12 Apr

Just a year ago, analysts were predicting Best Buy's demise. The retail chain's announcement it was closing stores had many speculating that the company's days were finished. There was even talk of the company gradually going to a kiosk-only format to meet the needs of today's shoppers.

But in recent months, it's become clear the electronics chain fully intends to fight back. With the gradual increase of states requiring online retailers to charge sales tax on purchases, the playing field has leveled between online and bricks-and-mortar sellers. This, combined with Best Buy's decision to meet online prices, is giving Best Buy renewed hope.

11 Apr

Fans of the Old Sayings Department know that the early bird has been getting the worm since those famous words were first recorded in the 17th century. But in today's non-stop working world, does an early riser still have an advantage? Or is pre-dawn labor now the slacker's version of late-night effort?

The Guardian newspaper of London recently asked a handful of high-ranking business executives to detail how they organize their working days. And whether an early start makes a real difference.

09 Apr

Technology and art have clashed over the years -- colorizing old black-and-white films being a recent poster child for the ages-old rift -- and the two ancient adversaries have also found themselves strange bedfellows.

As charged as the tech/art conflict can get, though, it sometimes pales in comparison to what humans can do, all by themselves, in the name of art.

Lucky visitors to New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have an opportunity, if they happen by the building at a fortuitous time, to see an Oscar-winning performer take a nap in a glass box.

07 Apr

It certainly sounds great. An iPhone at a fraction of the cost. It would open up the market to people who couldn't previously afford iPhones, possibly expanding Apple's market to a wider range of the population.

But drill down deeper into the concept and you have what could potentially be a smartphone market killer. It's a bold move for Apple, certainly--a move that could stand to bring in winning numbers for the technology giant in the final quarter of the year, but that brings another question. What will a budget iPhone do to the rest of the smartphone market?

05 Apr

Apparently banking on the idea that two eyes will be better than one, Sony continues to develop a product, in the works in some form since 2008, that's designed to compete with the much-hyped Google Glass.

Google's product, which looks like a pair of lens-less glasses with a translucent display cube mounted on one side of the frame, functions as a head-mounted computing device. Wearers can observe information on the micro-display and also give voice commands to the computer -- such as telling it when to snap a photo, or when to display driving directions. Published reports, and Google's own site dedicated to the project, indicate that Google might fit the frames with sun-resistant lenses, an idea that conjures up images of an ultra-modern Internet surfer dude. With or without the board.

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