The holidays proved to be a boon for the tablet market. Worldwide shipments of the iPad, Kindle, Galaxy Note, and other tablets grew to 76.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. That's 62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter. For the full year of 2013, tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million, up from 144.2 million in 2012 -- which equals a growth rate of 50.6 percent.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Verizon Wireless service now available in 35 New York City subway stations.
- Long-rumored Amazon console set for 2014 at sub-$300, says report.
- Nintendo President offers to take 50 percent paycut to atone for disappointing financial results.
- Is this real? Pittsburgh news claims cold weather drains smartphone battery life.
Yet another company is getting into the console space sometime this year, according to a new report.
Amazon will launch a console later this year that will run on Android and allow for both streaming and downloading games, gaming news/reviews site VG247.com reported, citing multiple sources. It's not clear what kind of games will come to the console, but VG247 says that Amazon has been showing publishers popular Android and iOS games as demos for the console.
Although VG247's sources don't say for sure when the console will launch, those folks confirm that it will … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M.
- Here's how you can vastly increase the number of shows and movies viewable to you on Netflix.
Have you heard? Amazon.com has coupons. You may have seen a random coupon here or there while shopping for toothpaste or sunblock, but there's actually an entire section of Amazon that's dedicated to coupons and it's not just for groceries and household goods. You can find coupons for electronics, pet supplies, toys, and other items.
No scissors are necessary to clip Amazon coupons and you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring them with you either.
To get started with Amazon coupons, go to Amazon.com, then click on the link at the top … Read more
No, streaming video services aren't eating traditional TV's lunch.
That's according to a representative for HBO and Cinemax, who blasted a recent NPD study that claimed TV subscriptions were on the decline over the past two years as streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus were on the rise.
"The research is simply incorrect," said Jeff Cusson, a representative for HBO. Both pay-TV networks are owned by Time Warner.
Amazon is exploring the possibility of licensing television channels for its own pay-TV service, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said that Amazon is not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service.
It comes the same day Verizon took a major step closer to delivering live television over the Internet, agreeing to buy Intel's technology for such a service for an undisclosed sum. Sony went public with similar ambitions at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month: It plans to pilot a cloud-based TV service this year that combines … Read more
TV channels must be starting to feel the sting as more subscribers opt for video streaming services. New data from global information company The NPD Group shows that television channel subscriptions fell 6 percent in the last two years, while streaming services grew 4 percent.
It appears that with the ease and relative low cost of TV and movie streaming services, more people are canceling channel subscriptions like HBO and Showtime. According to The NPD Group, 67 percent of all digital video transactions are via subscription video-on-demand, or SVOD. This includes services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus.
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Whenever I think of the predominant sound emerging from Amazon, I decide it has to be a snigger.
First, the company intimated that it will soon be delivering your intellectual and household items by drone.
Now it's decided it's become so familiar with your predilections that it's going to ship the things you want to buy before you've even thought of buying them.
Somewhere in the Bay Area, executives at Google ululated with envy.
As TechCrunch reports, Amazon has filed a patent called "Method and System For Anticipatory Package Shipping."
The essence is this: Amazon believes it has a good idea which item of clothing, electronics or beauty product you will covet next. … Read more
Best Buy shareholders woke up to some sobering news on Thursday.
The retailer on Thursday announced its holiday sales for the nine-week period ended January 4, and the results weren't necessarily heartwarming. Best Buy generated $11.5 billion in revenue during the period, down from the $11.8 billion it generated during the same period last year. The company's comparable store sales were down 0.8 percent worldwide year over year; its US-based comparable store sales declined by 0.9 percent.
In the US, Best Buy mustered $9.8 billion in sales compared with the $9.9 billion … Read more