The Tech Bet

  Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

Apple joins the Dow: Here's what to watch

Posted By: Althea Chang

Despite Apple's stellar market performance, the stock could add some volatility to Dow Jones industrial average, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said Thursday.

"The one thing you do wonder about is, Apple has been a straight-line up stock, but it has been fairly volatile historically and does this increase the volatility of the broader index?" Daryanani asked during a CNBC interview. "By our estimation, Apple's going to be something like 5 percent of the index right now."

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  Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

Next up after Apple TV online? An Apple TV set

Posted By: Althea Chang

Apple could be better poised to sell its own television set, according to one analyst, following a recent report that the tech giant plans to release an online TV service.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Apple is planning to launch its online TV service this fall, citing anonymous sources.

Television content has been a major hurdle for Apple in its reported plans to sell its own television, Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster said in a report Tuesday. Munster, who has been expecting Apple to make its own TV set for some time, now says it will be announced in 2016.

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  Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 3:01 PM ET

What Microsoft needs to do after Internet Explorer

Posted By: Althea Chang

Microsoft says it plans to retire its storied—and often maligned—Internet Explorer brand in favor of a new Web browser under a different name.

The rebranding is a part of its upcoming Windows 10 software overhaul. Internet Explorer will still be available, but the new browser, which goes by the tentative code name Project Spartan, will become the default browser for Windows 10 users, according to a Microsoft representative.

Introducing a new browser brand is almost a necessity for Microsoft, S&P Capital IQ analyst Angelo Zino said in an interview Tuesday with CNBC.

Users have turned to Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla Firefox in recent years, forcing Internet Explorer from an 80 percent market share in 2007 to about a 30 percent share now, Zino said.

Read MoreAs Microsoft earnings slide, shares plunge 10%

The drastic shift to the mobile Web drove users away from Internet Explorer, Zino added.

"What it tells us is that [Microsoft] essentially failed in their expansion efforts within mobility," Zino said.

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  Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

Apple's big secret is out, and that's good: Analyst

Posted By: Althea Chang

Apple's decision to open the beta version of its latest iOS update for consumers to test is a necessary step to build a better operating system and to create buzz, an analyst said Friday.

"IOS is Apple. This is where revenue, profit and growth come from," said Max Wolff, chief economist at Manhattan Venture Partners.

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  Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

How Alibaba's Snapchat investment could pay off

Posted By: Althea Chang

A $200 million investment by Alibaba in social network Snapchat could help the Chinese online retailer's own growth as it develops worldwide, according to one expert.

"This isn't just about an investment. Snapchat [has] tremendous reach, almost 200 million active users, and this will give Alibaba a great learning experience as they invest deeper in their own mobile services in China, the U.S. and beyond," said Jag Bath, senior vice president of product at RetailMeNot.com.

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  Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

Amazon just launched a new 'Exclusive' marketplace

Posted By: Althea Chang

Inflatable paddle boards, detachable cellphone camera lenses and turn-signal gloves for cyclists—Amazon's vast offerings just became a little quirkier.

The e-commerce giant on Wednesday launched its Amazon Exclusives. The new marketplace gives customers a "first look" at products from what Amazon called "up-and-coming brands"' that have appeared on "Shark Tank" and crowd-funding campaigns.

The site will offer select items funded by Kickstarter campaigns, according to Engadget, as well as other inventions sold on companies' own websites and their brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon has the exclusive third-party rights to the items on new store, the company said.

Read More Three reasons why Amazon has room to run

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  Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

Apple Watch has one 'big challenge' left: Expert

Posted By: Althea Chang

With the Apple Watch weeks away from hitting the market, the tech giant behind the wearable still needs to sell the pricey device to the public, experts told CNBC on Tuesday.

Apple took the tech world by storm Monday when it detailed the watch during its "Spring Forward" event. Andrew Holland, engagement manager of consulting firm Vivaldi Partners Group, told CNBC that Apple still has work to do.

"The big challenge is in offering something that is truly valuable to the consumer, rather than just a trivial distraction," Holland said. "For this, marketers will need a continuous stream of quality data about the wearer's behaviors. The areas where it is most obviously relevant are retail, travel and fitness."

Another concern? The life cycle of the watch, said Sarah Kahn, an industry research analyst at IBISWorld. It will take years to find out how long the Apple Watch can last, and whether owners need to upgrade them as often as they do smartphones.

Apple said the battery is expected to last 18 hours on a charge, but skeptics may be wary of this estimate, Kahn said.

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  Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

Apple's big Watch problem: The wearable market

Posted By: Althea Chang

Apple's much anticipated entry into the wearable market faces one big challenge—the wearable market itself.

Mike Prospero, reviews editor at Tom's Guide, told CNBC that the market seemed "fairly tepid," and it's already rife with competition. Only about 1 million smartwatches has been sold so far, he added.

Read MoreApple Live Blog: Here comes the smartwatch

Smartwatches are "all sort of incomplete at the moment," said Prospero, who recently reviewed the most popular ones. "None really last more than a day on a charge except for maybe the Pebble, which is a big consideration when you're carrying something around."

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  Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:34 AM ET

What could make or break the Apple Watch

Posted By: Althea Chang

The Apple Watch is expected to make it big debut on Monday, and both Silicon Valley and Wall Street will be eyeing the much-hyped wearable for imperfections.

Max Wolff, chief economist and tech expert at Manhattan Venture Partners, had a laundry list of concerns about Apple's entry in the wearable tech scene, chief among them water resistance, battery life and screen size.

Apple showed off its watch design last September, but it didn't provide several vital details that many consumers would use to determine whether to buy one. Many gadget lovers are looking to find out whether the watch is water resistant, Wolff said.

"Nobody wants to pay $500 for something, then wash their hands and have it be a very expensive paperweight," Wolff said. "Also the battery life. It's also fun to have a watch that's alive on your wrist."

Read MoreApple Watch won't move the needle: Analyst

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  Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

Why 13-inch iPad delay may be good news for Apple

Posted By: Althea Chang

The reported delay in production of Apple's 12.9-inch iPad could actually be good news for the tech giant, analysts say.

Apple's biggest iPad was expected to be released in the first quarter of this year, but manufacturers have been instructed to delay production until the latter half the year, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources.

So what's the good news? It all comes down to the iPhone.

Read MoreApple Watch may give these companies a boost

"In a way I would argue this is almost a better thing because [the] iPhone still has a lot of momentum, a lot of steam ahead of it," RBC Capital Markets Research Analyst Amit Daryanani told CNBC. "As that starts to ease up a little bit towards the end of this year … it would be optimal for the iPad to come out at the point."

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