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Switched On: Higher stakes, higher ground for crowdfunding, part 1

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/24/higher-states-higher-ground-for-crowdfunding/

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

DNP Switched On Higher states, higher ground for crowdfunding, part 1

The power of crowdfunding is that, by aggregating relatively modest donations from what is often hundreds or even thousands of backers, consumers can help artists and inventors turn ideas or concepts into reality. The Pebble smartwatch that set the record for funds raised on Kickstarter was noteworthy for breaking the $10 million barrier. That money, though, came from nearly 69,000 backers.

Today, the two biggest crowdfunding destinations, Indiegogo and Kickstarter, offer different approaches to what gets presented on their sites. Indiegogo is a completely open site; there is virtually no screening of projects. Kickstarter, on the other hand, is a curated site. Projects must meet a range of criteria. As co-founder Yancey Strickler recently explained at Engadget Expand, the roots of Kickstarter were in the funding of creative and social pursuits. Kickstarter has been a haven for artists such as photographers looking to create a photo book or musicians seeking to cut a first album or create a music video.

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Monday, March 25th, 2013 news No Comments

Retailers Report September Same-Store Sales

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/september-same-store-sales-roundup-2012-10

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Same store sales at a few major retailers like Target and Costco came in better than expected today, but a few retailers, like Kohl’s and Macy’s, lagged behind estimates.

The winners:

  • TJX Cos. (TJX): +6 percent (+4.4 expected)
  • Limited Brands (LTD): +5 percent (+4.3 expected)
  • Ross Stores (ROST): +5 percent (+4.3 expected)
  • Gap (GPS): +6 percent (5.3 expected)
  • Costco (COST): +6 percent (+5.7 expected)
  • Target (TGT): +2.1 percent (+2 expected)

The losers:

  • Kohl’s (KSS): -2.7 percent (+0.1 expected)
  • The Buckle (BKE): -0.8 percent (+1.1 expected)
  • Rite-Aid (RAD): -0.7 percent (-0.1 expected)
  • Macy’s (M): +2.5 percent (+3.3 expected)
  • Wet Seal (WTSLA): -12.7 percent
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Thursday, October 4th, 2012 news No Comments

The Three Ds of CES TV

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/switched-on-the-three-ds-of-ces-tv/

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

The walls of Las Vegas casinos — devoid of clocks and windows — form chambers in which time loses its mastery over the existence of those who dwell within them. So is it too for the products on display at CES, which run the gamut from things currently in stores to concept products that may not materialize for years, if ever.

Nonetheless, with Mobile World Congress and the CTIA Wireless show still vying for the attention of handset introductions and Apple and Microsoft relying more on their own events for major PC OS announcements, television remains a staple of the show, with nearly all major U.S. brands having a presence on the show floor or off-site. At CES 2012, one can surely still expect a lot of focus on 3D television. Increasingly, though, three other “D”s are coming to represent the direction of television.

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Switched On: The Three Ds of CES TV originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 08 Jan 2012 09:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, January 8th, 2012 news No Comments

Android ousts iPhone OS for second place in US smartphone market

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/10/npd-android-ousts-iphone-os-for-second-place-in-us-smartphone-m/

“We’re number two” might not be the chant everyone’s after, but we have a feeling that Google is more than satisfied with that in this case… for now. According to market research firm NPD, Google’s Android operating system edged up into second place in the US smartphone market during the first quarter of the year, leaving it still well behind RIM’s BlackBerry OS, but marking the first time that it has moved ahead of Apple’s iPhone OS. Specifically, NPD found that RIM maintained a strong 36 percent market share for the quarter, with Android coming in at 28 percent, and iPhone OS in third at 21 percent. The growth for Android was attributed largely to strong carrier support — like Verizon’s buy-one-get-one free offer which, incidentally, also helped Verizon maintain a 30 percent smartphone market share, which is just slightly behind AT&T at 32 percent, and ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint at 17 and 15 percent, respectively.

Disclaimer: NPD’s Ross Rubin is a contributor to Engadget.

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NPD: Android ousts iPhone OS for second place in US smartphone market originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 May 2010 12:23:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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