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After A Failed Launch, Smart Shoe Benefits From A Reboot
Hahna Alexander initially invented a shoe that could charge a battery, but no one wanted to use it. "You have to invent something that people can't live without," she says.
Fall is the best time to buy a new A/C—this 'smart' one is over 50% off right now
This Alexa-enabled smart air conditioner from Kenmore lets you control your climate with your voice or an app—and it's more than $200 off right now.
Amazon working on delivery in car trunks and in customer homes: CNBC
Amazon.com Inc. is in talks with Phrame, a smart-license-plate maker, to allow orders to be delivered to the trunk of a customer's car, according to a CNBC report. Phrame offers a product that will hold a car owner's keys in a secure box around a license plate. Using a smartphone to open the box, users can gain access to the keys. Amazon tested in-truck delivery in Germany in 2015. Amazon is also developing a "smart doorbell device" to allow delivery drivers access to a customer's home for package drop-off, CNBC says. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced late last month that it's testing a system to deliver items directly into people's homes. And Wal-Mart has recently purchased Parcel, a delivery service for the New York City area. Amazon shares are up more than 32% for the year so far while the S&P 500 index is up nearly 14% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 15.2% for the period.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod— or all 3? How to choose a smart speaker
There are an increasing number of voice activated smart speaker choices. Here are the key questions.
Google launches $49 Google Home Mini, rival to Amazon Echo Dot, and $399 Home Max
Smart speakers rival speakers from Amazon and Apple
Google launches new Pixel 2 smartphones
Alphabet Inc.'s Google introduced new Pixel smartphones for the holiday shopping season at an event Tuesday in San Francisco. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL follow Google's move into making its own smartphones last year, after previously focusing on partnerships with hardware makers who use Google's Android operating system. The new Pixels are seen as a test of Google's hardware strategy and ability to compete with Apple Inc. , which is rolling out new iPhones for the holiday season. Google focused on the utility of its Google Assistant and Google Photos software offerings in the new phones, as well as augmented and virtual reality uses. The Google Pixel 2 starts at $649 and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849, and comes with a free Google Home Mini smart speaker, part of an expanded line of speakers Google introduced earlier in the event. For comparison, Apple's new iPhone 8 starts at $699, the larger iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799, and the iPhone X, when it goes on sale, will start at $999.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Google launches new Home smart speakers, including high-end Apple rival
Alphabet Inc.'s Google [s; googl] showed off an expanded line of its Home smart speakers at an event Wednesday in San Francisco, including a new high-end version mean to challenge Apple Inc.'s HomePod and Sonos devices. Google introduced a smaller and cheaper form factor called Google Home Mini, similar to Amazon.com Inc.'s Echo Dot, for $49. Google Home Max, a larger speaker with better sound quality, will cost $399, $50 more than Apple's HomePod, which the iPhone maker announced in June and plans to begin selling to consumers in December. Google will also launch Google Home Max in December, with a free year of the YouTube Red streaming service. The standard Google Home smart speaker, which Alphabet began selling last year, costs $129.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Google Home launches $49 Home Mini, rival to Amazon Echo Dot, and $399 Home Max
Smart speakers rival speakers from Amazon and Apple
The new Amazon Echo Plus is a smart home necessity—and pre-orders include a free smart bulb right now
The new Amazon Echo Plus doubles as a smart home hub, and you can get a free Philips Hue smart bulb (the best we've tested) if you pre-order the Echo Plus now.
Amazon launches new Echo and Fire TV devices
Amazon.com Inc. has introduced a number of new Echo devices, including a less expensive version of the Echo, priced at about $100 versus the present price tag of nearly $180. The latest version of the Alexa-enabled device is smaller, provides improved sound, and can better pick up the users voice even in noisy situations. The Echo Plus, priced at $150, has a built-in smart-home hub that can find compatible lights, switches and more. It also has improved audio quality. Alexa also has a number of new features, including Alexa Routines that can perform a few functions with one command, such as turning off the lights and locking the door when the user says, "Goodnight." Amazon has also launched a brand new Echo, the Echo Spot, that is equipped with a circular screen, many of the qualities of the other Echo devices, such as improved audio and smart home capabilities, and priced at about $130. The e-commerce giant has also unveiled a new Fire TV device with 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range. Priced at about $70, the device will start shipping on Oct. 25. Finally, Amazon and BMW will make an updated version of the Alexa skill in the BMW and Mini vehicles starting mid-2018. Users will now be able to get direction, play music, control their smart home and have access to third-party developers like Starbucks Corp. and NPR. Amazon shares are up 1.6% in Wednesday trading and up 27.1% for the year so far. The S&P 500 index is up 12.2% for 2017 so far.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Michael Kors upgraded on belief strategic turnaround is starting to show results
Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. shares are up 1.9% Wednesday after the company's stock was upgraded to buy from hold at Canaccord Genuity, which believes that company's strategic turnaround is starting to yield results. The price target was raised to $58 from $43. "After a multi-year stretch of excessive promotions, stale innovation in handbags, and a watch category that disproportionately depressed comps and collapsed earnings before interest and taxes margins, we believe the strategic steps management has recently begun implementing are showing early signs of traction," Canaccord analysts led by Camilo Lyon wrote in a Wednesday note. Michael Kors has recently taken steps to add embellishment and make other style changes to its merchandise, and has pulled back from department stores. The introduction of the Access smart watch line has also offset the declines in the fashion watch category. Michael Kors shares are up 11.5% for the year so far, and up 34% for the last three months. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF is up 3.2% for the past three months and the S&P 500 index is up 3.3% for the period.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
10 gadgets that will prevent everyday problems and make your life easier
Solve little problems around your house with smart products like the Halo Smoke Detector, Canary All-in-One Security Device, Eufy RoboVac 11c, and more.
Alphabet's Nest announces new internet-connected home security system
Alphabet Inc. unit Nest Labs Inc. announced a line of six new internet-connected security products on Wednesday. Nest Secure, which will retail for $499, is the company's security system and uses a range of sensors, speakers and Nest's app to protect homes. Nest Secure includes a smart speaker-like base station, several motion sensors and near-field communication-enabled fob keys. In addition to the sensors and fob keys, Nest also announced a video doorbell and an outdoor security camera called Nest Cam IQ for $349. The company did not reveal a price for the video doorbell, called Nest Hello. Alphabet stock was flat after hours and closed up 1.1% to $947.54 in the regular session. Alphabet shares have risen 19.6% this year, with the S&P 500 index rising 12%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Best Buy aims for revenue of $43 billion in 2021
Best Buy Co. Inc. set long-term financial goals and updated its "Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue" growth strategy ahead of its investor day event, which begins at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday. Best Buy set a goal of $43 billion in revenue for fiscal 2021, versus $39.4 billion in fiscal 2017. The adjusted earnings per share goal is $4.75 to $5.00. The company plans to drive $600 million in annualized cost savings by the end of fiscal 2021. By the end of October, Best Buy will enhance the smart home area in all its stores, roll out the Best Buy Smart Home by Vivint home automation and security product to 450 stores and add 1,500 employees dedicated to smart home. And in two markets, the retailer is piloting a service, Assured Living, that allows adult children to check in on their aging parents. Best Buy shares are up 0.7% in premarket trading, and up 34.4% for the year so far. The S&P 500 index is up nearly 12% for 2017 to date.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
After 50 years, Rolling Stone is up for sale: report
Rolling Stone, the iconic music magazine, is being put up for sale, according to a New York Times report Sunday. Founder Jann Wenner is ready to give up control of the independent magazine, the Times reported, putting Wenner Media, which owns a majority stake in Rolling Stone, on the market. The move comes in response to financial difficulties, largely related to the decline in print advertising in recent years. Last year, Wenner Media sold a 48% stake to Singapore's BandLab Technologies Ltd. Wenner has hired bankers to explore a sale, the Times reported, but no potential buyers have emerged yet. Wenner started the magazine in 1967 in San Francisco with music critic Ralph Gleason, and it made its mark in the 1970s with rollicking articles by the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O'Rourke and Cameron Crowe. "I've enjoyed it for a long time," Wenner told the Times, but selling is "just the smart thing to do."Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Israeli company Colu has launched a digital currency in Liverpool, which is only open to locally-owned and run businesses.
This best-selling Samsung device connects all your smart tech—and it's only $50
The Samsung SmartThings smart home hub allows you to bring all your smart devices under one umbrella. No more need to switch from app to app.
Corner Office: Daniel S. Schwartz of Restaurant Brands International on the Value of Hard Work
The C.E.O. who runs Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes says he is looking for a specific answer when he asks, “Are you smart or do you work hard?”
Vuzix smart glasses contract will help U.S. war veterans 'see' again
NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Vuzix Corp, a maker of
computer smart glasses used in industry, said on Wednesday it is
venturing into a new market with a system that helps restore
vision to U.S. military veterans who lost sight in combat in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Federal probe finds 27 engine fires in tiny Smart cars
An investigation by U.S. auto safety regulators has found 27 reports of engine fires in tiny Smart Fortwo cars, including one that caused an injury
Federal probe finds 27 engine fires in tiny Smart cars
An investigation by U.S. auto safety regulators has found 27 reports of engine fires in tiny Smart Fortwo cars, including one that caused an injury.
Amazon smart home spaces to be available in 10 Kohl's stores this fall
New Amazon smart home spaces selling smart home products and a variety of Amazon devices will be in 10 Kohl's Corp. stores in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas starting in October. Kohl's shares lifted 1.5% in premarket trade Wednesday and Amazon shares rose 0.4%. Customers will be able to try out Alexa-enabled Amazon devices and learn about smart home services, according to Dave Zimmer, Amazon Devices vice president for sales and marketing. Items in the smart home spaces will be bought directly from Amazon and the area will be staffed by Amazon sales associates, the companies said. Customers can also schedule an Amazon associate to come to their house and install smart home products and use Amazon Home Services, in which local professionals can "help with everything around the house," the companies said. Kohl's shares have declined 3.8% over the last three months and Amazon shares have surged 13.0%, compared with a 1.2% rise in the S&P 500 .Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
This new smart speaker is cheaper than the Dot—but is it worth it?
The Eufy Genie is a more affordable version of the Amazon Echo Dot. But will the money you save impact your smart home experience?
Samsung secures self-driving car permit in California
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
said on Thursday it has received a permit to test self-driving
vehicles in California, marking the entry of the world's largest
smart phone maker four months after iPhone maker and arch rival
Apple Inc received a permit.
You can hide these 10 tiny smart home gadgets anywhere in your house
Products like the eero WiFi System, TP-Link Smart Plug Mini and Tile Slim deliver smart features in a small package.
We tried an oven that cooks by 'listening' to your food—and it’s amazing
Forget all the other so-called smart ovens—the Miele Dialog may just be how we cook in the future.
10 kitchen gadgets that will help you bake the tastiest treats
If you want to become a better baker, you need smart items like the Drop Scale, PancakeBot 2.0, Amazon Echo Show and more to help you out in the kitchen.
10 tech products that will save you money on your utility bills
Smart products like the TP-Link Smart Plug, Haiku Home L Series Ceiling Fan, and Nest Learning Thermostat can reduce your home's energy bills.
Wal-Mart's South African unit Massmart H1 profit up 2.4 pct
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Massmart Holdings Ltd
, Wal-Mart Store's South African unit, reported
a slight increase in half-year earnings on Wednesday, helped
largely by cost cuts as cash-strapped consumers spent warily.
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