The International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES as it's widely referred to as, begins tomorrow.
While it may be losing its "clout", it's still one of the biggest venues for companies to launch their new products at - and CES 2012 will be no different.
Amazon's Kindle Fire was one of the hottest consumer electronics products this holiday shopping season. It was so hot, in fact, that according to investment bank Morgan Keegan, Amazon's new tablet may have displaced as many as 2m iPad sales.
And the Kindle Fire has company. Barnes & Noble's NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet devices are selling well, prompting speculation that the bookseller may spin off its NOOK unit after missing its sales targets.
If you've been reading the headlines about the Kindle Fire lately, you might be surprised to learn that Amazon has already moved millions of units of its tablet and is now the proud creator of the best-selling Android tablet.
Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen isn't a fan, and went so far as to say that he felt, "the Fire is going to be a failure."
Online footwear retailer Zappos has today launched an iPad app called Zappos Now, presented in the form of a digital lifestyle magazine.
It will be updated monthly, and allow users to shop directly from the app with free next business day shipping with no minimum order value.
As the festive season gets underway, we are already seeing some interesting data on trends and predictions across the global e-commerce industry.
Naturally, the Christmas sections of our Internet Statistics Compendium will be updated with the best of it over the coming months so be sure to check back for upcoming editions.
Some of the most significant holiday data for marketers and retailers alike focuses on the growth of the virtual goods sector.
Here are a few highlights...
That Amazon would sell a fair share of Kindle Fires seemed inevitable based on the estimated volume of pre-orders the world's largest online retailer had received before its tablet device launched.
But hard numbers are starting to trickle in now that the Fire is actually shipping, and those numbers are impressive.
It may be hard to remember, but just a few short years ago consumers were snapping up 'netbooks', those laptop lookalikes that were as affordable as they were small, at a rapid pace.
How rapid? 5.6m of them were sold in the third quarter of 2008 alone.
With the Kindle Fire, Amazon is getting into the tablet space in a big way and unlike other tablet manufacturers, which have found it difficult to compete head-on with the iPad, Amazon has developed a device that may very well allow it to compete with it in a more indirect way.
Apple isn't worried, but a new survey suggests that the Kindle Fire is having a direct impact on the iPad.
Not too long ago, one could track the e-reader and tablet markets separately and have a legitimate reason to do so.
It was clear that the Kindle, for instance, was not the iPad, and the iPad was not the
But as technology evolves and hardware prices continue to fall, the differences
between e-readers and tablets is shrinking and it appears that both
markets are, for all intents and purposes, converging rapidly.
makes for an interesting battle between Apple and, well, everyone else.
If designers thought they had it bad having to deal with multiple browsers, the past several years have made it clear: IE6 is a walk in the park.
Today, thanks to the rise of smart phones and tablets, designers are tasked with designing across a wide range of devices, many with different form factors, platform capabilities and hardware profiles.
The future is mobile, so not surprisingly, when it comes to building sites designed for mobile and tablet devices, many companies think of their web experience and mobile/tablet experience as separate entities.
That can be painful and costly, but a result of this could be that companies gain insights that allow them to improve the experiences they create for their users and customers.