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Top 10 PR Blunders of 2014

Rich Robinson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Media
Rich Robinson

This year, Urban Outfitters sold a "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt tastefully splattered with red paint while Donald Sterling's racial comments cost him his NBA franchise. It's been a raucous year in the public arena, expressed perfectly by a parade of PR blunders that is as impressive in scope as it is in sheer absurdity.

Help! My Phone Has More Accessories Than Me

Robin Raskin | Posted 01.05.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

I've got my clothes laid out on one side of the bed. The other side belongs to my phone and its accessories. Guess who's better dressed? Here's what's on my list for the trip out to CES in Las Vegas this year.

This Grandma Has The Best Response To Getting An 'iPhone' For Christmas

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.31.2014 | Technology

Is there anything worse than getting an iPhone for Christmas?

It's Time for a Resolution Revolution: Keeping Them!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

Ah, the new year! It's time for all of us to reflect on the past and resolve to do better in the future. Time for us to make a list, check it (at least) twice and then conveniently forget about it.

'The Interview' Is Now Available On iTunes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment

After being made available on YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and Sony's own film-dedicated site, "The Interview" is now on iTunes...

Nine Rules for Effective Online Content

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Design improvements are usually implemented incrementally, even granularly. Over time, however, the look and feel of advertising can evolve significantly when based on data that fuel content optimization: test, learn, apply.

Reading Tim Cook's Mind: Beyond the Watch, What's Apple Planning in 2015?

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted 12.23.2014 | Technology
Eric Yaverbaum

The Apple Watch may steal all the headlines over the next quarter, but just wait and see: Apple's other products like the Apple TV will make a bigger impact over the next 12 months. If I did not love mine so much, I might even bet my iPhone on it.

Zero to One: An Idea for Our Time

Max Benavidez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Max Benavidez

For Thiel, the intelligently designed startup that will eventually evolve into what he calls the creative monopoly is the key to a brighter future for our world.

Dave Jamieson

The Bleak Existence Of The Factory Workers Behind Your iPhone

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-based labor watchdog group says it has uncovered disturbing working conditions inside a Chinese factory producing parts for our f...

Apple Pushes Out Automatic Security Update On Macs For The First Time

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2014 | Technology

Apple Inc has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs.

Signs of Life at Blackberry

Ira Kalb | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Ira Kalb

Just when many had considered Blackberry dead, it is showing signs of life. The company took a wrong turn when it lost its focus and tried to chase the consumer market that rapidly became the domain of the iPhone and Android platforms.

'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

Undercover Video Reveals Harsh Conditions Inside Apple Supplier Factory

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 12.19.2014 | Technology

An Apple supplier is violating the company's standards for worker treatment in its Chinese factories, according to a new video report from the BBC. ...

Damning Undercover Video Shows 'Exhausted Workforce' Making iPhones

BBC | Richard Bilton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation....

Post Perception

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media
Jocelyn Jeffery

Remi Paringaux, co-founder of creative agency Meri Media and Post, the first iPad-only fashion magazine, discusses photography, issues with advertisers and the future of fashion and print media in an increasingly digital world.

Timeless or New? The ABCs of Marketing in a Digital Era

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The explosion of digital platforms is causing many marketers to rethink how they engage with consumers. But sometimes in their hurry to embrace the digital world, companies often lose their way and forget the basic principles of good marketing and branding.

Facebook's MarkZ Bytes the Cooked Apple

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.12.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I'm an online privacy advocate. I do dozens of radio interviews every month on the subject. I attend and speak at symposiums such as the GMIC SV Conference last week. I am also CEO of Sgrouples Inc., which recently launched the world's private communication network, MeWe.

12 Pivotal Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Guy Kawasaki

| Justin Bariso | Posted 12.12.2014 | Small Business

Guy Kawasaki is well known for his support of innovation and entrepreneurship, having been an early employee of Apple, then going on to start, advise,...

How Superstar Companies Like Apple Are Killing America's High-Tech Future

Lynn Parramore | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology
Lynn Parramore

Successful companies like Apple need to make fundamental changes to the way they allocate resources and stop throwing away America's most valuable asset for future innovation -- you.

Dr. Dre Is The Highest-Paid Musician of 2014

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment

After handily topping the Forbes hip-hop cash kings list, Dr. Dre has proven to be 2014's highest-paid musician, bringing in a huge $620 million. With...

Fewer iPhone 6/6 Plus Buyers Shift From Android

Michael R. Levin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Michael R. Levin

CIRP finds that a smaller percentage of iPhone buyers came from the Google Android platform after the September 2014 launch, relative to the percentage coming from Android after the September 2013 launch.

Phone Brand Landscape Shifts, for Now

Michael R. Levin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Michael R. Levin

CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Samsung maintained the largest share, with Apple and LG next.

Android Dominates an Unusual Quarter

Michael R. Levin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Michael R. Levin

CIRP finds that among two major mobile operating systems, Google Android and Apple iOS, Android won a much larger share of new phone activations than iOS.

"Me": The Most Valuable Brand

Diane Primo | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Diane Primo

Younger generations are busily and, in many cases strategically, building their own brand. And if CMOs, CEOs or anyone with something to market can GET that their No. 1 Brand is themselves, and mine that accordingly, then these self-branding youth will help businesses build their brands.

2015 Will Be The Year Wearable Tech Gets Under The Skin

The Guardian | Charles Arthur | Posted 12.09.2014 | World

Want to know how much ultraviolet exposure you’ve had on a summer’s day? Next year, a hair slide could tell you. Need to monitor your heart’s...