Speaking during an investor briefing on Tuesday, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata said that sales of his firms new 3DS portable gaming system failed to meet expectations. “Sales of the 3DS have been weaker than expected since the second week of launch in the US and Europe,” Iwata said while discussing the device’s launches in Europe, the United States, and in Japan. Nintendo had expected to sell 4 million units last quarter, but sales fell short at 3.61 million units. Iwata said that he hopes sales will increase as much as 40% during the next year, AFP reported. We reviewed the 3DS earlier this month and argue that the gaming system doesn’t offer enough features to justify its $250 price point. More →
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet with a 10.1-inch screen and an optional QWERTY dock, made its U.S. retail debut today, and it’s flying off of store shelves. Amazon and Target appear to have already sold out of initial stock of the unit, and Best Buy’s website currently says that the $400 tablet is backordered, too. ASUS announced the Eee Pad Transformer late last month, and it’s equipped with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, and it’s rated for up to 9.5 hours of battery life. There’s no word on when U.S. stock will be replenished, although Best Buy’s “ship to store” option says the unit usually ships to the store within 3 to 5 days. More →
eBay has revealed sales figures for the iPad 2 during its first two weeks on the market. The online auction house created a chart that shows just under 12,000 iPad 2 units were sold during the two week period that it was exclusively available in the United States. The graphic notes that 35% of iPad 2 units sold during that 2 week period were to international customers looking to get an early taste — that figure is down from the 65% of international customers who purchased the original iPad on eBay. Canada and Russia were the two largest importers, each purchasing about 500 iPad 2 tablets. Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom each bought about 350. Australia purchased 317 iPads last year, but only purchased 110 iPad 2 devices in 2010. The 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2 was the most popular, as it represented 30% of all iPad 2 sales. Apple has yet to release its official iPad 2 sales figures. More →
On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it has reached a settlement with Google over its controversial Google Buzz social network. The FTC charged Google with using “deceptive tactics and [violating] its own privacy promises to consumers” when it launched Google Buzz — its Twitter-like social network — in 2010. The FTC’s proposed settlement will bar Google from “future privacy misrepresentations,” and requires that Google implement a comprehensive privacy program. The FTC has also called for regular, independent privacy audits during the next 20 years. “When companies make privacy pledges, they need to honor them,” said Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the FCC. “This is a tough settlement that ensures that Google will honor its commitments to consumers and build strong privacy protections into all of its operations.” The FTC argued that some Google users who declined to participate in Google Buzz were still enrolled in some features of the service. Similarly, it said that those who did decide to join Google Buzz were often confused on how to control the privacy settings. This is not the only lawsuit that was brought against Google in relation to its Buzz service. In November 2010 Google was required to create an $8.5 million fund dedicated to “promoting privacy education on the web” as the result of a class action lawsuit. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
In a press release just moments ago, Motorola Mobility announced the release of the its Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet in the United States. Available beginning March 27th for $599, the 32GB device will be available at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam’s Club locations, Staples and Walmart. The XOOM was the first tablet to launch with Google’s Honeycomb operating system (Android 3.0) back in February. The price tag, which has been a point of contention amongst technology pundits and analysts, mirrors that of Apple’s 32GB Wi-Fi iPad. The full press release is after the break. More →
Android has already assumed its position on top of the global smartphone totem pole, and now, according to two separate analytics firm, it has seized the top spot in the United States as well. In separate reports filed this week, both comScore and Nielsen agree, the little green alien reigns supreme Stateside. comScore gives Android 31.2% of U.S. market share, followed by Research In Motion with 30.4% and Apple with 24.7%. Nielsen reports similar number, with Android claiming 29% of the pie with Research In Motion and Apple each sharing 27%. All hail your new mobile operating system overlord, Android! More →
Today, Nintendo announced that its popular line of DS handheld gaming systems have become “the nation’s best-selling video game system of all time.” With sales of over 47 million units since its release in 2004, the DS passes Sony’s PlayStation 2 to claim the top spot. The company also noted that its Wii console sold more than 7 million units for the third consecutive year in a row, a feat Nintendo brags has “never before been accomplished in the history of video games by a home console.”
“When we look back at 2010, we see consumers time and again turning to the value and enjoyment of our products,” said President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime. “When we look ahead to 2011, we see new portable technology and more great Wii games that need to be seen to be believed.”
Nintendo is expected to release its 3DS portable gaming system this March. More →
With CES just on the horizon, and the impending tablet tidal-wave gaining momentum, Forrester Research has published its predictions on just how far-reaching the devices will be. With an estimated 10.2 million U.S. adults currently using tablets, the company predicts that number to rise to 26.0 million in 2011, 50.7 million in 2012, and 82.1 million U.S. adults by 2015.
“We’ve had briefings from many companies that will release new tablets at CES,” writes Forrester analyst, Sarah Rotman Epps. “All of these inputs have led us to revise our US consumer tablet forecast for 2010 upward to 10.3 million units, and we expect sales to more than double in 2011 to 24.1 million units.” She continues, “Of those sales, the lion’s share will be iPads, and despite many would-be competitors that will be released at CES, we see Apple commanding the vast majority of the tablet market through 2012.”
Forrester is predicting that the replacement rate of tablets will be closer to that of MP3 players or mobile phones — as opposed to that of computers and laptops used in the company’s initial estimates. The post closes with, “By 2015, 82 million US consumers — one-third of US online consumers — will be using a tablet, and not all of them will be iPads.”
Who has plans to buy their first tablet this year? More →
Samsung has just issued a press release pertaining to kudos it recently received from analytics firm Gartner. Gartner has named Samsung the top Android provider in the United States based on “sell through to end users in […] the third quarter of 2010.” Samsung earned the honors based on its 32.1% share of the U.S. Android market in Q3 and having shipped over 3 million total Galaxy S handsets in the States.
“I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice,” said Samsung’s president of Mobile, Dale Sohn. “Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers.”
Hit the read link for the official press release. More →
According to blog Symphonic Distribution, Apple will be extending the length of song previews in its U.S. iTunes Music store from 30 seconds to 90 seconds. The information comes courtesy of an email being sent around to “label representatives” that reads:
We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States. We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.
The communication goes on to say that the letter legally modifies the U.S. Digital Music Download Sales Agreement that was previously in effect. The communication did not mention when the new music preview length would be implemented or if there are plans to expand the offering worldwide.
If we told you an ATM was coming to the United States that dispensed its payload in 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram, and 1 ounce quantities, what would you think it was? Before you get too excited and fire up that Bob Marley EP, it’s gold. A German firm plans on deploying ATMs that dispense pure Au in the U.S. beginning this year. Company Gold to Go is looking to “take advantage of demand” for gold bullion that arises in times of economic turmoil. The machine’s creator, Thomas Geissler, said, “This year we will issue around 35 machines, and for next year we are looking for bigger numbers.” Unsurprisingly, the company’s first gold-dispensing ATM was deployed in Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel last May. Currently, gold is trading at right around $1,300 an ounce. More →
The BBC has released an interesting analysis of the world’s supercomputing prowess based on the June 2010 TOP500 Supercomputing list. The report shows, unsurprisingly, that Linux is the king of supercomputing OS’ by an extremely large margin. Other fun facts from this months report include: the U.S. houses the most supercomputers (as well as the fastest), IBM is the largest manufacturer of supercomputing systems (HP is second), Intel is the most popular processor used in supercomputers (AMD is second), and the most widely used function for supercomputers is “research.” The fastest beast of the bunch, the Jaguar supercomputer, located in the U.S. at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been clocked at 1.759 petaflops; only two other machines on the list are clocked using petaflops. We’ve got all BBC article, complete with infographics, all queued up for you. More →