Although the e-commerce space is set to see strong sales in the US this year, a large portion of that success will be due to smartphones and tablets.
Total e-commerce spending this holiday shopping season is expected to rise by 15 percent to $61.8 billion, new data from research firm eMarketer shows. Shoppers on smartphones and tablets will account for 16 percent of all purchases made through e-commerce sites. In 2011 and 2012, mobile's contribution to sales stood at 7 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Perhaps more importantly to e-commerce sites, eMarketer expects mobile shoppers to accelerate their … Read more
For those eager to get their grubby mitts on Sony or Microsoft's newest, next-gen consoles the very second they're available, Best Buy is opening a little earlier than usual.
The retailer on Wednesday announced plans to run a midnight release event for Microsoft's Xbox One console, which earlier today got a November 22 release date. That sale joins another, announced late last month, for Sony's PlayStation 4, which goes on sale November 15.
It's not unusual for Best Buy to run a midnight sale for big game releases, though major, next-generation console runs happen less … Read more
Despite Apple and Android smartphones dominating global sales, Windows Phone devices are steadily being snapped up by new users. In fact, new data shows that Windows Phone sales reached a record market share for the three-month period ending in July.
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported that at the end of July Windows Phone dominated 8.2 percent of the five major European markets, including the UK, France, and Germany. It has also increased its market share in other countries worldwide, like Australia and Mexico.
"Android and Apple take the lion's share of the headlines and continue to dominate smartphone … Read more
Microsoft has made previously temporary price-cut promotions for its Surface devices permanent.
Starting Thursday, Surface Pro, Touch Cover, and Surface RT bundle price adjustments will begin to roll out all markets where Surface and Surface accessories are currently sold.
What are these adjustments?$100 off Surface Pro (including the 256 GB SKU). This means the entry-level Surface Pro will now start at $799. $40 off Touch Covers. Touch Covers will now start at $79, and Limited Edition Touch Covers will now start at $89. $50 off Surface RT bundles. Surface RT bundles will now start at $399.
Microsoft will be … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months.
- Update: Homeless guy accepted the NYC programmer's offer to learn how to code.
- "Boyfriend Tracker" app raises stir in Brazil.
- Whole Foods debases itself with social-media flash sales.
- Whole Foods has a record store now. Oh no?
- Whole Foods hack: Employees can give you free stuff at their discretion.
Days after BlackBerry announced it was for sale, some people suggested that the beleaguered phone maker sell its patent portfolio to avoid going into the red.
While BlackBerry's smartphones sales have been tepid at best, the company still has a healthy portfolio of 130 encryption patents. In fact, MIT Technology Review suggested these patents could be the company's biggest asset.
What's unique about BlackBerry's security patents is that they use what's called elliptic curve cryptography, which is regarded as more efficient than RSA algorithms for small devices. BlackBerry bought these patents for $106 million from … Read more
Apple's Mac sales had a rough July, new data from research firm NPD shows.
Mac sales in the U.S. were down in July and are expected to drop 5 percent year over year in the company's current fiscal quarter that ends in late September, the research firm revealed on Monday in data obtained by All Things Digital.
That Mac sales are expected to slide this quarter is just the latest dose of bad news for Apple's computer line. In the company's last-reported quarter ended June, domestic Mac sales were also down 5 percent.
Macs are … Read more
BlackBerry is paving the way for a major change -- perhaps even routing itself toward a sale of the company.
The beleaguered smartphone maker said Monday that it has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" for its itself. The company specifically said that it's trying to "enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment." However, BlackBerry noted in the next breath alternatives could range from joint ventures to partnerships to a sale of its operation to another firm.
"During the past year, management and the Board have been … Read more
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