According to recent data from Branding Brand regarding Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales, about a third of all e-commerce traffic over the holiday came from smartphones. While this may not sound like a lot, the year-over-year gains are what we found most striking. Smartphone sales are skyrocketing, and are on pace to dominate the market... More »Holiday Sales are Through the Roof at Smartphone-Friendly Websites
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Apple’s new flagship iPhone 5s isn’t just the presumed fastest-selling smartphone ever, it’s also apparently in hotter demand than any other tech device on the planet. Yahoo recently released its list of the top 10 tech searches performed with Yahoo’s search engine in 2013 to the UK’s Daily Star, and front and center at the top of the list is “Apple iPhone.” Following the iPhone are Amazon’s Kindle and “Samsung Galaxy,” and the iPad and PlayStation 4 round out the top five items. In somewhat interesting news considering the state of each company’s smartphone business, “BlackBerry” was the seventh most popular tech search of the year and “Nokia Lumia” came in at No. 9. Yahoo’s full list can be seen More »Apple’s iPhone named most searched-for tech device of 2013
Following in Samsung's footsteps, Philips has announced that it's bringing Spotify to its Smart TV platform in Europe. As of today, those of you across the pond who own a qualifying 2013 Philips set -- including the series ... More »Philips adds Spotify to some of its 2013 Smart TVs in Europe
Since Jeff Bezos announced Amazon's hypothetical delivery-by-octocopter service earlier this week, its drones have become a point of focus for existing debates over privacy, regulation, and "disruptive" technology. The plan has given a sense of urgency to questions about widespread governmental and commercial drone use, and a new hook for members of Congress trying to answer those questions through legislation. Yesterday, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) became the second member of Congress to raise the specter of Amazon Prime Air to support an anti-surveillance bill, giving a sometimes colorful account of how the drones could change our future. According to Amazon, these drones can deliver packages up to 5 pounds, which makes up 90 percent of their deliveries. More »Congress members push privacy bills in response to Amazon delivery drones
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The growing online usage of ads designed to blend in with the rest of a website's content, a practice known as "native advertising," may be illegal in some instances, the Federal Trade Commission warned on Wednesday. The FTC said that a survey of online publishers found that 73 percent allowed native advertising, the digital descendent of the newspaper "advertorial" and television's infomercials. "Marketers have ... moved past the banner ad into advertising that is more seamlessly, and inconspicuously, integrated into digital content," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a speech that opened a conference on "Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content." "While native advertising may certainly bring some benefits to consumers, it has to be done lawfully," she said. "By presenting ads that resemble editorial content, an advertiser risks implying, deceptively, that the information comes from a non-biased source." The website Buzzfeed.com is often cited as an effective user of native advertising. More »U.S. says online ads should be clearly marked, undeceptive
Have you ever tried to get assistance from an Inside Sales Specialist for one of the SaaS product you had interest in? Working with many SaaS vendors and interacting with their inside sales teams I sometimes get the feeling as if I was talking to a machine rather than an intelligent human being. You can... More »How to Avoid Having a “Cyborg” Inside Sales Team?
As a leader you work hard to earn the admiration of your team. It takes time, effort and a commitment to grow, learn and change whenever necessary. The best leaders are far from those who strive to be perfect; instead, they’re the one’s that are humbled by inevitable mistakes. So, how should you respond when... More »Leadership Lesson: Righting Your Wrong
On Tuesday night's episode of "Jeopardy!," the smartest man on television, Alex Trebek, officially announced something many of us already knew to be true: "GIF" is meant to be pronounced with a soft "G." Here's the question, which was the episode's "Final Jeopardy!" clue: All of the contestants got the question right. No, I don't care that it sounds like the peanut butter. More »'Jeopardy!' Definitively Shows How To Pronounce 'GIF' (Sorry, Haters)
Whenever we think of sales and marketing efficiency, we typically focus on what we can do internally. Don’t get me wrong, you have to optimize your sales and marketing processes for efficiency. However, it is absolutely critical that you optimize the buying experience you are delivering so it is as efficient and easy for your... More »30 Seconds or Less: 10 Best Practices for Delivering an Efficient Buying Experience
Almost 2 million people visited the federal health insurance marketplace on Monday and Tuesday, nearly doubling the site's traffic, an administration official told reporters today. "Healthcare.gov remains stable," says Julie Bataille, communications director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the health department agency in charge of the site. The error rate, the percentage of time that a user is prevented from advancing to the next page, is down to 0.6 percent according to the administration's measurements, and response times are down to 630 milliseconds. The administration has declined to release enrollment figures, but Reuters reported that more people signed up on Sunday and Monday than during the entire month of October. More »2 million visited Healthcare.gov on Monday and Tuesday, 'prison glitch' fixed
HIGH-TECH - Un nouveau standard «réversible» a été proposé et devrait être finalisé pour l'été... More »Le casse-tête du sens des prises USB, c'est bientôt fini
It’s no news that both iOS and Android portable devices have eclipsed Nintendo’s 3DS and DS platforms over the past couple of years. But it’s a bit of a surprise that now even Amazon’s Kindle devices are moving ahead of Nintendo’s systems when U.S. gamers are polled about their favorite portable gaming system. The new IDC-App Annie report on the gaming ecosystem represents another grim setback for Nintendo. There are now three different smartphone/tablet ecosystems that American consumers view more favorably as gaming platforms than Nintendo’s offerings. Interestingly, IDC polled American iPad gamers about what their other gaming platforms are, and it’s in this area that Amazon is doing damage to Nintendo. 18% of iPad gamers also play games on Kindle devices, More »Now Amazon is pulling ahead of Nintendo in handheld gaming in the U.S.
By Mia Shanley and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Fingerprint Cards is aiming to sell its identity technology to most of the world's biggest smartphone makers, which are likely to follow Apple in offering touch recognition for mobiles from next year. Apple's September launch of the iPhone 5S was the first smartphone with a fingerprint identity touch sensor, provided by AuthenTec, part of Apple. More »Fingerprint sees touch ID going mainstream for smartphones
By Dan Levine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday closely questioned Google's claim that Oracle does not enjoy copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language. The issue, under review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, is being closely watched by software developers in Silicon Valley. Google's Android operating system is the world's best-selling smartphone platform. The Java programming language was created by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010. More »U.S. court questions Google defense against Oracle over Android
Prepare for a world of Microsoft-made Windows Phone 8 devices. Hot on the heels of yesterday's Department of Justice decision, Reuters is reporting that the European Commission has granted final approval of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. The $7.35 billion deal, which is now all guaranteed, will see Nokia's mobile assets folded into the Microsoft camp, effectively giving Microsoft an end-to-end smartphone vertical for its Windows Phone 8 line, as well as a treasure trove of related patents. More »Microsoft's Nokia acquisition now a done deal with final EU approval