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January 10, 2017

the hottest 5 laptops showcased during 20017 consumer electronics show

These were among the hottest and the most geeky laptops which were showcased during this years Consumer electronics at Las Vegas. 

HP Spectre x360 (2017)HP's Spectre x360, has something nearly unheard of in modern technology: HP's new laptop is more thicker than any avg laptop . While the PC only has 1.9 mm more to love, HP claims it was able to add a 23% larger battery. Not a bad tradeoff. The laptop starts at $1,280, and the updated model runs Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors.  

Samsung’s 15-inch Notebook 9 (2017) Samsung’s new Notebook 9 continues the Chromebook line, meant to be lower-powered but still functional devices for people who really only need to surf the internet and use web tools. This version has a full HDMI port, a fingerprint scanner, and weighs 2.73 lbs. (That’s about the weight of most 13-inch laptops.) Samsung claims 15 hours of battery life, plus the ability to completely charge the laptop in less than two hours. The 15-inch Notebook 9 costs $1,299. 

AsusPro B9440 Asus is pitching its latest laptop toward business and enterprise users  with its sleek, angular design.The Asus pro is extremely light and thin, at just 2.31 lbs.The AsusPro B9440 starts at $999 

Dell has unveiled a convertible version of its XPS 13 laptop and announced the new device at CES 2017. Dell's  new 2-in-1 will have the same InfinityEdge display as the existing XPS 13 and XPS 15, meaning you can expect a nearly bezel-free screen, making it one of the smallest 13-inch laptops to be launched to date. 

The Dell XPS 2-in-1 boasts 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, depending on specs, with integrated Intel HD 615 graphics, up to 1TB of storage space, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 13.3-inch Full HD, or QHD+ InfinityEdge touch display. 

January 9, 2017

comparing TV sets unveiled by LG, Samsung, and Sony during CES 2017.

CES 2017 is a launch platform for 2017's new televisions, ushering in a new wave of TV tech that will eventually make its way into your living room. It's so often been the proving ground of many important TV technologies over the past few years, including 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR and Quantum Dot.

With new technologies including QLED and Nano Cell as well as advancements in HDR, 2017 can once again be seen as a pivotal year for home Television.LG's new lineup of Super UHD TVs feature Nano Cell technology, which provides a  wider color gamut, and dramatically improve the TV viewing experience for those who aren't sitting directly in front of the tube.

Three of LG's 2017 models (SJ8000, SJ8500, and SJ9500) will feature nano cell film, which works similar to quantum dot sheets found in Samsung HDTVs. At 60-degrees off-axis, viewers should be able to see 95 percent of the color gamut. The nano cell film will also help in reducing glare on the front of the panel, so it will be easier to see images in brighter environments.

The new LG range supports every HDR format under the sun: HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma and new Technicolor Advanced HDR. They'll arrive with webOS 3.5, the latest iteration of LG's TV operating system. 

Samsung introduced a new TV technology at CES 2017: QLED. It's Samsung's own version of OLED, and stands for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode. The new TV range boasts between 1,500 to 2,000 nits peak brightness, which makes them more than capable of handling HDR content. The Ultra HD Premium specification only asks for a minimum of 1,000 nits. 

Meanwhile not to be outdone Sony showed of  its new series of  OLED TV  during CES 2017  which is  both stunning and unique in equal measure.The Sony Bravia A1 Series OLED comes in 65 and 77-inch screen sizes, has Dolby Vision HDR tech support and features the Sony X1 Extreme picture processor which so successfully drove the Z9D last year.

February 28, 2016

comparison faceoff between LG 5 vs Samsung 7

LG5 and Samsung S 7 compared and reviewed by features

February 21, 2016

Britain's top 10 best seller consumer electronics products in Amazon

Amazon's Kindle  Fire Stick, and Kindle Fire ( 7inch display with 8gb) along with Kindle paperwhite  6 inches, high resolution are among the higest selling products at UK Amazon.E

The Kindlle Fire TV stick has been UK's Amazon's best seller since the past 256 days, while The Kindle Fire has been the second most sought after gadget at number 2 for 184 days. Kindle stick overall has been the highest selling consumer electronic items online since the last 8 months on Amazon
The kindle stick allows Tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies, from Amazon Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer and more, plus games, music and apps. 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of memory, plus a dual-core processor for fast streaming and smooth performance. 
However its not all good news for Tablet manufacturers SA new report published by IDC shows that worldwide tablet shipments have shrunk for the first time since 2010.

January 13, 2016

3 riders about AT & T new unlimited data plan

AT&T New unlimited data plan comes at a time when most wireless carriers have either eliminated or raised the price of unlimited data plans. Sprint and T-Mobile, the only two carriers that still offer unlimited data to new customers, have bumped up prices.

"AT&T new unlimited data plan with riders"

AT&T's unlimited data plan is back, with strings attached. The first rider is  that to  get this unlimited data plan, consumers should also  subscribe to its TV service (only for customers who also subscribe to its DirecTV or U-Verse TV services. Enrollment began Tuesday.)

So does it technically offer unlimited data : Rider 2  .AT &T will only slow the connection for any customer who is in a data-congested area and who in a given month exceeds 22 gigabytes of data. This is equivalent to someone streaming 50 hours of video and 250 hours of music and then spending another 220 hours on the Internet each month.

Rider 3 : How much is the actual cost :The monthly cost for the data is $60, plus $40 for each line. The fourth line is free. This means one line costs $100 a month, two lines are $140, and then three or four lines cost $180. .

Who should go for this plan :This is a pretty good deal for anyone who needs a paid TV service and is a heavy user of wireless data. Specifically, it's best for individuals who use more than 10GB to 15GB of data per month
 know more on the details of AT &T new unlimited plan here

January 9, 2016

top 10 technology brands with highest patents to its name

More than 300,000 utility patents were issued by the —United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2013 out which which 6788 patents was issued to IBM . The no 2 brand with highest patents to its name was Samsung electronics which had 4652 patents to its name
"technology companies having the highest number of patent to its name"

The global  top 10 patent holders :

In 2014 IBM was the first brand to surpass for the first time more than 7000 patents in a year with 7,534 followed by Samsung  which increased its tally to 4952

No  3 was Canon with 4055 patents to its name (Representative patent: "Focus Detection Apparatus" (US-8922703)
No 4 was Sony with 3,224  patents to its name (Representative patent: "Extensions to Trigger Parameters Table for Interactive Television" (US-8925016)
No 5 was Microsoft Corporation with 2,829  patents(Representative patent: "Automatic Batching of GUI-based Tasks" (US-8924329)  
no 6 was Toshiba with Patents earned: 2,608, followed by Qualcom with 2,590 and Google with 2566 patents last year (Changing a Rank of a Document by Applying a Rank Transition Function" (US-8924380)

January 4, 2016

roundup of of wearables market: 3 trends for 2016

"the state of the wearable technology market in 2016"

When it comes to just wearable technology,Its the  smartwatches which rule .Apple leads the race with  the company selling more than 4 million smartwatches in the first 6 months of 2015,compared to Samsung's 0.4million in the same duration.

Of the 74 percent of online American adults who are likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months, one in three (35 percent) plan to buy a smartwatch, according to a report from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). An NPD survey is suggesting that the Apple Watch has pushed watch sales to the lowest point since 2008.

However OEMs  apart from Apple and Samsung are still not able to address this growing market. For example  LG canceled its latest smartwatch model after less than a week on sale, citing hardware problems. And an embattled HTC, still  struggling  and has delayed its release of a planned co-branded fitness band with Under Armour.

December 28, 2015

approx $2.1trillion stashed away in tax havens by the biggest brands

According to a recent study on the use of tax havens in 2014, the 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits overseas to avoid U.S. taxes

$2.1 trillion stashed away by US tech companies to tax havens"


Among the total of $2.1 trillion, of the entire amount siphoned to countries which are tax haves,around 25% of that amount (549.7 billion) is hoarded abroad by ten tech companies alone.Among them Apple remains the undisputed number 1 brand in terms of hoarding cash, parking a whopping $181 billion overseas. That is almost twice as much as second-ranked Microsoft ($108.3b) and roughly three times the total of IBM, has parked the largest amount of cash outside the United States.

December 4, 2015

consumer electronics vs computer sales among largest ecommerce product sold

consumer products vs computers online sales"
computers and consumer electronics products category is the largest product category in e-commerce, comprising an estimated 21.8% of total web sales. That share is expected to increase to 22.1% of the total by 2018, eMarketer says.

July 27, 2015

follow the brand :10 "Best Buy" facts you wouldn't have known

:Follow the Brand :top 10 best buy facts you wouldn't have known

15 statistics of Best Buy which you would not have known

  1. Global operating income of Bestbuy $1,450 million
  2. Annual Revenue of Bestbuy in the U.S. $36,055 million
  3. Operating income of Bestbuy in the US $1,437 million
  4. Total number of Bestbuy stores worldwide 1,731
  5. Number of people who shooped at its storeswithin the last 3 months in the U.S. 60.9 million
  6. The Revenue per employee : $322,712
  7. The average income per employee $9,968
  8. Founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio store
  9.  In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics
  10. Best Buy's web sales grew more than US online sales average growth in 2014 
  11. Online sales for the site grew by 17% in in 2015 Q1
  12. 49% % of US household  upto income of  $75,000 shopped at Best Buy in the last 6 months
  13. Global revenue of Best Buy Data (in million US dollars)
  14. The number of  Best Buy  stores  surpassed 600 in US as it opened its first store in Shanghai , China in 2003
  15. Best Buy has  1,056 Best Buy and 409 Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores in the US( 2013)

data : : BestBuy, Research Institute: Research data as of June,2015

July 24, 2015

shoppers paradise : what is most shopped on the world wide web

"most shopped item on the web"

The above lists the most sold items by various online shopping sites across the world

Source: NRF Index. Forrester Research, Statistic Brain Research Institute Research Date: April 8th, 2015 Questions: What are the top selling internet items? What do people use the internet to shop for the most? How much revenue is generated from online stores selling books? How much market share does online software ecommerce hold? your post or banner displayed here for $10 a day .Click here to know more

July 22, 2015

May 28, 2015

product review : media player dune hd tv 101

" reviewing Dune HD TV101"

Bottomline : The DUNE HDTV 101 is a good player but considering there are  more affordable alternatives in the market, its on the higher price point

Dune HD TV 101 is a compact media player which lacks an internal power supply or a hard disk.What  differentiates it from other media players are that there  are no buttons in the panel .
Similarly it has no direct card slots and single USBs slot at the front .You get an Ethernet port an HDMI output and a 3.5mm composite video and analogue street output

 The little wonder box supports all types of video and audio formats. Powered by Sigma Designs 8670/8671 processors and 256 MB  RAM the player is fast and featured loaded . It has a built in bit torrent client for download movies and music . You get a remote control to operate the HF TV101 this is the only interface to the device . However  the remote is rather small , and its cumbersome if you want to handle it for long time ( like typing using the virtual keyboard

 This player starts up and accessories media files from connected disk quickly . It also reads UPnP files as well as other shared folders on the network. The picture quality of the high quality Rips was stuning , and the audio quality was pristine .

May 13, 2015

Sony's most profitable business segments

Statistic: Share of Sony's sales by segment in the 2014 fiscal year | Statista
via Statista

The top 3 most profitable business segment for Sony

Sony announced total revenue of 75.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, the highest the figure has been since 2008. Of this revenue in 2014, over 21 percent, equivalent to 15.83 billion U.S. dollars, was generated in mobile products and communicationsOther lucrative markets for Sony were the Home Entertainment & Sound and the Game sector, which were responsible for 15.3 percent and 12.82 percent respectively ./ The 3rd biggest product segment where sony is doing good is gaming.In 2014, Sony sold 17 million units of consumer entertainment systems (PS2, PS3, and PS4) worldwide, as well as 3.5 million units of portable entertainment systems (PS Vita and PSP)

May 6, 2015

On average US users spend 11 hours on electronic devices

Infographic: Americans Use Electronic Media 11+ Hours A Day | Statista
via Statista

according to Nielsen's Total Audience Report, Americans aged 18 and older spend more than 11 hours a day watching TV, listening to the radio or using smartphones and other electronic devices.. However most of them are multiple platform users, and multitaskers . Among the emerging electronic devices gaining traction US was Live TV and Timeshifted TV 

March 9, 2015

The Geographical Hubs for Smart Watch Manufacturing : China, Japan and Taiwan control 40% of the Market

The graph shows the geographical distribution of smartwatch companies in 2013, by country.

Though smart watches might be a recent phenomenon.. the idea was not. The idea of smart watches manufacturing hubs has been doing brisk business across Mainland China and Taiwan for quite some time now . While  the digital  wearable market is yet  to take shape Major consumer elctronic brands like LG/Samsung/Sony have been working on related technology and fine tunings its manufacturing processes  to meet the " unprecedented demand" in wearable devices  this year 

 A quick glance  on the " geographic hubs for  smart watch manufacturing" shows  not surprisingly dominated by the Chinese Around 26% smart  watch manufacturer's( OEM's) are based out of China. US comes a close 25%. Taiwan and Japan ( 8% and 7%) ranks 3rd  

August 5, 2014

The Science of Buying an Auto Online : Insights from a mobile auto searcher

Auto buying on  the mobile web : Tracking consumer path to purchase

How do consumers search for autos ,when they are shown auto ads ? how many of them  search for information on auto brands, visit their  site or use mobile apps to engage with the brand ?

The above  infographic  tracks the path of  a  mobile consumers path to purchasing an auto . How many respondents look for ' a brand,  the size  or the features.? WAs a sedan  was most preferred or a hatchback. How many users intended to buy a SUV in the next 6 months ? The below graph shows how  users  are engaging with the " display or text banners on their mobile "   when they are targeted advertising for auto ads.... 
and more importantly where they turn to for a product research  information.?

Not surprisingly its the  Comparison sites, Car and Auto Review sites that   are among the  most visited 

The following are the percentage of users that use mobile to  search and shop for their speific cars based  on size, features or both 
  1. 38% respondents across Inmobi network are looking to buy Small car
  2. 21% were searching for SUV
  3. 17% searched for sedan
  4. 18% searched for a Luxuty car
  5. 14% searching for an electric car
  6. 15% looking for a bike or a Motorcycle

June 13, 2014

First Hand Leaked Pictures of the New iPhone 6

how iphone 6 will compare with iphone 5

The new iPhone 6 has just been leaked !!

The New iPhone 6 Photos Leaked By Taiwanese Pop Star  "Jimmy Lin : The Taiwanese pop star Jimmy Lin has once again done the unthinkable, He has leaked the iphone 6 which is to be launched late this year..Lin posted the image, first spottedGforGames, on Sina Weibo, which is the Chinese Twitter ( micro-blogging equivalent to Twitter,) and also shared his first-hand experience with the alleged iPhone 6. 

Jim Lin had leaked the iphone 5Cm before it was  launched in 2013, when he posted the iPhone5 pictures last August at Weibo., (which later went on to be "  what was the genuine iphone 5 ). So Lin's leak might  turn out  to be  true this time too.

Among the new iphone-6 features are 
  1. The metal black color
  2. Increased screen size
  3. Rounded edges
  4. Reduced thickness 
  5. Reduced bezel size 
  6. Side mounted power button
  7. Curved Edges 

how the new iphone will look

Lin compared what he said is a silver-coloured iPhone6 side by side with the currently available iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.and if the images are anything to go by we are looking at the 4.7in version of the handset along with a 5.5in model , both of which are strongly tipped to appear later in the year 

An earlier leak suggested that one of the two alleged iPhone 6 models would come with a 960x1704 pixels resolution screen, compared to the 640x1136 pixels resolution found on the current iPhone models that sport 4-inch displays. 

Jimmy Lin's weibo account has been shared over 177,000 times and drawn some 80,000 comments have already appeared in less than a day.

March 11, 2014

Why Apple vs Samsung Legal battles are Marketing Gimmicks

26% Apples Components are made by samsung

Apple loses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphone sales | Reuters: "Apples bid for " stopping Samsung  smartphones from selling in US  got a setback after  A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, as Apple failed in producing meaningful evidence ( according to the Judge  as  Apples  patented features were a significant enough driver of consumer demand to warrant an injunction. 

Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating for nearly three years over various smartphone features patented by Apple, such as the use of fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen, as well as design elements such as the phone's flat, black glass screen."

Apple and Samsung battles have seen wrangling over patents , for a long time. Ironically this  inspite of the symbiotic relationship the technology companies have .Consider this Apple is one of Samsung's largest customers, and Samsung is one of Apple's biggest suppliers.Both of them “ use  Taiwanese Supplier  Foxcon for components” based at plant in Shenzhen, China

The above chart by from iSuppli, shows who makes what inside the iPhone and the cost of the components  . Ironically Samsung turns out to be a particularly important supplier of the iPhone components including the flash memory that holds the phone's apps, music and operating software; the working memory, or DRAM; and the applications processor that makes the whole thing work. Together these account for 26% of the component cost of an iPhone.

So that brings us to the question .. Are these legal battles based on market realities or Market Gimmick