Hundreds of stores and sports venues are being outfitted with proximity-based messaging technology. Are consumers willing to listen?
By Heather Clancy
FORTUNE -- Welcome a frequent customer with a personal message. Offer an in-store deal on excess boot inventory before summer sandals hit the shelves. Remind tailgating season ticketholders to head to their seats before kick-off.
Ever since smartphones became virtually ubiquitous, marketers have fantasized about mobile engagement scenarios like these, specific MOREFeb 28, 2014 2:49 PM ET
Wireless companies see the unbanked masses in the United States as prime targets for mobile financial services.
By Erik Heinrich
FORTUNE -- Delivering financial services to the world's unbanked masses is not a topic that usually includes a developed economy like the United States.
That's because Africa is the global leader in this area. Its mobile network operators are boosting their bottom lines and raising standards of living by offering mobile wallets MOREFeb 28, 2014 12:09 PM ET
The rules of business are changing.
By Aaron Levie
FORTUNE – The CEO of a large insurance provider had the misfortune of being seated next to me at a recent event. As the founder of an enterprise software company, naturally I pressed him on his business's information technology strategy. The conversation didn't last long. His organization lacked a technology agenda beyond using IT to keep the business running smoothly. Recent discussions with MOREFeb 27, 2014 11:50 AM ET
Cocona was making cutting-edge sports apparel, but its hippy-esque reputation held it back. A new, data-driven name -- 37.5 -- changed everything.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
FORTUNE -- Humans are basically sweat machines, it turns out.
"You might be sitting in an office right now, probably not doing much aerobic activity," Wesley Burgess, general manager of the yarn division of textile technology company 37.5, told this reporter -- who was, indeed, sitting MOREFeb 26, 2014 11:49 AM ET
Is this $250 "smart watch" worth it? It depends on how often you pull your phone out of your pocket.
By Jason Cipriani
FORTUNE -- In the age of the smartphone, wristwatches are no longer worn primarily as timekeepers. But the Pebble Steel isn't a watch -- it's a "smartwatch." Instead of serving as a fashion accessory, the Pebble Steel acts as an extension of your smartphone. Notifications are sent to your MOREFeb 25, 2014 4:46 PM ET
Called "Entrepreneur First," the program aims to serve as a Continental counterweight to popular Silicon Valley accelerators like Y Combinator.
By Jonathan Weinberg
FORTUNE -- In the shadow of London's 87-story Shard tower, on the south side of the Thames, a new kind of "brain drain" is underway. The term once referred to talent moving across borders; here, it represents a new phenomenon. Britain's best technical graduates are shunning traditional jobs in MOREFeb 25, 2014 12:56 PM ET
The microblogging service has built a successful following, but it needs to rethink its longer-term strategy.
By Sanjay Sanghoee
FORTUNE -- Twitter (TWTR) was initially derided for its strange and non-intuitive format, but as most of us have seen, the micro-blogging service confounded expectations; it has become a wildly popular medium for sharing information and creating buzz, and its 140-character limit is perfect for the short attention span of modern society.
Yet, MOREFeb 21, 2014 5:00 AM ET
When heads of state travel to the United States, they make sure to visit its technology mecca. Here's why.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- Foreign leaders visiting the United States can fill their itineraries from a long list of fabulous destinations to conduct international diplomacy. Scenic mountains, balmy beaches, and a certain city that never sleeps would seem like top contenders. But instead, presidents and prime ministers from around the world MOREFeb 20, 2014 5:00 AM ET
A partnership between Cisco and AGT plans to roll out a suite of analytics technologies in dozens of cities over the next five years, challenging IBM in the data-driven city management space.
By Clay Dillow
FORTUNE -- When it comes to building so-called smart cities -- the data-driven, ubiquitously connected cities of the future where everything from traffic signals to law enforcement to trash collection is optimized to algorithmic precision -- MOREFeb 18, 2014 12:28 PM ET
The league used the 63rd NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans to debut new technology.
By John Gaudiosi
FORTUNE -- It's been six years since the National Basketball Association (NBA) last brought its All-Star weekend to New Orleans. While that may seem like a small gap of time to fans in the Crescent City, it's a lifetime in the technology world. In that time, the NBA has built one of the MOREFeb 17, 2014 9:06 AM ET
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