Amazon may be working to add an Echo-only, ad-free music streaming service that would cost $5 per month and could launch as early as September, sources say. The company is also reportedly gearing up to release a $10 per month streaming service that would work across devices.
For a college or university's centralized IT department to remain relevant to the disparate departments across campus, it must operate like Amazon to easily provide what customers want, says Dave Convery, a principal data center architect with CDW. If departments find it hard to work with IT, they may set up a "shadow IT" of their own servers that may not be as efficient.
Permits for a retail space in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle indicate Amazon may be opening a drive-up grocery store there under a plan called "Project X." The language in the documents matches a drive-up grocery store planned by the online retailer in San Francisco, and the facility would likely allow shoppers to order groceries online and then pick them up at parking stalls or inside a retail area, according to the documents.
A study in The Gerontologist showed that geographic information systems mapping could help improve access to health care among vulnerable older adults in South Florida. GIS mapping could also help insurers and hospitals boost surveillance of older adults discharged from the hospital into vulnerable areas, said Justin Stoler of the University of Miami.
Hershey's marketing chief, Peter Horst, talks about the brand's shift from traditional advertising to digital, how it capitalized on lessons learned from those who moved more quickly to adapt to new technology, and what lies ahead for e-commerce. "[W]e're deep into a working relationship with Amazon," Horst says.
The Honest Co., co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, is expanding beyond baby products and cleaning supplies to focus on beauty products. The company introduced a series of conditioners, hair sprays and shampoos made with ingredients such as algae and coconut juice.
Building a successful business around bot technology can be difficult, as players such as Facebook Messenger and WeChat control important distribution channels, writes Jesus Rodriguez. Moreover, bot technology is hard to monetize, and entering the enterprise market is challenging, he writes.
The FDA has granted fast-track designation to Eli Lilly and Co. and AstraZeneca's AZD3293, an early Alzheimer's disease treatment that inhibits an enzyme involved in the accumulation of beta-amyloid, which causes the disease. The results of a Phase II/III study on the drug are expected by August 2019, and a second late-stage study will begin this quarter.
Networks have been introducing fans to lesser-known heroes and villains from graphic novels and comic books, whereas Hollywood has been focused on bigger names. AMC has received praise for its series "Preacher," while networks such as The CW and Cinemax continue to push series based on DC Comics characters and storylines.
Transport Canada has started the second phase of a program to monitor the effects of climate change on the roadways in the northern regions. The study will look at permafrost, as 24% of the land in the region is permanently frozen.
The US is poised for a rapid period of offshore wind development following the launch of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, according to this analysis. Chairman Bryan Martin said it was logical for Deepwater to choose a relatively small project for its first given the challenges faced by the 130-turbine Cape Wind project, adding that the firm's next offshore wind farm will be significantly larger.
Pennsylvania will invest $8.8 million to upgrade 23 airports statewide, including $5.4 million in grants via the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program. "Hundreds of thousands of jobs are supported by aviation in Pennsylvania, and these investments will help them operate safely, expand to meet demands or attract more growth," said Gov. Tom Wolf.
An Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, company is attracting hoteliers with a line of computer tablets that expedite guest access to functions ranging from room service to booking changes. Hotel Communication Network has secured deals with chains in San Francisco and Chicago and has more cities in its sights.