A look at the No. 1 and No. 2 names in the tech world's major categories
In the six years since the last major video game system launched, Apple released the iPhone and the iPad, "Angry Birds" invaded smartphones and Facebook reached a billion users. As a result, video game consoles were left to languish in living rooms alongside dusty VCRs and CD players.
Now with the launch of Nintendo's Wii U, the so-called “console wars” are heating up again. This time around, Nintendo is competing against both online apps and tablet games as well as console rivals PlayStation and Xbox. As of spring, 2012, the Xbox 360 is able to claim the crown. Despite having been released a year earlier, the Xbox 360 had sold 67.2 million units worldwide as of Mar. 31, 2012, compared to the PS3’s 63.9 million units moved at that same time. The now is whether Nintendo's new Wii U system can gain market share on the competition.
Nintendo craning its neck toward Xbox's gaming dominance is actually a common occurrence in the tech sector, where brands and services can carve out sizeable market shares but still bow to the giants in respective categories. From BlackBerry to Firefox and on down the line, here are a few examples of how consumers have said, “We like you, but …” and gone with the bigger, more popular guy.
Persecuted Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is opening a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum on April 18. But prior to an 81-day detention by Chinese authoritie... More Persecuted Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is opening a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum on April 18. But prior to an 81-day detention by Chinese authorities in 2011, Ai's passport was confiscated, and he cannot travel to coordinate or even see his own exhibit. The Brooklyn show includes "Sacred," a depiction of his incarceration in six dioramas, in its first North American appearance. National Geographic met and spoke with Ai in Beijing where he lives.
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