Attention, shoppers: If you just decided to join the Black Friday shopping crunch but didn't prepare well, don't despair: Just pick up your smartphone. It could be your new best friend.
Even if you haven't invested a week or more reading sales circulars, you can play catch up with the latest mobile shopping applications.
Loaded properly, your phone can help you ensure that the "deal"... » more
It seems a little late to report on the outcome of Black Friday, or even Cyber Monday.
Sure, neither has happened yet, but that hasn’t stopped anybody from speculating about what Americans will be doing before, during, and after Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Here are some of the most interesting insights from the latest batch of research.
Of course, they flatly contradict each... » more
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly fell last week, but continued weakness in business spending on capital goods suggested slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.
Initial claims for state jobless benefits fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. The second straight week of declines defied economists'... » more
Two weeks ago, we published one through five of our 10 Huge Technology Stories to Watch in 2014, naming a possible new product line from Apple and a resolution to Facebook's so-called "teen problem" among the plotlines investors will want to follow.
We're here to round out that list with a look at big tech stories in areas ranging from electric cars to video games, and we'll even... » more
Carl Icahn says we’re in a bubble. Larry Summers says we’re not.
Financial media have debated the topic in recent weeks, and both sides have offered some seemingly irrefutable points.
Low interest rates would tend to drive up asset prices; however, high unemployment would tend to hold them back. Stocks aren’t historically overvalued, but then again the economy is historically weak. Corporate... » more
The convenience of “mobile money” was supposed to be a next big thing for the American consumer, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening any time soon.
Google this week announced it is adding a debit card made of genuine plastic to its virtual payments system, Google Wallet, in order to make it a little more useful to consumers than it is now.
It is an admission that mobile money isn’t... » more
This year, electric-car maker Tesla Motors will account for less than 0.05% of the world’s passenger car output. Yet within the financial media bubble, it seems like it generates 99% of auto-industry headlines.
A few short months ago, that was a good thing. But now we’re seeing the flip side of the coin.
Tesla’s ascendancy to the spotlight came courtesy of two factors: a unique CEO and... » more
Can somebody check the thermostat in Hell? Seems to be running a bit cold down there.
Verizon, the U.S. carrier guaranteed to be a distant fourth in rolling out smartphone updates to users, shocked the Android community with a surprisingly prompt rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat to its Moto X users -- not even three weeks since Google unveiled the latest version alongside the Nexus 5.
The... » more
Finally, we’ve got a plausible explanation for the Google mystery barge floating off the coast of San Francisco. It will be a showroom.
OK, it’ll be a vast and extremely cool, celebrity architect-designed floating showroom, complete with tall sails that look like fish fins. But a showroom is what it will be, and while it’s still under wraps for now, you’ll be able to see the same kind of stuff... » more
Another year, another disappointment for anyone expecting an Apple television set.
In his 2011 biography, Steve Jobs claimed that he had "cracked" the concept of an integrated TV, and since then we’ve had plenty of rumors -- but little else. We may as well be waiting for Godot.
There was reason to hope. Consumers have spent the last few years in a purgatory of dongles,... » more