Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 24, 2015 12:23 PM
Apple recently entered the mobile payment market with Apple Pay—baked right into its iPhone 6 devices—and made big news when JetBlue began to accept Apple Pay for in-flight transactions, among its hundreds of other partners.
Google, which has been in the electronic payment business for some time with Google Wallet, isn’t waiting around to see what Apple does next.
This week, the search behemoth announced it's partnering with three US mobile carriers—AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon—to pre-install the Google Wallet app in Android devices this year, and will integrate the three carriers' mobile payments joint venture, Softcard, as part of the deal. Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 10, 2015 08:25 AM
AMC’s Better Call Saul (Cinnabon-featuring) premiere on Sunday was the biggest series premiere in the history of US cable TV.
Sony and Disney's Marvel team up on next Spider-Man movie.
JetBlue becomes first airline to accept in-flight mobile payments using Apple Pay.
Apple sets record by closing with $700 billion valuation, announces $850 million investment in solar energy.
IBM and SoftBank partner to bring Watson to Japan.Continue reading...
search and destroy
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 16, 2014 03:08 PM
In keeping with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, Google has now released its annual summary of the most-searched topics of 2014. And while the World Cup in Brazil this past summer may have drawn a billion people to watch its final match, the event was apparently no match for the effect that Robin Williams' death would have on the Internet.
According to Google, Williams was the most-searched for subject worldwide this year, trumping the World Cup, Ebola, missing plane MH 370, ALS, Flappy Bird, Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, ISIS, Frozen and Sochi, Russia, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Google notes that, perhaps as a silver lining to Williams' death, searches for depression tests and mental health also went up after he died. In addition, people searched for clips to watch Williams in some of his classic roles, such as in Mork and Mindy, Dead Poets Society and Aladdin.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 5, 2014 12:45 PM
Domino's pitches Dom voice-ordering app in US TV spot during NBC's Sunday Night Football, as Toyota breaks first multicultural marketing spot.
Apple will reportedly reveal new iPad on Oct. 16, while Irish HQ becomes European tax battleground.
HP will announce Monday it's breaking into two companies.
Tesla reportedly readies driverless model with Tesla D, and provides wireless to S-model owners in France with Orange.
Yahoo eyes $10 billion Snapchat stake, and reaches out to agencies for brand campaign help.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 3, 2014 09:09 AM
CVS Caremark rebrands to CVS Health and launches smoke-enders program as it quits tobacco a month early.
Nationwide unifies brand and debuts new logo in Peyton Manning campaign.
Home Depot investigates potential breach of customer data.
Apple denies iCloud breach in celebrity hack and reportedly signs Nordstrom to new payments platform.
Burger King downplays tax-inversion motive for Tim Hortons deal.
MORE BRAND NEWS
Audi sees strong sales growth despite slowdown in Russia and emerging markets.
BuyPartisan app lets shoppers suss out politics behind brands and products.
Chrysler sees August sales rise 20 percent, led by Jeep.
Coca-Cola partners with Keurig Green Mountain on Honest Tea K-Cup packs.
Darden Restaurants shakes up its board with concessions to Starboard.
Dior rolls out new campaign starring a golden Charlize Theron.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 17, 2014 03:04 PM
Visa has now got its own Innovation Center. It was opened in San Francisco Wednesday to try to bring the company’s software developers, clients, and other tech folks “to jointly develop the next generation of commerce applications," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The first product coming out of the Innovation Center is the Visa Checkout mobile payment system, which hopes to give PayPal, Isis and Google Wallet a run for the money, and replaces Visa's V.me brand that was introduced in the US in 2012.
"It's a recognition of the fact that the credit card is becoming a digital card, and innovations are occurring through digital means," said Jim McCarthy, the brand's senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, to the Chronicle. "Basically, we're opening up our network to software developers to use our capabilities and assets, and to help consumers to take advantage of them."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 8, 2014 09:09 AM
Crumbs Bake Shop closes its doors.
Greenpeace criticizes LEGO tie-in with Shell with LEGO-animated short film.
Samsung warns of slumping profits on weaker demand as it looks beyond hardware.
Tesla sued in China for trademark infringement.
Walmart embraces smaller store formats.
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ADM buys Wild Flavors.
Abuelo’s refreshes menu and look for 25th anniversary.
Air New Zealand pulls in-flight safety video featuring scantily clad models.
Herb Allen’s Sun Valley media mogul conference kicks off.
Alibaba sees red flags raised by deals by founder Jack Ma.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 18, 2014 09:08 AM
Cannes Lions continues (above, Scott Ferris, Microsoft's GM of content advertising) with first round of Grand Prix winners announced.
Amazon phone reveal by "secretive" R&D lab today in Seattle sparks speculation, as BlackBerry joins Amazon's Appstore.
YouTube to launch paid music service.
GM's Barra is back on the hotseat today on Capitol Hill as automaker faces $10 billion recalls suit.
Beats headphones have been banned at the World Cup.
MORE BRAND NEWS
Activision expands Skylanders licensing.
Apple secures 31 new patents as stores get exclusive window on Beats products.
Dr. Oz grilled on weight loss claims.
eBay pulls Chinese "spyware phones."
Facebook's ephemeral Slingshot app annoys some users.Continue reading...