November 11, 2008 |
If hearing seven versions of "Silent Night" in six stores is enough to drive you to drink, you're probably among the millions of people who have ditched the mall for your mouse. Shopping online is expected to be more popular than ever this year, and with consumers minding their pennies, free shipping is expected to be a big deal this holiday season. "The economy will drive more people online to look for the best prices," said Kurt Peters, editor-in-chief of Internet Retailer. Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru predicts that consumers will spend $44 billion online in November and December, a 12% increase compared with last year.
September 2, 2010
Price: $99 How it works: Streams TV shows and movies, rented online from iTunes store, to television set Monthly fee: None Online connection: Wi-Fi and ethernet Format: SD and HD Available: Late September Source: Apple Inc.
September 9, 2009 |
If you're watching more TV on your computer these days -- and less on an actual TV -- you're not alone. A survey by the nonprofit Conference Board released Tuesday showed that nearly a quarter of households in the U.S. now watch television programs online. That's up from 20% last year. The quarterly Consumer Internet Barometer survey found that news shows were viewed by 43% of online watchers, followed by the 35% who watched sitcoms, comedies and dramas. Slightly less than 20% viewed reality shows online, and 18% favored sports.
January 23, 2012 |
Lego toys have always seemed pleasantly gender-neutral. Perhaps that's why the new Lego Friends line for girls has triggered a fair bit of protest from some health and equal-rights organizations. The new line, whose characters sport slim figures and stylish clothes, will contribute to gender stereotyping that promotes body dissatisfaction in girls, said Carolyn Costin, an eating disorders specialist and founder of the Monte Nido Treatment Center in Malibu. Online petitions have been started to protest the line, which includes a Butterfly Beauty Shop and a Your Fashion Designer Workshop. The International Assn.
February 5, 2009 |
A series of lawsuits filed across the country allege that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Netflix Inc. benefited illegally when the world's largest retailer exited the online DVD rental business in 2005. Lawyer Daniel Becnel of Reserve, La., complained in a lawsuit filed this week in Baton Rouge, La., that Wal-Mart and Netflix improperly negotiated Wal-Mart's departure from the online video market. He says the current rates are higher than they would have been if Wal-Mart had remained in the online DVD business.
March 1, 2010
$27.3 billion Amount U.S. consumers say they spent in 2008 for arts and crafts supplies. $2.5 billion Amount spent in 2008 on scrapbook and memory crafts, the largest craft category. $34 The average sale on Etsy.com, an online market for handmade and vintage goods with 400,000 active online shops. Sources: Times research; Etsy Inc.; Craft & Hobby Assn.
June 2, 2010 |
Nearly two-thirds of software bought online is delivered via digital downloads, rather than on discs that came in the mail, according to an NPD Group report released Tuesday. "People's comfort with downloading software online has grown and will continue to grow," NPD analyst Stephen Baker said. "It's kind of a halo effect from things like Netflix and iTunes, things that got people to trust the idea of buying things online. "More and more people are leaving the product boxes behind.
April 6, 1999 |
America Online Inc., the world's top provider of Internet services, said it acquired When Inc. in a move that allows AOL to offer free Internet calendar and event-planning services to its members. Dulles, Va.-based AOL paid an undisclosed amount of stock for Redwood City, Calif.-based When. Its easy-to-use calendar service, known as When.com, allows Internet users to keep track of their personal schedules online and to coordinate events with a fast-growing network of other online calendar-keepers.