Posted by Dale Buss on May 11, 2012 09:01 AM
Amazon plans to lend Harry Potter e-books.
Apple will help upgrade Foxconn factories in China.
AT&T sees regulatory logjam delay deals in wireless.
Betsey Johnson confirms plans to liquidate.
CBS sues ABC alleging new reality series rips off Big Brother.
Chuck E. Cheese plans to test gluten-free products.
Coca-Cola finds its Hellenic unit hit by perfect political and economic storm.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 19, 2012 10:03 AM
As the Windows team blog puts it, "Nothing takes the fun out of a foreign vacation faster than an afternoon spent deciphering street signs or pointing randomly at menus." That's why Microsoft has released a new version of Bing's free Translator app for Windows Phone, one that you just point at the foreign-language text on (say) a menu or sign, scan the text and get a translation overlaid on the image in your preferred language, all thanks to augmented reality.
The pitch: "Now you can point your phone camera at printed text—street sign, dinner menu, train schedule, newspaper headline—and the app will translate it. If (you) wanted to ask a stranger for directions to the Eiffel Tower, (you)could also just speak into the phone in English—and wait a moment for the French." It's like “automatic subtitles for everyday life,” as Bing puts it. So should Siri worry?Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2012 01:01 PM
Because it owned the house, it was predictable that Ford's new reality-TV show on NBC, Escape Routes, would find every angle to tout the automaker's new 2013 Ford Escape — the namesake inspiration for the show. And it did.
But what viewers of the first installment of the show might not have expected was to see a number of other blue-chip brands — including McDonald's, J.C. Penney, several Procter & Gamble marques, even Ford rival Volkswagen — go along for the ride.
The six-week Escape Routes series, which debuted on March 31st, is the latest way for Ford to push the envelope with new-era marketing formats, where it has demonstrated industry leadership.
And while the first installment was hardly Emmy-worthy appointment viewing, Ford executives tell brandchannel they're pleased with the social TV meets branded entertainment experiment.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 23, 2012 09:03 AM
Airbus and Boeing are building too many planes, plane-leasing exec warns.
Amazon pulls some independent titles from Kindle in dispute.
Campbell Soup counts on new products for turnaround.
Fuller Brush files for bankruptcy.
GM hopes Peugeot can help solve riddle of European market.
Google agrees to add "Do Not Track" button and support coalition of Internet companies.
HP continues struggles with PC business.
Hyundai prepares for its own show during Oscars.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 12, 2012 08:08 PM
As a sponsor of the Grammy Awards, Bing aired a new commercial featuring Wiz Khalifa. The description: "He's hustling. He's creating. He's shining on stage. He's Wiz Khalifa. Check him out doing his thing as he works his way toward hip-hop superstardom."
Posted by Dale Buss on February 10, 2012 09:04 AM
Apple, now worth more than Google and Microsoft combined, is hit with stores protest over Foxconn treatment of workers in China, while fans anticipate new iPad and iPhone models.
Barclays caps bonuses as profit falls.
Beyonce and Jay-Z move to trademark daughter's name.
Bing and Viggle partner for second-screen Grammy effort.
Citibank bill-pay app charged some users twice, bank concedes.
Continental pushes past Southwest in customer loyalty.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 20, 2012 11:01 AM
The annual indie-film extravaganza known as the Sundance Film Festival got underway Thursday night in Park City, Utah, and the New York Times noticed something there that had been missing at recent fests: many corporate sponsors.
Eight brands are officially sponsoring this year's festival, which launched as an offshoot of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in 1978: Adobe, GE, Sprint, Yahoo!, Bertolli, Grey Goose, Time Warner, and Hilton. Last year, the festival had two — Honda and Trident — and neither of them are back.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 20, 2012 10:21 AM
Microsoft will unveil a new tagline — "Bing is for doing" — for its search engine with a TV commercial (above) that will debut during Sunday's NFC Championship Game on FOX, when the New York Giants face the San Francisco 49ers for a spot in the Super Bowl.
The first in a series of Bing's action-oriented spots features the triumphant return of U.S. pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce, following rehab for a brain injury incurred in a wipe-out two years ago. As Ad Age notes, "The new campaign plays on the 'ing' in Bing as the gerund form of verbs: doing, living, healing, etc."
Winter sports injuries are top of mind this week, following a fatal training accident that took the life of Canadian freestyle skiing champ and X Games medalist Sarah Burke.