Best Buy is known for hosting trade-in deals on single items and devices, but now the big box retailer is announcing that it's offering deals on a whole host of tech gadgets -- from mobile devices to tablets to accessories.
Starting Friday and going through Sunday, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores will double the trade-in value of most mobile devices. What this means is that anybody eligible for an upgrade can bring in their working non-cracked cell phone and the retailer will give them double the phone's value to buy a new smartphone with a two-year contract from … Read more
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told CNET that his company is "working really hard" on the second-generation Surface with hopes it will be more successful than its predecessor.
Nvidia provided the processor for the first Surface RT, but sales of the device have been dismal. Microsoft had to write down $900 million for Surface RT last month, and the software giant later revealed it had generated only $853 million in revenue from Surface RT and Surface Pro … Read more
Microsoft is out with yet another promo touting its Surface RT tablet over Apple's iPad.
Released on YouTube on Wednesday, the ad kicks off with some bouncy music as a series of slides go by pointing out the differences between the two tablets. Microsoft gives Surface RT the nod for its integrated keyboard and kickstand, its inclusion of Microsoft Office, its multi-tasking prowess, and its full-sized USB port.
Microsoft reduced the price of its Surface Pro tablet this weekend by $100, a few days after revealing that it has spent more money on marketing the in-house tablet than it has generated in revenue.
The reductions, which were first reported by The Verge, cuts the price of Microsoft's 64GB and 128GB tablets to $799 and $899, respectively. The discounts come three weeks after Microsoft cut the price of its Surface RT tablets by 30 percent.
Sales of Surface RT tablets, which debuted last October, have been seen as tepid. The tech titan revealed on Tuesday that it has … Read more
Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that it has earned $853 million in revenue from its Surface tablets since their debut last fall. This figure comes from an annual financial report that Microsoft filed with the Security and Exchange Commission.
While this number doesn't seem exceptionally low, it is less than the $900 million the company had to pay for Surface RT inventory adjustments and also less than the $898 million Microsoft paid for Windows 8 and Surface advertising.
Even though Microsoft revealed its revenue from the Surface tablets, it did not release the number of units sold or specify the … Read more
Don't look now, but Walmart may have just sold out temporarily of Microsoft's recently discounted Surface RT devices.
Yes, those same Surface RTs that Microsoft repriced and are now $350 (plus $100-plus for a keyboard/cover). The Surface RTs that were responsible for Microsoft's $900 million write-down which it took in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Robert McLaws, chief technology officer of AdvancedREI, tweeted me about what looks to be an "out of stock" situation for 32GB and 64GB Surface RTs purchased from Walmart online. Some U.S. stores are still showing availability in-store, however, … Read more
When I think of Microsoft these days I think of a slightly aging mastiff barking at all the other dogs in the park.
The other dogs seem prettier and more sprightly. Could this be why the Microsoft mastiff is so angry?
It's hard not to imagine that, one day, someone suggested that Redmond should see red.
First, it accused Google of being Scroogle, a nasty, contrived money-grabber forcing real people to buy certain things and not others.
Now where might Google have got that idea from?
Then it decided to swing at the people's favorite. Yes, Microsoft decided … Read more
Microsoft's Surface RT debacle has more to do with a collapsing PC market and Windows RT than hardware.
Imagine this. Apple comes out with the iPad about three years late and slaps on a stripped-down version of Windows 8.
Now imagine the consumer response.
Yeah, I wouldn't buy it either.
"Several other vendors that released [Windows] RT products had lackluster sales and difficulty clearing inventory," Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS iSuppli, told CNET.
"Poor product reviews and bad press contributed to the overall problem, poisoning the water not just for Microsoft but for other … Read more