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Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

At the end of September, Nintendo's boss Satoru Iwata said that he was confident in the Nintendo 3DS, the portable gaming unit that's able to play 3D games and movies without the need of 3D glasses. And after the initial announcement about the device, the praise that Nintendo was seeing regarding the upcoming handheld was so promising, that he said the "high price point" of the 3DS in Japan, priced at $300, was due to those glowing initial reviews. Now that the 3DS has an official release date and price in the United States (with an apparent mark-up in the United Kingdom), people are wondering if the $250 price point is too high for Nintendo. One analyst believes it's way too low, and Nintendo should be getting ready to suffer because of it.

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Facebook Brings in $1.86 Billion Worldwide Advertising Revenue in 2010

Facebook Brings in $1.86 Billion Worldwide Advertising Revenue in 2010

Analysts are claiming that Facebook and Google may have more in common than previously believed, especially when it comes to how Facebook handles advertising. In new results from eMarketer, Facebook is raking in quite a bit of revenue based on advertising through the site. But, what's most surprising to analysts, is not so much how much money that Facebook is drawing in, but the fact that it's not coming from major advertising agencies, but more from small- and medium-sized businesses.

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Verizon iPhone more expensive predicts analyst, missing the point completely

Verizon iPhone more expensive predicts analyst, missing the point completely

Verizon iPhone hyperbole continues, with the latest analyst angle being the potential price difference in UMTS and CDMA radios. J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has been crunching the numbers and is predicting that the Verizon iPhone could cost $20 to $30 more than its AT&T counterpart because of the more expensive components, according to Apple Insider.

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Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester has revised its tablet sales estimates for 2011, claiming to have been "too conservative" with their forecast last year, and now predicting that 24.1m units will be sold in 2011. That's more than double the 10.3m estimate Forrester has put on 2010, and the research company expects Apple's iPad to hold the lion's share of sales through 2012. In fact, by 2015 Forrester expects 82 million US consumers - one-third of US online consumers - will be using a tablet.

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Apple HDTV in late 2012 predicts analyst

Apple HDTV in late 2012 predicts analyst

The perennial Apple HDTV rumors have resurfaced, with fresh analyst predictions that the company will branch out from the million-selling Apple TV and release an integrated display and media streaming set. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster is pegging a late 2012 launch for the Apple HDTV, a hybrid display and smart TV system that would include iTunes access for digital content sales and rentals.

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LCD TV Shipments Expected to Slow in 2011, Rise Only 13 Percent

LCD TV Shipments Expected to Slow in 2011, Rise Only 13 Percent

In a new report from market research firm DisplaySearch, general shipments of LCD TVs are going to rise in 2011, but when compared to last year, it won't be anything to get excited about. The firm says that the growth will be noticeable, but that the growth simply won't be as high as it has been in the past. However, despite the fact shipments will rise, it's the price erosion for the LCD market that will leave the market seeing its "first ever revenue decline."

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iPhone keeps US smartphone top spot but Android closing fast says Nielsen

iPhone keeps US smartphone top spot but Android closing fast says Nielsen

Apple's iPhone is still the top smartphone among US buyers, according to Nielsen's latest figures, holding 28.6-percent of the market share compared to Android's 25.8-percent and RIM's 26.1-percent. However, Android adoption over the past six month period is the strongest among the three platforms, suggesting Apple's hold on the top spot is unlikely to last.

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Facebook Visited More Than Google in 2010, Traffic Analyst Firm Says

Facebook Visited More Than Google in 2010, Traffic Analyst Firm Says

To be "bigger than Google" in the tech world is a pretty big feat. But for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, it's something that he can officially mark off of his "to-do" list, if he's got one. According to Hitwise, a traffic analyst firm, the social networking site has officially surpassed the search giant as the most visited website in 2010, and by a pretty significant margin, no less. These numbers, though, reflect traffic based in the United States only, though.

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Apple should buy Netflix says analyst as iTunes rentals surge

Apple should buy Netflix says analyst as iTunes rentals surge

iTunes' rental business has already grown to 10-percent that of Netflix's, according to one analyst, and is likely to shift from being a hook for selling more Apple TV hardware and instead become a source of significant revenue in its own right. Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall suggested that cash-rich Apple's most sensible option would be to acquire Netflix, pointing out that "Netflix has approximately 150,000 titles, while Apple has just 15,000. Apple has a tremendous opportunity."

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Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Analysts have warned that smart TV could well overwhelm broadband infrastructure as the popularity of internet-connected HDTVs and other home entertainment equipment grows. DisplaySearch estimates that 21-percent of TV shipments worldwide in 2010 were of internet-connected models, with numbers expected to climb to over 122 million in 2014. "The looming risk now," DisplaySearch director Paul Gray suggests, "is what happens if every connected TV gets used."

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Apple’s iTunes Rental Service is Roughly One Tenth the Size of Netflix, Analyst Says

Apple’s iTunes Rental Service is Roughly One Tenth the Size of Netflix, Analyst Says

Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Company, has come forward and put his two cents in as to how he believes Apple's iTunes rental services compare to that of Netflix. Or, perhaps how they don't compare. He published his note on Wednesday, pointing out sheer numbers in his comparison between the two services. Considering how popular Netflix is, and the fact that the company is now eyeing the possibility of an international roll-out of its services, perhaps the results aren't too shocking.

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.

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