Apple’s Design Vision Shifts and 3 Tech Titans in Focus

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): On Monday, the management shake-up that Apple announced probably indicates that Apple will make a shift from visual tricks, of which a great deal of people working for the company do not quite approve. Additionally, the company fired Scott Forstall, who was the leader of Apple’s mobile software development and a strong supporter of Steve Jobs. Forstall’s abrasive style and resistance to collaborate with other parts of the company were main factors concerned with his termination, and this change marks the end of the most vocal and high-ranking factor of the visual design style that was supported by Mr. Jobs. The executive now responsible for directing the appearance of Apple’s software is Jonathan Ive, who was previously responsible for Apple’s minimalist hardware designs. Ive had a close relationship with Steve Jobs, but he vocalized his distaste for the visual appearance of Apple’s mobile software, according to current and former Apple employees who requested to not be identified due to discussing internal matters.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Shares of InterDigital (NASDAQ:IDCC), the holder of a patent portfolio that including technology that is used in mobile devices like cellular phones, tablets, and notebooks, advanced more than the Nasdaq yesterday. Some of InterDigital’s strength was a result of a court filing from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), that was made public yesterday, claiming that the smartphone maker was willing to pay Google’s Motorola unit as much as $1 per Apple mobile device shipped to license Motorola’s cellular and Wi-Fi patent portfolio. The Fly adds that analysts have previously stated that InterDigital’s mobile-related patent portfolio compares in some respects to Motorola’s patent holdings. In late morning trading, shares of InterDigital jumped $2.29, or 6.01%, to $40.38.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 21Vianet Group, and the Shanghai Municipal Government, stated that they signed a strategic partnership agreement expanding Microsoft’s premier commercial cloud servicesOffice 365 and Windows Azureinto China.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) researchers have been in the process of developing a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets, which has the possibility of providing users with the capabilities of a supercomputer, or at least a mainstream PC, in their hands. A report from Computerworld claims that Intel researchers in Barcelona have been “working on finding new ways to use and manage many cores in mobile devices.” They predict that these chips will be available in nearly 5 to 10 years, the report reveals, which CNET confirmed with Intel for its legitimacy.

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