by Mark Walsh on Jun 30, 6:48 PM
People who are heavy print magazine and newspaper readers might seem like the last ones to embrace gadgets like tablets and e-readers. But new research from Gfk MRI shows tablet owners are 66% more likely than the average U.S. adult to be big print magazine consumers and 54% more likely to be heavy print newspaper readers. Similarly, e-reader owners are 23% more likely to be print magazine enthusiasts and 63% more likely to get newsprint on their hands.
by Mark Walsh on Jun 28, 4:45 PM
In its annual assessment of competition in the wireless industry, the Federal Communications Commission once again took a neutral stance. In a 304-page report issued Monday, the FCC said for the second straight year that the U.S. wireless market has grown more concentrated. But it held back from a formal finding "as to whether there is, or is not, effective competition in the industry."
by Mark Walsh on Jun 27, 4:00 PM
Tablets may have more glamour -- but e-readers are proving more popular so far this year, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The number of U.S. adults owning an e-reader has doubled from 6% to 12% between November 2010 and May 2011, while tablet penetration during that period has increased only from 5% to 8%.
by Mark Walsh on Jun 24, 3:30 PM
American Express yesterday announced the rollout of a marketing partnership with Foursquare allowing customers to link their AmEx and Foursquare accounts to take advantage of special deals at retailers including Sports Authority, H&M and several New York restaurants.
by Mark Walsh on Jun 23, 6:45 PM
Call the Geek Squad. Best Buy's Cloud Music service is coming under fire for technical glitches and other shortcomings even before it's formally launched in the U.S. Early reviews of the retail giant's cloud-based media offering
by Mark Walsh on Jun 22, 7:15 PM
Apple is about to turn back-to-school season into new-iPhone-frenzy season. New reports indicate Apple will indeed roll out the latest version of its signature device in September, at an annual event usually focused on the iPod. In the past, Apple has usually unveiled the next-generation iPhone in June or July, but pushed back the schedule, likely to coincide with the release of iOS 5.
by Mark Walsh on Jun 21, 4:57 PM
Nokia's release today of its new smartphone, based on the MeeGo platform it developed with Intel Corp. last year, brings to mind the title track from Paul Simon's latest album, "So Beautiful or So What." The ultra-sleek touchscreen handset that comes in colors like "cyan blue" and magenta has drawn upbeat appraisals from analysts for its aesthetic appeal and user-friendly design.Then comes a big "but": the lack of an ecosystem to support the device in the forms of apps or other media services that would allow it to compete with the likes of Apple's iOS platform or Google's Android.
by Mark Walsh on Jun 20, 5:15 PM
With BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion in turmoil as its stock price plummets and market share shrinks, marketing executives at the company are taking the fall. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Brian Wallace, RIM's vice president of digital marketing and media, is the latest to exit, joining Samsung Telecommunications America.
by Mark Walsh on Jun 17, 4:35 PM
The unveiling of GoogleWallet
and a burst of other mobile payments initiatives this year have generated high hopes for phones replacing cash and credit cards at checkout. Software and hardware providers, card companies and marketers are tripping over themselves to play a part in the coming shift to near field communication (NFC)-powered mobile payments
by Mark Walsh on Jun 16, 5:45 PM
With more than 600,000 apps just for Android phones and the iPhone, the needle and haystack analogy is apt when it comes to finding a title you might like. To help solve that problem, Yahoo today released -- what else, a new app -- to make app discovery easier.