Archive for the ‘TECHNOLOGY’ Category

Apple: Supercycle Hopes Drive Super-sized Bets

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Can Apple’s coming “supercycle” actually deliver? Investors already have bet nearly $200 billion that it can. Hopes are high for the next iPhone coming out later this year after the last two versions failed to do much to move the needle.

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The ‘Merperson’ Comes to Emoji

Friday, May 26th, 2017

For the latest release of emoji, a subcommittee recommended a gender-neutral version to go with mermaids and mermen.

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Nice Speech, Mark Zuckerberg! You’re Still a Few Credits Short

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Facebook’s CEO, who delivered a commencement address, joins a growing roster of degree-less entrepreneurs and entertainers doing the honors. ‘I am fake graduating.’

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Sharp Sees Salvation in Appliances

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The recovery plan for troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp: Become a major global appliance maker under the wing of its Taiwanese parent, Foxconn Technology Group.

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Amazon’s Brush With $1,000 Signals the Death of the Stock Split

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Stock splits, once considered a way to keep shares affordable for mom-and-pop investors, are rare today as companies aspire to new heights.

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How to Be Your Own Quant

Friday, May 26th, 2017

You may already trust algorithms more than you realize, like watching movies suggested for you or making purchases based on recommendations attuned to your taste. Why not let computers pick all your investments, too?

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A Quant Program Is the Reason You Just Bought That ETF

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

At the exact moment a mom-and-pop investor considers buying bank stocks, an ad pops up on their desktop promoting a financials-focused fund. Beyond investing, firms also are using computer programs to woo retail investors.

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How Best Buy Escaped the Retail Apocalypse

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Shares of Best Buy surged more than 20 percent Thursday after the company posted unexpected sales growth in same store locations.Best Buy is a retail anomaly because it’s an enjoyable place to shop, CNBC…Photo Credit: AP

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Appian Shares Leap 35% After IPO

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Shares of Appian Corp., a maker of software for developing enterprise applications, jumped 35% to $16.22 after its initial public offering Thursday.

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Take-Two Needs ‘Grand Theft Auto’ to Keep on Rolling

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Delay of “Red Dead Redemption 2” means a four-year old blockbuster will need to keep selling.

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Tanium Lets Staff, Chairman Cash Out for $100 Million

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Cybersecurity startup Tanium Inc. has created a liquidity event for insiders following a spate of negative publicity.

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How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Political consultant Aaron Nevins asked for and received documents from hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ and posted some on his blog, after which the hacker called the blog to the attention of Trump adviser Roger Stone.

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Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy And Unhealthy?

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Susan Pinker looks at new research that suggests Facebook makes us unhappy and unhealthy.

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Best Buy Defies Retail Doldrums, Posting Higher Sales

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Best Buy continued to buck the retail funk and post rising sales, as videogame consoles like the Nintendo Switch and new cellphone plans drove customers to its stores in the latest quarter.

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Microsoft Tries to Take On Twitch at Videogame Live-Streaming

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Microsoft on Thursday is launching its own videogame live-streaming service called Mixer, setting up yet another battle among some of the biggest names in the technology industry.

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Google Goes to China, Making Play for Talent and Attention

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A friendly game of Go in the picturesque city of Wuzhen has given Google an opening to return to China’s good graces, seven years after it left the country over government censorship of its namesake search engine and hacks of its Gmail service.

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Beijing’s Version of Microsoft Windows 10 Tightens Security, Ditches Solitaire

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 software customized for the Chinese government to improve security, including modifying the program to prevent data that is typically collected from being transmitted to other devices.

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The Search Ace Standing Between Baidu and Irrelevance

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

For much of the past two decades, Qi Lu, a search-technology whiz, waged losing battles against Google, first at Yahoo then at Microsoft’s Bing. Now, he says he can shape China’s Baidu into a worthy competitor in artificial intelligence.

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China’s Lenovo Reboots After Losing PC Crown to HP

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

China’s Lenovo Group is shaking up its operations as it seeks to reclaim the title of global leader in personal computers and shore up its smartphone business.

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This Old School Hedge Fund Is Going Quant

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Magnetar Capital began a billion-dollar quantitative effort six years ago to help the $13.5 billion firm buck a hedge-fund massacre waylaying its peers and set to rest memories of its controversial subprime-housing investments during the financial crisis.

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Venture Funds Flood Startups With Cash

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Investments in first quarter rose 37% from the previous period, to $14.5 billion. Social Finance pulled in $500 million.

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Your Data Is Way More Exposed Than You Realize

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Think online privacy is no big deal? You better sit down: Geoffrey A. Fowler shows how much of your personal information is out there, and how it can be used to target or harass.

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What Are Soundwave Tattoos?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

What if tattoos could talk? That’s what Nate Siggard, CEO and founder of Skin Motion, is trying to do with his soundwave tattoo app. It works like this: users can upload sounds and voices to the app, creating…

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Let Your Snapstreak End Tonight

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Snapchat hooked the masses on sending friends photos that disappear. Now teens and millennials do whatever it takes to keep daily messaging streaks alive. ‘Some people overreact a little’

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Talent Battle: Hedge Funds vs. Silicon Valley

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The battle for quantitative talent has turned some of the richest money managers into underdogs, pitting them against the likes of Google and Facebook for hiring the world’s top minds.

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HP Earnings: What to Watch

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

HP Inc. is scheduled to report fiscal second-quarter results on Wednesday.

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Videogame Software Startup Unity Is Valued at $2.8 Billion

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Unity Technologies is putting the finishing touches on a $400 million funding round of financing that values the videogame technology company at about $2.8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Program Trains 21st Century Scouts For Online Survival

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Traditionally, Boy Scouts were trained in fire and knife skills, preparing them to be ready for outdoor adventures. Along the way, they also learned how to be good stewards of the wilderness, to safely traverse…Photo Credit: Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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How a Star Engineer Sparked a War Between Google and Uber

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Anthony Levandowski started outside tech companies while working for Google, which alleges he took driverless-car secrets to Uber.

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Uber Shortchanged New York City Drivers by Millions of Dollars

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Uber said it mistakenly underpaid New York City drivers for the past 2½ years, the second time in three months the ride-hailing company has acknowledged it deprived workers of earnings.

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