WASHINGTON -- Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season.The Commerce Department says new home sales jumped 16.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000, up from just 531,000 in the previous month.March's total was revised higher.That trend is driving home construction and helping support the economy.The new home sales figures are notoriously volatile, particularly on the regional level.Last month, new home purchases leapt 53 percent in the Northeast and 19 percent in the West.
View photosMoreFILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 11, 2015, Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, speaks in front of a giant screen showing real-time sales figures of e-commerce giant Alibaba, during a press conference for the "Singles' Day" online shopping festival held at National Aquatic Center, also known as the "Water Cube" in Beijing, China.Alibaba's relationship with an anti-counterfeiting lobby coalition known as the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition is a tale of how one of China's corporate giants won and ultimately lost a friend in Washington, using legal methods long deployed by corporate America: money and friendship.Over 420 million people scooped up $485 billion worth of stuff last year on Alibaba's sites.Alibaba's e-commerce platforms cater to both Chinese and global consumers.Alibaba also runs an online payment platform called Alipay.Drawn from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the name stuck.
View photosMoreFILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 11, 2015, Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, speaks in front of a giant screen showing real-time sales figures of e-commerce giant Alibaba, during a press conference for the "Singles' Day" online shopping festival held at National Aquatic Center, also known as the "Water Cube" in Beijing, China.Alibaba's relationship with an anti-counterfeiting lobby coalition known as the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition is a tale of how one of China's corporate giants won and ultimately lost a friend in Washington, using legal methods long deployed by corporate America: money and friendship.Over 420 million people scooped up $485 billion worth of stuff last year on Alibaba's sites.Alibaba's e-commerce platforms cater to both Chinese and global consumers.Alibaba also runs an online payment platform called Alipay.Drawn from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the name stuck.
Xiaomi aims to enter western markets soonChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has struck a crucial patent cross-licensing deal with Microsoft to make inroads into western markets, particularly the US.The company said from September 2016, all Xiaomi flagship devices like Mi 5, Mi Max and Mi 4s, as well as budget devices such as Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 smartphones, will be sold with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications pre-loaded.Latest sales figures show the company notched up a record-breaking 26% market share in April in China compared to global players like Apple which had an 8.2% market share, and Samsung 3.2%.However, there is constant competition from other Chinese budget phone makers like Huawei and Le Eco.Earlier this month, the company launched a TV set-top box in the US which it developed in cooperation with Alphabet's Google which owns the Android OS.Currently, Xiaomi only sells accessories in these regions.
Since she got in on the adult colouring book craze two years ago, Cheri Brown has spent more than US$400 on 50 books holding intricate sketches that she embellishes with marker pens, coloured pencils and gel pens.But the concern is that, like Brown, people will become accustomed to the on-demand, dynamic enchantment of apps and ditch the old medium.There is a place for physical books, says Ilkka Teppo, 40, chief executive and founder of Sumoing, the Helsinki, Finland, startup behind Recolor.Recolor is talking to publishers, advertisers and entertainment giants about constantly introducing the latest hot characters and themes into its app since digital roll-outs can be fast.Teppo declines to reveal overall sales figures, but data suggests a surging business.She s forged friendships with app-colourists from Japan to Poland she discovered on the popular image-sharing app Instagram.
Seemingly not content with The Division's online dominance and record-breaking sales figures, the French publisher's 'Motion Pictures' wing is currently in search of a writer to adapt the dystopian shooter for the silver screen.The report, based on Variety sources, notes that Ubisoft has yet to approach distributors with its big-screen plans for The Division and will possibly hold off until another actor is cast.The PS4, Xbox One and PC title depicts the aftermath of a viral pandemic in the guerrilla-war-torn streets of Manhattan.As a sleeper agent within the titular 'Division', the player joins an emergency task force designed to nullify rioters and gangs while investigating the origin of the outbreak.In reality though, it's mainly about shooting people in the face and hoarding rare loot for online supremacy, especially in the don't-trust-anyone 'Dark Zone' where players can 'go rogue' for spoils at the expense of their would-be teammates.Should The Division movie come to fruition it would mark another landmark in Ubisoft's ongoing film production schedule, with the mega-budget, Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin's Creed adaptation set to hit theatres in November and a Splinter Cell movie also in pre-production with Tom Hardy attached in a lead role.
Top Of The Order:  They Say Things Happen In Threes: Honestly, can a day go by without a new lawsuit popping up that involves Oracle?Just look at this list:Last week, the Redwood City-based software giant struck out in its efforts to wring $9 billion out of Google for its use of the Java programming language in the Android operating system.This time, it s one of Oracle s former employees who is kicking the company like Draymond Green did to Steven Adams in the Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference Final playoff series.The plaintiff, Svetlana Blackburn, a former Oracle senior finance manager, claims that she was pressured to fudge expected sales figures for the company s cloud services, and add millions of dollars to anticipated billings.That would be good for growth of 6.2 percent over 2015.However, IDC estimates that Apple s iPhone sales will slip by 2 percent, to almost 227 million shipments this year, and sales of Microsoft s Windows Phones devices will plunge by 61.6 percent, to 11.2 million units by the end of 2016.Listen Up, Dubs Fans…: The Warriors continue in their quest to repeat as NBA champions when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena Thursday night.In order to get the locals ready for tipoff, and what Warriors fans hope will be a four-game sweep over Lebron James and the Cavs, Oakland-based Pandora Media is providing a soundtrack for the series.Pandora members received emails Thursday afternoon promoting a new Dub Nation station from the Internet radio leader.After that, I began skipping through songs in hopes that the original Super Dope Homeboy from Oaktown, MC Hammer, would appear.Alas, like Hammer might say himself, I couldn t touch this., Pandora has you covered, too.The All In 216 station 216 being the Cleveland area code , features music connected to the city that s home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
the Angry Birds Movie will still remain the United states considers films at the forefront, even though the movie's been on for three weeks.Box Office Mojo site prior calculations, that collected from Friday to Sunday a total of about 9.8 million dollars at the box office.Animation has been acknowledged by three weeks during U.S. theaters a total of 86.7 million dollars in sales.the Rest of the world with the latest weekend sales figures is not yet available, but the may 29. date Angry Birds was collected from outside the U.s. 196,8 million dollars, so the total balance has increased certainty 283,5 million dollars and a high probability figure will rise to well over 300 million, when the latest weekend sales figures will survive.for the Bronze was the premiere of the film We Before You 18,3 million dollars and nelossija less than before the Angry Birds two weeks distribution have been Alice Through the Looking Glass of 10.7 million dollars.Angry Birds is hanging in there well look at films on the list.
The food delivery network has expanded to 65 cities since launching in 2013Deliveroo, the London-based food delivery network, is due to hit revenues of £130m this year, solidifying its position as one of the UK s most-promising technology companies.The sales figure, an internal projection the company is understood to have shared with investors, represents growth of more than 1,000pc in the last year, and comes as the company spreads across more than 65 cities.Deliveroo pays self-employed cyclists and drivers to deliver takeaway food from restaurants without their own takeaway network.Deliveroo founder William Shu Credit: BloombergMajor restaurants including Pizza Express and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have also signed up to use the service, and its delivery drivers have become a common sight in many British cities.The company, founded in 2013, has raised $200m £140m in funding in the last two years at a reported $600m valuation, but has not disclosed sales figures.We ve had a 25pc month-on-month growth since inception, while our daily orders have grown tenfold since January 2015.
Deliveroo, a restaurant food delivery service, is expecting its revenues to hit £130 million this year, according to The Telegraph.The figure — an internal projection that has reportedly been shared with investors — represents growth of more than 1,000% in the last year, The Telegraph reports.Founded in 2012 and headquartered in London, Deliveroo has built a platform that allows people to get food from popular restaurants delivered to their home or office by a cyclist or moped driver.If true, the £130 million figure would represent monthly sales figures more than 10x those of early last year, when Deliveroo said its annual revenue was approaching eight figures, The Telegraph reports.Dan Warne, managing director for UK & Ireland at Deliveroo, told Business Insider last month: "We ve been in that hyper, hyper growth phase.We still very much are in that stage but equally we re focused on optimising the business now too, making sure that we can make money, which ultimately is something that every business has to do, unfortunately, but that is the reality."Competition in the UK's restaurant food delivery market is set to intensify, with US tech giant Uber confirming last week that it plans to launch UberEats in the UK.Unlike other food-delivery companies, Deliveroo has launched a series of pop-up kitchens in car parks that restaurants can use to help them meet demand from Deliveroo's customers during times when their normal kitchens may already be busy.A Deliveroo spokeswoman added: "We don t comment on specific financials."SEE ALSO: Deliveroo's UK boss says the platform will be rolled out to 30-40 more UK towns and cities by the end of 2016NOW WATCH: This smart earpiece translates languages as they are spokenLoading video...
Complaint accuses Big Red of mishandling financesSued ... Larry Ellison, pictured with his partner Nikita Khan, is named as a defendant in the shareholder lawsuitJust days after Oracle was sued by an ex-employee, who accused the IT giant of making up its cloud sales figures, its shareholders are now hauling the company into court.A complaint PDF filed on behalf of Oracle stockholders by investor Grover Klarfeld alleges that the database goliath put their investments in the company at risk: Oracle's share price dropped four per cent – wiping $6bn off the value of the biz – when claims that the company inflated its cloud revenues emerged."The defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the company's business, operational and compliance policies," the filing reads.Blackburn, who also sued Oracle in the Northern California District Court, accused her former employers of violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by misrepresenting the revenues for Oracle's Cloud Computing operation.In additional to Oracle Corp, the complaint names Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd as defendants."Because of their positions of control and authority as senior officers, the Individual Defendants were able to, and did, control the contents of the various reports, press releases and public filings which Oracle disseminated in the marketplace during the Class Period concerning Oracle's results of operations," the complaint says of the execs.
Walmart has been aggressive with its online business lately, committing to invest $900 million in web development over the next two years.It's also partnered with Uber and Lyft to expand its online delivery service, while shortening its free-shipping window to two days, matching Amazon Prime's offering.But it appears these efforts have not materialized into much online growth for Walmart yet, with people spending even less on Walmart's online store on average over the past 6 months — while Amazon saw the average spend grow significantly.According to a new survey by the financial research firm Mizuho, Amazon users spend about $157 a month on average, up from $130 a month in November 2015.Meanwhile, Walmart's average spend dropped from $30 a month to $27 a month, according to the survey.Mizuho noted that a big part of Amazon's growth has to do with mobile, as 67% of the survey respondents picked Amazon as their top mobile shopping sites, up from 61% in November 2015.That's far higher than eBay, which came in at 2nd with a 29% share, or Walmart's 23%.That doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom for Walmart, which is still the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the US.Plus, online shopping accounts for less than 10% of total retail sales, meaning most people still prefer shopping in-store.But at least in online shopping, Amazon continues to be the king, as the latest sales figures show: Walmart's online sales were $13.7 billion in fiscal 2015 versus Amazon's $99.1 billion in online and electronic device sales.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: An in-wall vacuum makes sweeping so much easierLoading video...
There is a constant twisting of the crowns, but we have high hopes for the fall, said Fred Andersson CapTech. Nevertheless: There are still Swedish PC manufacturers and even if it is not simply to get a consistent picture of the Swedish construction - part of the market consists of local retailers and builders far from the radar at research firm Gartner or IDC - that made it not completely negligible volumes of PCs in the country. That we survived is mainly because we have always worked cost-consciously from day one and adapt quickly by the market, plus we have several legs to stand on. How can there be a deal of this - with PC-crisis and declining sales figures, even for giants like Lenovo, HP and Dell? It is not as simple as it imposed entirely. - The PC supplies are still in areas where smartphones and plates not manage to do it, with larger screens, ergonomic keyboards, better storage and more powerful processors, said Tracy Tsai, an analyst at Gartner.
There is a constant twisting of the crowns, but we have high hopes for the fall, said Fred Andersson CapTech. Nevertheless: There are still Swedish PC manufacturers and even if it is not simply to get a consistent picture of the Swedish construction - part of the market consists of local retailers and builders far from the radar at research firm Gartner or IDC - that made it not completely negligible volumes of PCs in the country. That we survived is mainly because we have always worked cost-consciously from day one and adapt quickly by the market, plus we have several legs to stand on. How can there be a deal of this - with PC-crisis and declining sales figures, even for giants like Lenovo, HP and Dell? It is not as simple as it imposed entirely. - The PC supplies are still in areas where smartphones and plates not manage to do it, with larger screens, ergonomic keyboards, better storage and more powerful processors, said Tracy Tsai, an analyst at Gartner.
That being the case, Apple still hasn t divulged any specific sales figures for the Apple Watch, a curious move for a company that loves touting favorable stats and figures every chance it gets.DON T MISS: 13 best new features coming to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10With watchOS 3, Apple has addressed all of the major complaints about the current incarnation of the Apple Watch, thus setting the stage for the next iteration of the device — likely to be unveiled this coming September — to become a huge seller.Indeed, it s fair to say that watchOS 3 offers users the exact type of performance user interface that should have been present in watchOS 1.Equally as important is an improved user interface that removes much of the confusion that seemed to plague earlier versions of watchOS.Apple s press release reads in part:It is easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3, including replying to a message, starting a Workout or skipping a song.Right from the Dock or the watch face, users can launch their favorite native and third-party apps instantly and have the latest information in the app already updated and ready for viewing.
It's no secret that Chinese phone companies haven't had as much luck outside of Asia, especially when they have to compete with the likes of Apple, Samsung, and the like.But the sales figures of Huawei's P9 smartphone seem to suggest that's changing, in the UK and across the rest of the world.The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus had their global launch in London on 6th April, and since then the company has shipped 2.6 million units to across the world.On top of that, France saw an increase of 1000 per cent, and there was a 400 per cent increase in sales in both Poland and Finland.The sales figures have also caused Huawei's market share to increase to 8.5 per cent, cementing its position as a top-three smartphone developer.Related: Huawei P9 Hands-On: Are Those Unusual Cameras Worth the Hype?
It's no secret that Chinese phone companies haven't had as much luck outside of Asia, especially when they have to compete with the likes of Apple, Samsung, and the like.But the sales figures of Huawei's P9 smartphone seem to suggest that's changing, in the UK and across the rest of the world.The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus had their global launch in London on 6th April, and since then the company has shipped 2.6 million units to across the world.On top of that, France saw an increase of 1000 per cent, and there was a 400 per cent increase in sales in both Poland and Finland.The sales figures have also caused Huawei's market share to increase to 8.5 per cent, cementing its position as a top-three smartphone developer.Related: Huawei P9 Hands-On: Are Those Unusual Cameras Worth the Hype?
Top Of The Order:  Watch This: Gauging the success of the Apple Watch is really just a guessing game because Apple doesn t give us exact sales figures for the smartwatch.When Apple reports its quarterly results, it lumps the Apple Watch sales into the creatively titled group of Other Products along with the Apple TV, Beats electronics gear, iPods yes, Apple still makes iPods and assorted accessories from both Apple and other parties.When Apple says the Apple Watch is doing well, we just have to take Tim Cook & Co. on faith.There s at least one person whose faith in the Apple Watch seems to have been shaken, if not completely broken.Hall s comments came on the heels of Apple unveiling watchOS 3, the latest version of its Apple Watch operating system, at the company s annual developers conference on Monday.Apple officials promised that the new operating system will make the Apple Watch run faster and easier to use.Middle Innings:Up In The Clouds, Man: Oracle reported its fiscal fourth-quarter results after the close of trading Thursday, and the business-software giant says its move toward the cloud is paying off.Oracle said revenue from its cloud services rose 49 percent from the same period a year ago to $859 million.Wall Street analysts had forecast Oracle to earn 81 cents a share on revenue of $10.47 billion.It s Getting Smoky In Here: In another sign that much of the stigma surrounding marijuana is, well, going up in smoke, Microsoft is, in a roundabout way, getting into the pot business.Microsoft is partnering with Los Angeles-based Kind Financial, a software company that calls itself the leader in technology for cannabis compliance , to help Kind sell its software to governmental agencies that monitor and regulate legal marijuana growers and sellers.Losses also came from Zynga, Sigma Designs, QuinStreet and InvenSense.
Every year, Valve unleashes a summer sale on its Steam storefront that s destined to plunge scores of its users into financial instability thanks to the wide array of deals on offer — and every year, PayPal leaks the start date ahead of time.Now you know when it s going to happen, reads the accompanying message you can get ready for the savings.While in previous years PayPal has let the cat out of the bag without Valve s say-so, it seems that the company was given the go-ahead this time around.The email makes reference to the exclusive nature of the reveal, and a tweet promoting the announcement tagged the official Steam account, according to a report from Tech Spot.In May, a developer using the handle MrFreemanBBQ posted a screenshot of communication from Valve referencing those dates — along with a message warning recipients to keep this confidential information secret — to the Steam subreddit.Recent sales figures for the Steam Controller suggest that both the peripheral and the company s Steam Machines are struggling to find an audience.
View photosMoreA staff member stands next to robots at a plant of Kuka Robotics in Shanghai, China August 13, 2014.REUTERS/Pete Sweeney/File PhotoMUNICH, Germany Reuters - Global industrial robot sales growth slowed to 12 percent in 2015 weighed by a sharp fall in top buyer China, data from the International Federation of Robotics IFR showed on Wednesday.The figure was less than half the 29 percent advance seen in 2014 but revised up from a previous IFR estimate of 8 percent due to more data from national associations."The positive sales figures are being driven by highly automated emerging countries, and by regions that are already highly developed economically," the IFR said.Robot sales more than doubled in Mexico, where the global automotive industry has made large investments in plants to make cars for export to the United States and South America.The Chinese market is still dominated by foreign robot makers but the IFR said domestic robot makers were making inroads, increasing their market share to 31 percent from 25 percent in 2013.
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