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Best of the Tech Blogs: Will a September iPhone 5 Launch Help Apple Beat Sales Estimates?


Plus, Sony aims to regain dominance with help from its "4K" technology.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web each day.

CNNMoney: Apple 2.0
Link: Analyst: Sept. 12 Launch Adds 6-10M iPhone 5s to Apple's Q4

"With all the talk of a new iPhone launch in September -- rather than October, as previously rumored -- I had expected to see the Apple (AAPL) analysts rushing to adjust their models accordingly.

"After all, any iPhone sales made on or before Sept. 29 -- the last day of Apple's fourth fiscal quarter of 2012 -- would get counted as revenue in a quarter that all of Wall Street expected to be another disappointment."

The Wall Street Journal: Digits
Link: '4K' Video: A Hope for Japan's Electronics Makers?

"These are dark days for the electronics industry in Japan. Sony Corp. (SNE) is working to regain its mojo (and profitability after four straight years in the red), while Sharp (SHCAY), which once ruled Japan's television market, is now facing a cash crunch that has raised questions about its long-term future."

"The opportunities to script a comeback also appear grim. Smartphones are dominated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. (SSNLF), the tablet market is ruled by Apple, and the television sector is a dog-fight that leaves nearly everyone awash in losses. So where can Japan Inc. turn to for a hope for brighter days?"

Link: HP Is Just Fine With Microsoft's Surface Tablet, Thank You

"If Microsoft's (MSFT) decision to enter the PC hardware market with its own Surface tablet has caused Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) any anxiety, the PC-maker isn't letting on.

"While some PC manufacturers, like Acer (ACEIF), have bemoaned Microsoft's Surface initiative in the press, even going so far as to call upon Redmond to 'think twice' about entering the hardware business, HP seems largely unfazed by it."

Link: Netflix Continues Its Invasion into Europe with Service in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, & Finland

"Netflix (NFLX) is expanding its streaming video service in four new European markets, the company announced today.

"The company first announced that it would be expanding into new markets during its Q2 2012 earnings call, but declined to share exactly what those markets would be until now. Netflix is now coming to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland sometime later this year. At this point, the company is still staying quiet about pricing and content selection. However, it's safe to assume Nordic customers will be getting a huge batch of new-ish movies and TV shows that can be viewed an unlimited number of times for one low monthly fee."

Link: Apple Is in Danger of Being Boring

"Right, let's get this out the way up front: I don't personally own a single Apple device. I use them a fair bit at work, but I've never actually handed over any cash for one. I've been tempted, but have never been able to put form over function for the amount of money an iPhone, iPad or MacBook costs.

"While Apple says it has hardware to beat all-comers, I'd argue it doesn't: it has beautifully designed devices with close to, but not quite, top-of-the-range specs. It's true, though, that this has been good enough for it to maintain excellent margins on massive volumes of sales and to keep people eager for more."

Link: 10 Essential Tablet Apps for Business

"It's not just customers who are drifting away from their laptops and desktops to do everything on mobile devices. More and more, entrepreneurs are cutting the bulky power cord and conducting business on the go. Thanks to tablets and the ever-growing selection of mobile apps that's easy to do.

"We asked 10 successful entrepreneurs to share the apps that boost their business productivity. Here are their top picks."

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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