NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prentice Capital, the Michael
Zimmerman fund specializing in retail investments, predicts that retail sales
will grow faster than expected during the second half of 2014. This view is
supported by the latest National Retail Federation retail sales forecast
which calculates that retail sales are expected to grow at least 3.9% during
the second half(1).
Zimmerman's positive view is despite the fact that US store visits fell by
nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July, and overall have fallen by 5% or
more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years according to
ShopperTrak(2). It's not all bad news however - consumers are still buying,
they are just increasingly doing it online.
Consumer behaviour is changing. Instead of wandering through stores making
impulse purchases, shoppers use their mobile phones and computer... (more)
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According to a new Forrester Research report, mobile banking will reach 108
million users in the U.S. by 2017, approximately 46 percent of all U.S. bank
account holders. Read Original Content
Smartphones will drive more than $730 billion worth of purchases over the
next five years, according to Juniper Research. Read Original Content
ABI Research data has shown that over the next five years, the total revenues
from mobile apps – including in-app purchases and pay-per-downloads, as
well as in-app advertising and subscriptions – will explode. In fact, they
are predicted to gro... (more)
There has been a great deal of press surrounding Apple's launch of iCloud and
the impact of this new service on consumer markets. Very little attention,
however, has been given to the impact that this new cloud computing service
will have on enterprise IT. If recent history is any indication, this is a
big mistake. The consumerization of IT over the last decade has demonstrated
that consumer trends establish end-user expectations around IT service
delivery, and given the rapid pace of cloud computing technology innovation
the window between consumer trends and IT expectations is growing narrower
every day. If this isn't enough to convince you, then consider this - Apple's
iCloud represents the first real and significant challenge to Google's
network-centric cloud computing model. The winner of this titanic struggle
will shape consumer, and hence end user, attitudes ... (more)
After "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in USA" tags were spotted
on some new iMacs, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed Thursday that production of
one of the company's existing Mac lines is moving to the US.
Production will ramp up next year. Apple is investing $100 million to produce
the things here and will subcontract the work out.
He told Bloomberg BusinessWeek, "We've been working on this for a long time,
and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We're really proud
of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it's broader
because we wanted to do something more substantial."
The company estimates that it's created more than 600,000 jobs in the US -
both directly and indirectly.
Cook told NBC that he felt it was important to create more jobs in the US,
which is struggling with 8% unemployment, but he said he can't move all of
The Unicode Consortium today announced that its president and co-founder, Dr.
Mark Davis, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s
Internationalization & Unicode Conference (IUC) in Santa Clara, CA. The
conference will take place November 3rd-5th at the Hyatt Regency hotel.
Dr. Davis’s talk will discuss where emoji came from, why they have gotten
so popular, where they’ve missed the mark, and what the future will bring.
The title is itself in emoji: www.unicodeconference.org/emoji.
“Emoji became very popular in Japan right after they were introduced in
1999,” said Dr. Davis. “Once they were added to Unicode in 2010, they
became popular worldwide, used in modern mobile phones, texting systems,
email, and so on. For example, there were some 6,000 articles on emoji in the
month after Unicode 7.0 released, according to Google News.”
The presentation will cover som... (more)
LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) partnered with
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM) and Lakeshore Entertainment to create a
multi-faceted marketing campaign to promote the highly-anticipated film,
FAME, which premiered last night in Los Angeles. FAME is the highly
anticipated remake of the 80's award winning hit film -- is set at a New York
City performing arts school and follows the lives of several aspiring
dancers, actors, singers, and artists as they reach for their dreams
As presenting sponsor of the Los Angeles premiere and pre-premiere concert,
LG Mobile Phones created a fun and unique "LGFameUs" experience for the cast
members and attendees. The premiere experience complemented an online
micro-site the company created to promote the film. For the premiere, LG
created a video "set" -- complete with a New York City Street scene -- so
Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push
email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software
is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and
content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email
systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud.
Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's
striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich
media in the cloud, using any modern browser
"With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of
their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco,
Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in
the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to
access mobile data and content, any... (more)
Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)? Then please
accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve
experienced over the past few days.
The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008. As
one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first
and most popular consumer smartphones. Featuring a real keyboard, it
offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were
still figuring out SMS. For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone
One of the Sidekick’s key features was that it kept all of your important
stuff “in the cloud.” That meant it stored all of your contacts,
messages, photos, and just about everything else on a server managed by
Danger. This made it easy to recover your data in case your phone lost
power or failed. What nobody anti... (more)
Wireless Developer's Journal
I can see multiple mobile applications and technologies converging rapidly to
provide some very interesting scenarios for mobile and route sales people.
Consider the following scenario.
A mobile sales person or route sales person is driving through an unfamiliar
territory. She stops in a parking lot and activates an application on her
Smart Phone that identifies her location and requests visibility into the
location of all current and past customers, and any known sales prospects.
Her application, using Google Maps provides a map with color coded "push
pins" showing the exact locations of each. Tapping on any push pin identifies
the street address, name, product and account history.
The mobile sales person only has 2 hours to spare, so selects a priority
filter. The map updates and removes non-selected accounts. She then selects
the opt... (more)
The term Enterprise 2.0 is receiving a lot of press these days (see
definition of Enterprise 2.0). In this article we are going to discuss
possible use cases for Enterprise 2.0 in the context of enterprise mobile
Carl Frappaolo and Dan Keldsen defined Enterprise 2.0 in this way, "a system
of web based technologies that provide rapid and agile collaboration (kudos
for buzz words), information sharing, emergence and integration capabilities
in the extended enterprise." The bottom line, unstructured information
sharing tools for use by the enterprise.
Many of the online references to Enterprise 2.0 are referring to intranet or
internal company communications. Since mobility is more interesting, let's
focus on how Enterprise 2.0 could be used external to the company in a B2B
(business to business) context.
OK, an EnterpriseBook instead of a FaceBook. What ... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
While the market figures out whether it wants one of those new iHyped Apple
iPad tablets when they get here in March, what it would do with it if it got
one, whether it will kill the Kindle, threaten netbooks or backfire on Apple,
note that it's the first time Apple is using its own chip, supposedly giving
purpose to its 2008 PA Semi acquisition.
The custom-designed 1GHz high-performance, low-power Apple A4 is reportedly
an ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SOC) integrating the ARM central processor,
ARM graphics and ARM memory controller on a single die, a direction Intel's
Moorestown Atom is going.
Apple says it's the reason iPad gets 10-hour battery life.
The iPad runs the same software as the 600MHz ARM-based iPhone. Its 9.7-inch
screen is special too and is based on IPS LCD technology used in televisions.
The $499-$829 device uses Flash memory and can... (more)