P&G, IBM and Dove Make TED's 2013 Ads Worth Spreading. The Power to Connect Through Visual Storytellin. 'Made in China' signals quality. Device switching is standard behaviour. Samsung wants to turn your fingers into a virtual KEYBOARD. The patent was filed in 2013 to the World Intellectual Property OrganisationIt details a virtual keyboard displayed via a Google Glass-style deviceHead-mounted camera maps the keys to the wearer's fingers and palmTheir thumb is used to select the keys on each hand to type a messageSamsung is rumoured to be releasing its so-called Galaxy Glass device later this year By Victoria Woollaston Published: 17:57 GMT, 7 March 2014 | Updated: 18:30 GMT, 7 March 2014.
Privacy Groups to FTC: Stop Facebook Purchase of WhatsApp. A group of privacy organizations are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and halt Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp.
For now, Kate Spade (KATE), Michael Kors (KORS), or Coach (COH) will do. “We call these the ‘American trendy brands,’ ” says Su, a 25-year-old who works in advertising in Shanghai. She prefers Kate Spade’s bright colors and bold designs to the more muted styles offered by big European luxury houses that tout their heritage to justify charging more. “I might eventually buy an LV or Gucci bag,” Su says. “But it won’t be until I’m much older, I suspect.” As Chinese shoppers such as Su get better acquainted with American luxury brands, they’re discovering a designer wardrobe doesn’t have to cost months of pay. The likes of Coach, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch had been slow to tap growing Chinese luxury demand partly because they have smaller distribution in Europe and Asia, says Lucie Greene, editor at LS:N Global, the research unit of London consultant Future Laboratory.
A Kiosk for Khakis, and Other Gap Improvement Strategies. Margins may have been pinched by desperate holiday discounting, but Gap (GPS) made it through the end of the year in respectable—if not exactly stunning—shape.
Profit slid 12.5 percent to $307 million, a better result than Wall Street expected, and the retailer managed to tick up sales by the slightest amount at stores open more than a year. It’s no secret by now that Gap Chief Executive Officer Glenn Murphy hates discounting, particularly when the company is forced to offer big sales in response to rivals. If Gap customers want to get a deal, Murphy believes, they should shop at the company’s Old Navy brand or its outlet stores. Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd's Book, It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens « Open Culture.
Danah boyd (she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives.
She has a new book out called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and she’s made it available as a free PDF. The age of curation: From abundance to discovery. The rise of individual and social consumption driven by smartphones and tablets The end of content scarcity as digital distribution achieves ubiquity A shift away from ownership enabled by "always-on" networks These changes occur against a backdrop of the persistent culture clash between the creative and digital worlds.
Last year we noted the innovative power of digital platforms over the past seven years: iTunes is synonymous with music downloads, YouTube with streaming video, Kindle with e-books. But the rise of giants creates unease. Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook make headlines as much for the business, regulatory and cultural controversies they generate as for the new behaviors they have fostered. The rise of digital platforms also highlights the evolving role of curation, as consumers look for better ways to find the culture they want the most. We expect the current state of unease and uncertainty to lead to a new balance between supply and demand.
Could Drexler and Yanai Make J.Crew the Middle Man in Fast Retailing's Empire? Hoping to capitalize on the chain's success even as competing retailers falter, Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing is reportedly in talks to buy preppy clothier J.Crew.
Could J.Crew become the missing jewel in Fast Retailing's bid to become the globe's biggest retailer? Just last week there were rumors that J.Crew was planning its second IPO as a way to gain access to funds for expansion. CEO Mickey Drexler and creative head Jenna Lyons have turned the brand around over the last decade, making the mid-priced brand extremely attractive to Fast Retailing, which hopes to take advantage of J.Crew's accomplishments and build on them even as some iconic competitors, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, struggle with the finicky retailing scene.
But just because the retailer has managed some success doesn't mean it came easy. Is It Actually Possible To Make Bottled Water Eco-Friendly? Environmentalists usually hate disposable water bottles and with good reason: More than 30 billion end up in landfills each year, some float out to litter the ocean, and millions of barrels of oil are used just to make the plastic.
Now a new Kickstarter project claims to introduce a greener version of the standard disposable bottle. But is it possible to actually claim to have a green water bottle, when people can just turn on the tap? The new bottle, called Treeson is made from plant-based plastic. Peel away the recycled paper label, and there’s a mailing label underneath.