Labor Day Stories September 25, 2014

NPD data: Back-to-school Mac sales up 16 percent, year-on-year

Data from the NPD group indicates that MacBook sales grew 16 percent year-on-year during the 10-week back-to-school period, measured from 4th July to Labor Day week. The most significant sales were seen during the last three weeks of the period, where sales were up 27 percent.

Overall Mac back-to-school market share climbed from 24.2% last year to 26.8% this year, while Windows fell from 72.3% to 64.8%. The most dramatic growth, though, was seen in low-cost Chrome OS devices, up from 0.2% in 2012 to 3.3% last year and 4.5% now.

It’s interesting to see Mac sales continue to climb despite competition from low-cost notebooks. IDC data last month showed that iOS market share declined slightly due to competition from low-cost Android devices.

Labor Day Stories September 1, 2014

Everything has pretty much stopped in North America for Labor Day (except for perv hackers), but IFA 2014 is ramping up in Germany and Elgato is using this event to debut a new lineup of smart accessories. The announcement encompasses three major new products: Eve, Avea, and Smart Power.

Elgato Eve is easily the most compelling new product in this lineup. Through the use of several sensors, Avea monitors your home’s “air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption.” These Bluetooth connected sensors report back to your iPhone or iPad via the Elgato Eve app. And here’s the best part, it will be fully compatible with Apple HomeKit… expand full story

Labor Day Stories September 2, 2012

Labor Day deals: Apps, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

StackSocial has a bunch of excellent deals including a $79 solar iPhone case and MacLegion Bundle.

Best Buy offers the refurbished, last gen Apple AirPort Express 802.11n Wifi Base Station, model no. MB321LL/A, for $49.99 with free shipping.

Legend Micro via Buy.com offers the factory-refurbished Samsung SyncMaster 22″ 1080p LED-Backlit Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. S22A300B, for $110with free shipping.

iOS App & Game Deals for Labor Day Weekend (Most EA Titles 99 cents)

Many iOS devs are slashing the prices on some of their hottest iOS titles to celebrate Labor Day Weekend.  These are some of the lowest prices we’ve seen for major iOS gaming titles. Use the direct download links below to cash in on the savings before they disappear.

iPhone Madden 2012, regular $2.99 now only 99 cents Fight Night Champion, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents The Sims 3, regular $6.99 now only 99 cents Risk, regular $2.99 now only 99 cents Battlefield Bad Company 2, regular $2.99 now only 99 cents The Sims Medieval, regular $2.99 now only 99 cents Dead Space, regular $6.99 now only 99 cents FIFA 2012, regular $6.49 now only 99 cents Hipstamatic for iOS is currently on sale for only 99 cents, it retails for $1.99.

iPad

NBA Jam, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Tiger Woods PGA 2012, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Scrabble, regular $9.99 now only 99 cents Command and Conquer Red Alert, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Flight Control HD, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Mirrors Edge, regular $9.99 now only 99 cents Sim City Deluxe, regular $6.99 now only 99 cents Risk, regular $6.99 now only 99 cents Shift 2 Unleashed, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Battleship HD, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents Fifa Soccer 2012, regular $9.99, now only 99 cents Need for Speed Hot Pursuit HD, regular $9.99 now only 99 cents Dead Space, regular $9.99, now only 99 cents Battlefield Bad Company 2 HD, regular $9.99 now only 99 cents Madden 2012, regular $6.99 now only 99 cents Real Racing 2 HD, regular $6.99, now only 99 cents Monopoly, regular $9.99 now only 99 cents NBA Jam, regular $4.99, now only 99 cents Tetris, regular $2.99, now only 99 cents

Universal Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, regular $6.99 now only 99 cents Max Payne Mobile, regular $2.99 now only 99 cents Mass Effect Infiltrator, regular $4.99, now only 99 cents Burnout Crash, regular $4.99 now only 99 cents

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