Jony Ive makes list of influential tech execs, Apple retakes top spot in brand rankings

On Wednesday Apple’s newly-minted Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, came second to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on a Juniper Research list of the most influential technology executives in 2015, while Apple as a whole reclaimed the top spot on a Millward Brown chart of the world’s most valuable brands.



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FAA's Next-Generation Air Transportation System Falters


The United States Federal Aviation Administration last week came under fire once again for problems with the implementation of its troubled Next Generation Air Transportation System. The NextGen program to overhaul the U.S. national air traffic control system, estimated to cost $29 billion between 2013 and 2030, long has been the target of congressional wrath. In a recently released report following a congressionally mandated study, the U.S. National Research Council maintained the FAA was not implementing NextGen’s original vision.

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Sage and Salesforce: An Odd Couple?


It came as a surprise when Keith Block, vice chairman of Salesforce, made an off-the-cuff remark about a Sage-Salesforce alliance at the Salesforce World Tour event held last week in Boston. Sage and Salesforce in February had announced they would work together, with Sage moving some of its undisclosed ERP applications to the Salesforce Cloud. However, the word didn’t seem to spread, and it remained off my radar for nearly two months. No matter. Sage has been a mainstay of the SMB market for business apps for a long time.

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Wall Street expects high margins, respectable sales for launch of well-designed Apple Watch

Analysts on Wall Street came away generally pleased with this week’s announcement of Apple Watch launch details, viewing the new platform as a way to extend the company’s valuable ecosystem and generate more revenue from high-margin products.



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Lytro Illum light-field camera lets you refocus images after you shoot

When the first Lytro camera came out two years ago, it promised to eliminate a fear almost every photographer has experienced: that a once-in-a-lifetime shot will be out of focus.

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3 Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Doing it Right Online


Christmas came late, or not at all, for many retailers in 2013, with holiday foot traffic down by nearly 50 percent compared to just three years earlier. Many brick-and-mortar stores are on a knife’s edge. The closing of Best Buy and Sears stores around the U.S. suggests that the retail giants of the past decades are vulnerable to shifting trends, including the move to digital commerce. Worldwide B2C e-commerce sales will increase by 20.1 percent this year to reach $1.5 trillion. In three years, the category will hit $2.4 trillion.

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3 Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Doing it Right Online


Christmas came late, or not at all, for many retailers in 2013, with holiday foot traffic down by nearly 50 percent compared to just three years earlier. Many brick-and-mortar stores are on a knife’s edge. The closing of Best Buy and Sears stores around the U.S. suggests that the retail giants of the past decades are vulnerable to shifting trends, including the move to digital commerce. Worldwide B2C e-commerce sales will increase by 20.1 percent this year to reach $1.5 trillion. In three years, the category will hit $2.4 trillion.

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Microsoft follows Apple's lead, slashes pricing for OneDrive cloud storage

The latest shot in the cloud storage wars came on Monday from Microsoft, which announced a restructuring of its OneDrive offering that will more than double users’ base storage allowance, as the software giant reacts to recent price cuts from rivals Apple and Google.



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