Toyota spends a week in hell, the U.S. tells truckers what not to do in the cab, you don't drive as fast as you think, we take a ride in a Buick that will change your mind about grandpa's brand, and we run down 12 of the hottest tech cars for 2010.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 153 SHOW NOTES
Although SAP ended a tough 2009 with lower sales and earnings, key results actually beat expectations in the final quarter, paving the way for stronger growth in software revenue this year.
For fiscal 2009, the German software company on Wednesday reported sales of 10.67 billion euros ($14.9 billion), 8 percent lower than the 11.56 billion euros from 2008. Earnings dropped 4 percent to 1.78 billion euros from 1.86 billion euros for the prior year.
For the fourth quarter ending in December, SAP took in sales of 3.18 billion euros, a 9 percent decline from … Read more
Retail software sales rang in at $278 million for the 2009 holidays, a dip of 1 percent from the prior year, NPD Group reported Wednesday. But the results were far more joyous than in December 2008 when software revenue fell by 13 percent.
Thanks largely to Windows 7, operating systems enjoyed the greatest improvement of any category for the five-week 2009 holiday season, climbing to $29 million from $10 million in 2008. Educational software also proved a popular gift for the November 22 to December 26 period, with sales jumping by 15 percent courtesy of strong titles like Rosetta Stone … Read more
Desktop sales are plummeting, while notebook shipments are on the rise. But that doesn't mean desktops are dead. And execs at AMD and Via believe desktop sales will turn around in 2010.
"I think you will see the resurgence of the small form-factor desktop," Patrick Moorhead, a vice president at AMD, told The New York Times in a recent interview.
Via Vice President Richard Brown echoed that sentiment. He said that, especially when it comes to the corporate world, the desktop is still alive and well.
"Companies are tending to go back to desktops," Brown … Read more
The holiday-shopping season certainly could have been worse for the consumer electronics industry.
Sales over the five-week holiday-shopping season chimed in at $10.8 billion, a decline of less than 1 percent from 2008 when sales dropped 6 percent from the previous season, according to new figures from NPD Group.
"The dynamics of the holiday season changed this year," Stephen Baker, NPD's vice president of industry analysis, said Friday in a statement. "The holiday season started before Black Friday as retailers ran Black Friday-like sales throughout November. That move may have lessened the Black Friday hype … Read more
It hasn't happened since 2002, but box office sales beat out disc sales in 2009, market research firm Adams Media Research said in a report released on Tuesday.
According to Adams, U.S. viewers weren't so keen on buying DVDs in 2009. While it found that consumers spent $250 million buying movies online in 2009, the firm found that physical disc sales dropped by 13 percent year over year, from $10.06 billion in 2008 to $8.73 billion in 2009. Those figures include Blu-ray Disc sales.
Adams said box office spending increased to $9.87 billion in … Read more
"We're thrilled to report our best quarter ever." Apple CEO Steve Jobs has uttered those words or some variation on them after many of the company's holiday quarters, and this year will be no different, if analysts are to be believed.
Remarking on Apple's December quarter in a note to investors Monday morning, Thomas Weisel Partners analyst Doug Reid said iPhone and iMac sales for the period have been quite strong.
"Our checks suggest December quarter sales of iPhones are tracking ahead of our prior estimates, driven by increased market penetration in the United … Read more
Update at 1:50 p.m. PST December 28: AT&T has resumed sales.
AT&T has stopped selling the Apple iPhone in the New York metropolitan area through its Web site, perhaps due to data congestion, credit card fraud, or routine sales strategy changes, depending on whom you believe.
Online sales of the phone were apparently suspended Sunday. Prospective customers attempting to buy an iPhone through the Web site and using a New York area ZIP code get a message saying, "We're … Read more
Amazon.com on Saturday released its annual post-Christmas statement on holiday sales and made one thing clear: the Kindle was king, perhaps fueled by continued shifts in plans for shipments of Barnes & Noble's competing Nook e-reader.
"We are grateful to our customers for making Kindle the most gifted item ever in our history," said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
In another milestone for the e-reader, the company noted that on Christmas Day, for the first time ever, Amazon customers bought more Kindle books than physical books. The company didn't offer specific numbers for either category.
The peak shopping day for the online retailer was December 14, when customers ordered more than 9.5 million items worldwide, "a record-breaking 110 items per second."
Among those items bought between November 15 and December 19, the top electronics, following the Kindle, were Apple's iPod Touch 8GB and the Garmin Nuvi 260W GPS.
In the video game category,… Read more
Telefonica Europe on Wednesday announced that it has acquired voice over Internet Protocol and telephony service Jajah for $207 million in cash.
Reports of the sale and its price had begun to circulate several days ahead of the official announcement. There were also rumors of an ongoing bidding war between Cisco Systems and Microsoft, which were competing with Telefonica for the sale.
Telefonica is a business division of a company most consumers know as O2. It counts some 48.6 million customers as part of its communications business. Jajah, which has several services for consumers, also has business offerings for … Read more