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Software Entrepreneurs Must Go Mobile-First Or Die

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Roger Lee is a general partner with Battery Ventures.</i><p>Seven years ago when the iPhone was first introduced, smartphones were a novelty. Now they’re the default method of computing for most people. As of late last year, Americans spent 34 hours a month on their mobile devices, compared …

We are Spending Significantly More Time on Our Smartphones Than Ever Before, New Data Shows

Consumers are spending more time on their apps than ever before, according to new data from Nielsen.<p>Over the past half-decade, the proliferation of …

It Turns Out People Are Using Their Phones And Not Their Computers To Surf The Internet

<i>Shutterstock This post is sponsored by xAd.</i><p>Let's say you're at home watching "Game of Thrones" when you decide it's finally time to start reading the books. Pulling out your phone, you look up some critics' reviews and readers' reviews, then compare pricing on different sites. Once you've made up …

Mobile

25% of E-Commerce Now Coming from Mobile Devices, Report Shows

Mobile-App Use Increased 115% in 2013

If you used mobile apps more often last year than in any previous year, you're not alone. Mobile-app use increased 115% in 2013, according to Flurry …

Two Thirds of Canadians Stress About Finding Perfect Holiday Gift, Study Shows

There may be joy in giving, but it also tends to come with a whole lot of stress.<p>According to a recent national survey commissioned by Staples …

Apple Announces 170M iPads Sold, With 81% Tablet Usage Share And 475K Apps

Apple announced at its event in San Francisco today that it had sold over 170M iPads in total. It also once again touted that the iPad had some 81% share of tablet usage. CEO Tim Cook said that this was evidence that people were using iPads more than other tablets.<p>In what was likely offered as a …

Tablets To Grow 53.4% This Year, Says Gartner, As The Traditional PC declines 11.2% [Updated]

The tablet category is continuing to eat the PC’s lunch, albeit it’s a large lunch so the feast is taking a while. Analyst Gartner expects worldwide tablet shipments to grow<p>42.7% 53.4% [<i>Gartner has issued a correction to its earlier figures</i>] this year, with shipments reaching 184 million units. And …

The iPad Mini's First Year: Too Much of a Good Thing

Shortly after Apple unveiled the iPad mini at an event last October, CEO Tim Cook was asked whether he thought the new device would outsell the …

Houzz CEO Adi Tatarko On Building A Successful Marketplace

Scaling a marketplace is a huge challenge, but Houzz seems to have cracked the code in connecting customers who wish to remodel their homes with local professionals who can get the job done. Backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, I spoke with Houzz CEO Adi Tatarko about how the company was able to get …

Disrupt NY

The 42 Best Websites For Furniture And Decor That Make Decorating Easy

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>We're <i>always</i> advocates for checking out big purchases in person, because there's nothing worse than ordering a sofa online only to find it's stiff as a board on arrival. However, shopping the interwebs for home decor is an easy alternative to hitting up crowded stores. And with …

Luxury Daily

• Email<br>• Print<br>• Reprints<p>Columns<p>Affluent shoppers buy more online and on mobile. Are brands ready?<p>By Tom O’Regan<p>To read the entire article, please subscribe …

The 15 Countries With the Highest Smartphone Penetration

Nearly three out of four people in the United Arab Emirates owns a smartphone, making it the country with the highest smartphone penetration in the …

9 Data Sets Every Ecommerce Company Should Measure

To see big wins in e-commerce today, entrepreneurs need to cover all of their bases, from organic SEO to mobile advertising.<p>Analytics tools can …

Salesforce + Zillow? RealScout Lands $1.1M From DCM, Formation 8 For More Personal, Collaborative Real Estate Search

RealScout, a new real estate technology company based in Sunnyvale, announced today that it has raised $1.1 million in seed financing from DCM’s mobile‐focused A‐Fund, as well as Formation 8 and angel investors like long-time realtor, Ken DeLeon. With its new funding, RealScout wants to continue …

Closing Time, The Comprehensive To-Do List For Home Buyers, Launches Nationwide

Anyone who’s ever gone through the ordeal of buying a house knows that it’s an extremely complicated process. But now there’s a tool, called Closing Time, designed to simplify all the work that needs to be done. And now the product, which creates a comprehensive to-do list for home buyers, is …

The “Whos” And “Wheres” Of iOS Device Usage Explained

In a new report released this morning, mobile analytics firm Flurry took a deep dive into the different types of people, or demographic segments, which skew more heavily toward iPhone or iPad. Some of the findings were somewhat obvious – that shoppers and business travelers skew toward iPhone, for …

Luxury Daily

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is keeping up with the expansion of its Starwood Preferred Guest program in the brand's fastest-growing market by releasing …

AutoTrader Mobile Strategy Successful, App Reaches One Million Downloads

AutoTrader is having success in the mobile space, with its iOS app recently reaching one million downloads.<p>Canada’s largest online automotive …

Who Will Disrupt Real Estate?

I don’t even want to imagine what looking for a house was like in the 80s. Over the last few years, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and others have done a lot to make more information available to those who want to buy and sell their homes. Today, I can easily get an alert on my phone when a house comes on …

Slow Ideas

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?<p>Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration …

Free People Gets 10% of Its Online Sales From App in 1st Week

Free People, Urban Outfitters' bohemian fashion label, released its first mobile app in Apple's App Store two weeks ago. The app, which is largely …

Longest Duration of Decline in PC Market History: Shipments Down for Fifth Consecutive Quarter

76 million PCs were shipped in the second quarter of this year, an 11% decline from the same quarter last year, according to new data from …

11 Crazy Statistics About Mobile Commerce: How The Mobile Web Changes the Way We Buy and Sell

This week Mobify released a report called “50 Must-Know Mobile Commerce Statistics and Facts.”<p>We’ve handpicked 11 of our favourite as shown below. …

Luxury Daily

Affluent consumers are 47 percent more likely to make a purchase online compared to their non-affluent counterparts, according to the latest study …

Luxury Daily

• Email<br>• Print<br>• Reprints<p>Columns<p>Why mobile is an untapped opportunity for luxury brands<p>By<p>By Peter Matthews<p>To read the entire article, please subscribe or …

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Luxury Daily

• Email<br>• Print<br>• Reprints<p>Columns<p>Mobile should enhance consumer experience, not interrupt<p>By Hjalmar Winbladh<p>To read the entire article, please subscribe or …