iPhone Set To Drive Apple Watch Boom
Apple Watch is set to boom, according to Futuresource Consulting, and a large part of this will come from existing iPhone users.
The research form’s latest perspectives report has covered six countries and found that 20 percent of iPhone users intend to purchase an Apple Watch in the next 12 months. In the U.S., in particular, both iPhone penetration and Apple Watch acquisition propensity are high.
Futuresource believes that the Apple Watch will be a big contender in the gifting market, especially as the range of available personal devices for this sector has reduced, due to the functions of a number of traditional consumer electronics devices absorbed into smartphones.
GOP Looks To Hitch A Ride With Uber
Is Uber this election cycle’s Solyndra? The ride-hailing app has suddenly become an unlikely political football in the 2016 presidential race. Republican candidate Jeb Bush announced plans to Uber his way to a San Francisco appearance to talk about the virtues of disruptive technologies such as Uber. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton sounded a skeptical note in an economic policy speech when she said companies in the “sharing economy” create “exciting opportunities” but raise “hard questions about workplace protections.” Her comments immediately drew rebuttals from other Republican candidates including Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
Intel Rides IoT, Cloud Trends To Beat Q2 Earnings Target
Intel surprised Wall Street analysts with a stronger than expected second quarter, as the bottom line got a boost from its data center and Internet of Things groups.
The company is riding out a rough period for its traditionally strong client computing and software segments as the PC market remains soft — PC sales are down 11.6 percent from last year, according to IDC. On top of that, Microsoft’s decision to offer Windows 10 free on PCs running Windows 7 and 8 will prevent the usual run of new PC sales that tend to follow a new Windows launch, quashing demand for Intel’s popular processors.
Enter the Internet of Things group, which impressed. Revenue for the segment increased 4 percent sequentially and 5 percent year over year with total revenue of $559 million.
In addition, revenue from the company’s server business, including server, network and storage platforms designed for enterprise, Cloud, communications infrastructure and technical computing segments increased 5 percent from last quarter, and 10 percent from Q2 2014.
E-tail Sales to Reach $1.7 Trillion This Year As Social Media Firms Enter Direct-Sales Arena
New data from Juniper Research shows that global e-tail sales are expected to reach $1.7 trillion this year, up by more than 17 percent over 2014’s total. The data suggests that while recent growth had been buoyed by factors such as public Wi- Fi deployments and 4G rollout, in the medium term, sales would receive a strong boost from the trend of social media companies acting as direct sales platforms, a trend that is likely to continue.
The new research observed that players such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram had already launched ‘buy’ buttons from their mobile apps. It claimed that such players are also likely to enhance their sales prospects through strategic retailer partnerships, with Twitter already enabling users to link their accounts to Amazon.
Half of 2015’s Best-Perceived Brands Predate the Web
While Americans spend a third of their time on social media, and 78 percent regularly shop online, when it comes to the brands consumers most trust and admire, half of the top 10 are old-line companies that predate the web, according a survey by BrandIndex, as reported by Ad Week. The research house queried about 1.2 million adults over age 18, asking them to rate brands according to quality, satisfaction, overall impression and other attributes.
10 BEST-PERCEIVED BRANDS:
4. Cancer Treatment Centers of America