Over the last week or so, Facebook Messenger users may have received pictures from friends covered in virtual stickers. Those stickered photos were made with a new app from Facebook's Creative Labs aptly named "Stickered for Messenger."
The regional retailers who Dealerscope polled as part of our latest December roundtable provided a mixed report on how consumers are embracing 4K and Ultra HD TV in general. While some consumers are enthusiastically embracing UHD, especially as pricing continues to decline, others remain firmly on the sidelines, we were told. UHD TV pricing is still too high for some consumers—or is still perceived to be too high, at the very least. Here's the dealers' take on UHD TV and other challenges they are facing.
BMW includes a long roster of apps for its ConnectedDrive system, with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Music, GoPro, Aupeo, Pandora and Glympse to name a few. At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Peter Burgner, in charge of BMW's AppCenter, showed me the latest addition, Spotify.
Despite the HTC First “Facebook Phone” flopping so hard last year that it prompted AT&T to halt sales mere months after the gadget’s introduction, rumors ran rampant recently as to Mark Zuckerberg possibly wanting a do-over. This time, in partnership with Samsung, not HTC. And, we presumed, with no ill-advised carrier exclusivity plans. But as it turns out, Zuck wasn’t meeting with Sammy officials to discuss a next-gen Facebook Phone.
Google is planning a major investment in a virtual-reality company called Magic Leap, a potential competitor of Oculus and described as "a secretive but boastful company building hardware and software it says will deliver “cinematic reality,'" Recode reported Monday.
The second and last round of presentations at the inaugural FutureVision Conference, held this week at Sonoma, Calif.’s Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa, included presentations from a trio of experts who outlined the conditions shaping retail and health care and the changing nature of social media and its utility in marketing and relationship-building with the consumer. The conference, which wrapped up Wednesday, was sponsored by Dealerscope and Ryan Retail Consulting.