Amazon Echo Look

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One of the biggest challenges innovation consultants and speakers face is the “inertia of the installed base” — as legendary founder of Ziff-Davis, Bill Ziff, liked to put it. Retailers eagerly listen to innovation presentations or participate in interactive workshops, but once again Amazon rewrote the rules of retail innovation with the launch of Echo Look. The inertia of the …

Virtual Reality

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Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement that it has shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014, Facebook launched an augmented reality ecosystem at its F8 developer conference last week. While Facebook’s plans to become the app platform for developers is ambitious, Google notes that 160 million Cardboard apps have been downloaded …

Emoji

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In January 2010, we wrote our first analysis on the use of smileys in which we advocated the adoption of a standardized emoticon language, dubbed EmotiScript. You are hereby forgiven if you considered what we wrote pure balderdash. We could not have predicted that the use of emoticons would explode after the launch of Apple’s iOS 5, the first iPhone …

Devialet Silver Phantom

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Major innovations in audio technology were last introduced by the likes of Bose, Dahlquist, Magneplanar and Quad in the 1970s. But a French company, Devialet is causing big bass vibrations throughout the audio industry with an innovative line of speakers called Phantom. The audiophile speaker market is a relatively staid business, especially when compared to its complementary electronics counterpart, think …

CRM on the Mac

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Things haven’t gotten much easier since our 2013 update, the Mac continues to be very weak in database management, especially in CRM-type solutions. Managing contacts is an arduous task on the Mac, particularly in the area of seamless integration with social networks. There are a few rays of sunshine. Apple has broken its tradition of rarely updating its Contacts app, …

Grayfields

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The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Close All 463 Stores,” But the most dour observation belongs to The New York Times, “Department Stores, Once Anchors at Malls, Become Millstones.” A key parameter of retailing, …

Four SXSW Takeaways

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SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgotten Las Vegas event, most did not feature “content” as the main draw. Lesson: business prospects like to be entertained and …

Yoga Culture

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Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to the Hindustan Times (26-Jan-13) people worldwide, including over 100 million in its country of origin, India. Yoga Journal’s “Yoga In America” …

Top 10 Innovators

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Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere to calendar years, innovators defy ranking. A few weeks ago, Fast Company did its best to try to shoehorn 50 companies …