With an update on the Apple iPhone 4 antenna problems, here's a roundup of TheStreet's top technology news for this week.
NEW YORK (
) -- Smartphones were again driving the tech news agenda this week, with
. iPhone 4 supply was so low that people who didn't pre-order saw
, and Apple also announced that the elusive
won't ship until late July.
Apple shares are trading down, dipping 0.50% to $267.69 today.
A new iPhone 4 changes hands at an Apple store
As the Nasdaq crept up 0.05% on Friday,
Research In Motion
was one of tech's biggest losers, declining almost 10% to $53. Late Thursday, the company released mixed first-quarter results and outlook, which prompted much of Wall Street to
. Analysts -- and consumers -- are awaiting new touchscreen revelations from RIM, whose innovation has failed to keep up with that from rivals Apple and
, Motorola's latest effort to gain some of the smartphone traction it has lost. The Droid X, which should hit the market later this summer, features a large 4.4-inch touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera and SWYPE -- a faster, more precise keyboard input technology.
As a result of all the iPhone and Android-related news,
got some unsympathetic attention for its lack of contention in the smartphone war. After
video questioning whether or not the upcoming Windows phones will be revolutionary
enough to boost Microsoft's stature,
, noting that it is "well positioned for success."
Microsoft also faces a refreshed fight against
, which is talking with Google to
Just as Google's popular Android OS is experiencing success on smartphones, Chrome is expected to do the same on laptops and netbooks. The OS, which runs on top of the Linux kernel, is a direct
to Microsoft's dominance in the PC market.
Microsoft was down 0.40% to $24.90.
is confounding the critics who said that its
acquisition was a bad move. The database giant
thanks in part to a revitalized Sun.
In Oracle's first full quarter of Sun revenue, sales of system hardware brought in $1.2 billion. The new acquisition also contributed more than $400 million to Oracle's fourth-quarter operating income. Oracle, which took the opportunity to bash
during its fourth-quarter conference call, also says the pipeline of deals for its Exadata database appliance is approaching $1 billion.
Oracle shares were rising 4.23% to $22.98 on Friday.
Tech's week ahead
On Tuesday evening, smartphone laggard
plans to formally unveil a model or two of its Galaxy S family.
reports that Samsung's new Vibrant phone will run on Android 2.1 and will feature Samsung's own 1-Gigaherz Hummingbird processor.
Also on Tuesday,
tech team will give a midyear update for its top tech stocks for 2010.
--Written by James Rogers in New York
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