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Debrief: Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Among well-known technology companies doing cutting edge work, at 106 years old, IBM may well be the oldest. Its current CEO, Ginni Rometty, appreciates this history and is focused on reinventing the company for the next generation. Gender equity and diversity issues plague many technologies firms, and Romney sees herself as a role model even as she recognizes a longstanding inclusive culture within IBM.

Man vs. Machine: Architecture

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Software and hardware are moving at great speed to use artificial intelligence in rapid iteration environments. One area that is particularly shows potential gain is that of design. New software from Autodesk Research has shown particular promise by modifying older designs to seek efficient solutions far more quickly than could be accomplished by drafting new plans. Despite these gains, experts believe it is still necessary to have trained humans coupled with excellent software to reach the best conclusion.

America’s Relationship with Mark Zuckerberg is ‘It’s Complicated’

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook has 2 billion users, record profits, vast influence, and big problems in Washington. While on paternity leave, Facebook’s CEO has been unable to avoid what’s become a second full-time job: managing an escalating series of political crises.

Japan Isn't Getting Its Share of Gaming Gold

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There is a lot of money to be made at gaming tournaments. However, laws in Japan prevent gaming competition.

Your Next Phone Will Probably Cost $1,000

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The smartphone makers and carriers are going to greater lengths to disguise the rising costs of their phones, which are about to cross a big psychological threshold. Apple’s next iPhone and the latest Samsung Note approach four figures.

Innovation SuperSensor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Gierad Laput, a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon's Future Interfaces Group, has developed a sensor that resides in a room and relays information on potentially important changes in the room's environment relating to several appliances or units there. This is an improvement because customer won't have to have separate sensors for each unit. Funding to further explore the possibilities of monetizing this innovation has already reached $2.2 million.

Workers of Silicon Valley Unite!

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Silicon Valley companies are a tale of two workers. Tech company employees enjoy good wages and benefits. Many service workers on the tech company campuses, however, are employed by contractors and receive much lower wages and fewer benefits. By focusing attention on the well-known tech companies, labor unions are successfully organizing contract workers.

Your Next Phone Will Probably Cost $1,000

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Your new smartphone could cost you more than $1,000. Will you line up to get one?

Guarding Big Pharma’s Crown Jewel

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

AbbVie Inc.’s blockbuster biologic drug Humira went off patent in 2014, but no one is making a generic version. Amgen Inc. is fighting them in court, but over 100 patents could protect AbbVie’s $16 billion annual sales of Humira for an additional 20 years.

Snapchat vs. the ‘Influencers’

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Snapchat’s lack of public user data has made it less hospitable for buzz-building types. The disappearing-message service kept it tough for users to measure their audience. Its parent company doesn’t seem to mind. Facebook’s service swooped in.

Snapchat vs. the 'Influencers'

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Social media advertising can be profitable for some video producers. Snapchat doesn't but into it though.

The 33¢ T-Shirt

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

T-shirt manufacturing is returning to the U.S. as Chinese apparel maker Tianyuan Garments builds a $20 million factory in Little Rock, Arkansas, with incentives like tax breaks and infrastructure assistance. T-shirt bots from Softwear Automation of Atlanta will sew all the shirts, making them at the lowest cost in the world.

France's Industrial Past Haunts Macron

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

New French President Emmanuel Macron was elected in part because of his vision for fostering innovation in the country. Just like in organizations, the need to replace and/or retrain its workforce is a key element, but unlike within companies, the pain of an underdeveloped workforce cannot simply be removed.

You Are Here (So Buy Something)

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Foursquare may have faded, but it's back. And now the app is split in two.

Why Costco is Lagging Online

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Costco thrived operating brick-and-mortar warehouse clubs using a treasure-hunt assortment of its jumbo-size items. The company’s laissez-faire approach to online retailing has not hurt it — yet. However, half of its members also subscribe to Amazon Prime, leaving the company vulnerable to online poaching.

Why Costco Is Lagging Online

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Costco is the clear leader in warehouse club retailing but has been slow to pursue online sales. Analysts worry that the market shift to online retailing will go to its rivals like Amazon and Box.com.

The Soft Edge That's Landing Solid Sales

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In 2003, fourteen-year-old Nick Gilson decided that he would design a new snowboard for himself. Using a concept he had observed while building a catamaran with his father, he saw the possibility of improving upon the design of snowboards to create an even better experience for enthusiasts. Ten years later, Gilson Boards was born, and Nick and his cofounder Austin Royer have built the company to 1,000 units of sales and earned more than $1 million in revenues. They have also garnered financial support totaling $1 million from investors. They are also extending some of their design advantages into the manufacturing of skis.

Making Opioid Addiction Searchable

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Privacy vs. healthcare. How do we deal with the abuse of opioids?

Dropbox Gets Ready for the Road

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Dropbox is making more money and turning a profit. However, the company may not go public at its last private valuation as it invests further in battling Microsoft and Google.

Guess Who’s Ghostwriting Monsanto’s Safety Reviews

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Monsanto has a public image problem: It's the poster child for concerns about GMO crops. Now it faces a threat from research that has prompted the WHO and California to label its blockbuster product Roundup a human carcinogen. The revelation that Monsanto employees were involved in reviewing and editing the “independent” research purporting to show that Roundup is safe does not help the company's case.

Horse DNA Trading

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cloning is a term met with a good deal of skepticism and fear. This is somewhat justified, but can there be uses that would make its techniques valuable and ethical? The performance horse industry believes it can. It has already achieved success and acceptance in several divisions using techniques mastered by Crestview Genetics of Texas. The company hasn't let its success whither. It's now considering limited forays into human cloning to aid areas such as diabetes research. Crestview claims to be worth $75 million.

Dropbox Gets Ready for the Road

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Dropbox becomes less complicated. It's moving away from what doesn't bring in paying customers.

Using Animals to Predict the Future

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Animals might be the key to predicting natural disasters. Can it really work?

That Seventies Startup

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Infosci’s septua- and octogenarian founders are looking to flip their security company as soon as the technology is ready. Its exit strategy is to move fast and get just far enough to attract a buyer such as Dell Technologies Inc. or Alphabet Inc. or perhaps a private equity company.

That Seventies Startup

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

When we think of entrepreneurs in the Internet and computing world, we typically envision young mavericks with concepts derived from their state-of-the-art classes at top colleges. Here we see three guys well over seventy who have come up with a competitive product in the arena of IT security. Their perspective differs from those following the more traditional approach but may still be as effective.

A New Sports Authority

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

This is a site for sports fans. No news here.

Alibaba Tries to Get in the Game

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China's disproportionately small sports industry and amateur community reflect decades of limited government support and insufficient disposable incomes. Alibaba's tiny sports arm is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to nurture China's interest in sports and related merchandise.

Innovation: Needle Grinder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Disposal of needles used in the medical field are a concern for both society and risk-control managers involved in the waste-management field. Sterilis, a small startup firm located in Massachusetts, has created a unit that is said to save $1,000 per month in disposal costs.

Love in the Time of Mass Incarceration

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Prisoners may lose their online dating privileges. Is this good or bad?

Uber Without the Smartphone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Common Courtesy helped design Uber Central and has inspired dozens of copycats. Retired couple Anne and Bob Carr and like-minded small businesses have made Uber and Lyft more senior-friendly.

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Appraisers

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Advances in big data at Zillow Group Inc. and elsewhere are helping automation creep into knowledge-based professions. Freddie Mac, a big force in the U.S. mortgage market, is allowing some loans to go through without an appraisal by a human being.

Uber Without the Smartphone

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Atlanta-based nonprofit Common Courtesy brought Uber to seniors without smartphones by managing multiple Uber accounts. Uber noticed and has developed Uber Central to allow Common Courtesy and others, like hotels and roadside assistance companies, to manage up to fifteen rides at once.

Stand By . . . Scanning for Viruses and Secrets

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It would appear that simply the inclusion of the word "Russia" sparks fears of espionage and fears of collusion to destroy the United States. To ramp that up even more, include cybersecurity in the discussion.

Mobile Carriers Start Hanging Up on Africa

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The past decade has seen a significant buildup of mobile phone networks across Africa, with countries auctioning spectrum to multinational bidders that hoped to cash in on the projected growth of subscribers on the continent. The costs involved, along with new regulatory hurdles, have caused some multinational telecom firms to scale back on their investments. One new wrinkle is requiring mobile phone operators to at least partially list their shares on local exchanges and make stock ownership available to local investors.

Uber Without the Smartphone

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber is not just for the young. Senior are finding a way to use the service without a smartphone.

The Tech Selloff Couldn't Come at a Worse Time for These Funds

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Fortresses of calm three months ago, low-vol's newly minted members are behaving badly. Several large factor ETFs that are billed for their low volatility have recently been cauldrons of turbulence after a three-week span in which computer and Internet stocks went from being the market’s best to its worst performers.

Man vs Machine Dermatology

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

"There is an app for that" has become a favorite phrase in our society. In many ways, it has addressed the way we seek to address our health care needs. While not an app, this evaluative mechanism uses technology to skip a step typically performed by dermatologists. The software is designed to evaluate the users skin for signs of skin cancer, allowing the person the advantages of early and accurate detection so that the doctor can focus on treatment.

China Is Missing the Chips Rush

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The U.S. government has been blocking the sale of several semiconductor firms to companies that are affiliated with the Chinese government. The concern is that the U.S. government does not want the Chinese government to have access to and future control over technology being developed at these companies. It is unclear, however, whether blocking these particular deals will have much impact on the future growth and success of the Chinese semiconductor industry.

Remember Nokia?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Nokia has a long history, dating from before the establishment of Finland as a country, and has run a variety of different businesses over its existence. It became known internationally as a pioneer in mobile phones, and for several years was the world's leading producer of mobile phones. While Nokia sold the phone handset business to Microsoft after it experienced a significant drop in marketshare, it is still a major global competitor in providing networking equipment and telecommunications infrastructure to mobile phone service providers (e.g., Verizon, Orange, AT&T, Vodaphone) across the globe.

Re-creating the Sun on Earth

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The future of nuclear energy is at risk. A lack of funding could delay the project for years.

Paid In Semi Full

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There is an indisputable gender pay gap in the United States, but the source of this pay gap and what could or should be done about it remain open questions. Personal decisions may explain some of the observed pay differences, but companies that have examined their compensation have found inequities that can’t be explained this way. Some companies have been working to address this issue for decades, while other companies are resisting calls to simply provide data.

500,000 Tons of Steel. 14 Jobs

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As politicians and countries maneuver to keep steel mills and other factories at home, the companies are maneuvering to maintain their competitiveness through automation. Voestalpine AG’s fully automated steel wire plant has only 14 jobs, but they are “really attractive.”

CNN Has Had Enough

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Media companies are getting sick of Facebook. News outlets are complaining about Facebook's terms for TV-quality videos meant to compete with YouTube.

The Asian Jobs Ladder Is Broken

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

For the past several decades, labor-intensive manufacturing of textiles and clothing has shifted from higher wage countries to lower wage countries, and in the process helped bring jobs and economic growth to increasingly poorer countries. With advances in technology and automation, however, that regular shift to the next country with lower pay levels may be coming to an end.

Kalanick's Ouster Shows Founder Control Doesn't Mean Job Security

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber's co-founder is out. Investors appear to have a lot of power.

Finally, a Cheap(ish) iPhone

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

India is now the best opportunity for smartphone growth, but Apple has only 3 percent market share there. To compete with cheaper Chinese and Indian phones, Apple has begun offering older models at discount prices.

Finally, a Cheap(ish) iPhone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple is making old iPhones new again to win India. Old-gen models like the 5S make up more than half of Apple’s shipments to the subcontinent.

A Billionaire Emerges on the Silicon Steppe

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A Russian software billionaire takes on SAP and Oracle. Boris Nuraliev has built a fortune with enterprise software tailored to Russian needs. He uses a franchise model in which partners are licensed to install its software and adapt it to the needs of each particular business.

The Price of a Digital World

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Twenty-five years ago, U.S. chipmakers vowed to stop using chemicals that caused miscarriages and birth defects. And they did—by outsourcing the danger to women in Asia.

Google Execs Hunker Down for Fight With EU as Fines Loom

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The EU has a big decision to make. Will Google suffer the largest antitrust fine in history?

Apple's New iPhones May Miss Out on Higher-Speed Data Links

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The iPhone may not be number one, at least not in data speed. It's all a matter of components.

Putting Home Sales Ahead of Paperwork

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Real estate companies are using cloud computing to save time and money when buying and selling homes. Agents are spending less time scheduling and more time selling. Innovative ideas and processes using cloud computing are enhancing real estate sales and marketing.

Laid-Off Indian IT Workers Blame Trump

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There are changes and challenges in the $110-billion outsourcing business at the heart of India's economy. This is said to be primarily due to automation and changes in the U.S. immigration policy.

Here Comes the Space Cleanup Crew

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

What goes up must come down. We are all aware of the old adage, and it has sparked concern for people as we launch more and more items into space that remain in close orbit. Now, the desirable orbits have become more cluttered, and the risk to very expensive new technology launched into orbit is becoming an issue. Technology is now addressing this as innovators have begun to invent cleanup satellites to remove space junk.

A Spotlight on Harassment at Google

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google allegedly has some harassment problems. The "Yes, at Google" publication can tell you all about them.

China’s Foodmakers Try New Growth Recipes

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Chinese food producers have a bad reputation in their home market for quality and safety, limiting their pricing and growth opportunities. So they are acquiring foreign brands to overcome the cynicism of Chinese consumers.

Cessna Flights for the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The basic concept of Uber is now spreading into other transportation arenas as well. A new California-based startup, Blackbird Air Inc., is providing a ride-sharing app for short-distance air travel. The app matches travelers that are time constrained with flights originating from general aviation airfields. These passengers would otherwise tie up valuable time using commercial air travel or driving to their destination. The price is significantly lower than chartering a flight.

Can VR Find a Seat in the Parlor?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Virtual reality is not a hit at home, so Imax tries arcades. Imax is piloting VR centers, since the cost of equipment has been a drag on consumers’ embrace of virtual reality. Tech and entertainment companies are racing for a slice of the virtual reality business, which Goldman estimates could generate $80 billion in revenue by 2025.

Cessna Flights for the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber-style for flights is available. Who's on board?

The Airbnb of Warehousing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Flexe Inc., a four-year-old startup, has attained a competitive position against the powerful Amazon.com juggernaut based upon an expanded network of warehousing space created by strategic alliances that take advantage of seasonal supply-and-demand mismatches. It's a solid strategy because Flexe has already attained 25 percent of Amazon's warehouse capacity and has plans to add 10 million square feet within the year. The company's business model is not to become the face of its clients but to become a conduit for efficiently delivering vendors' products to their end customers relative to Amazon's model.

All About the Benjamins

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

GM was once the leading global automaker with a presence in all of the major and emerging markets. But CEO Mary Barra has decided to ditch low profit-margin markets like India and Russia to focus on more profitable markets and invest in being a leader in new technologies.

The Talking Cat and the Peroxide Corporation

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Chinese manufacturing and industrial companies, looking for growth opportunities but facing slower growth in China, are looking at foreign opportunities. One example is the recent purchase of Slovenian app maker Outfit7 by Zhejiang Jinke Peroxide Co. for $1 billion. With clearly no operational synergies, this is simply an example of foreign direct investment for financial reasons.

Waze Wants to Help You Hitch a Ride

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google's Waze is doing more than just traffic maps. Now it's trying its hand at carpooling.

Augmenting Snap’s Financial Reality

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Snapchat is piloting ads built into pricey custom Lenses. It says a third of Snapchat users play with Lenses and geofilters daily. It remains to be seen whether the Lenses are effective or Facebook-proof.

Augmenting Snap's Financial Reality

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There is now more to Snapchat: advertising.

Satellite Pics for Cheap!!

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

An Iranian immigrant in Silicon Valley is challenging the $500 million behemoths and touting night shots that pierce cloud cover. Spy-quality satellite imaging for cheap.

This Home Camera Can Tell Who’s There

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Current technologies allow people to remotely access cameras in their home, or at work, to see if anyone enters and ascertain what they are doing. This is useful, but many times, the alert is triggered by people who are supposed to be there, and it is more bothersome than useful. Using 3D sensors and facial recognition software, Lighthouse, a startup, is improving the efficiency of these cameras by only bringing the exceptions to the user's mobile device.

Come for the Treadmill Desk, Stay for the...

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The automotive industry faces potentially disruptive change, including the introduction of self-driving cars. In response, U.S. automakers are making acquisitions and trying to reinvent their work cultures to attract talent. Nevertheless, Detroit may remain a tough sell for young computer and software engineers.

When Fighting (Alleged) Crime Doesn’t Pay

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A whistleblower who helped bring Rothenberg Ventures under SEC investigation still faces costs.

Satellite Pics for Cheap!!

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Satellites aren't just for governments. They now have a commercial market.

Google's Other Founder Wants to Fly, Too

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While Google co-founder Larry Page garners the headlines with flying cars, Sergey Brin, his partner at Google is quietly pursuing a flight oriented business as well. Though using an older technology, it may end up being more readily profitable for him. Airships, sometimes referred to as blimps, have been developed and used for over a century, but Brin sees the opportunity to transport freight more efficiently now that the technologies have become more defined.

Seriously, Beware the ‘Shadow Brokers’

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The hacking tools released by Shadow Brokers may have infected more than 400,000 computers and could be tough to erase. The group’s NSA-quality malware release isn’t just another hack.

Seriously, Beware the 'Shadow Brokers'

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Hacking goes public. Your computer could be under someone else's control.

BMW to Staff: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite record profits, BMW is perceived to be falling behind in the fast changing world of electric cars, self-driving vehicles, and robo-taxis. So the company's CEO is putting employees through a day-long session to raise awareness of the challenges and to instill fear of falling behind.

Innovation: Synthetic Tissues

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

3-D printing has been a topic of conversation and application for over a decade now, but making prototypes of products and even finished products for consumer use has been the focus. Now materials are being developed that allow for healthcare applications including bone and cartilage materials tailor-made for the patient and even the very real possibility of creating organic tissues for such problems as chronic liver failure.

China's Robot Revolution

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China is fast becoming one of the larger markets for workplace automation. This has led to the development of a large number of Chinese companies in the robotics and automation industries, though many currently just assemble components designed and manufactured by leading German, American, and Japanese robotics companies. But in the process, these companies and Chinese central planners are working to create a competitive robotics industry in China.

China’s Robot Revolution

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Some 800 robot makers seek scale as Chinese industry automates. JD.com, E-Deodar, and Midea lead China’s charge for domination. It has also deployed a pollution-monitoring robot and a deep-sea robot.

Why Japan's Idemitsu Isn't Feeling Blue

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

OLED technology is coming to Apple. How much better will that make iPhones?

Security Software, Insecurity Culture

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In eight months, cyber-security startup Tanium Inc. has lost at least nine senior executives. This executive exodus is occurring despite the company’s ongoing success and growth. The CEO’s behavior may be the explanation.

Downsizing Google's Dream

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google Life Sciences is no more. Will you let Verily monitor you now?

Nice Stent If You Can Get It

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A clot-retrieving stent can dramatically reduce long-term healthcare costs and enhance the quality of life for people who have had strokes, yet it is only extensively used in roughly 150 stroke centers in the United States. While initial cost for installation of the stent is about $17,000 more than that of traditional treatment methods, its outcome is better, and the long-term savings could be about $23,000.

Hacking the Need for a Full-Time Job

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

If you have a startup idea and are a competitive hacker, you could win big. Take a look at the hackathon circuit.

Traders’ New Favorite Way to Swap Secrets

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Encrypted messaging apps are raising risk of widespread abuse. Employees at big banks share gossip, client data, and more. Investment banks regularly monitor only certain trading-floor lines, and at least until 2018, financial firms generally aren't required to record employees' calls.

Wall Street’s New Favorite Way to Swap Secrets Is Against the Rules

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal are raising concerns about widespread abuse by traders at big banks. The apps are an easy and virtually untraceable way to circumvent compliance, get around the HR police and keep bosses in the dark. A deeper concern is that the apps could enable reckless and illegal behavior that's all but impossible to police.

Munchery Stiffs Early Backers and Cuts Staff in a Bid for Survival

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Munchery Inc., a food delivery startup, has blown through $120 million over the past 7 years and needs further investment of around $15 million to shore up its position. In order to accomplish this recapitalization, they are having to reduce the stake of early investors and create convertible debt to entice reinvestments or new investments.

Jeff Bezos Goes Grocery Shopping

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon’s goal is to become a Top 5 grocery retailer by 2025. This would require more than $30 billion in annual food and beverage spending through its sites, up from $8.7 billion—including Amazon Fresh and all other food and drink sales—in 2016.

The Smartest Machines Are Playing Games

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Artificial intelligence researchers are training their systems to master steadily more complex fantasy worlds. The holy grail is solving not one game but any game with multiple players and imperfect information, as in the real world.

The Smartest Machines Are Playing Games

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Artificial intelligence is being used for gaming. Can the results help solve real world problems?

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A major hiccup occurred for Uber last week. A photo of the damage from an incident in Arizona involving their self-driving vehicle was posted to Twitter. The company verified the photo, but no further discussion was offered.

Apple's Alternative to Virtual Reality

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple seems to be pursuing augmented reality in a big way. How Apple will make it more enticing than Google Glass remains to be seen.

Apple’s Alternative to Virtual Reality

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple Inc.'s CEO Tim Cook is betting on augmented reality (AR), a cousin of virtual reality (VR) that he believes will keep his company on top and may even supplant the iPhone. With the market set to rise 80 percent by 2024, Apple is tapping hundreds of engineers to develop AR hardware and software.

Blockchain Can Grow More Than Just Money

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Ethereum could present a whole new way to run a business, but there are some serious kinks to work out. Ethereum’s ledger can store fully functioning computer programs called smart contracts.

Unsweetened

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

If you want to give up sweets, this mint might just help you succeed.

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber is not winning any public relations awards these days nor is its CEO, Travis Kalanick, known for people skills. The legal battle between Uber and Google over driverless technology reveals a lot about both companies, including leadership issues, corporate culture, and business ethics.

A Mouse (Maker) Roars at the Industry’s Giants

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Logitech has prospered lately with mice and keyboards that complement the PCs and mobile devices of industry leaders Apple, Google, and Amazon. Now the company wants to compete with them for a central role in the emerging home automation market.

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google and Uber, both seen as exemplary entrepreneurial success stories, are now embroiled in a battle to become the dominant design in the driverless car technology field. The stakes are high in this market, projected by both companies to be in the hundreds of billions, or even the trillion, dollar range. The two are dealing with failures and limited success, but they have too much invested to quit now.

Now on EBay: Russian Micro-Multinationals

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Small firms are using EBay to reach markets across borders. In Europe, sellers can now sign up to have items listed in multiple countries and have the descriptions translated into local languages. For EBay, more than half the company's revenue now comes from international markets.

$400 Million Richer By Pinching Pennies

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The online grocery delivery startup, Instacart Inc., is looking to pinch pennies, starting with bottle deposit fees. It's working to increase ad revenue as it tries to prove it’s the exception in a field of delivery-app failures.

A Mouse (Maker) Roars at the Industry Giants

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Logitech isn't just a mouse company anymore. It's moving into your home.

These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You've Never Heard of

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With an initial list of around 50,000, market researcher Quid used an algorithm including prior leadership team experience, time between rounds of financing, education of founding team members, and more subjective issues such as attractiveness of industry.

Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Still in Kansas (or Missouri)

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City, but it did not turn the city into a tech paradise. Google overestimated Fiber's impact, and its expansion plans deflated.

Neighborhood Watch

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

ProtectWise Inc. is gearing up to roll out a virtual-reality product that gives cybersentinels a fresh way of dealing with hacks. VR software from ProtectWise sees, and displays, the massive blur of data for what it is: a matrix.

Rare Jewelry That Isn't So Rare Anymore

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

3D printers are being used to make jewelry. And it's not plastic.

The $200 All-Seeing Line Judge

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A successful French inventor and tech entrepreneur has developed a $200 device that can detect whether tennis balls are in or out. How will Sony, with its $60,000 system for tournament play, respond to this potentially disruptive innovation?

Fun Filters Don’t Make Good Neighbors

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Snap Inc. has been acquiring the limited supply of commercial and residential real estate and parking for its headquarters in Venice, CA. A disappearing bee colony becomes a symbol for the IPO-fueled growth locals fear will swamp the quirky Los Angeles neighborhood the startup calls home.

How Much Is an Instagram Story Worth?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In building a travel advertising and marketing business, the traditional hotel photo shoot is a thing of the past. Beautiful Destinations has been averaging 5 million views per Story since Instagram rolled out the Snapchat-like feature in August.

How Much Is an Instagram Story Worth?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Travel and tourism are being advertised and marketed using Instagram. Two brothers have been very successful.

The Greatest Generation Is Now Around the Corner

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

5G will be great for streaming video but will also enable a new world of connected cars, drones, and robots. The future cellular networks will generate $3.5 trillion in economic output.

How to Lose $6 Billion

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Nuclear power looked like a promising business when Toshiba acquired Westinghouse Electric in 2006. Now cost overruns and delays at the only nuclear plants under construction in the United States since 1979 will cripple, if not bankrupt, the once formidable industrial conglomerate.

Dirty Deeds Hidden In a Mess of Data

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) depends on Congress for funding; as a result, the regulator is chronically short of resources it needs to enforce regulations related to derivatives and other complex financial instruments. While the CFTC collects mountains of data, the agency can't afford the technology resources needed to analyze it. Nevertheless, the CFTC has taken some notable enforcement actions and is working with private analytics companies to spot illegal trading maneuvers and enhance enforcement.

Innovation: Needle Camera

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Using a tiny camera at the end of an elongated needle, the Mi-eye2, the only product of Trice Medical, can enter into an injured joint and provide superior visual information about the type and extent of the injury. This allows the proper type of treatment to be determined without the degree of risk of orthoscopic units as well as the superior imaging than MRIs can provide.

AI Speed-Reading for the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

AI technology can do more than recognize cats in YouTube videos. It's now used to power Echo and Tesla's self-driving cars.

Survival of the Fitted

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Data mining by traditional brick-and-mortar fashion retailers is not a new thing, but third party data tracking in the internet era is creating advantageous data that can lead to better targeting. Le Tote, a fashion rental service that uses products from such traditional retailers as the French Connection, collects data on the level of satisfaction of their customers (who pay a fee for their service) and now partners with the retailers to help meet the needs of consumers in a tailor-made way.

Survival of the Fitted

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

E-commerce companies are tapping data for clothes and other goods. Old-school retail rivals want them, too. In the U.S., French Connection is tweaking its clothing based on feedback supplied by mail-order styling services.

Startup Types Build Ready-Made Activitism

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Techies are getting more political with a range of websites that walk visitors through, among other things, complaints to Congress. A series of quickly-made websites provide shortcuts to constituent calls and other forms of civic engagement.

The Bot That Bluffed Me

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A computer beat top poker players. Is this the first of many wins for the computer?

The End of Terrible Wi-Fi May Be Near

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Consumers have been frustrated with slow Wi-Fi issues, particularly in the home. With gaming, appliances, and information-oriented products vying for access, it has been a frustrating constraint for service providers such as Comcast. Innovative new firms have begun to incrementally improve this environment and seem to be establishing a great deal of value by doing so.

Can Sneaker Makers Come Home Again?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Athletic footwear makers may bring some manufacturing back to the United States to save on shipping and perhaps avoid a Trump Twitter tirade. But the factories are likely to be highly automated and create few jobs.

Good Deals Make Good Neighbors

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The political relationships between countries in the Middle East are complicated, with history, religion, and territorial disputes causing many impediments to cooperation. While Israeli diplomats may have difficulty working with counterparts from Arab countries, that doesn't keep Israeli businesses from doing business with Arab governments. The logistics of keeping these business relationships obscured, however, can be challenging.

Uber's Campsites

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The vast majority of Uber's full-time drivers return home to their beds at the end of a day's work. But all over the country, there are many who don't. Some Uber drivers live out of their cars in various parking lots.

Snapchat Can’t Keep it Private

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Snap’s culture of secrecy may be consistent with the ethos of its original Snapchat app and its CEO’s leadership style, but it may not be helping the company's IPO plans. Snap’s upcoming IPO is testing this culture. If Snap remains unwilling to provide information about its vision and strategy, it runs the risk that investors may shy away from the IPO.

IBM's Big Jobs Dodge

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Seemingly motivated by Donald Trump’s public vows to punish companies that send jobs overseas, IBM’s CEO has pledged to hire 25,000 U.S. workers in coming years. IBM’s actions, including multiple rounds of U.S. firings in 2016, raise questions about just how genuine the company’s pledge is. Despite becoming more savvy in the way it conducts its U.S. workforce reductions, IBM continues to fire U.S. employees and replace many with overseas workers.

How Uber and Airbnb Fought City Halls and Figured Out the Sharing Economy

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Airbnb and Uber are two relatively young companies that have had to overcome strong institutional barriers to entry but have managed to do so by garnering support from their customers and their partners to establish a strong position in their respective markets. What crucial battles were necessary for their founders to win and realize their dreams?

IBM’s Big Jobs Dodge

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While IBM talks about Trump-pleasing hiring plans, it's firing thousands. IBM pledged to hire 25,000 workers over four years, but it's continuing to fire American workers and move their jobs abroad. It wasn't long before employees were accusing the company's CEO of hypocrisy.

Spread Your Wings and Fly, Penguin

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The printed book is dead, long live the printed book. Bertelsmann is betting that print books will continue to be good business as it moves to take 100 percent ownership of Penguin, the world’s largest book publisher.

A Real Mr. Fusion Feeds on Used Clothing

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Tokyo company Jeplan wants your used clothing. Another fuel alternative may be on its way.

Snapchat Is Justifying Its $20 Billion Valuation by Emphasizing User Engagement

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Snap Inc. is hoping to convince analysts and public market investors it’s worth upwards of $20 billion in an impending IPO by stressing that its users' "engagement" is more important to its valuation than monthly growth in active users. But its secrecy on what the engagement metrics are is making investors nervous.

Innovation: Pocket DSLR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There has remained an industry of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras whose sole purpose is high resolution photography. While mobile devices such as phones have improved their resolution, there were barriers in place that kept them from attaining parity with the DSLR format. Rajiv Laroia, a cofounder of Light, has developed a method by which the barrier has been drastically altered and the quality of photos taken with a phone sized unit can closer approximate the performance of stand alone cameras.

In the Land of the Blind Hire

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Challenged to publicly disclose the percentage of female software engineers, many technology companies disclosed their decidedly lopsided diversity statistics and established public diversity goals. While some have made progress, meeting these goals is proving challenging. Nevertheless, disclosure and pressure to meet public goals may be making a difference in motivating change

Holding Down the Costs of the Cloud

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Analytics startups help manage companies’ server needs. About 1 in 5 businesses that rent computing capacity through the cloud now use specialized software to keep better tabs on costs. Companies such as Cloudability, CloudHealth, Cloudyn and Cloud Cruiser do face two serious risks.

When a Facebook Page Matters to Facebook

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Mark Zuckerberg’s image in the digital domain needs to be controlled. There are more than a dozen Facebook employees writing Mark Zuckerberg’s posts or scouring the comments for spammers and trolls.

From Angry Birds to Particle Physics

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Learn physics with a video game. Will it really teach your kids anything?

Netflix Presents: Building a World of Binge-Watchers

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Netflix has been gradually building a subscriber base in Central and South America. A key step in attracting customers to its subscription video service was to help develop the infrastructure that facilitated high-speed streaming. Netflix has also developed original content specifically for South American consumers.

When a Startup Means a Fresh Start

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Defy Ventures is giving parolees a second chance. It seems to be working.

Innovation: Drone-Catching Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A drone to stifle other drones by capturing them in a net. How much of a market is there, and how long will it last?

No One Wants to Pay $9.99 for Your Remixes

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

German music streaming service SoundCloud is in trouble despite having about 175 million users and the adoration of both artists and fans. Pandora and Spotify face similar problems as they continue to lose money while record labels get most of the streaming revenue.

Baby's First Virtual Assistant

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Aristotle, help the baby go back to sleep. Help for parents is on the way.

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

SunEdison founder Jigar Shah estimates that $10 trillion in financing is needed to wean us off fossil fuels with existing technology. His new startup, Generate Capital, hopes to play a significant role in that financing while avoiding the debt problems that put SunEdison into bankruptcy.

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Generate Capital, a startup venture fund specializing in green infrastructure projects, has obtained $500 million in investor funds to foster new green technologies and facilitate their adoption into mainstream use. Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison, started Generate Capital with a couple of McKinsey consultants under the notion that the $1 Trillion market would not be a few huge players, but many smaller players that gain market access and proof of design and value.

When the Teacher Is An Ocean Away

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

From her own experience as a high school student, Cindy Mi realized that teachers can have a huge influence, good and bad, on a student's attitude and success. She worked for a time at her uncle's school doing tutoring before starting her own company. Recognizing the desire of Chinese parents to have the best education possible for the child, including English language instruction, and the relatively low pay of teachers in North America, she started a company for online tutoring that pairs Chinese youth with North American teachers.

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will climate change still be an issue? Some say that the technology is already available to combat it.

Cloud Armor That's Not Quite So Fluffy

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Storing data on "the cloud" cheaply is an enticing proposition for those with huge storage needs, but security of that data is becoming a focus of attention for IT professionals. A company started in 2007 named Guardtime has begun to sell security software that can detect breaches of data security. They started in Estonia, one of the first countries to place an emphasis on e-government and systems.

Cloud Armor That’s Not Quite So Fluffy

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Blockchain-style ledgers can log changes to files stored online. Employee-owned Guardtime, whose software is rooted in blockchain, is the Pentagon’s early leader for cloud security.

Everybody Must Get Streamed

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Startup Livestream is selling preachers, wannabe stars, and ExxonMobil on tools to improve their online video broadcasts. It buys display ads on websites that just show a customer’s stream, a service it calls “audience booster.”

Code School's Out

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

If you’re thinking of going to a coding boot camp, think again. You may not get what you’re expecting.

Can Lemonade Lure Insurance Skeptics?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Two tech entrepreneurs have launched a property insurance startup called Lemonade, seeing insurance as a huge industry that's been "unspoiled by innovation." Behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely helped them reimagine what home insurance could be and come up with a business model that changes the incentives on both sides.

J&J Plays the Spurned Suitor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite a more than $27 billion bid, Actelion Ltd.'s founders want to stay put. "It's not a question of money," says CEO Jean-Paul Clozel. "We have enough money."

Apple Is Bringing Drones to a Map Fight

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple Inc. has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to use drones for data collection to improve its Maps service. Apple acquired startup Indoor.io last year to help bring its indoor mapping project to market.

See Mario. See Mario Run

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Nintendo is pushing its new iOS game, Super Mario Run, instead of a new console.

Hulu Reboots for a Post-Cable Age

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

For owners Comcast, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner, the Internet streaming service Hulu has been their beachhead in the increasingly popular world of video streaming. Now Hulu plans to offer live TV to strengthen its position against leaders Netflix and Amazon but may simultaneously continue to erode their owners’ cable TV businesses.

Stalking the Next Zuckerberg

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

By combining the logic of Peter Thiel's foundation, which eschews formal higher education, with the idea that there are some college students who are potential entrepreneurs and who have an entrepreneurial spirit, Danielle Strachman and Mike Gibson have ventured out with their own venture called the 1517 Fund. With funding from Peter Thiel and other highly successful entrepreneurs, the fund now offers gifts, loans, and access to a network of successful entrepreneurs who hope to regain their investments through connections with entrepreneurs heading up early stage ventures.

The New Advertising, As Seen on TV

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook, the Internet’s No. 2 ad business, has a growth problem. The social media company is working with A&E and a streaming startup to tailor more conventional commercials for viewers.

The New Advertising As Seen on TV

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Video ads on Facebook are here. The company is testing you.

Pet Food That Comes with an Oil Painting

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Chewy has a new strategy for selling pet supplies. You may just end up with an oil painting of your pets.

Clean Power Is Too Hot For Even Trump to Cool

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Investments in clean power by major U.S. corporations are expected to increase in pace despite the election of climate change denier Donald Trump. The business case for renewables is positive despite threats to reverse Obama’s commitments to the Paris climate accord and the Clean Power Plan.

America's Got No Talent

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The semi-unanticipated results of the past Presidential election have sent shock waves through the political/economic sectors that did not have a favorable outcome. One such area is that of technology sectors focused in Silicon Valley. The availability of talent from Asian countries is perceived to be in jeopardy. Will this create a international competitive disadvantage for the United States?

America's Got No Talent

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

U.S. tech companies are facing new challenges in recruiting talent due to uncertainty about future U.S. immigration policies following the election of Donald Trump. Xenophobia may make the U.S. less attractive to new immigrants. Some foreign-born tech workers who are already working in the U.S. are putting plans on hold; others are planning to leave the U.S.

Clean Power is Too Hot For Even Trump to Cool

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Regardless of policy changes that may take place under a Trump presidency, investment in sustainability and renewable energy may continue. Less commitment to renewable energy at the federal level could even spur corporations to play a stronger role. Corporate long-term energy purchase agreements are emerging as a way to finance clean-power projects. One example is Microsoft's recent agreement to purchase electricity produced by wind power to run data centers in Wyoming.

Microsoft Isn't Feeling Any Russian Thaw

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As a matter of national security, Russia is trying to develop more home-grown software and applications. It is also requiring that Russian consumers' data be stored on servers in Russia. For U.S. technology-based firms such as Google and Microsoft, not only can this mean lost revenue, it also contributes to the development of new competitors.

Time For Some Traffic Problems on Netflix?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The future of net neutrality is up in the air. It could take years for changes though.

Engineering the Sound of Silence at Porsche

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Porsche plans to have a high powered all-electric coupe out by 2019, just in time for the EU’s tough new carbon emission standards for 2020. Porsche’s Mission E will also growl like a Porsche.

Instagram Tries to Ease Users Into Shopping

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Instagram is testing whether letting brands tag photos with links will succeed where other social media marketing has failed. It is part of its broader strategy for helping people pick out and buy things.

Instagram Tries to Ease Users Into Shopping

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You may soon be able to shop via Instagram. The company is poised to become more than a photo-sharing app.

Innovation: Gryphon Router

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With so many smart devices being routed wirelessly in our homes and businesses, they have become a prime target for cyberattacks. John Wu, a veteran in the W-Fi arena at the age of forty-two, has come up with a router that can stop attacks at the entry level, thereby protecting the devices.

We Found Your Last Smartphone, Next to Your Old VCR

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Although many communities, electronics manufacturers, and retailers have programs to recycle old electronic gear, a great deal of e-waste ends up in places such as the neighborhood of Renovacion in Mexico City. There devices are manually and mechanically taken apart to get at bits of precious metals that can be harvested, melted down, and resold. The work pays well, but there are potentially significant health risks to workers and residents.

A Giant in Search, But a Wisp in the Cloud

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite its expertise in software and data centers, Google is struggling to catch cloud services market-leader Amazon. Some analysts say working with chief information officers is just not in Google's DNA.

Maybe the Flash Boys Are the Good Guys

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Villains or heroes? High-speed traders have been accused of profiting at the expense of individual investors and society, with "Flash Boys" not helping their reputation. Like many complex issues, however, this may not be as one-sided as once thought, and recent academic research suggests that high-speed trading may have benefits. The issue of conflicts of interest is still a concern.

Innovation 3D-Printing Recycler

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

University of British Columbia students wasted a lot of plastic while making prototypes for robotics classes but addressed this problem by developing the ProtoCycler, a desktop machine that converts plastic waste into 3D-printer filament. While this is good for the environment, the recycled filament may also have a cost advantage over premade filament.

Hey Guys, Watch This

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Hawkers, a Spanish sunglasses brand, has become a Facebook and Twitter case study. It illustrates that you do not need lots of money to spread the word. Saldum Ventures, the parent company of Hawkers, has sold 3.5 million pairs of sunglasses in three years with guerrilla marketing and heavy promotion on social media.

A License to Print Plastic

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Credit cards may not be the only plastic used for purchases. Money itself may be going plastic as well.

Home Is Where The Data Is

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The ability to store huge troves of data in the public cloud has created a burgeoning industry, but now, some companies are starting to want some degree of separation from the risks of public cloud storage. To that end, a sector called private cloud storage has found root as a sub-industry.

The Prenup That Didn't Stick

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

NTT Docomo is trying to exercise a clause in its joint venture agreement with Tata Group that would allow NTT Docomo to exit the joint venture with at least half of its original investment. It has even received a court ruling in support of this, and Tata has agreed to make the payment. India’s central bank, however, has blocked the payment, leaving the joint venture and both parties in legal limbo.

In Case of Low Revenue

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Twitter's "Firehose" of a half billion tweets a day is incredibly valuable — and just as dangerous. Find out how despots use Twitter to hunt dissidents.

What Do We Want? Uber Union

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber has unveiled the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) to address driver concerns and pressure for unionization. Uber's partner behind the IDG has agreed not to seek unionization, at least until 2021.

A New Leader in the Suborbital Space Race

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Two of the top names in entrepreneurship have squared off in the suborbital space race. Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are competing to become both the first and the best in suborbital tourism, which will carry a hefty price tag for early travelers. Recent successes have given Bezos a slight lead.

When Spotting a Hack Doesn't Help You

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

CyTech Services is still waiting to be paid by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Why the delay?

Rooftop Solar Clouds Up

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

After five years of rapid growth, solar rooftop installations are expected to be flat overall this year, while declining in some markets. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that growth will resume and says a year or two of stagnation is “an overwhelmingly positive outcome.”

The Cheap Phone Is Dead In China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China's domestic smartphone makers are gaining worldwide market share. While the growth of Apple and Samsung in worldwide markets has slowed, Vivo, Oppo, TCL and Xiaomi are all growing. These companies are not just counting on growing sales in China, however, but also have their sites set on India and other growing markets.

What’s In Your Wallet

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A growing number of retailers look to strengthen ties with customers by combining convenient payment and rewards. Mobile wallets are the new loyalty program.

Euro Trip To Hell

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The European Union has put the brakes on a number of U.S.-based technology companies this year. Apple has been informed that it owes over $14 billion to the Irish government due to a sweetheart tax deal, and other governments are also looking into whether this tax deal meant that the company did not pay appropriate taxes in their countries. Google has also faced a number of inquiries into its business model, with different countries having slightly different regulations that limit the services it can offer.

The Slow-Motion Bust

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While the U.S. investment market appears to have found a little stability in level, the uncertainty about the quality of the entrepreneurial endeavors has brought a new level of risk expectations into the market and this makes the probability of a downturn amp up. It is noteworthy that there are huge caches of cash that have been raised to fund new ventures, however, the risk profile of these investments appear to contain potential for loss context.

Making VR Matter

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There's more virtual reality to come. Will apps become cooler now?

Jack Dorsey Is Losing Control of Twitter

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Jack Dorsey has been working for the past year to restart growth at Twitter without success. Against his wishes, the board is now looking at being acquired as the share price declines. Investors are hoping for a turnaround.

Will Not-Quite-Fiber Make the Grade?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

BT Group is opting out of fiber optics. The company sees copper in its future.

Look Familiar?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google's new high-end Pixel smartphones will compete directly with Apple's iPhone, but also with Samsung and HTC and the rest of Google's Android partners. Google says it will treat its new hardware division just like the other Android partners and is confident it can keep it all together.

Google Has Its Own Phones. Now It Needs New Retail Strategy

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Some wireless carriers are wary of Google's retail ability. Google sees software as its edge, rather than retail distribution and customer service.

Out-Ubering Uber

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

At the time Cheng Wei and colleagues were starting the Didi ride-hailing service in China, they faced a number of domestic competitors. Their model, unlike Uber, was based on the U.K.'s Hailo. After beating out their Chinese competitors, they recently reached an agreement with Uber.

Baby, You Can Rent My Car

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Carpooling service Amovens has added a peer-to-peer car-rental option by which car owners can rent out their personal vehicles. The business model is being used by thousands of car owners across Europe, where people are trying to make car ownership more affordable.

Do As I Say, Not What I'm Accused of

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The purchase of Autonomy by Hewlett-Packard (HP) was a boon for co-founder Mike Lynch, but a boondoggle for HP. It has bred animosity and lawsuits between the participants. Lynch is not awaiting the results of these matters; he has used his wealth to create a new venture capital fund that both supplies money and borrows talent from his Autonomy management cohort to bring the incubated firms up to speed rapidly.

A Different Kind of Apple a Day

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It was bound to happen, and it was likely that Apple would be one of the pioneers. Attaching collection and connectivity to health data as a repository for tracking patient conditions is now becoming a real possibility, with the company leading the charge.

The Flu Shot's Chicken-And-Egg Problem

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Flu vaccines are made from chicken eggs. Some companies are working on alternative sources, such as dog kidneys and Australian weeds, for the vaccines.

EBay Tries to Push Past Its Tag-Sale Roots

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With the upscale Australian department store chain Myer, EBay created a Virtual Reality Department Store, giving away 20,000 "shopticals" that let shoppers browse merchandise via augmented reality. Differentiating EBay from Amazon is the centerpiece of CEO Devin Wenig’s strategy.

The Foxconn of the Auto Industry

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International is developing a concept car with autonomous driving and emissions-free technologies. It is positioning itself to be the contract manufacturer for automakers, old or new, seeking to introduce such vehicles.

Fierce Culture Drives Tencent’s Success

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Although Tencent Holdings is now one of China’s largest public companies, it maintains a start-up mentality and uses internal competition to spur innovation. Employees at all levels compete against each other to win funding for projects. In this competitive culture, ideas often come from the bottom up, and the company’s executives actively engage with rank and file employees.

Using DNA Markers To Spot Bogus Fabrics

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While difficult to fully ascertain once in the product, Egyptian cotton commands a premium price in the fabric markets. Media stories of fake goods sold claiming this expensive fabric but really using less expensive and inferior cotton have given consumer confidence a negative hit. Using DNA testing technology, it is now possible to validate samples to alleviate the concerns. A small company operating from a business incubator in New York is specializing in this process.

The Browns Know a Lot About Their Fans

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The tables have turned. A football team is now watching you.

Black Workers Still Make Less Than Whites With the Same Degree

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Intel's chief diversity and inclusion officer describes a variety of challenges in diversifying the company's workforce. She explains that challenges in hiring are different than those of retention. Intel is introducing programs that address individual needs and also yield data that can help the company design systemic solutions.

Samsung's Recall Is Official, Now It's Time to Rebuild Trust

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Now that Samsung Electronics Co.'s recall of the explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is official in the United States, the company can start focusing on the tough job of restoring public trust.

As Flocks Shrink, Congregations Scramble to Adapt

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Those attending church regularly have declined dramatically in recent years, while those who never attend have increased. It would appear that the target of those who attend occasionally may provide an opportunity for survival, but will it look the same?

We’re Not Too Old for This

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

At the age of twenty-two, Mark Zuckerberg famously asserted, “Younger people are just smarter.” The demographic profile of employees at Silicon Valley’s technology companies is consistent with this ethos. Job seekers over forty are responding in various ways, including lawsuits, cosmetic surgery, education, and just giving up.

Why Hollywood Makes Digital Magic in the U.K.

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Some of the world's largest digital effects companies are based in Britain, and the recent drop in the value of the British pound is making these firms even more competitive on a global scale. While skilled talent and competitive prices are important for movie studios that are looking for visual effects expertise, tax breaks or incentives also play a role in attracting portions of the movie business to Britain. Great tax deals in Canada, however, are now causing the British firms to shift some of their work to offices in Vancouver and Montreal.

We're Not Too Old for This

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Older workers are having problems in Silicon Valley. What should they do?

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Hospitals are using virtual reality (VR) to take patients' minds off their pain or relieve their boredom. VR has been shown to swamp the brains sensory capacity, affecting its ability to create as many pain signals. As the cost of hardware and software come down, it is becoming a consideration for longer term treatment.

India Gets a Deadpool. No, Not That Kind.

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Venture capitalists and/or investors sometimes lose their confidence in their startups and are reluctant to put more money into the venture. This leaves the entity in a spot where they are unable to attain the necessary growth to succeed. Tracxn Technologies, an Indian firm, posts a list of struggling startups that still show potential for investors to try and facilitate a match.

How Hackers Used Pacemaker Vulnerabilities to Play the Market

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Hackers invade pacemakers. You won't believe the result.

Peak Cheap in China

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

After burning billions of investor dollars to attract users and grow market share, mergers and acquisitions among China’s on-demand service providers promise to create dominant players and bring profits. The question is will Chinese users continue to call without the steep discounts.

Virtual Assistants Need Assistance

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Virtual assistants are here. They have hearing problems, though.

Amazon's Shifting Tax Story

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Like many global technology companies, Amazon has actively pursued tax strategies that minimize the taxes it has to pay. In 2005, for example, it shifted certain intellectual property from the United States to a limited liability partnership in Luxembourg, valuing the assets at just over $200 million. Since then, those assets have generated revenue (e.g., licensing fees) of almost $6 billion. Now both the IRS and EU tax authorities are exploring whether Amazon has been underpaying taxes in their jurisdictions.

Your Driverless Uber Is Here

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber is putting driverless cars in its fleet in downtown Pittsburgh this August and wants to replace its one million drivers as soon as possible. While most companies and analysts are still working on the science, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says, “We are going commercial.”

A Watchful Lock Aimed at the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A lock that can be opened using smart device codes that are single use opportunities can lower the risk of general codes for building managers and their tenants. The device also allows for coordination with video devices that can assure security with multiple deliveries or pickups.

A Watchful Lock Aimed at the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Delivery personnel can be given access to your front door. Latch's digital lock makes it possible.

Every Move You Make Every Click You Take Every Game You Play Every Place You Stay I'll Be Watching

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

IDI has already built a profile on every American adult, including young people. Its database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. IDI is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers.

The Internet of Very Expensive Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Research, particularly such things as bio-medical research, is extremely expensive and involves many technologies to accomplish an adequate study. One simple facet, such as running out of a supply required to maintain the integrity of the study, can lose valuable time and money for the project. With all of the equipment involved being manufactured by a variety of companies running on proprietary software, it can become quite difficult and time-consuming for the scientist to keep track of the needs. Now they are working on an "App for that!"

Amazon Gains on Flipkart in India

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon gains on Flipkart in India. Hobbled by self-inflicted wounds and a price war, the Indian e-commerce company is girding for battle with a deep-pocketed rival.

Importing the Silicon Valley Lifestyle

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In the shadow of an environment that represents repression and stagnation spanning centuries, entrepreneurs in Germany are trying to develop the next Silicon Valley. How is Berlin working to establish a profitable haven for innovators and investors?

Amazon Gains on Flipkart in India

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Flipkart's new CEO, Binny Bansal, is facing a tough challenge from retailer Amazon in the Indian e-commerce market. Bansal's leadership, focusing on reducing costs and improving efficiencies, is what the company needs as it tries to simultaneously cut costs and increase marketshare. While Amazon has been aggressive in signing up third-party retailers to its network, Flipkart has emphasized customer service and building customer loyalty.

Tweaking the Sales Pitch for Drones

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The drone market continues to grow. DJI already owns half the U.S. market but is looking to expand.

Will Spotify Live Up to Its $8 Billion Valuation?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With technology stocks, IPO valuation is not necessarily related to current or past profitability. This is evident in the estimated IPO value of Spotify, the online music streaming service with 30 million users and $2.2 billion in revenues.

The Mapping Expert Behind Pokemon Go

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Mapping technology brings back Pokemon via Pokémon Go. It is now one of the most popular downloads.

Wheeler Dealer

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Detroit Bikes is helping to bring manufacturing back to motor city. But the economics of making bicycles in the U.S. are challenging.

The Woman Giving Verizon a Reboot

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As Verizon’s president of product innovation and new businesses, Marni Walden has a high-risk, high-reward position: Walden is charged with leading Verizon’s transformation into a digital information company. Transformational change can be a test of leadership. Verizon’s future may be on the line as Walden auditions for the role of Verizon’s next CEO.

The Battle for Smart Car Data

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Connectivity in your automobile will be convenience, or an intrusive nightmare. Today's sensor-laden cars collect huge amounts of data for which marketers may pay dearly. Automakers want to control such sales.

Facebook Gave 1.65 Billion Users a Streaming Service Then This Happened

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While live streaming capabilities have attracted even greater use from their core, Facebook is now struggling with what that means for them in terms of infrastructure investment and their responsibility to the public. Also of importance: does it lead to greater profits?

Facebook Gave 1.65 Billion Users a Streaming Service Then This Happened

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook now has Facebook Live. Users will be able to stream live video.

Innovation: Ultrasonic X-Rays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A technology that doesn't use radioactive means to provide superior imaging for dental offices? Sounds like a winner!

Someone Owns This Data

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There's a fight for fingerprint ownership. The courts are now involved.

IPNOPE

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While typical exit strategies for tech startups involve large payouts when the company is taken public, investors seem to be intrigued by Kickstarter's payment of a dividend over the spring. They do not seem to be totally against it, but it does seem to be pushing their risk limitations.

Stomping Grounds

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Kevin Plank, Under Armour’s founder and CEO, has many ambitions for his company. These include intertwined business and social objectives of becoming world’s biggest sportswear company and revitalizing the city of Baltimore. A passionate and visionary leader, Plank consciously seeks to use the company’s momentum to shape Baltimore’s future.

Settling Legal Conflicts, EBay-Style

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Online tools are available for settling legal disputes. Negotiations take place for such things as divorces, child custody, and landlord-tenant disagreements.

Swimmin' in Batteries

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

By 2018, Tesla will need to double the annual global production of lithium ion batteries. In moves reminiscent of Ford’s River Rouge, Tesla has integrated battery production and is making moves to control supply of the minerals needed.

Designed by Comcast in Philadelphia

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Historically, Comcast has not been one of America’s most loved companies, and it had a reputation for providing clunky cable boxes and poor customer service. But Comcast is changing and wants to be loved. Instead of simply providing cable boxes and access to ever-changing lists of television channels, Comcast wants to make the TV the home’s command center. In doing so, Comcast needs to change its corporate culture to be more like a cool technology company and less like a regulated utility monopoly.

Taiwan's PC Makers are Gunning for Gamers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While PC manufacturers tend to compete in almost a perfect competitive environment, those that focus on giving gamers a small advantage and the ability to adapt are reaping strong profits relative to the enhanced price.

The Great Sea Turtle Migration

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Around a third of foreign students studying in U.S. universities are Chinese, and after graduation many take a job working in the U.S., but after a few years, some return home to help create technologies and companies in China. In Chinese, these professionals are referred to as hai gui, or "sea turtles" that come come home after a long journey.

Now the Boss Can Monitor Your Phone

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can companies now monitor your personal phone at work? It's happening in Russia.

A Tractor for Cuba

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The first U.S. foreign direct investment in Cuba is a startup that will make tractors for small farmers. The international new venture could solve a significant problem in Cuban agriculture, if the farmers can afford to buy them.

The Power of the Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Six people that tinker in their garage searching for solutions to technological problems and opportunities.

Material Progress: Five Substances of the Future

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

These five substances offer opportunities for secondary innovations that can make a myriad of products perform better.

Algorithms Aren't Just for Coders

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Economists are moving into the private sector. Companies want them for their tech skills.

Building a Better Mouse Cage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Using cheap sensors and monitoring devices, coupled with in-depth software, Vium, a company with $30 million in venture capital investment, is hoping to speed up the animal tests sector of the FDA process to provide its users with better inputs into the viability of human testing.

Sixty Million Car Bombs

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Takata’s travails continue as the recalls of its airbags expand. Takata was the only airbag manufacturer to use ammonium nitrate, a chemical with well-known stability issues, as a propellant. Takata’s corporate culture and leadership help explain the decisions that led to the continued production of potentially lethal products and the largest auto recall in history.

An Amazon Wannabe Rises On the Steppes

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Yandex can lay claim to running Russia's most successful search engine, as well as Moscow's largest ride-sharing service. In doing so, it has beat out, or at least garnered a strong head start, on Google and Uber. Now it is attempting to do the same with online retailing, offering an Amazon-like marketplace while Amazon has yet to offer its service in Russia.

Building a Better Mouse Cage

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It's time to take humans out of the mice labs. Vium, a Silicon Valley startup, wants to automate the process.

Surf's Up Forever

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Kelly Slater Wave Company has figured out how to build the longest, most perfect, surfing wave on the planet. Can he can build a business around it?

You Can’t Find the Cat Faster than Nervve

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

NBA jerseys are getting a new look. Advertisements may now become part of the uniform.

Making No Cents

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Congress created the U.S. Postal Service in 1970 to run the post office like a business. But it retained a political process for setting prices that has not been responsive to business needs.

Innovation: Delivery Robot

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Starship Technologies has built a robot capable of making deliveries to your house or business. Is this a viable market for robotics?

Digital Payoffs for Volunteer EMTs

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A Google-backed startup is building a volunteer network in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. It is bringing 911 service to the developing world with smartphones and motorcycles.

High Hopes for Satellites

Thomas Coe  |  Technology

NASA isn’t launching many satellites, but commercial launches are expected to increase in the next few years. Satellite launches generate billions for the industry, but most of the revenues come from services that provide communications such as TV, cellular calls, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Elevator Music for the Latte Generation

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

That background music heard in restaurants and shops could come from a variety of sources, some of which might be infringing on copyrights. Soundtrack, a firm out of Sweden, aims to unseat leader Mood Music with its cloud-based service streaming background music to businesses.

Digital Payoffs for Volunteer EMTs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Trek Medics is training volunteer medical technicians and providing free phone plans to bring rural emergency services to countries where such offerings are rare. Trek has been able to build a volunteer network of about 200 people with a shoestring budget.

Smartphone Makers Prep for a Rough Spell

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple, along with the smartphone industry, and its suppliers, are facing a maturing market with recent declines sales and stock values. They are trying to diversify through innovation but there doesn’t yet appear to be a next big thing.

Inflatable Space Station

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Space in space is a precious commodity. Bigelow Aerospace has created an expansion kit that compresses down to 127 cubic feet for launch, but is inflatable to almost 5x that size for functional space on the international space station.

An Encryption Fight At Your Fingertips

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Phones with fingerprint encryption have been sold since 2013. This feature allows police to get into your phone.

The Greening of Adidas

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Investments in energy efficiency can take years to pay back from cost savings so are often rejected by CFOs. But framing them as a portfolio with returns of over 20 percent convinced Adidas to invest millions per year.

The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Startups pitching so-called AI assistants, which took in $50 million in investment in two years, tend to require human assistance. Behind the artificial intelligence personal assistants and concierges are actual people, reading e-mails and ordering Chipotle.

A Much Closer Look at Naptime

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Keeping up to date on your kids' day is only an app away now. Apps that digitize updates from preschools and day cares are becoming popular perks for parents.

A Much Closer Look at Nap Time

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You can watch your kids at daycare and preschool now. Yes, there's an app for that.

Detroit Has Valley Envy

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Mobility services, think Uber with self-driving cars, have the potential to disrupt the auto industry model of individual car ownership. So Detroit is seeking alliances with the tech companies and car sharing services behind that threat to strengthen their position.

A New Dimension for Post-PC Taiwan

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As the technological world shifts to phone and portable methods of operation, the PC market has been dwindling. Mass manufacturers need to use their capacity for new products, and 3D printers seem to provide a new growth oriented market.

Who's Alexa?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon.com's Echo is not your typical touch screen device. It is a voice-controlled smart speaker.

At T-Mobile, It's Union vs. Sort-of-Union

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

An effort by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to unionize T-Mobile has so far resulted in two union contracts that cover 30 workers. T-Mobile claims that its internal T-Voice system of engagement with employees helps management understand issues that are important to employees. The CWA, however, contends this is a union-busting tactic that was outlawed in the 1930s.

A Vegan Cheese Worthy of Chardonnay

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Making a non-dairy cheese has proven to be a difficult task to do well enough to please the discriminating palate. Lyrical Foods and its investors think they may have it and at just the right time.

A Paperless Air Traffic System Has Many Fans

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

NAV CANADA's software guides the skies over nine countries. The success of Canada’s system had led some U.S. lawmakers to push for partial privatization of the FAA’s air traffic division.

A Paperless Air Traffic System Has Many Fans

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Canada no longer uses paper strips for air traffic control. The country's new computer system comes from a nonprofit corporation.

Reclaiming Instant

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The Impossible Project aims to revive the business of making instant film and cameras that once put Polaroid at the top of the tech world. *This article is not available online.

Innovation Laser-Guided Catheters

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Avinger has created a laser that can guide cardiologists as they navigate the complex system of arteries when operating to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The technology replaces external X-rays, which are more cumbersome and not as clear.

A Chance to See Spot Sequenced

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

What is the ancestry of your dog? Embark Veterinary wants to help you find out.

Google's Cloud Chief Aims Higher

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google helped invent the cloud, but it’s still playing catch-up. It is building data centers and recognizing mistakes. Its cloud chief Diane Greene is quadrupling data centers and adding features to better compete with Amazon and Microsoft.

Showdown at the Electric Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Tesla has busily developed a defensible position in high-end, electric-powered automobiles. With an inelastic demand curve as it relates to oil price fluctuations, their resilience is sound in that sector, but now they have to deal in a sector that is more affected by oil prices. Chevy is also interested in the sector, adding to the complexity in behavioral competitive issues.

Samsung and LG Have A Battery Problem

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Samsung and LG have been successful selling NCM batteries (nickel, cobalt, and manganese) for electric vehicles in China, with much of that success related to generous subsidies the Chinese government has provided to electric buses. A goal in stimulating the use of electric buses is to decrease pollution in China's cities. The government will continue providing subsidies, but only to the less expensive LFP batteries (lithium-iron-phosphate), which are available from a number of Chinese suppliers.

Google's Cloud Chief Aims Higher

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google is trying to revive its cloud. It was first on the scene but is now struggling.

The Journey of Jack Dorsey

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Twitter is one of the most recognized brands in the social media market even though it is yet to turn a profit. Co-founder and past (and again) CEO Jack Dorsey is not necessarily reflecting on the past of Twitter except to the extent it can guide the future into profitable domains to leverage the brand.

Google Kicks Its Car Fight Upstairs

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While some states are eager to put Google’s autonomous cars on their roads, others, like California, are proposing stiffer regulations. Google is lobbying Congress for uniform national rules it hopes will be more favorable.

A Would-Be Wi-Fi Paradise

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Sri Lanka is working with Google to provide Wi-Fi service country-wide. As part of the system, Google is launching Wi-Fi equipment that is attached to balloons that can provide service to remote locations. Providing Wi-Fi will help more residents get online, but the next challenge is providing sufficient capacity of high-speed internet connections to and from the island nation.

Google Kicks Its Car Fight Upstairs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Are you ready for driverless cars? It could come down to state versus federal government.

Move Fast and Break Things

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Jeff Immelt wants General Electric's new digital division to be a top-10 software company by 2020. Early developments for the Internet of Really Big Things suggest it might really work.

Move Fast and Break Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A decade after taking over General Electric, Jeff Immelt’s long bet on the Internet of Really Big Things seems to be paying off. But competitive challenges still exist.

Move Fast and Break Things

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Under previous CEO Jack Welch, General Electric was highly successful as a diversified conglomerate. Jeff Immelt, who took over in 2001, has shifted the company's focus from financial services and home appliances to industrial products and associated software. He also has implemented cultural changes.

Europe Bets on Robots to Help Care for Seniors

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Robots may be able to help the elderly, and Europe is testing the idea. By one estimate, 32,500 robots designed to help care for the elderly and disabled will be sold from 2015 through 2018.

Venture Investors Are Taking a Pause

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite the signs of economic recovery (or at least stabilization), the money market for startups has actually tightened over the past several years. This tightening has been both in terms of number of deals and the amounts of funding.

Amazon's Story Time Is Kind of a Bummer

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon has a plan for loss-prevention. As an employee, you are shown stories of coworkers fired for company theft.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Retailers are beginning to use facial recognition software to collect data and engage with customers. While customers could benefit from personalized shopping experiences, using this technology involves customer surveillance and raises privacy concerns. The use of facial recognition technology in retail settings also has human resource, legal, and ethical implications.

This Guy Made Trump Possible

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Seeking to assist his clients in rapid response communication media strategies, antiwar activist and former Lycos programmer Jim Gilliam has developed programs for Republican and some Democratic prospects to assist them in effectively delivering their messages via social media.

Overwhelmed by Chinese Investment

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Chinese companies have recently been on a buying spree. In January and February of 2016, Chinese companies announced over $77 billion in investments, mergers, or acquisitions of foreign companies. All deals involving potential risks to U.S. national security, however, can fall under review of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS. CFIUS has blocked some potential deals, and just a decision to review some deals has caused potential foreign investors to back off. Many deals are approved after review, although CFIUS has blocked other deals that it felt could threaten U.S. security interests.

Sprint's Plan to Mortgage Its Airwaves

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Sprint is facing $34 billion in debt. They plan to borrow from a subsidiary that they will create.

Intel and Samsung Are On a Collision Course

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

For decades, Intel has had a dominant position in microprocessors while Samsung has had a strong position in memory chips. Now the two firms are positioning themselves to take bites out of each other’s primary chip markets.

Someone Didn’t Get the Memo

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In a secret meeting convened by the White House, senior national security officials ordered agencies across the U.S. government to find ways to counter encryption software and gain access to the most heavily protected user data on the most secure consumer devices.

Intel and Samsung Are On a Collision Course

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Intel and Samsung, the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 chipmaker, respectively, have successfully dominated different segments of the market for years. Competitive forces are now causing them to increasingly go head-to-head for the same customers.

Someone Didn’t Get the Memo

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple is poised to fight a federal court order requiring the company to create software allowing federal instigators to bypass standard iPhone security features to access data on a cell phone that was owned by one of the San Bernadino shooters. Complying with the order would required Apple to compromise longstanding corporate priorities and would be at odds with the company’s ethos.

Startups Pitch VCs From Freezing Water

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There is nothing like the threat of hypothermia to get an entrepreneur to cut to the chase when pitching their product or service. Using frigid water as a timer, a European elevator-pitch competition offers an $11,000 reward to the winner.

Someone Didn't Get the Memo

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple is resisting a court order to help the U.S. government gain access to the iPhone that belonged to the shooter in the San Bernardino attack. The government claims that it is asking for a one-time request for one device.

Someone Didn't Get the Memo

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How would you like a "backdoor" installed within your cell phone that could potentially allow the government to access its data? Well, you may not get a choice.

Apple's Other Johny

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple is well known for its differentiation on design and software. Less well known is that Apple spends billions to design its own chips for the iPhone and iPad.

The Last (of This) Unicorn?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Zenefits is under investigation. Did their sales people complete their required training or not?

The $400,000 Man

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a crash test dummy that measures 7 times as many variables as the current standard. Not only that, there is an implication that it can also provide more accurate measurements as well. They sent out for bids to produce this test dummy, and the winner was Humanetics Innovative Solutions. The contract could be quite lucrative, at $400,000 per unit.

Verizon Has Flipped For Video

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With an eye on millennials, Verizon Communications goes big on mobile streaming. It’s counting on its new Go90 service to pull in ad revenue.

Google Isn't Paying The 'Google Tax'

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A number of multinational corporations have come under scrutiny in Europe and the US over tax strategies that minimize taxes paid. While there are a variety of mechanisms for tax avoidance, the basic idea involves shifting costs to locations with high corporate tax rates, and revenue to locations with low corporate tax rates. While the European Union and national governments are changing laws to make tax avoidance harder, firms such as Google are still able to shift profits to countries with the lowest tax rates.

Amazon's Plan to Take On UPS and Alibaba

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon says it is building global delivery capabilities to supplement existing carriers during peak times, but internal documents suggest it is quietly building a major competitor in the global shipping and delivery business.

Putting the App In Appalachia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

When some industry lifecycles begin to accelerate toward decline, the pace of change has altered the macroeconomic environment. As sectors such as energy production move into more volatile cycles, workers are displaced, but some of them are capable of making a profitable transition.

Amazon's Plan to Take On UPS and Alibaba

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon may start competing with FedEx and UPS. The company might be launching a global shipping and logistics operation.

You Won't Find GrubHub Here

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Sometimes all the infrastructural elements are in place for leading industry transformation, allowing entrepreneurs to enter a market. It's also possible that some sociocultural (as well as economic) structural impediments keep the obvious from taking place, at least in the short run.

Stealing White

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Walter Liew spent decades collecting information about DuPont's proprietary process for producing titanium oxide, a compound used to make things white. Much of the information that he obtained came from disgruntled former DuPont employees. While DuPont has elaborate security processes designed to protect its titanium oxide process, Liew's success shows that former employees are a potential point of vulnerability for trade secrets. Corporations may find it valuable to maintain the loyalty of former employees, especially those with sensitive knowledge.

Samsung’s Emerging Market Is . . . Japan?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While Samsung holds around 20 percent worldwide market share in smartphones, it has just 6 percent of the smartphone market in Japan. As it expanded worldwide, Samsung chose to focus on other emerging markets and largely left the Japanese market to local competitors. In fact, other than Apple, foreign phone makers have had difficulty entering the Japanese market.

The Phone Companies People Actually Love

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There are options if you don't like your cellular phone carrier. Mobile virtual networks are beginning to gain market share.

Who Owns the Sun?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Warren Buffett’s utility NV Energy is winning the battle with Elon Musk’s SolarCity by getting the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules making rooftop solar panels unattractive. NV Energy prefers deals with concentrated solar farms to meet renewable energy targets.

Gaming's Growing Pains

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As gaming leagues show rapid growth and indications that they're growing profits too, the competitive arena for leagues and teams has ramped up. As profits become more certain, interest from major investors seeking to leverage their economies of scope and scale are beginning to enter the fray. In question are the distribution of overall industry profits (appropriation) throughout the key stakeholder groups involved and how the cooperation can create even more value.

E-Mail Spam Goes Artisanal

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You may start getting more spam e-mails now because spammers have found new ways for getting around the filters.

Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Although African Americans comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for only about 1 percent of the technical employees at most Silicon Valley companies. There are multiple explanations behind this statistic, with many companies taking steps to try and boost employment of African Americans.

Better Coffee Through Bacterial Chemistry

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Rarely do you think of going to pick up coffee with pricey brews made from the digestive results of a cat-like animal, but that's what Afineur is hoping people will do.

A Pixie to Keep an Eye on Your Keys

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Have you ever misplaced your keys? Help is now available and more sophisticated than ever.

Who's Who and Who's Not at the WEF

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The theme for this year’s Davos conference is Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution—referring to the impact of technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics. But the guest list and discussion topics seem more focused on geopolitical concerns about China, the Middle East, and Russia.

The Challenges for Smart-Gun Makers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The second amendment to the constitution and protection of the public interest square off. Creating safety devices to limit misuse of constitutional rights seems like it might be a profitable realm of technology development, but beware of consumer demands.

Facebook's Fight to Be Free

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook sees India as a market with great potential, but many potential customers have limited internet access. In India, Facebook has teamed up with mobile service provider Reliance to offer free access to a focused and simple version of Internet access at reduced download speeds. The goal is to get new consumers interested in Internet access, and then be able to sell them full service options (around 40% upgrade within 1 month). The service has critics, however, who don't like how this contradicts net neutrality.

Facebook's Fight to Be Free

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook is trying to expand Internet access. Online access is an issue in India.

Spotify Isn't Laughing Off This Lawsuit

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Musicians are suing Spotify for failing to fully pay for songs that it streams. Some of the suits are seeking class-action status.

Pulling the Plug on Comatose Servers

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

At its $300 million facility in Texas, Aligned Energy is pitching metered use as a better model for the data center industry. It is the first to take a cue from the public clouds by letting tenants pay for computing power based on actual use.

Spotify Isn't Laughing Off This Lawsuit

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Online music streaming is being challenged. One lawsuit claims that Spotify is utilizing unlicensed streams.

Innovation Dojo

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apps have made it relatively common to have remotely controlled systems in the home. Unfortunately, these systems can be hacked, creating massive losses both financially and even physically. Dojo, a cybersecurity system domiciled in Israel and designed to pick up on hacking attempts on home systems, has garnered over $1 million in seed money for their solution to this problem.

Canada's AI Experts Head South

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Canada's investment in neural network technology has helped its universities develop significant expertise in artificial intelligence. Technology firms such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter have hired Canadian artificial intelligence experts, and/or purchased companies and the technology they helped develop. While there is some concern regarding a brain drain with these high skilled employees moving to the U.S., it is helping the government and universities realize that they need to do more to help retain and attract this human capital in Canada.

Texting Out an SOS

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

WhatsApp is being used to help women trapped in human trafficking. Women are being given information to help them escape.

Innovation Universal Virus Test

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A comprehensive virus test that can eliminate the need for iterative process of elimination tests can save time and money, both of which are critical in health care. This experimental test, developed by a professor at Columbia, could bring this to fruition in the near future.

Opening a Nationwide Mobile Wallet

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Peruvian banks are trying to get money moving through cell phones. The mobile payment system, Bim, was launched on Dec. 15.

Building an Arsenal of Smartwatch Smarts

Thomas Coe  |  Technology

Swatch has filed smartwatch-related patents in recent years, even though CEO Nick Hayek has been dismissive of the devices. Swatch has been burned by earlier forays into new technologies.

Winning Nobels and Delighting Investors

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

For shareholders of Hamamatsu Photonics KK, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Apart from helping to advance our understanding of the universe, the company’s sensors play important roles in everything from X-ray machines to DNA sequencers. Hamamatsu has a 90 percent global market share in the devices known as photomultipliers and a stock price that’s jumped more than four-fold since early 2009.

Vial Accusations

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has diligently cultivated the medical diagnostic company over the past 12 years and is just now hitting the mainstream of her target market. However, both she and the company face stiff challenges.

Vial Accusations

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood test pioneer Theranos, faces challenges to the credibility of her firm. Theranos products offer the potential of radically reducing the cost of medical diagnostics and have attracted a top-tier corporate board.

Stop, or We'll Tell Your Parents

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The U.K.'s National Crime Agency is trying to scare young hackers straight with door-knocks and ad campaigns. The police now visit the parents of the teens before a crime is committed.

Jeff Bezos Just Ignited a New Space Race

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Both Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are building companies in the business of launching people and goods into space. Will they compete head to head or carve out separate niches in space travel?

'These Airwaves Ain't Big Enough Fer the Both of Us'

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google, Microsoft, and Comcast are fighting a Verizon-led push into unlicensed spectrum. Moreover, some of tech’s biggest names are squaring off over a new cellular technology that may wreck Wi-Fi networks.

Watch Out, JPMorgan! This Guy Wants to Kill Banks

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Banking and lending seem to be divided across several dimensions of strategic groupings. Social Finance (SoFi) has managed to take specific needs of millennials, such as targeting student loans for those exiting college, and turn them into an open door to offer additional services typically provided by large banks.

Apps That Fight Your Parking Tickets

Eric Cardella  |  Technology

Using discount legal advice or algorithms, several new apps have helped beat thousands of parking tickets. These new discount legal service apps are sure to change the landscape of the $25 billion legal service market for years to come.

Apps That Fight Your Parking Tickets

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There may be a new way to get out of your traffic ticket without paying the high cost associated with typical legal fees. A variety of new apps can now help you get legal assistance at an affordable price.

SoftBank's $3 Billion Startup Incubator

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Masayoshi Son, Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank, hired Nikesh Arora from Google to help the company invest $3 billion per year in promising startups with high end potential. Unlike most pools like this, they are not using a shotgun approach with the money, rather they are going to focus huge amounts of cash on around 10 startups. This Bloomberg Businessweek article gives personal insight into Arora and his frame of mind as well as his philosophies on risk.

Voting From the Privacy of Your Couch

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Some countries are trying to decrease electoral fraud. A new software company, Scytl can be used for online voting and tallying and claims it can help stop electoral fraud.

Startups Give Airbnb Hosts a Helping Hand

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Airbnb has caused a stir similar to Uber as the company uses technology to bring small businesses into markets formerly the domain of larger, entrenched competitors. However, it's also prompting the creation of service providers unique to its industry.

What Consumer Gene Testing Can't Do

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Companies now offer DNA testing directly to consumers, but how reliable is genetic analysis?

Faux-Rock Stars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Entrepreneurial businesses are sometimes like trying to climb a rock wall, but in this case the business IS creating and manufacturing the rock walls.

Putting the App in Apartment

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Startup Common is offering co-living apartments. Everything is done online, and no realtors are involved.

The Netflix Effect is Spreading

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Internet video economics will increasingly favor original, higher-value productions. Call it the "Netflix effect."

Microsoft Wants to be Loved

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Microsoft has made a push to engender fuzzier feelings -- and it's working. Since 2013, Microsoft has risen from seventh place to third in WPP's annual consumer survey on brands, now ranking just behind Apple and Google.

The Netflix Effect is Spreading

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Original content has become a key success factor for video streaming services that want to compete with Netflix and Amazon. The revenue generated by subscription and rental fees is fueling higher-quality productions than the ad model.

Renewables Will Have to Stand on Their Own

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Renewable energy innovators throughout Europe and the U.S. used to be able to count on significant public investments from their governments. But now the U.S. is following some European countries by cutting back on tax credits for wind and solar.

The Netflix Effect is Spreading

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Digital video continues to be a growing market. Some are calling the phenomenon the "Netflix effect."

Apple’s Deep Learning Curve

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In the world of artificial intelligence innovation, does secrecy hurt? Many talented researchers in this field are turned off by the limitations that Apple places on participation in AI-related professional and academic conferences.

A Cheaper Way to Send Money Home

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

There now exist dozens of startups running websites and apps that promise cheaper, easier ways to transfer money abroad. These digital remittance startups undercut banks and couriers; online remitters charge about 1 percent, compared with an average of 8 percent for traditional services.

Apple’s Deep Learning Curve

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple is ramping up its artificial intelligence efforts, but the company’s reticence to publish its research is limiting its effectiveness and applicant pool.

Beefed Up

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

According to drug manufacturer Elanco, the world’s growing demand for meat, milk, and eggs is a more urgent priority than American consumers’ desire for food that is organic, antibiotic free, or pasture-raised. Elanco's answer is the use of antibiotics and growth hormones to increase food production. But is it safe?

A Cheaper Way to Send Money Home

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You no longer have to pay high fees to send money abroad. Transfer prices have gone down thanks to new online money transfer startups.

Fantasy Sports Meets Its Match: Lawyers

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Fantasy sports sites claim that they're not gambling sites, but states are moving to regulate them like casinos. The most recent round of investigations follows allegations of cheating at two of the leading sites, DraftKings and FanDuel. Who will win this game?

Bonnie's Army: Can Halo 5 Save the Xbox?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Microsoft tries to salvage respect in an environment that doesn't tremble at the company's name and might. While unarguably a key player in the gaming industry, it has most certainly not taken the dominant position in the game console market that it has in the computer software realm. Microsoft is banking on its new Halo release to at least maintain its stake and maybe further it in the near future.

Fraudvergnügen

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” technology turns out not to be so clean after all. Some Volkswagen cars only met emission standards because the company used software to fool emissions tests by turning on special emission controls only during testing conditions. While it remains unknown who at Volkswagen was responsible, hubris may be one of the explanations for why Volkswagen cheated, and it may also explain why the company so readily admitted to the fraud.

Fraudvergnügen

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Legislation in the United States has encouraged automakers to explore new technologies to reduce vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy. While some automakers have turned to hybrid and electric vehicles, Volkswagen chose to invest in what it termed clean diesel technology. In many ways, this was simply building on Volkswagon's strengths and investments in diesel engines, but when the technology couldn't quite get the company to the point it desired, a few lines of code were used to trick the emissions tests.

Google Books' Win May Threaten Other Media

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google can legally scan books for online viewing, according to a recent ruling by the Second Circuit. The effects of the ruling could spread to other forms of media.

Why Roku Isn’t Going After Gamers

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Roku is not for gamers. CEO Anthony Wood believes that Xbox and Playstation consoles will continue to win over the gaming elite, Apple has too much power and presence in the mobile area, and Roku is choosing to stay clear. Is it a wise strategy?

Why Roku Isn't Going After Gamers

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple, Amazon, and Google all think there is an opportunity to stream games over their new streaming devices. Roku is listening to game makers and gamers who disagree.

An App Gives India's Hotels a Closer Look

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Oyo Rooms is a hotel-booking app for India's hotels. Room seekers can choose a room based on their required standards.

Smartphone Margins

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple claims 90 percent of the smartphone industry’s profits. Although other firms offer very competitive phones, so far they seem to be eroding one another's positions -- not Apple's.

Cloud Computing Finally Gets Some Startups

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cloud startups are selling computing power and storage for prices at or below Amazon’s and Google’s rates. DigitalOcean has raised almost $200 million in venture funding while Backblaze has raised $5.3 million and doesn’t need further funding because it’s profitable, with sales of more than $10 million in 2014.

Cloud Computing Finally Gets Some Startups

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cloud services, an industry developed by IT giants for IT giants, is finally seeing a few startups enter its realm. The startups have managed to underbid the giants in certain markets by keeping expenses relatively low.

Smartphone Margins

Eric Cardella  |  Technology

In the ultra-competitive smartphone manufacturing market, Apple gobbles up close to 90 percent of industry profits, while Samsung takes the majority of the rest. So why do the other manufacturers continue to compete?

Silicon Valley Investors Look North

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Canada is becoming an increasingly attractive location for software companies, as employment in the Canadian hardware industry drops. Canada’s venture funding has doubled in five years, to $2.4 billion.

Smartphone Margins

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Apple reigns supreme in terms of profit share in the smartphone industry. However, if the worldwide market shifts to lower-priced models, as expected, it is uncertain whether the firm's high profit margins can be sustained.

Smartphone Margins

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Apple’s utter dominance of the money-making end of the smartphone industry leaves many Android makers scrambling to create less expensive phones. Are the margins for these low-cost smartphones sufficient to support this strategy?

One Company Tries Life Without (Much) E-Mail

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Atos, a global IT-services firm, is trying to sell companies on its e-mail-minimizing social network -- which it says is a major timesaver.

Credit and Debit Cards Lag on Upgrades

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The deadline to have all credit and debit cards chip-equipped has passed. Many cards still use magnetic strips that aren't as secure.

Early Promise for a New Paralysis Treatment

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A new spinal insert can enhance the outcomes of spinal damage victims.

Box Tries a Little Repackaging

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The small file-sharing company is leaning on big partners. Box is trying to win business with big companies to offset its $200 million in projected annual losses.

How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

How do you know real people are viewing your online ads? An increasing number of digital ad viewers are not human; they're ad bots. These bots are skewing data and the results that online advertisers report. Some consider it nothing less than advertising fraud.

Uber Tells Judges to Read the Fine Print

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Uber claims drivers are independent contractors and not entitled to benefits. However, U.S. district court judge Edward Chen granted class-action status to two Ubers drivers asking reclassification as employees.

In Japan, Mobile Money is an Also-Ran

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With all its interest in tech gadgets and automation, it's easy to think Japan would be on the forefront of mobile phone and Internet-based banking—but it isn't. In fact, Japan has one of the lower rates of mobile banking adoption in the world behind India and Nigeria. Japanese customers have a preference for cash, and visiting luxurious bank branches to access their cash.

Netflix Wants an Oscar On Its Mantle

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Netflix continues to reshape the movie business and the release of “Beasts of No Nation” gives the company a chance to win its first Academy Award. The goal is clear: to increase its 65 million-plus worldwide subscribers.

If You Blocked This Ad, We Wouldn't Get Paid

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Ad-blocking appears to be on the rise. How will advertisers respond?

Innovation: Vetigel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Stop the bleeding is always the first priority in an accident. Sunaris, a three-year-old company headed up by Joe Landolina, has found a way to inject the bleeding area with a mesh-type material that dramatically reduces bleeding time. The product is currently finding success in the veterinary market. It uses an algae base that creates a scaffold to which the blood coagulates. The product is said to be the only of one its type to stop arterial bleeding. Sunaris will start human testing soon and see no reason why its product will not be available within the next few years.

Touch Me Harder

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple’s design team focuses on how it can make products more intuitive and easy to use. The company does not believe in using focus groups to tell the designers what customers want, but believes the skills and instincts of designers will be able to provide software and hardware that customers will want to use.

Eros Would Love to Become India's Netflix

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Bollywood film studio Eros hopes to build a strong enough position in video streaming to fend off Netflix and Amazon when they enter India. With a large library of its own films, original programs, music videos, and a head start, Eros wants to be the dominant streaming service in India.

Eros Would Love to Become India’s Netflix

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

One of Bollywood's biggest studios, Eros, is betting it can win the online streaming race. The idea is to use the Mumbai studio’s bulging catalog of more than 2,000 films and new, exclusive series to build a critical mass of devoted users before Netflix and Amazon plant their flags in the world’s second-most populous country.

Touch Me Harder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Understanding and maximizing the touch response of an iPhone screen can cost millions (or billions) of dollars, as Apple found out in building 3D Touch.

Just a Fantasy

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Daily fantasy sports sites are exempt from restrictions on sports betting. Instead, they are considered games of skill and not gambling. FanDuel and DraftKings, the two main services, will bring in a combined $60 million in entry fees in the first week of the NFL season. Sports books in Las Vegas, by contrast, are expected to handle about $30 million.

Cute Ads Only Go So Far

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The Affordable Care Act created an opening for new health insurance companies to enter the market by lowering some of the barriers. But well-funded startup Oscar is losing a lot of money while it tries to reach scale and a competitive cost position.

Hampton Creek Throws Eggs at the FDA

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Hampton Creek’s Josh Tetrick is taking a stand against the FDA. The FDA issued a warning letter listing a number of rule violations related to the company’s Just Mayo product. Among these violations is the company’s use of the term “mayo” in the product’s name and the image of an egg on its label. The FDA asserts this is a violation if its standard-of-identity rules and can be misleading, since the product is eggless. Tetrick ‘s defiant stance stems from more than financial incentives; it is rooted in the company’s commitment to make the global food system more sustainable by developing plant-based substitutes for animal proteins. Thus, the regulatory dispute has issues of principle and may have implications for the evolution of the food industry.

Where the Internet Revolution Is Waiting to Happen

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Forget about streaming video or downloading or uploading large files if you live in Cuba. With fewer than 4 percent of homes having access to the Internet, Cuba has some of the worst Internet access in the world. How does Castro’s government respond to the market demand for better Internet access and control access to information?

Cute Ads Only Go So Far

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Oscar, a startup healthcare insurance provider designed for individual customers, is losing money rapidly. Instead of folding, though, the company is expanding.

Where the Internet Revolution Is Waiting to Happen

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Not everyone has access to the Internet. Fewer than 4 percent of homes in Cuba have online access.

Can Netflix Become Must-See TV in Japan?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Netflix is on track to become the first worldwide, online subscription television network. But it may have difficulty selling the same service the same way everywhere, especially in Japan.

Making Qatar's Skies Friendlier for Employees

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While policies on marriage and pregnancy have recently been relaxed, Qatar Airways' flight attendants still must abide by some rules that are consistent with local middle eastern culture but different from the rules of many international airlines. Qatar Airways pays well by industry standards and provides free housing to its employees. With the company planning to hire another 6,000 flight attendants over the next two years, it's making some changes to its policies while also trying to make sure applicants know what is expected in a conservative middle-eastern culture.

Can Netflix Become Must-See TV in Japan?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Netflix has been a Western phenomenon. Betting that streaming will become a global phenomenon, Netflix will expand to more than 150 countries by the end of 2016.

Britain's Digital-Health Startups Seek First Aid

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Regardless of where innovation is generated, it will seek its highest potential returns wherever they may exist across the globe. Due to revenue constraints, British healthcare innovators are beginning to seek and find funding (as well as markets) in the United States before looking at home.

Moving From Dot-Com to Not-Com

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The .com web addresses have caused some security problems. Companies are buying top-level domains to help fight scammers.

Insider Trading Then and Now

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It used to be complicated and expensive to cultivate and maintain a pipeline of contacts for insider trading with illicit stock tips. Now insider trading is much simpler to coordinate and execute.

Insurance For the Agent-Averse

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The comparison-shopping website PolicyGenius sells policies from 26 insurers. More than half of its customers are millennials who prefer to shop online and believe that the insurance industry is out of step with the times.

Alibaba’s $105 Billion Wipeout

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce operator, is spending $4.6 billion to purchase Suning Commerce Group Co. This is Chairman Jack Ma’s largest deal ever and part of the company’s push to reach millions of new customers in rural China and abroad through a bigger logistics network. Alibaba has lost more than $90 billion of market value since its shares peaked in November 2014.

Insider Trading Then and Now

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A new variant of insider trading involves hacking computer servers. In one recent example, the SEC charged foreign hackers with selling press releases with financial information to traders.

HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Want Your Kids

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Sesame Street has become a new front in the streaming wars. To become more indispensable, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon are expanding their collections of kids' shows.

How Google Lost Europe

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google's search engine is very popular in Europe, as is the Android operating system. European opinion leaders have heaped praise on the company for its stance on free speech and human rights. But Google also has its critics and detractors who believe the company has used its dominant position in the search market to push its own services at the expense of other websites. The search engine giant is now facing increasing criticism in Europe and potential fines for its business practices.

A Technology That Reveals Your Feelings

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Do you think you can fool your teacher when you’re not paying attention? Think again. Plans are in place for as many as 1,000 schools in North America to use a technology that monitors student’s emotions. This market could reach $10 billion worldwide by 2020 and raises questions about privacy.

Diebold’s New Executive Suite

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

When Diebold CEO Andy Mattes assembled his management team at Diebold, he decided it didn't really matter where people lived and didn't expect them to move to Canton, Ohio, where Diebold is headquartered. Thus, various senior managers live in cities across the country and have regular conference calls. Since many executives spend much of their time traveling anyway, Mattes decided it was more important to hire the best people rather than the best people willing to move to Canton.

A Technology That Reveals Your Feelings

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Your emotions can be electronically tracked, and your facial expressions are being analyzed for consumer marketing.

Cleaning Up Drug Lane

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Unregulated supply chains and poor record keeping make it easy for counterfeit drugs to find their way into stores in many developing countries. MPedigree, a Ghana-based company, works with manufacturers to place scratch-off security codes on drug boxes to help consumers find out if the product is legitimate.

Cleaning Up Drug Lane

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Counterfeit drugs are a critical issue in many developing countries, as unregulated supply chains and poor record keeping make it easy for bootleggers to slip fake products into supply chains. The results can be life-threatening for customers who rely on the efficacy of drugs.

Salesforce Gets a Dose of Oracle Discipline

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Salesforce.com's revenue has grown from $4.1 billion to $5.4 billion in Keith Block’s first two years with the firm, and estimates are that the company’s share of the market for customer relationship management software has risen from 14 percent to 18 percent. How has Block managed this change?

The New Old Windows

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to turn around a two-year slide in operating system revenue, dropping from $19 billion to $15 billion. Microsoft’s CEO appears more focused on the company’s future beyond Windows.

The New Old Windows

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

With operating system revenue falling from $19 billion to $15 billion over the last two years, Microsoft is trying to turn around this slide with the introduction of Windows 10. On July 21, the company announced a record $3.2 billion quarterly loss on $22.2 billion in revenue. Infamous for disastrous OS introductions, will Windows 10 be the success Microsoft needs?

The New Old Windows

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Microsoft tries to win fans and improve its bottom line with a Windows operating system redo and ventures into non-OS products and services.

Networks Outsource Their Networking

Eric Cardella  |  Technology

As the demand for streaming media content grows, television companies are moving quickly to develop online streaming platforms. The urgency to build these platforms has forced most television companies to outsource streaming-service development.

Networks Outsource Their Networking

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Streaming video is causing challenges for TV networks, which in the past relied on cable or satellite providers. Further, the outsourcing of streaming-service development has become a business worth $527 million a year.

The Smartphone Shields Are Down

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Growth in China’s market of 400 million smartphone users has almost flattened, leaving manufacturers scrambling.The decline is particularly bad news for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which has been dependent upon the rapidly growing domestic market.

The Google Tamer

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google is known for innovation and a freewheeling culture that has contributed to its consistent record of growth. And as long as ad revenues have continued to grow, so has spending. Ruth Porat, who became CFO in May, is now trying to bring financial discipline and efficiency to Google without stifling its creative culture.

The Google Tamer

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Google has brought in Ruth Porat, an almost 30-year veteran of Wall Street, as its CFO. Under her stewardship, expenses are leveling off and Google's stock price is on the rise.

Stores Try Fixed Prices That Aren’t So Fixed

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Digital shelf displays continue to blur the lines between shopping online and in a store as retailers embrace both “bricks and clicks” to compete with Amazon and online retailers. As Amazon continues to grow, will this technology provide a competitive edge for brick-and-mortar stores?

Big Data: Searching for Drug Side Effects

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Millions of people search online for information about symptoms and prescription drugs. Patterns in their searches might reveal previously unknown side effects of medications.

Stores Try Fixed Prices That Aren’t So Fixed

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Digital price displays are giving brick-and-mortar retailers a weapon against online rivals like Amazon. However, going digital isn't cheap.

Innovation: Child Prostheses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

E-Nable designs 3D-printed prostheses for children older than 3 and shares its blueprints so they can be made for as little as $30. This way, the prostheses can be easily replaced as the kids outgrow them.

The Smartphone Shields Are Down

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The large smartphone companies have done well in recent years, with rising sales and profits. Part of the reason for their success is the growing market for smartphones in China. However, the smartphone market in China may be reaching saturation, with most consumers who want and can afford a smartphone already owning one.

Big Data: Searching for Drug Side Effects

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The Food and Drug Administration may now review Google searches to find information on the side effects of drugs. This information would add to what it already collects from patients, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies.

Will Stream 4 Cash

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

YouNow is banking on the digital tip jar in lieu of advertising to make profits from live-stream exhibitionists. Some analysts say an ad-free YouNow may have trouble growing and keeping people on its platform.

Will Stream 4 Cash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Rather than sell ads, YouNow, a live-streaming app, has shunned them to create its own strange, tip-based economy. Can it be profitable?

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Only a few thousand mobile apps -- out of several million -- have links that enable their content to be searched, as coders are resistant to use deep links in apps. However, Google and Facebook claim the links create more traffic to the apps.

The Trouble With Twitter’s CEO Search

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Twitter is looking for a new CEO, but the search is complicated three former CEOs who once ran the company are on its board. It may prove difficult to attract a new leader, as it will be difficult to run a company while reporting to former CEOs, two of whom also founded the company. The complex and fiery relationships between the three does little to ease the challenges that a new CEO will face.

A Different Kind of Ride-Sharing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As legislators in various markets come to grips with the lost revenue within the taxi service sector due to Uber and Lyfts, the business model is now shifting to avoid these issues and it is not being accomplished by the incumbent firms, but by other startups. One major player is Bla-Bla Car, which uses a ride-sharing model versus a ride-for-hire model.

Drop and Give Me Twenty Lines of Code

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The armed forces are recruiting hackers for cyberwar. The recruits use open source software such as Metasploit.

It Turns Out Rare Earths Aren’t That Rare

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Rare-earth prices jumped as much as sixfold in 2011. However, they crashed soon after, leading to the bankruptcy of U.S. miner Molycorp. The rare-earths commodity bubble burst when their scarcity was short-lived.

The SEIU’s Odd Recipe for Unionizing Fast Food

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

McDonald’s uses its franchising system to deflect charges that it pays workers too little. But the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is going after them anyway to get fast-food workers organized and get them higher pay.

The Promise and Peril of Crispr

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A gene-editing technique could provide inexpensive cures to diseases, but ethical and regulatory concerns may discourage investment and slow the development of treatments.

What Is Code?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It's all about the base. Or is it?

How Do You Type an "A"?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You may know how your computer works, but do you know how your keyboard works?

Startups See Dollars in China's Young and Lonely

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Seeking romance and love in modern day China. There has to be an app for that. Or two or three.

A Bay Area Startup Spins Lab-Grown Silk

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Bolt Threads expects products made with its yeast cell-based silk to be available in 2016.

Nintendo Tries to Get Back in the Game

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Nintendo was once ahead of the pack on the competitive gaming, and now the struggling company is playing catch-up. Game over?

LG's Slim Screens Get Slimmer

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is thinner better even if it's more expensive?

Your 'Likes' May Mark You as a Victim

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Law firms are using Facebook and other data to track down medical victims.

The App Store That Won’t Make You Rich

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Having a bestseller on the Mac App Store may not exactly set a developer up for retirement.

Big Pharma and Insurers Play Nice

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Both sides aim to reduce the sticker shock of new specialized drugs.

Innovation: Griffin Lander

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Astrobotic Technology's Griffin is a leading contender in Google's XPrize lunar mission competition.

Snapchat’s Long Game

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Snapchat SEO Evan Spiegel says he has a better way for advertisers to reach millennials and teens than TV or social networks.

Your 'Likes' May Mark You as a Victim

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Data miners are scouring Facebook and public records to look for plaintiffs for suits against drugmakers.

A Chinese Phone Aimed at Hipsters

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

New startup OnePlus' business relies on word of mouth abroad.

Brainless ATMs Are the Way of the Future

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Fewer than 20 percent of large banks worldwide are connecting their ATMs to the cloud.

This Time, It’s HR Getting Fired

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Zenefits has raised almost $600 million for its centralized small business HR software.

Testing Workers' Digital Privacy Protections

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A lawsuit argues that employee-monitoring apps go too far.

Shareholders Revolt Against Dark Money

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Should utilities disclose contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups, including groups that oppose the development of alternative energy?

The Dilemma of Digital Free Trade

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can data that is stored in another country be kept safe and private?

Daimler Veers Into Maximum Overdrive

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Daimler's self-driving trucks are now being tested in Nevada.

Marijuana Tracking Goes Corporate

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The cost of legal sales of marijuana—does it sometimes leave opportunity for illegal entrepreneurs?

Lessons From China's Counterfeit Crackdown

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Chinese online retailers take steps to curb the sales of counterfeit goods on their websites.

Turning Drilling Waste Into Clean Energy

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Oil companies can use geothermal energy from drilling wastewater as a source of power.

Dear Microsoft . . .

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Do Silicon Valley tech companies use a permanent tier of second-class workers?

Rivals Are Gaining On YouTube

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

YouTube holds the lead in the $7.8 billion U.S. market for online video ads, but the chase is on. Multiple rivals are attempting to steal market share from the online video giant. Will the giant fall?

Beauty Is in the Eye of the App

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Pick a pic made easier and better.

China Won’t Let Toyota Ditch Its Electric Cars

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China may be the new California as its policies drive automakers to produce EVs.

China Won't Let Toyota Ditch Its Electric Cars

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While Toyota bets on hydrogen over electric power for autos, in China it is selling electric cars to win favor with the government.

Lending Club Wants to Broaden Its Membership

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Let's just borrow money from 20,000 small lenders rather than a bank.

Small Business Finds Its Voice in Free Trade

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is creating opportunities for a few individual small businesses at the same time we create huge benefits to large businesses overseas a solid strategy for entrepreneurial proponents?

How Your T-Shirt Can Make You Rich

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Teespring uses social media to sell more than 7 million shirts a year.

Innovation: Pentagrom Screen

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Learning guitar is easy when you can see the music.

Big Pharma’s Patent Wars

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Pharmaceutical companies' patent tactics face legal scrutiny.

Japan's Amazon has Bigger Dreams

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Having gained a strong position in Japan, Rakuten is making acquisitions internationally to spur growth.

Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

NASA-backed software could orchestrate urban skies.

Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will we soon be sharing air space with drones?

Seattle: Kurt Cobain, Coffee, and Data Storage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Sometimes conventional wisdom can take an unconventional turn.

A Virtual Garage Sale Takes on Craigslist

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Startup VarageSale competes with Craigslist by focusing on mobile and has raised $34 million in venture funding.

Snapchat TV

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can we really watch TV on Snapchat?

A Little Black Book with 1.6 Billion Numbers

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The Internet shoved aside the Yellow Pages. A Swedish startup aims to do the same regarding the White Pages.

Vanguard and Schwab Turn to Robo-Advising

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Investing’s old guard gets its algorithm on.

Japanese Engineers Reinvent the Wheel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Two inventors found it easier to build $7,900 bike wheels than to sell them.

The Cybersleuth Who Saunas with Russian Spies

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Many cybersecurity firms work with governments, but close ties between Kaspersky and the Russian government are causing concern.

A Little Black Book with 1.6 Billion Numbers

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Reinventing the White Pages with an online twist.

Unforbidden Fruit

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

After fortunes have been made, the push to stop deforestation in the palm oil industry has moved other big companies to follow suit. Is this a legitimate campaign or a sustainability stunt?

Paying by the Second, Instead of the Click

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Costs for online advertising may be changing.

For Apple, Only Time Will Tell In China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China may prove to the big market for Apple's most expensive watches.

Paying by the Second, Instead of the Click

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You can resume your game after the advertisement is complete.

Now Hear This

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

New audio technology manufacturers are trying to break into the $6 billion hearing-aid market.

Replacing Class-Action Postcards With "Likes"

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Ex-interns suing Gawker want to use social media to find plaintiffs.

America Roams Far Behind Europe

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

U.S. carriers aren't following foreign companies' fee cuts.

Intel Buys Its Way Deeper Into China

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Intel is spending billions in China in an effort to catch up with dominant mobile chipmaker Qualcomm.

The Pipeline Flows Again

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Drugmakers are enjoying a rush of new medicines, but their high costs threaten the pace of innovation.

The Pipeline Flows Again

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Big Pharma companies are competing to produce breakthrough drugs that no one can afford.

The Tech Tastemaker You Can Game

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

User-ranked listings site Product Hunt attracts venture capitalists.

Too Good to be Legal

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In a year, Popcorn Time has become the Internet's pirate service of choice, despite the MPAA's best efforts.

Intel Buys Its Way Deeper Into China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The company is spending billions on factories and state-owned rivals.

The Cat Content Wars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It's a dog-eat-dog world in publishing, but that's not a bad thing for this company.

The Case of the Stubbed Hub

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Do consumers really want to know the price they're paying?

The Semiconductor Revolutionary

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Gallium nitride promises to replace silicon as the semiconductor of choice in transistors.

Innovation: Power Fingerprinting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Two academics have created a security system that is practically impossible to evade.

Making the Internet’s Onion More Appetizing

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Facebook and other big companies are moving into the most secret area of the Internet.

Watch Your Mobile Wallet

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Fraudulent smartphone payments are becoming a pricey problem.

Subterranean Sprawl

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Kansas City's Sub Tropolis, a subterranean industrial park, takes advantage of natural energy and climate advantages to attract tenants.

Everyone's Playing Dots, Except The Chinese

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Mobile phone gamers worldwide play Dots and TwoDots, but the company has had difficulty cracking the world's biggest mobile gaming market: China.

Small to Big: I Do Now I Don't

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

All is not lost. That engagement ring is still worth something.

Uber and Google Move Toward a Breakup

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can Uber beat Google in the ride-sharing wars?

Innovation: Health-Monitoring Tattoo

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

An engineer has created a temporary tattoo that can monitor your blood sugar without needles.

Hop In and Shove Over

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Are Uber and Lyft finally carpooling?

China's Streaming Fans Face a Long Wait

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How will China's new censorship policy affect video sites?

Xiaomi Puts a Windfall to Work Beyond Phones

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Xiaomi, which raised $1.1 billion in December, is pouring money into its own investments.

Hardware: Apple Sneaks Up on Cheaper PCs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite a significant drop in worldwide PC shipments over the last year, Apple is gaining in the category.

Fighting U.S. Extradition at All Costs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can the U.S. successfully prosecute Russian hackers?

Innovation: All-in-One Earbuds

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

If you can't have everything between your ears, you can at least have it all in your ear.

Pay Up, You Stingy Nerds

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Marc Benioff is pushing his fellow tech billionaires into giving back to San Francisco.

The Startup Winning Over China's Gays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Dating app Blued and its backers are targeting an affluent minority.

Amazon Sorts Itself Out for the Holidays

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon.com tries to prevent shipping delays during the holiday season.

Biogen Straps Fitbits Onto MS Patients’ Wrists

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Data from MS sufferers could help Biogen prove the value of its medications to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.

Amazon Sorts Itself Out for the Holidays

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon has almost doubled the number of its sorting centers to avoid hiccups in holiday deliveries.

Growing Your Apps in Isolation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Creating value and getting wealthy are not necessarily connected.

The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Will electric vehicles become a thing of the past? Toyota has a vision that its hydrogen vehicle will become the first mass-market hydrogen car.

Innovation: The Sideways Elevator

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

German manufacturer ThyssenKrupp will soon introduce the first fleet of cable-free cars that can move sideways.

Now at the Sands: Iranian Hackers in Every Server

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Increasing cybersecurity is one way for U.S. corporations to respond to hackers who can cripple operations and steal valuable data. Should corporations also be able to retaliate?

An Expense App To Hook Road Warriors

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Travel expenses made easy and hopefully cheaper.

The Sharing Economy: Monetize Your Life

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

We are all entrepreneurs at varying levels.

Craig Venter on How the Genomic Era Is Just Starting

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Where did it start, and where are we now? The history of DNA.

Twenty Years of Techron Yield Unclear Results

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Chevron continues to spend large sums on R&D and the marketing of its fuel additive Techron although the competition has similar additives and consumers are more focused on price.

India's Farming Women Pick Up the Cameras

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is there a prejudicial element in gender-based assistance programs for agricultural improvement?

In India, Amazon and Its Rivals Tread Lightly

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Merchants say e-commerce companies in India, flush with foreign capital, are violating rules meant to protect locals.

Plastic That Carries a Big Charge

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

An engineer has developed a 3D-printing plastic he claims can be used to print electronics.

Makeup For Cool Girls

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Entering the makeup market from the blogosphere.

In India, Amazon and Its Rivals Tread Lightly

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon and local e-commerce firms in India try to work around rules designed to protect small shopkeepers from foreign-backed retailers.

Merchants Try to Trim Many Unhappy Returns

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Returns cost retailers up to an estimated $20 billion a year and merchants are turning to technology to bolster holiday profits.

Uber Alles

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Though Uber keeps expanding, not all cities are welcoming the car service app with open arms.

Persuading Israel's Tech Firms to IPO at Home

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Entrepreneurs prefer to list their companies' shares in the U.S.

In the Digital Age, Paper Coupons Still Rule

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Bargain-hungry shoppers can't stop clipping.

Kiss Your Cords Goodbye

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Keyssa is trying to bring a new level of wireless transfer speed to consumer phones, laptops, and home appliances.

Ericsson Looks for a Home in the Cloud

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As Ericsson's network equipment sales slow, it looks to develop new revenue streams in the cloud.

Nonprofits Can't Afford San Francisco

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Office rents have doubled since 2009 as startups crowd in.

Nonprofits Can't Afford San Francisco

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Renting is for the rich in San Francisco.

Expert Outlook: Kevin Plank

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A great innovative company doesn't rely on its early success for extension; it leans on its brand reputation.

Cybersecurity's All-See Eye

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is there such a thing as cybersecurity?

Tim Cook Speaks Up

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Tim Cook lays a brick in the "sunlight path toward justice."

Square Finds Itself Encircled

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How many card reader companies will survive?

Apple Enters the Mobile Pay Fray With a Running Start

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Registers across America will soon accept Apple Pay. The next trick will be getting people to use it.

Can the Internet Change the Way Women Buy Bras?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Six startups are competing to sell women a better bra.

Samsung's China Problems Come to India

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Once the market leader in both China and India, Samsung phones are losing marketshare to cheaper models.

Samsung’s China Problems Come to India

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Cheaper smartphones eat away at the South Korean company's lead.

Home-Cooked Meals From The Cloud

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Mobile food startups are moving beyond delivery into food prep.

Samsung's China Problems Come to India

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Samsung is losing ground to a wave of Chinese and local smartphone upstarts in India, where it has led for years.

How to Manage Data Like Facebook

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Interana's software tries to organize info more efficiently.

Can Google Be as Shiny as You-Know-Who?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Android Lollipop and new Nexus devices will have trouble drawing buzz away from Apple.

All You Need to Know About Net Neutrality

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Technology

New regulations coming as soon as December could determine whether the Internet continues to treat all traffic equally.

How to Manage Data Like Facebook

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Husband-and-wife startup Interana is applying lessons from Facebook to join the $38 billion data-analysis market.

Innovation: Early cancer detection

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A simple blood test may screen for a wide variety of cancers at extremely early stages.

Just Relax

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Thync will soon launch a device to relax or energize you via small jolts of electricity to your brain.

Just Relax

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Thync lets you give your mind a jolt.

Intel Inside

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Intel wants to make sure it's part of the “Next Big Thing,” which may be the “Internet of Things.”

Intel Inside

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Intel can now be found inside a urinal.

Innovation: Algorithmia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

We have an algorithm that will solve your problem.

Alibaba's Big Splash

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is the huge demand for stock from the Alibaba IPO going to trigger a market decline by pulling investor cash out of other equities?

A Bezos-Backed Startup May Go Up Against Amazon

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Does Amazon win everything in the Internet marketing wars?

Alibaba’s Big Splash

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Buybacks and takeovers have more than offset IPOs, reducing the supply of stock by $900 billion in the past four years.

China's New Export: Military in a Box

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China's exports of military equipment are growing, as it provides easy-to-use, inexpensive arms to developing countries.

Appmakers Try to Game a Crowded Market

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Appmakers that paid about 40¢ per download five years ago in marketing costs now spend $2 to $50.

Drizly Lets You Point, Click, and Drink

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Bring me another bottle of vodka. I live at ______________.

Drizly Lets You Point, Click, and Drink

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will that be delivery or pick up for your beer, liquor, or wine?

Innovation: USB Business Card

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

All you have to do is wave my business card next to your tablet or laptop to find out all about my business.

Netflix Looks to the Old World for New Growth

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

After success in Scandinavia and Britain, Netflix sets its sights on Germany and France.

Updates Available

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

U.S. industries have a shot at creating their own “iPhone” by advancing their hardware and software in tandem.

Apple's First Responders

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

When Apple unveils its new iPhone, its early field failure analysis team will be ready to quickly diagnose any problems.

The Teaching App at the Head of the Class

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Remind, an educational-messaging tool, is among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store.

Why Apple’s iBeacon Hasn’t Taken Off—Yet

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The indoor-tracking equipment is in less than 1 percent of U.S. stores.

Why Apple’s iBeacon Hasn’t Taken Off—Yet

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Apple’s year-old indoor-tracking technology hasn't broken out from its pack of rivals.

The Teaching App at the Head of the Class

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Remind pushes smartphone messages to students and parents.

The Cookies You Can’t Crumble

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

New tracking software and services are reshaping the market for search and display advertising online.

Google Comes to Pittsburgh

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Does having Google in your city stifle entrepreneurism?

The Cookies You Can't Crumble

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google, Facebook, and other startups are finding new ways to collect data for advertisers.

Porsche for Her

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

The Macan is Porsche’s newest product. Is the smaller SUV going to taint the brand or replicate the success of the Cayenne for the legacy automaker?

A Smart Address Book Built on Connections

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Still in beta, address-book app Humin has enjoyed shortcuts to mass adoption through its founder’s contacts. Humin is a free app that turns your phone’s alphabetical contact list into a more intuitive searchable database.

Silicon Valley State of Mind

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is Silicon Valley arrogance good, evil, or a bit of both?

As Canadian as Huawei?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Huawei is finding growth opportunities in Canada that it wasn't finding in the United States.

A Smart Address Book Built on Connections

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Maybe it's sometimes "all in the family."

Clearance!! Andrew Mason

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can an entrepreneur find adequate impetus to start a new endeavor after "failing" another startup but ending up with a net worth of $400 million-plus?

The Chinese TV Maker Taking Aim at Sony

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Hisense is moving up in worldwide market share of television sets and is challenging Sony for the #3 position.

The Man Who Makes Netflix Flow

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Netflix has built an independent content network that’s at the heart of its battle with carriers.

Xiaomi Takes Direct Aim at the iPhone

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Xiaomi's smartphones emphasize technology over marketing, and are making inroads in Asian markets.

Jeff Bewkes’s Disappearing Act

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Investors have cheered as Jeff Bewkes systematically dismembered Time Warner and raised the value of its stock. But at what cost?

Tech Giants Struggle to Break Into Cars

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Microchips for cars are a large market poised for strong growth, but big chipmakers like Intel and Qualcomm are just getting started.

A Stock Market Star Implodes in Spain

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Let’s Gowex won numerous awards and its stock price soared until a short-seller revealed that the company was grossly misstating revenues.

Tech Giants Struggle to Break into Cars

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

It's not just thieves who want to break into your cars.

Flipkart’s Fight to Maintain Its Lead in India

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite trade restrictions that bar foreign retailers, Amazon and EBay have entered the Indian market and are about to overtake Flipkart, the Indian market leader.

Flipkart's Fight to Maintain Its Lead in India

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Delivering in a city with no street address system. Can it be done?

Sony Bets It Can Find The Next Big Thing

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite mounting losses, Sony is increasing spending on R&D and releasing new products like the SmartBand, which it hopes will be the next big thing.

Sony Bets It Can Find The Next Big Thing

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Sony lost $1.3 billion last year and continues to spend on research and development. Are Sony’s actions a testimony to a long-term vision or a design for short-term collapse?

Boeing Has a Belly Full of Trouble

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Total demand for air freight is slipping at the same time passenger planes are taking market share from cargo airlines.

What Are They Doing at Monsanto?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Monsanto is one of the world's most hated corporations. Is this reputation deserved?

Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Researchers are using cloud networks to help robots teach each other skills faster than humans can.

Eritrea's Communications Disconnect

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Given Eritrea’s minimal phone and Internet access, it’s hard to draw attention to its economic and political problems.

Droid Killer?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cheap smartphones running Firefox's mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.

Can HP Build the Computer of the Future?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The past decade’s shift of power from hardware to software companies has limited the development of computers.

Droid Killer?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cheap smartphones running Firefox’s mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.

Droid Killer?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will Firefox be the new OS for our smartphones?

Droid Killer?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A simple operating system for simple phones has caught the attention of phone makers and network operators in developing markets.

The Conflict Over Conflict-Free Minerals

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Although some companies opposed the Dodd-Frank conflict mineral provisions, Intel worked for years to make its global supply chain conflict-free.

Crash-Proofing The Future of Drones

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How do we avoid drone crashes? There's no clear answer yet, but they're coming anyway.

A New Breed of Power Company

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will electricity become part of our cable bundles?

The Case for Scrubbing Search Results

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

An EU court ruling weighs the right to free speech against individuals’ right to be forgotten.

Streams of Tears

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is the streaming music business inherently unprofitable?

Modesty is the New Abercrombie

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Abercrombie is hoping to bring back teens who’ve left the mall and are shopping with their smartphones.

Can Pinterest Be Found in Translation?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Pinterest is trying to gain members outside of the U.S., but must adapt to cultural and social differences.

A Drone Simple Enough for Anyone to Use

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

DJI’s early lead in the drone industry may put it at the center of the debate over regulation and privacy.

Choosing Profits Over Productivity

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Company’s aren’t spending enough on the equipment workers need.

Searching the Web for Drug Side Effects

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

What can social media posts tell us about prescription drugs?

Twitter Wants To Be Your TV

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Consumers, particularly Millennials, do not want to miss out on a conversation. Twitter’s lackluster growth after its initial public offering has been buoyed by ad sales team-ups with TV programmers.

Can HTC’s Co-Founder Come to the Rescue?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

HTC’s chair and co-founder has stepped in to revitalize the company but isn’t advocating for radical changes.

States Target Corporate Cash Stashed Overseas

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

What are the states doing to crack down on offshore tax havens?

Caught With Their Shorts Down

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Early April’s 7.5 percent decline in the Nasdaq 100 should have been good news for short sellers, but many of them missed out.

Aereo's Survival Depends on Semantics

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The Supreme Court's decision about online streaming could cause the end of a company.

Samsung's War at Home

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Troubling allegations raise questions about Samsung's responsibility for its employees' illnesses and deaths.

Can Dropbox Avoid Getting Lost in the Clouds?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The popular storage service adds apps to fend off Box, Google, and Apple.

Why U.S. Retailers are Still Vulnerable

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Even as some big retailers have pushed ahead with upgrading to EMV technology, it looks like the majority of U.S. merchants will miss the October 2015 deadline for conversion.

Can Amazon Find Room by the TV?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon has stepped into the living-room turf war with its streaming Fire TV, but it’s in for a tough fight.

Can Amazon Find Room by the TV?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Just when you thought online buying couldn't get any more convenient, Amazon has stepped into the living-room turf war with its streaming Fire TV. But acquiring market share is not going to be easy.

Mergers Are Back in Fashion—for Now

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Merger and acquisition activity is on the rise, including cross-border deals.

Can Amazon Find Room by the TV?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon wants time in your living room.

Companies Keep Piling Up Cash Overseas

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

U.S.-based companies use legal tax loopholes to minimize their U.S. tax bills but must keep their cash invested overseas to do so.

Facebook's Rally Takes Wall Street by Surprise

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook stock, up 28 percent this year, is trading above the targets of many analysts who rate it a buy.

The Epic Hack

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Target's information security systems worked well and identified malware before customer data was transferred. Nevertheless, Target failed to respond to warnings, violated its customers' trust, and let millions become victims of cyber crime.

The Epic Hack

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Target's security monitors in India noticed the malware on its U.S. servers almost immediately, but the red flags were ignored.

Tracking Colorado's Legal Pot, Plant by Plant

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Pot is legal in Colorado, but only with a tracking device.

Silicon Valley Hears Echos of 1999

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

While bankers and venture capitalists are confident about today’s IPO market, the shadow of the 2000 dot.com crash has some investors starting to worry about another asset bubble.

Is Google Too Big To Sue?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Google faces a potential class action suit over Gmail privacy concerns.

Big Mickey Is Watching

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Mickey is tracking your every move. Disney is betting a billion dollars that RFID wristbands will create a better experience. Will it work?

Pinterest For Your Secrets

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

I've got a Secret. I'll Whisper it to you.

India Decides Software is Not Enough

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With Indian electronics imports reaching $33.5 billion in 2013, the government wants to develop a domestic chip industry.

House Calls Without the Home Visits

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Investors are putting money into telehealth services used to treat common ailments.

Your Wilting Retirement

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

According to hundreds of government filings analyzed by Bloomberg, 18 percent of companies have reduced the amount or delayed payment of 401(k) matching funds and dragged out vesting schedules. For many, that could mean the difference between financial security and scarcity in old age.

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Do you want your cable company to be bigger and have more control over what you watch and how you get online access? Comcast does, and it's spent more than $75 billion in acquisitions to make that happen.

A Museum Trades Memberships for Data

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

What can you get for free at the Dallas Museum of Art?

Yes, You Can Find a Babysitter Online

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

People will date someone they meet online, but will they hire babysitters they meet online?

Time for Microsoft to Tap Into Its Inner Google

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Microsoft has lacked a leader willing to kill some sacred cows and redefine the company. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, hopes to do just that.

Bringing Order to Data Chaos

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Fast-growing data center software companies are expanding their services in search of profitability.

Google's Giant $1 Patent Victory

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How $1 in damages paid to Google is a win for the company.

Sony Bets That Jazz Can Still Be Hip

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Sony has revived a record label for jazz, a genre that sold 14 million albums in 2007 but only 5 million albums in 2013. Is the jazz audience still willing to pay to listen?

Data Centers Spring Up In Santa's Backyard

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cold weather and inexpensive electricity attract data centers to Scandinavia.

Facebook's Next Decade

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As Facebook turns ten years old, it is one of the most profitable companies in the world and will soon become one of only twenty-six companies to have reached a market capitalization of $150 billion. Can Mark Zuckerberg keep Facebook growing?

Data Factories Spring Up in Santa's Backyard

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cheap abundant electricity and cold air make Scandinavia an attractive location for huge new data centers. They are also helping companies build the greenest data centers in the world.

Lenovo Takes on Apple and Samsung

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Lenovo builds market share in smartphones and purchases Motorola Mobility from Google.

Lenovo Takes on Apple and Samsung

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Servers, smartphones, and tablets have helped boost Lenovo’s stock price 53 percent in the past six months. After the IBM acquisition, Lenovo will be the third-largest server brand, up from number six, with a 14 percent market share.

Japan Tries to Alter the Market's DNA

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Compared with their U.S. and European counterparts, Japanese CEOs are less focused on shareholder returns. The country's prime minister Shinzō Abe's new JPX-Nikkei Index 400 is an attempt to boost growth by spotlighting companies that focus more on financial performance.

Lenovo Takes on Apple and Samsung

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can Lenovo compete with Samsung and Apple?

Fifty Degrees, Clear, and Snowing

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

As glaciers melt, ski resorts are using new snowmaking technologies to keep operating. But solving one of the problems created by global warming may contribute to the problem of global warming itself.

Not Another Music Streaming Service!

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Is the digital music market saturated? Beats says its brand cachet will give it an edge in the chase for 29 million streaming music subscribers worldwide.

Amazon and EBay Inch Into India

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Regulations prevent foriegn-backed firms from operating retail facilities in India, but Amazon and EBay have managed to gain a small foothold by providing the "marketplace" for local firms to sell using the American companies' websites and warehouses.

How Imgur Became a Photo-Sharing Hit

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How many photo-sharing sites can consumers tolerate?

The Blogger Hackers Love to Hate

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Blogger Brian Krebs, who broke the Target hack, is often ahead of network security pros and the authorities.

The Blogger Hackers Love to Hate

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A former reporter's talent for exposing the weaknesses in online security has earned him respect in the IT business and loathing among cybercriminals.

Bitcoin Rush

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Why are investors so crazy for an alternative currency?

My Fridge is Smarter Than Yours

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Samsung has captured worldwide market share in appliances, with the goal of being No. 1.

My Fridge is Smarter Than Yours

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Samsung’s goal for your kitchen is simple: It wants to own it by 2015.

Snapchat for the Corner Office

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Shredding is out; self-destruct messages are in.

The Biggest, Cheapest Network of All

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Why ignore the biggest communication network in the world? The fastest and largest network is the one we have all been building together, router by router. It's changing the face of the wireless industry.

The Biggest, Cheapest Network of All

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Costly conventional cell networks can be largely replicated by existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

The Biggest, Cheapest Network of All

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Stop paying for data on your smartphone.

A Plant Manager Adapts to a Changed China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

China's rising labor costs drive multinational firms to shift production priorities at Chinese factories.

GrubHub Puts Data on its Menu

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Are restaurants willing to give commissions of more than 20 percent of their total food orders to a data company?

Silicon Valley’s Hearing Aide

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Soundhawk's new Bluetooth-style device could assist up to 900 million people who don’t qualify as hearing-impaired.

Apple's Asia Breakthrough

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple is poised for growth in Japan and China.

A "Kill Switch" on Samsung Phones is DOA

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Don't wireless phone carriers want to stop smartphone theft? Maybe not.

Why Amazon's Going Up In The Air

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon is changing the physics of distribution.

The Rise and Fall of Blackberry: An Oral History

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Some believe that the BlackBerry brand has value and that people want to see it succeed. Reality may make a very different decision as the company continues to burn through cash with no end in sight.

Airbus May Need a Plaid Jacket

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Since the 1993 introduction of the Airbus A340, soaring oil prices have dried up demand for the large capacity plane with four Rolls-Royce engines. Airbus took a big risk by guaranteeing the plane's resale value, a move that is coming back to haunt the company now.

Keeping a Close Eye on Amazon's Discounts

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Camelcamelcamel's data and graphs help steer price-conscious Amazon shoppers to discounts that can top 30 percent.

Discount iPhones Come to India

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In order to spur customers to use more data and decrease switching carriers, Reliance Communications is offering highly subsidized iPhones if customers agree to a two-year contract.

GE Turns to 3D Printers for Plane Parts

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

GE is making a game-changing investment in 3D printing, helping to bring the technology to more assembly lines.

A Plague That's Carried on Mobile Devices

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Kill as many people as you can with your infectious disease.

Cisco’s Tough Sell for Conference Rooms

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Cisco is struggling to sell its pricey telepresence systems next to upstarts’ $10 monthly software subscriptions. Will its lower priced systems and new subscription-based model compete effectively against its new rivals?

The Scariest Veggies of Them All

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Are chemical and seed companies prioritizing public health as they develop new crop varieties?

Trying to Build the Next Amazon—in Nigeria

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Jumia wants to be the Amazon.com of Africa. Although Jumia and local rival Konga.com have taken a page from the playbook of Amazon.com, their deliveries are made with even more of a personal touch. You can take delivery by motorbike and pay in cash.

Thank You For Vaping

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Scented vapors with my nicotine, please.

Xbox One Tears Down Microsoft’s Walls

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Microsoft’s Xbox One has the hope that games and entertainment will collide into something even bigger and better. Will it make a difference in the decline of console purchases?

Trying to Build the Next Amazon—in Nigeria

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Online retailing and delivery has to adapt to Nigerian's skepticism and roadway realities.

Forget Your Wallet

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

After some false starts, the next revolutionary shift in payments is gathering momentum.

Forget Your Wallet

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The new wave of mobile payments is almost here -- and doesn’t look anything like it did even a few years ago.

Forget Your Wallet

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

As smartphone usage continues to increase, mobile payment transactions are expected to take a 38 percent jump to $325 billion in 2014.

Rebuilding Lego for Today's Kids

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Lego, which controls about 60 percent of the construction-toy business, is wooing older children with a $350 robot set.

Rebuilding Lego for Today’s Kids

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Lego, which controls about 60 percent of the construction-toy business, seeks to woo older children and adults with new products.

Stranded

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Despite Apple's code of conduct and supply-chain audits, workers in the company's supply chain fall victim to excessive recruitment fees and other mistreatment.

Etsy's Identity Crisis

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can Etsy still claim to be “your place to buy and sell all things handmade”?

In China, Dell Clings Tightly to the Waning PC

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Dell is pursing retail sales, and opening up stores, to build market share in China.

Electrolux's Holy Trinity

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

To move up market, Electrolux is changing how it develops new products.

Saving Elephants with Google Earth

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Drones are helping keep Kenyan elephants away from poachers. They can’t help with Kenya’s booming population.

Apple's Got You

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Getting more personalized retail offers based on your preferences and shopping history is closer than you think.

Apple's Got You

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Apple is quietly seeding its mobile devices with iBeacon, which provides impressive location-based tracking. Why is the company being so quiet about this new technology?

Hiring in the Age of Big Data

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Online questionnaires and games allow hiring managers to compare applicants with their star employees.

SIM-Card Hackers Have A Few Questions for You

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A new way to scam people out of their mobile phone access could cost carriers billions this year.

Smut With A Smile

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Promoting the mantra “Keep Calm and Chive On,” TheChive.com is a tacky little frat-boy-like site –- with an annual revenue stream approaching $100 million.

SIM-Card Hackers Have a Few Questions for You

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Carriers around the world will suffer an estimated $3.6 billion in losses from fraudulent account takeovers.

Russia's Web Payment Czar Looks West

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In Russia, cash is king, with many consumers looking to e-cash rather than banks or credit cards to pay their bills.

Your Facebook Data Are Here

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Guess where your Facebook data lives? Inside the Arctic Circle. Facebook’s publication of the designs for its cheap, cool data centers has put pressure on established companies to adapt.

Your Facebook Data Are Here

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Facebook opens a new server facility in northern Sweden where power is cheap, and there is natural air conditioning. (Read: It's cold.)

Your Facebook Data Are Here

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

By freely sharing innovations implemented in its Swedish data center, Facebook is conserving resources and helping to revolutionize the data center industry.

Roku Feels the Heat From Apple and Google

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Roku vs. Apple: the battle for streaming video.

Google Glass Targets the Cubicle

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Who is the target market for Google Glass? Glass may be able to find traction in the workplace and government agencies regardless of a lackluster consumer reaction.

Robosigning's Erin Brockovich

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Many homeowners who were victims of foreclosure during 2007 and 2008 had no idea that the banks doing the foreclosures didn't have documentation proving they had any right to seize the homes.

Robosigning's Erin Brockovich

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Could you lose your home to a robosigner?

When a Dented iPhone is Better Than New

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Just like an old car, you can repair or trade in your smartphone.

Classing Up RadioShack

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

RadioShack, with sales down 32 percent since 1996, is cutting the number of products in its stores by a quarter.

Amazon Goes on a Building Spree

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Amazon's warehouse expansion is part of a plan to deliver items the same day they are ordered.

Amazon Goes on a Building Spree

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will Amazon's warehouse strategy be effective?

Splits End

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Only 10 companies in the S&P 500 have carried out stock splits this year, compared with an annual average of 48 since 1980.

Apple Sets Off a Biometrics Arms Race

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Biometrics companies are benefiting from a potential iPhone fingerprint scanner.

Old Looks On New Screens

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Mobile apps are a powerful component of marketing strategy. Mobile users may soon make up half of ModCloth's visitors, spending more per purchase than other customers.

A Chinese Software Maker in a Texas State of Mind

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

NQ Mobile has two corporate headquarters (Dallas, USA, and Bejing, China) and two CEOs.

Your Not-So-Secret Medical History

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You had surgery last year and now everyone knows about it.

Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Marissa Mayer wants to transform Yahoo into a media company for the mobile age and reestablish a centralized mobile group.

SAP Invades Silicon Valley

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In order to capture market share in cloud computing, Germany's SAP is making acquisitions in California.

Seeking a Phone for the End of the Desktop Era

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Canonical’s founder Mark Shuttleworth has crowdfunded millions of dollars to develop a super-superphone: a single device with phone and tablet capabilities that mimics all the functions of a PC. Will the numbers work?

The Viral Media Site That Optimizes Optimism

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Let's optimize presentation and see what happens.

The End

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Will Barnes & Noble remain in the e-reader market?

Recalculating Navigation Needs

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

How do you compete with free? Car navigation manufacturers are struggling to compete with free smartphone-based systems that offer real-time data.

Recalculating Navigation Needs

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Car navigation makers struggle to cope with free smartphone-based systems.

Recalculating Navigation Needs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can built-in navigation systems compete with smartphones?

Clipper Ships Return to the High Seas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Around 90 percent of the world's oceangoing vessels that move freight are propelled by bunker fuel. It is relatively cheap, but it also has a sulfur content seven times higher than regulations will allow in 2020. Sail hasn't dominated freight hauling since the mid-1800s, but the wind may be returning.

World of Warcraft No Longer Rules in China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Activision Blizzard's stock is up 40 percent this year, but its top game is losing market share in one of its largest markets: China.

Things Aren’t So Fab at Fab.com

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

What sort of company is Fab.com, and why do they seem to be losing executives?

Can Open Development Save Mario?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can anything save the Nintendo Wii U?

Can E-mail Be Prism-Proofed?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Do you really think your e-mail is private?

Why Honda’s Unloading Electric Cars for a Song

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

With some states setting sales targets and federal standards looming, there is a huge push to increase sales of electric vehicles. The problem is that neither the technology nor the market is really ready.

This Prism Isn't Reflecting Much Light

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In the wake of Edward Snowden's leaked information about NSA programs, U.S. technology companies are struggling to protect their reputations with users.

HP Makes Its Move Against IBM

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Hewlett-Packard is moving into enterprise data analytics to increase sales. Is it enough to alter the path of struggling company?

Companies in China Seek Ways To Cut Costs

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Rising wages are impacting the economics of production in China.

This Prism Isn't Reflecting Much Light

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How much privacy do we actually have? We still don't know.

Using Social Media to Stop Fraud

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Online payment companies and credit bureaus are trying to use information social media users voluntarily share to verify identities, detect true financial positions, and help reduce online fraud.

Battling for South Africa's Hidden Cash

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In South Africa, banks and mobile phone service providers compete to offer banking and mobile payments.

Android is Everywhere

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

After taking over the mobile world, Android is becoming the standard operating system for the "Internet of things."

Android is Everywhere

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Android versus Apple - is it even a competition anymore?

Inside the Moonshot Factory

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A look inside Google's secret lab.

Don't Blame Apple for Keeping Its Money

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Are Apple's tax avoidance tactics rational or rotten?

Don't Blame Apple for Keeping Its Money

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Congress is not happy about Apple's innovative tax practices.

There Can Be Only One

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Microsoft dominates console wars and now it wants the rest of your family’s TV time.

There Can Be Only One

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Xbox isn't just for gamers anymore.

Facebook Struggles to Find Its Footing

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can investors be convinced that Facebook can continue to generate earnings as its mobile ad market share shrinks and users shift from personal computers to smartphones and tablets?

Crowdsourcing an End to Sweatshops

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Systems based on anonymous employee phone calls may be able to help Western companies monitor and improve working conditions in factories across the globe.

Facebook Struggles to Find its Footing

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Facebook scrambles to make money from mobile. Does it have a plan to make it profitable?

The City that Runs on Sensors

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can sensors really help us with traffic congestion?

The Man Who Ate the Internet

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

How has Netflix rebounded from the massive subscriber losses it suffered eighteen months ago? What do they plan to do in the future?

Bond Investors Hope to Avoid a Repeat of '94

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Will clear communications from Bernanke help avoid market disruptions when the Fed finally allows interest rates to rise?

Usain Bolt: The App

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Can the garage developer survive the branded app?

Your Phone Knows What You're Watching

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

TV networks are investing in an app that keeps viewers subsidizing the TV ad model even while glancing down at their phone.

Turning Shoppers Into Heat Maps

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

We're now being tracked offline as well.

Alabama Opens Its Wallet to Woo Airbus

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Even though its move to Alabama will increase manufacturing costs, Airbus recently broke ground on its first U.S. manufacturing facility.

LinkedIn is Trying to Quicken its Pulse

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Visit more, stay longer. LinkedIn doesn't mind if you do.

Hacking an Airplane With Only an Android Phone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Does a hacking technique with an Android smartphone pose a flight safety concern?

Can Foursquare Check-In to Adulthood?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Have you heard of Foursquare? If not, you're not alone.

India's EBay Just Got Some Help - From EBay

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

India's internet and transportation infrastructure creates a few different challenges for e-commerce retailers.

Tech Companies Love Dublin's Tax Rates

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Low corporate taxes and development assistance continue to attract American software companies to set up shop in Ireland.

Spaceship Apple

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

How expensive can a headquarters get? Apple's hitting $5 billion. This large construction project will create a massive, 40-foot tall floor-to-ceiling concave glass panels for a building that is expected to house more than 12,000 employees at any one time.

Think Colossal

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Samsung is now the top seller of smartphones, the number one manufacturer of LCD televisions, the seller of more flash memory and RAM chips than any other company, and passed Nokia to become the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer. What next?

The Merger Boom That Fizzled

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

The value of global takeover and merger announcements in March was the lowest since July 2009. Why do some think a sharp rebound is coming soon?

China's Journey from Imitator to Innovator

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

You make the call. Are China's Internet companies imitators or innovators?

Grooming Advice From a Virtual Stylist

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

A speech-recognition pioneer’s latest startup hopes to build conversation simulators that almost any business can use.

Investors Favor Google Over Apple

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Why has Google’s stock been outperforming Apple in the last year?

Silicon Valley's Green Edifice Complex

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Planted roofs, hidden parking garages and other environmentally conscious features are central to new headquarters designs for Apple, Google, and Facebook.

Streaming With a Little Help from Your Friends

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Netflix's latest innovation is to allow their 33 million online subscribers to view and comment on videos seen by their Facebook friends. Is this a promotional dream come true?

An Online Food Fight, Big Apple Style

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Online grocers FreshDirect and Peapod are battling it out in New York City.

Intel Takes On Taiwan's Chip King

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Intel is trying to grab a piece of the worldwide semiconductor foundry business from its Taiwanese and Korean rivals.

Amazon's Cheaper Cloud Services—Up to a Point

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Pssst...How does 90% off sound for cloud computing operations that allows clients to rent processors for as little as 10 percent of the company’s standard cloud services fees? Could this provide the competitive edge from an operations perspective?

How Apple's iWatch Can Be a Moneymaker

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Can Apple design something else that consumers didn’t even know they needed: a smart wristwatch? Apple needs a boost, and the company hopes it's time for the smartwatch to give them a hand.

How Apple's iWatch Can Be a Moneymaker

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Apple sells a lot of electronics, but can it sell the iWatch?

Computing that Makes you Feel

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Computers may have feelings after all.

Things Fall Apart. IBM Is Here to Help

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Africa presents many opportunities for IBM, while also carrying risks.

A Portrait of a Chinese Hacker

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Corporations like Dell employ malware experts to protect corporate economic interests, but society also benefits.

Do You Really Want To Talk to Your Kitchen?

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Technology

“The Jetsons” are here. The smart home-automation envisioned in the show's scenarios are finally possible. SmartThings wants to make household devices talk to each other.

Do You Really Want to Talk to Your Kitchen?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is the automated home the next great technology?

Hacked? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Could your business be the target of a hacker attack?

Mobile Apps, Now for Immobile Devices

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is the battery dead on your phone? Switch to your PC and continue the fun.

Snapchat and the Right to be Forgotten

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Snapchat allows users to share photos while keeping better control of their own cyber personas.

The World’s First Indoor Hailstorm

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Severe storms cost insurers a record $25.9 billion in 2011, so they are studying risks in greater detail.

Hacked? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Could your firm be the target of a high-end cyber-espionage operation?

Mobile Apps, Now for Immobile Devices

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

BlueStacks’ App Player software could mean that mobile apps can be used on any device or operating system. A gamer’s dream come true -- and more.

The Future of Browsers Isn't What it Used to Be

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Web browsers’ looks and functions are changing as companies such as Microsoft and Google tie them into their operating systems.

The Incredible Indistinguishable Egg

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Venture capitalists are investing in companies that create sustainable versions of eggs, meat, and other foods.

In India, Penny Lane Costs You Pennies

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Technology

In order to boost growth in India, Apple lowers prices while still maintaining a premium pricing strategy.

These Days, Anybody Can Headhunt

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Technology

Can operations managers save money by conducting their own recruiting?

The Chevy Volt Gets a Second Life as a Cadillac

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

With disappointing sales, the Chevy Volt has not been much help to GM's objective of achieving an image of technology leadership. Enter Cadillac.

This Theater is Getting Awfully Crowded

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Technology

Is there room for another online streaming service?

Mark Hurd, Leo Apotheker, Meg Whitman in Hewlett-Packard's Vertigo

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

After losing more than 70 percent of its market value in two years, can Meg Whitman's new five-year plan reverse Hewlett-Packard's free fall?

Does Green Shipping Cost Too Much Green?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, is finding that doing the right thing environmentally can sometimes be a challenge. The company has put itself at a considerable cost disadvantage by using low-sulfur fuel at Hong Kong's very busy and very polluted port.

The Hazards of Forecasting Apple

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Technology

Judging from the wide variation in forecasts of Apple’s stock price, estimating the future stock price for Apple has become more difficult of late. Why is Apple going through this phase, and what might it mean for investments in the company?

The Hazards of Forecasting Apple

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Technology

With Apple's shares down 24 percent since September 19, the challenge of predicting where the stock goes next has produced wildly varying forecasts.

China’s Smartphone Market Welcomes Dumbphones

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

China is now the world’s largest smartphone market and home to Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC vendor. In 2013, Lenovo is working to get every phone sale possible. Look out Apple?

The March of Robots Into Chinese Factories

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Technology

The most populous country in the world will soon see its huge labor force begin to shrink. The current fast track toward industry automation may be the key to continued wage increases and moving Chinese manufacturing companies up the value chain.

Microsoft Sees a New Image of Itself in Windows 8

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Technology

Can Windows 8 enable Microsoft to reposition itself in its desperate fight for relevance? With broken partnerships in its wake, the stakes for Microsoft have never been higher.


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