Why your next phone could be made in the U.S.A.; how hacker group Anonymous launches attacks.
For the past score or so, the issue of manufacturing in America has been a prevalent one. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs in America have been lost in the realms of textiles and furniture. But recently, the political scope that typically dodges the world of consumer electronics has found its sights set squarely on a field that we as gadget journalists cover. Some might say that Apple's recent dealings with Foxconn helped to bring the issue to light, but honestly, those jobs were being shipped elsewhere long before the iPod came to fruition.
Megaupload founder goes from arrest to cult hero [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
In an e-mail interview, Mr. Dotcom said he had been treated badly by the New Zealand police and the government, which he said he believed was simply kowtowing to U.S. requests. "Two helicopters and 76 heavily armed officers to arrest a man alleged of copyright crimes — think about that," he wrote. "Hollywood is importing their movie scripts into the real world and sends armed forces to protect their outdated business model."
Facebook mines its own network for acquisitions [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Facebook's interest in acquisitions may be an incentive for some entrepreneurs. But it also carries the risk of alienating the developers who have made Facebook a robust marketplace for apps. These choices are part of Facebook's evolution to a profit-maximizing enterprise. Facebook is especially concerned with ramping up its efforts to make money from its mobile site, where it currently only has limited advertising opportunities.
EA is "going to be a 100% digital company, period" says Gibeau [GAMESINDUSTRY.BIZ]
The company recently had its first year of digital revenues over one billion dollars, and now EA is expecting that number to jump closer to $2 billion (guidance of $1.7 billion in digital revenues this year). For EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau, the business is clearly at a tipping point. He told GamesIndustry International recently that EA clearly will be 100 percent digital in the near future.
For the next eight months, Sabu continued to rage across the Internet as a core member of AntiSec, a blackhat hacking group within Anonymous. He helped to deface government and corporate websites and even helped bring down the private intelligence firm Stratfor—all, apparently, with the FBI's blessing as it quietly gathered logs on Monsegur's fellow "anons." Law enforcement officials later told Fox News that Monsegur was working out of the FBI offices "almost daily" in the weeks after he pleaded guilty in August and then from his own home thereafter, with an agent watching his activity 24 hours a day.
Tablets, and specifically the iPad from Apple, have been one of the big drivers for growth in mobile in the last couple of years, but figures out today from NPD indicate that their popularity is going to get even bigger: the market for tablets, its researchers predict, is set to boom from 121 million shipped tablets today to 416 million devices by 2017, when they will overtake notebooks to become the most popular mobile PC device, driven by a drop in costs and a rise in features. Overall mobile PC shipments will reach 809 million units by 2017, from 347 million today.
One in four U.S. iPad owners tell NPD it's their first Apple product
FORTUNE -- It used to be the iPod that got Americans started down the road to dependency. Now, according to a new NPD survey, their first Apple (AAPL) product is more likely to be an iPhone or, increasingly, an iPad.
To quote the NPD press release:
"While over 70 percent of long-standing Apple owners began their relationship with the brand by way MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 26, 2012 8:59 AM ET
Down 6% in 2011, that's where, according to the NPD Group
If it weren't for tablets and mobile phones, 2011 would have been a miserable year for the U.S. consumer electronics industry.
Total U.S. retail sales for the year were $144 billion, down 1% from 2010, according to a report issued Monday by the NPD Group.
That might not sound too bad. But sales of PCs, TVs and video game hardware were all down, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 13, 2012 10:13 AM ET
Three out of four U.S. firms with fewer than 1,000 employees, that's who
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have caught tablet fever, according to the results of an NPD survey fielded in September and released Thursday.
Among these SMBs (defined as firms with fewer than 1,000 employees), 73% plan to purchase tablets in 2012, up from 68% three months earlier. And over the next 12 months they plan to spend an average MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 29, 2011 10:56 AM ET
Apple looks like a pretty big fish in the video on demand business -- if you ignore Netflix
If all you saw was the pie chart at right, produced from data issued Monday by iSuppli, you might think that Apple (AAPL) had succeeded in doing to digital video what it did to digital music.
According to iSuppli, now a unit of IHS (IHS), iTunes' share of U.S. consumer spending for movie MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 23, 2011 1:43 PM ET
While the rest of the PC industry lost ground, Apple's computer sales were growing
Once again, Mac sales zigged while PCs zagged.
In a note to clients Monday afternoon, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster summarized data from the NPD Group for the last quarter:
In the month of March, U.S. Mac sales were up 47% year over year, driven by the new MacBook Pros that started shipping Feb. 24.
That 47% uptick followed growth of MORE
The latest numbers for U.S. smartphones show Android taking a big lead into the holidays.
Following up on numbers from Canalys released earlier today, NPD is showing (via AllThingsD) that there isn't any slowing Google's (GOOG) Android express as it continues to take market share away from its competitors in the U.S. The gains continued even as Google's competitors released high-profile phones: RIM's (RIMM) Torch and Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4. Both appear to MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 1, 2010 10:53 AM ET
But a pair of surveys finds patterns could spell trouble down the line
Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group, doesn't buy the theory that Apple's (AAPL) iPad is to blame for this year's slow-down in netbook sales.
"It had nothing to do with the iPad," he says. "Sales growth had already started to trail off [before the iPad was released], and it wasn't such a great platform MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2010 12:04 PM ET
An analyst sees the first sign of trouble in July's retail sales data
Amid the good news for Apple (AAPL) in the NPD Group's report on domestic retail sales for the month of July, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty spots what she thinks may be a small dark cloud.
In a report to clients issued Monday, Huberty notes that sales trends for the broader PC market -- which includes Apple and everybody else MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 17, 2010 11:26 AM ET
Another day, another measurement that says Android has passed both Apple and RIMM's phone efforts.
NPD group today made available their US Q2 2010 Smartphone data market share numbers. For the first time since 2007, Blackberry wasn't the leader.
The new champ? Android, which accounted for one out of every three smartphones purchased in the US.
Canalys and Nielsen both found similar numbers yesterday.
NPD was the first group to recognize the Android growth trend in MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 4, 2010 1:59 PM ET
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