Technology & Entertainment

Hybrids – the brave new world of personal PCs?

Image from: somchaij / Shutterstock The Consumer Electronics Show kicked off on Tuesday giving everyone a preview of 2013’s biggest tech trends. One trend I am particularly interested in is the growth of tablets and tablet hybrids. It’s clear that consumers’ appetites for portable computing is growing based on CEA data from the Compete/ Google 2012 Portable PC Shopper Study. Tablets are projected to drive the most growth in the

The Top Games on Amazon for the 2012 Holidays

Image from: Video Game Controller / Shutterstock Between the Christmas ads already showing up on TV and our friends and family starting to play and sing along to Christmas carols (you know who you are…), the holiday season is in full swing. And while work can get busy trying to finish up all those projects before the new year, almost everyone finds time to participate in the season of giving

Witty Galaxy SIII Campaign Is Paying Off

Image from: Samsung Galaxy SIII / XDA-Developers.com Consumer attitudes have changed quite a bit since the iPhone first redefined the meaning of “smartphone”. In today’s world the iPhone is hardly the only cutting edge option for the tech-savvy and design-conscious consumer, and choices are getting more abundant. In a recent Compete survey of wireless shoppers 1 in 4 iPhone buyers cited familiarity, not the coolness factor or the best technology,

T-Mobile and MetroPCS Set To Stick Together and Unlimit Themselves

Image from: Cell Phone / Shutterstock MetroPCS is no stranger to merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, and after close calls with Sprint, Leap and possibly other overtures from additional suitors (that were never made public), it was announced this morning that Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA will merge with MetroPCS. This announcement comes some 10 months after the Department of Justice (DOJ) blocked AT&T’s attempt to acquire carrier T-Mobile on the grounds

Yes – Apple will sell a lot of iPhones – Here’s Why

Image from: iPhone 5 / Apple.com Yesterday Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 to predictably strong reviews and aggressive sales forecasts. With a bigger screen, faster processor, thinner profile, LTE connectivity and more, the iPhone 5 looks to be a better version of what is already the world’s most popular smartphone. What you already know is that most forecasters are predicting huge sales. We agree. But what you don’t know is

Will LevelUp Level Up?

Image from: John D. Sutter / CNN If you see a man walking around Boston with bright orange sunglasses and an orange shirt, it’s either an aberrant competitive cyclist or Seth Priebatsch, Princeton dropout, unabashed genius, and founder of SCVNGR and LevelUp. (Other tech superstars were also known for their styling, or rather their nearly aggressive indifference to style;  Steve Jobs was beyond loyal to that black mock turtleneck, and

Sunday Series: The Electronics Category

Image from: Electronics / Shutterstock The start of another academic year looms before us like that archetypal algebra teacher that we all dreaded…you know, the one who smelled vaguely of mothballs and asbestos? Remember? Anyways, the point is that in modern times education has coincided dramatically with technology, and with this collision has thrived a market bent on gadgets with educational applications. I churned up the below chart, a list of

Why eCommerce Can Thrive in a Soft LCD TV Market

Image from: Old Television / Shutterstock CNN Money recently reported that for the first time ever, shipments of LCD TVs were down in Q1 2012. The article attributes the decline to market saturation – most consumers already own a flatpanel TV, and those who don’t are likely willing to defer their purchase, especially given the weak global economy. We’ve seen from past research that the majority of TV purchases are

The Extinction of Books: Fact or Fiction?

Image from: Books on Fire / Shutterstock At night, if you listen closely, you can hear the defeated sighs of librarians everywhere across America. Or maybe I’m exaggerating? I probably am.  I’ve been reading so much fiction lately on my Kindle that my thoughts are becoming almost aggressively poetic. And guess what? I’m not alone in my voracious intake of virtual literature. Recently Tech Crunch reported that ebook sales have

Netflix: Making a Couch Potato’s Job Just a Little Easier

Image from: People Watching TV / Shutterstock Last weekend was another beautiful summer weekend on the east coast, and how did I spend it? Swimming? No. Jogging or Hiking? Absolutely not. I spent my weekend on Netflix watching every episode of the sitcom Louie. I usually try to stay active, and even though I came very close to canceling my subscription during their pricing shift not too long ago I’ve

Discovering Pinterest

Image from: Pinterest.com /Screenshot As we know, there is a new social platform in town.  With hockey stick growth and user engagement that sites strive for, Pinterest is making its mark on the digital world. It has brilliantly leveraged the Facebook user base by integrating its strategy into the Facebook newsfeed experience, exposing millions of online social users to “pins” everyday.  While still evolving into its own unique social experience,