Google to compete with iPhone with newest product launch

Photo Credit:  Scott Akerman

Photo Credit: Scott Akerman

According to sources, The Telegraph has published that Google intends to release its very own handset by the end of the year in an attempt to regain control over design, manufacturing and software. After hiring Rick Osterloh, former president of Motorola earlier in the year, there have been speculations of Google’s intentions to invest more in the smartphone market. Google’s Android operating system already runs freely on four out of five smartphones sold worldwide, and endorses a range of phones made by partners such as LG and Huawei, but manufacturing is left up to company’s like Samsung. In recent years, Google has already released new hardware, including a tablet computer, laptop and other gadgets.


British-made, carbon fibre bicycle just for you

Photo Credit:  torbakhopper

Photo Credit: torbakhopper

A British bike builder, Filament, recently launched its carbon fibre bicycle design at the Bespoked Handmade UK Bicycle Show in Bristol earlier this year. Although many road bikes today are built using the lightweight material, Richard Craddock is overcoming the technical difficulties of carbon fibre in order to make a frame that is custom built for its rider. From his workshop in Worcestershire, Craddock selects the right tube diameters, fibre and resin types, the number of sequence and plys used for joining the tubes, as well as the bike’s geometry, based on the rider’s height and weight. Other specialty features also include Sram’s new wireless eTap gear changing system. After four years of development and testing, Filament bespoke, carbon frames are now available for purchase by the public and start from £2,680.


Young entrepreneur launches product aimed at trade industry

25 year old, Vicky Hamilton from Gourock, Scotland, has recreated the traditional kneepad design to offer tradesmen a product that reduces pressure on the knee by 76%. The design engineering graduate was inspired by her dad who has worked as a joiner his entire career and now suffers from osteoarthritis. The Recoil Protective Kneepads absorb impact and reduce pressure across the entire knee joint due to its double-layered system. Last year, Vicky won several entrepreneurial awards for her innovative design received £65,000 from the Scottish EDGE fund to bring her product to life. With the nearest competitor merely reducing pressure on the knees by 60.7%, Recoil Protective Kneepads are now being purchased worldwide through the website and on Amazon.


London Office Construction At 20-Year High

According to a recent report by Deloitte, office construction in London is at its highest level in 20 years. Currently, there are 51 new office buildings under construction, including new headquarters for Facebook and Goldman Sachs in West End and Farringdon, respectively. The data for total office space under development shows an increase of 28% over the last six months to 14.2 million sq ft, the highest level since the beginning of 2008. The increase in building activity has been driven largely by the finance and IT sectors, together they have signed for 4.5 million sq ft of space.


Nissan Buys 34% Stake in Mitsubishi

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has announced it is acquiring a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors in a deal worth £1.5 billion. However, the deal is subject to regulatory approval and also needs the support of Mitsubishi shareholders. If approved, Nissan would become the largest shareholder of Mitsubishi. The announcement comes in the wake of Mitsubishi's recent fuel efficiency scandal, in which it was revealed the car maker had used testing methods that were not in compliance with Japanese regulations for 25 years. Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn said the deal with Mitsubishi is a win-win for both companies, and Mitsubishi's CEO Osamu Masuko said the alliance with Nissan is a way of restoring confidence in the company.



Upcoming Business Award: Best in Biz Awards International

The Best in Biz Awards International is an annual business awards programme, offered in more than 60 categories, and open to any company operating anywhere in the world. Some of the categories include fastest-growing company, executive of the year, and most innovative product. Previous award winners include BlackBerry, DHL, Lenovo, and Royal Bank of Scotland. Submissions for the 2016 programme are accepted until 13 May 2016, and the entry fee is $350 per submission. Entries are judged by at least five media and industry experts from multiple countries. Best in Biz Awards winners are featured in a globally distributed press release, and gold winners receive customized award trophies.


Samsung Forecasts 10% Rise In Operating Profits

South Korean electronics giant Samsung estimates the firm's operating profits for Q1 2016 will increase by 10% year-over-year, and its revenues to rise by 4%, reflecting strong sales of the Galaxy S7, its latest flagship smartphone. Although the forecast was well above analyst expectations, Samsung shares closed down 1.25% in Seoul. However, Samsung's guidance is in sharp contrast to the 40% slump in net profits reported for Q4 2015, when strong competition from Apple and Chinese rivals Huawei and Xiaomi reduced Samsung's smartphone sales. The company is set to release its first quarter results at the end of this month.



Sephora launches its first 'Sephora Accelerate Cohort' for female led beauty start ups

Sephora's  'Sephora Stands' initiative program has released the list of the beauty start-ups chosen in its first-ever "Sephora Accelerate Cohort." The program is designed to help female-founded start-ups in beauty. The company launched the initiative after discovering 85 percent of venture capital funded start ups are launched by men. 

Eight start ups have been chosen from US, Canada and Mexico. The brands include MyavanaStylerz, GlossgeniusThrive Causemetics, Laxmi, Eu'Genia SheaSahajan and One Love Organics. The beauty bootcamp will start in April with expert mentoring from Pamela Baxter, President and CEO LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics for North America and CEO of Christian Dior Inc.


The Google crash everyone's talking about :0

Google's Lexus RX450h ran into Mountain View, Calif, transit bus on the 14th of February 2016. The altercation between the car and the bus opened up the discussion for the launch of vehicle-to-external communications (V2X). Google's autonomous vehicles have been involved in a number of minor accidents during the testing period, however these collisions were always caused by a human driver. While the vehicles are intelligent enough to respond to most situations this altercation proves there is a market for V2X.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications could help solve disagreements between two cars from different manufacturers with different software or sensors to ensure they inform their intent to each before proceeding. By 2025 Navigant Research projects up to 80 million new vehicles will be annually equipped with V2X communications capability. This begs the question, should all new cars contain V2X communications from here on out. General Motors is set to launch the software on the 2017 Cadillac CTS, it will be the first automaker to launch V2V. Other automakers including BMW, Honda and Toyota are buoyant on V2X technology. 


Facebook messenger for apple watch

As promised, Facebook has upgraded their messenger app to include the apple watch. It is now possible to send voice memos, stickers, and likes from your wrist. In a blend of practicality and functionality, the app allows you compose up to six reply texts that are ready to go when a message comes in.

Ballymore Group submits planning for commercial building in Nine Elms

Ballymore Group has submitted planning for its flagship commercial building at One Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms. The 215,000 square ft. office building has been designed by Lee Polisano of PLP Architects, known for the City of London’s Heron Tower. It offers commercial space over ten floors and a spectacular 360 degree roof terrace and winter gardens. The building overlooks the new U.S. and Dutch Embassies with fantastic views over the River Thames and central London. Waitrose has been secured as the retail tenant and Market Porter has opened a restaurant and delicatessen nearby.

Skoda premieres the new ‘Superb Black Crystal’ saloon

Prepare to be captivated this fall by the brand new ŠKODA ‘Superb Black Crystal’. The Czech automobile manufacturer has teamed up with the renowned glassworks PRECIOSA, to create a crystallised saloon, premiering in Prague at the Designblok 2015, Czech Design and Fashion Week. Based on the Skoda Superb sedan, the upgraded saloon comes with wheel rims coated in stardust, a front and rear crystallised logo, and a steering wheel made of high quality crystals. 

Named the new show car by its manufacturers, the ‘Superb Black Crystal’ keeps the Laurin & Klement emblem shining bright with small crystals illuminating the symbol. Chief Designer Josef Kabaň quotes “Through precision-processed glass crystals, the show car looks like an item of jewellery only to be worn on special occasions.”

In summer 2015 Skoda used the same resurfacing technique to create the Tour de France winner trophies.