Snapchat parent Snap Inc. says it uses both staffers and automated systems to protect children—and all 178 million users—from unwanted messages, but it would not provide details. Snapchat has been singled out by investigators as a danger due to pedophiles who used it to exploit teens for sexual gratification. It's a popular app among young people, and its disappearing messages make evidence tougher to find.
Amazon’s AWS dominates cloud services with more than five times the revenue of number two Microsoft. But there is lots of growth ahead, and the competition is getting some traction, especially with customers like Wal-Mart who view Amazon as a competitor.
In order to improve sales in India, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all working to localize their voice assistant apps. Amazon's Alexa can now speak Hinglish, a blend of Hindi and English. Amazon didn't want Alexa to seem like a visiting Brit or American who speaks with a foreign accent but instead to sound just like a neighbor.
Social networks continue to be venues for pedophiles. Who is responsible?
Federal and state tax credits have been supporting the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market, making EVs more competitive with lower cost gasoline cars. Whether the federal credits are ended in the proposed tax reform or they simply phase out as planned in the current law, EV makers will soon have to face a competitive challenge.
George Yancopoulos, co-president and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., takes on questions relative to health care and the pharmaceutical industry in the United States.
Ericsson has bet its future on the fifth generation of mobile. However, nobody knows what applications and services will get customers to pay the billions of dollars 5G will cost.
The next big cyberattack could turn America's lights off. Security experts say there's evidence Russian hackers have breached U.S. utilities and nuclear power plants.
Hacking is reaching new levels. Russia, for example, is taking out lights.
Apple wants to stick with family-friendly fare as it produces $1 billion of original streaming TV content next year. But its first two shows fell flat, and some in Hollywood are questioning Apple’s direction or even whether it has a strategy.
Seeking ways to more efficiently obtain precious metals is an age-old practice. Today, with monitoring mechanisms and tools, the practice is going a bit more high tech. Barrick Gold Corporation, in conjunction with Cisco, has been operating a mine using sensors to better direct remote automated tools as well as monitoring the efficiency of human operations. By incorporating this change in their mine they have reduced their digging costs by 25 percent. They hope to extend these capabilities into their larger mines in the future.
Can extremists be deprogrammed? Gen Next is counting on it.
Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, has responsibility for the search and advertising business of one of the world's most valuable companies. Pichai's leadership style differs markedly from that of his predecessor, and his ability to navigate the company's multifaceted challenges will be a critical determinant of Google's success.
Fanuc is the worldwide leader in producing the robots used in manufacturing all sorts of products, including mobile phones, automobiles, and more robots. These robots help improve precision in performing repetitive tasks, while reducing labor costs. While earlier models were primarily used in high-wage countries, Fanuc is seeing some of its largest growth occur in China, where Japanese robots are replacing Chinese workers.
Hackers have a head start in exploiting system flaws. The Equifax hack is an object lesson in the need for U.S. security watchdogs to receive more money and pick up the pace.
YouTube is the most influential social media platform for 72 percent of young Generation Z consumers. That has helped it become a big venue for toy reviews sponsored by brands. Kids have captivated their peers on social media with videos of toy unboxings and reviews.
Does every company want to be seen as an AI company? The term "artificial intelligence" came up during 363 earnings calls and investor presentations in the third quarter, more than triple the number from the same period last year.
Twitter's headquarters sees "Ban Russian Bots" on its building. What's going on?
The Swiss financial sector is still rebounding from a crackdown on bank secrecy, but the Swiss city of Zug sees a big opportunity in cryptocurrency. Zug has embraced digital currency. Some worry that the money might be a little too secret.
Google’s aggressive effort to build a robotics division has fizzled. Initially welcomed as a leader for the robotics industry, insiders say the company failed to articulate a vision and ended up slowing the development of the industry.
Digital money like bitcoin could help the Swiss rebound from a decade-long assault on bank secrecy, but it also brings back questions about whether the country is luring illicit cash.
Sports teams search for early signs of exceptional talent so that they can sign the best athletes before competitors do. This is nowhere more evident than in soccer. Major teams begin intensive recruiting and sign players in their teens, but it's very expensive to take a potential athlete through an entire program, only to have them not pan out. Ilja Sligte, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam, of devised a cognitive test to predict which athletes have the greatest likelihood of success and at what position. Thus far, his company, BrainFirst, has several clients despite no empirical evidence that the product works. BrainFirst predicts it will be profitable this year.
Sports recruiting may be changing. It may not just be based on skills and physical ability anymore.
Innovation is at the heart of Apple’s business, and innovation depends on talent. The locations of Apple’s research facilities may reflect its strategy to hire the best and brightest. Apple’s practice of opening research facilities and then hiring employees from nearby companies might be viewed as poaching, and in some cases it has led to the dissolution of a relationship with a supplier.
By 2020, 45 million Americans will be caring for 117 million seniors. Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents. The retailer offers a $29 monthly monitoring service using internet-connected gear.
Investigations into the massive breach aren't complete, but the intruders used techniques that have been linked to nation-state hackers in the past. There are significant ramifications of the stolen financial data—Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and more—of at least 143 million Americans.
Adidas' new "Speedfactories" in Germany and the U.S. will use automation to get new shoe designs to stores in days rather than months. Adidas says this is the biggest revolution in shoe manufacturing since moving production to Asia.
The market for monitoring our senior citizens has grown dramatically since the days of "I've fallen and I can't get up" advertisements. Today, we have tools that can monitor everything from eating habits to sleep patterns and automated access systems. Many firms have offered products to enable concerned people to feel safer about the status of their elderly loved ones, but successfully establishing a market foothold has been elusive. The electronics retailer Best Buy has now entered the fray offering products, installation, and monitoring services.
Visits to prisons are changing. Friends and relatives may now be using video viewing.
Google has been actively pursuing AdWords business from the addiction treatment community that has generated bids of up to $187 per click and an estimated revenue of $1 billion per year. But investigated abuse and fraudulent activity has led Google to zero in on addiction-treatment-related keywords.
While self-driven cars have garnered the headlines, they are not the only profitable niche for this type of piloting. Ships are also capable of being driven technologically. Companies such as Sea Machines Robotics are perfecting their products to autopilot large vessels from dock to dock. Rolls-Royce and BHP Billiton are working on designing ships that would not require human navigation.
Facebook built a data center in Forest City, North Carolina. Were the tax breaks worth it?
Hedge-fund money chases soaring ticket prices in a new era. Alleged frauds have ensnared Michael Dell and Paul Tudor Jones. Ticketing is still a rigged system, according to the New York attorney general.
Facebook has secured more than $300 million worth of tax incentives for the kind of advanced data centers that rarely deliver much in the way of jobs. Huge government tax giveaways aren't yielding many jobs.
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.
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.
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.
There is a lot of money to be made at gaming tournaments. However, laws in Japan prevent gaming competition.
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.
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.
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 new smartphone could cost you more than $1,000. Will you line up to get one?
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’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.
Social media advertising can be profitable for some video producers. Snapchat doesn't but into it though.
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.
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.
Foursquare may have faded, but it's back. And now the app is split in two.
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.
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.
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.
Privacy vs. healthcare. How do we deal with the abuse of opioids?
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.
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.
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 becomes less complicated. It's moving away from what doesn't bring in paying customers.
Animals might be the key to predicting natural disasters. Can it really work?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Prisoners may lose their online dating privileges. Is this good or bad?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is not just for the young. Senior are finding a way to use the service without a smartphone.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
The future of nuclear energy is at risk. A lack of funding could delay the project for years.
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.
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.”
Media companies are getting sick of Facebook. News outlets are complaining about Facebook's terms for TV-quality videos meant to compete with YouTube.
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.
Uber's co-founder is out. Investors appear to have a lot of power.
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.
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 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.
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.
The EU has a big decision to make. Will Google suffer the largest antitrust fine in history?
The iPhone may not be number one, at least not in data speed. It's all a matter of components.
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.
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.
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.
Google allegedly has some harassment problems. The "Yes, at Google" publication can tell you all about them.
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.
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.
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.
Uber-style for flights is available. Who's on board?
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.
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.
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.
Google's Waze is doing more than just traffic maps. Now it's trying its hand at carpooling.
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.
There is now more to Snapchat: advertising.
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.
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.
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.
A whistleblower who helped bring Rothenberg Ventures under SEC investigation still faces costs.
Satellites aren't just for governments. They now have a commercial market.
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.
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.
Hacking goes public. Your computer could be under someone else's control.
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.
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 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.
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.
OLED technology is coming to Apple. How much better will that make iPhones?
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.
Google Life Sciences is no more. Will you let Verily monitor you now?
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.
If you have a startup idea and are a competitive hacker, you could win big. Take a look at the hackathon circuit.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Artificial intelligence is being used for gaming. Can the results help solve real world problems?
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 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 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.
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.
If you want to give up sweets, this mint might just help you succeed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Logitech isn't just a mouse company anymore. It's moving into your home.
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.
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.
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.
3D printers are being used to make jewelry. And it's not plastic.
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?
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.
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.
Travel and tourism are being advertised and marketed using Instagram. Two brothers have been very successful.
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.
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.
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.
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 technology can do more than recognize cats in YouTube videos. It's now used to power Echo and Tesla's self-driving cars.
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.
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.
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.
A computer beat top poker players. Is this the first of many wins for the computer?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tokyo company Jeplan wants your used clothing. Another fuel alternative may be on its way.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Learn physics with a video game. Will it really teach your kids anything?
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.
Defy Ventures is giving parolees a second chance. It seems to be working.
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?
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.
Aristotle, help the baby go back to sleep. Help for parents is on the way.
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.
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.
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.
Will climate change still be an issue? Some say that the technology is already available to combat it.
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.
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.
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.”
If you’re thinking of going to a coding boot camp, think again. You may not get what you’re expecting.
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.
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 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.
Nintendo is pushing its new iOS game, Super Mario Run, instead of a new console.
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.
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.
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.
Video ads on Facebook are here. The company is testing you.
Chewy has a new strategy for selling pet supplies. You may just end up with an oil painting of your pets.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The future of net neutrality is up in the air. It could take years for changes though.
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 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.
You may soon be able to shop via Instagram. The company is poised to become more than a photo-sharing app.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Credit cards may not be the only plastic used for purchases. Money itself may be going plastic as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CyTech Services is still waiting to be paid by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Why the delay?
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.”
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.
A growing number of retailers look to strengthen ties with customers by combining convenient payment and rewards. Mobile wallets are the new loyalty program.
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.
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.
There's more virtual reality to come. Will apps become cooler now?
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.
BT Group is opting out of fiber optics. The company sees copper in its future.
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.
Some wireless carriers are wary of Google's retail ability. Google sees software as its edge, rather than retail distribution and customer service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flu vaccines are made from chicken eggs. Some companies are working on alternative sources, such as dog kidneys and Australian weeds, for the vaccines.
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.
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.
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.
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 tables have turned. A football team is now watching you.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Older workers are having problems in Silicon Valley. What should they do?
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.
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.
Hackers invade pacemakers. You won't believe the result.
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 are here. They have hearing problems, though.
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.
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 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.
Delivery personnel can be given access to your front door. Latch's digital lock makes it possible.
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.
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!"
The PI business has changed. Cameras are out; databases are in.
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.
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?
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.
The drone market continues to grow. DJI already owns half the U.S. market but is looking to expand.
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.
Mapping technology brings back Pokemon via Pokémon Go. It is now one of the most popular downloads.
Detroit Bikes is helping to bring manufacturing back to motor city. But the economics of making bicycles in the U.S. are challenging.
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.
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.
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 now has Facebook Live. Users will be able to stream live video.
A technology that doesn't use radioactive means to provide superior imaging for dental offices? Sounds like a winner!
There's a fight for fingerprint ownership. The courts are now involved.
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.
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.
Online tools are available for settling legal disputes. Negotiations take place for such things as divorces, child custody, and landlord-tenant disagreements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can companies now monitor your personal phone at work? It's happening in Russia.
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.
Six people that tinker in their garage searching for solutions to technological problems and opportunities.
These five substances offer opportunities for secondary innovations that can make a myriad of products perform better.
Economists are moving into the private sector. Companies want them for their tech skills.
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.
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.
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.
It's time to take humans out of the mice labs. Vium, a Silicon Valley startup, wants to automate the process.
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?
NBA jerseys are getting a new look. Advertisements may now become part of the uniform.
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.
Starship Technologies has built a robot capable of making deliveries to your house or business. Is this a viable market for robotics?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phones with fingerprint encryption have been sold since 2013. This feature allows police to get into your phone.
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.
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.
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.
You can watch your kids at daycare and preschool now. Yes, there's an app for that.
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.
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.
Amazon.com's Echo is not your typical touch screen device. It is a voice-controlled smart speaker.
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.
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.
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.
Canada no longer uses paper strips for air traffic control. The country's new computer system comes from a nonprofit corporation.
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.
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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.
What is the ancestry of your dog? Embark Veterinary wants to help you find out.
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.
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 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 is trying to revive its cloud. It was first on the scene but is now struggling.
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.
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.
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.
Are you ready for driverless cars? It could come down to state versus federal government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has a plan for loss-prevention. As an employee, you are shown stories of coworkers fired for company theft.
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.
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.
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 is facing $34 billion in debt. They plan to borrow from a subsidiary that they will create.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Zenefits is under investigation. Did their sales people complete their required training or not?
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.
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.
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 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.
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 may start competing with FedEx and UPS. The company might be launching a global shipping and logistics operation.
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.
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.
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.
There are options if you don't like your cellular phone carrier. Mobile virtual networks are beginning to gain market share.
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.
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.
You may start getting more spam e-mails now because spammers have found new ways for getting around the filters.
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.
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.
Have you ever misplaced your keys? Help is now available and more sophisticated than ever.
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 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 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 is trying to expand Internet access. Online access is an issue in India.
Musicians are suing Spotify for failing to fully pay for songs that it streams. Some of the suits are seeking class-action status.
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.
Online music streaming is being challenged. One lawsuit claims that Spotify is utilizing unlicensed streams.
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 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.
WhatsApp is being used to help women trapped in human trafficking. Women are being given information to help them escape.
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.
Peruvian banks are trying to get money moving through cell phones. The mobile payment system, Bim, was launched on Dec. 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Companies now offer DNA testing directly to consumers, but how reliable is genetic analysis?
Entrepreneurial businesses are sometimes like trying to climb a rock wall, but in this case the business IS creating and manufacturing the rock walls.
Startup Common is offering co-living apartments. Everything is done online, and no realtors are involved.
Internet video economics will increasingly favor original, higher-value productions. Call it the "Netflix effect."
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.
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.
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.
Digital video continues to be a growing market. Some are calling the phenomenon the "Netflix effect."
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.
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 is ramping up its artificial intelligence efforts, but the company’s reticence to publish its research is limiting its effectiveness and applicant pool.
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?
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 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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
Oyo Rooms is a hotel-booking app for India's hotels. Room seekers can choose a room based on their required standards.
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 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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
The deadline to have all credit and debit cards chip-equipped has passed. Many cards still use magnetic strips that aren't as secure.
A new spinal insert can enhance the outcomes of spinal damage victims.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Ad-blocking appears to be on the rise. How will advertisers respond?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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?
Oscar, a startup healthcare insurance provider designed for individual customers, is losing money rapidly. Instead of folding, though, the company is expanding.
Not everyone has access to the Internet. Fewer than 4 percent of homes in Cuba have online access.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The .com web addresses have caused some security problems. Companies are buying top-level domains to help fight scammers.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your emotions can be electronically tracked, and your facial expressions are being analyzed for consumer marketing.
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.
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.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?
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.
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?
Microsoft tries to win fans and improve its bottom line with a Windows operating system redo and ventures into non-OS products and services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Millions of people search online for information about symptoms and prescription drugs. Patterns in their searches might reveal previously unknown side effects of medications.
Digital price displays are giving brick-and-mortar retailers a weapon against online rivals like Amazon. However, going digital isn't cheap.
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 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.
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.
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.
Rather than sell ads, YouNow, a live-streaming app, has shunned them to create its own strange, tip-based economy. Can it be profitable?
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.
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.
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.
The armed forces are recruiting hackers for cyberwar. The recruits use open source software such as Metasploit.
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.
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.
A gene-editing technique could provide inexpensive cures to diseases, but ethical and regulatory concerns may discourage investment and slow the development of treatments.
It's all about the base. Or is it?
You may know how your computer works, but do you know how your keyboard works?
Seeking romance and love in modern day China. There has to be an app for that. Or two or three.
Bolt Threads expects products made with its yeast cell-based silk to be available in 2016.
Nintendo was once ahead of the pack on the competitive gaming, and now the struggling company is playing catch-up. Game over?
Is thinner better even if it's more expensive?
Law firms are using Facebook and other data to track down medical victims.
Having a bestseller on the Mac App Store may not exactly set a developer up for retirement.
Both sides aim to reduce the sticker shock of new specialized drugs.
Astrobotic Technology's Griffin is a leading contender in Google's XPrize lunar mission competition.
Snapchat SEO Evan Spiegel says he has a better way for advertisers to reach millennials and teens than TV or social networks.
Data miners are scouring Facebook and public records to look for plaintiffs for suits against drugmakers.
New startup OnePlus' business relies on word of mouth abroad.
Fewer than 20 percent of large banks worldwide are connecting their ATMs to the cloud.
Zenefits has raised almost $600 million for its centralized small business HR software.
A lawsuit argues that employee-monitoring apps go too far.
Should utilities disclose contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups, including groups that oppose the development of alternative energy?
Can data that is stored in another country be kept safe and private?
Daimler's self-driving trucks are now being tested in Nevada.
Can we all just be friends?
The cost of legal sales of marijuana—does it sometimes leave opportunity for illegal entrepreneurs?
Chinese online retailers take steps to curb the sales of counterfeit goods on their websites.
Oil companies can use geothermal energy from drilling wastewater as a source of power.
Do Silicon Valley tech companies use a permanent tier of second-class workers?
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?
Pick a pic made easier and better.
China may be the new California as its policies drive automakers to produce EVs.
While Toyota bets on hydrogen over electric power for autos, in China it is selling electric cars to win favor with the government.
Let's just borrow money from 20,000 small lenders rather than a bank.
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?
Is Twitter becoming another Facebook?
Teespring uses social media to sell more than 7 million shirts a year.
Learning guitar is easy when you can see the music.
Pharmaceutical companies' patent tactics face legal scrutiny.
Having gained a strong position in Japan, Rakuten is making acquisitions internationally to spur growth.
NASA-backed software could orchestrate urban skies.
Will we soon be sharing air space with drones?
Sometimes conventional wisdom can take an unconventional turn.
Startup VarageSale competes with Craigslist by focusing on mobile and has raised $34 million in venture funding.
Can we really watch TV on Snapchat?
The Internet shoved aside the Yellow Pages. A Swedish startup aims to do the same regarding the White Pages.
Investing’s old guard gets its algorithm on.
Two inventors found it easier to build $7,900 bike wheels than to sell them.
Many cybersecurity firms work with governments, but close ties between Kaspersky and the Russian government are causing concern.
Reinventing the White Pages with an online twist.
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?
Costs for online advertising may be changing.
China may prove to the big market for Apple's most expensive watches.
You can resume your game after the advertisement is complete.
New audio technology manufacturers are trying to break into the $6 billion hearing-aid market.
Ex-interns suing Gawker want to use social media to find plaintiffs.
U.S. carriers aren't following foreign companies' fee cuts.
Intel is spending billions in China in an effort to catch up with dominant mobile chipmaker Qualcomm.
Drugmakers are enjoying a rush of new medicines, but their high costs threaten the pace of innovation.
Big Pharma companies are competing to produce breakthrough drugs that no one can afford.
User-ranked listings site Product Hunt attracts venture capitalists.
In a year, Popcorn Time has become the Internet's pirate service of choice, despite the MPAA's best efforts.
The company is spending billions on factories and state-owned rivals.
It's a dog-eat-dog world in publishing, but that's not a bad thing for this company.
Do consumers really want to know the price they're paying?
Gallium nitride promises to replace silicon as the semiconductor of choice in transistors.
Two academics have created a security system that is practically impossible to evade.
Facebook and other big companies are moving into the most secret area of the Internet.
Fraudulent smartphone payments are becoming a pricey problem.
Kansas City's Sub Tropolis, a subterranean industrial park, takes advantage of natural energy and climate advantages to attract tenants.
Mobile phone gamers worldwide play Dots and TwoDots, but the company has had difficulty cracking the world's biggest mobile gaming market: China.
All is not lost. That engagement ring is still worth something.
Can Uber beat Google in the ride-sharing wars?
An engineer has created a temporary tattoo that can monitor your blood sugar without needles.
Are Uber and Lyft finally carpooling?
How will China's new censorship policy affect video sites?
Xiaomi, which raised $1.1 billion in December, is pouring money into its own investments.
Despite a significant drop in worldwide PC shipments over the last year, Apple is gaining in the category.
Can the U.S. successfully prosecute Russian hackers?
If you can't have everything between your ears, you can at least have it all in your ear.
Is your airplane being tracked?
Marc Benioff is pushing his fellow tech billionaires into giving back to San Francisco.
Dating app Blued and its backers are targeting an affluent minority.
Amazon.com tries to prevent shipping delays during the holiday season.
Data from MS sufferers could help Biogen prove the value of its medications to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.
Amazon has almost doubled the number of its sorting centers to avoid hiccups in holiday deliveries.
Creating value and getting wealthy are not necessarily connected.
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.
How can hospitals stop infecting patients?
German manufacturer ThyssenKrupp will soon introduce the first fleet of cable-free cars that can move sideways.
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?
Can console-gaming survive?
Travel expenses made easy and hopefully cheaper.
We are all entrepreneurs at varying levels.
Where did it start, and where are we now? The history of DNA.
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.
Is there a prejudicial element in gender-based assistance programs for agricultural improvement?
I need my coffee now, please.
Merchants say e-commerce companies in India, flush with foreign capital, are violating rules meant to protect locals.
An engineer has developed a 3D-printing plastic he claims can be used to print electronics.
Entering the makeup market from the blogosphere.
Amazon and local e-commerce firms in India try to work around rules designed to protect small shopkeepers from foreign-backed retailers.
Returns cost retailers up to an estimated $20 billion a year and merchants are turning to technology to bolster holiday profits.
Though Uber keeps expanding, not all cities are welcoming the car service app with open arms.
Entrepreneurs prefer to list their companies' shares in the U.S.
Bargain-hungry shoppers can't stop clipping.
Keyssa is trying to bring a new level of wireless transfer speed to consumer phones, laptops, and home appliances.
As Ericsson's network equipment sales slow, it looks to develop new revenue streams in the cloud.
Office rents have doubled since 2009 as startups crowd in.
Renting is for the rich in San Francisco.
A great innovative company doesn't rely on its early success for extension; it leans on its brand reputation.
Is there such a thing as cybersecurity?
Tim Cook lays a brick in the "sunlight path toward justice."
How many card reader companies will survive?
Registers across America will soon accept Apple Pay. The next trick will be getting people to use it.
Six startups are competing to sell women a better bra.
Once the market leader in both China and India, Samsung phones are losing marketshare to cheaper models.
Cheaper smartphones eat away at the South Korean company's lead.
Mobile food startups are moving beyond delivery into food prep.
Samsung is losing ground to a wave of Chinese and local smartphone upstarts in India, where it has led for years.
Interana's software tries to organize info more efficiently.
Android Lollipop and new Nexus devices will have trouble drawing buzz away from Apple.
New regulations coming as soon as December could determine whether the Internet continues to treat all traffic equally.
Husband-and-wife startup Interana is applying lessons from Facebook to join the $38 billion data-analysis market.
Can anyone really compete with Apple?
A simple blood test may screen for a wide variety of cancers at extremely early stages.
Thync will soon launch a device to relax or energize you via small jolts of electricity to your brain.
Thync lets you give your mind a jolt.
Intel wants to make sure it's part of the “Next Big Thing,” which may be the “Internet of Things.”
Intel can now be found inside a urinal.
We have an algorithm that will solve your problem.
Is the huge demand for stock from the Alibaba IPO going to trigger a market decline by pulling investor cash out of other equities?
Does Amazon win everything in the Internet marketing wars?
Buybacks and takeovers have more than offset IPOs, reducing the supply of stock by $900 billion in the past four years.
China's exports of military equipment are growing, as it provides easy-to-use, inexpensive arms to developing countries.
Appmakers that paid about 40¢ per download five years ago in marketing costs now spend $2 to $50.
Bring me another bottle of vodka. I live at ______________.
Will that be delivery or pick up for your beer, liquor, or wine?
All you have to do is wave my business card next to your tablet or laptop to find out all about my business.
After success in Scandinavia and Britain, Netflix sets its sights on Germany and France.
U.S. industries have a shot at creating their own “iPhone” by advancing their hardware and software in tandem.
When Apple unveils its new iPhone, its early field failure analysis team will be ready to quickly diagnose any problems.
Remind, an educational-messaging tool, is among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store.
The indoor-tracking equipment is in less than 1 percent of U.S. stores.
Apple’s year-old indoor-tracking technology hasn't broken out from its pack of rivals.
Remind pushes smartphone messages to students and parents.
New tracking software and services are reshaping the market for search and display advertising online.
Does having Google in your city stifle entrepreneurism?
Google, Facebook, and other startups are finding new ways to collect data for advertisers.
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?
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.
Is Silicon Valley arrogance good, evil, or a bit of both?
Huawei is finding growth opportunities in Canada that it wasn't finding in the United States.
Maybe it's sometimes "all in the family."
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?
Hisense is moving up in worldwide market share of television sets and is challenging Sony for the #3 position.
Netflix has built an independent content network that’s at the heart of its battle with carriers.
Xiaomi's smartphones emphasize technology over marketing, and are making inroads in Asian markets.
Investors have cheered as Jeff Bewkes systematically dismembered Time Warner and raised the value of its stock. But at what cost?
Microchips for cars are a large market poised for strong growth, but big chipmakers like Intel and Qualcomm are just getting started.
Let’s Gowex won numerous awards and its stock price soared until a short-seller revealed that the company was grossly misstating revenues.
It's not just thieves who want to break into your cars.
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.
Delivering in a city with no street address system. Can it be done?
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 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?
Total demand for air freight is slipping at the same time passenger planes are taking market share from cargo airlines.
Monsanto is one of the world's most hated corporations. Is this reputation deserved?
Researchers are using cloud networks to help robots teach each other skills faster than humans can.
Given Eritrea’s minimal phone and Internet access, it’s hard to draw attention to its economic and political problems.
Cheap smartphones running Firefox's mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.
The past decade’s shift of power from hardware to software companies has limited the development of computers.
Cheap smartphones running Firefox’s mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.
Will Firefox be the new OS for our smartphones?
A simple operating system for simple phones has caught the attention of phone makers and network operators in developing markets.
Although some companies opposed the Dodd-Frank conflict mineral provisions, Intel worked for years to make its global supply chain conflict-free.
How do we avoid drone crashes? There's no clear answer yet, but they're coming anyway.
Will electricity become part of our cable bundles?
An EU court ruling weighs the right to free speech against individuals’ right to be forgotten.
Is the streaming music business inherently unprofitable?
Abercrombie is hoping to bring back teens who’ve left the mall and are shopping with their smartphones.
Pinterest is trying to gain members outside of the U.S., but must adapt to cultural and social differences.
Is Pinterest too American?
DJI’s early lead in the drone industry may put it at the center of the debate over regulation and privacy.
Company’s aren’t spending enough on the equipment workers need.
What can social media posts tell us about prescription drugs?
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.
Do we really need another TV?
HTC’s chair and co-founder has stepped in to revitalize the company but isn’t advocating for radical changes.
What are the states doing to crack down on offshore tax havens?
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.
The Supreme Court's decision about online streaming could cause the end of a company.
Troubling allegations raise questions about Samsung's responsibility for its employees' illnesses and deaths.
The popular storage service adds apps to fend off Box, Google, and Apple.
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.
Amazon has stepped into the living-room turf war with its streaming Fire TV, but it’s in for a tough fight.
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.
Merger and acquisition activity is on the rise, including cross-border deals.
Amazon wants time in your living room.
Is China's digital wall coming down?
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 stock, up 28 percent this year, is trading above the targets of many analysts who rate it a buy.
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.
Target's security monitors in India noticed the malware on its U.S. servers almost immediately, but the red flags were ignored.
Pot is legal in Colorado, but only with a tracking device.
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.
Google faces a potential class action suit over Gmail privacy concerns.
Mickey is tracking your every move. Disney is betting a billion dollars that RFID wristbands will create a better experience. Will it work?
I've got a Secret. I'll Whisper it to you.
With Indian electronics imports reaching $33.5 billion in 2013, the government wants to develop a domestic chip industry.
Investors are putting money into telehealth services used to treat common ailments.
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.
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.
What can you get for free at the Dallas Museum of Art?
Big brother is going global.
People will date someone they meet online, but will they hire babysitters they meet online?
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.
Fast-growing data center software companies are expanding their services in search of profitability.
How $1 in damages paid to Google is a win for the company.
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?
Cold weather and inexpensive electricity attract data centers to Scandinavia.
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?
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 builds market share in smartphones and purchases Motorola Mobility from Google.
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.
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.
Can Lenovo compete with Samsung and Apple?
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.
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.
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 many photo-sharing sites can consumers tolerate?
Blogger Brian Krebs, who broke the Target hack, is often ahead of network security pros and the authorities.
A former reporter's talent for exposing the weaknesses in online security has earned him respect in the IT business and loathing among cybercriminals.
Why are investors so crazy for an alternative currency?
Samsung has captured worldwide market share in appliances, with the goal of being No. 1.
Samsung’s goal for your kitchen is simple: It wants to own it by 2015.
Shredding is out; self-destruct messages are in.
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.
Costly conventional cell networks can be largely replicated by existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Stop paying for data on your smartphone.
China's rising labor costs drive multinational firms to shift production priorities at Chinese factories.
Are restaurants willing to give commissions of more than 20 percent of their total food orders to a data company?
Soundhawk's new Bluetooth-style device could assist up to 900 million people who don’t qualify as hearing-impaired.
Apple is poised for growth in Japan and China.
Don't wireless phone carriers want to stop smartphone theft? Maybe not.
Amazon is changing the physics of distribution.
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.
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.
Camelcamelcamel's data and graphs help steer price-conscious Amazon shoppers to discounts that can top 30 percent.
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 is making a game-changing investment in 3D printing, helping to bring the technology to more assembly lines.
Kill as many people as you can with your infectious disease.
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?
Are chemical and seed companies prioritizing public health as they develop new crop varieties?
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.
Scented vapors with my nicotine, please.
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?
Online retailing and delivery has to adapt to Nigerian's skepticism and roadway realities.
After some false starts, the next revolutionary shift in payments is gathering momentum.
The new wave of mobile payments is almost here -- and doesn’t look anything like it did even a few years ago.
As smartphone usage continues to increase, mobile payment transactions are expected to take a 38 percent jump to $325 billion in 2014.
Lego, which controls about 60 percent of the construction-toy business, is wooing older children with a $350 robot set.
Lego, which controls about 60 percent of the construction-toy business, seeks to woo older children and adults with new products.
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.
Can Etsy still claim to be “your place to buy and sell all things handmade”?
Dell is pursing retail sales, and opening up stores, to build market share in China.
To move up market, Electrolux is changing how it develops new products.
Drones are helping keep Kenyan elephants away from poachers. They can’t help with Kenya’s booming population.
Getting more personalized retail offers based on your preferences and shopping history is closer than you think.
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?
Online questionnaires and games allow hiring managers to compare applicants with their star employees.
A new way to scam people out of their mobile phone access could cost carriers billions this year.
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.
Carriers around the world will suffer an estimated $3.6 billion in losses from fraudulent account takeovers.
In Russia, cash is king, with many consumers looking to e-cash rather than banks or credit cards to pay their bills.
Sing your way to social media.
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.
Facebook opens a new server facility in northern Sweden where power is cheap, and there is natural air conditioning. (Read: It's cold.)
By freely sharing innovations implemented in its Swedish data center, Facebook is conserving resources and helping to revolutionize the data center industry.
Roku vs. Apple: the battle for streaming video.
More ads coming your way.
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.
They can see you even better now.
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.
Could you lose your home to a robosigner?
Just like an old car, you can repair or trade in your smartphone.
RadioShack, with sales down 32 percent since 1996, is cutting the number of products in its stores by a quarter.
Amazon's warehouse expansion is part of a plan to deliver items the same day they are ordered.
Will Amazon's warehouse strategy be effective?
Only 10 companies in the S&P 500 have carried out stock splits this year, compared with an annual average of 48 since 1980.
Biometrics companies are benefiting from a potential iPhone fingerprint scanner.
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.
NQ Mobile has two corporate headquarters (Dallas, USA, and Bejing, China) and two CEOs.
You had surgery last year and now everyone knows about it.
Marissa Mayer wants to transform Yahoo into a media company for the mobile age and reestablish a centralized mobile group.
In order to capture market share in cloud computing, Germany's SAP is making acquisitions in California.
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?
Let's optimize presentation and see what happens.
Will Barnes & Noble remain in the e-reader market?
How do you compete with free? Car navigation manufacturers are struggling to compete with free smartphone-based systems that offer real-time data.
Car navigation makers struggle to cope with free smartphone-based systems.
Can built-in navigation systems compete with smartphones?
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.
Using your smartphone as a DVR?
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.
Can a grocery store app survive?
What sort of company is Fab.com, and why do they seem to be losing executives?
Can anything save the Nintendo Wii U?
Do you really think your e-mail is private?
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.
In the wake of Edward Snowden's leaked information about NSA programs, U.S. technology companies are struggling to protect their reputations with users.
Hewlett-Packard is moving into enterprise data analytics to increase sales. Is it enough to alter the path of struggling company?
Rising wages are impacting the economics of production in China.
How much privacy do we actually have? We still don't know.
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.
In South Africa, banks and mobile phone service providers compete to offer banking and mobile payments.
Can you refer someone to me?
After taking over the mobile world, Android is becoming the standard operating system for the "Internet of things."
Android versus Apple - is it even a competition anymore?
A look inside Google's secret lab.
Are Apple's tax avoidance tactics rational or rotten?
Congress is not happy about Apple's innovative tax practices.
Microsoft dominates console wars and now it wants the rest of your family’s TV time.
Xbox isn't just for gamers anymore.
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?
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 scrambles to make money from mobile. Does it have a plan to make it profitable?
Can sensors really help us with traffic congestion?
How has Netflix rebounded from the massive subscriber losses it suffered eighteen months ago? What do they plan to do in the future?
Will clear communications from Bernanke help avoid market disruptions when the Fed finally allows interest rates to rise?
Can the garage developer survive the branded app?
TV networks are investing in an app that keeps viewers subsidizing the TV ad model even while glancing down at their phone.
We're now being tracked offline as well.
Even though its move to Alabama will increase manufacturing costs, Airbus recently broke ground on its first U.S. manufacturing facility.
Visit more, stay longer. LinkedIn doesn't mind if you do.
Does a hacking technique with an Android smartphone pose a flight safety concern?
Have you heard of Foursquare? If not, you're not alone.
India's internet and transportation infrastructure creates a few different challenges for e-commerce retailers.
Low corporate taxes and development assistance continue to attract American software companies to set up shop in Ireland.
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.
An antispam group gets spammed.
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 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?
You make the call. Are China's Internet companies imitators or innovators?
A speech-recognition pioneer’s latest startup hopes to build conversation simulators that almost any business can use.
Why has Google’s stock been outperforming Apple in the last year?
Planted roofs, hidden parking garages and other environmentally conscious features are central to new headquarters designs for Apple, Google, and Facebook.
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?
Online grocers FreshDirect and Peapod are battling it out in New York City.
Intel is trying to grab a piece of the worldwide semiconductor foundry business from its Taiwanese and Korean rivals.
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?
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.
Apple sells a lot of electronics, but can it sell the iWatch?
Computers may have feelings after all.
Africa presents many opportunities for IBM, while also carrying risks.
A new kind of university?
Corporations like Dell employ malware experts to protect corporate economic interests, but society also benefits.
“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.
Is the automated home the next great technology?
Could your business be the target of a hacker attack?
Is the battery dead on your phone? Switch to your PC and continue the fun.
Snapchat allows users to share photos while keeping better control of their own cyber personas.
Severe storms cost insurers a record $25.9 billion in 2011, so they are studying risks in greater detail.
Could your firm be the target of a high-end cyber-espionage operation?
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.
Web browsers’ looks and functions are changing as companies such as Microsoft and Google tie them into their operating systems.
Are you ready for an office update?
Venture capitalists are investing in companies that create sustainable versions of eggs, meat, and other foods.
Can you taste the difference?
In order to boost growth in India, Apple lowers prices while still maintaining a premium pricing strategy.
Can operations managers save money by conducting their own recruiting?
With disappointing sales, the Chevy Volt has not been much help to GM's objective of achieving an image of technology leadership. Enter Cadillac.
Is there room for another online streaming service?
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?
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.
Are TVs making a comeback?
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?
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 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 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.
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.