For an unreleased product whose initial price point (and utility?) remains a disconnect for most people, Google Glass (via Google+ and Twitter) certainly has garnered a boffo share of media attention - good, bad and geeky.
When you're running a company like Hewlett-Packard, with $120 billion in revenue and operations in more than 100 countries, there's never enough time to get everything accomplished. But HP's chief executive officer, Meg Whitman, has developed a wide range of ways to beat the clock.
This isn't a great surprise to be honest. The gossip coming out of Cupertino has for years been saying that Jony Ive really doesn't like skeuomorphic design: whatever the opinions of Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall. Given that the latter two are now gone (for very different reasons of course) and Ive is in charge there isn't any great shock in seeing him imposing his views on the design: With the grand unveiling of Apple’s next operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch approaching, sources have provided detailed descriptions of what users and developers alike could expect from the software’s fresh look.
People who travel regularly for business absolutely loathe getting on planes during the summer. That’s when those "amateur travelers" — road warrior slang for people who only fly once or twice a year — take to the skies. Unused to security protocol, determined to carry on the biggest possible duffle, and forgetful about restrictions on liquids, they give fits to those who have their strategy down to a science.
The WSJ is reporting that Google is working on various technologies to bring wireless internet access to a number of developing countries. This is an absolutely excellent plan and one that we should be applauding. But not necessarily for what it will do to Google itself: rather, for what it will do to those developing countries: Google Inc. is deep into a multipronged effort to build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets as part of a plan to connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.
Google is deep into an effort to fund, build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, a move that could connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.
It's looking like a huge Memorial Day weekend thus far, and the much anticipated head-to-head match up is looking like a non-starter. Fast and Furious 6 (officially titled Furious 6 in the film's credits) opened on Friday with a massive $39 million, including $6.5 million in advance-night screenings. That tops the $3.6 million midnight haul and $34 million opening Friday for Fast Five respectively. The fifth 'Faster/Furiouser' entry ended its Fri-Sun debut in late April with $86.1 million. Both Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and The Day After Tomorrow earned about 3.6x their opening day over the Fri-Mon debut, which would give Furious 6 a stunning $142 million by Monday. The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Bruce Almighty, and MIB3 had Memorial Day hauls over/under 4.0x their Friday number, which would give Furious 6 $156 million over Fri-Mon, good for the Memorial Day record. A harshly front-loaded weekend such as X-Men: The Last Stand (2.7x its $45 million Friday) gets Furious 6 a 'mere' $105 million by Monday. So put it 'between $105 million and $156 million, with $130 million looking likely.
Barry Cheung, chairman of the recently closed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange and a close ally of Hong Kong's leader, resigned from his public positions, and government officials said he is under police investigation.
Despite expiring patents on blockbuster drugs and a wave of new regulation from the Affordable Care Act that will cost drug makers, the pharmaceutical industry will reap between “$10 billion and $35 billion in additional profits over the next decade,” a new analysis shows.
Given how excited people get about taxes, it is surprising that We The People, the White House petition site does not show more action in the tax area. Well at least one petition with substantial tax significance has merited White House response. The petition was to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which holds that for purposes of federal law marriages of same sex couples are not recognized. DOMA is not just about taxes.
Something occurred to me as I reflected on this week's Xbox One announcement. The "best" part of the hour long presentation was near the beginning, when it was demonstrated that the Xbox could flip seamlessly between television and the console with a simple voice or gesture command. The audience cheered as the screen flipped forward between a game and TV, and it did feel vaguely futuristic.
The adventures of Kent Hovind, a/k/a Doctor Dino, in Tax Court and other parts of the legal system have gotten me involved in following developments in Creation Science. Tax bloggers have all been breathlessly following the saga of the IRS Cincinnati gang that couldn't sort straight and the topic of who else the IRS might be picking on has come up. Some people think that Kent Hovind was being persecuted for his creation science beliefs. I have been skeptical about that and now I have a little more evidence that such was not the case. The Creation Science Hall of Fame announced that it just received its recognition letter from the IRS. Retroactive to its incorporation CSHOF is a 501(c)(3) public charity. So your donations to CSHOF are deductible.
Large pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Merck are often celebrated for their marketing acumen. But, when compared with really successful marketing companies like the Internet giant Google, their performance is less than stellar. True marketing leaders must innovate continuously to stay ahead of the market, by creating needs, rather than only responding to them. To them, marketing begins with choosing which products to develop and ends with the sales process. That is what Google has accomplished with Google Glass.
If you're relocating and looking to find your apartment online, the search process is a little different than taking a jaunt around the neighborhood. With the help of Rent.com and a few internet tools, your online apartment search will be a breeze, and you won't even have to get out of your pajamas. 1. Use Google Maps You may not be able to walk through the neighborhood that you're searching for an apartment in, but you can get a feel of the layout by looking at Google Maps or Google Earth. These tools will pinpoint local bars, restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other amenities within the area. Both resources will also designate parks and green spaces, schools, bike lanes and nearby transit stops. You can even use the Street View option to get a virtual tour of your potential 'hood. Another helpful tip is to search on Google Maps during rush hour to see how bad traffic is in your area. If you're looking at an apartment on a main street, chances are the traffic is going to be worse. 2. Cast a Wide Net When you start your apartment search on Rent.com, check off only those features and amenities that are "must-haves." This will open up your search and allow you to weed through a larger amount of places. For instance, an apartment may not have the rooftop pool you've always wanted, but it does have a beautiful deck with a view. Once a slew of listings has popped up, prioritize your "wants" and start filtering. 3. Use a Virtual Guide Virtual guides will show you what's new, hot or a popular mainstay in your new 'hood. CitySearch, local publications and your city's Time Out Magazine will help you locate what is going on in your neighborhood. If you're a foodie who loves to go out, these tools are great to ensure you find an apartment in an area that features places you will enjoy. 4. Measure Safety This is one of the biggest drawbacks of searching for apartments online, because you may not truly know the environment of your new place without walking around the neighborhood. For example, some up-and-coming areas of large metro cities that are currently going through gentrification may have pockets of slightly dangerous streets. Check out SpotCrime--you can type in your new address, neighborhood or zip code to find arrests, arson, assault, theft, vandalism and burglary in the area that you are considering. Good luck with your apartment search!
This month, Windows Phone users finally received Microsoft's YouTube client for their handset. Developed by Redmond, after Google declined to support their mobile platform, the client has already sparked a war of words (and legal letters) between the two tech companies. The saga of the WP YouTube client is far from over, but it highlights two important areas - Microsoft means business with Windows Phone, and YouTube is becoming as pervasive as a utility company.
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season. It's the weekend of the Indianapolis 500, and -- if you happen to be in the jet set -- of the running of Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix. There's no better time to take measure of the state of America's love affair with the automobile. And no better way to celebrate that with a roadtrip. In the United States more than 31 million Americans will hop into their cars for a getaway this weekend, with the average trip adding nearly 700 miles to the odometer. For folks staying closer to home, a common destination will be the auto dealership. Dealers forsee big sales this weekend, with the industry on track to move 15 million cars in 2013, up 6%.
After Congress mandated new efficiency standards for washing machines in 2001, manufacturers responded. They retooled their factories to sell new front-loading washers, which use half as much water as their top-loading counterparts.
The Internal Revenue Service unit under fire for its reviews of conservative organizations has a long history of targeting groups with extra scrutiny, including foreclosure-assistance charities, credit-counseling services and New York Jewish charities, interviews with current and former employees show.
As stock prices pause in their nearly two-month push to higher records this week, bearish strategists are passing on the temptation to raise S&P 500 targets, citing a lack of support from fundamentals.
There has been a long debate about whether or not buying a stock after a split is a good idea. Research shows that it probably is, but it’s not as easy as simply waiting for a stock to do so, and then purchasing it.
U.K. police said Friday they arrested two people from a Pakistan International Airlines Corp. jet, after British air force fighter jets were scrambled to escort it to Stansted airport near London following an unspecified incident.
The risk of a disorderly breakup of the euro zone has diminished but the European Central Bank may need to consider new stimulus measures if prospects don't improve, a top Federal Reserve official said.
In the mid to late 1990s, four critical government decisions allowed the Internet to become one of the most transformative technologies ever invented. Now those decisions, and their results, appear to be at risk.
Throughout history, great powers have fallen when politics could not keep pace with economic changes. The U.S. now faces such a challenge with entitlement spending, says Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia University Business School.
Coffee futures sank to their lowest level in 3 ½ years amid abundant global supplies of beans continued to counter concerns over wet weather in Brazil and an outbreak of a coffee disease in Central America.
It's no surprise that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would recall Lois Lerner, Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service. He advised as much on yesterday when Lerner possibly (keep reading!) pleaded the Fifth rather than testify at a Congressional hearing into allegations that the IRS improperly targeted certain applications for tax-exempt status based on keywords and politically charged language.
It’s a rare move to bring back a CEO to run a struggling company. Procter & Gamble and J.C. Penney will offer new test cases of whether it’s a good idea. It won’t be easy, past experience suggests—though leaders like Steve Jobs and Harold Schultz have carried it off brilliantly
Arrested Development, that short-lived but beloved comic portrait of the Bluth family, returns from the beyond this weekend. On May 26, 15 newly produced episodes of the show (which began its three-season run on Fox in 2003) become available in bulk on Netflix. The binge-launch follows the company’s new original-content model that began in February with House of Cards.