As you’ve probably realized from your most recent gas station receipt, the price of crude oil is tumbling globally. The result? Lower prices at the pump.
Of course, if you think the impact on your wallet has been mitigated, imagine what the savings look like for companies like Apple, Samsung, Amazon and others that have to move massive amounts of product on a daily basis.
As CNBC has been reporting almost non-spot, crude prices presently sit at 5-year lows. And they may continue to dip.
Posted in Mobile Devices, Smartphones, Tablet Devices, Technology
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first go-to device for communications and content consumption, according to a new report from Gartner.
In the report announcement shared with MMW, Gartner predicts that, by 2018, more than 50 percent of users will go to a tablet or smartphone first for all online activities.
“The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers, based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used for longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more-complex tasks,” says Van Baker, research vice president at Gartner.
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In an interesting recently announced move, Google Glass has decided to turn to Intel Corp. to supply the “electronic brains” for a revamped version of the device now in development.
The move pushes semiconductor giant Intel into the wearable technology sector, as it will now supply the processor originally supplied by Texas Instruments, Inc.
“Intel plans to promote Glass to companies such as hospital networks and manufacturers, while developing new workplace uses for the device,” according to the Wall Street Journal. “Google launched the Internet-connected eyewear in 2012 as a consumer gadget, but it was criticized by privacy advocates and widely regarded as nerdy. But Glass shows early signs of catching on as a workplace-computing device.”
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This week, Pennsylvania’s Steel Valley school board moved to accept a $291,791 donation from Apple to proceed with a new district-wide technology plan.
The plan in question calls for equipping every student in the district with an iPad.
Superintendent Ed Wehrer said the donation, and a separate $69,921 gift from philanthropist William Campbell through his new Campbell Educational and Community Foundation, will be used to train teachers in how to use iPads in the classroom, and to buy the devices for every student.
Posted in Announcements, IPad, Mobile Devices, News, Tablet Devices, Technology
A new report from Juniper Research indicates that mobile phone and tablet users will make 195 billion mobile commerce transactions annually by 2019.
Underscoring the remarkable growth anticipated over the next five years, this anticipated expansion represents a significant spike over the 72 billion mCommerce transactions expected this year.
According to the report, highest growth rates are expected in the NFC sector.
Posted in Announcements, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, Mobile Shopping, Near Field Communication, News, NFC, Platforms, Predictions, Smartphones, Tablet Devices, Technology
Many speculate that the 2014 holiday shopping season will bring a record year of revenue for retailers, but it is still far too early to tell.
That being said, the numbers are already in for 2014 Thanksgiving Day sales. While many retailers stay closed on Thanksgiving Day, most launched their sales online one day prior to Black Friday this year.
As a whole, online sales for Thanksgiving 2014 grew 12.2%, with mobile sales accounting for 74% of that traffic. This means that mobile Thanksgiving Day shopping grew an impressive 26.1% percent over 2013.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, Mobile Shopping, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Tablet Devices
Despite concerns that interest in mobile gaming would die out after the novelty wore off, it seems the mobile gaming is only becoming more popular — and profitable.
This next year, it is expected that interest in mobile gaming is actually going to surpass console gaming, which would make it the biggest sector of the entire gaming market.
A recent study by Newzoo went so far as to indicate that mobile gaming revenues will shoot up by 42% over the next year, with almost $41 billion in revenues by 2017.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, Mobile Gaming, News, Platforms, Predictions, Smartphones, Tablet Devices