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NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prentice Capital, the Michael Zimmerman fund specializing in retail investments, predicts that retail sales will grow faster than expected during the second half of 2014. This view is supported by the latest National Retail Federation retail sales forecast which calculates that retail sales are expected to grow at least 3.9% during the second half(1). Zimmerman's positive view is despite the fact that US store visits fell by nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July, and overall have fallen by 5% or more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years according to ShopperTrak(2). It's not all bad news however - consumers are still buying, they are just increasingly doing it online. Consumer behaviour is changing. Instead of wandering through stores making impulse purchases, shoppers use their mobile phones and computer... (more)

iPad Has the ‘Mother of All Backlogs’: Apple

It's not going to surprise anyone that Apple's fiscal Q2 numbers were light on iPads given its obvious inability to meet demand, but what may surprise Google and its many Android followers was the surge in iPhone sales to 18.65 million units, a 113% jump in growth year-over-year, significantly ahead of IDC's 48% growth projection. Apple said sales of the dingus were up 155% in the US and 250% in China, where alone it represented a bit under $5 billion, up 4x. iPads, whose future seems assured given what Apple called a "staggering" iPad lust resulting in the "mother of all backlogs," only hit 4.69 million units in the quarter, reportedly demanding every widget Apple could make and turning into $2.8 billion in revenue. Happily, in answer to everybody's most pressing question, Apple said it suffered no material supply line disruption or cost impact in Q2 because of th... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of January 12, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Rising demand for 4G handsets and base stations, plus China’s recent issuance of fourth-generation network licenses, are fueling the boom in 4G networks predicted for China.  Read Original Content E-commerce in China is making a move to mobile in 2014. Amazon China announced the percentage of its sales from mobile devices... (more)

Google Chromebooks Out June 15

Roughly two years after it started working on an operating system based on its Chrome browser - and now late by its own timetable - Google is ready to start commercializing its so-called Chromebooks and challenge the Microsoft monopoly. During those critical two years, however, Apple's iPad and Google's own copycat Android have drastically changed the market terrain so it's possible that the Chromebooks could experience rejection despite Google's claims that the web-based widgets, where everything is done in the cloud, are a "game changer." Well, we shall soon see. Beginning June 15, Samsung- and Acer-made Chromebooks will be available to consumers at prices ranging from $329 to $499. They will be sold in the US, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and Spain. Amazon.com and Best Buy online should have them. So too international retailers. However - and more clev... (more)

Android Phones & Tablets Get Common OS

After waiting a brief interval for tears shed over Steve Jobs to dry, Google and Samsung, the biggest seller of Android phones, met in Hong Kong and unveiled Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones powered by the brand new Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Apple-loathed Android operating system. Sales of the "co-developed" dingus are set for next month; pricing was not disclosed. The move came a few days after Apple sold a reported four million of its new iPhone 4S in 72 hours, a personal best. Source: Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich, now officially Android 4.0, is using facial recognition programs that enhance security and photo sorting as a come-on. It's unclear whether users having a bad hair day will be locked out of their phones. The widgetry is also said to include improved multi-tasking, upgraded voice technology that converts dictation into text, a new font called Robot... (more)

RIM Delivers PlayBook OS 2.0

RIM said Tuesday that its PlayBook OS 2.0 is ready, free and downloadable, which puts it that much ahead of the equally vaunted webOS that HP has in open source triage seeing what will come of it. It would of course have been better yet if 2.0's new features had been in 1.0. It might have stopped the PlayBook from tanking. Anyway, the new PlayBook operating system, derived from RIM's QNX acquisition and bound for its smartphones later this year, is supposed to enrich the experience of users of the poorly selling RIM tablet, mostly by putting Android apps on the thing. Although still lacking instant messaging, it's finally got an integrated native e-mail client whose unified inbox will consolidate all messages including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn communiqués. 2.0's calendar will also integrate with those social networks and there's a Bluetooth connection betwee... (more)

Apple Cans Author of Its Maps Fiasco

Apple has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the NeXT legacy who botched the mission-critical maps program that replaced the Google Maps program Apple used to offer on its widgets. Apple wanted Google Maps off its iPads and iPhones because it loathes Google and its Android operating system. The screw-up forced CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize and promise the widgetry would improve. Apple then fired Williamson's boss, mobile-software chief Scott Forstall, last month. He reportedly refused to apologize for the blooper. SVP of online services Eddy Cue, a confidant of Steve Jobs, reportedly just fired Williamson and is supposed to be seeking advice from outside mapping experts and pushing digital maps provider TomTom to fix the unreliable mapping data it shares with Apple. Meanwhile, Google is supposed to be getting an iOS-based mapping program ready. Apple's map... (more)

HP Tries a Chromebook

PCs being what they are nowadays HP went into the Chromebook business Monday. Demand for the kind of ho-hum computing the thing exemplifies is apparently expanding. Acer says that its $199 C7 Chromebook now accounts for 5%-10% of its US shipments. Samsung, which leads in the space, has a $249 ARM-based Chromebook and a more fully featured $449 version. Lenovo will be coming out with a $429 ThinkPad X131e Chromebook later this month. The $330-to-start HP widget is called the Pavilion 14 Chromebook. The 14 comes from its 14-inch 1,366-by-768-pixel screen, the largest on the market so far. The 4lb dingus is built on a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron chip, 16GB of flash storage, 2GB of RAM, expandable to 4GB, with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a 720p camera, three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card slot. HP says the battery is only good for four hours and 15 minutes. Samsung ... (more)

Microsoft Wants Nook: TechCrunch

Microsoft wants to buy Nook Media LLC, the Barnes & Noble's digital and college books joint venture, for a billion dollars according to TechCrunch, which says it's got internal documents to prove it. With Windows 8 in mind Microsoft bought 16.8% of the operation last year for $300 million plus another $180 million due sometime for Windows 8 content. Apparently it now just wants the e-book piece as well as Nook's e-readers and tablets. That digital territory includes movies, TV, comics and apps. TechCrunch says Nook Media means to discontinue its Microsoft-opposing Android-based tablet business by the end of its fiscal 2014 year and move Nook content through apps on "third-party partner" devices although it just signed a deal to get Google Play and the entire Google mobile stack - Gmail, Chrome, YouTube and Google Maps - onto the platform. Nook also offers apps on mob... (more)

CES 2015 Theme: The 'Internet of Things' By @JnanDash | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

This year’s CES expects to have 160,000 attendees and tonight’s keynote by the CEO of Samsung Mr. BK Yoon was “unlocking infinite possibilities of IoT”. The Internet of Things seems to be the overall theme this year. Today I listened to an interesting panel on disruptive technologies over next five years. Here is a brief summary. 3D Printing: This year expects to see 300,000 desktop 3D printers in the US. Mainstream consumer adoption is doubtful. Someone jokingly said that you can build a statue of yourself and install it in your yard. Another term for 3D printing is additive manufacturing. Most likely it will be adopted by small industries providing repair service (by building plastic parts for a washing machine, for example). Many such 3-D printing devices are on display. Wearables: This is a diverse market of connecting the unconnected ($2B market). Healthcare s... (more)

Funambol Does Mobile Social Networking, Open Source Style

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Funambol, the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced new Code Sniper projects to encourage its global community of mobile open source developers to write apps that sync content between mobile phones and social networks. Code Sniper is Funambol's community program that rewards developers with monetary bounties to work on open source projects that benefit mobile users around the globe. This new slate of Code Sniper projects ranges from syncing pictures of friends on social networks to the address book on a mobile phone, to making it easy to invite your mobile contacts to join your favorite social network. All of the apps developed as part of Code Sniper are made freely available under standard open source licensing. "Funambol has always been about delivering cool new mobi... (more)