Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said during the company s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday that it wants to open more physical bookstores and add additional services to Amazon Prime.The e-commerce behemoth has never disclosed the precise amount of subscribers to Amazon Prime, which offers services like free two-day shipping and video/music streaming for a $99 annual fee.TechCrunch has contacted Amazon for more details.Bezos said that Amazon is definitely going to open additional stores, but it hasn t yet decided how many.But even a few brick-and-mortar locations would help Amazon gain a footprint in physical retail which still make up more than 90 percent of total retail sales in the U.S., despite the growth of e-commerce , attract new customers, and collect more data about shopping habits.Other e-commerce businesses that have opened stores for similar reasons include Warby Parker, Birchbox, and Bonobos.
Image copyright Amazon Image caption The existing store offer books at the same price as they are available onlineAmazon's chief executive Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the online retailer plans to build more real-world book stores.It opened its first bricks and mortar store in Seattle in 2015, with a second to follow this summer in San Diego."We're definitely going to open additional stores, but how many we don't know yet," he added.As Amazon mulls expansion into the real world, struggling clothing retailer Gap has said that it would consider allowing its clothes to be sold on Amazon."To not be considering Amazon and other would be - in my view - delusional," said chief executive Art Peck at the company's annual investor meeting in San Francisco.According to a Morgan Stanley report, Amazon is the second-largest clothes retailer in the US, with only supermarket giant Walmart ahead of it.
AmazonWhile still a primarily online store, Amazon isn't turning its back on physical retail establishments.After opening its first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle last year, the company's CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed at Amazon's shareholder meeting that more stores are coming."We re definitely going to open additional stores; how many we don t know yet, Bezos said at the meeting according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.In these early days, it s all about learning rather than trying to earn a lot of revenue."Currently Amazon's Seattle location is mostly a bookstore, and the company is already building another location in San Diego.Still, Bezos' statement is a bold one, so we'll likely see numerous additional Prime membership perks rolling out soon.
That said, the 93-year-old comics industry icon is no spring chicken and his breakneck appearance schedule is finally starting to slow down.While this is certainly significant news for fans of all things Comic Con, it is certainly not surprising.The former president and chairman of Marvel Comics has admitted that his hearing and eyesight are failing, but that s an issue that plenty of men half his age can relate to.Aside from that, it sounds like this industry legend is just looking to indulge in some hard-earned R, and we don t begrudge him that for a second.So if you re an East Coast resident, and you ve been looking to shake hands with the man responsible for some of your favorite superheros, you may want to cancel whatever plans you had for October 6-9.That s when New York Comic Con 2016 will invade the Javits Center in Manhattan and when the legendary Stan Lee will take his final bow at this Big Apple event
The odds are less in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, yet the share of million-dollar homes there has nearly quadrupled since 2012."Once a rarity, the million-dollar home is now fairly commonplace" in numerous U.S. markets, said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist for Trulia.In the Oakland metro area Alameda and Contra Costa counties , the share has jumped from 5.2 percent to 19.7 percent.Lagging behind are the Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Diego, New York and Seattle metro areas.Nationally, the share of million-dollar homes has modestly risen from 1.6 percent to 3 percent.Advertisement The price appreciation here reflects a Bay Area-wide problem: the lack of housing supply amid a robust tech economy that creates jobs -- and the demand for more housing.The cycle "is not sustainable," said Matt Regan, senior vice president of public policy with the Bay Area Council, which recently conducted a poll showing massive frustration over housing prices among residents.Paul Sakuma/Associated Press Trulia also has computed percentages for scores of neighborhoods in the 10 U.S. metro areas with the highest share of million-dollar houses.In the Bay Area, the neighborhood with the steepest increase is Westwood Park, near St. Francis Wood in San Francisco.All four are in proximity to the Caltrain station in San Mateo, as well as to Highway 101: Ease in getting to work clearly means something to homeowners and adds to the value of a house.
GIFThe latest trailer for Justin Lin s Star Trek Beyond debuted at tonight s fan event in Los Angeles, and it showed off a retrospective Kirk as his ship is shot out from under him.The trailer teases Idris Elba s villain Krall, and shows off the presumed destruction of the Enterprise.Kirk seems to be facing some second thoughts about his lot in life, with a voiceover from Shohreh Aghdashloo cautioning that it s easy for someone to get lost out in the depths of space: there s only the ship and crew for a captain to count on.Here s the trailer:The rollout for publicity for the latest Star Trek film has been minimal so far this year, and this event looked to jumpstart that process, releasing a behind the scenes documentary, announced that director Justin Lin was finishing up the final edits tonight, and that the film would premiere at a special San Diego Comic Con outdoor IMAX event on July 20th.Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] became the world's No. 1 applicant for international patents in 2014, a United Nations agency said Thursday, underscoring the innovative strides made by Chinese technology companies.
Huawei was followed by San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc while Huawei's crosstown rival ZTE Corp, which was the world's leading applicant in 2012, took third place in its number of filings, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
WIPO's report, which is sometimes viewed as a rough barometer of a country's technological progress, noted that China was the only country to see double-digit growth in its filings, although U.S. companies led by far. High-tech and automotive powerhouse Japan, home to last year's leading applicant Panasonic Corp, saw its total filings slide.
In recent years China's top policymakers have offered incentives to nudge Chinese companies to shift from low-value, low-cost manufacturing to fostering innovation.
The country has also made a series of reforms to improve IP enforcement within its legal system, long considered dubious by foreign and Chinese firms alike.
The emphasis on innovation was reiterated this month at China's annual parliamentary session by Premier Li Keqiang, who made a high-profile visit to Huawei's research and development center in January.
Huawei has touted its yearly research and development budget - equal to 10 percent of its revenue - as proportionally higher than many of its peers in industry. Chief Executive Ken Hu told reporters in Barcelona this month Huawei will spend $600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018.
Chinese technology industry observers say Qualcomm's antimonopoly settlement reached this year with Chinese regulators could spark a patent war as Chinese firms such as ZTE use their IP portfolios - and a stronger legal regime - to extract royalties from smartphone makers.
(Reporting by Gerry Shih; Editing by Vincent Baby)
Overall, this is an investment of 25 million crowns. Behind the money is existing owners and staff, as well as new shareholders in the form of, inter alia, the former Tesla boss Peter Carlsson and Rovio founder Kaj Hed venture capital firm Moor. With Peter's background in the development of hardware and put them into an international ecosystem we are properly equipped to take Glue a global level, says Diego Oliva, founder and styrelesordförande in Glue, in a statement. I am driven by these kinds of challenges and sees similarities with Glue with its hardware and software will make the home a lot smarter. Thus, e-commerce and community services to take off for real and we will see new companies and business models are established based on Glue's ecosystems, says Peter Carlsson. Partly to logistics through our app will escape bomkörningar, meaning that the customer is not at home and can drop in supply despite the appointment.
This little device could one day replace your heart rate monitor.The researchers behind it claim that it s the first flexible wearable device able to measure both electrical heart signals and biochemical markers while you work out.Developed by a team from the University of California San Diego, the device is able to record an electrocardiogram EKG of your heart s activity and levels of lactate, a chemical that correlates with physical exertion, at the same time.The circuitry is printed on to a thin and flexible polyester sheet, with a small on-board chip used to beam the data to a nearby device using Bluetooth.The team explains in Nature Communications that the biggest difficulty with creating such a device is ensuring that the signals being acquired don t interfere with each other.Now, the team is going to investigate if the same device can be used to measure other vital signs.
This little device could one day replace heart rate monitors.The researchers behind it claim that it s the first flexible wearable device able to measure both electrical heart signals and biochemical markers while you work out.Developed by a team from the University of California San Diego, the device is able to record an electrocardiogram of your heart s activity and levels of lactate, a chemical that correlates with physical exertion, at the same time.The circuitry is printed on to a thin and flexible polyester sheet, with a small on-board chip used to beam the data to a nearby device using Bluetooth.The team explains in Nature Communications that the biggest difficulty with creating such a device is ensuring that the signals being acquired don t interfere with each other.Now, the team is going to investigate if the same device can be used to measure other vital signs.
But today, Comic-Con San Diego got some very good news about its 2016 show.The film will be shown at the Embarcadero Marina Park South and will be displayed on a large-format, IMAX screen.Though the event will be part of Comic-Con, it is not exclusive to Comic-Con attendees, and those who attended the recent 50th anniversary fan event in Los Angeles have already received invites to the screening.If you re looking to try to score a few tickets for yourself, be ready, as they are expected to be available soon.Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and Idris Elba.The film is set to hit theaters everywhere on July 22, 2016.
I spotted an Otterbox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company s products: big, bulky and protective.But while there will always be a place for hyper-protective cases I know what I want my phone in the next time I go crab fishing , the company has clearly been looking for a way to offer up protection without effectively encasing the thing in Lucite.Otterbox took steps toward shedding that image with the launch of its commuter series and the 2013 acquisition of LifeProof, a San Diego-based company that has largely done a good job designing protective cases that do a fine job offering protection without adding too much bulk.The sky s the limit, really, and Otterbox is coming out of the gate with an impressive set of accessories for the iPhone/iPhone Plus case helped along by some high-profile partnerships.Polar has created the lion s share of the plug-ins here, but other partners include a card reader from Square, Olloclip s four in one lens Influx s WiFi booster and Seek Thermal s thermal imaging camera.Of course, as with any phone case, there s still a little mental arithmetic to be done with regards to whether the system is worth your while.
Behind the scenes in almost every corporate park and office building in Carlsbad, CA you will find cutting edge technology, world class competitive companies and lots of gee whiz technology.I recently was given a tour of this innovative and forward thinking city and some of the world class companies that call it home.Companies that have raised gobs of money from investors in part because their employees can afford to work and live in the same city.Companies with employee retention rates that are so amazing as to be almost unbelievable.Companies utilizing cross border excellence by drawing on highly educated Mexican nationals, from Mexico.The companies have a city government that has invested in their future; along with the companies by taking a forward approach to water, power, recycling and high speed data lines and hubs.
The startup retail company just opened a massive new store in SoHo, Manhattan's most shopping-centric neighborhood, and it's packed with fun, interactive gadgets.The gimmick: All of the home appliances and fixtures that Pirch sells actually work in the store, so you can experience them firsthand and imagine them in your own home.The refrigerators are chilled, the faucets and showerheads run water, the ovens beep, and the washers wash.Pirch was co-founded in 2009 by two formerly retired executives in the home and real estate development business, CEO Jeffery Sears and chairman Jim Stuart.Later, they would open eight more across the country.Pirch offers a completely different shopping experience.Let's take a tour through its brand-new SoHo location, which was built in an old metalworks building.It's one of the biggest stores in the neighborhood, and the company's largest location yet.
They re quick, quiet, and clean, but Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne isn t convinced.It s an almost obscene concept, he told journalists at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.But you can t stop progress, and Electric GT has taken matters into its own hands.The San Diego-based company partnered with engineers EV West to convert a 1978 Ferrari 308GTS to run on electricity.They removed a fire-damaged V8, and replaced it with three motors and enough batteries to keep it going for 80 miles on a charge.They re calling the result a 308GTE, and claim it s more powerful and better to drive than the original.
Now, 72 years later, the Navy plane has been identified near Palau, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has announced."We re hopeful that this will eventually lead to the recovery of three MIA," Terrill added, pointing out that a report stated that one person had parachuted out before the crash.Related: How the Air Force's 'space fence' will keep American satellites safe"This particular aircraft had a lot of fire-damage associated with it, which is consistent with the after-action report," Terrill added.He said it's the U.S. government's purview at this point to identify the individuals associated with the plane, and that his team had given a report to the government.The find was made by a group called Project RECOVER, which combines historical records with underwater searches to find lost American wrecks and the remains of service members who are missing in action.Their "goal ultimately is to help bring closure to families with MIA losses," Terrill said.
But maybe we should all just chill the fuck out, because it turns out that spoilers could actually enhance our enjoyment of our favorite show.That s the message of a new video from the University of California, San Diego, highlighting the work of psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld over the last five years or so.Christenfeld published the results of his initial study on spoilers in Psychological Science back in 2011.Christenfeld points to the 1995 film The Usual Suspects as a case in point, where the identity of arch-villain Keyser Soze isn t known until the final scene.As someone who definitely enjoys rewatching my favorite films and TV series, I understand what Christenfeld is saying.But I also know that part of the enhanced pleasure I get from subsequent viewings is linked to remembering how I felt being surprised the first time around.
View photosMoreThe 2013 Ford C-Max Energi L and 2013 Ford Fusion Energi hybrids are displayed in the lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show CES in Las Vegas, Nevada January 11, 2012.REUTERS/Steve MarcusDETROIT Reuters - Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don t know what benefits they would get.A Harris Poll of 1,052 U.S. residents found that 67 percent didn t know anyone who owned an electric car, a plug-in hybrid or a hybrid.Plug-in hybrids run on electric power stored in batteries, and switch to a gasoline engine when the batteries run out of charge.The average of the respondents guesses as to a plug-in hybrid s driving range was 260.8 miles, less than half the actual range of most plug-in hybrids on the market.Mainstream automakers are under pressure to sell more plug-in vehicles to comply with greenhouse gas emission limits and state electric car sales mandates.
But maybe we should all just chill out, because it turns out that spoilers could actually enhance our enjoyment of our favourite show.That s the message of a new video from the University of California, San Diego, highlighting the work of psychology professor Nicholas Christensen over the last five years or so.Christensen published the results of his initial study on spoilers in Psychological Science back in 2011.Christenfeld points to the 1995 film The Usual Suspects as a case in point, where the identity of arch-villain Keyser Soze isn t known until the final scene.As someone who definitely enjoys rewatching my favourite films and TV series, I understand what Christenfeld is saying.But I also know that part of the enhanced pleasure I get from subsequent viewings is linked to remembering how I felt being surprised the first time around.
Qualtrics, a Provo, Utah, company whose online survey research platforms help 8,500 enterprise customers better understand both their employees and their customers, has made its first acquisition, picking up four-year-old, Seattle-based Statwing.Statwing makes web-based statistical analysis software.The plan now is to integrate it into the Qualtrics Insight Platform, where its technology will ostensibly make statistical analysis faster and easier for Qualtrics s customers.Statwing had raised an undisclosed amount of money from Y Combinator and angel investors, including Cloudera founder Jeff Hammerbacher, Slicehost founder Jason Seats, and IndexTank founder Diego Basch.Its most recent round, which closed in September 2014, was a $150 million Series B financing that included Insight Venture Partners and earlier backers Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital.Qualtrics was bootstrapped for its first 10 years.