Saturday, April 13, 2013

This Week in Tablets: Second Screens in Japan, and Microsoft’s Office failure

All this said, Japanese culture is still enamored with physical media. CD and DVD sales are robust, as are paper-based newspapers and magazines and manga comics. And streaming audio and video have been only slowly adopted.

It stands to reason that the tablet revolution is moving a little slower here in Japan, and/or is being disrupted by smartphones on the go, and connected televisions in the home. Parks Associates conducted a survey that found four out of five smart TV owne more

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hybrid Windows 8 tablets: The reason Ultrabooks will struggle to take off

Parks Associates tackles the issue with the self-explanatory ‘Ultrabooks, Laptops and Tablets: Complements or Substitutes’ report, while PC World's Tony Bradley has also questioned if buying a Windows 8 Ultrabook is really such a smart move.

After all, who wants to pay up to $2,000 for an Ultrabook when you can halve that on a hybrid Windows 8 tablet which can function as a laptop or tablet, offers reasonable specs (Dell's Envy x2, for instance, has a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel more

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Free mobile games get a revenue boost from in-app purchases

"In-app purchases greatly expand monetization of the free-to-play model, thanks to seamless payments," said Pietro Macchiarella, research analyst at Parks Associates, said in a release. "Already, most of the top grossing games on iTunes and Android can be downloaded for free and generate the majority of their revenues via virtual purchases. While mobile players are often characterized as 'casual gamers,' they spend a comparable amount of money on free-to-play titles as their pee more

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