This project, which just went live last night, is on its way to the record books. The meager goal of $10,000 was completely obliterated as backers fiendishly flocked to the site with their monies. All it took was roughly seven hours for this Kickstarter campaign to raise over one million dollars. Now before you scroll down and peek, consider these kings of crowdfunded projects on Kickstarter.
It’s still the beginning of 2015, so why not kick the year off big, right? Hewlett Packard has just unveiled its latest product lineup that focuses on the workplace and productivity. You can almost hear the collective sigh of global relief. IT personnel could look forward to less headaches and sustained security for companies/employers.
Google could be planning to invest in SpaceX to help with its new internet satellite initiative. The Information and The Wall Street Journal report Google will invest $1 billion of the $10 billion SpaceX intends to raise over the coming years for its project.
Control of the Chinese smartphone market is moving almost entirely away from Samsung. Recent data from MarketWatch and CCID Consulting has shown the company’s market share decreased by 20 percent between January 2014 and October 2014.
Marriott hotels are beginning to test a new service at some locations that will let guests watch Netflix and Hulu or listen to Pandora rather than pay for on-demand content. At least eight locations are beginning to test the system and it is not clear if Marriott will make its guests pay a set fee for their use of Netflix, Hulu, or Pandora.
Netflix and Amazon are both internet-based companies that have expanded into content production. Now, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is doing the same. The company has announced it will produce its first ever movie through the Alibaba Pictures Group and the movie will be directed by Wong Kar-wai. Included in the movie will be Tony Leung, who has previously worked with Kar-wai on a number of projects.
Social network Facebook was reportedly in talks with Xiaomi about a possible investment last month. Reuters says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg contemplated an investment that would have been a part of Xiaomi’s $1 billion funding round in December. The investment was discussed over dinner between Zuckerberg and Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi.
Computer sales have taken a hit in recent years, but Gartner’s latest research has found that shipments are increasing again. Tablet sales have peaked according to Gartner’s report, but PC sales have increased continuously in a noticeable way while moving into 2015. Prior to the fourth quarter of last year, no growth in PC sales had been seen since 2012. Growth was one percent year-over-year last quarter.
Transportation service Uber has entered into a deal with the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The deal will involve Uber providing the city’s officials with ride data. That data will be used by Boston to improve city planning and limit gas emissions and traffic congestion. By ZIP Code Tabulation Area, Uber will hand over data, though it will all be anonymized to protect users.
It has been said that if Dick Costolo leaves his position at Twitter and opens up a gap at the head of the company, Adam Bain will take over. Now, more rumors are coming out stating that Bain is at the front of the line to replace Costolo, but a replacement may not be necessary for quite a while. Analysts and journalists alike have said Bain could make for a better CEO, but that doesn’t mean Costolo is going anywhere immediately.
OnePlus was just shy of one million One sales in 2014, and those sales have been driven by media coverage and recommendations rather than regular marketing. The company has put almost no money into marketing, but the inclusion of high-end specs in a low cost device was a recipe for success from the beginning.
AT&T is making the claim that it is a “common carrier” that should be regulated under Title II. By doing so, the wireless carrier is making an attempt to rid itself of a current FTC data throttling lawsuit. Though, even if AT&T successfully argues that it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the FTC, it will face action from the FCC. Title II companies are regulated by the FCC, and that agency already has plans to pursue a lawsuit against AT&T for data throttling.