First Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Zadar
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), one of the world’s largest and most popular fast food chains, entered Croatian market in 2011 when it opened its first restaurant at Arena Centre in Zagreb. AmRest Adria, the company which owns the franchise rights to operate KFC in Croatia is now to open its first store in Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. There are 7 KFC restaurants currently in Croatia, 6 located at various locations in the capital Zagreb and 1 in Split. KFC with almost 20,000 locations globally in 123 countries, is only second behind McDonald’s in sales.
High Heels with Authentic Croatian Prints
As a young girl she dreamed of becoming a designer and now, after creating shoes with various prints, Nikolina Poropat can say she made her dreams come true. Nikolina, a designer from the Croatian town of Rovinj, has released a new collection of high heels and decided to come out with a range of high heels with completely different patterns, including heels inspired by traditional Croatian lace and Bosnian rugs. Nikolina’s shoes, which are under the brand NinaNina Fashion, can now be ordered only through Instagram and Facebook and represent an authentic Croatian product. All the shoes are made of calfskin and the prints on the skin are done by a special secret procedure.
Apple acquires digital magazine platform Texture
Apple is buying the magazine app subscription service Texture which offers US-based users unlimited access to more than 200 titles and it is currently owned by Next Issue Media. Texture was launched in 2010 and won a “Best Of” award from the App Store editorial team in 2016. One media analyst said the move to acquire Texture was Apple’s way of trying to appease content publishers, who were upset by the launch of its News app in 2015. At the time, content publishers said they were concerned that the News app would change the way in which people consumed content. However, Apple’s involvement could boost interest in the eight-year-old service, which in turn would help publishers earn more money. Apple already runs a music-streaming subscription service and has been commissioning new television content, leading to speculation that it might launch a rival to Netflix.
The app that pays you to get fit
Russian fitness fanatics Oleg Fomenko and Anton Derlyatka came up with the idea in 2015 when Fomenko had lost the motivation to work out after his previous startup went under. Sweatcoin, a free app that turns your steps into digital currency is run by a London-based pair, both in their 40s. They realized the biggest problem with getting people to exercise is the human tendency to prioritize immediate pleasure over long-term gain. The app pays users 0.95 sweatcoins for every 1,000 steps they take outdoors. That digital currency can be traded for fitness gear, giftcards and workout classes in the app’s marketplace. For example for just over 20,000 sweatcoins (about 21 million steps) you can exchanged it for an iPhone X. For now, the app is available only in the US and the UK and has over 10 million users. To stop people cheating, Sweatcoin uses a cellphone’s inbuilt step sensor to track movement. An algorithm then checks the phone’s readings for speed, consistency of movement and location to eliminate any false data. Currently, the app only tracks outdoor steps, as the founders say these are easier to verify. Fomenko and Derlyatka want to expand globally and develop the technology to allow people to trade sweatcoins, much like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.