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Future of Online Customer Support Looks Like 'Minority Report'

Online shopping can be a pretty solitary endeavor, unless you're shopping at B Reel's 3Live Shop. On the 3Live Shop, shoppers are invited to start video calls with sales reps, who can guide them through their purchases, using touchscreens to drag different products into the frame. According to B Reel, it's a "simple and personal" approach to online shopping -- assuming you're not averse to...

Britain's Oldest Working TV Up for Sale 75 Years After Purchase

For a little over $8,000, you could be the proud owner of a 75-year-old Marconi television set -- the oldest working TV in Britain. The family of the set's late owner, G.B. Davis, is putting it up for auction later this month in London, where the set will likely sell for more than the $8K experts have projected. When Davis bought it, there was only one channel and one hour of programming every...

E-Books Pick up Steam as Paperback and Hardcover Sales Slide

Americans are increasingly doing their reading on screens, according to the Association of American Publishers. From January 2010 to January 2011, e-book sales more than doubled, increasing by 116-percent to $69.9 million. By contrast, hardbacks and paperbacks fell by 11.3- and 19.7-percent, to $49.1 million and $83.6 million respectively. By our calculations, ten years from now, "turn the page"...

Outdone by Smartphones, Portable GPS Sales Slip in 2010

This holiday season, plenty of people are expected to exchange e-readers, tablets or smartphones. One gadget that probably won't be under the tree, however, is a portable GPS device. According to statistics from the NPD Group, unit sales of portable navigation devices (PNDs) have dropped by 9-percent through the first 11 months of 2010. Sales revenue, meanwhile, has slid by 22-percent since...

Switched Black Friday 2010 Guide

Share As with the holiday season in general, the post-Thanksgiving shopping panic just keeps getting longer. What started out as a one-day discount bonanza known as Black Friday has now spawned an online-only counterpart in Cyber Monday. This year, though, retailers are offering steep discounts early and often. Many outlets are now adding Thanksgiving Day to the holiday shopping schedule, and...

Best Buy Claims High Pricetags Are 'Hot Prices'

It almost doesn't feel like news anymore, but Best Buy has once again been caught trying to take advantage of uninformed customers. After being caught baiting customers with low advertised prices only to pull a switcheroo, charging $130 to plug in a PS3 and faking low Wii inventories to drive up demand, the latest scandal to hit the big box retailer seems like a minor offense. It appears that the...

Android Tops iPhone in Market Share Race, NPD Reports

We knew that Android had been growing and gaining on reigning smartphone champs RIM and Apple, but we didn't realize just how quickly it was ascending the ranks. According to market research firm NPD, the Google-built mobile OS has blown past the iPhone in terms of market share, shipping on 28-percent of all smartphones sold. That growth puts Android in second place, only behind smartphone...

Police Raid Editor's Home in iPhone Case, 'Avatar' Crushes Batman's Blu-ray Record

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Journalistic shield laws apparently don't apply to writers and publishers in San Mateo, California. In the intensely escalating missing-iPhone brouhaha, police reportedly raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home in an attempt to glean information about the iPhone prototype incident. [From: Engadget] 'Avatar' is continuing its...

Invite-Only Shopping Explained: What's Good, From Gilt Groupe to Glam List

By Leila Brillson and Ben Deitz Share Explaining invite-only shopping to the uninitiated is a daunting task. The timed sales, the select merchandise -- shoppers who are used to the traditional way of e-commerce are usually baffled. "Why don't they have my size?" "The item was in my basket last night, where did it go today?" Of course, those who are familiar with the system, waiting diligently...

Death of a Salesman, Committed by Facebook

When those school candy bar and calendar drives heat up, the amateur salespeople's' first targets are always family members and close friends. Professional salespeople who practice direct marketing techniques adhere to that basic principle, as well. They know what we all hate to admit: it's pretty hard to say "no" to someone in person, particularly if you know them. That dynamic is apparently...

'Modern Warfare 2' Shatters First Day Sales Record

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' is a big deal. Like, a really, really big deal. So big in fact that despite several months of plummeting video game sales, 'Modern Warfare 2' was able to turn that trend on its head and shatter the first day sales record set by 'Grand Theft Auto 4' in April of 2008. Back in those heady days of the Bush administration 'GTA:IV' managed to sell 3.6 million copies in...

Money Can't Buy Love, Sure Isn't Buying 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

When it comes to moving video game units, the Fab Four haven't quite lived up to the hype. The September sales numbers from tracking firm NPD Group have arrived, and 'The Beatles: Rock Band' didn't sell as well as predicted. According to USA Today, the game, which released to much hype on September 9th, sold 595,000 copies across all platforms -- about 400,000 copies less than what analysts had...

10 'Black Friday' Deals to Watch For

Traditionalists might balk, but the holiday shopping season is already underway. Skeptical? Head to your local department store and you'll be inundated with Christmas trees and holiday ornaments. Bargain hunters, though, know that the real deals are over a month away. Traditionally, Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving for the uninitiated) is when retailers truly slash prices. Early...

'Dumb Phones' Still More Popular Than Smartphones

Smartphones like the iPhone and myTouch 3G get all the attention and hype. But despite what the media coverage would lead you to believe, feature phones (or, more unaffectionately, 'dumb phones') still make up the vast majority of handsets sold in the United States. According to market research group NPD, dumb phones made up 71-percent of new cell phones sold in the second quarter of 2009, with...

Our Daily Deal: TomTom GPS for $49.99

The folks over at TechDealDigger are letting us know about some of the best deals they find on gadgets every day, so we're going to pass that information on to you. After all, in these tough economic times, every little bit counts. We may not be buying Swarovski-covered iPods any time soon, but everyone needs essentials like a computer, so take a look at what the online deals site sent us...