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Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

A new report suggests that gamers aren't shifting into a digital distribution model as quickly and massively as people in the industry might think. The report, from Wedbush Securities, looks at the world of downloadable games as more of a complement, not a substitute, to the long-running tradition of going out to the store and picking up a box. People just aren't ready to give up their packed bookshelves.

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New iPad could face Retina Display shortage

New iPad could face Retina Display shortage

Apple unveiled the new iPad on Wednesday, bringing with it the much anticipated “Retina” display with a resolution of 2048x1536. Along with the highest PPI value found on a tablet of 264, saturation has also been increased to get the most out of images and video. While that gorgeous display was the star of the show, manufacturing it couldn’t have been easy. Analysts are now claiming that yields aren’t as high as Apple would like, which could lead to display shortages and delays.

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iPad 3 buyers don’t care about price

iPad 3 buyers don’t care about price

iPad owners tend to be wealthier and older than average, while half of prospective iPad 3 buyers don't care how much the third-gen tablet will cost them, according to independent research by NPD Group and SlashGear. NPD found more than 40-percent of current iPad owners had a household income of $100,000 or more, compared to 26-percent of non-iPad owners. In a survey run by SlashGear, meanwhile, half of those expressing a strong intention on buying the next-gen iPad - expected to be unveiled in early March - said they planned to do so without consideration of either price or specifications.

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NDP reports Android beating down iOS in first-time smartphone buyers

NDP reports Android beating down iOS in first-time smartphone buyers

Though Apple's iPhone 4S did show off the strongest quarter for Apple of any iPhone this Q4 2011, Android is being shown by NDP to be taking the cream of the crop for new users. What you'll see here is a time period between October and December of the year 2011, with all smartphone buyers choosing Android only slightly more than iOS with the iPhone, then with first-time smartphone buyers Android clearly winning the poll. While you do keep in mind that iOS is only counting up a few devices, you should take note that the rest of the smart device world is only hitting on 9% total, this showing the true power of the Google vs Apple force.

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Why Sony Won’t Launch A New PlayStation This Year (Or Next)

Why Sony Won’t Launch A New PlayStation This Year (Or Next)

I’m often asked when Sony will launch its next PlayStation. Just about everyone is interested in finding out if the next console the consumer electronics giant offers up can be as appealing and popular as its predecessors. The push for Sony to launch a new PlayStation is also born out of the fact that Nintendo is launching a new console this year, called the Wii U. And if history is to be our guide for the future, most console makers launch their new devices around the same time.

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Beats Electronics breaks away from Monster to go its own way

Beats Electronics breaks away from Monster to go its own way

The audio world is booming, and more and more people are starting to spend big money on high-end headphones and earbuds to get more enjoyment out of their music. Many of those high-end headphones are now also becoming a status symbol and makers are taking style into account as much as performance. The most successful brand in the high-end headphone industry has been Beats Electronics.

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Xbox 360 gobbled 40% of all 2011 video game and hardware sales

Xbox 360 gobbled 40% of all 2011 video game and hardware sales

Microsoft really put a beat down on the other major game consoles in 2011 when it came to game and hardware sales. AllThingsD reports that in 2011 the Xbox 360 platform software sales totaled 40% of all games sold. That means that consumers spent about $6.7 billion on Xbox games and hardware during the year. The breakdown shows that the majority of that money was on video games.

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Smartphones pushing single-purpose cameras out to pasture

Smartphones pushing single-purpose cameras out to pasture

I don’t think that anyone will be surprised by this new report by NPD. The company says that smartphone cameras are relegating the normal stand-alone camera increasingly to a thing of the past. A recent NPD study shows that the number of users that shoot photos and video with smartphones is increasing significantly while the number of people using single-purpose cameras is on the decline.

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3G Tablets fall from favor say researchers

3G Tablets fall from favor say researchers

Integrated data connections in tablets along with mobile hotspot connected slates are falling from favor, new research suggests, with WiFi-only use proliferating among owners of iPads and other models. While 60-percent of tablet owners used WiFi only and 5-percent reported some intent of subscribing to a mobile broadband plan within the next six months back in Apri, NPD Group discovered, cellular use has actually shrunk in intervening period.

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HP $99 TouchPad edges out Android in non-iPad tablet sales

HP $99 TouchPad edges out Android in non-iPad tablet sales

HP's TouchPad fire-sale scored the company the second place in US tablet sales, market stats have shown, with the $99 webOS slate edging ahead of Samsung's entire Galaxy Tab line-up. The Korean firm slipped to third place - behind Apple, in first, and HP, in second - with 16-percent of retail tablet sales between January and October 2011, the NPD Group found, while HP managed 17-percent thanks no doubt to its aggressive discounting. Total non-Apple tablet sales amounted to more than 1.2m units the analysts suggest.

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