Amazon.com Inc. is staying the course with a new line of Kindle Fire tablet computers that undercuts competitors like Apple Inc.'s iPad on price, and appears designed largely to drum up sales for other services such as digital music and e-books.
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Microsoft has refreshed its Surface tablet computers, giving them longer battery life and better comfort on laps as the software giant continues its transformation into a devices and services company.
Apple fans clamoring for the two new iPhones formed a kilometer-long queue in Tokyo Friday, but high prices in Asia and the lack of a new tie-up in the vast China market dampened the global roll out.
“It's too expensive ... it's a luxury item,” said 19-year-old student Meng Jia. “If the price was around 2,000 yuan, I would buy one.”
Total revenue from mobile app stores will reach USD26 billion in 2013, up from USD18 billion in 2012, according to research firm Gartner.
Downloads will reach 102 billion and free apps will account for 91 percent of the total downloads. Meanwhile, in-app purchases (IAPs) will account for 48 percent of app store revenue by 2017, up from 11 percent in 2012.
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology, while undermining market conditions by releasing low-priced smartphones to push sales in its home market where competition in hardware and pricing has been keen, has captured headlines recently by announcing the hiring of a former Google executive as part of its thrust to expand sales in overseas markets, according to Digitimes Research.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi isn't a household name just yet, but the company is gaining a cult-like following in its home market and could soon become a "disruptive force" in the global smartphone arena.
"One company that particularly stands out to us as a potential game-changer is Xiaomi, with its huge fan base and unique business model. It is enjoying success due to super cheap high-spec phones sold on-line," Mark C. Newman, senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein wrote in a note on Thursday.
The integration of item-level RFID information and Loss Prevention data creates a real-time understanding of what,
when, and how specific items go missing. We call this new understanding Shrink Visibility, combining information from
Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), video surveillance, and new Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) inventory-visibility technology to give a complete picture of loss events—at the SKU level and in full context—at the moment they occur.
China will be one of the first countries to have access to Apple’s latest iPhone models, the premium 5S with unique fingerprint identification and the cheaper, multi-coloured 5C.
Betting big on premium products to boost sales during the upcoming festival season in India, consumer electronics major Samsung is planning to launch over half a dozen products including a 10-inch tablet and a spacious refrigerator in the next three months.
Technology giant Apple appears set to introduce its latest products in Beijing next Wednesday, within hours of the company's anticipated launch of new iPhones in the United States.