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Apple dominates Q4 sales in the US
Fri, 30/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

A new study showed that Apple phones accounted for 50 per cent of all mobile phones sold in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the study revealed that Samsung phones accounted for 26 per cent of the total sales while LG accounted for 11 per cent.

Motorola took fourth place on the list with a four per cent market share, followed by HTC with two per cent.

The survey, which was conducted from the last week of December to the first week of January, polled 500 Americans who either re-activated a used phone or activated a new phone between October and December of last year.

The CIRP data mirrored the difficulty other mobile phone makers face when competing with Samsung and Apple in the United States, as the two firms accounted for 76 per cent of the total sales during the previous quarter.

Apple saw its market share slightly increase from the same quarter during the previous year, when its share was only 48 per cent, while Samsung saw its share significantly drop from 31 per cent in 2013.

Apple’s overwhelming success was primarily due to the release of its new flagship phones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The popularity of these devices helped the Cupertino phone maker conquer half of the market during the fourth quarter. The feat was made even more significant by the fact that Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus only became available in December.

The CIRP survey also highlighted the loyalty of Apple users. 86 per cent of respondents who bought a new iPhone already owned Apple smartphones.

Meanwhile, 25 per cent of respondents who previously owned a Samsung smartphone switched to Apple’s iPhone.

Chinese ecommerce sites littered with fake products
Fri, 30/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

As China’s massive ecommerce market gets even bigger, the reputation for selling fake products still hangs over the country’s e-tailers.

HTC to unveil smartphone, smartwatch in March
Fri, 23/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Taiwanese company HTC is expected to unveil its next flagship smartphone in March, offering improved audio and video features.

Canadian retailers outgunned by US e-commerce giants
Fri, 23/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

With US-based ecommerce giants aggressively wooing Canadian buyers with various promotions, established retailers in Canada are being advised to strengthen their online presence.

Facebook mulled investing in Xiaomi
Fri, 16/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly met with Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun to discuss a possible investment by Facebook into the Chinese company ahead of its $1.1 billion funding round in December.

A truly splendid Christmas for online retailers
Fri, 9/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

According to Econsultancy, the longer duration of the recently concluded holiday season is a key factor behind the period’s spectacular online sales.

ZTE releases prepaid smartphone in the US
Fri, 9/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

ZTE is releasing a six-inch smartphone with high-end specifications in the US as the company sees big promise in the country’s prepaid handset market.

Xiaomi trumps Uber’s US$40 billion valuation
Fri, 2/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s latest valuation has soared to US$45 billion after securing US$1.1 billion in additional funding, according to the company’s president and co-founder Bin Lin.

The Interview earns more than US$15 million from online sales
Fri, 2/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Although some large cinema chains refused to show The Interview by Sony Pictures Entertainment due to threats of violence from hackers, the movie still managed to rake in US$18 million during its opening weekend.

Champ 8-in-1 Survival Sidekick Flashlight is Great to Have
Tue, 30/12/14 – 16:00 | No Comment

This or any time of year is a good time to have something like this to keep in your car, office, or by the bedside. The Champ 8-in-1 Survival Sidekick is a flashlight, USB charger, …

India to beat US as the second largest smartphone market by 2016
Fri, 26/12/14 – 4:00 | No Comment

India looks set to beat the United States as the world’s second biggest market for smartphones by 2016, according to research firm eMarketer.

Online stores blocked in Belarus
Fri, 26/12/14 – 4:00 | No Comment

Belarus has blocked online stores as well as news websites in order to stop a run on shops and banks.
Last week’s decline in the Russian ruble dragged down the Belarusian currency, which forced the authorities …

Electrohome USB Clock Radio
Mon, 22/12/14 – 15:44 | No Comment

This is a pretty cool product. Basically, this is an alarm clock that projects the time onto a wall or the ceiling (I like it above my head when I wake up). Instead of a …