The trend of constantly increasing online sales during the Thanksgiving Thursday and the Black Friday has continued for yet another year. A study found that the total revenue for the two days reached $2.99 billion, representing an increase of just over 25% compared to last year.
The boost in sales was driven in large part by the growing mobile sales, which this time accounted for almost a quarter of all online spending. The spending from smartphones and tablets rose a whopping 118% YoY and accounted for 24% of the dollars spend online. Read more »
Google’s Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals are now live and the internet giant is offering exclusive promos on in-app content for some of the most popular games in the Play Store.
With the promotion, you can enjoy great savings on gear and other in-app purchases. However, you would have to enable in-app purchases before making full use of the offers. Read more »
Apple’s Black Friday has already gone live in Australia, where the Cupertino company is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with the purchases. However, the offers seem to vary from region as the company is offering discounts in place of gift cards in couple of other countries.
Apple’s Black Friday deals are now appearing on the UK, France, Germany and other European Apple websites. The online stores have promotional discounts on the MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPods and other accessories. Read more »
Apple has been working on improving its App Store search engine for quite a while and the latest tweak results in a better search results for misspelled quires or other minor spelling mistakes.
The App Store search engine is also enhanced to show results when you are looking for an app by its name but are unsure of the spaces in the title. Read more »
Last August Amazon announced it will be removing the requirement for its merchants, which forced them to offer their best prices if they were to sell on its network. The
The U-turn happened after the German antitrust authorities opened investigation against Amazon and the company faced further consequences had it failed to comply with regulations. Read more »
In a short statement to AllThingsD, Apple confirmed its acquisition of the 3D sensor technology company PrimeSense. Based in Israel, the company is responsible for the Kinect sensor of the Xbox 360.
Apple reportedly paid close to $360 million for PrimeSense. Read more »
Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt surely surprised us on this otherwise quiet Sunday. The top executive posted a lengthy guide for switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone on his personal Google+ account.
Unsurprisingly, the guide takes a couple of jabs at Apple. Read more »
LG G Flex is one of its kind smartphone that comes with a truly flexible body, screen and even a curved battery. The folks at Android Authority have taken the shinning new device for a ride in their drop test to check out the durability of the smartphone.
LG G Flex has a unique ability to self-heal bruises and minor scratches, but is that and its flexible body enough to survive a crash against the pavement? Well, let’s find out. Read more »
Instagram is allegedly working on adding a couple of new features to its application and one of the major tweaks in the pipeline is to add a messaging option to the popular platform.
According to the report, the photo, video sharing service will have a one-on-one and group messaging feature. Read more »
Sony has acknowledged the “blue light of death” issue among the newly released PlayStation 4 consoles. Sony America promises to replace every dead PlayStation 4 plagued by the defect.
According to Sony, there is also a small number of the dead consoles that were reportedly damaged while shipping. Read more »
Bitcoin is often written about but still most people have had no contact with it. A new online store BitcoinShop.US that just launched may finally start to change that. The store boasts 400 categories, among which are smartphones and accessories.
All phones – 202 at the time of this writing – are sold unlocked. Most of them seem to be from Sony and BLU, with a few Samsung, LG and HTC models. Read more »
Samsung is offering a $50 Play Store credit for all the current and new owners of Galaxy Note 3 in the US. The promotion should help maintain the strong performance of the company’s phablet flagship during the holiday season.
All the Galaxy Note 3 owners, who purchase their device on or before January 6, will be eligible to claim the offer. Read more »
The photo messaging application Snapchat shares more than 400 million images each day, according to the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel.
The growth of the service is quite impressive considering the fact that the messaging app was sharing about 200 million images a day in June, and about 350 million in the month September. Read more »
Samsung obviously likes to give itself a pat on the back from time to time, but when you dish out millions of top tier hardware that pushes technological advancement forward we can’t really say it’s not deserved.
The biggest manufacturer of mobile phones – smart or otherwise – has gone to its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts to show off a neat infographic on the company’s progress during this year. Read more »
According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple will be putting the pilies of cash it is sitting on to good use.The Cupertino giant is said to invest $10.5 billion in manufacturing equipment.
Apple’s massive investment will include a host of new equipment, ranging from assembly robots, all the way to precision milling machines. Read more »