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Attack of the Round-Faced Wearables

Tweet The square smartwatches (Samsung Gear, LG G Watch) have already largely failed. Motorola’s forthcoming round-faced Moto 360 is the new “reference design” that Samsung and LG are racing to match, hoping that round faces appeal more than the clunky rectangles we’ve seen to date. We don’t yet know what the anticipated Apple iWatch will […]

Free Webinar: Everything You Wanted to Know about (i)Beacons

Tweet Beacons are extremely hot right now. But what are they exactly? How do they operate? And what are their limitations? I just wrote “A Marketer’s Guide to iBeacons.” It’s a good primer on what Bluetooth Beacons can and cannot do for retailers and marketers in stores, at the point of sale. (Hint: they do a […]

Survey: iPhone 6 Demand Higher than 5s

Tweet According to ChangeWave US consumer survey data, a larger-screen iPhone (or iPhones plural) could driver higher sales than the 5s. That’s because there’s significant, pent-up demand for a larger screen iPhone — which are rumored to be in production. If I’m reading the chart above correctly, it indicates that 40% of respondents are either […]

WSJ: Google (Finally) Prepping Branded Retail Stores

Tweet I guess it’s finally happening. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal Google is preparing to launch its own branded retail stores  in the US market: Google has been developing plans to launch retail stores in the U.S., said people familiar with the matter, in another sign the company is studying Apple […]

Tablets, Apps, Interactive Tables to Replace Humans in Low-End Restaurants

Tweet Restaurants as diverse as The Cheesecake Factory, Chevy’s, Appelbee’s, Bucca di Beppo, IHOP, California Pizza Kitchen and Pizza Hut fall into the “casual dining” or “fast causal” dining categories. The four recognized restaurant segments are: fine dining, casual dining, fast causal and QSR (fast food). The fast-casual segment alone is approaching $40 billion in annual […]

What Ellen’s Selfie Says about Us and Does It Really Help Samsung?

Tweet Volumes have already been written about Sunday’s Oscars and Ellen’s Selfie in particular. It’s the most retweeted tweet of all time. However it was reportedly pre-meditated as part of Samsung’s more than $20 million sponsorship of the night. According to the Wall Street Journal: Ms. DeGeneres toyed with a white Samsung phone during the […]

Mobile Devices Now Greatly Outnumber PCs

Tweet This morning Pew is out with new tablet and e-reader numbers: 50% of US adults now have one or the other or both. In particular 42% of Americans 18 and older own tablets (still mostly iPads but also Kindles). Using these figures, by my calculation, there are now 102 million tablets owned by US adults. […]

Long Past ‘One Trick Pony,’ Google’s Now a Products Company

Tweet Certain research analysts used to be fond of saying that Google was a “one trick pony” — meaning the company had its highly successful search business and nothing else. That hasn’t been true for a very long time. A very long time. While the $3.2 billion purchase today of groovy home appliance maker Nest […]

Apple’s ‘Misunderstood’ Ad Is Subversive

Tweet There has been a great deal of discussion about the emotional content and impact of Apple’s new “Misunderstood” ad. The ad shows a kid who’s seemingly overly involved with his phone and not participating with an extended family visit and Xmas fun. The kid is “misunderstood” by his family and, initially, by us. We initially […]

Windows PC Biz Squeezed on Both Ends

Tweet On Black Friday Best Buy advertised several discounted Windows laptops, priced at between $250 and $350. My wife and I wanted to get one from our younger daughter, who’s always trying to use my wife’s computer. However when I read online reviews and looked at these machines in the store it made no sense […]