A "careless discard of smoking materials" on a front porch is believed to have caused a massive fire in Flatbush early yesterday morning that reportedly left more than a dozen people homeless, according to the FDNY.
Thirty-three trucks and 138 firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze at the three-story home, which broke out at 1063 East 35th St. near Flatbush Avenue shortly before 4 a.m.,... » more
Have you looked at Amazon.com’s home page lately? The ads rotate often, but somewhere around the upper right corner of the page, near the ad for the Halloween Shop, you’ll see a new ad. Yep. It’s the Holiday Toy List.
Before we’ve even handed out the fun-size Halloween candy bars, the countdown to the year-end holidays has begun, complete with Daily Lightning Deals on gifts for all ages.
This... » more
It was 1998 when South Park introduced us to the underpants gnomes, a group of subterranean entrepreneurs trafficking in dirty laundry. They had a three-step business plan:
1. Collect Underpants
In the 15 years since "Gnomes" first aired, these little guys have become a kind of grand metaphor, cited by the New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street... » more
At the risk of opening a can of political worms, numbers don’t lie.
The federal government’s austerity measures of the past three years have cut into the earnings of America’s information technology industries.
The additional cuts forced by sequestration from the start of this year hurt more.
And the two-week government shutdown that just ended really put the lid on it.
Although... » more
On Tuesday night, social media titan Twitter filed an amended S-1 with the SEC, further setting the stage for what looks like a hugely successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange this November.
Let's get right to the important stuff. The big news is that Twitter's advertising revenue growth accelerated to 123% from 113% last quarter. That matters because the most obvious... » more
Where Apple stands in the smartphone market is clear: The iPhone is the one to beat. It's simultaneously a leader in specs and a vanity status symbol. The high end is its territory.
So when shoppers were given the choice between the latest iPhone and the ever so slightly cheaper iPhone 5C, they decided to go big or go home.
Data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows... » more
Samsung likes software.
Anyone who bought the Galaxy S4 already knows this; the handset comes loaded with proprietary software.
There’s eye tracking, advanced touch functionality, and an enterprise package called Knox. There’s also a custom camera app, a TV remote app, a workout app, a travel app, a translation app ... the list goes on and on.
So really, last week’s Wall Street... » more
The follow services are affected Monday because of Columbus Day: Government offices and courts are closed. No mail delivery. All public schools are closed. No garbage or recycling collections. Alternate side of the street parking is suspended.... » more
It was one happy day on Wall Street yesterday, and the happiest of all were investors in Best Buy. Its shares jumped 6.5%, closing at $39.04, making it the day’s top gainer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
Moreover, a look at the reasons for that enthusiasm could spread some cheer well beyond Best Buy.
Best Buy was the focus of two new analyst reports, both reporting greater demand... » more
Could it be that the most interesting battle in technology is not Apple versus Google, but rather Microsoft versus its long-standing hardware partners?
Yesterday at the company's analyst meeting, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman acknowledged the growing heat with Microsoft, saying, "Current, long-term HP partners, like Intel and Microsoft, are increasingly becoming outright competitors."
Now... » more