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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Just to provide everyone with an interesting rumor or two for the New Year, we’re seeing signs that testing of the next Apple phone (the iPhone 6? 5S?) and iOS 7 are going on. The evidence is log activity that can be traced back to IP addresses at Cupertino.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Nine months after Google Inc. announced their “Project Glass” glasses, the search giant is still deciding on features. Babak Parviz, head of the project (also known as “Google Glass”), described the feature set for the high-tech glasses as still in flux. “We have mentioned some basic capabilities, like taking a picture and sharing it,” Parviz said. “We are experimenting with a lot of things. The feature set for the device is not set yet.” Project Glass, announced last year, will be a set of glasses with a small display attached to the right lens sitting on the edge of the user’s vision. Users control the display through a small touch panel on the right side of the glasses, though Parviz said Google has experimented with voice controls as well.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has released a quick fix for a vulnerability in older versions of their Internet Explorer browser that is actively being used by attackers to take over computers. The vulnerability affects IE versions 6, 7 and 8. The latest versions of the browser, 9 and 10, are not affected. The company occasionally issues quick fixes as a temporary protective measure while a permanent security update is developed if a vulnerability is considered particularly dangerous.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has seen their share of pain over the past year and justifiably so. Worldwide PC shipments have declined 8.3% since the third quarter of last year and the main driver of this trend has been the explosive rise of tablets. Intel’s chips have yet to make a big splash in the tablet market, but that is expected to change soon. Microsoft is going to release the Surface Pro tablet featuring Intel’s Core i5 processor sometime in early 2013. Starting at $899, this tablet isn’t likely to be a home run because its battery life is only expected to last between four and five hours and the price may be too high for many in the market for a tablet.
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