network Ping. The core technology from Ping appears to be have been built by the team from Lala.com, the music streaming startup that Apple acquired in January 2009. But without the streaming music model, Ping is half the service Lala used to be. It's not a bad product, it's just not terribly transformative.