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These Five Retailers Need A Christmas Miracle Or Face A Risky 2014

It’ll come as no surprise to retail watchers that Barnes & Noble is in trouble, with Amazon continuing its decimation of the brick and mortar book world. But it’s not the only main street stalwart limping into 2014 by any means.<p>Independent agency Rapid Ratings measures the financial health of …

If You’ve Been Thinking of Buying a Car, Now’s the Right Time

Car dealerships are happy right now, thanks to what’s looking like the biggest December ever for new car sales. Customers are happy too—because it’s …

Sony and Panasonic reportedly cancel OLED TV partnership

Just 18 months after signing a deal to partner on the production of OLED televisions, Sony and Panasonic have decided to call it off. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> cites anonymous sources for the news, hinting that the pair may instead focus on bringing LCD-based 4K televisions to the market …

Retailers to roll out huge after-Christmas deals

Some "after-Christmas" sales actually begin online Christmas Day. Retailers are about to roll out the last holiday sales of 2013.<p>Ho-ho-humph. For skeptics of holiday hype, here comes the last holiday sale of 2013.<p>For all the holding off and cutting back that consumers have been doing, retailers are …

Apple awarded stocking full of patents, including heart monitor

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple 23 patents, including one for an embedded heart-rate monitor that might just be of interest to those on the watch for all things iWatch.<p>The most notable of the bunch -- which range from Apple Store display stands to data storage management …

How The Secret Service Protects The President's Hawaii Vacation

It's not news to anyone that when the president comes to town, he comes with a ton of security. But when the president comes to a small island in the middle of the Pacific -- a small island that is already home to the nation's second worst traffic -- his security apparatus is a bit more …