Microsoft (MSFT) Announces Entertainment Updates for Windows 10; Xbox Music Rebrands to 'Groove' Jul 6, 2015 03:50PM

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) posted the following to its Windows blog on Monday:

Windows 10 was built to offer a familiar and secure experience, with unmatched productivity offerings and more entertainment options for Windows fans. Not only will you be able to enjoy great gaming on Windows 10 – including the new Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta announced this weekend – but also great first party apps that come with refreshed designs, and that are free and installed on... (continue reading...)

Microsoft (MSFT) Announces Updated Design of Bing Maps Jul 6, 2015 02:09PM

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) posted the following to its Bing blog on Monday:

When we set out to redesign Bing Maps, we listened to a lot of user feedback. People using a variety of map sites, from a variety of countries, told us what they love about, and what they struggle with when using map services.

We heard that people want one experience that brings together the best content in one view, that fully reflects what they are planning, not just their last search. Users want... (continue reading...)

Starbucks Coffee (SBUX) Plans Price Hike as Raw Coffe Prices Tumble Jul 6, 2015 01:36PM

Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) is said to be hiking prices to offset increasing rent and wage costs.

The cWSJ noted that the price hike comes even as raw coffee prices have fallen recently. The 1 percent increase will take effect on Tuesday.

Arabica futures have fallen 42 percent from peak levels late last year.

One spokesperson for the Seattle-based coffee giant said, Our pricing philosophy is to balance our need to run our business effectively while providing maximum value... (continue reading...)

Semiconductor Sales Rose 5.1% in May - SIA (QCOM) (INTC) (AMD) (MU) Jul 6, 2015 11:24AM

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.2 billion for the month of May 2015, an increase of 5.1 percent from May 2014 when sales were $26.8 billion. Global sales from May 2015 were 2.1 percent higher than the April 2015 total of $27.6 billion. Regionally, sales in the Americas increased 11.4 percent compared to last May to lead all... (continue reading...)

Harley-Davidson (HOG) Moves Higher Following Positive Mention Jul 6, 2015 08:45AM

Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) shares are indicated higher Monday following a positive Barron's mention last weekend.

According to the report, Harley-Davidson could still see near-term choppiness, but long-term investors should fare well. While the company is aiming to tap more a younger generation of buyers, it could still see upside as many baby boomers (the key demographic for HOG) are living longer, more active lifestyles.

Two reasons why gains should hold are that... (continue reading...)

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