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  • Samsung's Chromebox: A dead ringer for Apple's Mac Mini

    Is there anything Apple makes that Samsung won't copy?

    FORTUNE -- Since it was introduced in May there have been at least half a dozen reviews of Samsung's Chromebox Series 3, a $330 keyboard-and-screen-free computer running Google's (GOOG) Chrome OS that Amazon (AMZN) began promoting in e-mails to customers this week.

    But only one reviewer -- Engadget's Myriam Joire -- bothered to mention the Chromebox's uncanny resemblance to a product Apple (AAPL) sells.

    "Apple should MORE

    - Aug 10, 2012 5:37 AM ET
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  • How Apple became the world's No. 1 computer manufacturer

    In this chart, by counting the iPad as a personal computer

    FORTUNE -- Late last week Asymco's Horace Dediu updated some data he has been monitoring for several years on global sales of personal computers -- broadly defined to include tablets like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab and the Kindle Fire.

    Seen in this post-PC light, traditional computer manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Lenovo (LNVGY) fall behind and Apple (AAPL) MORE

    - Aug 6, 2012 7:06 AM ET
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  • Apple buys a company that makes fingerprint readers

    Picks up Florida-based AuthenTec Inc. for $356 million

    FORTUNE -- Unless it changes its stripes, Apple (AAPL) is never going to buy Twitter, Netflix, TiVo, Facebook or any of the other headline-grabbing acquisitions that have been floated in the press.

    Apple buys companies like AuthenTec (AUTH), which according to an SEC 8-K filing Friday was picked up by Apple for $8 a share, a 58% premium over AuthenTec's Thursday close of $5.07.

    The Melbourne, Florida-based company MORE

    - Jul 27, 2012 8:32 AM ET
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  • Why did Facebook fall out of Apple's Mountain Lion?

    Once again, Cupertino threw a social networking party and Facebook didn't show

    FORTUNE --  First Ping, now Mountain Lion. You have to ask, what is it with Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB)?

    Let's review.

    Remember when Steve Jobs promised two years ago at the launch of iTunes Ping --  Apple's failed experiment in music social networking -- that thanks to its tight integration with Facebook you would be soon be able to see MORE

    - Jul 26, 2012 8:02 AM ET
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  • Apple's lackluster Q3 results: What the analysts are saying

    Stronger than expected iPad sales failed to offset disappointing iPhone numbers

    FORTUNE -- "It's a testimony to just how remarkable Apple's last few years have been," wrote Daring Fireball's John Gruber, putting a positive spin on Apple's (AAPL) surprisingly weak third quarter results, "that 23 percent year-over-year growth looks so bad on a chart."

    Still 23% growth was a disappointment to Wall Street, which had expected better of Apple, and its analysts MORE

    - Jul 25, 2012 8:34 AM ET
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  • Apple's rare miss: Katy Huberty nailed it. The bloggers blew it.

    The professional in Q3 made the independents look like what most of them are: Amateurs

    FORTUNE -- "Don't play darts with Katy Huberty," one of our readers commented after Apple (AAPL) reported earnings Tuesday that fell short of every other analyst's expectations. "She's on a hot streak."

    If ever there was a quarter in which it paid an Apple analyst to be cautious, this was it. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, whose low-ball MORE

    - Jul 25, 2012 7:30 AM ET
  • Apple's earnings disappoint. Shares fall over $30 after hours

    Reports profits of $8.8 billion on sales of $35 billion. Wall Street was looking for $37 billion.

    FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) did a rare thing Tuesday: It disappointed Wall Street.

    Although it reported sales and earnings ahead of its (typically) low guidance, and although CEO Tim Cook declared himself "thrilled" that the company sold a record 17 million iPads in the quarter, the stock immediately dropped more than $30 in after-hours trading.

    Analysts had MORE

    - Jul 24, 2012 4:46 PM ET
  • Horace Dediu and Gene Munster on Apple without Steve Jobs

    Two of my favorite analysts on stage at the same time

    FORTUNE -- At Fortune's annual Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., two of the most influential Apple (AAPL) analysts -- Asymco's Horace Dediu and Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster -- talked about the risks the company faces without Steve Jobs at the helm.

    The moderator is Adam Lashinsky, author of (among other things) Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired -- and Secretive MORE

    - Jul 18, 2012 6:51 AM ET
  • The (newly multilingual) Apple Store is down -- updated

    Gone is the yellow Post-it note. In its place, a sign that says it'll be back soon in 18 languages

    FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) online store's "down for repairs/updating" sign has a new look. The yellow "We'll be back soon" Post-it has been replaced by more muted signage that is a lesson in multinationalism. At right: The message in French.

    UPDATE: The store came back on line at 6:00 a.m. Eastern (3 MORE

    - Jul 18, 2012 6:16 AM ET
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  • Apple's iPod line: A $7.5 billion business that gets no respect

    Sales may be falling, but they still represent nearly 10% of the company's revenue stream

    FORTUNE -- You might think that after tracking them for nearly a dozen years, the analysts who follow Apple (AAPL) would have a better handle on the company's quarterly iPod sales. But Apple analysts tend to focus on the product lines that are still growing like gangbusters -- chiefly the iPad and the iPhone -- and they offer iPod MORE

    - Jul 17, 2012 10:23 AM ET
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