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Ikea's New App Lets You See How Its Furniture Will Look In Your Actual House

Ikea's taking advantage of Apple's latest iOS update to give customers a way to shop in a whole new way.<p>Before trekking to an Ikea location to play …

Here Is a List of 7 Painless Ways That You Can Cut Your Spending

7 Painless Ways to Cut Your Spending<p>Updated January 01, 2018<p>Cutting your spending doesn't have to mean lots of sacrifices. Try some of these painless …

Most Americans Would Choose Internet Over TV or Cellphones

If you had to choose, would you rather give Internet access or TV? Email or social media?<p>According to a new study from Pew Research, 46% of American …

Agency tricks DHL's rivals into delivering color-changing ads in disguise

Shipping service DHL managed to pull a fast one on its competitors with a little help from some temperature-sensitive packaging, and it has turned the whole thing into a delightfully mean-spirited commercial. The new ad, which was spotted by <i>Gizmodo</i>, shows boxes taped up with a temperature-sensitive …

Apple Might Go Full 'Phablet'

Last year with the iPhone 5C, Apple gave customers more colors, but customers more or less didn't care.<p>But soon, Apple may offer something the public has actually been asking for: bigger iPhones.<p>Apple is planning on larger displays for a pair of iPhones to be released this year, sources familiar …

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Four small preschool children are sitting in a semi-circle around their teacher, in a large, bright room in a Georgian house in Bath. The nursery belongs to the Snapdragons chain, one of the first in the UK to offer iPads to its children soon after the tablet was launched in April 2010. The shelves …

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Topics<p>Charts<br>• Commerce<br>• Finance and VC<br>• Future of Work<br>• Media<br>• Policy<br>• Social<br>• Transportation<br>• Voices<p>Writers<p>Kara Swisher<br>• Dan Frommer<br>• Peter Kafka<br>• Edmund Lee<br>• Johana Bhuiyan<br>• Jason Del Rey<br>• Shirin Ghaffary<br>• Eric Johnson<br>• Rani Molla<br>• Theodore Schleifer<br>• Kurt Wagner<p>Podcasts<p>Events<p>Recode 100<p>✕<p>Steve Jurvetson appears to be starting his …

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FORTUNE — I think I know why MacKenzie Bezos hated Brad Stone’s book about her husband and his company. It’s not because of the “numerous factual inaccuracies” she says are in the book, though she names only one, a mistiming of when Jeff Bezos read a certain influential novel, and shame on Stone …

If you want a tablet, just buy Google’s Nexus 7 already

<i>Full disclosure: Google loaned me a Nexus 7 in the hopes I’d say this.</i><p>Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is one of those things of which I can say: This is the thing you want at the price you want it.<p>And contained in its low-priced wonderfulness are the seeds of Apple’s unraveling.<p>What tablets are for<p>I’ve …

'Hunger Games' Sequel Retains No. 1 Spot Over Holiday Weekend

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the film sequel about teens fighting a totalitarian regime, held the top spot in U.S. and Canadian cinemas for a …

Despite Massive Ad Spend, Consumers Still See Samsung As No. 2 [THE BRIEF]

<b>Samsung</b> spent more than four times as much money on advertising than Apple last year, but a new study from Boston Consulting Group says the $4 billion outlay hasn't given Samsung a better reputation with consumers. According to BCG's Brand Advocacy Index, which measures the public perception of …

Amazon's New Kindle Ad Pokes Fun At Apple Design Head Jony Ive

As Apple's head of design, Jony Ive gets to introduce the company's new products. He favors plain white backgrounds, a calm but enthusiastic way of speaking, and sweeping hand gestures. Amazon is spoofing all of this in its new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 ad.<p>The commercial is reminiscent of Apple's classic …

How PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Are Creating the Cola of the Future

The next chapter in the cola-marketing wars could be influenced as much by science labs as TV commercials.<p>PepsiCo, in collaboration with San …

Pepsi's Extraordinary Plan To Fool Your Taste Buds

According to Ad Age, the soda giant is working with the biotech company Senomyx to produce a "taste modifier" that would essentially tell your taste buds they are receiving more sugar than they actually are.<p>Though the taste modifier ingredient is still awaiting regulatory approval, Senomyx chairman …

Branded Content Accounts for 37% of Marketing Budgets

The Dow is not the only metric reaching new highs in 2013. The annual content marketing survey from the Custom Content Council, in partnership with …

'Disabled' Mannequins Ponder the Notion of Perfection

In a moving exploration of perfection akin to recent Dove Beauty work, German agency Jung Von Matt/Limmat, working with fashion stores WE Fashion, …

Watch the Most Shared Ads of the Past 8 Years on Unruly Media’s ‘Viral Spiral’

To get a sense of the scale of online ad-sharing growth since 2006, look no further than Dove. The Unilever brand had a major viral advertising hit …

A Coke-Filled Feud Between A Celebrity Cook And A Legendary Ad Exec Has The UK Captivated

It's been a nasty fall from grace for the pair. After they married ten years ago, Lawson and Saatchi were once one of the golden couples of London society. She was a popular celebrity journalist and chef, appearing frequently both in print and on television (Lawson was in the process of trying to …

Unilever Announces Brutal Cuts: 800 Marketing Jobs Gone; 30% Of Products Axed [THE BRIEF]

<b>Unilever</b> announced in an investors' meeting yesterday that it will be cutting 800 marketers, decreasing its product varieties by 30 percent, and will continue to trim agency and commercial production fees.<p><b>Champs Sports</b> and BBDO New York are letting kids hack their parents' browsers this Christmas. …

How 'on-call' hours are hurting part-time workers

The Great Recession changed the American workplace. More and more jobs that used to be full time are now part time, with lower pay and limited or no benefits.<p>The number of "involuntary" part-time workers—people who want a full-time job but can't find one or have had their hours cut back by their …

Amazon's Drones Haven't Spooked Delivery Workers -- At Least Not Yet

Having grown up in the package delivery business, Julie Thomas used to have an old saying about her industry. Whenever someone debated its longevity, Thomas would crack, "One thing you can't do is beam me a package."<p>Thomas, who's now the vice-president of her family business, Cincinnati-based …

Don't Let The Door Slam Behind You: 2013's Biggest CEO Departures

One CEO was ousted after a failed retail revival strategy and an activist investor’s push. Another left a post he’d been in so long it was tough to imagine the company without him. A third finally departed after actions widely viewed as destructive and unethical. As in previous years, there is …

Girl power has caught fire at the box office

On a Friday a few weeks ago, the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's" first full day in theaters, I made my way into the real world — or at least as real as Rick Caruso's Americana at Brand gets — to see what the pre-"Games" party looked like, then take in the show.<p>Teenage girls were everywhere. …

Starbucks $450 holiday gift cards sell out in a flash

Despite a $450 price tag, a limited-edition line of rose gold-colored metal Starbucks gift cards sold out Friday in less time than it takes to order a latte.<p>The offering marked the second year the coffee chain has partnered with high-end daily deal site Gilt.com to sell the cards. With only 1,000 …

Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think

The smart people at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have crunched the numbers and it’s official: the healthiest diets cost just $1.50 more …

Singapore has the most expensive beer in Asia

Singapore is not a cheap place to live. Among the findings of a new cost of living survey from international human resources consulting firm ECA is that the small, wealthy city-state is now the world’s 30th most expensive city for expatriates, up one place from last year. It’s the 9th most …

Playboy: Still Sexist After All These Years

When describing their just-released 60th anniversary issue, editors at <i>Playboy</i> talk about celebrating “60 years of beautiful women, discerning taste, …

Under the iPads and PS4s the ghoul of debt is lurking

It's the sticky chicken lollipops that are the most baffling: £14 for a box from M&S, complete with a "sweet soy, mirin" – a Japanese condiment, apparently – "and ginger glaze".<p>"Don't bother – they are rank," advises one poster on Mumsnet, but at both ends of the market, 2013 feels like the year of …

4 Ways Great Customer Service Will Grow Your Business

<i>Jordy Leiser is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>StellaService</i><i>, a company that independently monitors and rates the customer service performance of online retailers.</i><p>The entrepreneurial community is littered with boastful stories of the lengths that people will go to in order to be successful and the sacrifices …

Advertising: Nothing More Than Feelings

FIRST, you realise it's a gorilla. The opening strains of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" are playing; the beast is enraptured. As the camera pulls back, you see that he's seated at a drum kit. He flexes, raises his drumsticks, then brings them resoundingly down. Only in the final frames do you …