Monthly Archives: March 2013

Chris Nuttall

Sony is rightly mounting a competition for a cuter name for the SRS-BTV5, first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and available this month in black, white or pink for $70 (£55).

I like to roll this small audio ball of a wireless speaker in the palm of my hand and pet it like an executive toy, before tucking it away in its string bag for travelling. 

A $500bn game of chicken. That’s what it feels like as a handful of the biggest US technology companies posture over what they plan to do with their “trapped” overseas cash holdings. But like all games of chicken, the end must come eventually – and it’s hard to see that this is one the tech companies will win.

John Chambers, chief executive of Cisco Systems, struck the most provocative pose in an interview with the FT last week. After four fruitless years of arguing in Washington for a tax holiday for repatriating his foreign cash to be invested in the US, he says he’s had enough and is going to spend it somewhere else instead.

 

Mikhail Zverev, Standard Life Investments’ global equity rising star, is betting on mobile internet companies to drive his fund into the big league.

Edinburgh-based Standard Life has lagged behind rival fund companies such as Aberdeen, Carmignac and M&G in the global equity stakes in recent years, in spite of efforts to boost its presence, including a US distribution push.