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March 1, 2011

Facebook is South Dakota’s new religion?

Religious data from: State Membership Report – South Dakota, Association of Religious Data Archives, Report from 2000, Retrieved April 5, 2010.( via  link)

Facebook adds the population of South Dakota every day and right here in South Dakota over a third of the population is on Facebook according to Facebook’s ad stats.Facebook seems to be  South Dakota’s new religion?

The Real Truth Behind Verizon iPhone: 1 Milliion Sales

Despite apparent light demand for the Verizon iPhone 4 on launch day, estimates suggest Verizon and Apple sold around one million of the devices by the end of its weekend.Mashable reports "Based on interviews with Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, some analysts are estimating that Apple has already moved 1 million Verizon iPhone units.

 Scott Moritz of The Street reports that analyst estimates put the number of Verizon iPhone 4 sales on launch weekend to one million, 600,000 of which were preorders.

 When the iPhone 4 debuted on AT&T last year, it sold 1.7 million during the launch weekend. One million Verizon iPhones sold by the end of the launch weekend is particularly surprising, as the traditional lines outside stores to buy a new iPhone never occurred.

 Verizon’s Daniel Mead also attributed the embarrassingly short lines for the Verizon iPhone with the fact that 60% of purchases were made online and these were preorders

As Fortune‘s Phillip Elmer-DeWitt notes, 60% of what? That’s the big question — and one Verizon says it won’t answer until its next quarterly earnings report.

However there are conflicting views on whether Verizon iPhone has really  done 1 million in sales.According to CNET. For years, Verizon customers were clamoring for the iPhone, but now that the phone is here, evidence is mounting that it's more of a dud than a hit.  Well  Placed indistry sources indicated that the  sales numbers for the new iPhone were lower than expected (according to those numbers, the Verizon iPhone 4 was barely outpacing its AT&T counterpart four days after launch). 

Next, Marco Arment, the app developer behind Instapaper, reported that he didn't get the sales spike he expected with the introduction of a new iPhone (this led him to speculate that the Verizon iPhone was being sold to existing iPhone or iPod Touch owners). 

And recently  the blog ConceivablyTech, claims that UPS was upset after it set up a special shipping program for the Verizon iPhone that turned out to be overkill, with Verizon never matching its "forecasted shipping numbers." Apple will reveal the iPad 2 on Wednesday. Perhaps the company will shed more light on Verizon iPhone sales then.

Books Vs EBooks : Which One Do You Use

Sources: PrintingChoice, NYTimes) Forrester Research says retailers will sell 6.6 million e-readers this year. Apple has already sold 3 million iPads, which are capable of reading Amazon Kindle e-books as well as Apple's iBooks. At average prices, one would need to buy 15 e-books to offset the $189 pricetag of a Kindle, 12 e-books to pay off a $149 Barnes and Noble Nook, and 39 e-books to justify a $499 entry-level iPad (assuming price is the only factor).
E-books are up 200% from last year, according to the Association of American Publishers; however, they still only represent 3-5% of total sales for publishers, accordint to the New York Times.
Hardcover books are also up 40% since last year, indicating that while e-books are undoubtedly a big part of the future of long-form publishing, people will still be turning paper pages for a while.

Everything About Android Explained

Market Share of Android

Android made news recently when it surpassed the iPhone in marketshare. In the first quarter of 2010, Apple secured a 21% market share, Android surged to 28%, and RIM's BlackBerry held strong at 36%. But what, exactly, does that mean in the greater scheme of mobile phones? ( Infographic Source : FastCompany)
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