May 29, 2013 |
Looking to grow its business beyond just building Apple devices, manufacturing giant Foxconn will reportedly build smartphones running Firefox OS, a new mobile operating system built by the Web browser developer Mozilla. Foxconn, which is responsible for assembling many of Apple's devices including the iPhone, will work with its clients to build Firefox OS smartphones, which are set to be released this year in emerging markets in Latin America and Europe. "We offer design and manufacturing services for clients' Mozilla-based smartphones even though the operating system is fairly new," one Foxconn executive told the Wall Street Journal , according to a report Wednesday.
May 28, 2013 |
Curve boutiques , which cater to the tony crowds of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Sag Harbor, are offering a new branded apparel collection. Boutique owner Nevena Borissova had discontinued a previous apparel line five years ago, but this season marks the soft launch of A.O.T.C. (“ahead of the curve”), sold exclusively at Curve boutiques. Working with an Italian mill, Borissova developed an abstract floral photo print on silk and created a few pieces, including a blouse and trousers, that recently hit stores.
May 24, 2013 |
The Toyota Prius hybrid was the bestselling vehicle in California during the first quarter of this year, narrowly outpacing Honda's redesigned Accord sedan. Toyota posted sales of 15,661 of the hybrids, leading the Accord's sales of 15,369 cars. The Honda Civic was third with sales of 14,918, according to data compiled for the California New Car Dealer's Assn. by auto research firm R.L. Polk & Co. The Prius wrested the annual California sales crown from the Civic last year. Nationally, Ford's F-series pickup truck is the top-selling vehicle.
May 23, 2013 |
Jennifer Lopez: actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, and now, mobile phone mogul. The entertainer announced Wednesday that she had teamed up with Verizon Wireless to launch a new mobile brand, including retail stores, aimed at the fast-growing Latino population. Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez has already begun to sell smartphones, tablets and Verizon wireless plans on its own website. More than a dozen stores in cities with large Latino populations including Los Angeles and Miami are expected to be announced in the next few weeks, with the first to open June 15 in New York.
May 21, 2013 |
Google and Samsung both made gains on rival Apple in two separate rankings released Tuesday, signaling the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's grip on the electronics industry is loosening. Apple still held on to the top spots in both rankings but saw its ratings drop or barely grow while both Google and Samsung made significant gains. In Millward Brown Optimor's annual BrandZ list , which ranks the top 100 company brands in the world, Google saw its value grow by 5% and jumped up two spots to take second place behind Apple.
May 19, 2013 |
Action sports and high fashion may not seem like the most likely of companions, but in the past decade designers have done more than dip a toe into surf culture; they have embraced the easygoing, sun-drenched lifestyle common to Southern California and found plenty of inspiration. The fashion industry's love affair with surfing became most apparent about 11 years ago, when Karl Lagerfeld sent models clutching Chanel-logoed surfboards down the runway as they modeled clothes for spring 2003.
May 17, 2013 |
The gig: Felix Holst is vice president of design for the Mattel Wheels Division and the chief designer behind the Hot Wheels and Matchbox toy car brands. He supervises more than 50 designers who work on toy cars and related products. "We get to engage in automotive fantasy in little 3-inch works of art," said Holst, who lives in Venice. Prior gig: Bassist and manager of The Kustombuilt, a British rock band that toured England for five years. "The two passions in my life have been cars and music," Holst said.
May 15, 2013 |
Anger has mounted online against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch due to comments made by its chief executive and its strategy of not making women's clothing in any size above large. The most recent high-profile criticism is a viral YouTube video posted by recent USC graduate Greg Karper. Along with a friend, the 26-year-old made a two-minute film in which he distributed the company's clothes to homeless people on Los Angeles' skid row in an attempt to affect the brand's teeny-bopper image.
May 14, 2013 |
Honda's overhaul of its luxury Acura brand will include a redesigned and electric-augmented NSX supercar, which will be built in a $70-million refurbished plant in Marysville, Ohio. Acura sales in the U.S. were up 14% in the first four months of the year, to 48,852 vehicles, but that was still only good enough to rank it fifth among luxury brands, behind Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota's Lexus brand, and General Motors' Cadillac brand. Experts said the previous iterations of the NSX created a so-called halo car that brought attention to the entire Acura line.
May 10, 2013 |
Corporations are quick to recruit rappers to sell their soft drinks, shoes and smartphones - but the moment there's a whiff of controversy, they are just as quick to cut them loose. The latest example is PepsiCo and Lil Wayne. Last week, the soft drink company announced it had ended its relationship with Wayne, one of the biggest selling rappers in music, over a vulgar sexual reference to slain civil rights figure Emmett Till in a remix of Future's hit, "Karate Chop. " Wayne's controversy followed similar flaps between PepsiCo and Tyler, the Creator over a video ad the rapper created that some deemed racist and sexist, and Reebok and Rick Ross after he rapped about slipping a party drug in a woman's drink and taking her home.