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COVID-19 Pandemic Will Force Companies Around the World to Radically Rethink How They Operate and Embrace Technological Investment

ABI Research Analysts share their thoughts on the likely short-and long-term impacts the global pandemic will have on technology and end markets

The Coronovirus outbreak and the worldwide reaction to the pandemic will force companies to radically rethink how they operate and embrace technological investment, states global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

In its new white paper, Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets, ABI Research Analysts look at the current and future ramifications of COVID-19 across technologies and verticals. Analysts also offer recommendations to weather the storm and strategies to help companies rebound and prosper after the pandemic has slowed.

“To effect change, there must be a stimulation of a magnitude that means companies cannot do anything but make bold decisions to survive. COVID-19 is that magnitude,” explains Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer at ABI Research.

Bold decisions and technological investments could lead to outcomes such as:

-A more concerted and widespread move to lights-out manufacturing
-Increased usage of autonomous materials handling and goods vehicles
-A more integrated, diverse, and coordinated supply chain
-Investment in smart cities to support community resilience
-A move to virtual workspaces and practices…
…And so much more

“Before we feel this potential long-term impact, there will be some serious short-term implications. Contractions in consumer spending, disruptions to supply chains, and reduced availability of components will create a rough sea for all boats,” Carlaw says. “In the short-term, there will be a retrenchment in outlooks a reduced investment in modernization, as survival instincts trump the drive to prosperity.”

For a clearer picture of the short- and long-term global impacts of COVID-19, download the whitepaper Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets.

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How Live Technology is Revolutionising Consumer Experiences in Fashion, Retail and Beyond

Over the last few years, the fashion industry has been one of several global markets that have embraced the possibilities of modern-day technology. Above all else, augmented and virtual reality equipment has become central to the future direction of retail shopping, with the technology providing simulated environments that are enhancing the consumer’s overall experience.
As a result, we’re going to look at some of the technology that is currently changing the fashion industry. Moreover, we’ll also consider how similar real-time advancements are being utilized within other contemporary sectors.

Live Developments Within Fashion and Retail

Five years ago, Tommy Hilfiger, a premium clothing company from America, became the first major global fashion retailer to provide customers with virtual reality headsets in their stores. Through using this technology, the company allowed prospective consumers to view their latest fashion catwalk for their newest collections as if they were experiencing it live. In regard to in-store experiences, Gap released their DressingRoom app back in 2017, which offers the prospect of digitally trying on new items. By imputing personal data into the app, such as height and weight, the development then generates a virtual model with desired clothing on, allowing the shopper to view the item and its fit before deciding whether or not to buy it.

Due to the very nature of the fashion industry, the implementation of augmented reality isn’t purely limited to accessories or clothing. In 2017, IKEA launched its newly-developed app, IKEA Place, for IOS devices. The application itself allowed for users to browse through the company’s catalog of furniture and virtually place any item within the desired room of their house through their mobile device. Furthermore, for in-store shoppers, the Swedish retailer has created a high-definition, interactive showroom which utilizes the power of virtual reality in seeking to offer shoppers more life-like exploration and visualization techniques.

What’s Happening Beyond Fashion?

As highlighted above, real-time technology is enhancing user experiences across a wide array of different sectors, and the gaming industry is no different. VR headsets have, in particular, altered the outlook of the market by providing more realistic gaming activities that are more immersive than traditional console alternatives. Moreover, NetEnt games developer have been able to create real-time titles within the iGaming sector that also seek to promote realism through their casino-focussed developments. Their live blackjack and roulette variants feature some of the most advanced gaming software to offer an authentic in-house casino experience from your desktop or mobile.

Away from the fashion industry, various sectors have accepted the potential of virtual reality equipment and have since implemented it into their respective markets. Within the health sector, computer-generated environments have significantly altered training methods. According to statistics from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, 30 percent of graduating surgeons are unable to operate independently following the conclusion of pre-existing training methods. By using VR technology to replicate the medical activity, there is no risk of any operational issues occurring because the live training is being conducted in a controlled, safe environment.

The Future of Consumer Experiences will be Centred Around Live Experiences

Ultimately, the fashion, gaming, and medical industries all demonstrate that replicating real-time experiences through either VR technology or other advanced software heightens immersion levels among consumers and aspiring surgeons. While each market is very different in what they’re seeking to provide and achieve, each will continue to benefit from implementing the latest technology over the coming years.

MoneyBagg Yo – Time Served

Today, hip-hop artist MoneyBagg Yo announced the release of his highly-anticipated, third studio album, Time Served, via N-Less Entertainment/Interscope Records. The new album includes collaborations with Future, Da Baby, Lil Baby, Megan thee Stallion, Summer Walker, Fredo Bang and more.

Listen to Time Served by Moneybagg Yo HERE.

MoneyBagg Yo first premiered the lead single from Time Served – “All Dat” (with Megan Thee Stallion) – in Oct. 2019 and the song quickly amassed over 10 million streams on Spotify. Earlier this month, he unveiled his latest single “U Played (featuring Lil Baby),” which was produced by multiplatinum producer Tay Keith.

Time Served marks MoneyBagg Yo’s first full-length project since 43va Heartless, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in May 2019. The album included appearances from Offset, Lil Durk, and Kevin Gates as well as the gold-certified single “Dior” feat. Gunna.

Earlier this week, Bagg also announced that he signed a management deal with Roc Nation.

 

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TOYOTA – WOVEN CITY

At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Called the Woven City, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Envisioned as a “living laboratory,” the Woven City will serve as a home to full- time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

“Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure. With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology… in both the virtual and the physical realms … maximizing its potential,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

Toyota will extend an open invitation to collaborate with other commercial and academic partners and invite interested scientists and researchers from around the world to come work on their own projects in this one-of-a-kind, real-world incubator.

“We welcome all those inspired to improve the way we live in the future, to take advantage of this unique research ecosystem and join us in our quest to create an ever-better way of life and mobility for all,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

For the design of Woven City, Toyota has commissioned Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, CEO, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). His team at BIG have designed many high-profile projects: from 2 World Trade Center in New York and Lego House in Denmark, to Google’s Mountain View and London headquarters.

“A swarm of different technologies are beginning to radically change how we inhabit and navigate our cities. Connected, autonomous, emission-free and shared mobility solutions are bound to unleash a world of opportunities for new forms of urban life. With the breadth of technologies and industries that we have been able to access and collaborate with from the Toyota ecosystem of companies, we believe we have a unique opportunity to explore new forms of urbanity with the Woven City that could pave new paths for other cities to explore.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG.

Design of the City

The masterplan of the city includes the designations for street usage into three types: for faster vehicles only, for a mix of lower speed, personal mobility and pedestrians, and for a park-like promenade for pedestrians only.  These three street types weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy.

The city is planned to be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods. The rooftops will be covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power in addition to power generated by hydrogen fuel cells.   Toyota plans to weave in the outdoors throughout the city, with native vegetation and hydroponics.

Residences will be equipped with the latest in human support technologies, such as in-home robotics to assist with daily living. The homes will use sensor-based AI to check occupants’ health, take care of basic needs and enhance daily life, creating an opportunity to deploy connected technology with integrity and trust, securely and positively.

To move residents through the city, only fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the main thoroughfares. In and throughout Woven City, autonomous Toyota e-Palettes will be used for transportation and deliveries, as well as for changeable mobile retail.

Both neighborhood parks and a large central park for recreation, as well as a central plaza for social gatherings, are designed to bring the community together. Toyota believes that encouraging human connection will be an equally important aspect of this experience.

Toyota plans to populate Woven City with Toyota Motor Corporation employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists, and industry partners. The plan is for 2000 people to start, adding more as the project evolves.

The groundbreaking for the site is planned for early 2021.

Interested in partnering with Toyota on the development of Woven City? Visit: Woven-city.global

Post Malone’s Hollywood Bleeding #1 on Billboard Top 200

NEW YORK, NY (September 16, 2019) – GRAMMY® Award-nominated,
multi-platinum artist Post Malone captures #1 on the Billboard Top 200
with his critically acclaimed third full-length, Hollywood’s Bleeding
[Republic Records]. It also delivers “the biggest streaming week for an
album in 2019” with 365.4 million-plus on-demand audio streams.

Moving over 489K equivalent albums in under a week, this marks his
second straight #1 bow on the respective chart in 18 months and the
“second biggest first-week sales” of 2019. Additionally, it scores a platinum certification upon arrival as global consumption exceeds 3.9 million total adjusted albums and 6.4 billion streams.

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The biggest blockbuster album event of 2019, Hollywood’s Bleeding landed to widespread applause from tastemakers as well and the most enthusiastic response of his career to date. Pitchfork wrote,
“Hollywood’s Bleeding has about 10 titanium-grade hooks on it, choruses so immediate they erect stadiums in your head while they play,” and The Los Angeles Times predicted “likely to end up 2019’s most-streamed title.”

In celebration of the release, he just launched The Runaway Tour—which rolls through major markets across the U.S. and Canada before coming to a close on November 20th at The Forum in Los Angeles. Check out the full itinerary below.

On the road, he makes a stop in his hometown of Dallas for the second annual Posty Fest—scheduled for November 2nd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The all-day music extravaganza is curated and headlined by the superstar himself and will include performances by Meek Mill,
Pharrell Williams, Rae Sremmurd, Jaden Smith, Dominic Fike, Doja Cat, Yella Beezy, Tyla Yaweh, Saint Jhn, Iann Dior, Beach Fossils, Snowy, Maj and Kerwin Frost, as well as special surprise guests.

Additionally, his chart-dominating number one single “Sunflower” [feat. Swae Lee] just broke the record for “longest run in the Top 10 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.” It spent 45 weeks in the Top 10. Additionally, “Circles” stands out as his fifth single to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Hollywood’s Bleeding features 17 tracks with 10 guest spots, including Da Baby on “Enemies,” Halsey and Future on “Die For Me,” Meek Mill and Lil Baby on “On The Road,” Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott on “Take What You Want” and SZA on “Staring At The Sun.” See full track listing below.

Hollywood’s Bleeding arrives critically acclaimed largely due to “the second and fourth biggest songs of 2019,” namely the triple-platinum Hot 100 #1 “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse)” [feat. Swae Lee] and the viral hit “wow” in addition to the recent Rhythm Radio #1
“Goodbyes” [feat. Young Thug], and the latest single “Circles”, which has tallied over 77 million Spotify streams and 21 million cumulative YouTube/VEVO views.

Hollywood’s Bleeding Tracklisting:
1. Hollywood’s Bleeding
2. Saint-Tropez
3. Enemies (feat. DaBaby)
4. Allergic
5. A Thousand Bad Times
6. Circles
7. Die For Me (feat. Future & Halsey)
8. On The Road (feat. Meek Mill & Lil Baby)
9. Take What You Want (feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott)
10. I’m Gonna Be
11. Staring At The Sun (feat. SZA)
12. Sunflower (feat. Swae Lee)
13. Internet (Interlude)
14. Goodbyes (feat. Young Thug)
15. Myself
16. I Know
17. Wow.

US Businesses Allowing Remote Working

The rise of cloud computing and teleconferencing represent both the biggest opportunity for growth as well as the most significant organizational challenge to companies around the world, according to new research from Condeco’s new research paper, The Modern Workplace 2019: People, places & technology, involving 750 corporate leaders. The full report can be downloaded here. Among the countries in the survey, remote working is particularly prevalent in Australia (45 per cent) with the US tied for being the country with the second most amount of companies allowing remote work (43 percent) and least widespread is Germany (35 per cent). However, US businesses were least likely to offer flextime (49 percent), while those in Singapore were most likely (66 percent). In addition, 43 percent of US business forecast that they will allow more remote working in the next year while only 9 percent have indicated that they will offer less remote working, a clear indicator that remote working is a major trend in America. 54 percent of US companies have said that they offer remote working to increase employee retention, which showcases employees increasing demands to work from home.

While recognizing digital transformation as crucial to their future success, 60 percent of those who participated express concern over the speed with which new technologies are reshaping their businesses. They are increasingly preoccupied with issues related to cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data.These technology challenges are contributing significantly to the changing nature of the corporate environment, the report finds. Cloud computing in particular has made it possible for increasing numbers of employees to work remotely and flexibly meaning that the central company workspace is rapidly becoming an administrative hub, rather than a traditional central focus where everyone gathers during set hours. The demands of regulation and compliance are also adding to the burden felt by businesses as they face the future. Condeco’s report is based on an in-depth survey of business leaders in six countries, including the United States, backed by qualitative interviews. Respondents overall say the biggest challenges facing their organizations in the next 12 months are digital transformation (37 percent) and the adoption of new technology (35 percent).

Across all countries surveyed, access to talent supply (26 per cent) and regulation and compliance (24 per cent) are considered greater organizational challenges than business uncertainty (22 per cent). Welcome to the flexible working revolution. Almost half of global businesses surveyed (41 percent) say they already offer some degree of remote working, while three-fifths (60 percent) provide flextime opportunities, allowing employees to choose when to start and end their workday. “The research clearly shows that businesses are in the process of transforming their workplaces digitally, which enables them to transform the way that they are used physically,” said Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco.”Today’s technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely. This benefits businesses by maximizing office space, reducing costs and by keeping employees engaged and productive.”

The end of meeting-room culture? When employees do go into the office, it is most often for meetings with colleagues and customers. Yet the researchers discovered that finding, booking and using meeting rooms is a consistent point of organizational tension, even as more people are working remotely. Fewer than a quarter of those surveyed (23 percent) say that their employees have access to meeting rooms whenever they need them; however, the US leads the world with 31 percent, compared to just 9 percent in Singapore. Only a third of respondents (31 percent) currently use specialist meeting-room scheduling software to help make efficient use of their available space. Some of those surveyed believed that there was an opportunity to use artificial intelligence to book and use meeting rooms more effectively.

“AI can release individuals from routine, repetitive tasks at work and free them up for more value-adding and enriching activities. That’s why it is likely to play an important role in meeting room booking software,” said Peter Otto, Chief Product Officer at Condeco. Businesses are only just beginning to realize the extent to which the need for co-workers to meet in person is a thing of the past, as new conferencing systems enable teams to maintain real-time collaboration and conversation across vast distances and multiple time zones.“Ultimately new technology will enable businesses to allocate their resources and time more effectively,” said Otto.“There is also a role it can play in gathering data, but companies need to be aware of the ethical and privacy aspects of using it in this way and be prepared to be fully transparent in communicating what they are doing to their employees.”

US leaders prepare for the future While a fifth of business leaders worldwide (22 per cent) said that uncertainty was a concern for them, less than one fifth of American business leaders (16 percent) echoed this. The most-common concern for US respondents is technology adoption (45 percent) and talent supply (30 percent), suggesting that businesses are expecting these to be major issues over the next year. Only 11 percent of US business cited access to capital as their top organizational concern.

Megan Thee Stallion x Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Megan Thee Stallion made her late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night with a performance of her hit singles, “Realer” and “Big Ole Freak”. Megan is an Apple Music Up Next artist and has had a monumental year that includes a cover of The Fader’s Summer issue and being named as one of XXL Magazine’s 2019 Freshman. Her critically-acclaimed project Fever is currently the most-streamed release on Apple music and sits at #24 on the Billboard Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums chart. 

After a string of sold-out European dates, Megan continues to make waves worldwide before heading out on tour with Meek Mill, Future, YG, and Mustard (full tour dates below). Watch Megan Thee Stallion perform “Realer” and “Big Ole Freak” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and stay tuned for more news to follow.

LEGENDARY NIGHTS TOUR DATES

Aug. 28 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Aug. 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+

Aug. 31 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sept. 1 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre+

Sept. 3 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Sept. 4 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Sept. 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion+

Sept. 8 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center

Sept. 10 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre

Sept. 11 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Sept. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion

Sept. 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sept. 15 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

Sept. 17 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live

Sept. 19 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sept. 20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*

Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Sept. 23 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sept. 24 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Sept. 27 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater+

Sept. 29 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Oct. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Oct. 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion

Oct. 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center+

LIL WEST releases “NOT SURE” music video

All signs point to a major breakthrough for Lil West. Recently, he released his debut project Vex Part 1 which has over 10 million streams globally with standout tracks “Somedays” & “Not Sure” garnering over 2.5 million Spotify streams collectively. In addition to putting up numbers, Pigeons & Planes recently touted him among “16 New Artists to Look Out For in 2019,” as he garnered widespread praise from Fader, Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator, and Noisey who crowned him, “the Delaware loner forging rap’s strange future.”

CHECK IT OUT HERE 

Marvel Reveals the Future of the X-Men

Just a month before the highly-anticipated debut of HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, Marvel released an all-new episode of X-MEN: THE SEMINAL MOMENTS featuring series writer Jonathan Hickman and other legendary Marvel creators as they shed light on what the future holds for mutants across the universe!

“When Jonathan set out to tell this story, he set out to change the way people think about the Marvel mutants forever…it really shakes things up,” said X-Men Editor Jordan D. White. “The first time he told it to me, I was upset. I was like, ‘We can’t do that. We CAN’T do that.’ The more I thought about it, the more I went, ‘Wait hang on, what if we did…’”

As HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X is set to shake the Marvel Universe to its core, Hickman revealed what fans might expect from the series:

“There’s no alternate universe version of the X-Men that we’re doing – time travel, or any of that kind of stuff. This is a very cause and effect, very linear narratively straightforward story,” said Hickman. “I think the most important thing about X-Men is obviously the way that individual readers identify with the characters…my obligation is to be true to the character even though you’re putting them in new circumstances and be true to the spirit of what it means to write an X-Men book.” 

HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X – written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Marvel’s Young Gun Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Gracia – will build from every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines fans know and love, including some of Marvel’s most iconic characters from over the decades.

The next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men begins this July!