Technology & Entertainment

What do 4G and LTE mean to smartphone shoppers?

Image from: Smartphone Image / Shutterstock Carriers are spending billions of dollars on improving their networks touting 4G and/or LTE. From the carrier perspective they are hoping to transition customers to these newer technology networks as they are less expensive to maintain. From the consumer perspective (at least those with smartphones) this is great news as 4G / LTE networks offer faster data speeds making for a better experience. At

It’s Not You, It’s Your Tablet

Image from: Tablet Image / Shutterstock Often times while browsing search referral data, I notice that product specific keywords are often among the top drivers to websites month over month. In particular, the ever-popular tablet line has done wonders for traffic to its producers’ websites. In addition to users searching specifically for the iPhone and the iPod, Apple.com benefits greatly from online users searching “iPad”. Of course, the hope among

Dell: The Newest Member to Join The Ultrabook Club

Image from: All Things D Since Intel dubbed a new class of personal computers, called ‘Ultrabooks’, last year, many computer manufacturers have now entered the market to offer their own ultra-thin, notebooks designed for performance. Intel has claimed Ultrabooks will make up 40% of the market by the end of this year and Dell has been one of the most recent manufacturers to enter with its XPS 13 Ultrabook launch. 

Dish: Looking Beyond Wireless Spectrum

Image from: The Next Web AT&T Mobility needs more wireless spectrum.  There really is no mystery in that statement.  Last year, the telecom goliath couldn’t convince the Justice Department and the FCC that buying T-Mobile was an acquisition that, in the end, would benefit consumers.  The result?  A $4 Billion gift to T-Mobile in cash and spectrum rights for a failed deal along with increased pressure to find a partner

MSOs Scrambling for PayTV Solutions

Image from: Kruglov_Orda / Shutterstock With existing players like, Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, XfinityTV, Boxee, and emerging players like Amazon, the Over-the-Top (OTT) space continues to grow.  Consumers are exposed to more and more options and these options are cheaper! According to a recent Compete survey, 15% of consumers are not at all likely to subscribe to PayTV service in the next 6 months.  This is a powerful number and

For Smartphone manufacturers “less” is increasingly becoming “more”

Image from: ronstik / Shutterstock With well over a hundred new phones coming out every year it’s no wonder that the smartphone market feels like it’s getting pretty crowded. However, in this world of over-abundance some phone manufacturers appear to be taking another route to success: focusing on ‘hero’ devices that are likely to capture the hearts and minds of a wide range of consumers. Offering a comparatively small range

UP is Down

Gone are the days when caloric intake, sleep time and workout activity have to be logged into a notebook only to be later entered into a spreadsheet for any meaningful analysis to be done. We now live in a world where wearable and low-profile, low-powered electronic devices track all of your physical activity and later sync your data with a whole host of available software your iOS device. Two of

Live From CES: Windows Phones Step Up to the Plate

Image from: iofoto / Shutterstock Once again most of the free world has descended on Las Vegas to check out the latest from technology companies big and small at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. And once again, Compete is here to help those companies understand how consumers use digital tools to research, select and buy all those great gadgets. The show officially kicked off this morning and already some key

Will a Kindle Fire be Under your Tree this Year?

Amazon, one of the biggest on-line retailers, has unveiled a new and promising contender to do battle in this year’s tablet wars.  On November 15th, the retail giant made the much anticipated Kindle Fire available for purchase, just in time for the holiday season.  The Kindle Fire comes with similar features to Apple’s iPad and the many android tablets available for consumers to consider.  What really sets the Kindle Fire

AMC TV: The Walking Dead is Eating Up Breaking Bad

When season 4 of AMC TV’s Breaking Bad came to an end in October, I struggled with an important decision: how do I fill the void created by my acute Breaking Bad withdrawal? Should I tune into AMC’s up-and-coming second season of The Walking Dead zombie series? For starters, I looked at what else viewers who visit AMCTV.com’s Breaking Bad section did online in September during the peak of the

The Male vs. Female Debate Goes Mobile

Image from: James Flint / Shutterstock A year ago, when we segmented Smartphone Owners by gender, the male population dominated the marketplace. But sometime in early 2011, that trend shifted rather dramatically and women started adopting smartphones in greater numbers. Females, who had once made up significantly less than half of the smartphone owner segment, were now accounting for just over half the segment. Smartphone Owners by Male / Female