Walmart stops selling Amazon products

Amazon in retail storesAmazon has faced a few setbacks in recent years. But Walmart’s decision to stop selling Amazon products may deal a big blow to the American retail and electronics company.

According to a spokesperson of Walmart, “Recently, Walmart Stores, Inc. made a business decision to not carry current Amazon products beyond our purchase commitments and existing inventory.”

“Our customers trust us to provide a broad assortment of products at everyday low prices, and we approach every merchandising decision through this lens,” he added.

The order to stop selling Amazon products was delivered to store managers last Wednesday. This includes all the Kindle devices.

The reason to pull out Amazon products in their stores is strictly business decision.

The Walmart spokesperson added, “We will continue to offer our customers a broad assortment of tablet, eReaders and accessories at a variety of great price points. This decision is consistent with our overall merchandising strategy.”

Target has also decided to pull the plug on selling the Kindles. This is the second big company to do so.

Walmart still continues to sell Barns & Noble Nook, Apple’s iPad and other tablets.

Do you think this would greatly affect the sales of Amazon products most especially that the Holiday season is just around the corner?

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Windows 8 based tablets set to topple the iPad

Are we ready for the impending tech wars?

The iPad is known to be the leader of the tablet market and has left its competition to pick up the remnants of its wrath. Now, Acer Inc., Toshiba Corp and Asustek Computer Inc. are set to reveal their tablets running on Microsoft’s new OS, the Windows 8.

In their effort to have a bigger piece of the pie, the three companies are pumped up with impending release of their own tablets.

Acer will unveil their version at the Computex show in Taipei. Toshiba, on the other hand, will show their tablet and a notebook-type device on that same event. Asustek will publicize their tablets with a detachable keyboard (like their Prime models) during the same show.

The annual Computex event gives developers that chance to show their prototypes before it is released to the public.

Currently, tablets that run in Android and iOS are the ones lording over the market (they have a combined 91% of the market share).

These Windows 8 tablets will be the first of its kind since it will feature processors that use ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology. This is a chip developed by Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Nvidia Corp.

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Mobile web traffic continues to rise

Web browsing has never been this much fun! With the advent of smartphones, individuals can browse the Web, wherever and whenever they want to.

And according to a study from online advertising network Chitika, mobile web browsing accounts for about 20 percent of web traffic in North America (United States and Canada). Desktop based users now only account to 80 percent of the web traffic and the trend is that this number will continue to dip, as the number of smartphones owners and tablet users continue to rise.

If we simplify the numbers, smartphone web browsing accounts to 14.6 percent, while tablet users on the other hand make up 5.6 percent of web traffic.

The report also added that Windows phone now accounts for a third of mobile web traffic as they are tied with BlackBerry. This could be due to the fact that Windows phone screens are much larger and has a powerful browser compared to RIM’s device.

Chitika also said that peak hours of mobile phone Internet usage are during the evening.

They also added that 95 percent of tablet web traffic comes from Apple’s iPad.

If we take a look at desktops, the report says that 85 percent of the web traffic comes from Windows based PCs.

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LG to produce roll up screen for your device

A roll up plastic display screen that you can tuck into a bag after using? Sounds like a thing of the future right?

Well LG Displays announced their plans to develop such a device that can be used on tablets, iPads and even on your TV screens.

The company has been pursuing the technology for a few years and today, LG Displays said that the world’s first roll-up screen will be released in Europe next month.

Head of operations for LG Displays mobile/OLED division Sang Duck Yeo said, “With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the e-book market. We are excited as we look toward applying concepts form this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.”

But a few individuals are less optimistic about the announcement.

A display industry expert and the man behind HDTVProfessor.com Alfred Poor said, “This is a relatively small development in the grand scheme of things. This appears to be a monochrome e-paper display. This means that it… has low power consumption, but it also means that it’s probably slow and not suitable for moving images such as video. It’s not in color, and probably has limited grayscale capabilities.”

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Warning: You may develop “iPad shoulder”

Smartphones and tablets are a big help to society. When we consider the fact that it makes the world a much smaller place to live in and at the same time it helps us do our day to day activities, these technological advancements are a big boost to us mortals.

Since the days of gargantuan cell phones, problems arose due to the possibility of getting ailments from using them. One of which is the dreaded rheumatoid arthritis supposed to be caused by our thumb pressing or texting.

Now, a new problem has been discovered by a British physician named Tony Kockhar. According to him, iPads and tablets can cause shoulder problem he dubbed as “iPad Shoulder”.

Dr. Kockhar added that he sees up to 20 patients a week who is suffering from this problem. He explains that this problem is being caused by, “Holding the tablet lower down means users have to gaze downwards more sharply. This is increasing the pressure on their joints.”

He also added that tablet users are not the only ones who can suffer from this problem. Even smartphone users can be affected by this.

To avoid this ailment, Dr. Kockhar said that people should stop hunching over their mobile devices. He suggests holding their gadgets level with the face and frequent breaks and muscle stretching could also help.

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LodgeNet releases free app that acts as TV remote for hotel rooms

Some individuals who suffer from obsessive compulsive syndrome would find it hard to use remote controls from hotels. Though they may be correct in not trusting this gadget, since a lot of individuals have used this and you really are not sure if this gets cleaned properly, how can you use the television without this precious assistant?

Well, ‘lo and behold that LodgeNet Interactive Corporation’s free mobile app. The company that is big in on-demand and other TV-based services in a number of hotel rooms in North America has released an app that allows their guests to use their smartphones or tablets as a TV controller.

According to Derek White, president of interactive and media networks for the company as told to msnbc.com, “We didn’t have germophobes in mind when came up with the app. But that does seem to be a very popular aspect of the system”.

The app will be available for download this Monday. An onscreen QR code is needed in order to download the app before checking in in a hotel lobby or in your room. In order to sync your mobile device to the TV system, a unique code will be received by the guest to enter into the app.

White added, “We can’t remove the remotes entirely form the rooms yet. Because you still use the remote to turn the TV on to do the initial sync up, but after that, there’s no need to use the remote or, for that matter, the in-room phone.”

This looks like a great app for Germophobes out there.

iPad 3 already in full production in China?

Looks like iPad aficionados need not wait a lot more further to get their hands on the latest version of this popular device.

According to a report from Bloomberg, who cited an unnamed source in their article, the latest version of this popular device is in full production in China. The latest iPad will be touting a much better screen than your normal television set, 4G capability and excellent video graphics.

Apple, Inc. has not replied to allegations being brought to their gadgets, which is not unusual for them. This latest development, if indeed true, is not going to come as a surprise since a lot of tablets were launched last week at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas.

Samsung, one of Apple’s chief rivals, presented a handful of devices during the CES. The two have been battling it out not only in the stores but also at the courts.

Android tablets have been slicing through the iPad’s market. And with the influx of a number of new Android tablets, Apple might be wary of its competitors.

Apple’s iPad 2, their current tablet, was released about a year ago.

Tablets make shopping easier

What’s good about technology these days is that it makes life easier for us. Instead of long ques and other difficulties that we normally experience while shopping, technology now enables us to do things while we sit in the confines of our wonderful abode. We need not pay more for toll and parking fees and other unnecessary expenses added.

Tablets like Kindle Fire, the Nook and the iPad gives us the ability to browse through selections of books, music and even video and the best part is it can be delivered right in your door step.

Developers of these tablets have added the capability to send gifts to their software. Though different brands have different systems, once thing is for sure. It can be done.

Here’s a look on how some devices can help ease your shopping experience

 Barnes & Noble

  • Has the Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color and the latest Nook Tablet in their line-up.
  • Has Instant Gifting feature on its website that enables users to send apps or Ebooks through e-mail.

 Apple

  • Since its inception in 2010, the iPad has gotten majority of the tablet users on their side.
  • Downloading iTunes enables users to send audio books, apps, music and videos as gifts.

Kobo

  • Has devices such as such as Kobo Touch, Kobo Wi-Fi and Kobo Vox that enables users to have access to the Web, e-mail, music, video and a ton of Android apps.
  • Ebooks can be purchased to send as gifts which can come with a personalized Kobo holiday e-mail that can be delivered on a specific date.
  • Has eGift Cards and recipients of gifts can view their eBooks through their Apple gadgets, Blackberry, Androids and other compatible devices.