The Apple supplier in China known as Foxconn has been the subject of study for safety over the past few months under the watchful eye of the FLA - today they report that the factory line is doing quite well. The Fair Labor Association has reported that more than 280 action items completed on time or ahead of schedule, while 76 will be due through July 2013. Over the course of the next year, Foxconn will need to establish that they've completed the remaining 76 items and the FLA is confident that they will do so.
As far as milestones go, reaching a certain number of applications in your digital storefront is one of them. And when you reach 5,000, at a pretty breakneck pace no less, that's certainly something for any company to celebrate. As we're sure that the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft is doing, with news that the Marketplace is reaching that milestone by the end of the day on Tuesday, with 5,000 applications and games available for purchase.
At the moment, there are a few games that have reached 5 million sold for Nintendo's portable game console family. However, there's only one that can claim the prodigal 6 million seller title, and how fitting that it's Nintendo's own pride and joy, Mario. Famitsu.com has reported that New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS family of devices has officially crossed the 6 million sold mark in Japan.
The video game market has seen its ups and downs, much like any market in the world has seen, but it looks like it's still doing pretty well for itself, as we close down 2010 and look forward to 2011. Unfortunately, while it may be doing well, it looks like it's actually not as good as 2009. In a new report from Newzoo, a market research firm, total spending in the United States will top at about $24.7 billion, which is actually 2 percent lower when compared 2009.
Today, Nielsen reports that the sales of digital music have flattened in the year 2010, versus previous years. While they're quick to suggest that the flat-line isn't a long-term effect, and more of a short-term situation, it looks like the effect isn't being felt around the world, but mostly just in the United States, based on their reported numbers. While the US flattens out, countries like Germany and France are still seeing inclines in the digital music market.
As the third quarter trails to an end, earning results from companies are beginning to come in. Adobe has just reported their third quarter revenue earnings for this quarter, 2010, and they managed to post some record numbers. The company saw sales of $990.3 million for the third quarter, which is compared to the $697 million revenue recorded in 2009, which is a 42% jump from the previous year. Revenue also increased from $943.0 million in the second quarter of 2010.
Even in Japan, where Sony's name is synonymous with many different gadgets and pieces of technology, as well as people's lives in general, Apple plays a huge roll. So, when news breaks that Sony has officially managed to outsell Apple in their Personal Media Player line, even for just a month, our ears perk up. According to researchers at BCN, that's exactly what has happened. But, of course, while the news is great for Sony, there's plenty of reasons to think it's a short-term effect.
In a new report from Forrester, we've got some pretty common sense revelations. The new report from Sarah Rotman Epps, suggests that while the iPad is wildly successful, that also means that plenty of new competitors are on the way. What's more, most of those competitors are trying to jump on Apple's success of the word "pad," and infusing it with their own tablet titles. We've all heard of the BlackPad, after all -- and Forrester believes there will be plenty more in the future.
When it comes to high profile devices, getting feedback from customers is one of the best ways for companies and manufacturers alike to see how their product stacks against the competition. And, most importantly, how it favors to those who dropped their hard earned cash on the product. For the iPhone 4, we all know the troubles the Apple manufactured handset is having, and that's why research and results, like the one just revealed by ChangeWave is so important. So is the iPhone 4 well liked? Find out after the cut.
It's the middle of the week again, and here we are with another edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight's is packed full with interesting pieces of information, that we're sure will fill your heart with delight. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got some more tablet news that's not related to Apple, an iPad case review, and some more rumors about the Hero's update to Android 2.1. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got Clearwire promising some very interesting things, space tourism for the (rich) every man, and AT&T thinks it doesn't have dropped calls.