Another great show and this is our summer mixtape edition.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
This week we sat down and had a conversation with 2 very talented communication professionals in Dubai who are also the band Monks on the Moon.
Lorne Riley, Director, Corporate Communications at Dubai Airports and Alex Blake-Milton Partner at Brunswick Group join me for a conversation about work life balance and the creative process of their album.
This conversation was even more interesting because both Lorne and Alex are super busy yet they have time to write and record this interesting project.
We love tech and there is so much happening every day that it is hard to keep up with what is hot and what is not. For an hour we give you our take on what you want to be thinking about this week in the world of tech.
The Show Notes.
The Show Notes.
Huwawei Watch2 1079aed
-Nice was wearing the sport model
-water resistant not water proof
-screen is a bit small
-2 day battery life
-this is a good a good device would I buy one? No waiting for the waterproof model and a bit bigger screen
Looks like it might be an amazon show!
-ok this is very cool
And this is a cool link up also the online smart fridge!
Amazon just bought 341 prime locations in the US
Smart move again amazon
Amazon has announced something of a curveball acquisition today, as the internet giant revealed plans to snap up healthy supermarket chain Whole Foods Market in an all-cash deal worth nearly $14 billion.
Founded out of Austin, Texas in 1980, Whole Foods Market specializes in natural food that doesn’t have artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, in a press release. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting, and nourishing customers for nearly four decades — they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”
Whole Foods Market has been a public company since 1992, and its shares hit an all-time high of around $65 in 2013. Its stock has been hovering around the $33 mark for the past few years, however, with the shares closing at $33.06 yesterday. Amazon is offering $42 per share for the company, a premium of around 27 percent on yesterday’s closing price, for a total value of $13.7 billion.
“This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience, and innovation to our customers,” added Whole Foods Market’s cofounder and CEO, John Mackey.
The deal still has to attain shareholder approval, of course, as well as passing the usual regulatory and closing conditions, which the duo expect will happen in the second half of 2017. Assuming the acquisition is seen through to completion, Whole Foods Market will continue as is under its own brand, with Mackey remaining CEO.
Online books to brick-and-mortar groceries
Amazon has long transcended its roots as an online bookstore and today offers everything from video-streaming services to on-demand restaurant deliveries. While its decision to effectively merge with Whole Foods Market may seem like an oddity on the surface, it’s not entirely out of line with Amazon’s recent initiatives in the grocery realm.
In fact, Amazon has offered a grocery delivery service for a decade already. First launched in beta back in 2007 in Mercer Island, Washington, AmazonFresh later expanded across the U.S. into Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, and Philadelphia, among many other U.S. cities. Last year, it also launched in London, which represented its first international market. Whole Foods Market, as it happens, also operates seven stores in the U.K. capital.
AmazonFresh delivers a range of domestic goods and produce — including fruit, vegetables, and meat — on the same day or the next day, depending when they’re ordered. The service is available to $99/year Prime members, who must pay an additional $15 per month to access the grocery delivery service.
Amazon has also been pursuing own-brand brick-and-mortar stores, including bookstores, the most recent of which opened in New York City. And late last year Amazon debuted its own grocery store in Seattle, as the company sought to shine a light on a futuristic new “checkout free” shopping experience.
So Amazon has made no secret of its aspirations in the grocery realm. But why buy Whole Foods Market? Well, the internet behemoth is every bit as much a delivery and logistics company as it is an online marketplace for buying USB memory sticks, books, and cheap mobile phones. And as a result of this acquisition, Amazon is entering the grocery fray in a major way. As things stand, Whole Foods Market offers one-hour deliveries via Instacart, but once this acquisition is complete, you can bet your bootlaces that Amazon will be placing groceries front and center within its online ordering and delivery network.
This acquisition also helps highlight the growing convergence between the offline and online worlds. Last August, Walmart revealed it was buying fledgling online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash in what many viewed as a direct swipe at Amazon. Now, Amazon is hitting back by buying Whole Foods Market outright, grabbing a direct conduit into more than 400 stores across North America and the U.K., which should lead to some interesting offline/online cross-pollination.
Finally, this acquisition shows that to compete effectively in the grocery market, you need a strong, local on-the-ground presence — and that’s what Amazon now has with Whole Foods Market.
A new patent appears to hold the key to help brick and mortar stores fight what has been dubbed as the 'retail apocalypse.' There's only one caveat, it is owned by Amazon.
The world's largest online retailer has just been granted a patent for a system that stops brick-and-mortar customers from comparing in-store prices to competitors' online offerings--a move that's been largely viewed as head-scratching at best. After all, the retailer has constructed a vast empire by putting many a brick-and-mortar retail shop out of business with its lower prices.
The patent, which was first reported by The Verge, is called 'Physical store online shopping control.' It describes how a retailer can monitor customers' Internet use--while on the store's WiFi--and deter them from checking competitors' prices. A practice that occurs so frequently, people have given it a name: 'showrooming.'
Bezos is a cool guy
The Amazon founder seems keener than ever to give away some of his wealth and he's welcoming your suggestions.
Having more money than he knows what to do with has prompted the eye-wateringly wealthy boss of Amazon to ask his Twitter followers for advice on how to spend it.
Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post and space company Blue Origin, is believed to be worth a colossal $82 billion, which makes him the second richest person on the planet after Bill Gates.
Aware that he’s unlikely to think up enough projects on which to spend his fortune before his time’s up — even a wildly intense shopping session on his own web store would unlikely make a dent in his cash pile — Bezos turned to his 228,000 Twitter followers on Thursday, June 15 with “a request for ideas” on what to do with it all. Or at least, some of it.
The 53-year-old tech and retail entrepreneur said he was “thinking about a philanthropy strategy” that’s geared toward “helping people in the here and now — short term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.”
With ears wide open, Bezos encouraged anyone with ideas to simply post a reply to his tweet, adding that he also welcomed opinions from those who disagreed with his approach.
Offering an example of the “here and now,” Bezos referenced Mary’s Place in Seattle, a homeless shelter that Amazon recently promised to build alongside a new office that it’s constructing in the city.
This is good!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 19th June, 2017: Huawei Consumer Business Group has announced plans to open its first 'Experience Store' in the UAE fully equipped and dedicated to offer customers a complete hands-on product experience. The store will be strategically located at The Dubai Mall and is slated to cement Huawei’s position as one of the leaders in the smartphone market. In line with Huawei's global consumer centric strategy, the new store will offer its loyal customers an immersive experience where they will be able to engage with a range of Huawei products. The sleek and modern store layout will allow customers to test devices, resolve issues, and even shoot cover shots with the latest flagship devices - such as the P10 and P10 Plus. The date for the opening of the outlet is yet to be revealed, but expected over the course of the upcoming months.
CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu commented, “The United Arab Emirates is a key market for Huawei globally and the company sees Dubai as a city that is strategically located to reach consumers in and around the region. With the store’s strategic location, we aim to provide our consumers a compelling space to connect with the Huawei brand, our latest technologies and products at a more personal level."
Currently, Huawei has 47 service centers in the region with two dedicated service centers in the UAE – one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi – where customers receive VIP assistance and shorter service cycles for their devices. The experience store is set to compliment Huawei’s existing service centers offering customers a full retail experience.
Over the coming months, Huawei is expected to reveal further details of the store. It is expected to carry all of Huawei’s latest flagship products and technologies. For more information, stay tuned to all Huawei’s social media pages.
Stop Motion Animator is a free Chrome app for creating stop motion videos. The app is free and easy to use. It does not even require students to create accounts in order to use it.
To create a stop motion video with Stop Motion Animator launch the app and grant it access to your Chromebook's webcam. Then you capture a series of pictures with your webcam and play them back at various speeds in a stop motion style. You can add audio to your video in Stop Motion Animator. Your completed video must be downloaded to your Chromebook as a .webm file which you will have to upload to either YouTube or Google Drive to playback outside of Stop Motion Animator.
Love of social media as a news source may be falling!
Cool use of mobile phone to id things
Google released MobileNets as open source software on Wednesday, opening up a neural network of computational imaging for other programmers to incorporate into their apps. The programming is designed specifically to run on the smaller hardware of mobile devices, overcoming some of the biggest obstacles in bringing computer imaging to smartphones through a design that maximizes the power of mobile processors. The program does not create new capabilities but brings computational imaging into a package small enough to run off a mobile device without storing data on a cloud, which means apps using the programming would not need an internet connection.
The programming gives smartphones and tablets the ability to recognize objects and people, along with even recognition popular landmarks. Google even lists fine-grain classification — like determining what breed a particular dog is — among the possible uses for the program.
Good to see Google cracking down on content, even though this can eat into its advertising bottom line
Interesting to see the FB data on E3 conversations and what this tells us!
Have you used a site that your passwords may have been breached?
It is one thing to like cars it is another to keep your rolling art running. Well, Glenn joins the show from CarPro.ae and that is all that he has on his mind, keeping your car running!
Some of the questions.
Out of the shadows we come.
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Some of the questions.
Q. I have been quoted a crazy price for replacing the windscreen of an e500 aren’t these things standard now?
Q. integrated bumpers, what is the deal I have had 2 replaced in 2 years due to silly bumps and they are rather expensive do you prefer the old bumper system as a mechanic
Q. door rubbers are they a simple thing to replace my garage wants to charge me an arm and a leg! GTI 2016
Q. window on the driver side makes a real whining sound as it goes up is this a sign it is about to go?
Q. son got sick and it went down the window jam, don’t ask, easy to open the door to clean? Malibu 2016
Q. While driving a message pop up where my mileage had been saying Hi with oil can. I just got my oil changed 4 days ago.
We love cars and once again the team was pulled together and we got down to the bottom of all issues automotive.
The Show Notes.
This is a real rag tag team of automotive pros.
The Show Notes.
I wasn’t driving anything.
-F Pace, hmmmm nice drive but looks stale already
-New Polo, looks like a gem!
-Subaru updating self drive features! Who would have thought!
-New ford expedition!
The 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 is not an SUV analogue to the mad-dog Ford F-150 Raptor, but it is the most off-road-ready variant of Ford’s all-new, aluminum-bodied full-size SUV. Available on both the standard Expedition and longer Expedition Max, the four-wheel-drive-only model is enhanced for pavementless environs.
Starting with the XLT trim level, the FX4 is powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Giving the FX4 extra off-road credibility are more stiffly tuned shocks, trim-specific 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky rubber, and more than half a dozen skid plates to protect vital areas such as the engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank. The FX4 also comes equipped with the tow package’s more capable electronic limited-slip rear differential. That should help the full-size SUV, with 9.1 inches of ground clearance, better tackle dirt, mud, and sand.
Q. Looking for a sub 50000$ city car what is your suggestion?
Q Geely seeing more and more , any good?
Q. MG not sure what to make of them.