The Oneida Nation wants the Washington Redskins to change their name and mascot - and they're hoping sports fans will help sway team owners. Host Michel Martin talks with Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter.
Many people saw the Arab Spring as a sign of hope for youth in the area. But unemployment numbers there reflect the opposite. Host Michel Martin speaks with The Wall Street Journal economics reporter Sudeep Reddy and Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, about the economic realities of the post-Arab Spring world.
The one thing Apple has going for it in China is cachet. And that’s why Tom Doctoroff, Asia Pacific CEO of ad agency JWT thinks offering an inexpensive iPhone to the Chinese is a very bad idea.
"One of the golden rules of marketing in China is that anything displayed in public can command a huge price premium," says Doctoroff. "And the reason for that is status is a primary driver here, much, much more so than in the West. So when you offer an inexpensive iPhone, it immediately signals that this isn’t so elite anymore."
Buzz for the iPhone has been wearing off here. A report from global analyst Canalys shows that in the last quarter, the iPhone fell from fifth to seventh most popular smartphone in China. It was overtaken by the Chinese firm Xiaomi, which just released a new affordable phone that’s generating a lot of hype.
Charlie Custer, who edits the blog Tech in Asia says Apple won’t be able to compete with a new slew of Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi on price.
"Even the cheap iPhone is going to come in above what the Xiaomi costs," says Custer. "So then it’s not a luxury phone, but it’s not as inexpensive as this really nice inexpensive phone. So who exactly is going to buy it? I’m not sure."
The answer may come this week. Apple’s been in talks with China Mobile to help sell the iPhone. It's the world's largest telecom company, with 745 million subscribers. If that deal comes through, then iPhones -- inexpensive or not -- will suddenly have a market more than twice the size of the one at home in the U.S.
Researchers argue that through social media and on-the-ground research, a detailed portrait of the Syrian rebels has emerged. This goes against the conventional wisdom, which holds that little is known about the rebel factions.
Two large investors — Ares Management LLC and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — have reached a deal to purchase Neiman Marcus, Inc., for $6 billion, the companies said Monday. The two buyers will hold equal shares of Neiman, which is based in Dallas.
Russia's foreign minister says he has told his Syrian counterpart that one way to head off a U.S. strike could be to hand over control of those weapons to international watchdogs. The Assad regime has reportedly welcomed the suggestion. The White House says any turnover has to be verifiable.
Crew members set the fire to get rid of their cargo, according to officials in Italy and Malta. Authorities had approached the Gold Star, a Tanzania-registered ship, for an inspection Friday afternoon.
Retirees from IBM and Time Warner will have to go shopping for health coverage.
Negotiators are back at the table, after a federal judge vacated new regulations for career training programs last summer.
And Apple wants owners to sell their old iPhones back to the company for a discount on a new phone.