One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly. When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. Still, there's more on the horizon for shopping than just point-and-clicking.
No one thinks physical stores are going away permanently. But because of the frenetic pace of advances in technology and online shopping, the stores that remain will likely offer amenities and services that are more about experiences and less about selling a product. Think: Apple Inc.'s stores.
The second-largest wireless carrier in the United States, AT&T, is on the cusp of rolling out what could eventually mark a strategic differentiator: high definition (HD) voice. The telecom giant is tapping its all-IP Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network Relevant Products/Services as it brings its HD Voice to select markets, making it the first carrier to deploy VoLTE for high definition service.
It's 11 a.m. at the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto [Calif.] and the Geniuses are hard at work being, well, geniuses. You can see it from across the room: the way they stand there so sure of themselves, the way they move in Zen-like slo-mo, the way they seem to care so deeply about those poor souls coming through the door with their Apple dreams and their iOS demons.
It's outdoors time, and Samsung is out with a version of the Galaxy S5 designed to ward off the elements. Called the S5 Active, it's available in the U.S. at AT&T stores.
Apple's $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the music streaming industry: It's hard to succeed in the business Relevant Products/Services without offering other products and services.
Streaming music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will take place starting Monday, and as usual, we have a fair idea of what will be announced during the event. Announcements of updates for iOS, OS X, Siri and other Apple products are all expected for WWDC 2014.
Health sensors and devices can get better if rival companies work together, Samsung executives said Wednesday. The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers -- from startups to established companies --