Submitted by TheGuru on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 11:19
Interesting sales figures for Black Friday 2013, published by InfoScout, show that Apple iPads were the top selling items at the nation's top two discount retailers. Apple dominated Black Friday sales at Target and Walmart.
Interesting, that the Apple computer products once purchased in boutique sized shops, and associated with more affluent and better educated computes users, would now be top sellers at the nation's top discount retailers.
Interesting, that Walmart, the company that brought you the slogan "Low prices, always," would be having great success selling Apple, a brand that prides itself on innovation and quality being more important than price.
In September 2012, we asked the question, Suffering from the urge to buy an iPhone 5 and don't know why? We were referring to the phenomenon of devoted Apple users who buy each generation of new products without giving a lot of attention to what is new, and what has changed. The term "fanboy" is used to describe these devoted followers who buy each generation of Apple products.
It was also back in September 2012, that business magazine Forbes described the people lining up to buy the new iPhone 5 series of smartphones as a "A Weird Very Cult."
During the 2013 Christmas shopping season, Apple computer products are top sellers at Target and Walmart, and Microsoft is selling its own brand of hardware in boutique sized shops.
Submitted by TheGuru on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 22:11
The death of "The Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker is very real, and has been confirmed by multiple sources.
The death hoax story the day before his death was the product of a parody website attempting to be funny.
Mediamass is the website at the center of the confusion, as it ran a fictitious story on a Paul Walker death hoax the day before Walker died. In a strange twist of events, even though the initial report of the death hoax was fictitious, the death of Paul Walker on Saturday was real.
The original article on the MediaMass website about the Paul Walker death hoax was been taken down and replaced with a short statement simply reporting that Paul Walker is dead.
Sadly, the story of the death of Paul Walker becomes as much about the power of the internet, as it is about an young actor who died in a tragic accident.
The internet that creates news not simply reports it
People often ask, how does a hoax get so out of hand, or how does a false story become so popular?
Someone creates a Facebook page as a memorial to an allegedy dead celebrity, or someone starts tweeting R.I.P. followed by a famous name, and the "news" begins to develop. Within a few hours the Facebook page has a few thousand likes, or the topic gets retweeted a few thousand times and begins to trend on twitter, and now this bit of "news" is becoming a reality.
As consumers of information, we have a thirst to be first. We want to be the first person to know something. We want to be the first person to tell someone a new bit of news. So we help spread the news.