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Tech nostalgia on show at Berlin's IFA

Berlin - For many consumers, rewinding cassettes, carefully placing a needle on a record or shaking dry a Polaroid photo may all feel like long-forgotten gestures from a bygone era.

Voice assistants tool up in hope of a bright future

Berlin - Some two years after stepping into the spotlight, voice assistants are learning new languages and connecting to ever-more devices around the home -- but mass adoption and widespread ease with the new technology remain some way off.

Brand trust is needed to win over traditional consumers

The balance within business has swung more towards consumers and away from established brands. This is due to greater competition, with startups using digital technology to cut into established spaces. This gives consumers more voice.

How Canadian charities can work better with technology

Toronto - The recent Capital One Digital For Good Summit presented findings that showed around half of all Canadian charities state they are not able to keep up with today’s technology-driven society.

Thrifty Germans look to escape the rat race early

Berlin - Former meteorologist Lars Hattwig has achieved the "frugalist" dream that is gaining ground in ageing Germany: retiring in his 40s and living on the proceeds of a working life lived sparingly.

Visa outage over after transaction chaos across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa recovered on Saturday from a hardware issue that had left it struggling to process transactions at bars, shops and cash machines across Europe.

Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa said late Friday it was "operating at close to normal levels" after a hardware failure left it struggling to process transactions in Europe.

Visa outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa was struggling to process transactions in Europe on Friday and said it was rapidly trying to fix the issue.The blockage has left some customers stuck at the tills in stores across the continent and queueing at cash machines.

Argentina's Macri vetoes curbs on utility prices amid IMF talks

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri on Thursday vetoed a law placing curbs on prices of electricity, gas and water, citing a need for fiscal discipline.

How advertisers and marketers can connect with buyers: Interview Special

Jeff Kupietzky has identified a gap in the way advertisers and marketers are trying to connect with their potential buyers: they are using their millions of email subscribers to make money. He discusses his PowerInbox solution.

EU unveils new consumer protections after 'dieselgate' scandal

Apo - The EU on Wednesday unveiled rules to bolster European consumer protections by ensuring "tougher fines" for cheating companies and stronger legal ways to compensate victims.

EU unveils consumer protections, with tougher fines for cheaters

Apo - The EU on Wednesday unveiled rules to bolster European consumer protections by ensuring "tougher fines" for cheating companies and legal ways to compensate victims.

Current privacy practices will work in an autonomous world

For those developing autonomous and connected technology, and who see considerable value in collecting and analyzing data, a new approach might be needed if consumers are to continue to ‘buy into’ their personal data being used for such purposes.

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

Oslo - Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

H&M removes 'black boy' ad after racism accusation

Stockholm - Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz on Monday apologised and removed an advertisement of a black child after the company was accused of being racist on social media.

Hamleys opens its largest toy store in Beijing amid Christmas debate

Bejing - British toy retailer Hamleys opened its largest store in the world in Beijing on Saturday, just two days before Christmas as debate played out over whether the holiday should be banned in the Communist country.

Aiding unbanked emerging market consumers: Interview Special

Wala is a new financial platform built on the Ethereum blockchain designed help the 3.5 billion unbanked emerging market consumers reach financial prosperity by eliminating their barriers to banking. We spoke with Tricia Martinez, the CEO of Wala.

Monks and nuns make big business in France

Chantelle - After prayers at the Chantelle Abbey in Allier, central France, a marketing meeting between the abbey's nuns and their employees discusses the latest orders for its on-site soap and cosmetics products, the delivery destination: Germany.

Fayre's not fair for Eastern Europeans

Bratislava - Grumbling that their western neighbours enjoy better quality fayre, from chocolate to ketchup, eastern Europeans stepped up their campaign Friday for better food standards.

No milk, sugar: Venezuelans lose prized ice cream to crisis

M - The Coromoto ice cream parlour had it all - chocolate and vanilla for sure, though also garlic, avocado and even octopus sorbets... but the things you can't find in Venezuela any more, like milk and sugar, means the landmark has had to close for good.

JP Morgan forecast — EV revolution will have a bunch of losers

Exactly when the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) will take place has been the center of speculation by many groups. Many in the oil and auto industries predict it will happen in their grandchildren's lifetimes. But it could happen a lot sooner.

KitKat bets on weird and wonderful flavours in Japan

Inashiki - Cough-medicine-flavoured KitKat anyone?It may not be to everyone's taste, but this is just one of 300 weird and wonderful flavours flying off the shelves in Japan, which has become the world's biggest market for the four-fingered snack.

Retailers using location analytics to improve customer experience

Consumers are starting to engage with businesses in new ways, using the Internet to post questions or to track orders. Rising consumer expectations in relation to when they will get their goods is driving interest in location analytics.

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

Paris - Long an important source of revenue for telecom companies, roaming charges will be lifted in Europe starting June 15, raising pressure on operators in a tight market.

Apple is the world’s most intimate brand

There are lists for the most identifiable brands, even the most loved brands. But what about ‘brand intimacy’? This refers to the emotional bond between a person and a brand. New data suggests we’re closer to technology companies.

Psychology explains what retail therapy is all about

When people are unhappy they often go out and buy something in order to make themselves feel better. One of the drivers for this, psychologists report, could be a fundamental unhappiness with personal relationships.

What your choice of smartphone says about you

What does your choice of smartphone reveal about your personality? Are Android users really more honest than iPhone users? New research says so.

Christo artwork a 'waste of public money': Watchdog

Rome - An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money.

Changing eating habits in the U.K.

London - The types of food eaten each week by a typical British family have changed during the past 40 years, according to recently released government statistics.

Whole Foods will slash 1500 jobs to offer consumers lower prices

Whole Foods Inc. announced on Monday that it is cutting about 1,500 jobs over the next eight weeks in an effort to lower prices and keep up with the competition. The cuts make up about 1.6 of the company's workforce.
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