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Personalization comes to brick-and-mortar stores

Personalization comes to brick-and-mortar stores

Pittsburg-based HyperActive Technologies has reportedly deployed a fast-food restaurant demand management system, called "Bob," that can reliably predict whether you'll want burgers or chicken nuggets even before you walk in the door. By examining your height, it can decide whether you're a child (nuggets, probably) or an adult (burgers, probably) and get the chefs working seconds or minutes before you actually order.

April 24, 2005 by in Tech Industry

24 mln mobile subscribers in Nordic countries

24 mln mobile subscribers in Nordic countries

Covering the five Northern European countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the Nordic region has more than 24 mln inhabitants and roughly the same amount of mobile subscribers. The value of the Nordic mobile communications market was approximately 8,200 mln euros in 2004, according to Berg Insight.

April 24, 2005 by in Mobility

In addition to Media PC 35% would buy wireless speakers

In addition to Media PC 35% would buy wireless speakers

When Parks Associates asked 4,000 US households about possible digital media accessories they'd be interested in, 38% said they would consider wireless speakers, 35% considered an adapter that would allow them to play music stored on PC on the stereo system, and 24% would consider an adapter that would allow digital videos and photos, stored on PC, to be viewed on television.

April 24, 2005 by in Networking

$32 bln was spent on VHS in 1996, $15 bln in 2003

$32 bln was spent on VHS in 1996, $15 bln in 2003

Global annual consumer spending on VHS software peaked at almost $32 bln in 1996, subsequently starting a steady descent that saw the format generating under $15 bln in 2003, and heading towards an expected merely nominal turnover by 2008, according to Screen Digest. Meanwhile, DVD has not only stabilised the overall video software market but is driving a trend that will double the market size in seven years.

April 24, 2005 by in Tech Industry

7 mln Media PCs sold by 2008

7 mln Media PCs sold by 2008

Unit sales of Media PCs are expected to reach 7 mln desktop units by the end of 2008. Networking nodes in the form of digital media receivers and music adapters will exceed 15 mln solution shipments by this same time frame, according to Parks Associates.

April 24, 2005 by in PCs

US venture investments down 16% in Q1 2005

US venture investments down 16% in Q1 2005

Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at the VentureOne and Ernst & Young report on venture investments and breaks the news of 16 Washington state startups getting $106 mln worth of funding in Q1 2005. This is a 56% decline compared to Q1 2004, when 23 companies got funded with $241 mln.

April 24, 2005 by in Tech Industry

US venture investments down 16% in Q1 2005

US venture investments down 16% in Q1 2005

Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at the VentureOne and Ernst & Young report on venture investments and breaks the news of 16 Washington state startups getting $106 mln worth of funding in Q1 2005. This is a 56% decline compared to Q1 2004, when 23 companies got funded with $241 mln.

April 24, 2005 by in Tech Industry

7 mln Media PCs sold by 2008

7 mln Media PCs sold by 2008

Unit sales of Media PCs are expected to reach 7 mln desktop units by the end of 2008. Networking nodes in the form of digital media receivers and music adapters will exceed 15 mln solution shipments by this same time frame, according to Parks Associates.

April 24, 2005 by in PCs

$32 bln was spent on VHS in 1996, $15 bln in 2003

$32 bln was spent on VHS in 1996, $15 bln in 2003

Global annual consumer spending on VHS software peaked at almost $32 bln in 1996, subsequently starting a steady descent that saw the format generating under $15 bln in 2003, and heading towards an expected merely nominal turnover by 2008, according to Screen Digest. Meanwhile, DVD has not only stabilised the overall video software market but is driving a trend that will double the market size in seven years.

April 24, 2005 by in Tech Industry

In addition to Media PC 35% would buy wireless speakers

In addition to Media PC 35% would buy wireless speakers

When Parks Associates asked 4,000 US households about possible digital media accessories they'd be interested in, 38% said they would consider wireless speakers, 35% considered an adapter that would allow them to play music stored on PC on the stereo system, and 24% would consider an adapter that would allow digital videos and photos, stored on PC, to be viewed on television.

April 24, 2005 by in Networking

24 mln mobile subscribers in Nordic countries

24 mln mobile subscribers in Nordic countries

Covering the five Northern European countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the Nordic region has more than 24 mln inhabitants and roughly the same amount of mobile subscribers. The value of the Nordic mobile communications market was approximately 8,200 mln euros in 2004, according to Berg Insight.

April 24, 2005 by in Mobility

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