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Gift guide — what to get that techie in your life who has everything

  Finding the right gift can be a challenge, especially for that person in your life who seems to have everything already. Here’s a round up of six high-tech gadgets that will surely surprise and impress the tech-lover in your life this holiday season. [“source=cnbc”] Read More »

Finance meets humanities — really

As an economist, Mihir Desai has gained wide recognition for his expertise in tax policy and international and corporate finance. His writing and teaching have covered such topics as proposed reform of the U.S. tax system and the misuse of high-powered incentives and their impact on American competitiveness. But Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a ... Read More »

Would Your Business Buy a Waymo Self-Driving Truck — If Google Builds One?

Waymo, Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car division, is working on developing self-driving trucks. The company behind Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) expects autonomous vehicle technology to make a big impact on the long distance trucking industry over the next several years. Companies would still likely use actual drivers for local pickup and deliveries, and then just rely on self-driving trucks for the long-distance parts ... Read More »

LG Will Be First to Introduce Phone with Android Nougat — But What Does That Even Mean?

LG (KRX:066570) has announced it will unveil it’s latest phone — the v20 — on September 6. And one thing at least is for certain. The phone will be the first to run the new Android Nougat operating system. But what does that mean exactly and how useful will the phone be for business communications? The announcements of new smartphones ... Read More »

So Long, Twitter Dashboard — We Hardly Knew You

TweetDeck it wasn’t and now, Twitter Dashboard is toast. The social media site says it’s now ditching Twitter Dashboard — an app specifically designed for businesses — on Feb. 3. That’s only six months after Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) introduced Dashboard. And this is just the latest anti-development for Twitter. The social media site continues to appear to lag behind the others, ... Read More »

Acer Swift 7 and Spin 7 Seem Useful for Mobile Business — If You Don’t Mind the Price

When Apple launched the MacBook Air, it introduced a new level of portability in computing with a very slim form factor and functionality that got everyone’s attention. Although it has taken a while, Acer (TPE:2353) has one upped Apple with the announcement of its new laptop and a two-in-one, called the Swift 7 and Spin 7 respectively, at the IFA ... Read More »

Samsung Flow Connects Tablet, Computer — Even Your TV

Samsung has unveiled Flow, a new device handoff feature that will eventually let you start an activity on one device and move it to another. This means you could eventually get an email notification on your smartwatch then switch to your smartphone or tablet to read. Finally, you could switch to your laptop when you’re ready to type a response, ... Read More »

Your So-Called Secrets Are Out — Time to Upgrade Your Banking Security

Your mother’s maiden name is probably not a secret. Neither, necessarily, is your high school mascot or the size of your car payment. But some banks and brokerages still pretend this is information only you would know, and that could be putting your money at risk. So-called security questions long ago outlived their usefulness, since they can be hard for ... Read More »

Start-up Failure Rates Vary — Choosing the Right Industry Matters

I’m following up my posting of a few weeks ago on new business failure rates where I said that there are considerable differences across industry sectors in business failure rates. Below is Figure 7.1 (p.113) from my book Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths that Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By. The data come from an article by Amy ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Note Goes Over the Edge — With Curved Screen

Samsung is about to throw the smartphone world a curve ball — with a curved screen. The Galaxy Note Edge will be available exclusively through AT&T starting on Nov. 14. To get this cutting-edge phablet from Samsung without a contract, it will set you back $945.99. The device is a lot like the recently premiered Galaxy Note 4, the company’s ... Read More »