Online department store Amazonis by far the world's most valuable retail, worth nearly 99 billion dollars. That value puts Jeff Bezos' company in seventh spot of the Brandz Top 100 Edition 2016.
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Jeans brand Levi's will launch a new jacket next year, one that is riddled with sensors developed by Google's Project Jacquard. The jacket can be connected to, among other things, a smartphone.
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Several sources indicate Google is working on an Amazon Echo competitor, a speaker that gives its users - through voice commands - the opportunity to perform a range of tasks, like online searches.
Google's parent company Alphabet and Microsoft have failed to meet the first quarter expectations. Microsoft received the biggest blow, with a sizeable profit drop compared to the year before.
Technology giant Google is currently trialing digital wallets, which should help customers to pay more easily at a cash register. The new system is designed to be entirely hands-free.
Toy manufacturer Mattel will launch a 3D printer for children in the fall, allowing them to "print" their own toys. The ThingMaker 3D uses an Android and iOS app, which is already available for download.
Allegedly, Google is working on a new smartphone-focused virtual reality headset. Its own operating system will also be geared towards better support for this type of technology in the future.