One boasts the world's biggest virtual marketplace, while the dominant brick-and-mortar retailer is coming on strong in e-commerce. Where should you shop?

By TheStreet Staff Nov 15, 2012 4:16PM

thestreet LOGOWoman using computer mouse © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc/Blend Images/Getty ImagesBy Dana Blackenhorn


Every year since 1997, I've tried to do at least some of my Christmas shopping online.


What I have found is that, in general, (AMZN) wins my business. I find the search process at Amazon straightforward and the deliveries efficient, and the merchandise arrives as advertised.


That said, Amazon is likely to get less of my holiday spending in the future; the online giant is being forced by more states to collect state sales taxes, and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is emerging as a credible alternative in online commerce. 


The cellphone maker was responsible for $527 million in losses in the tech titan's most-recent quarter, more than triple its amount from the same quarter last year.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 14, 2012 3:03PM

thestreet LOGOMotorola phones on display © Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Richard Saintvilus, TheStreet


It's been more than a year since search giant Google (GOOG) shelled out $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility. The acquisition was touted as a way for Google to secure a valuable portfolio of hardware patents and improve the company's competitive position in the market for smartphones and tablets, which has been dominated by Apple (AAPL).

So far, at least, the deal hasn't worked for Google. And on the heels of the company's disappointing third-quarter earnings report -- which was issued Oct. 18 and included the first full-quarter contribution from Motorola Mobility -- investors are beginning to wonder if it ever will. 


The Finnish handset maker is desperate for a winner that can reverse its perilous slide toward irrelevance.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 13, 2012 4:11PM

thestreet logoThe Lumia 920 © Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy Richard Saintvilus, TheStreet


It's hard to fault investors for having abandoned phone giant Nokia (NOK). What was once a prominent company in a fast-growing market sustained a series of self-inflicted wounds,  essentially ceding the smartphone market to Apple (AAPL) and Samsung.

But with renewed excitement stemming from Nokia's new Lumia 920, running on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 mobile operating system, investors want to know whether Nokia deserves a second look. (Microsoft publishes MSN Money.)


I'd like to think that Nokia can revive its fortunes with its new phone, but it's hard to discuss the prospects of the Lumia 920 without first considering its predecessor, the Lumia 900 -- particularly given how the company botched the launch. After getting its tail kicked by Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry, which then gave way to Apple's iPhone, Nokia needed a spark.


With management raising revenue guidance, fiscal 2013 might be an even bigger year for the chip maker.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 12, 2012 4:55PM LOGOOutside Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego © Gregory Bull/AP PhotoBy Richard Saintvilus


In what's been a tough market for the semiconductor sector, Qualcomm (QCOM) continues to confound the skeptics, some of whom rushed to pronounce an end to the company's growth story.


Competing chip makers such as Intel (INTC), Nvidia (NVDA) and Texas Instruments (TXN) have been hurt by, among other things, weak demand for microprocessors and chip sets. But Qualcomm recently exceeded the estimates of Wall Street analysts for revenue and profit it its fiscal fourth quarter.


It also did what few rivals have been able to do -- raise guidance.


Sales of Samsung's Galaxy S III surpassed the iPhone 4S in the third quarter to become the best-selling smartphone. But the iPhone 5 should reassert Apple's dominance.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2012 12:44PM

An Apple iPhone 5 © Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP PhotoBy James RogeTheStreet LoGOrs


Samsung's Galaxy S III overtook the iPhone 4S to become the world's best-selling smartphone during the third quarter, according to research from Strategy Analytics, but the iPhone 5 looks set to re-assert Apple's(AAPL) dominance.


The Korean tech giant shipped 18 million Galaxy S III's during the third quarter, accounting for 10.7% of the global smartphone market. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million of the popular iPhone 4S, according to Strategy Analytics, making up 9.7% of the market.


Apple, however, still holds an enviable position in the smartphone battle thanks to its new iPhone 5, which was launched amid much fanfare in September.



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