Amazon Kindle becomes best-selling product of all time on Amazon.com

By on December 27, 2010 at 4:49 PM.

Amazon Kindle becomes best-selling product of all time on Amazon.com

Amazon announced Monday that its third-generation Kindle eBook reader is now the best-selling product of all time on the Amazon.com website. It replaces Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the previous Amazon.com sales record-holder. Amazon still has not revealed official sales tallies for any of its Kindle devices, though recent estimates suggest Amazon is on pace to sell 8 million Kindles this year. The company currently offers two versions of its popular Kindle eReader — a Wi-Fi-only version for $139 and a 3G-equipped model for $189. Hit the break for Amazon’s full press release. More →

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ sales surpass $1 billion

By on December 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ sales surpass $1 billion

Activision announced Tuesday the third major record-breaking milestone achieved by its recent smash hit, Call of Duty: Black Ops. The latest addition to Activision’s Call of Duty franchise first set a new launch-day sales record when it racked up $360 million in first-day sales. Then Activision bested its previous five-day sales record when Black Ops did $650 million in sales over its first five days of availability. Now, Activision has announced that its massively popular first-person shooter pulled in over $1 billion in less than a month. “In all of entertainment, only Call of Duty and “Avatar” have ever achieved the billion dollar revenue milestone this quickly,” said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in a statement. “This is a tribute to the global appeal of the Call of Duty franchise, the exceptional talent at Treyarch and the hundreds of extraordinary people across our many Call of Duty studios including Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer that work tirelessly on the franchise. Our ability to provide the most compelling, immersive entertainment experience, and enhance it with regular, recurring content that delivers hundreds of hours of audience value, has allowed Call of Duty to continue to set sales and usage records.” Hit the break for the full press release from Activision. More →

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NPD Group: Apple to sell over 4 million Macs in fourth quarter

By on December 14, 2010 at 5:27 PM.

NPD Group: Apple to sell over 4 million Macs in fourth quarter

According to new projections issued by market research firm NPD Group, Apple is poised to break its previous quarterly sales record. For the first time, Apple’s Mac unit sales are set to surpass the 4 million mark, with fourth quarter totals expected to fall in the range of 4.1 to 4.3 million. Apple’s new MacBook Air will apparently play a big role in Apple’s record-breaking quarter, and early demand for the sleek laptop makes solid sales a foregone conclusion. NPD’s numbers, if met, will represent remarkable year-over-year growth of approximately 22% to 28%. Apple is also expected to sell between 18.5 million and 19.5 million iPods during the December quarter. More →

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sets one-day sales record

By on December 13, 2010 at 11:48 PM.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sets one-day sales record

Blizzard Entertainment announced Monday that its new title World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sold 3.3 million copies on its first day of availability. The game’s remarkable sales pace shatters the previous record for opening day sales of a PC game, which was also held by a Blizzard title; World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King launched on November 13th, 2008 and sold 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours of availability. “We had to bring Azeroth to the brink of destruction in Cataclysm, but the result was our best expansion yet,” Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaim said in a statement. “We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content.” Cataclysm is the latest addition to the extremely popular World of Warcraft series, which is one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) franchises in history. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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More than 2.5 million Microsoft Kinect sensors sold to date

By on November 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

More than 2.5 million Microsoft Kinect sensors sold to date

Following the biggest shopping weekend of the year, Microsoft announced Monday that it has sold over 2.5 million Kinect sensors in less than one month of availability. Shortly after launch, Microsoft announced that it had sold over 1 million units in under two weeks. Thanks to the Black Friday shopping weekend, Microsoft has increased its sales pace since then — the highly anticipated motion-based controller is now selling approximately 107,000 units per day, up from 90,900 per day during its first 11 days of availability. While the numbers are quite impressive so far, this does make us wonder if Microsoft’s goal of selling 5 million units by the end of the year is looking a bit lofty right now. With less than a month until Christmas and the biggest shopping weekend of the year behind us, Microsoft is only half way there. If the company can somehow manage to keep up its current sales pace, however, Microsoft will smash its projections along with even the most generous analyst estimates. More →

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comScore predicts 11% increase in holiday spending, highest on record

By on November 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM.

comScore predicts 11% increase in holiday spending, highest on record

Analytics company comScore is forecasting that consumer spending this holiday season will rise more than 11%, making this year’s figure the highest on record. The company has already published the purchasing figures for the first three weeks of November, which total $9.01 billion and are 13% higher than last year. “We are seeing online spending surpass the totals we saw in 2007 prior to the recession, and expect sales this holiday season to be the highest on record,” said comScore’s chairman, Gian Fulgoni. comScore anticipates that consumers will spend roughly $32.4 billion this holiday season. More →

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ grosses record-setting $650 million in five days

By on November 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ grosses record-setting $650 million in five days

Activision announced Thursday that Call of Duty: Black Ops has set a new five-day entertainment industry record, grossing over $650 million globally. Following the first-day record Activision announced last week, the company’s latest smash hit breaks the previous $550 million five-day sales record set last year by Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2. “Call of Duty has become the first entertainment property in history to set five-day launch records for two consecutive years across all forms of entertainment,” said Activision Blizzard CEO, Robert Kotick, in a statement.  “The title’s success illustrates the mass appeal of interactive entertainment as millions of consumers are choosing to play Call of Duty: Black Ops at unprecedented levels rather than engage in other forms of media.” Also somewhat predictable were the two Xbox LIVE records set by Black Ops on launch day — the title was played by more than 2.6 million unique players who logged over 5.9 million multiplayer hours — and the  PlayStation 3 launch sales records set at both Amazon.com and GameStop. Hit the break for the full press release, or allow us to summarize it in five words: it was a smash hit. More →

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ shatters first day sales record

By on November 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ shatters first day sales record


When Activision released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 last year, it set an all time record for launch day sales. The highly anticipated first person shooter sold 4.7 million copies in its first day of availability, amounting to $310 million in sales. Earlier this week, Activision released the latest title in the Call of Duty franchise and the gaming behemoth somehow managed to best itself. On launch day alone, 5.6 million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops were sold in the U.S. and U.K., amounting to $360 million in retail sales. Activision said it was also on pace to break the $550 million five-day sales record it set last year with Modern Warfare 2. “The game’s success underscores the pop culture appeal of the brand,” Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. “Call of Duty: Black Ops is the finest game that Treyarch has ever made and raises the bar for online gameplay by delivering the deepest and most intense Call of Duty experience yet.” More →

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AT&T reports record quarter, again driven by iPhone sales in Q3

By on October 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM.

AT&T reports record quarter, again driven by iPhone sales in Q3

AT&T reported a huge quarter Thursday morning, once again propelled by the success of Apple’s iPhone. The nation’s second largest wireless carrier activated a record 5.2 million iPhone units during Q3 2010 — a huge leap from its previous record of 3.2 million in a single quarter. 24% of those iPhone activations were new customers.

More highlights from the quarter include:

  • Record 2.6 million net subscriber additions (30% increase year-over-year)
  • 745,000 net postpaid subscriber additions
  • 321,000 net prepaid subscriber additions
  • 92.8 million total wireless subscribers
  • Record-low churn of 1.32% (down 0.10% year-over-year)
  • Consolidated revenue up 2.8% year-over-year to 31.6 billion
  • Operating income was up $100 million year-over-year but operating expenses were up $700 million

The real takeaway from AT&T’s impressive Q3 is unfortunately a negative one, even in the short term: the iPhone makes up a massive amount of AT&T’s business. Should the carrier lose iPhone exclusivity next year, which looks increasingly likely, the results could be disastrous. More →

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AT&T expecting "record numbers" in Q3

By on September 21, 2010 at 4:10 PM.

AT&T expecting "record numbers" in Q3

Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s CEO, recently spoke at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XIX Conference and said, ” We’re on pace to set a record for integrated devices.” That’s pretty amazing considering the fierce competition Verizon Wireless and Sprint have been giving each other. Stephenson went on to detail that the iPhone 4, the BlackBerry Torch, and the Samsung Captivate have been “solid drivers for the company.” AT&T’s tiered data strategy also seems to be paying off, at least in the short-term, by moving a lot of people “into the data market who had not been” before. 53% of AT&T’s postpaid subscribers use a smartphone, there are over 7 million connected devices on the network, and even around half a million iPads.

Switching gears to LTE, AT&T’s chief executive offer reiterated a lot of what the CEO of AT&T Operations said last week: AT&T will be launching LTE service for the general public by mid-2011 and will cover over 70 million subscribers by the end of the same year. This will put AT&T in a head to head battle with Verizon Wireless who intends to have over 100 million subscribers covered with LTE by the end of this year. More →

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Reuters: Google to have music service up and running by December 25th

By on September 3, 2010 at 2:15 PM.

Reuters: Google to have music service up and running by December 25th

Reuters is reporting that Google’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, has been conducting talks with record labels in an attempt to launch an online music service “before Christmas.” The publication cites two sources familiar with the matter, and states that although record industry insiders are excited about the possibility of Apple and Google clashing on the digital music front, Google has yet to ink deals with any record labels. “Finally here’s an entity with the reach, resources and wherewithal to take on iTunes as a formidable competitor by tying it into search and Android mobile platform. What you’ll have is a very powerful player in the market that’s good for the music business,” said an anonymous record label executive. One thing is for certain, if Google wishes to play the role of David by Christmas time, it is going to need some labels in its arsenal… and soon. More →

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BGR reader unofficially bests text messaging world record

By on August 25, 2010 at 2:37 AM.

BGR reader unofficially bests text messaging world record

A BGR reader (and fellow blogger) by the name of Brian stumbled upon our post about a U.K. woman who bested the Guinness World Record for text messaging speed. The 27-year old, named Melissa Thompson, used a Samsung Galaxy S — with the SWYPE keyboard — and managed to squeeze out: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human”, in under 26 seconds. Brian — age 19 — videotaped himself texting the same sentence, on an iPhone, in just under 22 seconds. Now, this obviously wasn’t an “official” or “controlled” setting, but the feat is still pretty damn impressive. Hit the jump to see Brian slay that quirky sentence. Anyone think they can beat 21.8 seconds? More →

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Woman uses Galaxy S, SWYPE to break text messaging world record

By on August 23, 2010 at 10:00 PM.

Woman uses Galaxy S, SWYPE to break text messaging world record

A U.K. woman armed with a Samsung Galaxy S running the SWYPE keyboard has broken the Guinness World Record for text messaging. The 27-year old managed to swipe out the phrase: “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human,” in just under 26 seconds. The time bests the official record, held by a 24-year old American, by over nine seconds. As the Press Association reports, “Ms Thompson, who works for an insurance company, was shopping with her boyfriend, Chris Davies, 23, when they visited a Samsung roadshow and she was invited to have a go at breaking the record.” The woman’s feat has yet to be made official by the Guinness Book of World Records.

[Via IntoMobile] More →

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