Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 13, 2013 11:38 AM
Tens of millions of Americans tuned in to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night and a few brands benefited from getting a mention. Caterpillar, Ford and Apple were all named for bringing jobs back to America. Apple CEO Tim Cook even got a few seconds of airtime since he was sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama. Siemens America got a few sentences dedicated to its CEO saying that, “if we upgrade our infrastructure, they'll bring even more jobs.”
IBM snuck in there, too, as it has partnered with the City University of New York to create P-Tech, the Pathways in Technology early college high school in Brooklyn that serves grades 9-14 with a focus on technology and innovation. As Bloomberg Businessweek reports, "The 18-month-old experiment has caught not only the president’s eye but the attention of companies, politicians, and educators across the nation."
Students graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in engineering or computers. The school, which opened in September 2011, has already inspired five more similar programs to start up in Chicago, Obama’s adopted hometown. Idaho has announced plans to open a similar school as well.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 5, 2013 09:01 AM
Barclays CEO vows to improve bank's ethics as company sets aside $1.6 billion for legal costs following exec shake-up.
S&P and McGraw-Hill sued by U.S. over controversial mortgage bond ratings.
KFC parent Yum! Brands suffers after China scandal.
Applebee's sees social media firestorm after employee posted customer receipt online.
AT&T introduces $1 mobile hotspot (with contract).
Axe broadens men's grooming portfolio.
Amazon and Samsung unseat Apple in customer engagement ranking.
Boeing finds experts stumped over Dreamliner's faulty batteries.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2013 09:04 AM
Boeing sees Dreamliner pass a battery inspection in Japan but planes are still grounded, and company faces possiblity of a $5-billion writedown.
Barnes & Noble plans to close as many as one-third of its retail stores over next several years.
Daimler, Ford and Nisssan ink deal on fuel-cell cars.
ABC sees advertisers such as Hyundai and University of Phoenix connect with network for Oscars telecast.
Apple shares may not be as important as IBM stock in terms of a market bellwether.
CBS scores nearly $4 million for average Super Bowl spot.
Cracker Barrel rolls out plan to expand into groceries.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 22, 2013 09:02 AM
McDonald's debuts new packaging featuring QR codes.
Samsung reportedly developing new Galaxy Tab 3 line-up and a tablet.
Walmart toughens ethics policies for suppliers with zero tolerance policy.
AB InBev wins court bid to get back Bud EU trademark for beer.
Boeing faces intensifying probes on troubled Dreamliner.
Caterpillar woes deepen in China.
Cumulus brings country music back to New York City radio.
Daimler commits to innovation in mobility.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 11, 2013 09:02 AM
AB InBev will return Clydesdales to Budweiser Super Bowl advertising.
Amazon offers free MP3 of CD purchases.
Apple was awarded 1,136 US patents last year, while top spot went to IBM.
BBC back in the spotlight with former star Jimmy Savile's official police report on abuses.
BlackBerry is restoring service in Europe as US carriage firms up for closely watched BlackBerry 10.
Boeing faces FAA investigation of 787 Dreamliner.
David Beckham strips off again for H&M.
Dish Network charges CBS with censorship due to litigation.
ESPN favored for more spending by ad execs in survey.
Ford plans to hire 2,200 white-collar workers as American Express begins mass layoffs.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 10, 2013 09:01 AM
AIG decides against joining federal lawsuit.
Boeing tries to defuse fears about Dreamliner.
Yum! Brands apologizes for KFC chicken probe in China.
ArcelorMittal plans to issue stock to cut debt of world's largest steelmaker.
Chrysler sees push from UAW for IPO.
Coca-Cola files claim in China against false fungicide rumors.
Dish Network looks at spectrum as prize in Clearwire gambit as FCC opens doors.
Ford doubles dividend with business humming.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 17, 2012 03:29 PM
Smartphones are pretty smart as it is now. But in five years’ time, they could be smelling you to see if you have a cold, allow users to feel objects from across the globe, and see such things as cell structures that are likely to turn into a melanoma. Not too shabby, right?
Some of IBM’s top researchers share the news on these potential capabilities – and plenty more – in the company’s new list of five predictions of innovations that will change our lives in the next five years. The annual "Smarter Planet" look what’s coming down the pike in the world of technology this year is grouped around cognitive computing, another name for trying to get computers to behave more like humans.
“With all due respect to current technology, our computers today are just large calculators,” said Paul Bloom, the CTO of Telecom Research at IBM. “They calculate very fast and lots of data, but they really don’t think.” That is about to change. IBM has released five videos (watch below) to showcase how computing may change each of the five senses — hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and seeing. Researchers, for example, are getting closer to “hearing” mudslides and other natural disasters before they actually occur.
"This is really an assistive technology," commented Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM's VP of research. "It can't go off on its own. It's not designed to do that. What it's designed to do, in fact, is respond to a human in an assistive manner. But by providing a human-style of input, it's freed us from the task of programming and moved to the task of training. It simply has — not more intelligence — but more bandwidth, and there's a huge difference between the two."Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 10, 2012 04:29 PM
Cisco wants to be more than the largest manufacturer of computer networking equipment. It wants to guide customers through the myriad possibilities of the Internet of Everything, a phrase it's co-opting in service of its new brand positioning.
The tech brand has shut down its six-year-old tagline, "The Human Network." Its new tagline, unveiled today in a $100 million campaign — "Tomorrow Starts Here," a phrase you'll find, fittingly, all over the Internet and beyond: on its homepage and on social media as a promoted hashtag on Twitter, on its Facebook page, in a new TV campaign, in an infographic, in a series of blog posts, and in a new print campaign that comes to life via augmented reality and Cisco's mobile app.
The brand's chief marketing officer, Blair Christie, told TheStreet.com that it's more than just a campaign and new tagline.Continue reading...