Black Friday’s Record Sales Driven by Mobile Devices, Finds Report

Black Friday's Record Sales Driven by Mobile Devices, Finds Report
HIGHLIGHTS
Adobe’s survey estimated sales of $3.05 billion on Black Friday 2016
Mobiles drove the majority of retail sites visits at 56 percent
iOS continued to drive larger sales than Android
In a first, online shopping on Black Friday is estimated to have hit the $3 billion mark in the US with a major chunk of the total sales coming from mobile devices, a report said on Saturday.

Adobe Digital Insights, which has been tracking e-commerce transactions, estimated sales of $3.05 billion (roughly Rs. 20,918 crores) on Black Friday 2016 – up 11.4 percent from the same day last year.

A TechCrunch report, citing the Adobe survey, noted mobiles had a significant impact on the record e-commerce sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

“Major retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Target and eBay, noted that mobile traffic and sales were on the rise,” the report said.

Walmart and Target said the website traffic on Thanksgiving for mobile stood at over 70 percent and 60 percent respectively.

“This trend continued into Black Friday, as the sales event is currently tracking to bring in $1.13 billion (roughly Rs. 7,751 crores) in revenue, which is up 25 percent year-over-year,” the report noted.
In retail stores also, mobiles drove the majority of retail sites visits at 56 percent – most of that (47 percent) was from smartphones, as opposed to tablets (9 percent).
“The negative impact on online shopping we saw following the election has not been fully made up, but consumers are back online and shopping,” Tamara Gaffney, Principal Analyst and Director, Adobe Digital Insights, was quoted as saying.

“As spending ramps up on Black Friday, we are back on track. We still expect Cyber Monday to surpass Black Friday and become the largest online sales day in history with $3.36 billion,” she added.

In addition, iOS continued to drive larger sales than Android. The average order value on iOS devices was $144 compared with $136 on Android.

Adobe also noted this year’s top-selling electronics were Apple iPad tablets, Samsung 4K TVs, the Apple MacBook Air laptops, LG TVs, and Microsoft Xbox consoles.

Tags: Black Friday, Black Friday 2016, Electronics, Mobiles, Smatphones, Tablets, E Commerce, Black Friday Sales

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Nintendo Switch Price Listed by UK Retailer

Nintendo Switch Price Listed by UK RetailerNintendo Switch Price Listed by UK Retailer
Earlier in the month, we reported that the Nintendo Switch would be priced from $249 (around Rs. 17,000) onwards. It appears that this will be the case. UK-based retailer Gameseek has the console listed for £198.50. This puts it in line with the anticipated pricing outed by LetsPlayVideoGames’ Laura Kate Dale.

(Also see: Nintendo Switch Launch Games to Include Mario, Splatoon, and Skyrim: Report )

“UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99,” a post on LetsPlayVideoGames read at the time. “We have also learned that a separate SKU featuring more internal storage and a packed in game is planned to sell at £249.99.” This will, if Nintendo’s plans bear fruition, result in a dollar pricing of $249.99 (approximately Rs. 17,000) and $299.99 (around Rs. 20,250) respectively.

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(Also see: Nintendo Switch Price to Be $250 and $300: Report)
“Lastly, we have been told that Nintendo is planning for the Switch to be close to direct conversion price comparable across regions, which we have been told is tied into their push for the system to be region free. This would in theory put the USA price of the system at approximately $249.99 and $299.99 (This is based off conversions, not any insider information).”

In the past, Gameseek was one of the first retailers to state that Nintendo was taking final orders on the Wii U, a couple of months before the Kyoto-based company formally announced the same. Nonetheless, we should see an official announcement from Nintendo on January 12 along with a host of games, some of which, have already been revealed. Albeit not in a fashion its developers may approve of.

We discuss everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch and whether it’s likely to come to India on Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast. You can either subscribe to via iTunes or RSS or just hit the play button below.

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Microsoft Acquisition of Nokia Approved by Feds

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A multibillion dollar deal allowing Microsoft to acquire Nokia, one of the largest makers of Windows Phone devices, is a step closer to reality.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have OK’d the deal, worth an estimated $7.2 billion.

All that remains is for European Union regulators to clear the agreement for Microsoft to buy the Finland-based Nokia’s Devices and Services Unit.

That approval too is expected to go off without much of a hitch, reports The Verge.

Good News for Windows Phone Users

The acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft could be good news for Windows users, among them many small business owners. The move should lead to greater availability of devices running on Windows Phone.

Over the past year, Nokia has introduced the Lumia 625, its largest-screened smartphone to date. Other devices have included the Lumia 1520, possibly the largest Windows phablet, and even a Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520 with 10.1 inch screen.

Nokia Shareholders Approve Deal

Nokia shareholders approved the acquisition late last month at its “Extraordinary General Meeting” in Finland. In an official release at the time posted on the company’s website, Nokia Board Chairman and interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa said:

“Today’s vote brings us closer to completing a transaction which will mark the beginning of the next chapter in Nokia’s near 150-year history, offering the potential of greater value for shareholders.”

The acquisition may be a real boost for Microsoft’s tablet ambitions as well. Disappointing sales for both the Surface RT and Surface Pro caused the company to drop the prices of both. Nokia’s track record with mobile devices and its distribution network may prove huge assets moving forward.

Image: Nokia

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Smartwatch Sales Tumble in Q3 2016, Dragged Down by Apple: IDC

Smartwatch Sales Tumble in Q3 2016, Dragged Down by Apple: IDC

Global smartwatch sales slid 51.6 percent in the third quarter, amid a steep decline for the Apple Watch ahead of its updated device, a market tracker said Monday.

The IDC survey said total smartwatch volumes were 2.7 million units, less than half the level of a year earlier. Apple, the largest smartwatch vendor, saw its sales down 71.6 percent.

But IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said the decline is not as ominous as it appears – because many consumers were waiting for the new version of the Apple Watch and upcoming Android devices.

(Also see: Apple Watch Nike+ Edition Price in India, Release Date Revealed)

“The sharp decline in smartwatch shipment volumes reflects the way platforms and vendors are realigning,” Llamas said.

“Apple revealed a new look and feel to watchOS that did not arrive until the launch of the second generation watch at the end of September.”Llamas added that Google’s decision to hold back the Android Wear 2.0 operating system has also limited sales.

“Samsung’s Gear S3, announced at (the trade show) IFA in September, has yet to be released. Collectively, this left vendors relying on older, aging devices to satisfy customers.”

Nonetheless, the market is showing limited growth, according to IDC.

“It has also become evident that at present smartwatches are not for everyone,” said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani.

“Having a clear purpose and use case is paramount, hence many vendors are focusing on fitness due to its simplicity.”

Despite its sharp sales drop, Apple maintained the top position with an estimated 1.1 million units sold and a 41 percent market share, according to IDC. Apple does not release sales figures for its smartwatch.

Garmin was the number two brand with sales of 600,000 and a 20.5 percent market share, followed by Samsung with 400,000 and a 14.4 percent share, according to IDC.

Tags: Apple, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 2, WatchOS, Android Wear, Samsung Gear S3, Smartwatch, Wearables, Android
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India Among Top Five Countries Using Workplace by Facebook

India Among Top Five Countries Using Workplace by Facebook

Buoyed by the positive response from over 1,000 companies that are currently using Workplace(formerly known as Facebook at Work), the company has announced to make the app available to all.

This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.

“People have created nearly 100,000 groups and the top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France,” Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We’re announcing that Workplace will now be available to any company or organisation that wants to use it,” it added.

Large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and Booking.com, international nonprofits such as Oxfam and regional leaders such as YES Bank in India and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore have all embraced Workplace.

“We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the Workplace a” whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts,” the company said.”We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems,” Facebook added.

The company also announced “Multi-Company Groups” – shared spaces that allow employees from different organisations to work together and extend collaboration beyond their companies in a safe and secure way.

“This will be rolling out to all customers in the coming weeks,” Facebook said.

“Workplace will be priced competitively – companies only pay for people who are actively using the product,” it added.

Tags: Facebook, Facebook At Work, Workplace, Workplace By Facebook, Apps, Social, India
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Learning by Doing and Entrepreneurship

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A few months ago, I did a non-scientific survey on this site asking the following question of anyone who wanted to answer it:

“What’s the best way to learn more about entrepreneurship?”

I promised to present the results in a post. I’ve finally gotten around to doing that and have included the results below.

By far, the respondents believe that the best way to learn about entrepreneurship is to start a company.

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It’s true that the survey is not scientific and there are all kinds of problems with asking these types of questions. But the fact that the preponderance of people believe that the best way to learn about entrepreneurship is by starting a company suggests that, even if there is some bias here, most people reading Small Business Trends think that’s the right way to go.

That result raises a very interesting question: Could the high failure rate in entrepreneurship be explained by the belief that the best way to learn entrepreneurship is through trial-and-error?

One of the most unfortunate facts about new business creation is that only about half of the companies that people start are still alive five years later.

If people start businesses as a way to learn about entrepreneurship, it’s likely that many people will learn things the hard way, by trying and making mistakes that have also been learned the hard way by others.


Archery Target Photo via Shutterstock

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“Museums on Us” by Bank of America Provides Artful Inspiration

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A little known program by Bank of America, now in its 19th year, may provide opportunities for small businesses in 101 cities across the country. The “Museums on Us” program offers credit and debit card holders across the U.S. free access to 150 participating arts and culture institutions in 101 cities the first full weekend of every month.

It’s a unique promotion that has the potential to interest a fair amount of customers. And it also gives other businesses in those areas the opportunity to attract some of those same customers to their locations as well.

Here are some ways small businesses can make use of this type of program to draw in new customers.

“Museums on Us” Offers Discounts to Museumgoers

If you run a local store or restaurant near one of the participating museums, you could attract some of those museumgoers on the first weekend of each month by offering them discounts. Ask them to bring in the ticket stubs from their museum visit and offer them a percentage off their full bill or purchase. This encourages them to stop by your business after their outing and gives them a sort of exclusive offer. You can put signs up by your location to advertise the promotion, especially if potential customers might have to pass by in order to get to their museum of choice. Or you could advertise in local publications or buy some outdoor ad space near one of the participating museums.

Provide a Cultural Tie-in

People often go to museums for the culture, whether it’s an art museum, history museum, science museum or other type of attraction. So if your business can offer something similar, you could use that cultural feature to attract some of those same customers. For example, if you own a gift store, you could set up an exhibition of art from local artists on the first Saturday of the month and advertise it in local publications, as a way of bringing more people through the door. The people who enjoyed their time at a local museum could decide to make a whole day of it and stop by your location for an extra dose of culture for the weekend. And if one of your local museums is having a special exhibit that seems extremely popular, you could even theme your own event to piggyback on that.

Provide Trip Ideas

Travel websites or publications that highlight local attractions can use the “Museums on Us” program as a way to highlight other activities in the area as well. For example, you can put together a full weekend itinerary for potential travelers or even those who live in the area and are looking to have a “staycation.” Add the local museum that customers can access via the promotion, and then add in local restaurants, bars, parks, events, theaters and other activities that they can take part in before and after the museum. You can even create different themed itineraries — ones for families, couples, locals, etc. And if there’s more than one museum in your area that’s part of the program, you can come up with different themed itineraries for each one.

Partner with Local Schools

Many museums are especially popular with school groups, since there’s often an educational tie-in. And while there probably aren’t a whole lot of field trips going on over the first weekend of each month, there are plenty of parents who could take the opportunity to provide some cultural and educational activities for their kids. For that reason, partnering with local schools could be a great way to bring museumgoers into your business. You can work with teachers and administrators to get the word out that students who go to local museums with their families can then come to your location and receive some sort of discount or free gift afterward.

Host an Educational Contest

You can also get the educational community involved by hosting a contest that relates to one or more of the local museums involved in the “Museums on Us” program. Ask a question about one of the exhibits and allow people to submit answers throughout the weekend for the chance to win a prize (maybe a month long pass to that museum or another local attraction). You can also offer smaller discounts to everyone who enters just to get even more people involved in the promotion.

Art Museum Photo via Shutterstock

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“Museums on Us” by Bank of America Provides Artful Inspiration

museumgoers (1)

A little known program by Bank of America, now in its 19th year, may provide opportunities for small businesses in 101 cities across the country. The “Museums on Us” program offers credit and debit card holders across the U.S. free access to 150 participating arts and culture institutions in 101 cities the first full weekend of every month.

It’s a unique promotion that has the potential to interest a fair amount of customers. And it also gives other businesses in those areas the opportunity to attract some of those same customers to their locations as well.

Here are some ways small businesses can make use of this type of program to draw in new customers.

“Museums on Us” Offers Discounts to Museumgoers

If you run a local store or restaurant near one of the participating museums, you could attract some of those museumgoers on the first weekend of each month by offering them discounts. Ask them to bring in the ticket stubs from their museum visit and offer them a percentage off their full bill or purchase. This encourages them to stop by your business after their outing and gives them a sort of exclusive offer. You can put signs up by your location to advertise the promotion, especially if potential customers might have to pass by in order to get to their museum of choice. Or you could advertise in local publications or buy some outdoor ad space near one of the participating museums.

Provide a Cultural Tie-in

People often go to museums for the culture, whether it’s an art museum, history museum, science museum or other type of attraction. So if your business can offer something similar, you could use that cultural feature to attract some of those same customers. For example, if you own a gift store, you could set up an exhibition of art from local artists on the first Saturday of the month and advertise it in local publications, as a way of bringing more people through the door. The people who enjoyed their time at a local museum could decide to make a whole day of it and stop by your location for an extra dose of culture for the weekend. And if one of your local museums is having a special exhibit that seems extremely popular, you could even theme your own event to piggyback on that.

Provide Trip Ideas

Travel websites or publications that highlight local attractions can use the “Museums on Us” program as a way to highlight other activities in the area as well. For example, you can put together a full weekend itinerary for potential travelers or even those who live in the area and are looking to have a “staycation.” Add the local museum that customers can access via the promotion, and then add in local restaurants, bars, parks, events, theaters and other activities that they can take part in before and after the museum. You can even create different themed itineraries — ones for families, couples, locals, etc. And if there’s more than one museum in your area that’s part of the program, you can come up with different themed itineraries for each one.

Partner with Local Schools

Many museums are especially popular with school groups, since there’s often an educational tie-in. And while there probably aren’t a whole lot of field trips going on over the first weekend of each month, there are plenty of parents who could take the opportunity to provide some cultural and educational activities for their kids. For that reason, partnering with local schools could be a great way to bring museumgoers into your business. You can work with teachers and administrators to get the word out that students who go to local museums with their families can then come to your location and receive some sort of discount or free gift afterward.

Host an Educational Contest

You can also get the educational community involved by hosting a contest that relates to one or more of the local museums involved in the “Museums on Us” program. Ask a question about one of the exhibits and allow people to submit answers throughout the weekend for the chance to win a prize (maybe a month long pass to that museum or another local attraction). You can also offer smaller discounts to everyone who enters just to get even more people involved in the promotion.

Art Museum Photo via Shutterstock

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a ‘Potential Fire Hazard’, Banned by 4 Australian Airlines

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a 'Potential Fire Hazard', Banned by 4 Australian Airlines

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a ‘Potential Fire Hazard’, Banned by 4 Australian Airlines
HIGHLIGHTS
Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airlines have banned Note 7
Qantas in a statement to customers called Note 7 a ‘potential fire risk’
Several airlines across the world have now banned Galaxy Note 7
As many as four Australian airlines have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights
due to “potential fire hazard.” The ban by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airlines came into effect yesterday.

Qantas, which also owns Jetstar, issued a statement advising its customers that carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on-board was prohibited on all flights due to concerns regarding “potential fire risk” from the device’s battery after a number of incidents worldwide.

(Also see: Banned From Flights, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Is Being Replaced at Seoul Airport)

“The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage. Other Samsung devices are not affected,” it noted.

Initially, the device was allowed if it had been turned off and not charged during the flight.
(Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Use Banned on All Flights in India)

Virgin Australia, which owns Tiger, issued a statement, saying: “The use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia and TigerAir Australia flights and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure.”

The ban has come after US Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to ban the gadget on all flights to and from the country on Friday.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has stopped the production and recalled all Galaxy Note 7 phones and replacements following reports of exploding batteries and fires.

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Front Camera
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64GB
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3500mAh
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Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Last week, Microsoft released Cumulative Update KB3194496 for users running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1067), and, this caused problems for some users – trapping them in a loop after the installation failed. The issue only affected those who were previously on the Windows Insider Program before migrating the the public branch earlier this year, as well as some users still on the Windows Insider Program , Microsoft has now come out with a fix.

ZDNet reports that an email statement from Microsoft confirms that the update released for Windows 10 version 1607 on September 29 failed to install and would roll back for many users. The company claimed that a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS were affected.

(Also see: Windows 10 Now Running on 400 Million Active Devices, Says Microsoft)

“We became aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We have created a solution to resolve this issue, which is now live and can be accessed here.”

Users affected by the update reported that after the system reached the 100 percent mark, they would get a prompt saying the process could not be completed and thereby reverting the changes, resulting in a loop of failed attempts.

Microsoft has released a patch that fixes the issue. That link takes you to the Windows 10 1607 (RS1) Script fix to unblock update for Insider.

There is no clear indication as to how many users have been affected although Microsoft says it’s a “small number”. However, ZDNet’s Ed Bott claims “the number is probably in the hundreds of thousands, representing systems that were in the Windows Insider Program, receiving preview releases, during the first half of 2016 before switching to the public branch.”

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Bug, Windows Insider Program, Computing, PC, Laptops

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