For Immediate Release 134: We start with Starbucks and end with drones

In this April edition of The Hobson & Holtz Report, Neville and Shel talk about… Starbucks’ response to a racial incident in Philadelphia that went viral and sparked protests In an effort to reduce “noise pollution,” Ghana wants Muslims to issue the call to prayer via WhatsApp The line between earned and paid media is blurring and consumers don’t care which is which There’s a reckoning coming for terms and conditions Augmented Reality is making huge inroads (except in corporate…

The toxic mix of legality, morality and reputation

I first heard the phrase “It may be legal but is it moral?”in relation to the kerfuffle that blew up in the summer regarding the tax minimization activities of celebrities. What was happening – complex financial schemes to shelter income from the tax man in offshore tax havens and so pay the minimum UK tax possible – was indeed perfectly legal. But the current climate of economic gloom, belt-tightening all around and bleak-sounding prospects into the coming year made it…

Paying with your smartphone at Starbucks UK

When Starbucks announced recently that an Android app is now available in the UK to let you pay for your coffee and other products in store with that app, I was looking forward to trying it out. And I finally did that yesterday at Starbucks in Hammersmith Broadway, west London, in a process that took less than ten seconds to complete: Load app and log in to your Starbucks account Hit ‘Pay Now’ Hold phone to store’s barcode scanner and…

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