Intel Lays Out its Vision for a Fully Connected World

first_imgIntel The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Apply Now » Next Article –shares 10 min read Image credit: PC Mag Matthew Murray Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List It was fitting that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s Tuesday keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here began with a wide-ranging music demonstration. First, a pair of DJs went to town on a turntable set built on the Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) platform. Then a master percussion demonstrated, with something called an “aerodrum,” how waving a pair of sticks in midair (if at expertly calculated positions), could produce a killer backing beat. Finally, a pianist, armed only with a pair of gloves, manipulated the air around him as if it were a full synthesizer. Then, just before Krzanich began his speech, all four musicians played together to deliver an ear-blasting impromptu (and mostly virtual) concert.Technology irrupting into art may have been the first example of what Krzanich envisions coming down the line, but it was far from the last one. His speech, titled “Inventing the Future: The Power of a Smart and Connected World,” was full of plenty of others, touching on everything from games and movies to drones and robots to industry and smart cities and beyond, and was peppered with pontification about what it all means now, and what it’s likely to mean within just the next few years.”We’re truly inventing a world we can’t experience today,” Krzanich said. He was speaking of that “opening act,” which he said represented a new concept called “Merged Reality,” where “things from the real world can come into the virtual world, and vice versa.”But he wanted to take things even further. He said this revolves around four themes: how Intel will redefine the experience of computing; how visual intelligence is being integrated into the products of the future; how Intel is making the cloud an unprecedented platform for innovation; and how the company is empowering the next generation of innovators.He began by introducing Project Alloy, a completely self-contained VR headset, which uses dual RealSense cameras to track positioning. A colleague put on the headset, which displayed a world the video monitors in the keynote hall depicted as a nuclear-powered sci-fi environment. The front-positioned VR cameras gave the demonstrator in-game “hands” that let him interact with a virtual X-ray machine and see the virtual bones inside his hands. Even more interesting: the introduction of real-world items into the virtual world, such as a dollar bill that he could use to “carve” a piece of gold into a unique shape — merged reality in action.Krzanich then introduced Terry Myerson, a senior VP at Microsoft, to discuss the issue of how software will interact with this world, something Microsoft has been concerned with since the introduction of the HoloLens last year. Myerson said the “Windows Holographic experience” will be available for mainstream Windows 10 PCs next year: a new, advanced form of interaction that extends the Windows desktop into virtual space.The ensuing video demonstration showed how encyclopedia entries could be loaded directly into the HoloLens to give users a first-person view of existing geography and history in the making. Myerson said that the VR experience from the video was capable of running, again, on an Intel NUC — a tiny, not-too-powerful desktop. The first version of the specification is due to be released at WinHack in Shenzhen in December. But Krzanich said there was something even more exciting to wait for: In the second half of 2017, Intel will open source the Alloy hardware and open up the RealSense API to allow anyone to create new “merged reality” experiences.What’s involved in creating and editing a virtual reality world? Of course, Intel was prepared to show us — using a system loaded with one of Intel’s new 10-core Broadwell-E processors, the Core i7-6950X. Developing in first person, Krzanich’s colleague pointed out, removed a lot of the unnecessary guesswork from design. Just how intensive is the real-time rendering? Comparing an Intel Core i7-6700K (which is no slouch of a chip) with the 10-core chip, the 10-core machine finished in just a few seconds what it took the 6700K much longer to accomplish. This “immense productivity gain” would allow content generation to explode, Krzanich said.Not everyone will care that much about VR games — but what about sports? Using an array of cameras situated around a basketball arena, Intel can digitize an entire game and make it viewable from any position, from the free-throw line to below the basket.”You become the director of your experience,” Krzanich said. “Imagine any real-life experience. … The whole industry of filming could change as a result of this technology. This is the magic of mixed and merged reality, and we believe it’s a game-changer for virtual reality.”Intel is outfitting stadiums all over the country with the cameras, but that’s not all the company is doing: TXL Labs is the other advancement. “We’re in the process of putting together a production studio in Los Angeles that will be outfited with the technology that makes this possible,” Krzanich said, so that television shows and movies may bring you into the action as never before.You may not want to use virtual reality for everything you do, Krzanich admitted — you may still want to work in the 2D world. To that end, Krzanich said, the upcoming 7th Generation Core platform will provide the necessary underpinnings. Hardware acceleration for the HEVC 10-bit codec makes it possible to play 4K far more smoothly than had previously been possible. But integrated graphics on the chip have improved as well: Another demonstration showed a Dell 2-in-1 playing quite smoothly with decently attractive details. (What resolution the game was operating at, alas, was not mentioned.)Krzanich came back to RealSense to discuss some of the new innovations in drones. He discussed the Yuneec Tornado H, which is now on sale, and uses RealSense cameras to avoid obstacles. And the new Intel Aero platform gives you the basis you need for building your own drone from scratch. Drones, though, are only one new possible intelligent computing application. Intel Euclid is a completely integrated all-in-one platform (only about the size of a candy bar) that gives you “everything you need to bring senses to any robot.” RealSense, motion sensors, positioning sensors, compute capability and more offer lots of new possibilities.Krzanich followed this up with the next generation of RealSense: the RealSense 400, the smallest RealSense camera yet, just a few inches long and less than a quarter of an inch thick. Compared with the previous generation, it doubles the number of 3D points captured and doubles the operating range of the camera. “It will enable developers to create an amazing set of applications,” Krzanich said.”The world of autonomous driving is what we believe is the next great platform for innovation,” Krzanich said. And at the heart of autonomous driving is the ability of the car to see, interpret and act on everything around it. Elmar Frickenstein, the senior vice president of automated driving at BMW, arrived onstage in a self-driving i3 to discuss what he considers “the ultimate driving machine.” (As soon as Frickenstein got out of the car, it drove itself offstage.)Frickenstein addressed the question of how we’ll move from the current cars of today, which are only lightly connected, to the fully autonomous driving predicted to come in the future.Like so much else today, Krzanich said, autonomous driving relies on the cloud — and that reliance will only grow with time. It’s estimated, he said, that by 2020, the average Internet user will generate about 1.5GB of traffic per day — as compared with the smart hospital, which will generate 3,000GB, the autonomous car (4,000GB per day each), airplanes (40,000GB per day) and the smart factory (1,000,000GB per day). And that’s all data that needs to be processed and analyzed, something that will require powerful, dedicated platforms of the type Intel wants to be at the center of.Krzanich then explained the release of the Knowledge Builder platform, which gives developers easy new ways to create and share scenarios with Curie. He estimated that it would reduce development time from weeks to minutes … It will be broadly available in the first quarter of 2017.Most of what Krzanich had been focusing on during his speech were consumer innovations, but what about industry? To discuss that, GE CEO Jeff Immelt came out to discuss ways that new IT tools can increase productivity. “In the case of GE, we say that every industrial company has to transition to be a digital company,” Immelt said — a company that isn’t able to meet these digital requirements is in danger of not being able to satisfy its customers.Beyond customers are just ordinary citizens and people who don’t want to have to worry or think about technology that will work for them and keep them safe. This bridged the gap into a discussion of smart cities, where such things as smart streetlights could make a big difference.But these are all pre-existing ideas — some of the most interesting and important haven’t even been developed yet. This allowed Krzanich to move into the final portion of his presentation, discussing how Intel technologies are being used to create new products and products we can’t imagine today. The company is facilitating further development, Krzanich said, with Joule, a small-size, low-power platform designed to move seamlessly from prototype to final product. Joule, Krzanich said, is available now.What are examples of some of the other makers empowered by Intel working on? Team Grush, winners of the first season of Intel’s America’s Greatest Makers competition, arrived on stage to discuss the smart “gaming toothbrush” that makes dental care fun for kids. By linking toothbrushing to a fantasy-styled shooting game, where you aim your brush at monsters on your teeth, kids can improve their health and have fun at the same time. Though the demo elicited snickers from the audience, it looked very much like a practical application for solving a real problem.”People think Moore’s Law is dead,” Krzanich said holding up one of the Grush toothbrushes, to laughter from the cloud. But you sensed that he was, to some degree, serious. If the number of transistors that can be packed onto a chip no longer matters as it once did, there are still major developments being made and impressive innovation happening all around us.Krzanich was definitely cognizant of this, and acknowledged as much in wrapping up the keynote. “Everything you’ve seen,” he said, “is truly just the beginning of what will soon be possible. I have no doubt that, together, we can change the world.” August 17, 2016 Contributor Intel Lays Out its Vision for a Fully Connected Worldlast_img read more

Apple to Investigate Alleged Death by iPhone

first_img 2 min read Register Now » A Chinese family is alleging that their daughter was electrocuted and died after answering her Apple iPhone when it was charging, according to a report on the website of China’s official state-run Xinhua news agency.Apple has said that it will cooperate with the investigation of the death, according to multiple news reports. The company did not immediately respond to calls and emails requesting comment.It’s not clear how an iPhone could carry enough voltage to inflict significant harm. But the relatives of alleged victim Ma Ailun, a 23-year-old woman from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, are demanding answers from Apple and warning others through social media not to use their iPhones while they are charging, the report says.Related: How Apple’s App Store Changed Business at Its CoreThe older sister of the alleged victim took to the Chinese version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, with her plea. “(I) hope that Apple Inc. can give us an explanation. I also hope that all of you will refrain from using your mobile devices while charging,” the report from the Xinhua news agency says.The father of the alleged victim says the body shows signs of electrocution, though there was no definitive connection to the iPhone, local police say, according to the news report. The alleged victim had been a flight attendant at China Southern Airlines but recently left her job.Related: How to Use Social Media to Find Customers (Infographic) Apple to Investigate Alleged Death by iPhone Next Article Catherine Clifford Technology Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares July 15, 2013 Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBClast_img read more

Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year

first_img Laura Entis Image credit: Pexels Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year Register Now » Add to Queue January 4, 2015 Guest Writer Vacations New Year’s Eve has come and gone, but it’s not too late to add one more item to your list of resolutions: Take more vacations.On the surface, this may seem like a frivolous, indulgent goal. But not only is it important — making time for regular trips with friends and family increases one’s feeling of well-being, finds a new survey by Gallup – but it’s difficult. A recent survey by Glassdoor found the average U.S. employee only takes 51 percent of their eligible vacation/paid time off.That’s a real shame, because Americans who regularly take time off work to go on trips report significantly higher well-being than their counterparts who are glued to their work year-round. Interestingly, not only does this vacation-effect persist across income groups, but its impact is so profound that those who earn less than $24,000 a year but take regular trips report a higher well-being score, on average, than those who earn $120,000 or more annually but don’t regularly take vacations. (The data comes from more than 148,000 interviews with Americans aged 18 or older conducted from January through November.)Related: The U.S. Has Become the No Vacation NationWhile well-being is a somewhat hard to pinpoint term, it’s important. As Gallup notes, previous research has tied well-being scores to health outcomes including life expectancy and a lower risk of obesity, while some studies suggest that taking time off positively impacts the brain and heart.All of which means vacation time isn’t just good for employees – it can be good for employers, too. Besides the health cost benefits, encouraging workers to actually use their vacation days can decrease burnout rates and increase employee retention.So this coming year, let’s all resist the urge to remain tethered to our desks and make vacation a priority.Related: American ‘Work Martyrs’ Are Too Afraid to Take Time Off, Study Finds Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article –shareslast_img read more

Yum Brands Parent Company of Taco Bell and KFC Is Spinning Off

first_img Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Aly Song Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters Yum Brands Register Now » Yum Brands, Parent Company of Taco Bell and KFC, Is Spinning Off Its China Business Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Add to Queue –shares Yum Brands Inc said it intended to split off its China business, which has been besieged by food scandals and marketing missteps, bowing to pressure from an activist shareholder.Yum’s shares rose 4.6 percent in premarket trading.Yum China will operate as a publicly traded company and become a franchisee of Yum Brands in mainland China, paying the parent a percentage of its sales for exclusive rights to three of the company’s brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.The split will allow Yum Brands to focus on reenergizing its stagnating business in the United States as well as expand in emerging markets such as India. It will also give shareholders a steady stream of income from royalties while allowing Yum to take lease obligations off its balance sheet.”The separation of these two businesses gives shareholders the choice to own a growing annuity-like franchise cash flow stream, as well as the leading restaurant concept in a country with the fastest-growing consumer class,” activist investor Keith Meister told Reuters in an email.Meister, whose hedge fund Corvex Management owns nearly 5 percent of the company, had been pushing for a reorganization for many months. He was appointed to its board last week.Yum Brands entered China in 1987 through its KFC brand, making it one of the first U.S. fast-food chains to set up operations there.For years, the China business took the lead in driving sales for the company as a growing middle class frequented the restaurants that customized menus for the Chinese palate.Sales have, however, faltered in the past several quarters as the business has been beset by multiple problems ranging from a meat scandal to marketing missteps, coupled with a slowing economy that has made eating out less popular.”Yum Brands will trade at a higher multiple because it’s a better business now that it’s not attached to Yum China,” Hedgeye Risk Management analyst Howard Penney said.The China business contributed 57 percent to Yum’s total revenue and 54 percent to its operating profit in its latest quarter.Yum Brands will be led by its current Chief Executive Greg Creed and Yum China will be led by Micky Pant, who was named the CEO of the China business in August.The separation, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, is intended to be tax free to shareholders.Goldman Sachs is the financial adviser to Yum Brands, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Mayer Brown are its legal advisers. PJT Partners is serving as an independent financial adviser to the company’s board.(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Sayantani Ghosh) Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read October 20, 2015last_img read more

Erin Andrews in Tears After It Was Revealed Nearly 17 Million People

first_img A business trip that went horribly wrong eight years ago for Erin Andrews still haunts her today.Yesterday, during her civil lawsuit, the sportscaster left the court in tears after hearing testimony about how many people have viewed the video of her undressing in her hotel room.A computer expert testified on Thursday that nearly 17 million individuals have viewed the nude video of Andrews, a recording that occurred at the Nashville Marriott in 2008 through a rigged peephole by stalker Michael David Barrett.Related: Erin Andrews Breaks Down During Dad’s Testimony in $75 Million Civil Suit“Every minute, 1.5 people are watching that video,” Penn State Professor Bernard Jansen told jurors in Nashville court. “Right now, someone is watching that video.”Andrews, a woman that has built up a strong personal brand, cried during Jansen’s testimony. She then left the courtroom in tears, after her lawyer dismissed her before jurors watched the video.Jurors watched in silence the 4.5-minute video, along with a six-second clip Barret taped of Andrews in an Ohio hotel. Because of the nature of the videos, media and the public were asked to leave the courtroom, and the area was completely protected from outside view, ensuring only the 14 jurors could watch the clips.  The minutes-long video was shot eight years ago at the Nashville Marriott when Andrews came to the city to cover a Vanderbilt football game. Barrett, a man who had been stalking Andrews, was told by Marriott staff Andrews’s room number. He then requested the room adjacent to her, allowing him to set up video camera through a doctored peephole. He later uploaded the footage to the web, where it has been reportedly viewed more than 300 million times.Related: Erin Andrews vs. Nashville Marriott: Inside the $75 Million Peephole LawsuitAndrews’ former therapist, Loren Comstock, who treated the sportscaster from March 2012 to April 2013, also testified yesterday via a pre-recorded video. According to various media outlets, at the time Comstock diagnosed Andrews with adjustment disorder, a condition in which someone feels stressed, sad and hopeless after a traumatic event.”She told me that she had aspired to be a sportscaster from the time she was little girl and that she had worked hard to establish herself, and that she was concerned that this incident made a mockery of her and it would impact people being able to take her seriously,” the therapist said.Comstock said the ordeal seeped into relationships, with Andrews concerned about how she would tell potential suitors about the violation.“Do you bring it up? Do you wait for them to bring it up? I told her, ‘Just go with it. It happened to you, it’s not something you did,’” Comstock testified.Her former therapist also told jurors that Andrews said “she had been nicknamed ‘One-Click Erin,’ which meant if someone saw her name, they would make one click looking for the video.”Testimony also came from Marriott International executive Renne Buonicontri, who said Barrett’s request to be put next to Andrews through the company’s 1-800 phone number was never told to the Nashville Marriott.Related: Customer Privacy Policy EssentialsAndrews is seeking $75 million in damages, claiming the hotel “intentionally” placed Barrett next to her room and failed to notice he had “removed and altered the peephole.” Attorneys for Andrews allege negligence, emotional distress and invasion of privacy, among other things. The defendants in the civil trial are the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, the hotel’s owner West End Hotel Partners, the management company Windsor Capital Group and Barrett.The trial is expected to last 10 days.  Erin Andrews in Tears After It Was Revealed Nearly 17 Million People Watched Nude Video of Her 4 min read Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue hb00:0000:00omi Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 26, 2016 Special Projects Director and Founder of This Dog’s Life Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Andrea Huspeni –shares News and Trends Register Now »last_img read more

Apple Revamps App Store But It May Not Win Over Developers

first_img Apple Revamps App Store, But It May Not Win Over Developers Add to Queue June 9, 2016 Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 6 min read This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Apple App Store Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Apple Inc. announced a series of long-awaited enhancements to its App Store on Wednesday, but the new features may not ease concerns of developers and analysts who say that the App Store model — and the very idea of the single-purpose app — has seen its best days.The revamped App Store will let developers advertise their wares in search results and give developers a bigger cut of revenues on subscription apps, while Apple said it has already dramatically sped up its app-approval process. The goal is to sustain the virtuous cycle at the heart of the hugely lucrative iPhone business. Software developers make apps for the iPhone because its customers are willing to pay, and those customers, in turn, pay a premium for the device because it has the best apps. The store is now more strategically important than ever for Apple as sales of the iPhone begin to level off and the company looks to software and services to fill the gap. Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a recent conference call that App Store revenues were up 35 percent over last year.But the store is also a victim of its own success. Eight years after its launch, it is packed with more than 1.9 million apps, according to analytics firm App Annie, making it almost impossible for developers to find an audience — and increasingly difficult for customers to find what they need, as some 14,000 new apps arrive in the store each week.”The app space has grown out of control,” said Vint Cerf, one of the inventors of the internet and now a vice president at Alphabet Inc.’s Google, who was speaking at a San Francisco conference on the future of the web on Wednesday. “We need to move away from having an individual app for every individual thing you want to do.”Artificial intelligenceSome users are moving away from apps toward messaging services such as Slack and Facebook Inc.’s Messenger, which are branching out into areas like shopping and document storage.Meanwhile, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to a world where people navigate their phones through voice-controlled digital assistants such as Apple’s Siri, rather than opening individual apps.To be sure, chat and AI are in their infancy, and their appeal to the masses remains uncertain. But if they take off, they could erase the edge Apple enjoys by virtue of its strong app ecosystem and tip the scales toward Google, which is widely considered to have the lead in AI.”The current dynamic is very favorable to Apple, and this is a suggestion that we might shift to a different dynamic where Google would have a very strong advantage,” said Benedict Evans, a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. “No matter what you do to an app store, you always have that underlying problem: It’s a list of a million things,” he added.Apple may yet find ways to wield AI to reinforce the App Store. The company has already woven more intelligence into its operating system, which now prompts iPhone users to open certain apps during the day based on their habits.Developer gripes On a more basic level, the changes announced this week address some of the loudest complaints from developers, who say it is virtually impossible to stand out in an app landscape dominated by hit games, big media companies and internet giants such as Facebook and Google.Statistics from Sensor Tower, an app analytics firm, show a stark and widening divide between top earners and low performers in the App Store. The top 1 percent of app publishers raked in about 94 percent of the store’s estimated $1.43 billion net revenue in the first quarter of 2016. The gulf has expanded rapidly since July 2012, the first month for which Sensor Tower has data, when the top 1 percent netted about 80 percent of the revenue in the store, according to data provided to Reuters. The figures cover paid apps and apps that include in-app purchases.Some developers who carved out a niche early say they doubt success would come so easily today. “Now the challenge for developers is, if there’s an app for everything, how will you create an app people will use?” said Lucas Buick, who founded Hipstamatic, a photography app that was an early hit in the App Store. Too late?David Barnard, founder of Contrast, an app development company, applauded the new focus on subscriptions, which he said would encourage developers to invest in their apps. But getting attention in the store remains a challenge.”It’s not like they fixed everything in one fell swoop,” Barnard said. Pete Zed, a 33-year-old Oakland, California developer, thought he had a hit on his hands when reminder app Bump was featured by Apple in January 2015, inspiring thousands of users to install the program. But as soon as the promotion ended, downloads plummeted. Zed discontinued the service this year.Some developers are banking on the next wave of user interfaces. In 2014, developer Eswar Priyadarshan founded Tasteful, which aims to guide users with various diets to healthy restaurant dishes through its app. Tasteful’s audience, though loyal, is too niche to vault it up the App Store charts, Priyadarshan said. In a bid to lessen his dependence on the App Store, he recently made Tasteful available on chat platforms such as Messenger and Slack.”It has been difficult to get the kind of growth we need to sustain an app business,” Priyadarshan said.Analyst Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research said he doubted the changes will do much to move the needle for small developers.”At the end of the day I’m not sure how much real-world impact it’s going to end up having for a lot of these apps,” he said. (Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Bill Rigby) Image credit: Pres Panayotov / Shutterstock Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Google Officially Bids Adieu to Gchat

first_img Image credit: Google Add to Queue Google Talk, which you probably know better by its colloquial name “Gchat,” is officially going away.Back in March, Google warned us that this would be happening, and on Monday finally made good on that promise by fully transitioning Talk to Hangouts. Google Talk first launched in 2005 as a simple chat experience for Gmail users, and over the years became somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, beloved by many. By 2013, Google began replacing Talk with Hangouts while still giving users the option to use the former. Now, you’ll no longer have that option. “Hangouts offers advanced improvements over Google Talk such as group video calling and integration with other Google products,” Google wrote in its March blog post announcing the transition. “It is now time to say goodbye to Google Talk.”Google earlier this year started prompting Talk users to switch to Hangouts. Those who hadn’t made the switch by Monday should have already been forced over to Hangouts by now. If you miss the look of Talk, head over to the settings in Hangouts and choose “Dense Roster,” which will provide a similar experience to what you’re used to.Talk fans have taken to Twitter in recent days to reminisce about the service they once loved and lament its demise.listen, seeing the gchat window blink green got me through more than one bad job in my 20sit will be missedhttps://t.co/Wd5eO682Mq— #rachelsyme (@rachsyme) June 26, 2017Between ending Google Reader and Gchat, Google has destroyed the foundations of my debate career aka my high school years— Danny Hensel (@dannyhensel) June 23, 2017I forgot google killed gchat until I opened my gmail this morning. all is lost. pic.twitter.com/XgChcre9xB— Cat Duffy (@catduffy) June 27, 2017The transition comes after Google in March split Hangouts into two services: Meet and Chat. Meet lets you hold video conferences with up to 30 people while Chat is a lot like Slack, letting you bring teams together in virtual rooms. Those who hadn’t made the switch by Monday should have already been forced over to Hangouts by now. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Google Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img 2 min read Register Now » Google Officially Bids Adieu to Gchat Next Article –shares June 28, 2017 Reporterlast_img read more

3 Branding Success Secrets Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Beyoncé

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. It’s been an exciting few months for Beyoncé fans. In April, music superstar became the first black woman to headline at Coachella. The performance over two weekends was considered to be masterclass, and “Beychella” was so meticulously documented as to have its own dedicated Wikipedia page.At the beginning of June, she and husband Jay-Z launched their 43 date On the Run II tour. And in the middle of their June 16 London show, the Carters announced that their joint album, Everything is Love was now available.Over the last few years, fans have learned that Bey is an unrivaled master at the surprise rollout. You never know when new music is coming. Starting from when she released the visual album Beyoncé in December 2013, up to Lemonade and now Everything Is Love, she has a knack for keeping her efforts top secret until she’s ready to unleash them. Even if you aren’t a fan of her music, you have to respect the sheer amount of logistics and planning that go into secretly filming an intricate music video that essentially is a short film in The Louvre. So how does she do it?Related: Want to Be More Like Elon Musk and Beyoncé? Here Is Who They Follow on Twitter.“Every single detail is very intentional,” says Ashley Small, the founder of Houston,TX-based PR and digital marketing firm Medley, Inc. Small says one of the key things that brands can learn from Beyoncé is thoughtful restraint. The press and public rarely if ever factor into her timetable, and when she does reveal something, it is only on her terms.“So many of our PR clients feel they have to be reactive all the time. I tell them we don’t have to respond to this right now. When we’re ready and we’ve developed our messaging and when we have a plan of actionable items, that’s when we’ll get push something out there,” Small tells Entrepreneur. “I think she’s a great example of a way to manage your press profile without making your brand be too vulnerable.”Read on for three more strategies that you can pull from the music superstar’s playbook.Get a trusted teamSmall says that if you want to have product roll out like Beyoncé, you need to know that everyone on your team buys into your vision. “You never see leaks of her campaigns. She has a team that understands how important it is that every campaign is executed strategically and thoughtfully. When you want to roll out a new program exclusively, [make sure] the whole team is on board with that.”Timing is everythingSmall notes that brands often feel like they have to be in the public eye all the time, but that isn’t the case. “That goes back to the whole idea of quality over quantity. You never see Beyoncé performing because ‘I’ve got to be here because I told them I’d be here,’” says Small. “And if she is intended to do a one or two song set, it’s always a mini concert. Be strategic about your timing and then whenever you do decide to launch, go big or go home.”Don’t chase trendsYou know it when you see it. A brand tries to stay relevant by making sure to include the latest and greatest thing in their campaigns even if it is immediately apparent that it isn’t authentic to who they are as a company. If you’re looking at the Beyoncé playbook, you look to the future without losing who you are. “She’s always giving us a little glimpse into the latest trends but never losing sight of her roots. When I see her I always see a Southern woman, R&B singer, soul diva. But in her new song you see she’s rapping a little bit. She stays on trend but she’s not trendy. You don’t lose those qualities and those signature performance details that we’ve come to love ever since Destiny’s Child. You get a little bit of who she is at her core in everything she does.” Next Article June 22, 2018 Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. –shares Nina Zipkin Take notes.center_img Image credit: Kevin Mazur | Getty Images Branding 4 min read Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff 3 Branding Success Secrets Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Beyoncé Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Hippeas aims to expand in the UK with new salt and vinegar

first_imgHippeas aims to expand in the UK with new salt and vinegar flavourPosted By: News Deskon: September 12, 2017In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailChickpea snack brand Hippeas has introduced a salt and vinegar vibes flavour as it targets continued growth in the UK.Branded as a lighter alternative to crisps, the new variant joins the other four flavours in the range: cheese and love, in herbs we trust, far out fajita, and sweet and smokin’.Hippeas said the latest launch has already secured supermarket support with listings confirmed in Asda, Ocado, Waitrose and Planet Organic.Craig Hughes, managing director of Hippeas UK and Europe, said: “We believe the launch of salt and vinegar vibes will help us continue our rapid growth in the UK and are thrilled to have secured some strong listings already for this new flavour, a Hippeas spin on a classic.”The new launch follows a recent packaging refresh designed to give the products more shelf standout. The brand, which has experienced steady growth since it came to the UK market in 2016, also announced investment from Leonardo DiCaprio in May of this year.Hippeas organic chickpea puff salt and vinegar vibes are new available with a recommended retail price of £0.99 for 22g and £1.99 for a 78g sharing bag.Share with your network: Tags: Hippeasnew productsnackUKlast_img read more

Gallery New food products released in January 2019

first_imgGallery: New food products released in January 2019Posted By: News Deskon: February 04, 2019In: Flavours, Food, Functional, Galleries, Health, Ingredients, New products, SnacksPrintEmailJanuary 2019 brought with it a multitude of new food products, including: Ben & Jerry’s new Moo-phoria flavours,  Kellogg’s vegan cereal with vegetable inclusions, and Impossible Foods’ new meat- and gluten-free burger. You can view these as well as many more food releases for January in our gallery below. The new launches featured in this gallery are just some of the new food products published by FoodBev in the past month. For more of FoodBev’s coverage on new product development, visit our innovations stream, check out our FoodBev Flickr channel, and subscribe to our Instagram!Share with your network:last_img read more