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By Yatish Narsi | Creativity, commerce and the customer experience

Dubai unveils plans for $2 billion tech-driven mega mall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Plans for a sprawling "high-tech-meets-retail" metropolis have been unveiled in Dubai. The mega mall will be the largest leasable retail space in the world, spanning over 100 soccer fields in size.<p>Called Dubai Square, the $2 billion project in the Dubai Creek Harbour development will boast …

eCommerce

G.V. Sreekumar dreams of design education in schools

Iwas taught calligraphy in class V. That exposure changed my life. It drove me to passionately pursue design. Design covers everything we see, do and …

Andhra Pradesh

(More Than) 10 Things to Know About San Francisco's Spectacular New Transit Center

The location: The center runs along the south side of Mission Street from Beale Street on the east almost to Second Street on the west.<p>2<p><b>When does the</b> …

San Francisco

Urban jungle: green space reaching new heights in concrete quarters

Elevated parks are all the rage. Spearheaded by James Corner’s work on New York’s High Line, cities across the globe are currently investing heavily in elevated urban parks that offer top-down views of familiar terrain. While some follow the High Line’s blueprint of repurposing abandoned rail …

Urbanism

L'Oreal Teams With Facebook For AR Makeup Try-On Experiences

More consumers are about to get a new taste of augmented reality.<p>L’Oréal acquired the slick AR company ModiFace a while back and now plans to put it …

Augmented Reality

How Brands Are Providing Streamlined In-Store Shopping

Implementing digital activations like kiosks, retailers are making it easier for consumers to browse and pick up their items, forgoing the need for …

eCommerce

How Brands Are Forming Deeper Connections By Providing Concierge-Style Service

From sleep coaches to personalized makeup consultations, retailers are focusing on offering consumers personalized experiences that help drive brand …

Customer Experience

Facebook is shedding massive traffic – and it’s apparently flocking to YouTube

Four billion. That, according to a new study shared with <i>CNBC</i> by market research firm SimilarWeb, is how many monthly page visits Facebook has shed in …

Social Media

Shoppers are flocking to brands that do one thing really well

Button-up shirts that are designed to be worn untucked sound like an absurd premise for a business. And yet the brand Untuckit, built on this exact …

One of the largest banks issued an alarming warning that Earth is running out of the resources to sustain life

One of the world's largest banks says the planet is running out of resources and warns that neither governments nor companies are prepared for climate change.<p>The world spent its entire natural resource budget for the year by August 1, a group of analysts at HSBC said in a note that cited research …

Climate Change

Studio Arthur Casas designs prefabricated home for SysHaus

Brazilian firm Studio Arthur Casas has worked with a startup to create a highly flexible, prefabricated home that avoids the "negative surprises" …

Architecture

A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

Currently Senior Maverick at <i>Wired</i> magazine, <b>Kevin Kelly</b> helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has …

Artificial Intelligence

SoftBank in Talks to Invest Up to $750 Million in Zume, the Startup That Sells Robot-Made Pizza

SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks to invest from $500 million to $750 million in Zume Inc. a startup that makes and delivers fresh pizzas with the …

SoftBank Group

SoftBank Billionaire Devoting 97% Of 'Time And Brain' To AI

Masayoshi Son, the founder of tech giant SoftBank and the richest man in Japan, says he is devoting 97% of his “time and brain” to the scientific field of artificial intelligence.<p>Son made his comments on Monday as SoftBank reported a 49% jump in profits, according to The Financial Times. The profit …

Artificial Intelligence

Cities Are for Rich People Now and Wooing Amazon Only Makes It Worse

Local officials across America are trying to attract the mega-corporation's new headquarters. That is not going to help your rent.<p>If there are two facts of life in the modern American city, they are that rent will be too damn high, and that attracting investment from a mega corporation will seem to …

Housing

IKEA RUMTID Collection Explores Martian Decor

All “Space Force” jokes aside, the science being researched at NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah is rather serious business, and will …

Want to Jump-Start Your Ecommerce Business? Try a Pop-up Shop.

The first thing you need to know: A pop-up isn't about stocking shelves and hoping people browse. It's about attaining a 'wow!' status.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Facebook talked a good game about its 3-D virtual-reality headset, Oculus Go, during the platform's …

Virtual Reality

July in Africa: Free Google Wi-Fi and agriculture drones

Aerobotics wasn’t the only South African tech startup to raise funding in July, with ridesharing app Jumpin Rides also attracting investment.<p>Kenyan startups were the real winners over the course of the month, however. B2B ecommerce platform Sokowatch raised a $2 million USD round, while agri-tech …

Startups

Apple Is Worth $1,000,000,000,000. Two Decades Ago, It Was Almost Bankrupt.

SAN FRANCISCO — In 1997, Apple was on the ropes. The Silicon Valley pioneer was being decimated by Microsoft and its many partners in the personal-computer market. It had just cut a third of its work force, and it was about 90 days from going broke, Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, later …

Bankruptcy

NASA asked experts to design human habitats for future manned missions to Mars — here are the top designs

NASA is soliciting expert designs for a potential manned mission to Mars — and beyond.<p>As part of the space agency's $2.5 million Centennial Challenge , teams of designers, engineers, and architects from across the US submitted designs for an astronaut habitat that could be 3D-printed and deployed …

Habitats

Facebook is making its first serious move to monetize WhatsApp

Ads that link Facebook users to WhatsApp<p>Facebook is getting serious about monetizing WhatsApp after the social network reported sluggish earnings growth last Wednesday. WhatsApp has rolled out three new ways for customers to connect quickly with businesses: a shortcut button to immediately start a …

Apps

French tech bros want to replace pizza chefs with robots

Ekim is a French food tech startup. Recently, it raised €2.2 million ($2.5 million) in venture capital to disrupt the pizza business with robots.<p>Pizza-making robots are not a new concept. Frozen pizza production is typically automated in factories. But Ekim is after a different slice (sorry) of the …

French Food

WhatsApp now allows group voice and video calls between up to 4 people

WhatsApp has added a much-requested new feature after it began to allow users to make group voice and video calls.<p>It’s been just over three years since the company, which is owned by Facebook, introduced voice calls and later a video option one year later. Today, WhatsApp counts over 1.5 billion …

Cambridge Analytica

What happens when you let computers optimize floorplans

I eagerly await our new AI masters' world of ultraoptimized, uncannily organic, evolving foorplans. Joel Simon:<p>Evolving Floor Plans is an …

Algorithms

Micro-moments: Are you designing for them?

Today, we’ll start with the rants of a Manhattan restaurant to exemplify the relevance of what Google calls “micro-moments”. Why? Because with the …

Customers

A startup challenging Starbucks in China is now worth $1 billion

Starbucks’ second-largest market after the US is China, where it has over 3,300 stores and operates with virtually no serious competition.<p>A Beijing-based startup could change that. Luckin Coffee has opened 525 outlets across China’s major cities less than nine months after its launch (link in …

No one cares about your logo

Let’s take some pressure off logos–they really don’t need to work so hard. Here’s what drives your brand instead.<p>Somehow companies have gotten into the mind-set that a logo–this thing that does nothing more than identify us–is incredibly important.<p>We build our brands around them and when we get …

Graphic Design

Want to understand experience design? Eat popcorn with chopsticks

Or drink water from a martini glass.<p>Popcorn tastes better with chopsticks. That’s according to a new research paper in the <i>Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin</i>. This doesn’t mean that chopsticks enhance the flavor through some kind of chemical magic, though. The explanation lies in the way …

UX Design

Branding luxury in a post-luxury world

Macau is the hedonistic stomping ground for China’s elite. And the City of Dreams wants to be a unique city within the city.<p>What is luxury to the uber rich? No one knows anymore. It’s a concept in flux. And for no one is that truer than China’s affluent population–a group that’s sick of precious …