Investor Avie Tevanian on the importance of creating great platforms

Avie Tevanian joined investment firm Elevation Partners today as a managing director. Tevanian spent more than a decade at Apple before he retired in 2006. He is credited with helping turn around the company as the chief software technology officer, in charge of Apple’s vaunted OS X operating system, which is now used on everything from the MacBook air to the iPhone. At Elevation, he’ll rub shoulders with the likes of U2’s Bono, investor Roger McNamee, and former Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson. We caught up with him for an interview.

Orange exec confirms Apple's upcoming tablet launch

Apple won’t confirm rumors that it will shortly be launching a new tablet computer, but one of its European partners has let the information slip. An executive at telecom firm France Telecom/Orange said, in a video interview that appeared yesterday, that Apple is launching a tablet at the end of January.

Intel's Paul Otellini: Soon we'll all be making 3-D videos

The drumbeat around 3-D viewing is relentless at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. Big companies such as LG Electronics, Sharp, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and Nvidia devoted considerable air time at their events gushing about 3-D, which was a dud until James Cameron’s new 3-D film Avatar became a giant hit in theaters.

Panasonic shows off HD video conferencing, pushes 3-D TVs

Panasonic opened its press event with a video conference of its chairman Fumio Ohtsubo talking from Osaka, Japan, with a crystal clear high-definition image on a big screen. That high-end video conferencing system will be on the market in April. But the real push at the Japanese company is — as you’ve heard many times before — 3-D TV.