E-Commerce Provides Fertile Ground for B2B Growth

Business-to-business firms view increased online activity as an effective way to boost their growth, according to a new report from CloudCraze. Eighty-nine percent of the 400-plus B2B decision makers CloudCraze surveyed in the United States and Europe expected digital commerce would help their businesses grow. “It behooves all B2B companies to take a page from the B2C playbook and make it easier for customers to buy — if they wish — without human interaction,” suggested Rebecca Wettemann, VP of research at Nucleus Research.

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The Internet of Things Is a Boon for B2B: Report

Businesses have been focusing on the Internet of Things as an enabler of growth and increased operational efficiency, as well as the means to provide a better experience to customers and partners, according to the State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017 report Verizon released this week. Seventy-three percent of executives surveyed said they either were researching or currently deploying IoT, according to the report. However, a variety of factors have dampened IoT momentum, including long capital cycles and organizational inertia.

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Facebook Launches 'Discover Growth' Global B2B Ad Campaign

Facebook on Wednesday launched “Discover Growth,” a global ad campaign targeting B2B marketers.
The 30-day U.S. ad campaign will run both on and off the Facebook platform. The on-platform campaign reportedly will consist of one ad per day on Facebook, Instagram and the Facebook Audience Network. The ads will be a mix of video lead and link ads, complete with relevant direct-response data and insights. “It’s Facebook’s first global B2B ad campaign to attract more buyers,” noted Constellation Research analyst Cindy Zhou.

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Walmart Delivers E-Commerce Stunner

Walmart on Thursday reported soaring e-commerce growth during its fiscal first quarter, along with strong organic sales figures. Online sales grew a stunning 63 percent during the quarter, perhaps in response to the company’s newly introduced free two-day shipping and its upgraded mobile app. “We’re moving faster to combine our digital and physical assets to make shopping more enjoyable and faster for customers, but we also see plenty of room to improve,” CEO Doug McMillon said during the company’s quarterly conference call.

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Instagram Snaps Up Rivals' Users

Instagram has reached a milestone of 700 million members while enjoying the fastest-ever growth rate in the company’s history. The network has grown by more than 100 million members in the last four months. Its burgeoning growth can be credited to new features like Stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, the company said. “Ostensibly copied from Snapchat, the feature was significant in driving the ephemeral messaging app to an IPO,” said Zach Fuller, an analyst at Midia Research.

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Wireless, Telecom and Pay TV: The Future Is Coming Into Focus

Wireless, telecom and pay TV — including cable, satellite and Internet services — are all on a growth trajectory, but each company is taking a different path. That means comparing them will be more difficult going forward. In the past, the companies in these sectors in many respects looked the same and offered nearly the same basic services. Looking forward however, things appear very different. The future is all about the cloud, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cognitive computing and much more.

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The Emergence of Managed IoT Services

With every market forecast predicting rapid growth of the overall Internet of Things, industry and investor focus shifts to specific market segments that will experience the quickest adoption. While most of the attention is on particular applications and technologies, I think managed IoT services will be one of the biggest market opportunities. One of the greatest challenges to widespread IoT adoption is the lack of skills and experience to evaluate, acquire and integrate all the piece parts necessary to assemble an IoT deployment.

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Nvidia goes all-in on self-driving cars, including a robotic car racing league

Jen-Hsun Huang raving about the Nvidia powered Robocar for Roboracing
Nvidia is clearly pinning a large part of its future growth on the autonomous vehicle market — both its development and delivery. It’s even part of the DIY market for scale model versions.

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The Next President's Alternative Energy Agenda

Alternative energy has become a real growth engine during the last several years. It seems to bounce up and down, depending on the leadership in the White House. President Obama is a supporter, so growth has been relatively strong in recent years. The big question is, what will happen under a new president? That is a question every investor and industry worker is asking. We all want to work and invest in a growth sector. Many people have hitched their wagon to the growth engine in the energy space, and that has been a good call.

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2016 expected to be a big year for Apple's MacBook lineup, upgrades to arrive in coming months

Article Image Continued growth for the MacBook lineup — particularly in enterprise markets — will be a bright spot for Apple in 2016, further bolstered by an update in the first half of the year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple stock closes first negative year since 2008, but Wall Street upbeat

Article Image Despite record-breaking quarterly earnings and continued market growth in the face of withering industry headwinds, Apple stock closed out 2015 down for first time since 2008, though analysts remain positive on the company’s near-future prospects.

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Apple's iPhone sales up 133% in rapidly growing Middle East & Africa region

Article Image While smartphone sales growth is slowing in many mature markets, annual shipments in the Middle East & Africa grew by 31 percent in Q3, nearly 3x faster than the global rate. Apple’s premium iPhone sales grew by 133 percent in the region to enter the top five vendors by volume.

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Samsung Mobile smartphone profits decline; unit sales to shrink for 2015

Article Image Samsung Electronics’ IT & Mobile unit reported shipment growth in phones but noted that its “profitability declined” due to the fire sale pricing incurred to boost sales of its disappointing Galaxy S6, along with a lower handset Average Selling Price “due to increased sales of mid- to low-end products.”

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Gear Up for a Flood of IoT Support Requests

Growth of the Internet of Things in broadband households extends the life, utility and functionality of all connected solutions in the home. It also puts new pressures on existing support solutions to meet consumers’ expectations. Sixteen percent of U.S. broadband households owned a smart home device, and nearly 40 percent planned to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months, suggests a research report Parks Associates released last month. Many of those devices will be self-installed.

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Apple dipped to 3rd in Chinese smartphone market in June, Canalys says

Despite the country being a key market continuing to see tremendous growth, Apple nevertheless lost ground in China to native phonemakers Xiaomi and Huawei during the June quarter, according to Canalys market research data teased on Monday.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies at age 55

Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died July 11 of a bile duct tumor, the company said Monday. He was 55.

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Comcast Blithely Juggles Its Options

Comcast on Monday reported a 10 percent earnings hike for its first quarter, driven by growth in its high-speed Internet business. Its total revenue increased by 2.6 percent to $17.9 billion for the quarter. Revenue increased 7.2 percent year-over-year, despite the $99 million in costs related to its failed $45 billion merger attempt. Comcast abandoned that deal last month, under pressure from regulators. Comcast was off to a great start for the year, CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a Monday morning conference call.

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Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2015 conference call

It was yet another record breaking quarter for Apple in March, driven by growth of both the iPhone and Mac. Following the announcement executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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Citi lays out five reasons why Apple stock, growth potential is undervalued

Citi analyst Jim Suva believes investors and the Street are seriously underestimating Apple’s growth potential, especially related to iPhone 6 performance, saying he expects AAPL to beat consensus for March quarter sales by at least $1 billion.

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Seeing Android switchers fueling iPhone growth, Cowen & Co. raises Apple price target to $135

After conducting a new survey showing that iPhone growth is being driven by new owners of the platform, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target for Apple on Monday to $135.

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