Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2013 01:39 PM
Every automaker is trying to win the tech race inside the car and under the hood. Now, Nissan has added another playing field: the driver's wrist.
On the heels of Samsung's debut of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the awaited unveiling of Apple's reported iWatch, Nissan introduced the Nismo Concept Watch at the Frankfurt Motor Show today, calling it "the first smartwatch to connect a driver to the car." The clamp-style, sleek-metal accessory is named for the company's racing brand, and its first applications are coming as a way to connect race drivers more closely to their cars.
Like the concept cars that are introduced at auto shows, the new Nismo watch is far from a production model as well. But it already has digital-tech cognoscenti enthusing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2013 09:35 AM
Nissan unveils its own smartwatch.
IKEA no longer ranks as Sweden's most trusted brand.
BMW eclipses rivals at Frankfurt Auto Show with three-level test track.
Apple readies to announce two new iPhones tomorrow.
Audi sees global sales rise 10 percent in August.
Clorox spoofs Real Housewives as "green" sales miss mark.
Daimler joins parade by aiming to launch self-driving car by 2020.
Deutsche Bank launches customer service channels on Facebook, Twitter.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne cancels two media appearances at Frankfurt Auto Show.
Holiday Inn Express debuts first ever European ad campaign.
Instagram will introduce ads within a year, reports say.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 11, 2013 09:15 AM
Walmart scraps D.C. store plans after "living wage" passes.
BlackBerry loses two more executives.
Panera suspends "pay-as-you-can" item.
Chevron foresees lower output.
Dodge borrows Pitbull to pitch Dart to Gen Y.
GE makes short films in tiny towns about big data.
GM continues to battle labor unrest in South Korea.
GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors and hospitals, Chinese officials say.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2013 09:02 AM
BlackBerry launches new Z10 smartphone in US today, as CEO says Apple's iPhone is outdated.
Pepsi introduces first new package design since 1997.
PPR, French owner of Gucci and Saint Laurent, announces rebrand to "caring" Kering with new owl logo.
Nike surges on China rebound, North American results in latest quarterly earnings report.
Asda pulls private-label corned beef from UK shelves over horsemeat discovery as new report finds consumer concern fading.
Chrysler looks to Nike and Starbucks for inspiration.
Coca-Cola tops British grocery brands ranking as Walkers rises to #2.
Facebook tests yet another timeline design.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 6, 2013 09:06 AM
Disney sees higher TV ad revenues drive quarter and considers ESPN exit from U.K. sports coverage.
Dell seeks to transform brand, going private in $24 billion buyout under founder Michael Dell, as Microsoft gambles on involvement.
U.S. Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail as Hallmark fights the cuts.
Apple loses right to iPhone brand in Brazil.
Arby's launches "fan of the week" promo via Facebook.
Lance Armstrong reportedly under investigation for obstruction and other serious crimes.
BP is hit by new $34 billion claim from U.S. state governments over Gulf spill.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 15, 2013 10:07 AM
Swatch Group's new year surprise — that it's paying $1 billion to acquire the luxury unit of Harry Winston Diamond Corp. — is making observers beyond the jewelry business watch both brands more closely.
Canada's Harry Winston Diamond Corp.’s $1 billion sale ($750 million plus $250 million in debt) of its luxury business to Switzerland's Swatch Group AG provides the cash for Winston to invest more in diamond mining, a business that last year was more than twice as profitable as jewelry.
Shares in Toronto-based Harry Winston rose 4.4 percent on Monday after the deal was announced. The high-end company's chairman and CEO, Robert Gannicott, told The Globe and Mail that the company planning will use the cash to focus primarily on mining after eight years as a luxury jewelry brand. His plan: purchase the 60 percent stake of the Diavik mine it doesn’t already own from Rio Tinto Group.
In addition to Winston exiting the luxe jewelry-selling business, the deal will have an impact on Swatch Group's (relatively) cheap and cheerful Swatch brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 14, 2013 08:59 AM
Cadillac sees its ATS named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show, while Ram celebrates naming of 1500 as truck/utility vehicle of the year.
Hostess strikes a deal to sell Wonder Bread and other brands plus production facilities to Flower Foods.
HP CEO Meg Whitman receives $15.4 million.
American Express travel cuts point to end of an era.
Apple cuts orders for iPhone parts.
Billabong receives another takeover bid.
Deutsche Bank reportedly considers 20-percent bonus cuts in Europe.
GM's Chevrolet division relaunches Corvette brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 20, 2011 09:02 AM
Amazon creates towns of seasonal warehouse workers to fulfill holiday orders.
Apple gets patent-infringement victory over Google in Android case as Google sets to announce a solar-energy venture.
AT&T finally kills T-Mobile bid, giving it few strategic options to challenge Verizon and leaving future of Deutsche Telekom in the U.S. in doubt.
Bi-Lo wants to merge with Winn-Dixie and take it private.
Conoco gets ground-breaking permit for drilling in Alaska.
EA's Star Wars: The Old Republic game sees fan frenzy for today's launch.
Facebook points to future with design of its new headquarters complex.Continue reading...