Morning Radar: TouchPad is a best seller; Online video rankings; and more

How do you drive interest in your consumer electronics gadget? Well, you discontinue it, of course.  Engadget notes that HP’s heavily-discounted TouchPad — a tablet computer that’s being phased out — is now among the best selling consumer electronics devices on nLight Corp., a profitable Vancouver, Washington maker of semiconductor laser technology used in… Read More


Chart: Android commands 39% of U.S. smartphone market

Android devices are landing in the hands of more Americans, according to a new survey by Nielsen. The fast-growing mobile operating system now accounts for 39 percent of the smartphone market — up from 36 percent when Nielsen ran its survey in May. Apple’s iOS, meanwhile, is in second place with 28 percent of the… Read More


Apple shares surge five percent after huge quarter: Company more than doubles profit, sells 20M iPhones

Shares of Apple jumped more than five percent in after-hours trading today after the maker of the iPhone and iPad reported a blockbuster quarter which once-again established its dominance as the most valuable technology company. Apple’s net profit more than doubled to $7.31 billion as the company sold 20.3 million iPhones, a 142 percent increase over… Read More


The Practical Nerd manifesto

What does it mean to be a Practical Nerd? I mean, being a standard-issue nerd is no longer a challenge. Not like when I grew up, when “nerd” was a term of derision, a reason for even the art and drama geeks to shun you, and a near-guarantee that someone at junior high school graduation… Read More


Barnes & Noble unveils the new Nook, with touchscreen display

Barnes & Noble today introduced the latest version of the Nook. And like yesterday’s announcement by rival Kobo, Barnes & Noble’s new electronic reader features a 6-inch eInk touchscreen. But Barnes & Noble is promising even more, saying that the new gadget will be able to sustain battery life of two months on a single… Read More


Kobo inks $50 million round for electronic reading gadgets, digital bookstore’s Kindle may have a leadership position right now in electronic reading devices and digital books. But the market continues to heat up. Today, Toronto-based Kobo is turning a new page in its history, announcing a whopping $50 million investment from Fidelity and existing investors. The company also announced that the Kobo eReader application has… Read More


Sales of ‘e-books’ soar, now the #1 format over paper

I confess, I’ve never read an “e-book.” But, it turns out, I very well be in a shrinking class. According to the Association of American Publishers, digital titles accounted for $90.3 million in sales during February. That was up 202 percent over February of last year. Furthermore, the report found that e-books now rank as… Read More

The Jawbone device

$49 million richer, Jawbone becomes latest Bay Area darling to kiss up to Seattle

Jawbone, the San Francisco Bluetooth headset and speaker maker which announced $49 million in venture financing today, is planning a new engineering office in Seattle, GeekWire has learned. The operation marks the latest San Francisco Bay Area technology company to establish a beachhead in Seattle, which is fast becoming a critical outpost for fast-growing technology… Read More


Here come the free Kindles … at least in the U.K. has started to give away free Kindles to customers in the United Kingdom who purchase a mobile handset through Carphone Warehouse. It’s an interesting (yet expected) marketing strategy for the online retailer to get its electronic reading device in the hands of more customers. paidContent reports that customers who buy a two-year wireless phone… Read More


Here comes the iPad 2: Is it worth getting in line? (Poll)

The iPad 2 will be released Friday at 5 p.m., and you’re no doubt wondering whether it’s worth ditching work to get in line. Fortunately the initial reviews of the device are out this morning to better inform this momentous decision. Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal: “Its improvements, including front and rear cameras, outweigh the… Read More