Bad News for PC Sector Cushioned by Glimmer of Hope

Worldwide PC shipments will fall on a year-over-year basis for the first time in nearly a decade, but all signs still point to a late-year tech sector recovery, according to research firm iSuppli. Shipments will fall 4 percent from 2008 sales, to 287.3 million units, the firm predicted. This is the latest — and perhaps […]

Opportunity in China: A Guide for Online Merchants and Bar-Goers

Seeking to supplement the dramatic falloff in demand from the world’s retail and wholesale giants in the wake of the global recession, more manufacturers than ever before are turning to international e-commerce to find and attract new buyers. As more and more China-based manufacturers raise their online profiles, smaller merchants may be finding the temptation […]

The SEC’s Hard Look at Apple and Apple’s Slow Boat to China

Public statements issued by Apple over the past year concerning the health of CEO Steve Jobs may have caught the attention of federal regulators — the Securities Exchange Commission is rumored to have launched an investigation. What the SEC wants to know is, did Apple mislead investors with its statements? However, that is difficult to […]

Spectral Analysis

My ride from San Francisco Airport to Redwood Shores, Calif., tells the story of my entire trip to the West Coast last week. Southbound on Route 101, traffic was lighter than I was accustomed to in my more than 10 years of visiting the area. Northbound, there was a five-mile backup, which caused me to […]

Microsoft Tries Something New With Azure Pricing

Microsoft is taking a new pricing approach with its upcoming Windows Azure cloud operating system: It will allow customers to pay on a per-use basis rather than calculating license fees according to number of processors or some other traditional measure. Microsoft reportedly will charge for the services and bandwidth consumed on the Azure OS, SQL […]

Bing Pings Climb 8 Percent – Now What?

Roughly six weeks after launching its Bing search engine, Microsoft proudly announced the number of unique hits to the site grew by 8 percent in June. This shows users are trying Bing and the word is spreading, said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of Microsoft’s online audience business group, who is leading the Bing charge. […]

Blockbuster Widens Online Movie Stream With Samsung Deal

Blockbuster and Samsung announced Tuesday that they are partnering to bring the movie-rental chain’s digital streaming library to the electronics giant’s televisions, home theater systems and Blu-ray disc players. The service should be available by this fall. The owners of some existing 2009 model televisions, Blu-ray players and home theater systems will be able to […]

Snapping Up Endangered Sales With On-Site Targeting

E-Commerce software allows the marketer to execute and record millions in annual sales. However, in the era of direct digital marketing, online retailers are seeking a solution that accomplishes more than the expected sale. If e-commerce software is able to secure sales of the “ripe fruit” — and some low-hanging fruit, on occasion — on-site […]

10 Tips for Boosting PPC Conversions

Pay per click advertising is a huge market. The model is especially attractive to new companies that have not yet established themselves in the organic search engine rankings. The downside is that making PPC pay can be quite an exhausting and overwhelming task. There’s much more to it than choosing keywords and creating ad variations. […]

Automation: A Lube Job for a Sluggish Economy

Companies are now in the third stage of “economic downturn syndrome.” Having passed through Panic and Denial, they’re firmly in Acceptance. Panicky knee-jerk responses such as cost-cutting, layoffs, tightening budgets and resources are a thing of the past. Most companies have had a quick breather and segued to the stage of a more carefully considered […]

Verizon Gives Social Media a TV Spot

Verizon has launched two products that fall into what it is calling the “social TV” service category: the Widget Bazaar application store and Internet Video on TV. The latter is a collection of widgets that Verizon has developed in conjunction with Facebook Connect, Twitter, ESPN, Veoh,, and Dailymotion that let FiOS TV subscribers connect […]

Using Technology to Drop Off the Map

I teach people how to disappear. My methods are not like those of the great Houdini or Chris Angel; my operation is more like a private witness protection program that helps people fall off the grid, live under the radar, and vanish from society. What I provide is akin to a real life delete key. […]

Excuse Me, but Your RFID Is Showing

Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he’d bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car. It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker’s gold. Zipping past Fisherman’s […]

Engrossing ‘Devil Survivor’ Rich in Demonic Delights

The “Shin Megami Tensei” series may be the epitome of cult video-game franchises, barely known by most players but beloved by a small but devoted core of fans. The name means “true reincarnation of the goddess,” and publisher Atlus has stuck with it despite the lack of any notable goddesses in recent installments. What it […]

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