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In the News: Apple, Starbucks, Voya and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 5, 2014 09:36 AM


Apple beefs up security (as BlackBerry touts its own) after celebrity hacking, amid plans for new smartwatch and larger iPhones and appeal in hiring ruling.

Starbucks plans smaller, express-style stores.

US Postal Service cuts e-commerce delivery rates in pre-holiday move and delivers Amazon groceries in test.

Visa teams with NFL to push new online-payments service.

Voya completes metamorphosis from ING US.


Barclays tests finger vein scanners.

Boeing closes in on $10 billion Ryanair order.

BP is exposed to civil liabilities following $50 billion fine in Gulf Oil disaster.

Burberry leverages social media for new fragrance.Continue reading...

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Intel Sets its Sights on Mobile at MWC '14

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 25, 2014 12:33 PM

After a broad presentation at January's Consumer Electronics Show, debuting consumer facing products like a charging bowl, and some more in line with Intel's usual business in computing, the chip company has set out to make a global impression on the mobile market at Mobile World Congress. 

Intel is using the MWC 2014 stage to outline its product roadmap and broader strategy to gain a bigger piece of the mobile industry market in 2014, including the launch of a 64-bit Atom processor, previously code-named Merrifield, and a 64-bit mobile Atom processor, code-named Moorefield, both of which are key ingredients in next-generation smartphones and tablets.

Matt Dunford, global Chief Benchmarking Manager at Intel, said these improvements maximize overall performance above that of Apple's A7 chip in the iPhone 5S, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800, and the battery life is superior to both as well.Continue reading...


The Week in China: Chinese Brands Lose Out on Chu, Foreign Autos are #Winning and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on February 14, 2014 12:33 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.

This week: Odd lack of sponsors for Julie Chu… will China's booming auto industry kill Chinese auto makers…. luxury expansion collapses… Uber goes to Shanghai… Huawei and Arsenal… Gucci kung fu fights… Danone… McDonald's goes to Vietnam… "People's Republic of Wine"… Taiwan…  "Amazing Chinese"... export numbers… Baidu making movies... and more.Continue reading...

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Try On Virtual Makeup and Pay With Your Hand with Retail Tech at CES 2014

Posted by Barry Silverstein on January 8, 2014 06:41 PM

Traditionally the International Consumer Electronics Show is an event that offers a glimpse of the future in technology from a consumer perspective. CES 2014 is no different—but it wasn't just a glitzy keynote by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that was creating buzz. Also on display were several technological innovations that suggest a whole new retail world is right around the corner.

For one thing, retail will literally get a facelift with the new "3D Augmented Reality Makeup and Anti-Aging Beauty Mirror" (quite a mouthful) from ModiFace. This gadget lets consumers at cosmetics counters simulate makeup products—blushes, lipsticks and eye shadows—and anti-aging skincare effects, such as dark spot correction, facelift, browlift, cheek volume enhancement and jaw contouring. The consumer simply stands in front of the Beauty Mirror and uses a touchscreen to work magic in real time and in full 3D. The technology works both on a stand-alone store kiosk, or as an app that can be used on a smartphone or tablet.

"Our new 3D Beauty Mirror is a marketing breakthrough for retailers and beauty brands, particularly for cosmetic counters," says KyungMoon Lee, ModiFace Executive Director of Engineering, in a press release. "It's not only a try-before-you-buy tool in the store or at home, but also a way to capture consumers' interest as they walk store aisles."Continue reading...

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Ford Looks Ahead to a Promising 2014 with New Models, New Jobs, and Maybe a New CEO

Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 01:51 PM

Ford is bursting at the seams. It plans to add 5,000 more US jobs next year and launch 23 vehicles globally. In the American market, the company just had its best November since 2004. And its dealers are jacked up about being able to sell the new Ford Mustang and a new version of America's most popular vehicle, the Ford F-150 pickup truck, next year.

With great industry fanfare this week, Ford announced that it will add 3,300 salaried positions, most in southeastern Michigan, among the 5,000 new US jobs next year and that more than 80 percent of the salaried jobs will be technical positions in product development, manufacturing, quality and IT. That bespeaks an optimism about and commitment to the company's long-term future, not just moves to attempt to keep up with the still-growing US market. In fact, Ford is trimming some production short-term to stay just in line with the US recovery.

"Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global product launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world," Ran Jair, group vice president for global product development, said in a statement.Continue reading...

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In the News: Boeing, Coca-Cola, Ford and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 09:19 AM

In the News

Boeing sees collapse of its renewed talks with machinists for 777X work.

Coca-Cola shakes up Americas management.

Ford plans to add 5,000 US jobs in 2014, hatches three new plants globally, and announces driverless-car initiative.

Bolthouse Farms leverages innovative Instagram tech.

DaVinci Wines debuts Facebook promo.

DirecTV explores online-video service and counts on addressable ads for future growth.

Google mulls designing its own server chips in threat to Intel.

Hilton explores creating new hotel brand aimed at affluent Millennials.

Hyundai plans to tout Genesis, Elantra in Super Bowl.Continue reading...

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In the News: Forbes, GM, Sony and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 18, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

Forbes explores sale of 96-year-old magazine.

GM recalls Chevrolet Malibu for two defects as it plans to end brand confusion between Chevy and Opel in Europe and expects to get a leg up with 4G push.

Sony sells more than 1 million PS4s in first 24 hours.

Lily Allen's fashion brand goes into liquidation.

Apple reportedly acquires PrimeSense for $345 million.

BMW pioneers use of carbon fiber in i3.

Bacardi focuses on its brand resilience in new campaign.

Bloomberg makes newsroom cuts.

Boeing gets $95 billion in orders for new jet from Middle Eastern airllines.

China Airlines of Taiwan joins low-cost aviation market.

Cracker Barrel is too confusing to appear in supermarket for now, judge rules.

Daimler sets to take stake in Beijing Auto.Continue reading...

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Sony SmartWatch2 Goes on Sale as Wearable Tech Race Speeds Up

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 16, 2013 07:14 PM

Since George Jetson and James Bond strapped theirs on, the world has been waiting for an actual smartwatch to come onto the market. Wait no more, as Samsung and now Sony have released their respective versions, with a reported entry from Apple on the way.

Last month, Samsung revealed its $300 Galaxy Gear smartwatch and now Sony has come out with its Android-compatible SmartWatch2 along with a new phablet and phone. 

The watches first appeared—along with the Qualcomm’s Too—at Shanghai’s Mobile Asia Expo this past June, but now the $199.99 dust-proof, water-resistant device is on sale to the public. Sony's second iteration has a 220 x 176 pixel screen and three to four days of battery life.Continue reading...

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