christmas season

christmas season

Nintendo Wii U sales "not bad," says president

Square integrates Apple's Passbook and introduces gift cards for iOS app users

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With the Christmas season bearing down on us, red hot mobile payment service Square has made a major move after it introduced gift cards to its iOS app and integrated Passbook to allow gifted money to be spent. Square’s consumer app — Square Wallet — has been updated with the changes,...
Square integrates Apple's Passbook and introduces gift cards for iOS app users

“Toy Story 3″ Builds Online Buzz with 1980’s Inspired Commercials [VIDEO]

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Pixar is taking viral movie marketing to a new level with Toy Story 3 by creating authentic looking vintage toy commercials for one of the new characters in the film. This is just the latest example of Hollywood using viral video to blur the lines between fiction and reality.YouTube...
“Toy Story 3″ Builds Online Buzz with 1980’s Inspired Commercials [VIDEO]

Fab is now a mobile commerce company: 56% of Christmas sales in the US came from its smartphone apps

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Fab, the online design giant, has announced that it has “smashed” all its previous mobile shopping days this Christmas season. Over 56 percent of its revenue in the US and 40 percent in Europe came from its mobile apps on Christmas. Both were records for the company. Previously, Fab saw...
Fab is now a mobile commerce company: 56% of Christmas sales in the US came from its smartphone apps
Amazon's app store growing: 2x developers, 3X apps, 100s of millions of downloads (but it's no Google Play)

Coming Off Big Holiday Season, Sincerely Ink’s Mobile Postcards Now Ready For Valentine’s Day

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Sincerely, the maker of mobile apps that let you send your photos as print postcards, is pushing out a new version of its Sincerely Ink app today. The main change is that the theme now features Valentine’s Day cards, instead of other themes like Birthdays or New Year’s. Not huge...
Coming Off Big Holiday Season, Sincerely Ink’s Mobile Postcards Now Ready For Valentine’s Day

Apple is Filtering “Jailbreak” Term in the US iTunes Store

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Apple is reportedly filtering the “Jailbreak” term from the iTunes items. All the categories are affected with this filter including Apps, songs, albums, podcast episodes, and iTunes U episodes. One of our readers told us that this filter is also blocking the term even in iBooks. Few moments ago I...
Apple is Filtering “Jailbreak” Term in the US iTunes Store
HTC in Hell
Nokia CEO has 'a few months' left to make Lumia a success

Stephen Elop Only Has A Few Months Left To Fix Nokia (NOK)

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HELSINKI/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Stephen Elop only has a few months to show he can turn Nokia around if he is to survive but the new smartphone is unlikely to woo customers back from Apple and Samsung. Investors and analysts say the chief executive has until early 2013 to prove he...
Stephen Elop Only Has A Few Months Left To Fix Nokia (NOK)
Report: User acquisition costs for iOS shot up 30% last month

Tencent Acquires Minority Stake In Epic Games, Maker of Infinity Blade, Unreal Engine

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Chinese social networking giant Tencent took a minority stake in Epic Games, the maker of the very high-end Unreal gaming engine and smash hit mobile game Infinity Blade. It’s yet another toe in Western waters for the Shenzhen-based company, which boasts more than 700 million users on its platform in...
Tencent Acquires Minority Stake In Epic Games, Maker of Infinity Blade, Unreal Engine

Between A Nook And A Hard Place

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Between A Nook And A Hard Place: Leslie Kaufman of NYT looking at the failure of the Nook: But while tablet sales exploded over the Christmas season, Barnes & Noble was not a beneficiary. Buyers preferred Apple devices by a long mile but then went on to buy Samsung, Amazon...
Between A Nook And A Hard Place

Google drops Chromebooks down to $99 or less (for education)

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Forget Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Google just announced perhaps the best sale of the entire Christmas season, at least as far as electronics and computers are concerned. Working with DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps support public education in the U.S., Google is offering its Samsung Series 5 Chromeboooks —...
Google drops Chromebooks down to $99 or less (for education)

Amazon to create 1000 jobs in the UK for the Christmas season

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Students rejoice, there is work for you over the holiday season. Anyone who has taken up a seasonal job will likely remember the haul over Christmas and Amazon says that it will be opening 1000 jobs through its UK warehouses to cope with the demand for gift orders. Recruitment for...
Amazon to create 1000 jobs in the UK for the Christmas season
It's time to throw in the towel on Apple

HTC's Halloween Horror Show

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So HTC (2498) missed investor expectations again for its October performance. Surely this cannot surprise anyone? The company just missed third-quarter 2012 expectations literally days ago and warned for a fourth time this year. Is it even possible for HTC to really shock anyone? Well, yes. We all know that...
HTC's Halloween Horror Show

Shigeru Miyamoto: A rushed game is forever bad

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In the second part of our interview, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto talks about the troubled launch for the Nintendo 3DS and the future of the casual gaming market• Read Part 1 of our interview with MiyamotoMiyamoto's career at Nintendo has been defined by his tenacity. His creative commitment to perfection...
Shigeru Miyamoto: A rushed game is forever bad

BlackBerry's all-out price war in the UK

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The Curve 9320 is the last of the BlackBerry phones using the old operating system, and it is the cornerstone of RIM’s attempt to salvage its Christmas season. The UK is Research In Motion’s (RIMM) most important market in Europe. The latest Kantar World Panel numbers for August-October period showed BlackBerry’s share...
BlackBerry's all-out price war in the UK

iPhone maker Hon Hai sees sudden 19 percent sales drop in 2013 Q1

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Reuters is reporting that Hon Hai, the manufacturer that everyone else knows as Foxconn Technology, saw its sales tumble in the first quarter of this year. In the post-Christmas season, the iPhone maker brought in $26.9 billion -- a fall of 19 percent compared to the same quarter last...
iPhone maker Hon Hai sees sudden 19 percent sales drop in 2013 Q1

For some startups, life is about building stuff instead of apps

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Walk into the offices of most technology startups, and you’ll see lots of open space, lots of desk and lots of programmers hacking away at code. Walk into the office of a startup that’s creating physical products, and it’s a different experience. Rooms are filled with parts, shipping containers and...
For some startups, life is about building stuff instead of apps
Analyst: iPad will dip below 50% tablet market share in mid-2013
Costs For Marketing Mobile Apps Spiked Last Month Even As Downloads Temporarily Dropped

Interview: RIM's Marketing Chief on Why BlackBerry 10 Is No "Me-Too" Product

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RIM’s new marketing chief said that he’s excited about BlackBerry 10, precisely because it isn’t trying to out-iPhone the iPhone. “We are not developing a ‘me-too’ product or a copycat of what already exists,” Frank Boulben said in an interview on Monday. What the company is trying to do, Boulben...
Interview: RIM's Marketing Chief on Why BlackBerry 10 Is No "Me-Too" Product

Guest Post: How to market your app during the holiday season

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Editor’s note: The following guest post was written by Ravi Kamran, CEO of Trademob, a Berlin-based mobile app marketing platform that allows customers to track mobile app marketing campaigns and connect with more than 100 mobile ad networks and publishers such as Google AdMob, InMobi and Millennial Media. For mobile...
Guest Post: How to market your app during the holiday season

The homeless man and the NYPD cop's boots: how a warm tale turns cold | Jonathan Jones

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The image of the New York officer donating boots has done something terrible and cruel to the barefoot Jeffrey HillmanIt was a fairytale of New York; an image of warmth and compassion on the mean streets that captured American hearts and looked set to make the New York police department's...
The homeless man and the NYPD cop's boots: how a warm tale turns cold | Jonathan Jones

Tablet shopping about browsing as well as buying this Christmas

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Harrods, Debenhams and ASOS are all extending their branded magazines into the apps worldMobile shopping has been around for a long time: I remember analysts first getting excited about "m-commerce" back in the days when it was all about WAP sites.Fast forward to 2012, and a blizzard of celebratory press...
Tablet shopping about browsing as well as buying this Christmas
Amazon is gutting Barnes & Noble
Nintendo president describes Wii U sales as 'not bad'

Ahead of the Holidays, OpenSky Releases Its First TV Commercial

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OpenSky is launching its first-ever TV commercial today as it prepares to enter the crazy holiday shopping season. The 30-second spot shows a day in the life of a woman who uses products she discovered on OpenSky, including a meat and cheese platter recommended by Bobby Flay, an iPhone case...
Ahead of the Holidays, OpenSky Releases Its First TV Commercial
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