NAIAS 2015: Tesla's Elon Musk Makes Fans, Enemies at Detroit Auto Show

Posted by Dale Buss on January 19, 2015 02:11 PM

Tesla Elon Musk 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Elon Musk knows how to knock over a beehive. The Silicon Valley billionaire rolled into the fray of the 2015 North American International Auto Show with chest puffed, dismissing other automakers for not embracing electric vehicles the way he has with Tesla, and putting down auto dealers who challenge Tesla's direct-to-consumer sales model as "jerks."

In his first public appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in two years, the motormouth hit Motor City to make a speech at a conference close to the annual Cobo Center where the auto exhibition, not actually at NAIAS proper at Cobo Center. Even as he critiqued his auto industry peers, he wooed brand loyalists by posing for photos at Tesla's NAIAS exhibit.

His Detroit visit was all the more relevant as it capped a week of escalation in one of his ongoing battle royales: trying to knock down hydrogen fuel-cell technology as a viable alternative to the all-electric path blazed by Tesla. Continue reading...

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NAIAS 2015: New Cars, From 3D Printing to Supercars, at the Detroit Auto Show

Posted by Dale Buss on January 13, 2015 07:34 PM

NAIAS Detroit Auto Show 3D Printing Local Motors Strati car

Bloomberg Businessweek argues that there are five new cars that matter at the 2015 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show.

Namely, the new Acura NSX; the Toyota Tacoma; the Volkswagen SUV; the Mercedes GLE Coupe; and the Ford GT.

Check them out below, along with the other new cars making their in Detroit—along with the world's first 3D printed car:Continue reading...

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CES 2015: No-Show Apple is at CES if You Look Closely

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 5, 2015 11:09 AM

TapSense Apple Watch

Apple, famously, shuns exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—but with smartwatches, health tech, connected cars (and homes) all a major focus at CES 2015, the no-show must go on.

With Apple Watch preparing to launch and wearable tech top of mind at CES, attendees can check out how Apple Watch will serve up ads via TapSense, a vendor whose programmatic ad platform is on the floor.

“Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) are the next frontiers in the mobile revolution, ” commented Ash Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO of TapSense, in a blog post.Continue reading...

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Brand News: AirAsia, Sony, Palm and More

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 2, 2015 09:19 AM

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Sony compensates gamers for PlayStation Network hack as the US sanctions North Korea over Sony hack and The Interview expands distribution to cable and satellite TV providers including Dish Network.

AirAsia crash search hindered by weather as CEO Tony Fernandes is praised for transparent response via Twitter feed.

Palm brand may be making a comeback after HP sells trademarks.

GM issues three new recalls, citing ignition systems.

H&M promotes new athleticwear collection.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Burberry, Kimpton, Sony and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 16, 2014 09:16 AM


Burberry features two black models—Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn—in a first for new campaign.

Google prepares e-commerce offensive to challenge Amazon.

IHG buys boutique hotel chain Kimpton.

Sony Pictures CEO vows hackers "will not take us down" as Tencent strikes China music-distribution deal with Sony Music.

Sydney comes together after attack at Lindt cafe shocks Australia and the world, while Taliban attack school in Pakistan and kill more than 100 students. Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple, #SydneySiege, #SonySiege and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 15, 2014 09:11 AM


Apple releases emotional holiday campaign ("The Song") as company heads to court in e-book price-fixing appeal and IBM looks for lift from co-branded B2B mobile apps partnership.  

Australia rallies around #IllRideWithYou hashtag in show of support for Muslim community as hostage-taking in Sydney's Lindt cafe continues and Uber backpedals on surge pricing during crisis.

"I Can't Breathe" meme continues as #MillionsMarch across America over weekend.

PetSmart goes private in $8.7 billion deal.

Sony asks media to stop releasing leaked materials as studio cancels production (and Kevin Hart presser) and PlayStation readies China launch.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple, Amazon, Uber and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 8, 2014 08:31 AM


Ford tops 1 million in annual China sales.

Amazon tests restaurant delivery service in bid to keep disrupting itself.

UBS turns to artificial intelligence to advise clients.

Uber driver in India arrested on rape charges.

Apple promotes iPad Air 2 (and apps from Post-it and others) in U.S. TV spot:Continue reading...

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Brand News: JetBlue, Honda, ING and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 25, 2014 09:19 AM


JetBlue and content providers offer Fly-Fi.

Honda apologizes for under-reporting air bag issues since 2003.

ING slashes 1,700 jobs.

Sony joins Emirates and others in dropping World Cup sponsorship as Coca-Cola adds to pressure on FIFA.

Amazon offers help finding local handymen, tests out-of-home subway shopping digital kiosks in NYC.Continue reading...

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