Tech Stock Recap: Kinect’s New Sensor, Apple’s Brand Value Bragging Rights

Is this really a good thing? Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) now includes facial expression-recognition capabilities in its Kinect motion sensor, via a software update, which enables the Kinect to track joints in the upper body, as well as to identify users while sitting. It could be of use as Microsoft continues with its plans to bring the Kinect to PCs.

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Sony (NYSE:SNE) predicts that its sales in India will increase by 30 percent in the current fiscal year, from the $1.1 billion last year, due to rising incomes in that country. In another move, the company introduces an iOS app for its Music Unlimited service, as it enters the crowded mobile music market. Competing with services from Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify and others, Sony’s version charges $3.99 per month for access to “core” online music stations and a user’s collection, and $9.99 per month for full access to Sony’s library and “premium” stations.

BrandZ‘s annual study says that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) still has the world’s most valuable brand, which value has increased by 19 percent year-to-year to $182.9 billion. Number two is said to be IBM (NYSE:IBM) with an increase of 15 percent, with Google at third and McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) at fourth.

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