Would Apple go after Disney before the ink dries on the Fox deal?

Disney is a huge entertainment company that is getting bigger after this week’s agreement to buy 21st Century Fox for almost $53 billion. Disney itself has often been mentioned as being in play. But with a market cap above $168 billion, not too many firms could afford to make a bid. But there is one tech giant who could not only buy the House of Mouse, it also would be a good fit. And in fact, the estate of this tech firm’s co-founder is the largest owner of Disney shares. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are talking about Apple.

Earlier this year, we passed along the thoughts of RBC …


Microsoft confirms new ink effects and custom pens are coming to Office for iOS

Microsoft has just started testing new features for some of its iOS apps in the Office bundle. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have all gotten improvements that will soon be available to everyone.

For the time being, Office Insiders are the only ones getting the new Office 2.6 version on their iOS devices. An update containing all these new features will be available via App Store in October.

As the title says, among the most important new features added in the update, there’s an option to choose a personal set of pens and highlighters for inking. Also, Microsoft …

HTC reports another three months of red ink for the second quarter of 2017

For nine consecutive three-month quarters, HTC has announced a loss. It makes you wonder how the company can afford to keep spending for the red-ink cartridges that they are using to print these reports. The just announced net loss for the second quarter of 2017 amounted to $64.23 million USD, a slight 3.9% improvement from the $66.87 million USD loss that HTC reported for the previous quarter. This works out to a loss of 7.8 U.S. cents a share for Q2 versus a loss of 8 U.S. cents a share for this year’s first quarter. Gross margins declined to 13.7% from 16.3% during the same time period.

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