Tech News: Will One of These Individuals Head Apple's Retail Chain?

By Christopher Witrak  JAN 07, 2013 9:47 AM

Plus, single-use devices on their way out, according to Accenture.


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Link: Apple Can’t Afford Buyer’s Remorse With Next Retail Hire

“‘Apple’s (AAPL) next frontier is to really grow the brand Internationally,’ Neil Stern, a senior partner at retail consultancy McMillan Doolittle LLP, told AllThingsD. ‘So brands like Nike (NYSE:NKE), Coach (NYSE:COH), Burberry (LON:BRBY) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) spring to mind as being ‘models,’ perhaps, of where an individual might have that experience.’

“We’ve been asking around for weeks about possible external candidates for Apple’s senior VP of retail job, and have heard largely the same thing, and a few names to boot.”

Link: As Demand for Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Screens Soars, Pure Play Devices Under Threat, Says Accenture

"Attention dumbphones, point-and-shoot cameras and music players: sorry to tell you this, but it looks like your days may be numbered. According to a new survey out from Accenture (NYSE:ACN) (released to coincide with the CES show), consumers are moving away from buying 'single-use' devices and opting instead for those that offer the ability to do many things, with smartphones (at 41% of respondents), PCs (36%), HDTVs (33%) and tablets (23%) topping the list of items consumers are most likely to buy in 2013, as gadget spending is projected to reach $1.1 trillion."

The Wall Street Journal: Digits
Link: HTC Aims to Be No. 3 Again

HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) is vowing to make a comeback in the smartphone market this year and Chief Executive Peter Chou and his management team are going all out to rally the troops.

“The top management of the Taipei-based company, including Mr. Chou, Chairwoman Cher Wang, Chief Financial Officer Chia-lin Chang and Chief Engineering Officer David Chen gave motivational speeches to encourage several thousands of employees, according to several employees who attended the 'morale boosting' event in late December.”

Link: Lenovo: Is It Microsoft's Windows 8 Go-To Partner?

"In other words, Lenovo (HKG:0992) is pushing Windows 8 and touch laptop upgrades heavily. Given Lenovo is at least statistically tied as the No. 1 PC maker with HP (NYSE:HPQ) and ahead depending on what numbers you use, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 push really starts in a few months.

“Depending on how other PC makers react, Lenovo is likely to emerge as Microsoft's most critical Windows 8 partner. Lenovo has the consumer, business and emerging market exposure that other PC players may lack."

Chicago Tribune: Technology
Link: Netflix to Carry Some Warner Bros. Shows

“Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) will carry previous seasons of some popular shows produced by Time Warner Inc's (NYSE:TWX) Warner Bros. Television as it braces for stiffer competition from new video-streaming rivals.

“Netflix said its US subscribers will be able to watch Revolution, a drama set in a post-apocalyptic America, mini-series Political Animals, starring Sigourney Weaver, and Western mystery series Longmire, among other shows.”

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
The author has a position in Microsoft.