Nintendo’s Wii U Outperforming the Original Wii, Only Because It Costs More

We can talk unit sales and profit later. How about those revenue numbers?

One Million PlayBooks Sold in First Quarter? RIM Hopes So.

Research in Motion VP Alec Taylor says the size of the PlayBook’s launch “will be commensurate with the opportunity.” And word on the street has it that that opportunity is decent in size.

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Nintendo to Ship 1.5 Million 3-D Game Players in Japan

Nintendo has ambitious plans for the upcoming release of its handheld gaming device, which displays 3-D without the need for special glasses. President Satoru Iwata said in an interview with the Nikkei business daily that it plans to ship about 1.5 million units in Japan during the first month after its launch on Feb. 26, Reuters reports. A U.S. version is expected to start shipping the following month.

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WakeMate Issues Recall of Chargers After Wrist Unit Catches Fire

WakeMate, maker of the sleep-tracking cuff we wrote about last week has issued a recall of all chargers after one of its wrist units caught fire. WakeMate Chief Technologist Craig Lewiston said WakeMate is continuing to investigate the issue.

Microsoft: We’ve Sold 1.5 Million Windows Phones, if You Must Know

Redmond had said it was “happy” with Windows Phone 7 sales, but on Tuesday the company decided to go ahead and quantify its happiness. The company also reiterated plans to expand to more carriers and price points next year.

Apple Ramps Up Holiday iPad Production

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is ramping up iPad production capacity to meet demand for the tablet over the holiday season. Taiwanese trade mag Digitimes claims Foxconn has begun using its newest factories in Chengdu, China, to manufacture an additional 10,000 iPads per day, or about 300,000 iPads per month.

Who’s Your Daddy? IPad Rewriting Adoption Records.

Here’s another descriptive for Apple to add to the list of superlatives it uses to describe the iPad: Fastest-selling consumer electronics product in history.

Apple’s Mac Business Headed for Another Big Quarter

We haven’t even reached the midpoint of the June quarter, but it already looks like Apple’s financials for the period will be as strong, if not stronger, than they’ve been in quarters past. In a research note issued this morning, Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu says his checks suggest that sales for both the iPad and new MacBook Pro are strong.

2010: Another “Year of The Smartphone”

Some say 2009 was the Year of the Smartphone, but it looks more and more like 2010 is more deserving of that designation. During the first quarter of the year, global shipments of smartphones reached 54.7 million units, up 56.7 percent from the same quarter a year ago, says IDC.

Apple to Investors: You’re Welcome

Apple’s first quarter was a blowout, as was the one before it. So too is the company’s latest. Reporting second-quarter earnings after the bell Tuesday, Apple rolled out the big numbers once again. The company posted a profit of $3.07 billion on revenue that rose 49 percent to $13.5 billion.

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