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Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble see tablet and e-reader sales double Monday, 23rd January 2012
From December 2011 and January 2012, the proportion of Americans who own either tablet computer such as the iPad or an e-reader like the Kindle or the Nook nearly doubled, rising from 10 per cent to 19 per cent, according to the latest figures from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. “In the time we have been doing surveys about the adoption and use of digital technology, we have never seen growth quite like this,” says the project’s director, Lee Rainie.
Twitter has acquired social-network aggregator Summify Friday, 20th January 2012
It has been revealed that social media giant Twitter has acquired the start-up Summify. The news aggregation tool that summarizes the content of user's Google, Facebook and Twitter social media feeds and delivers a daily digest via email, will no longer be working independently.
Google tops UK brand ranking report, but what about the rest? Wednesday, 18th January 2012
UK consumers have rated Google as their number one brand for the second year running, although rivals Apple, Facebook and Twitter remained conspicuously absent from the top 20. The YouGov BrandIndex measures consumers’ perception of brands on a daily basis across quality, value, customer satisfaction, corporate reputation, general impression and likelihood of consumers to recommend the brand.
Smartphones Q4 profit up 73% Friday, 6th January 2012
The world’s top maker of memory chips and smartphones on Friday reported a record quarterly profit. After surging past Apple as the world’s top smartphone maker in the third quarter, Samsung is now building on its supremacy with new designs and a strong product line-up. The South Korean firm posted KRW 5.2 trillion (GBP 2.91 billion) in quarterly operating profit, beating a consensus forecast of KRW 4.7 trillion by Reuters analysts.
What is Apple planning to launch in New York this month? Tuesday, 3rd January 2012
An “important but not large-scale” event by Apple is still enough to get every fan of the electronics giant guessing as to what it could be planning to launch in New York at the end of January. It won’t be iPads or an Apple TV, but the announcement will include Apple’s head of internet software and services Eddy Cue, which suggests it will relate to publishing or media content.
Apple chief to receive knighthood Saturday, 31st December 2011
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list. Ive has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) and can now style himself as Sir Jonathan. Raised in Chingford, Ive began working for Apple in 1992 and has since been the brains behind many of its iconic products.