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1.4 billion smartphones were shipped in 2015

1.4 billion smartphones were sold during 2015 according to market analysts IDC. Smartphone sales may be slowing but overall volumes are still very high. Samsung remains the largest manufacturer, followed by Apple and Huawei.

McDonald's reports menu changes boosted restaurant sales

New York - McDonald's Corp. reported Monday that introduction of all-day breakfast and other menu changes helped sales rise nearly 6 percent in the fourth quarter last year.

U.S. judge bans sale of Samsung phones in meaningless patent case

Apple has won a victory in its patent dispute with Samsung as a U.S. court has ruled Samsung should be banned from selling its smartphones in the country. The case is meaningless though because the phones are all years old and the patents almost invalid.

Computer sales fall by over 10% in record decline in demand

Sales in PCs fell by a record 10.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 over the same period of 2014 amid consistent declining sales in all the regions of the world. Blame has been placed on the increasing popularity of tablets and convertible laptops.

Huawei now third biggest smartphone brand, sold 100m in 2015

Huawei has been enjoying a noticeable increase in demand for its smartphones this year. The extent of its growth is now clear as the company has moved up to third largest manufacturer in the world after selling 100 million handsets in the past 12 months.

iPad popularity wanes as Microsoft Surface sells more strongly

A report has concluded that the Microsoft Surface now sells more strongly online than the iPad, often perceived to be the leading tablet device. Although Apple still dominates overall market share, Microsoft is seeing the most sales.

Black Friday crowds smaller, calmer in stores across the country

New York - Smaller crowds and fewer unruly bargain-hunters made the start of the holiday shopping season seem almost civilized, reports from around the country appear to indicate.

Sony has sold 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide

Sony has announced it has sold over 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide since launch. It puts the company on a strong footing going into the all-important holiday season. Sony claims the figure shows PS4 is the "best place to play."

Report claims U.S. iPhone usage has crossed 100 million handsets

Over 100 million iPhones are now being actively used in just the U.S., according to a report. Over two thirds of those devices have been sold within the past two years and are iPhone 6 or 6S models.

Xbox One outsells PlayStation 4 for first time in six months

The Xbox One has managed to outsell the PlayStation 4 for the first time since April as Microsoft's promise of the "best games line-up in history" and yesterday's console update begin to make an impression on gamers.

Apple Watch 'enormously successful' according to designer

A key designer of the Apple Watch has said the device has been a success and will become a 'game-changer' over time. He admitted the smartwatch hasn't gained the immediate recognition some thought it would though.

Sony cuts price of PlayStation 4 as Xbox One still drags behind

Microsoft's Xbox One games console continued to lag behind Sony's PlayStation 4 throughout last month, according to new sales figures. Microsoft's promises of the best exclusive games line-up in history are failing to offset the popularity of the PS4.

HTC to launch first Android M phone in October as sales plummet

HTC has scheduled an event for late next month during which it will announce a new top-tier Android M smartphone. The company has been suffering recently due to low demand for its One M9 flagship device.

Oregon medical pot dispensaries prepare to open to public

Portland - Medical marijuana advocates have long promoted the drug's medicinal properties and have carried the day in 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

Official: Apple sold 13 million iPhones in first weekend

Apple has confirmed it sold a record-breaking 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets in their first weekend of availability. The phones were received exceptionally positively across the globe leading to "phenomenal" sales, according to CEO Tim Cook.

Apple: 'Exceptional' iPhone 6S pre-orders to beat iPhone 6

Apple has reported "exceptionally strong" demand for its new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones. The devices have been available for pre-order for two days and are apparently "on pace" to beat the weekend record of their predecessors.

Apple Watch is the second biggest wearable after just four months

The Apple Watch has become the second biggest wearable device in the market just four months after its highly-anticipated launch. The largest vendor remains Fitbit but its devices are more health trackers than smartwatches.

OnePlus sells 30,000 smartphones in just 64 seconds

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has announced that it burnt through all of its available stock for its new flagship handset, the OnePlus Two, after just 64 seconds of the phone going on sale in its home country. It packs $600 features into a $329 device.

Sony sells three million PS4s in three months, triples its profit

Sony is continuing to show signs of a strong recovery from financial issues after announcing a year-on-year trebling of profits. The growth has been fuelled primarily by sales of the PlayStation 4 games console.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

Oracle is back to using aggressive tactics again to sell cloud

Oracle is using the so-called nuclear option to sell its cloud products, even for businesses that don't need them or want them.

Apple sold 48m iPhones last quarter, iPad lost out to Microsoft

Apple has announced it has sold 48 million iPhones in the past three months, boosting its total revenue up by over 32 percent based on the same period last year. It refused to say how many Apple Watches were sold though, as Microsoft accepted a huge loss.

Report: U.S. smartphone market may have hit saturation point

A report has found that the U.S, public seems to be getting bored of new smartphone launches, leading to a dramatic shrinking of the market in the past quarter. The situation was worsened by poor sales of Samsung's newest devices.

Walmart and Amazon face off in coming summer sale

Amazon’s decision to announce a Black Friday-like sale called Prime Day on July 15 has triggered an avalanche of competing retailers with their own online deals.

Computer market suffered dramatic, worst-case sales decline in Q2

The personal computer market experienced a substantial decline of nearly 12 percent in the last quarter, exceeding previous worst-case scenario estimates. Many experts consider the PC to be a dying breed but there may be reasons for this particular slump.

PandaDoc closes $5 million Series A to enhance sales automation

PandaDoc, a document automation solution for sales reps, recently closed a $5 million Series A round of funding. With funding it looks to expand its team of 35.

Apple has begun production of the next iPhone with Force Touch

A report has stated that Apple's assembly lines have now begun to build the next iPhone. Confirming previous rumours, the phone, available in two sizes, apparently features the Force Touch display technology that is used on the Apple Watch.

Nokia is intending to return to smartphones in 2016 after all

After first hearing that Nokia will be resuming smartphone production again and then the subsequent denial of any such intent, the company's chief executive has now said that Nokia is indeed looking to get back into smartphones again in 2016.

Report: BlackBerry phones of the future may run Android

BlackBerry may be considering a switch to making Android-powered phones as part of its plan to rescue itself from the declining market share and sales that its own BlackBerry 10 phones are faced with, according to a new report.

Windows 10 will hurt PC sales, says analyst

A key analyst firm has said that Microsoft's release of Windows 10 in the next few months is actually going to harm the declining PC market rather than help it because the key home consumers will be able to get a free upgrade, leading to less new sales.
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