Aug 08 2014

Google wants to inflate its messaging to compete with Apple

Tag: economic, finance, international, special, top newsadmin @ 8:16 pm

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acquisition for Google. The latter racheté1 application of intelligent messaging Emu. Born there two years, she inserts information during conversations of its users. For example, if a caller provides a message in a restaurant on a Friday night, Emu automatically suggest a nearby restaurant and present the review on a site like Yelp. Emu can also use the GPS smartphone, search for the Cinema2 or view your calendar, all without leaving the application.

Following its acquisition, the application will close on August 25. It is likely that Google integrates term Emu features to Hangouts, the email application. He will replace gradually the traditional SMS on Android. Apple

Compete on messaging

For the trade magazine Wired, Google's acquisition is intended to open up new markets publicitaires3. Mail Hangout could display advertisements based on user conversations. Moreover, after research and emails, messages would complement the loop of personal data processed by the digital giant.

With this acquisition, Google will be able to compete with Apple and its advanced messaging and voice guidance. At its last developer conference, the company announced several new for his courier, iMessage. Moreover, Emu lot like Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant. Before founding the company Emu Messenger and become the CEO, Gummi Hafsteinsson worked to develop Siri at Apple. Google has also developed his personal assistant, Google Now, and it is likely that the Emu features are integrated into the outil.SERVICE following: "The practice technology and flawless preferential price Apple4 ….. …


Aug 03 2014

With the PlayStation 4, Sony returns to profit

Tag: business, online, opinions, special, top newsadmin @ 6:00 pm

 Sony

can thank the PlayStation 4. Having completed its fiscal year 2013 ended March 31, a loss of 128 billion yen (930 million euros), the Japanese group has to announce a windfall for the months of April to June Buoyed by a turnover up 6%, Sony1 multiplied by eight net profit with a profit of 26.8 billion yen, or 194 million euros. The performance of its second largest video games division, currently the group behind the phone, are not foreign to the good start of the year. Long

deficit, the video games industry has doubled its revenues in the first quarter net profit of 4.3 billion yen (31 million euros). Last year at the same period, the division lost 16 billion yen (116 million euros). Sony has revised upward its forecast blow for fiscal year 2014 in the video game, with an expected profit of 25 billion yen, against 19 billion loss last year. Services

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This reversal is due to the incredible success of the PlayStation 42, the new console group. Launched in November, she surpassed forecasts Sony with 7 million sales 31 March3.

While many signs that the console continues to tear, Sony has disclosed in its quarterly report that the accumulated PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 distributed worldwide. Between April and June, 3.5 million of the consoles found in shops, against 1.1 million Xbox and Xbox One side Microsoft5 3604, and 600,000 Wii and Wii U in Nintendo6. Finance

Japanese group benefiting from the ecosystem of the PlayStation 4, facing the game and online entertainment small personal loans. To play with friends on the Internet, the owner of the console must pay an annual subscription of 50 euros. PlayStation 4 also allows you to rent movies and listen to music online, either as paid services. Above all, the console became profitable in less than six months, against three years for the PlayStation 3. Accounts Sony have long been sealed by the design costs of the latter, designed entirely in-house. By choosing for the PlayStation 4, components and tools existing development, the Japanese group has instead been quickly become profitable. The telephony mast

Another source of satisfaction for Sony, the good results of its television business, whose sales rose 3.8% this quarter. A Cup effect world7 that Sony does not, however, expected to be sustained. The group has revised down its forecast for TV sales throughout the year with 15.5 million copies, against 16 million expected in May. But Sony intends to reap a profit of 10 billion yen in the sector, against 25.5 million loss in 2013

. The outlook is much more subdued in telephony. Cornered between Apple8 for upscale and its Chinese competitors for low and mid-range, Sony plans to sell only 43 million units of its Xperia this year, against 50 million announced in May. The Japanese company even expects no longer generate any profit on this activity in 2014

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Jul 28 2014

McDonald's France should achieve the best year in its history

Tag: economics, events, publications, resources, specialadmin @ 8:04 am

 The French subsidiary

always the model student at McDonalds. If the global results of the fast food giant in the first half, published last week, disappointed, France stands out for its sustained growth. Despite the crisis and the purchasing power at half-restaurant sales company-owned and franchise of the Hexagon rose 4.8% since January. "We should manage to maintain this growth rate in the second half," said Jean-Pierre Petit, CEO of McDonald's1 France, with sales under the brand reached € 4.46 billion in 2013 ……

… "A portion of the sales growth comes from change in scope related to the opening of new restaurants (40 to 50 per year, Ed), another our effectiveness in the development of network performance, explains Jean-Pierre Petit, which celebrates its tenth anniversary next January at his post. France is the second subsidiary behind the U.S. in terms of profitability, and 2014 will be our best year in absolute terms. "

In a market where the crisis continues, King hamburger experienced a steady growth in business for several years. France, land of gastronomy, where he established in 1979, has become a very profitable market for the group. "McDonald's has succeeded in the synthesis of DNA and its American culture through the French lines, recipes, restaurant facilities and services tailored to the needs of the French," says Jean-Pierre Petit, citing jumble the use of Charolais meat, cheese AOC and its range of snacks and salads. The burger

come to the table chefs

"We have been able to evolve and innovate constantly, as the last example, the integration of new technologies in our restaurants and we were able to take into account the concerns of the French company in terms of quality, traceability and food safety, "develops the CEO Low fee payday loans. McDonald

France is a creative company that provides jobs "second chance" to young people without diplomas. The group, which employs 72,000 people in France, established 9000 net permanent positions between 2012 and 2014. It plans to create as many over the period 2015-2017.

According to its CEO, the development potential of the fast-food chain remains very important in France. If McDonald holds between 78% and 80% of the hamburger market, far ahead Quick2, KFC3 and KING4 Burger, who made his return to France a few months ago, and 63% on the fast food, its share falls 12.5% ​​on the commercial foodservice, which includes the restoration table. The latter market is stagnating for years. Meal a week is taken out of the house in France against one in three UK and two in the United States.

To gain market share, the company put on "a wide range and affordable prices for répondreà all market segments," and his heart business, the hamburger. The multiplication of an offer hamburgers in traditional restaurants and chefs table is welcomed by McDonalds. "It's very good. This gives acclaim to a quality product and natural. Multiplying the competition can widen the market, "says Jean-Pierre Petit.


Jul 21 2014

Nearly a third of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published

Tag: international, life, money, opinions, technologyadmin @ 10:08 pm

 

The debate on the future of publishing is not likely to subside. The self-published science fiction blockbuster author Hugh Howey has released a report on the sector ebooks. He argues that the indie works (ie self-published), represent 31% of sales of ebooks on Amazon. Hugh Howey goes further and says that according to his Statistics1 freelance writers are moving beyond the Big Five, ie the five largest éditeurs2 (Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster) in the United States in terms of royalties on paperless books.

Amazon offers the Kindle Direct Publishing3 service that allows independent authors to publish for free and immediately his ebook and sell it since 2007. "I tested the bestsellers of tomorrow on KDP before offering great paper publishers," explained Didier Imbot in 2013, littéraire4 agent at the head of Global Literary Management, Le Figaro. Amazon likes to highlight its "success stories" 5, the freelance writers who make a name and able to earn a living through self-publication. Amazon

against publishers

Hugh Howey is an example of successful freelance writer. It is especially known for his saga Wool Omnibus. It takes a specialized site to advise authors and publishes regular reports on the state of the sector. "I think it's more a kind of public relations for Amazon from an objective view of the digital market," retorted Philip Jones, editor of the trade magazine The Bookseller Guardian6. For statistical kitchen Howey in puzzles many. Among other things, the author works with an anonymous statistician, simply named "Data Guy" in the articles. Nevertheless, the role of independent sector is undeniable. In December 2013, according to figures trimestriels7, freelance writers accounted for a quarter of the top 100 Amazon. Com. The famous Netflix

Book launched by Amazon will also relate essentially independent authors and small publishers. Indeed, the Big Five are not part of the offer of unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks for 9.99 dollars per month. For some of these publishers, it is also a way to protect competitors 8In services which they have invested, as Oyster. The rise of self-publishing also coincides with the war between the major publishers and Amazon.


Jul 12 2014

Bayonne ham gets his passport to the United States

Tag: economics, news, publications, top news, traveladmin @ 3:44 pm

 

The famous Bayonne ham 1seront for sale in the United States in 2015. U.S. health authorities have given the green light to the slaughter Fipso and business Delpeyrat 2a said Bernard Dupont , president of the Interprofessional Bayonne ham. U.S.

So eat ham of Bayonne French. France submitted a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), the product will be the same for U.S. customers. Ham will only be produced from pigs reared in the South West. For now, only started production since drying ham lasts one year.

"Becoming the Ambassador brand of French know-how"

Delpeyrat, which has obtained authorization for export to the United States

Bayonne ham, which represents 20% of the French market dried ham, and is "400 million potential consumers," says Bernard Dupont. If the impact is yet difficult to quantify, the consortium covers all distribution channels faxless payday advance. "The U.S. market represents a real opportunity. We expected there, the people are very attracted by the French gastronomy. We aim supermarkets, delicatessens, restaurants, hotels, all distributors, "he said.

With this approval, which follows that obtained for China in June dernier3, Delpeyrat wants to "become the brand ambassador for French savoir-faire" abroad. On July 23th, a delegation of foreign importers will be present during the Holidays Bayonne. And among the 9 members in North America will be well represented as two Americans and three Canadians will be included.

With the aim to reap 100 million euros in sales internationally in 2020. It is now 45 million, or 10% of total turnover Delpeyrat. Other brands, like Oteiza – producer and creator of the Basque Country – also seek to position themselves.


Jul 09 2014

An American harvest tens of thousands of dollars for his potato salad

Tag: Uncategorized, online, opinions, people, specialadmin @ 11:16 am

 

Some jokes can be expensive, others report more than expected. Danger that Zack Brown has allowed him to harvest date, 57,000 dollars (41,800 euros) and gather more than 4000 contributors around … a salad potato. And it's not over as there is still 24 days before the end of the quest.

When the young American publishes its project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, it sets its target to $ 10. "I'm just a salad potato. I have not yet decided which, "says Zack in the project description. For those who are willing to finance the salad up to a dollar, it promises a "thank you posted on the site" and recite their names aloud while cook. For $ 3, visitors must get some of the finished product. Sole risk of this unusual investment: "This may be not good, this is my first salad of potatoes," warns Zack in the "Risks and Challenges" section of the page Kickstarter1.

…… The improbable project met and exceeded the original target. Zack takes the game and promises new counterparties. At $ 35, it will be "four times more potato salad." At $ 75, it will hold a "pizza party". Ultimate grail, 100 dollars for which gratify contributors two different salad recipes potatoes. Against all odds, mayonnaise takes. Boosted by social networks, the project has been an unexpected success and donations accumulate. In just three days, it reached 4000 dollars. In a video posted Sunday Zack thank users "without whom it would never have been possible guaranteed pay day loans."

…… "When I started this campaign [crowdfunding], my secret goal was to reach $ 60, "reveals Zack. He is now the head of a virtual capital of tens of thousands of dollars. Wednesday morning, the project brought together 57,000 dollars and more than 4,000 contributors. "I never thought it would take on such a scale, responded the young man on the U.S. site Reddit2. Ten dollars seemed a reasonable goal. I think people have found an opportunity to gather around something as absurd as banal. "

He invites" all internet "to a baby salad potato … ……. In exchange, American offers a hat bearing the image of a potato salad or a cookbook, send it in December. This leaves a few months to organize Zack, who plans to "rent a large room to invite all Internet a feast of potato salad." While some question, however, the project should be approved by Kickstarter.

The site has softened effect there one month operating rules and the draft Zack, although delusional, meets the three conditions imposed in that the project must "propose creating something to share with others," "to be honest and clearly presented" but that the funds raised are for a "charity" and that the proposed compensatory measures are financial. Asked about the moderation of such fanciful projects, crowdfunding platform has répondu3, not without humor, that "there is no single recipe for inspiration."


Jul 07 2014

"Good funds" Michel Sapin

Tag: events, money, opinions, publications, traveladmin @ 1:37 pm

 

Once again, Michel Sapin1 won the award for humor. "Our friend is finance, good finance2" Sunday launched our Minister of Finance Economic Forum Aix-en-Provence 20143, which this year had the theme "Investing invent tomorrow." Intoxicated by the brightness of Provence, our bagman asked himself the question: "Will it finance a happy, happy in the service of investment, to make people happy?" "Good finance" is one that contributes to real investments. But the needs are enormous. This is even with unemployment, the only true sequel to the global crisis of 2008-2009, as recalled Christine Lagarde4. "At the end of 2013, the GDP of the G205 was 8% lower than their underlying trend (if there was no crisis) and investment down 20% over what should be, "said the director of FMI6.

The diagnosis applies equally to private investment firms for public infrastructure projects. The World Economic Forum Davos7 has calculated that the global economy devoted to these 3700 billion a year in the 1980s. Today is just 2,700 billion, is a lack of 1,000 billion. Citing these figures, Christine Lagarde revealed that the IMF would present a study on this topic in early October on the 40 major economies.

"In the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, budgets are now 10% lower than they should be," said said the boss of the IMF, while noting that, for France, it was not the case. The French deficit investment is doing well, in her view, on private investment. Collapse

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Michel Sapin, for its part ready to subscribe to this diagnosis, if not it also recognizes that danger looming on the side of local authorities. The new municipalities are now "very careful, a too cautious," said he acknowledged at his press conference. Already smarting from the collapse of the housing investment, which "cost 0.4 percentage point of GDP growth" we, according to his figures, it should not be depressed after the building now gaining public works. Featuring

himself an outstanding hearty temperament, Michel Sapin is satisfied that the conditions of the trust is there, "now that companies perceive new opportunities and the CICE arrives in their accounts. " As for the discontent of social partners, Medef8 among others, and the left wing PS9, he summarized by this formula: "The complainers, the rechigneux as they say in Berry, feed the slingers, and the slingers feed moaners. "


Jul 04 2014

The shock report on low-cost Inconvenient Air France

Tag: economic, opinions, publications, top news, worldadmin @ 5:09 am

 The report

Monday handed the CEO of Air France 1 on what to implement to fight against low-cost airlines will he kindly stored at the bottom of a closet I need regular. Ordered by Frédéric Gagey2, the CEO of the company tricolor to imagine a sustainable future for the activity "point to point" – that is to say without match, so – short and medium letter of Air France group flights and reduce losses (200 million euros in 2013), this report contains the recommendations of an expert group. If the CEO of Air France is expected that the strategy currently being conducted, ie reducing the number of devices and stops where the losses are important and maintaining three brands is reinforced, this is not the case.

Shares of Air France erode market

The rapporteur this job is none other than Lionel Guérin, the current boss Hop! 3, the company that brings Airlinair Britair and Regional, three regional entities of the Air France4 who steal appliances from 48 to 100 seats. The expert group has tried to cope and rationalize, at least on paper, a business operated by three different companies within the Air France group: Transavia5, the low-cost intended for leisure flights, Hop, that regional conducts domestic flights to major European cities (Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona, ​​Stuttgart …) and finally Air France whose market share erode. In some figures, these three companies together account 2 billion euros of turnover and employ 10,000 employees in this activity.

The facts are simple. Short and medium-haul to the hub at Roissy fueling long-haul flights Air France flights lose € 400 million per year but management tolerates some of these losses as it flows through the long-haul profitable. "We can accept losing to Air France 150 million euros per year to fill its planes at Roissy. These are costs that could virtually integrate long-haul, "says an analyst.

Beautiful margins low-cost

But no question of widening losses activity "point to point" that competitors such as EasyJet, Vueling or Volotea have captured while achieving beautiful margins. On flights between France and Europe, Air France lost 5 points of market share between 2010 and 2014. And the French domestic market, low-cost airlines increased from 15 to 27% market share between 2010 and 2014

. To stem losses the report proposes to set up in the autumn a new common organization Hop! and Air France for business functions such as optimization of sales by trade policy (revenue management), pricing … Each company would retain the operational management of its staff.

The report distinguishes between two market segments where business customers are involved and "VFR" visiting friends and relative, that is to say travelers who visit their friends and their families: a segment is predominantly leisure, whose customers are looking for low prices. Customers of the other, dominant business, favor the regularity and frequency while maintaining their wallet.  Contain

Air France flights to match

Transavia meets unsurprisingly expectations first and should continue to grow from Orly, its current base, with ten additional Boeing 737 for its flights leisure. However, to meet the needs of the second category two opposing scenarios: either Hop, regional, fully recovered activity previously carried out by Air France at Orly especially with its mini price!. Air France is building on its reputation in housing activity in a "brand connected" to its name

. Clearly, the report's authors propose confine the short and medium-haul Air France connecting flights to Roissy and let companies "agile" take care of "point to point". On the social level, this scenario would obviously have serious repercussions. "The situation may be very tense in the coming months," says an official of the group aware that the courageous decisions remain to be taken. Frédéric

GAGEY has in hand a "hot potato" that he should say at half results on July 25 that it intends to do.


Apr 12 2014

Three years for any change to the Hotel Lutetia

Tag: business, features, international, resources, specialadmin @ 2:32 pm

 

It's Monday between noon and 15 hours staff Lutetia1 take the last check-out customers. The next guest should not cross the threshold of 45, boulevard Raspail, Paris (VI) before 2017.'s Last chance to enjoy the current setting will be selling the furniture auction, art and wines will be held in the lounges and bars of the hotel 19 to 25 May This historic hotel was one of the few boutique hotels in the capital not to have been entitled to his makeover. And he really needs. While the Plaza

Athénée2 to reopen this summer, followed next year by the Crillon3 and Ritz4, the Lutetia is given three years for a total renewal . Bought 145 million euros in 2010, its centenary year, the Israeli real estate company Alrov, it no longer met the current standards of international clients especially as the new Asian-inspired institutions (Mandarin Oriental, Shangri -La, Peninsula) set the bar very high in Paris.

According to the owner, this work will be "an intermission dedicated to sublimate this mythical establishment of French heritage while keeping his soul so appreciated." The décor, the architectural firm of Jean-Michel Wilmotte5 that orchestrate the transformation, the same one that currently redesigning the Crillon. "The architectural features Art Deco and Art Nouveau past will be married in a contemporary design," said the latter. The investment would be around € 80 million. 40 rooms in less

Beyond the decor, the whole structure of the building will be reviewed guaranteed high risk personal loans. Like its predecessors, the Lutetia benefit work to equip a spa and larger rooms. The hotel currently has 231 rooms expected to lose 40, especially to offer large suites. As for the 700 m2 open to outside guests spa, they will be earned on an unclassified area and a portion of the first basement.

The new version of Lutetia will also develop a new central patio, a jazz club and a library designed to accommodate literary appointments and art. A clever way to play the cultural map where the right bank of palaces are more showy. The gourmet restaurant takes meanwhile finally bowing to help increase the capacity of the brewery will be expanded to 240 seats. After this transformation, the institution remained under the management of Concorde Hotels (Groupe du Louvre) join the small collection of luxury hotels The Set. Created by CEO Alrov and his son, Alfred and Georgi Akirov this chain currently includes an address in London and one in Amsterdam.

He who was previously a 4-star hotel can he then measure the palaces? "In any case, it enjoys a palace, because this part of the left bank has evolved and really like, especially European and American clientele, says Georges Panayotis, President of MKG consulting firm. ., And providing the means to do such heavy work, it could create a surprise "Another positive, according to the specialist, the Lutetia displays nothing in his will to win the title of palace 'C' is the client to decide, we are not born palace, one becomes. "


Apr 08 2014

Attractive World cultivates its difference on the Internet

Tag: Uncategorized, economics, people, resources, specialadmin @ 1:36 am

 How

get a place on the web, create, to perpetuate a brand and customer loyalty? Ludovic Huraux, co-founder in 2007 of the dating site Attractive World1, has steered its way in the highly competitive field of internet dating. 24 years old at the time, he invented a strong concept by introducing a selective admission. "The difference is really having positioned on the premium segment of the meeting, since it is the members who are on the site that identifies new candidates with the idea to create an environment of trust in which people can easily share and meet. "

Today is World Attractive beneficiary and just passed the million and a half of applications even if ultimately only a little more than 500 000 people will be accepted. A concept that allowed Attractive World to develop a strong brand on the Web. "To have a strong brand, you must have a strong position, and our bias was to be placed on a high-end segment. From the moment you have a true differentiation must know, and for us the best way was to invest in marketing and in particular television cheap business cards. When engaging hundreds of thousands of dollars and sometimes millions of euros in television campaigns, you must know what the most profitable programs, what time it is better to invest and on what channels. "…. …. "Skip the real"

Beyond TV and site Attractive World continuously works on display algorithms that aim to better connect people seeking a soulmate. "Depending on the interests and activity on the site, we will put you in touch with people that match these interests, which is a lot of research and development carried out throughout year. We feel that users have very high demands, they are no longer satisfied only virtual Internet use and online dating sites, but they really need to go into the real, meet people, and for that we bring a real service by organizing events that are very good excuses to make this bridge then. " Each week, marriages and births are celebrated by members who have used this dating site.


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