And if you've ever plunked down in bed or on the couch to read something, you've probably discovered that the screen will automatically rotate between portrait and landscape orientations depending on how you hold your phone or tablet. This can be useful, or it can be a huge hassle -- especially if you move around a lot and don't want the screen constantly shifting back and forth.… Read more
The PC may be under siege, but when it actually comes to placing a purchase on Cyber Monday, it's still doing quite well.
Desktops and PCs are used by 68 percent of consumers to place purchases on Cyber Monday, Ovum revealed on Monday in its survey of 15,000 consumers across 15 markets worldwide. Smartphones, meanwhile, are used by 20 percent of shoppers to place a purchase -- and tablets, by 14 percent -- in the Ovum study.
Ovum's study is interesting, if nothing else. Smartphones and tablets have skyrocketed in popularity and have hurt PC sales. But … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Uri Minkoff, CEO of fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff, climbed through an opening in a wall leading to an empty retail space inside the Westfield Shopping Centre in downtown San Francisco. It was an unexpected sight: The stylish Minkoff, sporting a slim-fitted blazer and designer jeans, checking out the dark room, construction material strewn about.
But Minkoff doesn't care about the room itself; he cares about the entrance, where there is a computer setup that, he hopes, will boost his sales this holiday season. That's where potential shoppers will touch a piece of glass, iPad style, … Read more
Following Apple's loss in court earlier this year, Judge Denise Cote tapped former Assistant US Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich to keep tabs on the company for the next two years. Bromwich's job as a monitor is to work from inside Apple to maintain the company's compliance with US antitrust laws.
But now the two sides are having a … Read more
Hundreds of trade union workers in Amazon's German factories have staged a series of strikes over the last year demanding better wages and working conditions. They're now planning a major strike for the holiday season.
However, Amazon executives don't see too much cause for concern.
"Snowfall in Germany is the bigger problem in the Christmas business...That is what gives me worry lines," Amazon's head for Germany, Ralf Kleber, told Reuters in an interview Friday.
Next to the US, Germany is Amazon's second-biggest market. According to Reuters, the company's nine German distribution … Read more
When it's time to actually spend the money in the mobile-device era, tablets were used 55 percent more often than phones during Thanksgiving-day shopping.
Traffic from phones outpaced that of tablet for browsing sites, with phones accounting for 26.6 percent of visits compared with 15.3 percent for tablets, according to IBM data harvested from 800 retailers' e-commerce sites. But for purchasing, tablets were used 83 percent more often: Tablets were used for 16.5 percent of purchases compared with 9 percent for phones.
The mobile era is no longer a novelty, but the tech industry and customers … Read more
With the holidays approaching and families arriving from out of town, it's not always easy to find a little peace and quiet. It's also increasingly difficult to find the kind of place that often provided that quiet: a good, old-fashioned library.
It's not that libraries are going away. They're just changing dramatically.
Walk into the Bexar County digital library in San Antonio, Texas, and you'll see plenty of screens -- but zero books. It doesn't look like a library, and that's the point. … Read more
Black Friday is still several days away, but that hasn't stopped Amazon from offering early deals.
Amazon's site is now listing Black Friday deals as part of the company's "Black Friday Deals Week." Similar to its offers in the past, Amazon is selling electronics, toys, books, and other products at reduced prices until the "limited supply" dries up of a particular item.
As of this writing, one deal of the day is a Samsung Galaxy S3 for $260 off contract. Sales are available in a number of categories, Amazon said that new items … Read more
This is going to be a crazy week. Already over the weekend I've seen a Dell laser printer with Wi-Fi for $29.99 (already sold out), a 16GB iPad Air for $449 (also sold out), and so on. Stores are really taking this "early Black Friday" thing to heart, so the deals are coming fast and furious -- and, unsurprisingly, selling out quickly.
That's why I'm going to devote this week to as many sweet deals as I can find, starting with this one:Cheap e-reader
I first spotted this yesterday, so I don't … Read more