THE RULING: A German court says Samsung Electronics cannot sell its new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in Germany.
WHY: It says the design too closely resembles Apple’s iPad 2. Apple had taken Samsung to court over its Galaxy line.
LIMITATIONS: The ruling only applies to direct sales from Samsung, so distributors who acquire the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from abroad could resell them in Germany.
Engaging with fans and followers through social media channels is becoming commonplace for many forward thinking companies, so brand marketers are advised by CrowdControlHQ, market leaders in providing social media management software, to maximise the opportunities around this through the creation of social media content calendars. Successful engagement comes with careful planning, and creating a framework for what you plan to communicate now and in the future is key to the success of any social media campaign.
As the number of smartphone users continues to grow at an incredible rate, the challenge facing many retail brands is to continue to find ways of utilising smartphone technologies to effectively connect and engage with consumers. In recent months many retail brands have focused on smartphone features that integrate with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, to not only create something new and unique as part of the consumer journey, but to also take advantage of the fact that through successfully integrating social media with the overall brand experience, the likelihood of fans and customers “sharing” branded content and increasing brand visibilty in the social space is also increased; something that more and more companies are continually striving to achieve across multiple social media and online PR campaigns.
Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, plans to begin selling the device in mid-October under a deal with Apple for the next model, the iPhone 5, said the people, who wouldn’t be identified because the plans aren’t public. Becoming the country’s only operator to offer the device with unlimited data service for a flat fee may help Sprint draw customers from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which already carry the phone, they said.
According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, Americans spend about 46 percent of their food dollar on food away from home. That means people are dining out more than ever. This adds up to about $2,400 annually for the typical American household, and the Bay Area is not your typical demographic — I would assume people are spending much more than that.Read more
After a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake ravaged Japan in March, Apple has opted to add a potentially lifesaving feature to iOS 5. The Japanese version of the updated operating system will include the option to connect to Japan’s earthquake early warning system, according to 9to5Mac.Read more
There are over three million active facebook pages, and these pages are gaining millions of new fans every day.
Yes, I just said fans.
Although the button has changed from “Become a fan” to “Like,” the action of joining a brands page remains the same. Facebook pages are still fan pages.
With Facebook’s announcement of The New Messaging there are more reasons to like Facebook, and Facebook pages, than ever.
The HP TouchPad tablet computer’s packaging shows a hefty dose of bravado from a company that had hoped to topple the dominant Apple iPad.
But in light of recent developments, it’s just kind of sad: “Now comes the fun part,” it announces in simple white text.
In a stunning move late last week, HP said it would discontinue the TouchPad and its entire line of smartphones after dismal sales and weak customer reception .
Walmart has begun pre-orders for the Now Network’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II known as the Epic 4G Touch and it’s offering it up at an awesome price. Originally said to cost $199 with a new two-year contract, the handset can now be had from Walmart for only $99 on contract.Read more
It’s not news to anyone that small business owners who aren’t actively using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are missing out on important opportunities to market their products. But many business owners who have implemented a social media marketing strategy fail to see how these sites can generate actual revenue. Here are a few tips for how you can make sure that your use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites is resulting in real cash for your business: