An open source initiative dubbed the Data Transfer Project has been announced by four of the largest technology companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The project will make it easier for users to transfer data among the companies' services.
Four smart home leaders received equal marks in a recent study of consumer perception: Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung. Smart home hubs were among the most well-known devices, with 67% of survey respondents saying they were aware of the devices.
Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence project called the "Move Mirror," which matches users' poses with similar images. The project was created to make machine learning more accessible to coders, as well as to inspire the development of other applications.
Royole Corp. has unveiled a flexible shirt and top hat with smart video features that users can use to show off 3GP/MP4 videos and JPEG/GIF images. "Individuals can select video content that showcases their personality and stream in real-time from their mobile phone, giving them unlimited portability and versatility," noted Bill Liu of Royole.
Patterson Cos. is increasing its focus on private labels and investing in supply chain technology, among other moves, as it looks to reverse a slide in sales. CEO Mark Walchirk said the company is examining its existing stock keeping units and vendors.
Genuine Parts reported second-quarter profit growth of 19.3%, with sales up 17.6% from a year ago. Subsidiary Motion Industries had sales growth of 8.7%.
Delivering a better customer experience is one of the most effective strategies for electrical distributors competing with Amazon Business, says e-commerce specialist Chris Apollo Lynn. Amazon's goal is to quickly enable purchases for people who know what they want, adds Charlie Lawhorn of Riversand.
British retail sales grew 2.1% in the second quarter, the largest quarterly jump since early 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics. June retail sales dipped 0.5% from the previous month, as many consumers stayed home to watch the World Cup.
British supermarket chain Morrisons, with the support of Britain's National Autistic Society, has designated from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays as quiet time. All of its almost 500 stores will turn off music, dim lights and minimize noises to make shopping more comfortable for people on the autism spectrum.