tech in the spotlight

CES 2014 Recap: Tech Connects to Get Up Close and Personal with Consumers

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 10, 2014 07:16 PM

As the International Consumer Electronics Show wraps up its annual spectacle in Las Vegas, it's difficult to make the call on who or what exactly 'won' CES 2014. With brands (and marketers) big and small from nearly every sector presenting impressive tech, it's hard not to call everyone a winner—especially consumers. 

Still, this year's show presented some key themes, the most apparent being "connectivity." As consumers adopt more technology into their lives, the task at hand is to now connect those technologies—create an ecosystem of sorts that allows for seamless control and enjoyment. 

On that front, the automotive and mobile industries made a strong showing at CES, where Google's Android unveiled the Open Automotive Alliance and connected-car platform with nearly 10 major automakers signed on, including GM, Honda, Audi and Hyundai. The Alliance, meant to develop connected-car innovations with the same standards, plans to see the first vehicle with Android integration by the end of this year. 

Similarly, AT&T announced its own connected-car platform and new AT&T Drive Studio in Atlanta, where the company will partner with developers to create specialized apps for automakers like Audi and Tesla. 

But the car wasn't the only environment to get the connected treatment.Continue reading...

tech in the spotlight

CES 2014: Small Gadgets Make Big Impacts on Day 3

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 9, 2014 08:17 PM

CES 2014's biggest trends, from Samsung and LG's curved TVs to Sony's 4K, wearables from Pebble and Razer Nabu, and high-tech cars and the connected home have already made their mark. On the next to last day in Las Vegas, the patina is fading, the crowds are thinning, but what’s left are the smaller, eye-catching and inventive products that could have profound impacts. 

Intel's broad CES presentation saw the chip company present a plan for wearables and devices, including a Smart Bowl wireless charger that pairs with Intel's new smart headset, Jarvis, and automatically charges devices when you drop them in. But the company didn't stray too far from its roots with the introduction of Edison, a PC shrunk down to the size of an SD card for digital cameras. Each Edison contains an Intel Quark dual-core processor, integrated WiFi and a Bluetooth radio, can run apps, and is small enough to be embedded in a coffee cup or Mimo’s wearable baby monitor.Continue reading...

rebranding

Intel Sheds Troubled McAfee Name in Antivirus Rebrand

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 7, 2014 05:36 PM

John McAfee created an antivirus program that became the industry standard, making him an unbelievably wealthy man. But since splitting from the company in 1994, McAfee's wealth—and personal reputation—have taken a tumble, especially after he hid out in Belize while being considered a "person of interest" in a murder investigation—and blogged about it.

But McAfee's antics have also drawn some negative attention to Intel, which bought McAfee Inc. in 2010. Now, after grappling with McAfee's outspoken opinions and unruly actions, the company announced it will be officially rebranding the security software, devoid of McAfee's name. 

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the change at the Consumer Electronics Show, where Intel is busy unveiling new efforts in wearable tech. While the McAfee sheild logo will remain, the software—which will be made available for free on mobile devices—will now be known as Intel Security, a change that is estimated to take a year to implement.Continue reading...

tech style

Fashion Meets Tech as Intel, Fitbit Focus on Making Wearables More Desirable

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 7, 2014 01:19 PM

Riding the wave of wearable tech at CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich took center Monday night to announce that the company is "in the midst of a transformation from world of screens and devices to a world of immersive experiences," as he proceeded to show-off Jarvis, a smart headset with earbuds designed for runners with embedded heart-rate sensors, eliminating the standalone chest strap design.

Jarvis, a speech-driven VPA like Siri, draws power from a phone's microphone jack, so there’s no need for a separate charger. Paired with an Android smartphone app, it lets users check directions or check out nearby restaurants, too. Krzanich also showcased a geo-fencing smartwatch that isn't dependent on a smartphone connection that could be used to track children's whereabouts. 

But if it's going to be wearable, it must be fashionable. And so just as Apple has added several fashion heavyweights to its executive arsenal, such as Yves St Laurent's Paul Deneve and Burberry's Angela Ahrendts, Intel announced it has partnered with Barneys New York, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and global fashion retailer Opening Ceremony to bring couture to worn devices. "As we go through the year, you will see more partnerships as we develop these technologies," Krzanich added.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Intel, BMW, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 7, 2014 09:22 AM

In the News

Intel jumps into wearables with earbuds, watch.

BMW rolls out driverless car at CES racetrack.

Apple says App Store sales topped $10 billion in 2013. 

AT&T lets content firms subsidize users' data costs.

American Airlines lands a flight after camera is found in bathroom.

Audi and BMW both plan laser headlamps this year.

BYD says Chinese cars are headed to US by late 2015.

Fitbit partners with Tory Burch for high-fashion wearable tech.

GE to spend $1 billion on Thermo Fisher buyout.

GM sees Opel/Vauxhall increase European share thanks to new Adam minicar.

Goodyear sees tire workers in France hold managers hostage.Continue reading...

brand partners

Intel Gets Inside New Levi's-Branded 49ers Stadium

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 19, 2013 06:37 PM

The world may be turning its attentions to mobile devices that don’t have Intel chips, but the company that came to fame for powering PCs still wants to stay front and center in the minds of consumers. So it is placing a bet on sports marketing to help keep the name alive and thriving.

Its name popped up in sports-business stories last week when the company signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Spanish soccer giant Barcelona to stick the Intel logo on the inside of its jerseys so that fans can see it when their favorite players lift their shirts after scoring a goal.

“I know it’s bizarre and strange because it’s not shown on a day-to-day basis, but it’s more about the symbolic space,” said David Haroldsen, Intel’s vice president of sponsorship, according to the Washington Post. “It authentically tells the story of who we are rather than just being another brand that is visible with all the other logos that exist. We believed we would have more value with the symbolic placement with occasional pop-up moments within the game.”Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Target, Whole Foods, Chipotle and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 19, 2013 09:18 AM

In the News

Target hit by credit card breach of as many as 40 million customers that started on Black Friday.

Whole Foods stops selling Chobani in favor of non-GMO yogurts.

Chipotle joins fast-casual pizza race.

A&E suspends patriarch Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty over anti-gay remarks.

Allstate launches new online game to help avoid holiday mayhem.

AstraZeneca buys out Bristol-Myers Squibb in diabetes joint-venture.

Bayer buys cancer-drug partner Algeta for $2.9 billion.

Boeing loses out to Saab in providing fighter jets for Brazil and taps likely CEO successor.

Chevrolet sees a top US marketer leave.

Christie's finalizes appraisal of Detroit Institute of Arts collection.

Daimler gets stake in Aston Martin with engine supply deal.

Darden spins out Red Lobster amid shareholder pressure.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Boeing, Coca-Cola, Ford and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 09:19 AM

In the News

Boeing sees collapse of its renewed talks with machinists for 777X work.

Coca-Cola shakes up Americas management.

Ford plans to add 5,000 US jobs in 2014, hatches three new plants globally, and announces driverless-car initiative.

Bolthouse Farms leverages innovative Instagram tech.

DaVinci Wines debuts Facebook promo.

DirecTV explores online-video service and counts on addressable ads for future growth.

Google mulls designing its own server chips in threat to Intel.

Hilton explores creating new hotel brand aimed at affluent Millennials.

Hyundai plans to tout Genesis, Elantra in Super Bowl.Continue reading...

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