Twitter partners with Datalogix to gauge how tweets affect sales

In another move to prove the true value of what 140 characters can do, Twitter has announced it is teaming up with with Datalogix, a digital media and database marketing firm, to figure out the "offline sales impact" for tweets.

In other words, the two Bay Area companies are promising to identify how much having an active Twitter account can improve a brand's bottom line when consumers are shopping in stores and away from computers.

Then again, that doesn't mean these users are disconnected altogether given how much mobile is being entwined with the brick-and-mortar shopping … Read more

Deadline looms for U.S. sales ban on older iPhones, iPads

The clock is ticking ahead of next week's sales ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad in the U.S.

Come Monday, Apple will be unable to import or sell the iPhones prior to the iPhone 4S made for AT&T's network, nor the 3G-enabled versions of the iPad 1 and 2 in the U.S. as part of a final decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission in early June.

As part of the laws around the ITC's decision, President Obama can step in and intervene on the ruling, effectively bailing … Read more

Is Apple's lack of a retail chief hurting sales?

Apple's last retail sales chief, John Browett, stepped down 10 months ago. And while the company has been on the hunt for a new boss, no one has seemed to fit the bill.

Apparently, several names have come across CEO Tim Cook's desk, but no one has yet panned out, according to The Wall Street Journal. People familiar with the matter told the Journal that Apple had unsuccessful interviews with telecommunications-industry executives and a CEO of a privately held retailer in France. Apparently, internal candidates aren't in the running either.

"We're actively looking for a … Read more

Microsoft Surface revenue comes in at $853 million

Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that it has earned $853 million in revenue from its Surface tablets since their debut last fall. This figure comes from an annual financial report that Microsoft filed with the Security and Exchange Commission.

While this number doesn't seem exceptionally low, it is less than the $900 million the company had to pay for Surface RT inventory adjustments and also less than the $898 million Microsoft paid for Windows 8 and Surface advertising.

Even though Microsoft revealed its revenue from the Surface tablets, it did not release the number of units sold or specify the … Read more

Apple buys Locationary to boost maps

CNET Update is misty:

In this episode of Update:

- See what perks Locationary can bring to Apple Maps.

- Save money on a MacBook with back-to-school sales at Best Buy and through Apple.

- Say farewell to the Optimus smartphone, as LG drops the brand name for something shorter.

- Find a cool use for the Satechi USB Portable Humidifier, which uses a water bottle to mist a room.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what'… Read more

Apple requests stay on sales ban affecting older iPhones, iPads

Apple has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to stay a ban on sales of older iPhone and iPads while a court considers an appeal.

In a motion filed Monday with the quasi-judicial body, Apple argued that the ban set to go into effect August 5 would "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offerings," as well as harming its partner wireless carriers.

The request comes a little more than a month after the ITC ruled that Apple infringes on a Samsung patent related to cellular technology with AT&T models of the iPhone … Read more

Warner Bros. iOS games on sale for 99 cents

Got plans for the Fourth of July weekend? If they involve long car rides, lines you can't escape, or just lots of couch/hammock/poolside time, consider stocking up on games for your iDevice. Warner Bros. will help keep you entertained on the cheap.

Ending soon, 11 Warner Bros. iOS games are on sale for 99 cents each. Here's the list, with links either to the download page or to related CNET coverage. (Be sure to note the system requirements before purchasing any game, as some of them won't work on older iOS devices.)

Bastion, top-rated indie … Read more

White House petition backs direct sales of Tesla cars

A Tesla fan is asking the White House for help. He wants the federal government to stop states from requiring that cars be sold only by third-party dealers.

In a White House petition he created, the fan asks the Obama administration to "allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states." He believes that states shouldn't be allowed to stop the electric car company from selling autos directly to customers.

"The state legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from competition," the fan writes in the petition. "… Read more

iPhone 5S rumors arrive amid iPhone 5 deals

CNET Update needs a smarter wrist:

In this episode of Update:

- Examine the alleged iPhone 5S photos posted to MacRumors.

- Find the iPhone 5 at Virgin Mobile next week -- or get one for free with a Best Buy trade-in deal.

- Color your world with these new Galaxy S4 models.

- Explain your feelings with pictures on Facebook comments.

- Save $50 on the discounted Nvidia Shield portable gaming device.

- Ponder how Sony could improve the SmartWatch with a new model coming next week.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. … Read more

Amazon to slash price of HTC One to $99 on June 14

Those of you eyeing the HTC One can score the phone for half off the usual price, courtesy of a one-day sale at Amazon.

On Friday, the retail giant will sell the HTC One for $99.99, a hefty discount off the usual $199.99 price tag. Buyers will be able to find the phone through Amazon's Cell Phones & Accessories page. But you'll need to be quick -- the sale itself will last just for the day.

The $99 offer is good for all AT&T or Sprint subscribers eligible for an upgrade. New customers can … Read more