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Another quarter, another blowout expected for Apple earnings. The tech giant is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday. And as of Monday, analysts were expecting the company to report earnings of $2.60 per share on revenue of $67.69 billion, according to a Thomson Reuters survey of 40 analysts. …

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Microsoft unveils HoloLens in Redmond, Washington on Jan. 21, 2015.

As Microsoft executives were busy wowing the tech world with holographic goggles that blend the virtual and physical worlds through a futuristic computing platform, investors were busy selling the stock. The reaction makes sense. At its presentation Wednesday, Microsoft didn’t say exactly when the new HoloLens technology will go on sale, and it’s way too …

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As Box gears up for its IPO, Julia Boorstin tells us what the company does and how it makes money.

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As the five giants in U.S. consumer technology prepare to report earnings next week, investors are showing a surprisingly amount of skepticism about their prospects. Over the past three months, Apple (up 9.1 percent as of Thursday’s close) is the only one of the five to top the S&P 500’s 7.1 percent gain. Shares of …

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A man takes a picture of an Apple Watch window display in Paris.

The much heralded Apple Watch, the tech giant’s first new product category since the launch of the iPad, will go to market this year with a battery life that could be as low as 2.5 hours for active use, according to a report in 9to5mac. That battery duration—2.5 to 4 hours—applies to the most active …

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The biggest misunderstanding about enterprise cloud company Box is that the firm is in the consumer space, CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie told CNBC on Friday. In fact, Box works with about half of Fortune 500 companies at a time when the nature of computing in business is fundamentally changing, Levie said. “Box helps manage …

Google getting into wireless?

Google reportedly plans to offer a wireless service, but why would the company want to enter an industry that’s already under pressure?

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Everywhere you go in America’s big cities, people are on their iPhones. But it turns out the most iPhone usage isn’t in New York or California or even Illinois. Would you believe Alaska? Chitika Insights, which runs an online advertising network, analyzed a week’s worth of traffic from late December to figure out how much …

Airbnb in the hot seat

Lawmakers in New York City are zeroing in on Airbnb and trying to decide whether or not the company’s operations are legal.

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In the heart of Silicon Valley, there’s been a big jump in the price of small houses. Palo Alto, California, is one of the most sought-after communities in the Bay Area, with its elegant downtown, respected schools, and proximity to the headquarters of technology giants such as Facebook and Google. In fact, demand is so strong …

Xiaomi phone launches in China

Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, is taking direct aim at Apple with its release of a new phone and tablet.

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Mobile threats are soaring and are getting even creepier. In the U.S. mobile malware rates jumped 75 percent in 2014 from 2013, according to a report published Thursday by the mobile security firm Lookout. (The report, which was based on the firm’s 60 million users, reflects the number of devices that were attacked, but not …

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A shopper for Instacart studies her smart phone as she shops for a customer at Whole Foods in Denver.

Instacart announced this morning that it has closed a $220 million funding round, which the grocery delivery service says it will use toward category expansion and geographic growth. The financing round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Comcast Ventures, the venture arm of NBCUniversal’s parent company, as well as previous investors including top-tier venture …

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Box CEO Aaron Levie speaks during a keynote session at the BoxWorks "How Tomorrow Works" event in San Francisco, Sept. 3, 2014.

Aaron Levie is the quirky public face of software developer Box. But in the company’s online IPO roadshow, the more important commentary came from the lesser-known co-founder Dylan Smith. Smith, the 29-year-old chief financial officer, is responsible for telling investors how the business, which has been burning capital at a high rate even by Silicon …

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Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday for technology that allows its devices to read physical gestures and respond based on hand movements. That could lead to a major shift in how its users interact with their computers. Microsoft and Samsung already incorporate gesture controls into some of their products, perhaps the most widely known …