Rare Steve Jobs Fail – Apple Reportedly Will Shut Down Ping Social Network

The Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD blog are reporting that unnamed sources at Apple have indicated that the company plans to pull the plug on its Ping social networking service, perhaps as early as this fall. Ping, … Continue reading

Latest Brand Preference Survey Spells Trouble for Key Tech Brands

In a new study by market researcher Strategy Analytics, more than six thousand consumers were surveyed about which technology brands they preferred – and the results highlight what is likely a radical market repositioning for certain tech brands that have … Continue reading

U.S. Dept. of Justice Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple & Five Publishers

<April 11, 2012> The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed an antitrust civil lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and five major book publishers, alleging that the parties had formed an illegal cabal for the purpose of artificially inflating the price of … Continue reading

NPD Says Consumer Electronics Sales in 2011 at $144 Billion Are Down

<February 15, 2012> The NPD Group, a Port Washington, New York-based market research company said on Monday that total consumer electronics sales including both hardware and consumables, fell .5% to come in at a total of almost $144 billion. NPD’s data … Continue reading

The Apple Report – Ripe or Rotten?

<February 15, 2012> While Wall Street has been oooing and aaahhhhhing over Apple, Inc.’s stock breaching a significant price of $500 per share earlier this week…only to drop below it again in trading today (closing at $497.67)…there has been a … Continue reading

New Wave of Apple iTV Rumors Circulate as Industry Remains on Edge Waiting for Launch

<February 8, 2012> Several reports of new iTV “sightings” have emerged around the Internet with many coming out of Canada as Apple is said to have submitted samples of its latest innovation – a revolutionary new television design – to … Continue reading

Soul by Ludacris Shows Party in a Box

<January 25, 2012> First revealed by the ALERT just after the 2010 CEDIA Expo, Soul by Ludacris at CES showed their remarkable product with a funny name, the Party In A Box. [ See original story here…]Sort of a boombox … Continue reading

Awash in a Sea of Incrementalism, Pre-Show Press Day was a Desperate Search for Innovation

<January 18, 2012> The day before the International Consumer Electronics Show opens, the show promoter holds something they call “Press Day.” Press Day is a mind-numbing endurance test of the media’s stamina with back-to-back-to-back-to-etc. press conferences. Each press conference is … Continue reading

Of Two Big Tech Stories in 2012, This One Will Likely Be the Biggest…and Scariest

<December 28, 2011> We now can predict with a reasonable level of certainty two huge technology stories coming up in 2012. They may in fact turn out to be the biggest stories of the entire year. One is the impending … Continue reading