Amazon Prime Day Sales Records

Amazon: Prime Day broke sales records, exceeded Black Friday 2014

By on July 16, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

Amazon: Prime Day broke sales records, exceeded Black Friday 2014

You may have hated all the junk Amazon tried pawning off on you this week as part of Prime Day… but you bought it all up anyway. Amazon has just announced that its first-ever Prime Day smashed its previous records for the most items sold in a day, including last year’s Black Friday sale. In total, customers ordered an estimated 34.4 million items on the day, which is a truly remarkable number given how much people complained about the quality of the items on sale. More →

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Japanese Robot Hotel Pictures

Japanese hotel replaces all human workers with robots and the result is horrifying

By on July 15, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Japanese hotel replaces all human workers with robots and the result is horrifying

I have seen the future and it is awful. The Associated Press, via The New York Post, has published a dispatch from the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which has recently installed robots to handle every aspect of your stay, including handling your luggage and checking in and out of the hotel. Yes, that’s right: To check into your room, you’ll need to first chat with a creepy she-bot like the one pictured above. More →

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Worst Steve Ballmer Predictions Amazon

Ballmer’s record of being wrong about the future remains unblemished

By on July 14, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Ballmer’s record of being wrong about the future remains unblemished

Even though he hasn’t been the CEO of Microsoft for a while now, that hasn’t stopped Steve Ballmer from making incorrect predictions about the future of the tech industry. Bloomberg reminds us that Ballmer just last fall told PBS’s Charlie Rose that online retail giant Amazon wasn’t even a real business because it didn’t consistently turn a profit. More →

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iPhone Vs. Android Smartphone Profits

It’s almost impossible to make money selling Android phones

By on July 13, 2015 at 5:37 PM.

It’s almost impossible to make money selling Android phones

A lot of people have second guessed Nokia and BlackBerry in the past because they stuck with their own operating systems and didn’t just switch to Android. But while neither of those companies has performed at all well over the past several years, it’s also true that switching to Android isn’t some magic profit machine. In fact, it seems that it’s become just about impossible to make money selling Android phones. More →

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HTC 2015 Sales Earnings Disaster

2015 has been absolutely gruesome for HTC

By on July 9, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

2015 has been absolutely gruesome for HTC

HTC is in a lot of trouble, and that’s putting it mildly. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo has done a thorough rundown of why 2015 has been a total disaster for HTC, which wasn’t exactly crushing it in 2014 either. Nonetheless, 2015 represents a decisive turn downward for the company, which has traditionally won high praise for its top-notch hardware that it’s supported with some of the absolute worst marketing campaigns the world has ever seen. More →

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Google just tossed BlackBerry a major lifeline

By on July 9, 2015 at 2:10 PM.

Google just tossed BlackBerry a major lifeline

BlackBerry’s phones now serve an incredibly slim niche market, which has forced the company to look in other places for revenue. Under CEO John Chen, BlackBerry has been reinventing itself as an enterprise security software and services company that no longer has to rely on smartphone sales for growth. Chen’s plan got a major boost on Thursday when BlackBerry announced that it will partner with Google to help make Android devices used in enterprises more secure than ever before. More →

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United Airlines Flights NYSE Trading Suspended

Do They Think We’re Idiots? Officals Say No Indication that NYSE Trading Halt is a Cyberattack

By on July 8, 2015 at 12:22 PM.

Do They Think We’re Idiots? Officals Say No Indication that NYSE Trading Halt is a Cyberattack

The New York Stock Exchange has been shut down after reports from earlier this morning indicated the exchange was having technical difficulties processing orders. Despite this, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement saying that there are no indications that this is part of a cyberattack, although they also haven’t put out any statement about what the actual problem might be. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Merger

AT&T’s Latest Promise to FCC in Effort to Win DirecTV Merger Approval Reeks of Desperation

AT&T’s Latest Promise to FCC in Effort to Win DirecTV Merger Approval Reeks of Desperation

By on July 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

While no one on the outside knows exactly what’s going on behind closed doors, it appears as though AT&T still has some work to put in if it hopes to get its $50 billion DirecTV merger proposal approved by regulators. The company had already made some promises in an effort to win favor with the Federal Communications Commission, including a promise to deliver gigabit U-verse Internet service to nearly 12 million households, but now we’ve reached a new phase of bargaining that was probably inevitable: AT&T has a deal for poor people that it hopes is too good for regulators to pass up. More →

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Microsoft Layoffs Nokia Write-down Ballmer

Ballmer’s Final Blunder May Cost Microsoft Billions

By on July 8, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Ballmer’s Final Blunder May Cost Microsoft Billions

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not a bad CEO. That said, he did make some pretty big mistakes that set the company back very far in the realm of mobile computing technology. Ballmer’s final blunder as CEO of Microsoft was his decision to pay $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s handset division back in 2013. It goes without saying that this move hasn’t exactly paid off for Microsoft so far and now The New York Times is reporting that it could cost the company billions more in lost revenue. More →

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It’s Time to Rain On Apple’s Parade

It’s Time to Rain On Apple’s Parade

By on July 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

In the March quarter this year, Apple posted a record $13.6 billion profit as the iPhone juggernaut continued to mow down rivals at the top of the global smartphone market. The company managed to sell 61 million iPhones in the quarter, maintaining impressive momentum following the all-time record 74.4 million iPhones Apple sold during the holiday quarter.

For the June quarter, analysts expect Apple’s impressive streak to continue. Estimates from respected analysts call for the company to sell as many as 53 million iPhones, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to draw business away from Android vendors.

Naturally, it’s time for the naysayers to chime in. More →

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