Last year, the National Retail Federation reported that 212 million individuals hit the shopping aisles on Black Friday, spending an estimated $45 billion. We analyzed over 270,000 from 9/26/11 to 11/17/11 to find out where your fellow shoppers will be this November 25th and what products they will be sprinting down the aisle to get their hands on.
Apple's (AAPL) market cap recently hit #370 billion an amount that may not seem that large when compared with say the $700 billion bank bailout of 2008. But loot at it next to other things, such as the size of certain industries and government programs and you may be surprised. This Apple infographic examines the comparison of Apple's impressive $370 billion market cap to other industries and valuations.
Take a look through the infographic below to study the roots and progression of the Apple/Samsung lawsuit. Apple and Samsung are engaged in a heated mobile device patent war consisting of many legal battles in several different countries.
TechCrunch reported that Facebook has released a desktop messenger client for Windows 7 that brings you access to the site's chat, ticker feed and notifications without everyone in the office spotting the blue-bar-of-lost-productivity across the top of your browser. There is no public download link, and the client is only compatible with Windows 7, though it was developed entirely by Facebook and does not constitute a new partnership with Microsoft.
Google is in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact they hoped for, integrating others as features into their broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown them a different path forward. #1 Google Bookmarks Lists — experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends, which Google is going to end on December 19, 2011. All bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification, while the rest of Google Bookmarks will function as usual. As Lists was an English-only feature, non-English languages will be unaffected. #2 Google Friend Connect —Read More
Kindle Fire is a premium product, offered at a non-premium price. It brings everything Amazon has been working on for 15 years - Kindle, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon MP3, Amazon Prime, Amazon Appstore, and Amazon Web Services - together into a single, fully-integrated experience for customers. They also developed a new, faster web browser called Amazon Silk, specifically designed for Kindle Fire. It’s a split browser that lives partially on Kindle Fire and partially in the cloud, taking full advantage of Amazon Web Services’ incredible computational horsepower to accelerate web browsing - something you won’t find in iPad’s Safari browser. KindleRead More
YouTube has a slick new design with some pretty tight Google+ social integration and content discovery features. Fret over the new YouTube hasn't yet appeared for you, well don't. Folks at The Verge (http://www.theverge.com) have figured out an easy way (via Google+ user Mortiz Tolxdorff) to turn on the new features right the heck now. At present, the trick only seems to work in Firefox and Chrome. Open up your browser’s development tools: For Firefox: Ctrl + Shift + K (Win) | Cmd + Shift + K (Mac) For Chrome: Ctrl + Shift + J (Win) | or Cmd + Alt + JRead More
Google offers 2-step login verification for Gmail accounts. The feature has been around a while, and now Google has written a reminder for all users who need an extra layer of security for their Gmail account and other services connected to it. The Two step verification process is a feature of Gmail that allows you to add an extra layer of security to your email account. If you enable the two step verification, whenever you check into a Google account from a new place such as a new browser or a mobile phone, you will have to enter a securityRead More
Headphones aren't exactly easy to sleep in. Regular headphones and earbuds are simply not comfortable to wear all night long. SleepPhones put your music in a soft headband that you can comfortably wear in bed. Lightweight and washable, the wicking fleece headband contains thin removable speakers and plugs into most audio devices. SleepPhones don't fall off and are the most comfortable headphones for sleeping. These solve the age-old problem of how to listen to music while drifting off to sleep. Replace the painful ear buds that fall out and the bulky headphones on the plane. Use SleepPhones for exercise too.Read More