Forty years of Apple; Bay Area real estate; more

Apple at 40:

Michelle Quinn writes: How has Apple led the tech pack for so long? Its survival may be chalked up to a combination of lucky genes and good timing as much as perfect execution, constant innovation and key risk-taking.

Troy Wolverton writes: Apple’s hits have revolutionized markets, while its misses have sometimes paved the way for future products, even when they’ve been the butt of jokes. Also: Apple is still innovating and the jury is out on some recent products.

Apple’s expansion: The company’s plans for a new “spaceship” campus in Cupertino are certain to create an attention-getting headquarters icon and another Silicon Valley landmark, but the company’s push into neighboring cities such as San Jose and Sunnyvale is likely to also transform those communities with dramatic new office complexes and high-paying jobs.

Plus a timeline and a look at Apple’s key players.

The rest:

Troy Wolverton writes: If you’re looking to cut your pay TV bill, but aren’t yet ready to ditch all of your favorite channels or programs, the Internet is starting to offer some alternatives. The latest is Sony’s PlayStation Vue service.

Overall sales of the iPad are falling, but growing numbers of restaurants and retailers are ditching their old cash registers to use Apple’s tablet instead.

Larry Magid writes about his experience when he accepted Vivint’s offer to lend him a professionally installed home-automation system that includes an Internet-controllable thermostat, front door lock and doorbell camera along with modules that let him control lights and appliances.

As the way we digitally communicate with one another continues to undergo a sea change, new evidence seems to suggest a large-scale pivot by youth toward messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber to do their chit-chatting. And there’s a noticeable age divide that increasingly makes traditional email seem like a tool for the middle aged and beyond.

Bay Area real estate: Marin, Santa Cruz and San Francisco counties are among the five least affordable markets in the nation, according to a first-quarter analysis of 456 U.S. counties by RealtyTrac, the real estate information company.

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