Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tech Devices in 2015: Emerging Markets Dominate Growth, Increasing by $10b



NUREMBERG, Germany, September 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Global market research agency, GfK, has released part of its 2015 forecasts for sales of technology devices, showing that the stable global forecast hides multi-billion dollar changes at country level.




GfK's technology device forecasts cover 70 different digital device types globally and indicate that the overall market in 2015 will remain at one trillion USD, just as it has been since 2011. However, the 10 largest growth markets will increase by over $10b alone and be dominated by emerging markets. India provides by far the greatest opportunity, primarily driven by sales of smartphones, where both volume and pricing will contribute to an overall technology device growth of nearly five billion US dollars in 2015.

10 largest tech device growth markets in 2015 (GfK forecast figures)
                2014 (USD $b) 2015 (USD $b) Percentage YOY        Growth (USD $b)
    India        30.0          34.8           16%                   4.8
    China       199.0         200.8            1%                   1.8
    Nigeria       5.1           5.7           13%                   0.7
    Pakistan      4.2           4.8           15%                   0.6
    Vietnam       5.5           6.1           11%                   0.6
    Bangladesh    3.3           3.8           13%                   0.4
    Brazil       39.0          39.3            1%                   0.4
    Egypt         4.6           5.0            8%                   0.3
    Indonesia    12.4          12.7            3%                   0.3
    Philippines   3.8           4.1            6%                   0.2
    TOTAL       306.9         317.1            3%                  10.1

Feature phone markets
As expected, the global feature phone market continues to decline rapidly, with GfK's forecasts showing sales by volume dropping 20 percent and sales by value dropping 30 percent. However, feature phone vendors in emerging APAC countries and the Middle East & Africa can be slightly happier, with forecasted markets size of 5.1 billion USD and 4.3 billion USD respectively.

Kevin Walsh, Forecasting Director at GfK, comments, "The size of the feature phone market in emerging APAC countries, the middle east and Africa also provides opportunities for the low end smartphone makers, as we are seeing clear evidence of consumers willing to accept a price jump, when they upgrade from a feature phone to their first smart phone."

Smartphone markets
GfK's forecasts show that, worldwide, the smartphone continues to grow strongly, in terms of volume of sales, increasing by 18% for 2015. But there is significant shift in which countries will see those growth opportunities, with the emerging markets dominating.

Walsh explains, "Our forecasts show seven new entries in the top 10 smartphone markets for 2015, in terms of growth by value - and these are all emerging markets, which have overtaken developed markets where smartphone saturation is nearing completion."

 Top 10 smartphone markets for growth by value, 2015 compared with 2014 (GfK
    forecast)
             Ranking                      2014                       2015
                1                        China                      India
                2                    United States                  China
                3                        Japan                    Indonesia
                4                        Brazil                  South Africa
                5                    United Kingdom                 Brazil
                6                       Germany                    Pakistan
                7                        India                     Nigeria
                8                     South Korea                   Egypt
                9                        Russia                    Vietnam
                10                       Italy                    Bangladesh
These are just a small part of the forecast data provided by GfK Target Setter 2015, which is available for purchase now. For more details, please contact Kevin Walsh, Forecasting Director at GfK, on tel: +44-20-7890-9380 or email: Kevin.Walsh@gfk.com

About GfK Target Setter
GfK Target Setter is available as a one-off purchase and includes 2015 sales forecasts for all the major technology product categories (audio products and multimedia, headsets, mobile handsets, PCs, tablets, netbooks, cameras, camcorders, printing, TVs, video products). It presents GfK's forecasts for what units will sell in what numbers, at what price, by region.  It also allows clients to drill down to country forecasts by month and to see the sales impact of setting regional market share targets.
For more information, please visit http://www.gfk.com or follow GfK on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GfK_en

CONTACT:
Kevin Walsh
Forecasting Director, GfK
+44-20-7890-9380
Kevin.Walsh@gfk.com
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Miller Lite, Still the Best Since 1975


Miller Lite Packaging, Advertising, Marketing All to Feature Classic Look That Established the Light Beer Category.

CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the saying goes, there's a first for everything; and thank goodness for that. Back in 1975, Miller Lite revolutionized the entire beer category, becoming the first successful low-calorie beer and creating what has become America's largest beer segment: light beer. Today, that category accounts for more than 35 percent of all U.S. beer sales.

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Miller Lite Packaging, Advertising, Marketing All to Feature Classic Look That Established the Light Beer Category

This fall, Miller Lite is returning to that similar original look on all packaging and across all marketing materials as part of its effort to remind beer drinkers that it is the only brand brewed to be a great tasting beer that just so happens to also be less filling.

"The decision to bring back our original look was an important one for this brand," said Miller Lite senior marketing director Ryan Reis. "It's authentic, proud and highlights what has always been true about Miller Lite since it was first brewed. It's a high-quality beer worthy of those moments with friends."

Early advertising from the brand told people Miller Lite was "everything you wanted in a beer, and less," and that promise remains alive and well today. Miller Lite has won seven medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival and biennial World Beer Cup competitions, including five gold medals.*

The words 'A Fine Pilsner Beer' are prominently displayed, as that is the simple end goal of each batch of Miller Lite, which uses a unique brewing process to attain its crisp pilsner flavor and aroma. Designed to give Miller Lite more real beer taste, hops are added at three distinct times throughout brewing.

To celebrate what sets Miller Lite apart from other light beers, the brand re-introduced the Original Lite Can in January for what was supposed to be a two-month promotional window. Consumer response to the brand's authenticity and great story was so positive that the brand kept the Original Lite Can in market and changed the bottle in August.

"What we learned through this process was that our history means something special to consumers," said Reis. "We're immensely proud of what Miller Lite stands for and the new direction reminds people of not only where we came from, but where we're going as a brand."

Helping to tell that story are changes on all packaging formats across the portfolio. From 12-packs to aluminum pints, consumers will now find the original light beer inside new white-and-navy secondary packaging featuring an emphasis on the brand's new logo, bolder cues of barley and hops, and language that defines the brand's special brewing process. It reinforces the purpose behind the beer, to have great taste, color and aroma in a pilsner beer, with only 96 calories.

Changes will go far beyond just packaging. The original look will make its way into bars across the country, not only courtesy of new delivery trucks donning the new look, but via American-made wooden tap handles, new "Lite On Tap" neons and other point-of-sale materials.

The timeless Miller Lite design also will be prevalent throughout popular Miller Lite sports alliances, including AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Soldier Field in Chicago.

Furthermore, Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champ, is bringing the new look to victory lane as he and his team push for another championship in the 2014 Chase.

For more information on Miller Lite, visit www.Facebook.com/MillerLite, follow @MillerLite on Twitter or visit www.MillerLite.com.

* Great American Beer Festival -- American-style Lager or Light Lager (Gold, 2010); American-style Light Lager (Silver, 2003); American-style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager (Silver, 2012)
World Beer Cup -- American-style Light Lager (Gold, 2006, 2002, 1998, 1996)

About Miller Brewing Company
Miller Brewing Company was founded in 1855 by Frederick J. Miller when he purchased the Plank Road Brewery in Milwaukee, a city he chose as the best place for a brewery given its access to great water. Miller Lite, the original great-tasting light pilsner beer, (MillerLite.com, Facebook.com/MillerLite, @MillerLite on Twitter) was introduced nationally in 1975 and is among the top-five selling beers in the United States. Miller Fortune (MillerFortune.com, Facebook.com/MillerFortune, @MillerFortune on Twitter) is brewed with caramel malt and cascade hops for a balanced taste and smooth finish. The brewery's oldest enduring beer is Miller High Life (MillerHighLife.com, Facebook.com/MillerHighLife, @MillerHighLife on Twitter). Known as the Champagne of Beers, it was introduced in 1903 and is still brewed with the same yeast strain that Miller carried in his pocket from Germany. Miller Genuine Draft (MGD.com, Facebook.com/MillerGenuineDraft, @Miller_Global on Twitter), introduced in 1986, is the original cold-filtered, packaged draft beer. Miller Brewing Company operates in the United States and Puerto Rico as part of MillerCoors, a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at Facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.









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Mom Startup Launches War on Boredom


Mom Startup Launches War on Boredom
Rock'n Rumble Indoor Family Edutainment Center and Cafe Brings High-Quality Recreation Experience to The District


WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- District of Columbia-based mom startup, The Jackson Smith Group, LLC announced today the launch of its new venture, Rock'n Rumble indoor family edutainment center and cafe. It is a uniquely-designed family entertainment center (FEC) built on the group's philosophy of the five essential pillars of community, including family, self-identity, environment and sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and civic responsibility. The concept combines physical, imaginative and interactive play with the core values of humanity. Rock'n Rumble is slated to open its doors in spring 2015 and will cater to children 12 and under.

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"What's unique about Rock'n Rumble is our multifaceted design concept that combines the things that kids and parents love most," said The Jackson Smith Group co-owner, Ayanna Smith. "Our research shows that children want diversity in play and parents want to feel secure. A fun yet challenging play experience mixed with cafe and lounge options makes Rock'n Rumble the next big thing in family fun."

In addition to an array of play choices for children of varying ages, Rock'n Rumble will offer private parties, after school care, summer camp, Friday night drop-off, special programs and performances, and membership packages. It is a first of its kind venue for Washington, DC that will fill a void left by existing play centers and recreational facilities, which often have long waiting lists for parties.

The layout will allow parents to observe multiple play areas from various locations throughout. All visitors will have access to the facility's wireless internet connection and there will be a mini-cafe that will offer sandwiches, fruit, snacks and beverages. Rock'n Rumble will meet ADA standards and will be tailored to the needs of children. A carefully crafted design will ensure complete safety and convenience.

"We like to say that Rock'n Rumble is where innovation meets fun," said Melody Jackson, co-owner of The Jackson Smith Group, LLC. "After spending the last five years visiting theme parks, children's museums and recreational facilities in other cities, we decided to combine the best of the best and bring the excitement right here to the District. There's absolutely no other indoor play space that offers what we plan to bring to the city. Rock'n Rumble will definitely be the most fun your kids will have."

The Jackson Smith Group plans to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign Oct. 7 to support Rock'n Rumble (link will not be live until Oct. 7). They anticipate raising $100,000 in 30 days to help cover startup costs.

For more information about Rock'n Rumble, visit http://www.rocknrumbledc.com or email. Facebook.com/rocknrumbledc.com Twitter: @rocknrumbledc

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Monday, September 29, 2014

African Beauty, Christabel Momodu











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Okoro, The Prince: Another Epic on the Benin Kingdom is Here



Lancelot Imasuen's critically acclaimed epic "Invasion 1897" is still making headlines in Nigeria and abroad with local and international premieres of the historical film on the bloody punitive Benin Expedition of 1897 and another epic on the Benin Kingdom, "Okoro, the Prince" is ready for world premiere.

The film directed by Charles Uwagbai, one of the upcoming ambitious filmmakers in Nollywood has a cast of accomplished Nigerian actors, including the celebrated Sam Loco Efe of blessed memory, Alex Usifo Omiagbo and Ufuoma Stacey Ejenobo. The associate producer is Christabel Momodu, a former beauty pageant queen and popular multi-lingual model who has graced the covers of the Allure magazine of Vanguard newspapers and for the Etisalat Nigeria Double yor recharge advertising campaign.

If captivating trailers can be used to judge movies, then "Okoro, the Prince" is a must see movie.

This is a story of destinies skewed by mysterious happenstances.
This is a story of roaring, consuming ambitions.
This is a story of audacious bravery.


It is the fifteenth century: 1400 A.D. By an inexplicable twist of fate, the destiny of a kingdom is altered. Oba Ozolua, during whose reign Benin kingdom regained her glory and expanded her frontiers, is caught up in the vortex of intrigues that intertwines the destinies of his first three sons. The eldest becomes crippled as a result of a play ground accident. This causes his claim to the exalted throne to be passed over.
Enter Princes Arhuan and Osawe.
Both were born on the same day. Actually, Arhuan was given birth to first. But, the chiefs did not announce his birth until many hours after the proclamation of the birth of Osawe by Oba Ozolua, their father.This, according to customs, makes Arhuan the younger and Osawe, the heir apparent.
This slight creates enmity between the princes.
Prince Osawe is crowned Oba of Benin, with the title of Oba Esigie, an adamant Prince Arhuan wants his stolen destiny restored.
This set the stage for intrigues, sorcery and outright conflicts. Queen Idia marshals the Oba's warriors. Arhuan joins battle against the Benin kingdom. In the ensuing conflicts, Prince Arhuan shows courage in the face of adversity.
Queen Idia accomplishes her deepest burning desire. And, Oba Esigie goes on to become one of the greatest Obas of Benin Kingdom.













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Sunday, September 28, 2014

3 Things That Totally Ruled The Internet This Week



3 Things That Totally Ruled The Internet This Week


From freak shows to feminism, a lot of excitement flooded the Internet this week. Get caught up on the most important stories that were trending all over social media.








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Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014



FOURTH ANNUAL IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL IS ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS


– HISTORIC WEEKEND OF MUSIC'S BIGGEST STARS INCLUDED SPECIAL SURPRISE PERFORMANCES BY ALICIA KEYS, CHRIS BROWN, WILL.I.AM, JASON DERULO, LIL JON AND MORE








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New Survey: When Is It Ok To Use Your Cell Phone?


New Survey: When Is It Ok To Use Your Cell Phone?
TheStreet Asks Consumers a Technological Age-Old Question


NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As excitement surrounding the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reaches fever pitch, TheStreet (NASDAQ: TST) released results from a new survey with GfK1 that answers the ever-present question of when it is acceptable to use a cell phone.


The survey asked over 1,000 adults when they thought it was acceptable to use a cell phone, looking at specific scenarios. Results showed that age groups varied significantly in their opinions, with 18-49 year-olds being more accepting of cell phone use than those over the age of 50 when walking down the street, while watching TV, during a work meeting to share information with the group, while eating with others in a restaurant to share information with the group and for personal use and at the movies during previews.


"Cell phones are everywhere, and people differ in their opinions of where and when it's most acceptable to use them, either calling, texting or spending time on the Internet. It's increasingly becoming a greater part of our lives," said Chris Ciaccia, Technology Editor for TheStreet. "From walking on the sidewalks to watching TV with loved ones to being in a work meeting, cell phones are taking time away from older forms of communication as people are on their phones more than ever."

The survey looked at a variety of scenarios including:

When in the street or checking out at a store:
65% of respondents said that it is acceptable to use your cell phone while walking down the street (2% texting/browsing, 17% talking, 46% both).
Men were more accepting than women of cell phone use while walking down the street with 70% of men approving versus only 60% of women.
Checkout counters were considered to be much less acceptable with only 34% of respondents saying that it is ok to be on your phone while checking out at a supermarket or retail store.
18-34 year-olds were the most accepting of cell phone use at a checkout counter with 45% approving versus only 19% of those over 65.

In a meeting at work:
When it comes to the workplace, 52% of respondents said that it is ok to use your cell phone during a meeting to share information with the group while only 19% said that it is ok to use your cell phone to check your own messages.
18-34 year olds were the most accepting of both, with an impressive 60% saying that it is ok to use your phone to share information with the group and 22% saying that it is ok to use your phone to check your own messages.
26% of men said that it is ok to check your own messages during a meeting while only 13% of women agreed.

While eating with others in a restaurant:
28% of respondents said that it is ok to use your cell phone to check your own messages, but 48% said that it is ok if you are using your phone to share information with your fellow diners.
18-34 year olds were the most accepting of cell phone use in restaurants, with 40% saying it is ok to check your own messages and 62% saying it is ok to share information with the group.

At the movies or watching TV:
  • 26% of those surveyed said that it is ok to use your cell phone during movie previews (12% texting/browsing, 2% talking, 12% both) while only 9% said that it is ok during the actual movie (6% texting/browsing, <1% talking, 3% both).
  • 35-49 year-olds were the most accepting of using cell phones during previews, with 41% of them saying that it is ok, while only 9% of respondents over 65 think that it is acceptable.
  • People are much more accepting of cell phone use while watching TV at home with 70% saying that it is acceptable (12% texting/browsing, 5% talking, 53% both).
  • 18-34 year-olds were the most accepting of cell phone use when watching TV, with 78% of them saying that it is ok as opposed to only 51% of those over 65.
The full story from TheStreet is available online.

Methodology: OMNITEL is a weekly national telephone omnibus service from GfK, a division of GfK Custom Research North America. The sample for this OMNITEL wave consists of 1,008 total completed interviews, of which approximately 750 consist of landline telephone exchanges and about 250 are made up of cell phone exchanges. Interviews were conducted from August 15-17, 2014. The margin of error on weighted data is +/- 3 percentage points for the full sample.

About TheStreet
TheStreet, Inc. (www.t.st) is the leading independent digital financial media company providing business and financial news, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide. The Company's portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney, RealMoney Pro, Stockpickr, Action Alerts PLUS, Options Profits, MainStreet and Rate-Watch. To learn more, visit www.thestreet.com. The Deal, the Company's institutional business, provides intraday coverage of mergers and acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control. To learn more, visit www.thedeal.com.

1 OMNITEL poll by GfK North America, August 2014

CONTACT:
Emily Scheer
212.321.5521
Emily.Scheer@thestreet.com

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