Items tagged with consumer

Finding the best deal online can be a very time-consuming endeavour, and unfortunately, it's not one that can always wind up truly working in your favor. Many studies have been conducted in the past that have shown some major variances in online prices, based on a number of different factors. Even if you think you've found the best deal on something, a person standing right next to you could very well find one better. To see the effects of these practices today, researchers at Northeastern University enlisted the help of 300 people who noted their experiences on different sites. As you might expect,... Read more...
Linksys routers have become virtually ubiquitous in consumers’ homes over the years, but parent company Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is reportedly looking to sell off the brand. Cisco is looking to get out of the consumer business and focus more on enterprise software and services, and unloading Linksys will be a big step in that direction. Linksys will most likely be fine; it’s a valuable brand and will bolster some lucky company’s consumer portfolio, despite some cuts and reductions that Cisco enacted since buying the company for half a billion bucks in 2003. Bloomberg’s sources... Read more...
Surveys. Boy, how we love surveys. You never really know what people will say or how they'll react to a crazy question, but it's oftentimes hilarious to see the results. A survey taught us that people prefer airport Wi-Fi to good airport food selections (hey, we can't argue!), and now a survey has found that consumers trust the Internet more than their own friends and family. Wait, really?! The Digital Influence Index  event, presented by Fleishman-Hillard International in partnership with Harris Interactive, is to thank for this crazy revelation, as it found that "for the average UK consumer,... Read more...
If there was any doubt that the U.S. economy is hurting, taking a gander at today's financial news should sober you up quickly: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, and Bank of America is bailing out foundering Merrill Lynch. If you are not an investor, you might ask why you should care and what does this have to do with technology. The state of the economy is as much a reflection on actual financial circumstances as it is a perception of today's and tomorrow's financials. This means that what people and companies purchase and who companies hire and who they lay off are all based at least in part... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the London NYC Hotel yesterday to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months. We attended the event and took a few photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here.We're sure many of you have already seen a few of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close and personal with a few of them and can give more insight into their operation. The various demo stations were filled... Read more...
There has been much debate lately as to the effectiveness and reliability of consumer-level storage technology in the enterprise space.  This article on Dell's future or storage website, details some of the specific considerations and decisions IT managers may have to make..."The fact of the matter is if you’re working with an enterprise application and cost isn’t the only driving factor but uptime and rebuild times are critical, there’s a really strong case for SAS technology, though SATA is a tempting low-cost alternative to be sure.  In practice though, SATA drives don’t have the same... Read more...
For those who not only want to be on the bleeding edge, but want to be as fast as possible as well, Mtron has introduced the first SSD hard drive for consumers that, according to them, can  reach data read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Based on their success in high performance SSD products for high-end servers and storages, Mtron has been able to develop high performance SSD for consumer purposes as well. With their new SSD MOBI, Mtron now offers variety of premium consumer SSD products in affordable price range.Mtron SSD MOBI (2.5inch, 32GB standard) will be priced around $650 (USD), which is... Read more...
In the wake of Comcast's recent decision to start throttling end-user P2P traffic consumer groups have decided to take their complaint straight to the top.  By 'the top' we don't mean the supreme court, but the FCC.  We can't help but wonder why nobody's taken Comcast to the FCC over their disconnecting users who use 'too much' of their unlimited service, but we suspect that we'll probably be reporting on that in the near future.Several consumer rights groups have worked in unison to file law suits of various kinds, but it looks like a couple of them decided to try to hit Comcast beneath... Read more...
We know that consumers in America aren't exactly enamored with Windows Vista; there's even been a lawsuit filed over the term "Windows-Vista Ready."  Apparently the Dutch Consumers' Union agrees with that opinion.In a recent meeting between the Dutch Consumers’ Union (Consumentenbond) and Microsoft Netherlands, the consumer organization asked for free copies of Windows XP for members who were having problems with Vista. Microsoft, of course, refused. The refusal has led Consumentenbond to call on consumers to explicitly ask for Windows XP when purchasing... Read more...
It's possible consumers may see such rebates in the future.  Right now, buy an energy efficient dishwasher, furnace, A/C unit, or something similar and you can often get a rebate from your utility company. Will utilities also give rebates for energy-efficient PCs?  It's being discussed.The Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a consortium of tech companies that is trying to get the industry and consumers to adopt energy-efficient components, has started to explore the idea of direct rebates with utilities, said Erik Teeszer, a program manager at Google during a meeting at the Intel Developer Forum... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday, to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you all here.  We suspect the shots and info regarding the quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo’s ‘Stranglehold’ will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices.  Check them... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday (yes, the same place that Lindsey Lohan had her meltdown a few weeks ago), to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here. We're sure many of you have already seen some of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close... Read more...
Consumer electronics is becoming the largest single driver of the semiconductor industry. Consumer Electronics are semiconductor devices that are incorporated into products, which are purchased by individual consumers, such as desktop & laptop computers, home networking, printers, audio-visual entertainment, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and automobiles. Factory Sales of Consumer Electronics has increased from $95.9 billion in 2000 to $140 billion in 2006. Demographics for consumer electronics markets are also changing. The market for electronic products, traditionally a Japanese, North... Read more...
[H]Consumer (sister site to [H]ard|OCP) has evaluated a mid-range Furia system from Monarch. Unfortunately, Kyle and crew ran into a few problems with regard to how this system was built and configured.  It seems a few components didn't match the original order, and a few missteps were made during the build process as well. "We decided to build a mid-range computer with room for upgradeability. We ordered a Monarch Furia - Monarch's 939 pin, 64-bit AMD product line. We chose an ATI, rather than an NVIDIA, motherboard for the sake of variety. We added a 1-year warranty with 24/7 tech support... Read more...