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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

Date: 22 Apr 2014
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Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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IBM hammered on earnings slump

WASHINGTON, USA: IBM reported a 21% slump in first quarter earnings, as the computer company saw weaker hardware sales and focused more on services and the Internet cloud.

22 Apr 2014 10:04


Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever

NEW YORK, USA: It walks and runs, even up and down stairs. It can open a bottle and serve a drink, and politely tries to shake hands with a stranger. Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot.

22 Apr 2014 09:02


GM seeks court protection from ignition lawsuits

NEW YORK, USA: General Motors (GM) plans to ask a bankruptcy court to rule that it is protected from lawsuits arising from faulty ignitions tied to 13 deaths and numerous crashes.

17 Apr 2014 07:42


GM has known about steering problems since 2011

WASHINGTON, USA: - Documents revealed this week show that General Motors' Chief Executive Mary Barra was told of steering problems on cars in 2011. The steering problem and an ignition switch problem has led to the company's recall of 2.6m cars worldwide.

16 Apr 2014 08:49


Google buys drone for its stable

NEW YORK, USA: Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas.

15 Apr 2014 09:24


GM boss 'deeply sorry' after deadly crashes

WASHINGTON, USA: Conceding company officials knew of their cars' potentially deadly ignition switches for years, GM chief Mary Barra apologised on Tuesday (2 April) and said the car manufacturer had a "civic responsibility" to make things right.

3 Apr 2014 09:08


US manufacturing activity picks up in March

WASHINGTON, USA: US manufacturing activity gained pace in March helped by a pickup in new orders and a rebound in production, the Institute for Supply Management said.

2 Apr 2014 09:09


Google partners with Luxottica for Internet eyewear

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google is joining forces with the spectacle frame company behind Ray-Ban and other brands to create and sell Glass Internet-linked eyewear in the US.

26 Mar 2014 06:40


Google expands Android platform to wearables

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google has announced it is bringing Android, the dominant platform for smartphones, to wearable devices.

20 Mar 2014 10:52


GM recalls another 1.8m cars amid safety probe

CHICAGO, USA: General Motors announced its second massive recall in two months as it works to contain a growing scandal over the safety of its vehicles.

18 Mar 2014 09:07


Facebook wants to buy Titan Aerospace

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Facebook is in talks to buy a solar-powered drone startup in what could lead to making wireless Internet available in regions without online access, according to technology news website TechCrunch.

6 Mar 2014 08:43


Siri gets a seat in iPhone-friendly cars

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Apple announced that cars will roll out this year with CarPlay technology making iPhones helpful road-trip companions, complete with Siri sending messages on the driver's behalf.

4 Mar 2014 09:15


Android tops the tablet market says Gartner

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Tablet computer sales soared last year with Android-powered devices dethroning iPads atop a booming global market, according to figures released by Gartner.

4 Mar 2014 09:02


Brutal winter weather freezes US car sales

CHICAGO, USA: Brutal winter weather chilled US car sales in February, with General Motors and Ford reporting losses even as rival Chrysler extended a winning streak.

4 Mar 2014 08:29


WhatsApp - a booming message service

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: WhatsApp was launched five years ago as a shot at doing to text messaging what Skype had done to telephone calls.

21 Feb 2014 09:46


Disappointing sales, weak outlook hit Coca-Cola

NEW YORK, USA: Soft-drink manufacturer Coca-Cola reported a dip in fourth-quarter profits after lower-than-expected sales while its outlook for the rest of this year has disappointed analysts.

19 Feb 2014 10:31


GM recalls 780,000 sedans with faulty ignitions

NEW YORK, USA: General Motors said it was recalling nearly 780,000 sedans sold in North America for an ignition switch problem that could shut off a moving car's electrical devices, including airbags.

14 Feb 2014 10:02


Amazon pulls mangled ebooks from Kindle shelves

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Amazon has yanked gibberish translations of classic works from the shelves of its online ebooks store.

10 Feb 2014 08:13


Gates quits as Microsoft chairman, new CEO named

WASHINGTON, USA: Microsoft said that founder Bill Gates was stepping down as chairman to become a technology adviser to the technology company and that Indian-born Satya Nadella would be Microsoft's new chief executive officer.

5 Feb 2014 10:39


Elements come together for next big telescope says NASA

WASHINGTON - All the pieces of the most powerful space telescope ever made are ready for assembly at NASA, the US space agency said on Monday (3 February).

4 Feb 2014 09:39


Android is in 79% of smartphones sold

WASHINGTON, USA: The Google Android system was used on 78.9% of smartphones sold globally in 2013, a survey released on Wednesday, 29 January, showed.

30 Jan 2014 07:33


Tablet sales 50% higher in 2013 says IDC

WASHINGTON - Global sales of tablet computers rose by 50.6% last year, with Apple clinging to the top vendor spot amid strong gains by rivals, a survey released on Wednesday, 29 January, showed.

30 Jan 2014 06:55


Apple set to release bigger-screen iPhones says WSJ

NEW YORK, USA: Apple is planning to release two new versions of its iPhones with larger screens this year to meet competition from rival handset makers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

27 Jan 2014 08:21


GM sold 9.7m cars worldwide last year, up 4%

DETROIT, USA: General Motors said that it sold 9.71m cars last year, beating rival car manufacturer Volkswagen but probably only holding onto second place behind world leader Toyota.

15 Jan 2014 07:29


VW to launch midsize SUV in US

DETROIT, USA: Volkswagen plans to fill a big hole in its US portfolio by launching a midsized sport utility vehicle in 2016 and will expand its manufacturing presence in the region, the German car manufacturer has announced.

14 Jan 2014 08:52


Fibre optic dress changes color on a whim

LAS VEGAS, USA: People wishing to be techno-chic and who have a few thousand dollars to spare can sport outfits that change color on a whim.

10 Jan 2014 05:56


Huawei aims to sell 80m smartphones in 2014

LAS VEGAS, USA: Chinese telecommunicationss company Huawei said it aims to sell 80m smartphones in 2014, as it boosts its brand name worldwide and makes a new push for US consumers.

8 Jan 2014 06:00


LG curved G-Flex smartphone to hit US by April

LAS VEGAS, USA: LG said that its curved and slightly bendable G-Flex smartphone will be available in the US by April in partnership with telecommunications firms AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

8 Jan 2014 05:42


Ford's solar-powered concept hybrid car

NEW YORK, USA: Ford announced plans for a prototype hybrid car that uses solar energy from a rooftop charger, to reduce petrol consumption without drawing electricity from the national electricity grid.

6 Jan 2014 06:07


Blackstone to invest US$200m in Crocs shoes

NEW YORK, USA: Crocs Inc announced that the Blackstone Group is making a $200m investment that will give it preferred stock and a 13% stake in the US-based shoe company.

31 Dec 2013 07:35

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