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  • Opinion: Apple takes the wraps off new retail efforts

    If I asked most of my friends what they were up to early on a Sunday morning, I imagine answers would range from “having brunch” to “going to church” or “I was asleep—why on Earth are you calling me before 1PM?” Admittedly, I usually practice similar habits, but on this particular Sunday morning. This Sunday saw the launch of what bloggers have taken to calling “Apple Store 2.0,” Apple’s revamped retail experience.

  • Opinion: Day 22: What If You Can't Connect to Google Docs?

    We have gotten through three weeks of 30 Days With...Google Docs. We are entering the home stretch of the project, and we haven't addressed one of the most crucial questions to ask when considering Google Docs--what do you do when you can't connect to Google Docs?

  • Opinion: Free Outlook Add-In PocketKnife Peek Reveals Hidden Info

    Worried that dangers may be lurking in an HTML e-mail you've received in Microsoft Outlook? The free PocketKnife Peek lets you see that e-mail in plain text, without any potential HTML dangers such as malicious scripts. And you can use the program to examine other parts of the e-mail as well.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 Said to Have Curved Glass Screen

    The iPhone 5, Apple's next-gen smartphone, could have a curved glass display similar to Samsung's Nexus S, according to the latest supply chain rumors from DigiTimes. In support of this theory, Apple reportedly purchased around 300 glass-cutting machines to ramp up production ahead of an expected iPhone 5 release later this year.

  • Opinion: Bunch of PSP Games in the Offing for PlayStation 3

    Hello Monday, and thank you for bringing us a Sony PlayStation story without the words "hacked" or "again" in the headline. Though "again" would have worked in this instance as well, because it's what you'll be up to in gaming terms when Sony rolls out special spiffed-up PlayStation 3 versions of older PSP titles.

  • Opinion: Music matters

    In recent reviews round-ups, we’ve put the spotlight on the visual experience of PCs and peripherals, from monitors and projectors to 3D TVs and laptops. Here, the focus moves to sound.

  • Opinion: Connecting Reverse Logistics, Recycling, Sustainability

    Just recently, IDC's David Daoud released a report on the staggering weight of PCs and related devices and accessories recycled in the United States in 2010. (For Earth Day, IDC has posted a free version of this document with registration.) The total weight amounted to about 8 lb per capita or a total weight of 2.5 billion pounds in 2010 (2,506,659,212lb). We're talking about PCs (about 44% of the total), PC displays (27%), multifunction peripherals (about 15%), and the remainder primarily from mobile phone devices, x86 servers, digital cameras, nonenterprise storage, keyboards, mice, and cables.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Warranty Capability Model Published

    Last week was a big week in Warranty. IDC Manufacturing Insights not only published the Warranty Management Capability Maturity Model, but we held a webcast entitled "The Way to Becoming a Warranty Warrior" which described the details of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and also reviewed the industry field study results which showed the clear separation in maturity markers of the leaders, or "Warranty Warriors" from the laggards, or "Warranty Wannabees".

  • Opinion: IHS Acquires Dyadem

    On April 27th, IHS acquired Dyadem as part of its strategy to expand its environment, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability portfolio. Although IHS did not release any data on the financial details of the acquisition or Dyadem's recent revenue numbers, we do know that Dyadem and its 100 or so employees will bring capabilities in operational risk management, particularly with respect to product design, product quality, and manufacturing. (Dyadem is headquartered in Toronto; its placement on PROFIT Magazine's list of Canada's fastest growing companies indicates Dyadem grew 345% over the five years leading up to 2010, and [Opinion: Samsung's E-Reader Screens Boast 16.7 Million Colors

    Much of the buzz coming out of the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium conference in Los Angeles this week is about high-resolution screens for tablets capable of 2560-by-1600 resolution -- five times that of the iPad's 1024-by-768 display. But Samsung, makers of those eye-popping screens, also unveiled new e-reader screens that use the colored oils of "electrowetting" and can show up to 16.7 million colors.

  • Opinion: Yep, Looks Like Sony's Been Hacked Again

    Sorry Sony wonks, heave a collective sigh, shoulders slumped, heads down, and brace for more bad news: Sony's been hacked again.

  • Opinion: Retail IT Vendors Pay Attention

    In a new retail end user primary research conducted between January and April 2011, we assessed MEA retail IT directions in great detail. During the analysis of the survey findings we were astonished in seeing such a dynamic market in MEA, which we are sure many IT vendors will not want to miss!

  • Opinion: Amazon Trade-in: The Best Deal for Selling Used Gadgets?

    You might've heard that Amazon has expanded its trade-in program, and will now pay for used gadgets with gift cards. What you might not know is that Amazon isn't the only retailer who buys back old electronics.

  • Opinion: Playboy Unloads Wares on the iPad

    Playboy managed to bypass Apple's puritan rule over the App Store and launch a Web app containing all the back issues of the adult magazine.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: L.A. Noire Causing PS3s and Xbox 360s to Overheat?

    Sometimes problems are actually problems, and sometimes they’re hobgoblins of giant cyber-hive-minds. California dreamin’ crime-spree L.A. Noire may be causing PS3s and Xbox 360s some technical consternation, but at this point it's anyone's guess how prevalent the issue is. What we have are reports scraped from public forums, which suggest a handful of users are experiencing game lockups or system freezing, linked anecdotally to overheating issues.

  • Opinion: Inspired Brands Transforming For the New Retail Paradigm

    I am hearing a whole lot about inspired brands lately. At the Apparel Tech West Conference last week in Los Angeles, Jim Crawford, GREC Executive Director, gave a presentation titled, The Race to Embrace Consumer Mobile Apps. While everyone is talking about mobile apps in retail today, Crawford's presentation was very well grounded in what retailers and consumers around the world are already doing. I agree wholeheartedly with his claims that as consumers become savvier to the wily marketing tactics of retailers, and as products are more commoditized, the retail winners of the future, particularly if they aren't the best low priced operator, will be the most inspired brands. Everything these inspired retailers will do will reflect their brand image.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain Segmentation in Retail

    Supply Chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades. What is perhaps new, is the interest on the part of Retail, driven in large part by the growth of private label.

  • Opinion: Earth Day '11: Time to Set New Targets, Measure Progress

    On earth day 2011, I'd like to applaud all of those organizations that have made great strides to reduce carbon consumption, particularly those in the retail sector who are driving many of the supply chain initiatives related to product packaging and distribution. While progress has been made, many companies are falling short of targets. In fact, the January 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project's Supply Chain Report, written by A.T. Kearney, indicates that many companies are falling short of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) target of a 3.9% annual reduction of emissions. This is the reduction the IPCC has deemed necessary to achieve an 80% carbon reduction by 2050.



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