3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple to Launch iPad Mini Retina, BlackBerry Gets Support for Going Private, and Microsoft Helps Out with Windows 8

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Although the rumored iPad retina wasn’t supposed to launch until next year, Bloomberg has received word that the company is gearing up for a launch in the fourth quarter of the current calendar year — just in time for the holiday season. The publication’s source indicated that Apple will unveil a new iPhone at a September 10 event, along with a new slate of redesigned iPads and software.


BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Shares of BlackBerry are continuing their run as news that Alberta Investment Management would invest in the company should the smartphone maker go private. “It’s early days,” Alberta CEO Leo De Bever said to Bloomberg. “No one has approached us with anything that is baked.” The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has also expressed interest in BlackBerry were the company to take itself off the public exchanges.


Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft is lending another helping hand to baffled Windows 8 users, with version 8.1 promising to make life a little bit easier. A help feature has been leaked that will explain how to more easily take advantage of certain features contained within Windows 8.1, as well as the return of the start button and other more straightforward features.


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