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Tech News: Apple Already at Work on iPhone 6 and iOS 7


Plus, Microsoft's best kept R&D secret.

This column brings you the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on the world of technology every day.

The Next Web
Link: Developers Begin Seeing New Apple iPhone Hardware and iOS 7 in Usage Logs
"Currently under development, traces of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone and iOS software have begun surfacing in app usage logs. Developers have contacted The Next Web to share references to a new iPhone identifier and the next big operating system update for the smartphone and tablet devices: iOS 7.

"One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new 'iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year."

Link: Meet Microsoft, the World's Best Kept R&D Secret
"As far as 99.9 percent of the world population is concerned, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a stodgy, old-guard technology company. Its bottom line is fully leveraged against PC operating systems and business software-hardly the building blocks of a future-thinking portfolio, right?

"But scratch that cold, conservative, pedestrian surface, and you'll find a Microsoft that's a veritable hotbed of cutting-edge innovation. Indeed, the company doesn't just loosen its purse strings when it comes to research and development. No, it practically throws money at really big thinkers to build a more wondrous, fantastical future. In 2011 alone, Microsoft's R&D budget reached a record high of $9.6 billion (yes, with a 'B'). That's a lot of Benjamins, and they're being spent on some decidedly awesome projects."

Link: Google Glass Project In Flux
"Despite news that show Google's Project Glass (NASDAQ:GOOG) project is still in flux, one investor and researcher is making his own. Rod Furlan reports at the IEEE Spectrum site how he decided to make his own Google Glass prototype."

The Register
Link: HP Itching to Flog Flaccid Biz Units: Are Autonomy, PSG in Firing Line?
"Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) is considering selling or spinning out its weak business units but warned investors that any deals may not go smoothly.

"The troubled tech titan stated in its latest paperwork filed to US financial regulator the SEC: 'We continue to evaluate the potential disposition of assets and businesses that may no longer help us meet our objectives.'"

Financial Post
Link: RIM Needs BlackBerry10 to Spark Turnaround
"About this time last year, Research In Motion Ltd. (NASDAQ:RIMM) was closing out one of the darkest years in its history. Canada's BlackBerry maker was reeling after a year of product delays, service outages and the underwhelming launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

"As 2012 arrived, shares of RIM had fallen nearly 80% in 12 months as the company's BlackBerry devices had fallen out of favour with customers while Apple Inc.'s iPhone and handsets running Google Inc.'s Android software continued to increase in popularity."
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