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Brand News: Monster, McDonald's, Verizon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 7, 2015 09:09 AM


Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper office in Paris is attacked by suspected terrorists, killing 12 and injuring at least 7.

McDonald's faces PR crisis in Japan after vinyl fragment is found in McNugget and tooth is found in fries, as Sydney de-branded cafe concept gains attention.

Monster sues Apple for fraud over Beats deal.

Verizon rejects rumors of AOL interest, looks to rival Dish's Sling TV with web TV network.

Calvin Klein signs Justin Bieber to new campaign with Lara Stone.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Grumpy Cat is Lovin' It for McDonald's, CES 2015 and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 5, 2015 09:03 AM

McDonald's Grumpy Cat


McDonald's refreshes "I'm Lovin' It" tagline with TV commercial featuring Grumpy Cat, SpongeBob SquarePants and other characters.

CES 2015 gets rolling in Las Vegas with emphasis on Internet of Things—among many, many other things.

AirAsia crash may have been caused by icing, Indonesian report says.

Xiaomi doubled 2014 sales to $12.2 billion, leading some to wonder: too fast, too soon?

Dannon, official yogurt of the NFL, bows out of Super Bowl advertising as it swaps John Stamos for NFL quarterback Cam Newton.Continue reading...

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Samsung Expands Wearable Tech Line with Gear Circle

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 15, 2014 09:49 AM

The wearable market has been identified a the one to watch for big growth and Samsung is doing what it can to get in before such competitor as Apple make their inevitable big splash. The South Korean tech manufacturer launched a smartwatch this fall, is promoting its Gear VR virtual reality goggles this holiday—and now, it's quietly introducing Gear Circle this week, with a market launch in India.

The necklace-like wireless headset sits around the neck with the ear buds either worn in the ears or connecting in front to make a futuristic necklace.

Using Bluetooth 3.0, Circle connects to a phone or Gear S smartwatch. It alerts wearers to new calls if desired while also playing music—and represents the next step in Samsung's vision of the future of how consumers and technology physically interact.Continue reading...

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Intel Brings Fashion Tech to CES with TAG Heuer Smart Watch

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 10, 2014 11:28 AM

TAG Heuer watch

Intel is reportedly teaming with Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer for a smart watch launch at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month in Las Vegas (Jan. 5-9).

Running on an Intel processor, the watch will reportedly look similar to a regular wristwatch—i.e., more like the Witherings Activité—and less like the flurry of warable monitors with touchscreens and rubberized bands already flooding the marketplace.

The move is the latest step in Intel’s pursuit of the Internet of Things, with wearables a top priority since Brian Krzanich took over as CEO in 2013. Continue reading...

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Intel Upgrades—and Gives Away—Stephen Hawking's Speech Processor

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 4, 2014 03:03 PM

"Intel has been supporting me for... years, allowing me to do what I love every day."

As announced this week and detailed in Wired's January issue, the tech leader has upgraded Stephen Hawking's speech system to double the speed of the predictive typing technology that enables him to communicate—and will release it as a free open-source platform in January with the hope that it can can be adapted to help others with restrictive medical conditions and disabilities.

The hashtag: #KeepHawkingTalking.Continue reading...

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Wearable Tech Projected to Win Over Consumers This Holiday—and Beyond

Posted by Catherine Straut on December 2, 2014 04:04 PM

The consumer electronics industry is off to a strong start this holiday season, and a new survey shows that wearable tech is officially where it’s at. "For the first time in three quarters, tech products have gained ground relative to the other categories we studied," said John Talbott, director of research at the Center for Education and Research in Retailing at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Wearables are expected to be on everyone’s wish list this year, with roughly 19 million trackers, fitness bands and smartwatches already in use, according to Juniper Research. The firm projects that within a couple of years, tens of millions more will be sold. 

Microsoft, Jawbone, Fitbit and Garmin’s models are selling fast, and the anticipation for Apple’s smartwatch launch continues to build as Samsung, Sony and other competitors are already jumping into the market.

Below, some of the latest developments in the wearable tech world this holiday season:Continue reading...

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Brand News: Cyber Monday, World AIDS Day and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 1, 2014 09:05 AM


Cyber Monday expectations drop on fading Black Friday for U.S. retailers, as early and online sales ate into four-day weekend sales tally.

It's World AIDS DayUNAIDS goes local with city focus as Apple turns its store logos (RED) and Prince Harry launches #FeelNoShame campaign. 

Sony sees new movies leak online in wake of hack attack as exec heralds virtual reality revolution.

Intel replaces Texas Instruments to power Google Glass as it acquires PasswordBox to boost digital security.

Lufthansa cancels half its flights as pilots strike over retirement benefits.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Aereo, Intel, Graco and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2014 09:02 AM


Aereo files for Chapter 11.

Intel goes for "big bang" with Jim Parsons ad campaign.

Graco recalls 4.5 million strollers following children's finger amputations, recalling McLaren crisis.

Amazon plans travel site launch, signs 17-year lease on new NYC HQ.

Uber CEO retain investor support as company hires external investigator for data privacy claims.Continue reading...

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