The retailer is offering timed sales of HDTVs, video game consoles and gadgets. But you may have to shop on Thanksgiving Day for the best bargains.
The second sale "event" begins at 8:00 p.m., followed by another event at 8:00 a.m. the next morning (Black Friday, Nov. 29).
With three big sales, when should consumers head to the store? Should they skip Thanksgiving dinner and get in line immediately? Or sit back, relax and enjoy the feast at home?
Read on to find out.
Smartphone users check their devices over a hundred times a day, making those home screens the most valuable digital real estate in the world for advertisers.
By Jim Probasco
How would you like a free mobile phone with free calls, texts and data thrown in for good measure? In exchange, would you be willing to put up with advertising?
In a recent AdExchanger column, Russell Glass, CEO of Bizo, said with 1.4 billion smartphones in use by the end of 2013, the most valuable digital real estate on the planet is the home screen of those devices.
It's only a matter of time, Glass said, before someone develops and offers a "completely advertising-and content-supported phone." And that time, he believes, is coming soon -- as early as the end of next year.
The retailer is testing new Apple-based technology which alerts customers to nearby bargains as they shop -- and possibly more.
By Gary Krakow
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It won't be long before retailers will be able to send special sale information directly to your smartphone as you walk through the store. Macy's (M) is currently testing a Bluetooth-based system that alerts Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users of nearby sale items as they stroll down the aisles.
The wireless notification system is called "shopBeacon" from a privately-owned firm named Shopkick. It's based on Apple's iBeacon -- a low-power, Bluetooth micro-location-sensitive technology which is standard in iOS 7 devices. Unlike other indoor location-sensing technologies, Apple's system doesn't rely on in-store GPS signals to track customer movements.
The system is capable of greeting shoppers as they enter the store as well as offering discounts and recommendations as they shop. There is also an at-home component which allows customers to "like" an item in their home and then have their iPhones remind them when they approach the item when they're in the store shopping.
After the latest court ruling in the tech rivals' patent war, the iPhone maker has been awarded $929.8 million in damages.
By Jim Probasco
In a retrial related to damages originally awarded to Apple (AAPL) last year, a San Jose, Calif., jury Thursday ordered Samsung (SSNLF) to pay the company $290 million of the $379.8 million Apple had asked for, according to Reuters.
Samsung argued that the amount should be $52.7 million.
The original finding, last year, awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages in a trial over whether Samsung had copied certain iPhone features like "pinch and zoom." U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, saying the jury in that trial had miscalculated the amount of the award, ordered a retrial after upholding almost $640 million of the original verdict.
After Thursday's results, Apple has now been awarded $929.8 million in the nearly 2-year-old case. In a statement, Samsung said it would appeal this latest ruling.
Anti-social networks like Snapchat and Kik are the most exciting trend in mobile right now. Twitter could have ruled the private messaging space, but ignored the opportunity.
By Eric Jackson
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Twitter (TWTR) is the king of microblogging for public display. But it could have been so much more. That it isn't shows the perils of overly focusing on your "core" business.
While Twitter and Facebook (FB) are the kings of mobile today -- at least in terms of market capitalization -- it's clear that the hottest parts of mobile are in the messaging space.
Snapchat recently turned down $3 billion from Facebook. Tencent's WeChat is growing like a weed in China. Line is doing the same in Japan. Kik has grabbed up a bunch of teens in the western world. WhatsApp continues to be a big daddy of multi-platform messaging and sharing photos. Even BlackBerry's (BBRY) BBM continues to surprise critics with how well it's doing in downloads since it moved to a multi-platform approach.
Why is the messaging space so hot now?
These apps are really the opposite of the traditional public social networks epitomized by Facebook. Instead of wanting to publicly share, people attracted to these alternative messaging platforms prefer anonymity.
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