Friday Latte: Mobile Technology Struggles, Apple, Nestle's Ice Mountain Water, and Coca-Cola

- October 19, 2012 10:10 AM
Categories: Afternoon Coffee |

Struggles in technology
Mobile revolution, economy trip up tech giants
(Reuters) – Mobile may be the future for technology, but even with the worldwide proliferation of high-powered devices like smartphones and tablets, some companies are struggling to maintain consistent revenue streams. Earnings disappointments this week from Intel Corp, Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and AMD underscore how Silicon Valley, both the old guard and new, is struggling to profit from consumers’ waning love affair with the stalwart PC and infatuation with mobile — the most significant tectonic shift in the industry since the advent of the Internet…

A new 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro in the works? Rumor mill!
Estimated prices on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros: Starts around U$1,699 — Alongside the new mini/iPads, Mac Minis, and iMacs, Apple will reveal a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display on Oct. 23. We have now received pricing information on the base model and the “best” model. We believe the entry model 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will cost roughly $1,699 at launch, based on wholesale prices we received, while the higher spec model will cost $200 to $300 more. The base model Retina MacBook Pro retails for $2,199 in the United States, so the 13-inch varieties would create a more inexpensive option for those who also prefer a smaller device. We expect these to be available shortly after launch, but we can probably expect some supply constraints as we saw with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. We also expect initial supply constraints on some of the new iMacs….

Not from ice-capped mountains?!
Nestlé Sued AGAIN For Falsely Representing Bottled Tap Water As Naturally Spring-Sourced –
A Chicago-based business has sued Nestlé over claims that the five gallon jugs of Ice Mountain Water it purchased for its office dispensers were falsely advertised as containing natural spring water when in reality they were simply filled with regular tap water. It’s not that The Chicago Faucet Shoppe is unaware that many brands of bottled water on the market today tout the same stuff that flows into every kitchen sink. In fact, bottled water increasingly comes from the tap. A 2009 report found that nearly half of the bottled water in PET plastic bottles came from municipal sources. The company simply contends that Nestlé is misrepresenting its product by blatantly claiming that it’s something other than it is…

Coca-Cola to make new health and beauty drink
Coca-Cola, Sanofi team for new line of ‘Beautific’ drinks
(Reuters) – U.S. soft drink company Coca-Cola Co is teaming up with French drugmaker Sanofi to launch a line of drinks in France that will claim to aid health and beauty. The partnership calls for the co-development and distribution of drinks under the Oenobiol “Beautific” brand, a Coca-Cola spokesman said. “This is a small-scale pilot which is currently limited to a number of pharmacies in France,” the spokesman, Kent Landers, said. He declined to say whether the drinks could later be sold more widely…

– Brianna Tonner

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