Microsoft: plucky underdog or retail road kill? Microsoft opened 2 stores last October in a timid challenge to Apple's hit chain. Storage Bits revisits one and an Apple store to see how it's working out. Location, location, location 50% of the world's Microsoft stores are in Scottsdale Arizona, a mere 120 miles from Storage Bits' mountain home. Monday I revisited the store I first wrote about last October [see A visit to Microsoft's first store]. To compare I also checked out a nearby Apple store in a 3/4 empty Scottdale shopping center. The Great Recession has hammered Phoenix - where homebuilding was 30% of the jobs - and Scottsdale Quarters has only a few open stores. Great expectations Microsoft is planning to open 2 more stores - 1 in Denver and another in San Diego. That's a leisurely rate for the world's most profitable corporation: in their 1st 7 months Apple opened 27 stores. Microsoft stores look like Apple stores: they were designed by the same architects. Microsoft uses … [Read more...] about Store Wars: Microsoft vs Apple
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[Last updated on November 24: Borders] Start counting the days...Black Friday is almost here. Some of us dread it, while others prepare months in advance. Don't forget, even if you're shopping for others, this is probably the best time of year to take care of getting some tech goodies for yourself. If you haven't already marked your calendar for November 26, you should do so now. And until then, you can sift through ZDNet’s ultimate guide to the sweetest deals and steals of 2010. Set the alarms on your smartphones, laptops and iPod speaker docks now. But before you rush out the door on that early Friday morning (or hit up the awesome pre-sale events even before Turkey Day), here are some quick tips that might make your shopping experience smoother, if even a little bit enjoyable: Check out ZDNet reviews before splurging on anything. (You never want to judge a gadget solely based on how good the packaging or design might look.) If shopping online, check out multiple vendors to … [Read more...] about ZDNet’s Ultimate Black Friday 2010 guide to deals and steals
The folks at TYLT have some cool mobile accessories and recently held a successful Kickstarter campaign for their new Energi+ backpack. I have been using it for a couple of weeks and think the 13 pockets, large internal storage compartment, and 10,400 mAh battery will appeal to the road warrior. Just about everyone on my Sounder train has a backpack of some sort as they commute 10 to 60 miles into downtown Seattle. I also see the majority of people using smartphones and tablets so having a backpack that carries this gear and keeps it charged up is a great solution. I wish I would have known about the Kickstarter campaign held back in March and April since early bird backers, 200 people, were able to get this backpack and battery for just $99. The full retail price is $199.99 and comes with the 10,400 mAh battery. Backpack design TYLT designed the Energi+ backpack after hearing from people who purchased portable battery packs and carried them around in their backpacks. The Energi+ … [Read more...] about TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review: Power and functionality to please the road warrior
"When I arrived at CERN [European Organization for Nuclear Research], I immediately felt that it was science heaven," Alberto Pace, IT data and storage services group leader, told ZDNet. The challenges he faces here, the home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), are "unmatched in many areas", he says. Pace and his team get to be part of the most exciting scientific experiment in history, the one that discovered the Higgs boson. This particle appeared in calculations in the 1960s, but researchers were able to confirm its existence through experiments conducted in 2012. What exactly is the Higgs boson, and what does it do? Physicists know that it helps other particles acquire mass, but many of its properties remain hidden for the moment. The upgrade of the world's largest and most powerful particle collider should tell them more about this mysterious particle. All the experiments happen in a circular underground tunnel which is 27km long and has a depth which ranges from 50m to 175m below … [Read more...] about Inside the Large Hadron Collider: How IT powers the greatest experiment in history
posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46 0 1. me. (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Oct 2009) sorry verizon, got to go, tired of waiting .The Droid is wasting all my lunch time till it gets something done. Hope att is good as verizon posted on 12 Jun 2010, 19:58 0 2. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010) me ask about at&t from those who are on AT&T make a pros and cons list then make a desition that works best for you. don't forget what works best for you money wise to. posted on 14 Jun 2010, 11:08 0 7. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009) i have att its good coverage i find myself having better coverage than tmobile and spring everywhere. not many verizon customers in my area though. posted on 12 Jun 2010, 22:56 0 3. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009) It amazes me that the EnV series went up to 3 before they really amped up the device, and they were all released around 1 year apart. The iPhone has been steadily released … [Read more...] about Comments for : AT&T corporate stores are confirmed to open at 7AM for the iPhone 4 launch?
Check out our review of the Apple iPhone 5C smartphone.This week, for the first time ever, Apple is expected to announce not one but two new iPhone models. The rumored “iPhone 5S” will likely be joined by another model, the “iPhone 5C.” You’ll remember the S in iPhone 4S stood for Siri, and the S in 5S may stand for Security, if it comes with a fingerprint scanner fitted. But what does the C stand for?Like hieroglyphics carved into a cave wall, the C can be interpreted many different ways, each giving us a clue about Apple’s reasoning behind the launch. Not all the C words are good, and some could signal serious changes are afoot in Apple’s cozy world. So, if the letter C really is iced onto Apple’s iPhone-shaped cookie, what’s it trying to tell us?C for CheapIt’s almost too obvious that the C should stand for cheap. But it’s probably going to be appropriate. A price of $300 to $400 without a contract is being … [Read more...] about Color? Control? China? What does the C in iPhone 5C stand for?
Retail used to be a lot simpler. If you wanted to sell more headphones, you’d rent a display stand and put more headphones in stores. Maybe you’d take out an advertisement in the newspaper or on TV to ensure that people came into the store. Brick and mortar gave way to online shopping, and then to showrooming, and then to webrooming, but even that’s changing. It’s not a given that someone will visit either a retail chain or an Amazon.com today “just browsing.” How do you sell products to people these days?That’s the fundamental challenge Noel Lee and Monster Products have been aiming to address. He thought he had solved that problem through a unique partnership with Dr. Dre, which led to the creation of the Beats line of headphones and doubled the size of his already substantial business. Beats worked out great for Dre, who sold the business to Apple for a stunning $3.2 billion. For Monster, it was a disaster – and an eye-opener for Lee … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Beaten by Beats, here’s how Monster is reinventing itself
It's the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest source of entertainment news between the industry and fans, and DC Comics has declared July 23, 2014, Batman Day. And writer Brad Meltzer's retelling of the origin story in "Detective Comics #27" for the event. It's free online and in stores. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Batman's the company's draw for general audiences, not just comic fans, and they're acknowledging the impact. But why today?Well, 2014 is the 75th anniversary of Batman's first appearance in May 1939. And SDCC is…well, SDCC. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice's filming for a 2016 release. And news means a captive audience to amp up the press and buzz in San Diego.But that's not the only reason.So much tension and pain means the world needs something or someone to cling to, a bastion of safety and humanity. Meltzer describes the importance to Michael Cavna in the Washington Post article "COMIC-CON 2014: DC Comics marks … [Read more...] about Batman Day: Brad Meltzer On Why Batman’s ‘Cultural Shield’ Protects Us All
The highly anticipated ToysRUs Black Friday 2016 sale comes into focus. ToysRUs today announced its stores nationwide will open at 5pm (local time) on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and remain open through 11pm on Friday, November 25 for 30 hours of continuous shopping. "Our customers have voted at the doors year after year, and they continue to want the option to get an early start on their holiday shopping lists," said Joe Venezia, Executive Vice President, Global Store Operations, ToysRUs, Inc. "The good news is that we're not only focused on delivering a Thanksgiving Weekend filled with deals and doorbusters, but we'll be giving shoppers an entire month of can't miss sales and services."Shoppers unsure of the difference between a Hatchimal and a Brightling need look no further than the dedicated "G.P.S. Navigator" – or, Gurus for Play Stuff – stationed at the front of ToysRUs stores nationwide on Saturdays and Sundays in November.And beginning Thanksgiving evening, these … [Read more...] about ToysRUs Black Friday 2016 Sale Begins 5pm Thanksgiving And Lasts 30 Hours
With statistics revealing that nearly half of Americans are planning to use a digital device (desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet) as a primary means of purchasing holiday gifts versus just over 33-percent of folks planning to beat the streets and shop in-store, digital mobile consumerism has clearly come of age. I myself am indelibly on the hunt for great gifts and gets that can be bought online with all of the comfort and convenience that affords. Given the National Retail Federation finding that personal holiday spending this season will reach the second highest in the 13-year history of its consumer survey, it seems cyberspace will be one busy place this year.In the spirit of easing and expediting your efforts, here are this year’s holiday gift picks starting as low as $20 in the tech, style, wellness, foodie, sport, self-care, beauty and kids categories that can all be purchased lickety-split via a viable Internet connection. ***** TECH *****VocoPro … [Read more...] about The Luxe List: Holiday Gift Picks 2016