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retail watch Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2014 05:37 PM America's two big mainstream men's apparel brands finally found a fit with each other after several months of wrangling over whether they would get together and which would be in control if they did. Men's Wearhouse finally agreed to acquire the smaller Jos. A. Bank for $1.8 billion by paying $65 in cash.

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CES 2015: Under Armour Brand, Now in mHealth Space, in Best Shape Ever This week at the CES 2015 tech confab in Las Vegas, Under Armour announced that it's bringing the UA brand into the health-tracking business, launching its UA Record app. The new health platform and fitness tracking app, designed with HTC, is right in step with the explosion in connected fitness, with CES-goers inundated with wearables and apps merging health, sports, big data and style. The digital health and fitness platform marks a savvy extension for a brand that is in healthier shape than ever, kicking off the new year ahead of a fierce competitor: Adidas. Long been playing catch-up to archrival Nike when it comes to US sportswear, Adidas saw Under Armour surpassed the German sportswear giant in 2014, bringing in $2.6 billion in revenue in the US while Adidas racked up $1.6 billion, according to new research reported by Marketwatch.

The decline of the mobile web People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop: And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web: This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. America's Most Social Small Business Is... For those of you who have followed along with our America's Most Social Small Business challenge, you know that it's been a fierce competition from the get-go, with 32 small businesses all over the country duking it out to claim the title of the most socially savvy. After some tough choices and hours of deliberation, the championship round has arrived. In this final match-up, we examined the social presences of our final two competitors — Sevenly, a cause-oriented apparel company, and Plated, a chef-designed food delivery service — in order to determine which, in fact, is most deserving of the title. Image: Mashable composite Drumroll please... The final showdown

IKEA Turns Consumers Into Sustainable Resellers in Norwegian Campaign sustainability Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 29, 2013 03:45 PM It seems only right that the company responsible for everyone's love/hate relationship with assembly-required furniture is now helping customers resell their goods. CSS 3 Cheat Sheet (PDF) - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Just last week we released an extensive printable HTML 5 Cheat Sheet that lists all currently supported HTML 5 tags, their descriptions, their attributes and their support in HTML 4. In comments to this post we received many requests for a similar CSS 3 cheat sheet that would present the main features of CSS 3 in a handy, printable reference card. So we asked our friend Chris Hanscom from (who created the HTML 5 cheat sheet) to create a quick reference card for CSS 3. We already encouraged you to experiment with CSS 3 in our last posts and now you can use this handy cheat sheet to use the new CSS 3 features in some modern browsers (Firefox 3.5, Opera 9.6, Safari 3+, Google Chrome and Co.). The result is a printable CSS 3 scrib sheet, created and released exclusively for the readers of Smashing Magazine.

Advertising best practice, evidence and insights NEW YORK: Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality and leisure group, is making sure the "user journey" is central to informing its mobile app experience, rather than simply being led by new technology. Arlie Sisson, associate director/mobile product strategy, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, discussed this topic at the Association of National Advertisers' (ANA) Mobile First, Mobile Everywhere conference in New York. "There's a lot that you can build with mobile. And we have this problem at Starwood: we want to be everything to everyone, and it gets a bit overwhelming sometimes," she said. "It's always a continued push to say: how can we make this better, how can we make this experience cleaner, how can we engage with guests."

Jury Finds Both Apple and Samsung Guilty of Patent Infringement, Samsung to Pay $119.6 Million, Apple to Pay $158,400 After three days of deliberations and several weeks of testimony, the jury reached a unanimous verdict in the second Apple vs. Samsung trial (via CNET). The jury found that Samsung willfully infringed on three of the five patents involved in the lawsuit, ordering the South Korean company to pay $119.6 million, far from the $2 billion total Apple was hoping for. All of Samsung's devices were found to have infringed on the '647 data syncing patent, while some were found to have infringed on '721, slide-to-unlock. Samsung was not found to have infringed on '959, universal search, or on '414, background syncing.

The Book of Symbols: Carl Jung’s Catalog of the Unconscious by Kirstin Butler Why Sarah Palin identifies with the grizzly bear, or what the unconscious knows but doesn’t reveal. A primary method for making sense of the world is by interpreting its symbols. We decode meaning through images and, often without realizing, are swayed by the power of their attendant associations. A central proponent of this theory, iconic Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustaf Jung, made an academic case for it in the now-classic Man and His Symbols, and a much more personal case in The Red Book. Beginning in the 1930s, Jung’s devotees started collecting mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic imagery under the auspices of The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS), an organization with institutes throughout the U.S.

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