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It seems that there are a lot of people who aren't taking Microsoft very seriously when it comes to competing in the smartphone marketplace. However, various well-known analyst firms, including IDC, Gartner, and iSuppli, believe Windows Phone could actually overtake iOS and become the second most popular smartphone platform by 2015. The head of marketing for Windows Phone, Achim Berg, believes this prediction is conservative. In September, research from Gartner and IDC suggested that Windows Phone (Mango) could grab as much as 20 percent of the market share by 2015. iSuppli's most recent predictions... Read more...
The retail sales of electronics and appliances this summer should have a modest increase over last year, according to IBM's analytics-based forecast. The sales are predicted to increase 4 percent - $953 million - in June, July and August. June July August 3-month total 2009 (actual) $7.791 $7.740 $8.131 $23.662 2010 (forecast) $8.034 $8.069 $8.512 $24.615 IBM produced the forecast using "statistical and analytical software" that looks at long-term sales trends and seasonal peaks. The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's survey of retailers whose primary business is the sale of electronics and... Read more...
While speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, Peter Klein, Microsoft's chief financial officer, revealed some interesting numbers about Windows 7, Xbox LIVE, and a few other Microsoft products. More specifically, Microsoft has sold 90 million copies of Windows 7 to date, making it the fastest-selling operating system in history. In addition, Windows XP may finally be on its way out as more and more enterprise users make the switch to Windows 7. "We're now having conversations with the majority of our enterprise customers who are making plans to deploy Windows 7,"... Read more...
We've all heard plenty of statistics that tell us how dangerous it is to talk on our cell phones while driving. Now a new study from the University of Illinois has also found that talking on a cell phone while crossing the street is also dangerous. In fact, it's more dangerous than listening to an MP3 player while crossing the street. (Interestingly enough, the study found that listening to music while crossing a street caused the test subjects little to no distraction.) Through this study, Mark Neider, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, hopes people... Read more...
We've heard facts that claim cell phones are perfectly safe and other pieces of information that say cell phones are dangerous. Now, a new website from ProCon.org is available to help you decide for yourself. Even though the radio frequency (RF) radiation levels in cell phones are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and generally considered to be safe when used properly, there is still plenty of research that shows cell phone use could cause cancer, disrupt pacemakers, decrease fertility, damage DNA, and increase the risk of traffic accidents. The FCC and other government agencies... Read more...
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There’s been an ongoing discussion in the search community regarding the value of content on Twitter and how to capitalize on it, particularly since Twitter content can reflect instant public reactions and newsworthy events. As a way to add more real time data into its search results, Microsoft has started adding some Twitter posts to the search results you get when searching for some people using Bing.Sean Suchter, general manager of Microsoft's Silicon Valley Search Technology Center, wrote on a company blog, "We think this is an interesting first step toward using Twitter's public API to surface... Read more...
A new survey by Best Buy Mobile reveals some interesting ways in which users interact with and value their mobile phones. For example, according to the survey, one in three Americans would give up television in order to keep their mobile phones and 60% of those surveyed would be willing to abstain from alcohol for a week rather than give up their mobile phone. The poll of 1,000 Americans, half men and half women over the age of 18, also revealed some barriers to smartphone ownership, including confusion about the assortment of models and features, difficulty with the shopping experience, and notions... Read more...