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If there's one thing Google loves doing, it's barging into an area of the market where its biggest competitors excel and make its presence known. The latest proof of that comes to us in the form of a "Buy Now" button, mimicking the one-click purchase mechanic Amazon has enjoyed for quite some time. Should Amazon be scared? Probably not, but there's little denying that Google's impact could be notable. It might seem a little odd for Google to pursue something like a "Buy Now" button if it doesn't even have a marketplace like Amazon, but it'd come into play through the search results. If you search... Read more...
It's that time again. The time of year when students and parents frantically hit e-tailers that offer fast shipping in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Hot Hardware's Back-To-School Shopping Guide In the pages ahead, we'll be taking a look at today's latest and greatest... Read more...
Mobile is clearly the future when it comes to Web, communications, and potentially even photography. So, it makes sense to assume that shopping is going to gravitate towards mobile as well. That's where a new app from New York-based Jello Labs comes in. The company suggests that Spring (a nod to Spring Street in Manhattan) will enable each seller on its virtual storefront to have the ability to present wares in a way that suits it. No clothier is alike, so having that level of customization is vital. The app will allow customers to buy from within it, with Spring keeping a small cut from each purchase.... Read more...
Tonight on CBS' "60 Minutes," Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, sat down for an extended interview. Amazon is an online superstore that has morphed into a technological powerhouse on so many other levels -- tablets and eReaders included, that they're effecting a dramatic change in the way people shop. The company has historically operated on thin profits and a volume model and there is no doubt, Amazon is a disruptive force in etail. Amazon also typically invests excess cash into new fulfillment centers and other R&D projects. Why? So that Amazon itself doesn't get disrupted by whatever big innovation... Read more...
The instructions for the game say it all: “Punch yourself in the face to stay awake, but don’t punch too much or you will die.” It’s a game that isn’t especially scintillating, but it’s a simple and funny commentary on the whole Black Friday experience. Basically, you have to punch yourself to stay awake, and you can jump, and it’s really easy to kill yourself. That’s the whole game. You get a higher score depending on how long you can hold out without either dying or falling asleep. Black Friday has become an unsavory part of an otherwise great holiday.... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss Motorola's Moto X smartphone, HotHardware's Back to School Shopping Guide, which lists some of the hottest mobile devices and small form factor PCs this season, Alienware's powerful ALW 18 Gaming Notebook, Windows 8.1’s impending release and Zotac’s ZBox Nano ID65 Plus... Show Notes: 01:00 – Moto X Smartphone Preview 06:21 – HotHardware's 2013 Back To School Shopping Guide 09:44 – Alienware 18 Notebook: Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M 14:18 – Windows 8.1 Set For Launch... Read more...
It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Whether you're about to begin the Fall semester of college or your senior year in high school (or something else entirely), you'll probably need the right hardware to get you through. In the pages to come, we'll be taking a look at today's latest and greatest when it comes to systems, hardware and peripherals that could prove useful for any... Read more...
It's that time again. The time of year when students and parents frantically hit e-tailers that offer fast shipping in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Credit: Google Whether you're about to begin the Fall semester of college or your... Read more...
Apple's financial figures have a way of defying logic time and again. The company's iconic co-founder, Steve Jobs, passed away at a relatively early age due to pancreatic cancer, leaving the company in the hands of Tim Cook, a smart man in his own right but with gigantic shoes to fill. Then there was the iPhone 5 release and the all the criticisms that followed: It didn't take great pictures when you pointed it close to the sun, there weren't any groundbreaking new features, and it wasn't scratch-proof. Toss in a heaping dose of negative publicity over Apple's falling share price and it would seem... Read more...
In addition to tinkering with its return policy, it looks as if Best Buy is making another change in order to deal with one huge, lumbering reality: the Internet. A few months ago, Target announced that it would begin price-matching Amazon all year round in an effort to halt "showrooming" -- a term that describes the act of using a retail shop to check a product out, only to go home and buy it online for less. A few years ago, this process happened, but not in huge enough numbers to make material dents in the bottom line of brick-and-mortar retailers. Nowadays, it's notable. In fact, Circuit City... Read more...
Apple rumors are to be taken with their own kind of salt, but the smoke that's leading to fire here certainly seems plausible. In recent years, Apple has started to offer its products in more places than just online or in one of the few Apple Stores scattered about the globe. Everything from iPod products to MacBook products are now found everywhere from Best Buy to Target, and even Walmart. And as those products become ever more acceptable in the business world, business-centric retailers are now looking to start stocking some hotter gear. Staples hasn't been the most popular retail brand in recent... Read more...
Beginning March 3, Best Buy will extend its price-matching "Low Price Guarantee" to all local retail competitors and 19 major online outfits in all product categories on nearly all in-stock products, provided the customer requests it. That includes popular online shopping sites like Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect.com, to name just a few. At the same time, however, it's being reported that Best Buy's "Return and Exchange" period is being slashed in half from 30 days to 15 days, after raising it a year ago. According to The Consumerist, numerous sources have confirmed the policy change,... Read more...
One of the popular sayings Google adopted early on was "Don't be evil." However, with a new initiative with Google Shopping, Microsoft feels the company is being less than honest. It's likely some consumers will agree. Instead of displaying truly relevant search results when people search for a product using Google Shopping, the company is now displaying a list of targeted ads that are ranked by bid price (in other words, how much an advertiser will pay for the spot). Microsoft has been quick to pick up on this practice and has created a site called Scroogled to spread the word about Google's practices... Read more...
Black Friday always leaves something of a black mark on Americans, and consumers in general. It's really a weird, tragic event to celebrate. We usually spend all of Thanksgiving recognizing all that we have to be thankful for, and perhaps not even 24 hours later, some consumers head to big box shops to trounce one another in an effort to get more, more, more. It's all a bit beyond us, truth to be told, but evidently the masses aren't hearing any of that logic. Instead, they're spending even more, and so long as that trend continues, you can bet that retailers aren't going to stop forcing employees... Read more...
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