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Revenue from iOS, Android gaming apps now three times greater than portable …
The trend that's seen portable gaming shifting largely to devices like Apple's iPhone continues apace, according to a new report that pegs revenue from gaming on iOS and Android devices at three times the size of revenue on dedicated portable gaming …
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Light Flow Update Teases New Version of Android, May Require Persistent …
Now that Google I/O is over with and a potential Android 4.3 release date is in the wild, the hypebeasting of features will undoubtedly start to pick up. The first to kick off the fun is one of our favorite apps, Light Flow. For those not familiar …
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Flashback Friday: Android 2.3
As another version of Android is reportedly being prepared for release, it seems only fitting to take a look back at the version of the operating system that really seems to have been the turning point for its adoption. Android 2.3, also known as …
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The retailer’s online sales fell 33 percent last year while competitors are seeing double-digit gains.
As bad as things are for J.C. Penney’s brick-and-mortar stores, they are even worse for its digital operation.
Internet sales plunged 33% last year to $ 1.02 billion, performing even worse than the company's physical stores, where sales fell 25%. By contrast, e-commerce sales for competitors are booming — Macy's and Kohl's both saw online sales soar more than 40% in the same time period.
The decline is even more surprising given that it came under the watch of former CEO Ron Johnson, the executive responsible for transforming Apple into a retail behemoth.
Mike Ullman, who was brought back to replace Johnson as CEO in April after retiring from that position in November 2011, emphasized on J.C. Penney's first quarter conference call Thursday that fixing the retailer's online storefront was a top priority. (First quarter online sales figures were not provided.)
During his first public remarks since becoming CEO, Ullman told analysts yesterday that problems with the website were “self-inflicted” — it was just hard for customers to use. During the last year, JCP.com operated as “a completely separate entity inside the company, with little synergy between stores and online” and the company is working to make “a seamless omnichannel experience” going forward, he said.
Or, put another way, J.C. Penney's digital operations lacked the ease-of-use and seamless integration that has become Apple's trademark.
Visitors to the J.C. Penney website are now met with a pop-up asking them to participate in a customer satisfaction survey that asks questions about what sections they plan to visit, their likelihood of making a purchase and possible bugs, among other things.
Ullman is cleaning up a number of mistakes caused by his predecessor, who was responsible for a $ 4.3 billion plunge in sales last year as he experimented with a shift to everyday-low prices, slashed mainstay private-label brands such as St. John's Bay and sought to turn most J.C. Penney stores into a collection of boutiques.
This month, J.C. Penney has been running ads asking customers to come back to stores and thanking them for returning.
Ullman wouldn't provide any concrete numbers but said the response to the marketing and Mother's Day promotions were encouraging. After a 16% decline in this latest quarter and a net loss of $ 348 million, investors and analysts will have to hope so.
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is poised to pass 10 million shipments next week less than a month after the device launched, says co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun, according to the Korea Times. The S4′s international release took place on April 27, after the phone launched in Samsung’s home market on April 26.
“We are confident that we will pass more than 10 million sales of the S4 next week. It is selling much faster than the previous model S3,” Jong-kyun told reporters at an industry forum in Seoul yesterday the paper reports. “Samsung spent 50 days to pass the 10 million sales mark for the S3. The S4 will be Samsung’s first ’10 million seller’ device less than a month after its official debut.”
Earlier this week Samsung confirmed shipments of the S4 had passed 6 million, describing it as the fastest ever sell rate for a Galaxy S smartphone, or any other Samsung smartphone. Company officials pointed to increased marketing spending as a key accelerator, according to the Korea Times. Samsung’s smartphone marketing budget dwarfs the other Android OEMs. According to research from Kantar media, reported in the WSJ, the company spent $ 401m in 2012 advertising its phones in the U.S. alone vs Apple’s $ 333 million.
It’s worth flagging that shipments are not actual sales. Samsung does not report the latter, however channel shipments at least give an indication of how popular retailers believe a device is going to be.
Apple does report device sales but does not break this out for individual iPhone models, so it’s not possible to compare the like-for-like sales of the iPhone 5 with the Galaxy S4 shipments but reporting its last earnings in April Apple said it sold a total of 37.4 million iPhones in the quarter.
The Ouya is making its way out to backers even now (though my shipping notification still hasn’t arrived. Grrr.) and judging by early impressions, it’s no silver bullet to take down behemoths like Sony and Microsoft. The $ 99, Android powered console still isn’t fully formed exactly, but it’s doubtful that between now and June 25 it’ll take on giant-killer proportions. Likewise the recently-announced BlueStacks Android gaming console, which features a subscription-based pricing model, probably won’t alone topple the giants.
But combined, these and a slew of other devices including the GameStick, smart TVs from manufacturers, Steam Boxes, and even Google and Apple hardware are eating away at what was once a fairly exclusive field. It seems a lot of people are waiting for a watershed moment to signal a significant shift away from traditional console gaming to a new paradigm, but increasingly, it looks likely that what we’ll see instead is an erosion that more closely resembles glacial shift, but on a less geological time scale.
There’s evidence to suggest that console gaming is already losing significant ground, like quarterly results from Nintendo that show a dramatic decline in consumer interest in the recently-launched Wii U console. And while Sony saw its first full-year profit in half a decade, most of the good news was on the smartphone side, and PlayStation sales fell for the year. Microsoft is still doing fairly well with the Xbox 360, but growth of key accessories like the Kinect have slowed with time.
Slower Kinect sales are a good bellwether for the industry’s overall health, if only because it and devices like it are where console makers are turning to try to inject some fresh life into a market that had recently started to look fairly stale. To some extent, Kinect, Move and other gimmicks like the screen of the 3DS are an answer to incursions by mobile gaming and other alternatives. Just like point-and-shoot cameras needed differentiating features like long zooms to prove themselves relative to smartphone cameras, video games needed something new to reel in new buyers.
The new crop of challengers to the console gaming market, including Ouya and the new BlueStacks GamePop console, risks getting discounted by critics as just another round of devices like the GP2X Wiz or the Gizmondo, which had limited appeal and then faded into the background of video games history as little more than a minor footnote. But that’s taking too short-term and dismissive a view on what’s currently happening in the video game space. It’s true that, as ardent console gamers continually remind me, there will always be a demand for that type of content.
Increasingly, however, there’s a growing contingent of players that are fine saying, “if I can get it on my phone, why do I need it anywhere else?” and that’s a market that’s ripe for a living room transition like the ones being attempted by Ouya and BlueStack. It’s easy to discount these ahead of their full consumer launch, and I don’t expect them to have an immediate impact on console sales, but they are signs of a sure shift, and one that won’t go away, even if doesn’t provide the sort of bomb shock disruption that we’re so fond of identifying and championing.
The mobile PC market isn’t doing great, but that’s only if you look at it independently of tablet device sales. NPD DisplaySearch now says that over the next five years, however, the mobile PC market will more than double, growing from 367.6 million units in 2012 to 762.7 million by 2017.
The growth is being driven by a sea change in PC computing, as tablet PCs continually replace your standard notebook form factors, and touch gets built in to more and more laptop devices. Almost every manufacturer now has at least one touch-capable model, which is actually required for Windows 8 certification, and which helps explain ambitious devices like the Asus Aspire R7.
In the near-term, NPD DisplaySearch expects tablet shipments to rise 67 percent year-over-year in 2013, reaching 256.5 million on their own. Notebook shipments are expected to slow in general, down to 183.3 million in 2017, from 203.3 million in 2013. NPD predicts growth for certain categories, including touch-enabled devices, and even projects that devices like the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks will adopt touch in the coming years.
NPD doesn’t see Windows 8 actually driving touch adoption, despite the requirement by Microsoft for certification. That’s probably because of reportedly lackluster sales performance by Microsoft’s latest OS so far, but still the category will grow as OEMs look to invest more in hybrid devices, sliders and tablet-style form factors that could potentially resonate better with where consumers seem to be spending their computing dollars these days.
Despite the generally rosy outlook NPD DisplaySearch paints, the fact remains that now, Apple is the company that stands to gain the most from an upsurge in tablet popularity. It sold around 19.5 million iPads during Q2 2013, representing 65 percent year over year growth, and so far no one has been able to come close to that. Others are slowly making inroads, however, including Asus, which reported its Q1 2013 earnings today, including 3 million tablet sales that offset notebook and PC component losses to the tune of $ 202 million in profit.
Hybrid car sales in the US have been dominated by Toyota’s Prius family — but that could be changing as demand for Ford’s Fusion and C-Max hybrids continues to sharply rise. Bloomberg reports that the automaker’s share of US hybrid vehicle sales rose from three percent in April 2012 to 18 percent last month. Though Toyota still took in over half of April’s sales, it’s the only manufacturer ahead of Ford at this point. Ford is also on track to beat its own record for yearly hybrid sales — 35,496 vehicles — sometime this month.
Even so, it still has a ways to go to catch up with Toyota. Last year, the Japanese automaker sold over 236,000 hybrids in the US, and according to Bloomberg it expects to sell more than that in 2013. Sales…
Question by Ian: Is the Transformer Prime table THAT much better than the Motorola Xoom?
I’ve got the option of buying one or the other. $ 500 for the prime and there is a xoom for $ 350.
Is the prime worth the $ 150 difference?
Answer by Ian
Hell yes, the Prime is much better than the Xoom. The Prime features a Tegra 3 while the Xoom has a Tegra 2 (and Tegra 3 is quad core!) a better display, it’s a lot smoother especially with Android 4.0, and best of all if you purchase the optional Keyboard dock, you can make a beautiful Android ‘laptop’ the keyboard dock also has a battery for extremely long battery life.
Love your name btw ;D
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Dollar collapse question. When are countries going to realize we dont produce anything other than green paper?
Question by LolWhoGivesA5hitAboutGlobalWarming: Dollar collapse question. When are countries going to realize we dont produce anything other than green paper?
We consume all the worlds resources in the states and produce nothing because of strict regulation on business and outsourcing. When are countries going to catch on the the fraud the federal reserve does? When are the people going to realizes the quantitative easing (printing money out of thin air) is just a way to keep the scam going longer?
Third might sound good, until you see how much we consume. Then you realize we need to be far ahead of even number one to keep a healthy economy.
Most of the worlds resources.
Answer by Top Source
The US is the world’s third largest exporter.
“The EU [European Union] and the US economies account together for about half the entire world GDP and for nearly a third of world trade flows…
“EU goods imports from the US in 2010: €169.5 billion.
“EU services imports from the US in 2010: €131.0 billion.
“EU investment flows to the US in 2009: €79.2 billion.”
“As the world’s 3rd biggest exporting nation, America shipped $ 1.291 trillion worth of exports in 2008.
“Principal American exports were capital goods including aircraft, industrial supplies like organic chemicals, consumer goods including automobiles and agricultural products led by soybeans and corn.
“Based on 2008 statistics, America’s largest export clients were Canada (20.1%), Mexico (11.7%), China (5.5%), Japan (5.1%), Germany (4.2%) and the United Kingdom (4.1%).”
These ignorant, hysterical questions are typical of those who rant against “The Fed!”
And of those who try to scapegoat “Regulations!” as the cause of President Cheney’s Great Recession,
when ,in fact, it was the GOP’s ideology of De-Regulation that allowed the Global Plutocratic Cabal’s Big Banks to loot working Americans’ net worth:
International Monetary Fund’s former Chief Economist:
“Our leading bankers looted [the United States], plunged the world into deep recession, [starting Dec, 2007] and cost the United States eight million jobs.
“Now many of them stand by with sharpened knives and enhanced bonuses – willing to suggest how the salaries and jobs of others can be further cut.
“Consider the morality of that.
“Will no one think hard about what this means for our budget and our political system until it is too late?”
By Simon Johnson, former Chief Economist @ the International Monetary Fund.
Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate in Econ: The 2000s, the “Decade of Zero”: Zero gains for home prices, home equity, workers’ median income, employment, & stockmarket.
From 2001 to 2009, for the first time since WW2, the average American’s net worth fell, and by a huge 13%.
The 1990s had the largest increase, 44%.
Robert Reich, Sec of Labor under Clinton:
“What’s happened in the last 30 years is that worker [in the private sector] has taken a shellacking.
“The US economies’ problems lie w/ “fraud, deregulation and vast concentration of wealth.
“For three decades we’ve cut taxes on the wealthy while real wages stood still.”
The median American male worker earns less today [in 2010] adjusted for inflation, than he did 30 years ago.
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ZTE has agreed to license patents that Microsoft holds relating to Android and Chrome OS. The agreement comes just a week after a similar deal with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn was revealed. Microsoft says the fresh deal with ZTE means 80 percent of Android smartphones sold in the US and a majority worldwide are covered under its agreements.
Microsoft holds a large number of deals with OEMs including HTC, Acer, Samsung, and LG, with the latest ZTE agreement bringing the number above 20. While Microsoft has convinced many, Google-owned Motorola remains defiant against any patent deals with the software maker. The pair remain locked in legal battles over patents related to the Xbox 360. Microsoft makes a subtle dig at Motorola in its…
Google’s latest expansion of its Street View mapping service has seen it enter Hungary and Lesotho to mark 50 countries in which the feature is now available. The company has also pushed its “largest single update” of new and updated mapping images for over 350,000 miles of roads across 14 of its supported countries, which include France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand.
In October, Google pushed updated imagery for over 250,000 miles of road, expanding coverage in the US, Great Britain, Italy, and Sweden, among other areas. Today’s update sees the company add more special collections to its service, which now includes popular spots like the Pena National Palace in Portugal, the Sha Tin Che Kung Temple in Hong…
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