Dec. 14, 2012 - A new survey of online shoppers revealed consumers have higher expectations of online shopping than ever before. ShopRunner, which brings together a network of retailers to deliver powerful shopping services, conducted the survey to understand today's online shopping drivers and found that consumers are not concerned solely about free shipping on purchases, but free return shipping is increasingly at the forefront of their needs.
Read more: ShopRunner Survey: 81% of Online Shoppers Not Likely to Purchase Again From Retailers Who Charge...
Dec. 13, 2012 - The digital publishing startup Byliner announced today a collaboration with The New York Times for a series of co-produced e-shorts that play to the Times's longstanding reportorial strengths in culture, politics, sports, business, science, and health and feature some of its finest writers. The collaboration will yield up to a dozen New York Times / Byliner Originals in the next year. Most will be entirely new stories not available in the paper or at NYTimes.com, while others will occasionally grow out of related Times reporting. These Originals, ranging between 10,000 and 20,000 words, are written to be read in a single sitting.
The first co-published title, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, by Times reporter John Branch, will be released this Monday, December 17. In it, Branch tells the harrowing narrative of a group of world-class skiers caught in a deadly avalanche in Washington State. It expands significantly on an article that will publish in Monday's paper.
Read more: The New York Times Collaborates with Byliner on a Line of Original Short E-Books
Dec. 13, 2012 - Own, a new skin health company featuring clean formulations enhanced by clinically-proven technology, unveils the My Own app, a revolutionary patent-pending diagnostic tool that brings the power to measure and track the aging process to users' fingertips. Free to download from Apple's iTunes store, Google Play, and www.ownproducts.com, My Own app analyzes a photograph of the user and provides a clinical evaluation of the major signs of aging, along with nutrition, wellness and beauty recommendations based on individual aging results.
Read more: 'My Own' Skin Care App Reveals Personal Beauty Numbers
Dec. 13, 2012 - A group of young Chicago companies are giving fans the unique opportunity to be immortalized with their own character, storyline and interactive game figure in the Box-O-Zombies game that is scheduled to be released April of 2013 on Apple iOS-based mobile platforms. "We are really excited to give our Zombie hoard the opportunity to immortalize themselves as one of these action figures," said Box-O-Zombies Creator Shawn Recinto, Immersive Realms.
Read more: Immersive Realms and NFC Data Want You to Explore Your Inner Zombie this Holiday Season
Dec. 12, 2012 - Starting December 14, the popular kids hit Moshi Monsters will invade McDonald's restaurants throughout North America for a Moshi Monsters Happy Meals promotion. The special program will give fans from coast-to-coast a chance to get their hands on exclusive Moshi Monsters toys for four weeks during the holiday season.
One of eight different colorful characters from the Moshi Monsters universe will be featured in every McDonald's Happy Meal, including an all-new, top-secret mystery Moshling to be unveiled as part of the month-long promotion. The collectible figures (exclusive to McDonald's) will include fan favorites Katsuma, Poppet and IGGY along with Furi, Jeepers, Shishi and Luvli, while supplies last. Each Happy Meal also comes with a free three-day membership to MoshiMonsters.com. The promotion will last from December 14 to January 10.
Read more: Moshi Monsters Happy Meal Promotion Launches In The U.S.
Dec. 12, 2012 - Since its introduction in 1919, the KitchenAid stand mixer has been praised by generations of chefs, showcased as a design icon in museum exhibits and touted in countless other ways as an essential culinary workhorse. But in 2012, KitchenAid is celebrating a milestone that few would have imagined back in the early 20th century: an annual production of two million stand mixers.
Read more: KitchenAid Announces Two Million Stand Mixer Milestone
Dec. 12, 2012 - With a record 247 million shoppers visiting stores and websites over the Thanksgiving weekend, there are still a significant number of December shoppers this year. Leading shopping site PriceGrabber.com just released results from its fourth winter holiday shopping survey, revealing that 78 percent of consumers are still in the market to complete their holiday shopping in December. More specifically, 45 percent stated that they are prepared to conduct most of their shopping this month, 33 percent took advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals in November but said they would conduct a majority of their shopping in December and 22 percent indicated they will not shop for gifts this month. Conducted from Nov. 6 to Nov. 28, 2012, the survey includes responses from 2,541 U.S. online shopping consumers.
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Dec. 11, 2012 - If you've ever wondered what you or your friends and family would look like as cats, download the new Friskies "Catify Yourself" app and start creating, posting and sharing your funny Cat-ified photos with friends and family today.
A leader in apps and tablet games for cats and humans, the new, free Friskies "Catify Yourself" app allows you to send photo messages to your friends from a cat-like you. The iPhone app is easy to use and free from the App store now. You can also use "Catify Yourself" on the Friskies Facebook page. Start Cat-ifying, and share your photos on the Friskies Facebook page for the opportunity for your photo to become the Friskies "Catify Photo of the Day."
Read more: Reveal Your Inner Cat With Friskies "Catify Yourself" Mobile App
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