It seems that Apple is about to make a foray into social media after announcing the USD 200 million acquisition of Topsy, a social media analytics firm who specialise in analysing Twitter data. Topsy’s services include turning Twitter data, such as mentions, tweets and hashtags, into ‘sentiment analysis’; reports that can gauge audience interaction with a given company’s new ad campaign or product.
British retailers are adopting the American tradition of “Black Friday” discounting today in an attempt to kick-start the Christmas spending spree. The Black Friday tradition occurs the day after Thanksgiving and involves retailers slashing their prices in order to entice customers to their stores.
It seems yet another US retail craze is set to hit British stores as retailers begin to embrace the Black Friday trend taking the states by storm.
Apple Inc has agreed a USD 350 million fee for the acquisition of Israel-based chip developer PrimeSense Ltd, a source cited in Bloomberg said. Apple’s interest in PrimseSense first came to light in July after local news source, Calacist, reported that Apple engineering executives had met with the company.
Dixons Retail is waging war with Tesco and Argos by launching its own seven-inch tablet in the run up to Christmas. The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 will retail at around £180, making it a middle-of-the-road alternative to the pricier £250 Apple iPad mini, and the cheaper-priced Tesco and Argos models.
South Korean smartphone behemoths Samsung saw profits jump 26 per cent in the last three months thanks to strong demand for its chips, but warned that sales for its smartphones in the final quarter could slow amid competition from its Californian adversary, Apple. Thanks to the high-profile launch of Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Samsung has lost its grasp at the top of the US smartphone market, with the iPhone 5S outselling Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
Former chief executive of Apple, John Sculley, is reportedly considering a move for smartphone rivals BlackBerry, according to the Globe and Mail. Speaking to the Canadian newspaper, Sculley said: “The only thing I would say is, I think there’s a lot of future value in Blackberry”.
Apple Inc. unveiled the new, sleeker and thinner “iPad Air” on Tuesday, as the company bids to combat its eroding market share ahead of the holiday season.
Smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung had a close run finish to see who would out-sell who in the highly-competitive US smartphone market last quarter, with Samsung just edging it in front of their Californian adversary. According to a report obtained by Fortune, Samsung mobile phone sales accounted for 38 per cent of all sales in the quarter ending September 30, just ahead of Apple’s 34 per cent.
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