“And the score remains goalless!”
Purchases on touch devices accounted for almost half of online Thanksgiving sales yesterday. The mobile freight train keeps speeding along.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
For many years, Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — marked the start of the holiday shopping rush. But with many (not all) physical stores closed on Thanksgiving, a window of opportunity has emerged for e-commerce sites to push out offers and start selling a day earlier. That has proven to be big business: online sales in the U.S. this Thanksgiving were up nearly 20% (19.7%) on 2012, with an especially strong push from mobile devices, which accounted for over one-quarter (25.8%) of all sales on the day and nearly half of all e-commerce traffic.
The data, from IBM’s Benchmark real-time reporting unit, covers some 800 online retailers and millions of transactions. (Look here for a progress report on how the day developed yesterday, and today IBM is releasing the final, summary figures.)
IBM doesn’t provide sales in gross dollar amounts — just in terms of growth over last year and average basket size. Forrester Research, however, predicts that overall sales this holiday season will reach $78.7 billion, up 15% over 2012, when sales were $68.4 billion, with 167 million shoppers holiday shopping online and spending an average of $472.
Sounds like this is fixable in a future software update.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
A few weeks ago Gizmodo put the iPhone 5s(s aapl) through some simple tests to show that its motion sensor calibration was significantly off. Now RealityCap CEO Eagle Jones is reporting that this is due to the use of a new accelerometer, as revealed by a teardown of the phone in Chipworks.
Jones indicates that the iPhone 5s uses a Bosch Sensortech accelerometer, as opposed to the STMicroelectronics accelerometer used in previous iPhones. According to Jones, both parts deliver similar consistency in measurement, but a difference in the “zero-g offset” could be at the root of the miscalibration issue. Jones writes:
The second key spec for accelerometers is the zero-g offset, or bias. This indicates the range for a roughly constant offset that will be added to every output sample of data due to manufacturing variance. This can also change over time due to mechanical stress or temperature variation. This is where we find the problem: the typical bias for the ST part is +/- 20mg, while the Bosch part lists +/-95mg. This almost 5x greater offset range is confirmed by our measurements, and is absolutely consistent with the failures being reported by users and the media. Specifically, a +/- 20mg offset range would translate to around a +/-1 degree accuracy range in tilt detection, and a +/-95mg offset translates to +/-5 degrees in tilt.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Siri, Apple’s(s aapl) popular voice assistant, is two years old today. And for the last two years Siri has set alarms, scheduled appointments, searched the Web, and fielded plenty of oddball questions, all through one iconic voice. On Friday Susan Bennett came forward to CNN to claim that she is, in fact, the original voiceover artist for Siri.
Siri first appeared with the introduction of the iPhone 4S back in October 2011. But according to Bennett, the vocals for Siri were recorded back in 2005. She spent four hours per day, every day for the month of July recording at GM Vocals for ScanSoft, which was working on a then-undisclosed project.
Apple hasn’t confirmed Bennett’s story, but an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience says that he is “100 percent certain” Bennett is the voice of Siri. Confusion over Siri’s origins in the blogosphere, as well as the new male counterpart Siri voice introduced in iOS 7, convinced Bennett it was finally time to step forward and put a face to the voice.
Today is launch day for Scott Berkun’s new book: The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work.
I’ve been waiting on this day for a while, I’m really excited that it’s out in the wild. It’s a fantastic read, Scott not only does a great job painting a picture of how we work at Automattic, but also expressing the culture within the company.
I was part of “Team Social” that Scott led for over a year, we had a lot of fun, and at the same time produced some high quality work. It’s quite strange reading a book about experiences that you’ve had in person, it’s like comparing a book to a movie. I think Scott nails the little details that made those experiences great.
If you’re interested in how a distributed company works, what it’s like to manage people at a distance, or how we get by on almost zero emails per day, this is the book for you.
You can buy it on Amazon starting today, go grab a copy!