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Fitbit smartwatch release date is happening in time for holiday shopping
The Fitbit smartwatch will be on the market in time for holiday shoppers, the fitness-tracking firm's CEO said today. "Our smartwatch, which we believe will deliver the best health and fitness experience...
AAA counts the ways behind why the roads will be crowded this July 4th holiday weekend
If you are planning on traveling this Independence Day holiday you're going to have plenty of company. That is because AAA projects a record breaking 44.2 million people will travel 50 miles or more between...
Companies are marking the 4/20 'holiday' with marijuana-themed ads
For marijuana enthusiasts, April 20 — 4/20 — has become something of an annual holiday. And as more states legalize weed, more companies are open to associating their products with cannabis — especially...
Amazon.com's Top 10 Holiday Tech Sales Hits
Now that the holiday season is ending, Amazon.com has released a report on what tech products sold best on the mega-retailer’s online store. Not surprisingly, Amazon says a number of its own products,...
This chart shows how dominant Amazon is again this holiday season
Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales topped $3 billion and broke single-day e-commerce records, according to Adobe Digital. What's more, this holiday season, virtually every shopping day has topped...
Shopping sites court procrastinators
Forget ordering online weeks in advance or dashing out to the drugstore for a gift card on Christmas Eve. Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online as retailers ramp up expedited shipping...
Virtual assistants expected to top virtual reality in holiday sales
(Reuters) - Virtual assistants are set to pummel virtual reality headsets in the fight for consumer dollars this holiday season, while smartwatches drive wearable sales. Drones may fly under the radar,...
The best ways to share your holiday snaps before you get home
Holidays are changing. The days of disappearing for two weeks, only to return with a rubbish fridge magnet and the promise to show your neighbour all 500 of your newly developed holiday snaps are gone. Near...
IBM Survey Finds Thanksgiving Joins Black Friday as Big Shopping Day
The holiday shopping season is just getting underway, but data from IBM shows already things are going well. IBM, which provides many commerce systems and applications for online and offline retailers,...
Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc...
10 Hardware Products Helping Amazon Set Holiday Sales Records
Amazon is enjoying a big start to its holiday season. The e-retailer announced Nov. 28 that it had its best Cyber Monday of all time, following a successful Black Friday. The company’s popular hardware...
Apple tech tops holiday wish lists, rivals aren't even close, survey shows
Despite concerns about waning demand for Apple's iPhone, the device is still the must-have holiday gift, influential tech analyst Gene Munster told CNBC on Monday. The Piper Jaffray managing director...
10 Electronic Devices in High Demand This Holiday Season
The holidays are here and consumer electronics again will be among the most desired gifts. From smartphones and tablets to televisions and virtual-reality headsets, the diversity of gadgets available has...
Holiday Gift Guide 2016: TechRadar’s top tech toys to give this season
Can it really be that time again? Leaves are falling, holiday lights are going up, and that chill in the air says yet another holiday season is upon us. And you know what that means: It’s time to make...
PayPal introduces Siri support
PayPal has released an updated version of its iOS app featuring Siri integration, which will allow users to use the voice assistant to send and request money. The new feature was announced on PayPal’s...
Starbucks cups, cut-rate SF real estate, Oakland-London flights
Starbucks cups, cut-rate SF real estate, Oakland-London flights The green cup — arriving along with traditional holiday drinks — features a mosaic of more than 100 people, including a coffee farmer and...
Accomable wants to solve the accessible holiday search problem
The problem with most holiday search engines is that accessibility features are either listed in terms too generic to be entirely reliable or useful, or not listed at all. Enter U.K. startup Accomable,...
10 bonkers bunnies to haunt your Easter holiday - CNET
Easter is coming and so are herds of stuffed-animal rabbit toys. But your spring holiday celebration doesn't have to be normal. We've rounded up a warren full of strange, scary and (yes) cute bunnies...
EBay's fails to post revenue growth in holiday quarter
EBay Inc reported no growth in revenue in the holiday quarter, during which it faced intense competition from bigger e-commerce rival Amazon.com Inc as well as traditional retailers.The company's revenue...
Apple earnings preview --all about guidance
The Apple logo hangs on the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue on August 5, 2015 in New York City.(Photo: Getty) LOS ANGELES - Apple stock has been hammered of late, so all eyes Tuesday are about the next quarter,...
Daily Briefing, Jan. 17
Chipotle execs said they plan a marketing push next month to try to recover from the chain’s food scares — you know, like E. coli and norovirus — and that although safety will not be explicitly mentioned,...
Holiday sales rose 3 percent below 3.7 percent gain
Holiday shoppers flocked online during the critical holiday shopping season, but overall sales in November and December were disappointing. Sales rose 3 percent to about $625.9 billion, according to The...
Top Apple supplier plans rare holiday as output fears rattle investors
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn, assembler of most of Apple Inc's latest iPhones, will cut working hours over the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, a person familiar with the matter said, in a rare move that...
Fitbit shares jump on first sign of healthy holiday sales
Shares of Fitbit Inc. climbed after the fitness-tracking device-maker saw its first sign of strong Christmas sales. Fitbit's app ranked No. 2 in the free apps category on Apple's app store on Monday,...
Consumers Turn to Mobile Tech for Holiday Help
Most consumers enjoy shopping online for holiday presents because searching and shopping online helps them find the right gifts, a new report finds. Consumers are increasingly relying on mobile and other...
Retailers ring up healthy sales this holiday season
The holiday shopping season isn’t quite over for retailers, with millions of customers expected to hit stores and websites this week to redeem gift cards and to treat themselves to steeply discounted...
Record players and instant film were Amazon best-sellers this holiday
'Tis the season to be retro, as a turntable and instant film became among Amazon's best-selling products this holiday.Specifically, the Jensen JTA-230 3-Speed Stereo Turntable was the best-selling piece...
Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales
More consumers were unwrapping new “phablet” devices this holiday season, according to a report out this afternoon from Flurry. The big-screened form factor, whose name is a mashup of...
Prime again: Amazon reports record holiday season - CNET
Still in its Prime, Amazon is reporting (another) record holiday sales season. The e-commerce giant announced Monday that during the week before Christmas, it added more than 3 million subscribers to Prime...
A Holiday Perspective On Technology And Consumerism
Holiday shopping, long a staple in American life, has undergone significant change over the past half century. The “Miracle on 34th Street” post-war tradition of heading downtown to Macy’s...
Amazon fulfillment centers that deliver within hours
December 22, 2015, 8:04 AM|If you still need to finish your holiday shopping, Amazon is offering you a new last-minute option. Amazon Prime customers in several cities can order their holiday essentials...
Jet.com says it can't guarantee Christmas delivery
An employee tapes a box shut at the Jet.com Inc. fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Kansas City, Kan. Jet says the "holiday gift rush" has strained its fulfillment centers and the company can no longer...
'Tis the season to be fraud-y: It's a holiday for hackers too - CNET
The holiday rush attracts online-shopping newbies and prompts old pros to lower their guard. Cybercriminals know this only too well, and they're ready to slip a lump of coal into your credit card statement....
SitePoint’s 2015 Christmas sale is ON!
Every year SitePoint celebrates the holiday season with an array of holiday specials. With more than 30 distinct offers we feel like 2015 is going to be one of our biggest years yet! The sale spans great...
This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Holiday Cheers And CES Fears
With the holiday season in full swing, we’re looking forward to everything CES has to offer in the new year. But we’re also prepping for more gift-giving, following along with the TechCrunch...
Tech holiday parties belie trepidation about 2016
Whiskey bullets were a parting gift at Touch of Modern holiday party.(Photo: Jon Swartz, for USA TODAY) SAN FRANCISCO — It faces possibly the biggest crisis in its 21-year history, but for one night Yahoo...
Are hoverboards too dangerous for Santa?
One of the toys topping holiday wish lists may just be too hot to handle. Concerns about the safety of hoverboards are making the toy more difficult to buy, travel with and even use this holiday season....
Control your holiday gluttony with the Pebble Health activity and sleep tracking service
(Image: Pebble) It's easy to enjoy the cookies, chocolates, big family meals, and other overindulgences during the holiday season. Wearables offer a way to help motivate you to keep moving and try to...
What's the real risk from consumer drones this holiday season?
This holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is estimating that over one million small "Unmanned Aerial Systems" (sUAS's) – drones, to the rest of us – will be sold to consumers. But...
Some kids taking Christmas snooping up a notch
CHICAGO -- It's not unusual for children to sometimes snoop around to see what they're getting for Christmas, but some kids are taking it up a notch, using technology, CBS Chicago reports. Play Video...
Planning a vacation? MakeMyTrip to Oyo, the must-have travel apps
Comments Written by Hansa Verma | New Delhi | Published:December 6, 2015 10:33 am As holiday season comes upon us, vacation planning begins in earnest for many. Be it a domestic trip or a vacation abroad,...
Tablet Shipments to Rise for Holidays but Return to Slow Growth: ABI
While worldwide tablet shipments will rise to 40 million in Q4, up 10 million from 3Q, that will be a temporary holiday increase, according to ABI Research. Worldwide tablet sales will rise to 40 million...
Amazon Puts Out Limp Holiday Metrics
The crowning glory of Amazon’s just dropped post-Thanksgiving press missive — trumpeting apparently accelerating holiday sales — is the surname of Amazon’s SVP of devices…...
Amazon’s Drone Video Is The Perfect Devious Holiday Ad Campaign
Amazon showed off a brand new Amazon Prime Air video yesterday. While it’s interesting to see that the project is still alive and moving forward, you can’t help but think that Amazon...
Don't get Grinched by cybercrime during the holiday season
NEW YORK (AP) — Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. "The Pandora's...
TUI develops apps to keep in touch with holidaymakers all year
Travel giant TUI Group is rolling out digital technology that will enable it to stay in touch with holidaymakers before and after their holiday. TUI, which owns travel brands across Europe, including the...
Consumers Embrace Technology to Adopt New Holiday Traditions
With more retailers deciding to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, consumers are also deciding to stay away from Black Friday lines and crowds. More than 80 percent of consumers expressed frustration...
CNET lists top tech deals, stunts for Cyber Monday
November 27, 2015, 8:02 AM|Black Friday is just part of the holiday bargain hunt, so how can you find the best deals on electronics and just about anything else? CNET editor-at-large Tim Stevens joins...
11 Gift Ideas for the Tech Lover on Your Holiday List
Take some of the stress out of holiday shopping with our guide to some of the coolest tech gifts you can buy (even if you’re feeling cheap).For many of us, the holiday season means fun parties, eggnog,...
Apple’s Holiday Ad Features Andra Day, Stevie Wonder And VoiceOver
Named ‘Someday at Christmas,’ Apple just shared its holiday video ad ahead of Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the holiday season. Surprisingly, it doesn’t showcase Apple’s latest...
Walmart Cyber Monday deals start next Sunday night
This year there will be no rest for the holiday shopping weary. As part of the growing trend to start holiday sales earlier, Walmart has announced that they will begin their Cyber Monday sales the Sunday...
Data Privacy Concerns Hinder Mobile Payment Adoption
People who are not planning to use their phone to make in-store holiday purchases are concerned about payment fraud, data privacy and identity theft. Identity theft, payment fraud and data privacy concerns...
Holiday 2015: Tablet gift guide
Tablets are going to be a popular gift under many a tree this holiday season, but picking the right tablet for a loved one - or yourself - can be tricky. This gift guide will help guide you through the...
New Nintendo Wii U and 3DS bundles are here for the holidays
If you have a Nintendo nut on your gift list, listen up: The House of Mario has teased a few choice Wii U and 3DS deals to look forward to this holiday season. The most enticing bundle revealed during...
3 online businesses you can start right now
The holiday season is an exciting time. It's a time for travel, family, positive thoughts, great food, love and joy. The downside is the cost of those things, which adds up fast. There is a way to make...
Black Friday is Nov. 27. Here's why it doesn't matter
This year analysts are calling the holiday retail event "Black November," since the deals are running all month. Facundo Arrizabalaga/epa/Corbis Good news, shoppers. You no longer have to brave shoving...
Musholm sports resort ramps up accessibility
An extension of the Musholm sports and holiday resort for people with disabilities is said to have made it one of the most accessible in the world. It has a new multi-purpose hall and 24 new holiday homes....
Target, Walmart outline holiday plans
Walmart and Target, two of the biggest U.S. retailers, have outlined their plans to lure shoppers into stores during the holiday season. The roughly two-month period accounts for an average of 20 percent...
Holiday Gifts With a Digital Twist Appeal to Consumers, Techies
As the holiday season approaches, it's time to think about stocking stuffers and more substantial gifts for friends, colleagues and loved ones, especially the tech geeks in your life. This week's "Halloween...
Online Holiday Sales To Hit Record $83 Billion, Mobile To Drive Majority Of Visits For First Time
Some big-name brick-and-mortar retailers have made the decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day, but that decision – nor all those Facebook pledges to not shop on the holiday – will...
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