These 10 brands are in the best position to avoid the retail apocalypse and win over consumers of the future

The 2018 FutureBrand Index ranked the brands that are best prepared for the future, based on the companies’ corporate purpose combined with people’s experiences of it. While the retail apocalypse doesn’t seem to be slowing down, some brands are a lot more likely than others to survive it. Disney and Nike are among the consumer-oriented […]

Continue Reading

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd explains his plan to double application revenues and bring forth new life on the cloud (ORCL)

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has come out swinging after the company missed quarterly cloud revenue projections and faced questions about the exit of the company’s top exec in charge of cloud. In an interview with Business Insider, Hurd explained how he’s betting on big growth in the company’s applications business. Oracle could double its application […]

Continue Reading

Scientists are starting to learn how e-cigs like the Juul can impact your health — and the results are troubling

A handful of recent studies are beginning to reveal the health effects of e-cigarette use, and they are not all positive. Some evidence has suggested that e-cigs may help adults quit smoking conventional cigarettes, but other studies have found that they might encourage teens to start. Regulators and health experts are particularly concerned about a […]

Continue Reading

Battle of the big phones: How Google’s new Pixel 3 XL compares to the jumbo iPhone XS Max (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

It’s the battle of the big smartphones. Two tech powerhouses, Apple and Google, have released extra-large devices in the past month: the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3 XL, respectively. While the two phones have some key differences, they also have a lot in common, most notably their large size. So if you’re someone […]

Continue Reading

Two software companies, fed up with Amazon and other big cloud players, have a controversial new plan to fight back

Two open-source database companies, MongoDB and Redis Labs, grew tired of seeing Amazon take their free software and make gobs of money on it, without much benefit to them. Amazon has every legal right to use their software in this way, because it is using the “open source” versions of their software, which is free […]

Continue Reading

This chart reveals a growing problem for Apple — that ‘customers are getting less excited for each new generation of iPhone’ (AAPL)

New iPhone models haven’t sold out as quickly as they have in years past. Citi analysts have used search trends to surmise that “customers are getting less excited for each new generation of iPhone.” Apple launched the iPhone XR at 3 A.M. in the morning on Friday, and when morning came, nearly all of the […]

Continue Reading

As unicorn valuations become the norm, more venture capitalists are relying on this legal tactic used by Square’s investors to protect from down-round IPOs (SQ, CSCO)

IPO downside protections are growing in popularity as more startups raise venture capital at unicorn valuations. A new report, published by the tech law firm Fenwick & West, found that 48% of unicorn fundraising rounds in the first half of 2018 included these legal protections for investors. As $1 billion-plus valuations become more common in […]

Continue Reading

Three untapped opportunities wearables present to health insurers, providers, and employers

After a shaky start, wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers have gained traction in healthcare, with US consumer use jumping from 9% in 2014 to 33% in 2018. More than 80% of consumers are willing to wear tech that measures health data — and penetration should continue to climb. The maturation of the wearable market […]

Continue Reading

Three ways brands can benefit from adopting voice technology (AAPL, AMZN, GOOGL, MSFT)

Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana, are pegged to trigger a widespread transformation across the retail industry in the years to come. The current interest in, and adoption of, voice assistants for commerce is being driven by recent technological breakthroughs, advantages of the tech over existing channels, and the […]

Continue Reading