A nationwide crime spree is coming: Starting at midnight Tuesday, millions of cars will be stolen as part of a more audacious plot that also involves other mayhem. The source of the mayhem is the latest incarnation of the Grand Theft Auto video game series -- either a cathartic work of interactive art or a brutal and Satanic murder simulator, depending on who you ask -- which hits the shelves on Tuesday, September 17.
It's never been a better time to be in the business of peddling the fountain of youth. Thanks in large part to retiring baby boomers who are spending their hard-earned pensions and RRSPs on creams, pills, syringes, and deodorant-like sticks full of magic, the anti-aging market will be a nearly $300 billion industry by 2015.
Taking into account that actual product efficacy is a mixed bag, following are a few of the paths the Western world is paving on its tireless quest to turn back the arthritic hands of time.
By Diane Bullock
If Back to the Future II got it right, by 2015 flying cars will be whizzing across the skyways of America -- in towns even as sleepy as Hill Valley. In reality, the marketplace won't have a Hovercraft in two years.
Though plucky startups like Terrafugia are hard at work trying to realize Robert Zemeckis' vision, the near (alternate) future will have the average automobile buyer settling for something a tad less lofty. We're in store for some nifty standard features for sure, they'll just have be enjoyed on all four wheels.
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NEW YORK -- When a house is up for sale, professional photos of the property can increase its perceived value by 13 percent, according to a new study by VHT Studios. On a $250,000 home, 13 percent equates to a rise of $32,500.
A decade ago, real estate sales involved pounding a sign in the yard and securing an agent to mail out postcards and place newspaper ads. Today it requires a considerable amount of Internet and image savoir faire. "If you haven't been in the real estate market for five or 10 years, you may be surprised how much the homebuying experience has changed thanks to the Internet," said Brian Balduf, Chairman, VHT Studios, a firm that provides photography and digital marketing for homes and businesses.
The housing recovery is well under way prompting many to dream of pocketing a profit from selling their homes. Technology, however, has forever changed the way homes are sold post 2008. VHT's consumer survey reported that 80 percent of buyers find their homes online. "Buyers use iPads and tablets to shop online and compare homes for sale," Balduf said. "They scan hundreds of listings, looking for properties that catch the eye."
To maximize the sales price of your home, consider the tips below:
By Megan Willett
The rich and famous really have it made.
Not only do they own expensive homes and cars, but they also pay for some amazing perks that make their day-to-day lives that much simpler.
We found a recent /r/AskReddit thread which asked about the craziest services and products for the 1% that most of us didn't even know existed - some of the responses were amazing.Turns out there are a lot more services for the wealthy than chauffeurs and personal chefs. Here were some of our favorites:
Wall Street hits dizzying heights as conspicuous consumption runs amok. New technologies utterly transform America. A country loosens its collective collar, in the mood to indulge again after emerging from a dire decade during which war was everywhere. And mixed in with the rampant materialism, much hand-wringing and anxiety over a loss of moorings and meaning amid all the empty excess. 1922? Yes, but arguably an equally apt description of 2013. Thus, with due respect to The Great Gatsby's unforgettable last line, there is actually no need to be "borne back ceaselessly into the past," for many themes of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel remain fresh as a Daisy, Buchanan or otherwise.
By Bruce Watson
Have you ever wondered what happened to the great heartthrobs of the 1970s and 1980s? In some cases, it's an easy question to answer, as they managed to stay in the public eye, making the transition from hot young hero to mature TV father figure. In other cases, they disappeared, taking their TV residuals and riding off into the sunset.
Over the last few years, though, a third option has emerged: TV pitchman. After all, while casting agents might have forgotten yesterday's hunks, the women of America haven't: The young women who once tuned in to watch "Dallas" and "Hart to Hart" every week are still out there, still buying things, and still looking for a glimpse of the men who stole their hearts all those years ago.
So, in honor of Mother's Day, we're rolling back the clock to see who's trading on '70s stardom to sell things to Mom in 2013. Here are a few of our favorites:
By Matt Brownell
Sick of all the terrifying and sad headlines that have dominated the news these last couple of weeks? So are we. As a partial antidote, check out our Retail Police Blotter, a semi-regular roundup of all the weird crimes that went down at the nation's retailers and fast food joints.
Popular beer company Heineken has brewed up a new innovation that has everything to do with the bottle and not the beer.
At Milan Design Week, the Dutch brewer launched Heineken Ignite, an interactive bottle that uses wireless technology to network beer drinkers and to react when people are clinking bottles together in a busy nightclub. This "lightshow in a bottle" has sensors that also react when a person takes a sip, or the ambient music in a nightclub or concert gets louder.
At the heart of the invention is a small disc with eight bright LEDs, a microprocessor and an accelerometer that together pick up on motions to light up the bottle. When the motion ceases, the light fades away. (The marketer in us wonders if this is a way of getting people to drink more beer faster.)
Another way to employ the technology is to remotely activate the bottles and synch their lights to the music. This got us thinking about all the crazy gimmicks that have been used in the beer industry in the past. Have a look at Heineken Ignite in action in the video above, and check out our slideshow of decidedly low-tech beer gimmickry right here.
― Gwenyth Paltrow
You would be hard-pressed to find a woman who doesn't have a lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm somewhere in her bag - and for most women, you may find all three.
No matter if the economy is good or bad, cosmetics keep selling, and for those who keep an eye on the industry, its all about encouraging us girls to have a bathroom cabinet bursting with multiple products.
The successful marketing of beauty has led to these companies to become the envy of the business world according to Brand Finance, with annual sales that are in the billions.So which brands are found in almost every bathroom across the country?