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Amazon is making an amazing comeback

It looks like Wall Street's love affair with Amazon has been re-Kindle-d.<p>Shares of Amazon (AMZN) rose more than 3% Monday.<p>That follows a nearly 10% pop on Friday after Amazon reported a better-than-expected profit.<p>Amazon shares have been on a tear since early February, surging about 45%. Amazon is …

Investing

Uber sued again over drivers' employment status

The class action flood gates have opened.<p>Less than two weeks after Uber Technologies agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts in which drivers sought to be reclassified as employees instead of independent contractors, the ride-hailing company …

Chinese phone makers Oppo and Vivo pass Xiaomi in global phone sales

Apple and Samsung retain their top two spots, according to new data from IDC.<p>Being the “it” smartphone sure doesn’t last long.<p>New data from IDC finds that Xiaomi now trails several of its less well known Chinese rivals when it comes to global market share. Overall, there were 334.9 million …

FBI plans to use a loophole to keep iPhone hack a secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t plan to reveal its method for unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>After a congressional hearing, and an 11th hour cancellation from the FBI after finding a third party to unlock it, the world waited in anticipation …

India mandates all smartphones must come with a panic button

India has decreed that, from 2017, all phones must be sold with a panic button that lets users instantly alert the emergency services. A year later and all devices sold must also come with GPS as standard in order for authorities to quickly locate victims of sexual assault. According to India's</i> …

Fiat Chrysler recalls 812,000 cars because owners don't understand the shifter

You'd think that would be a make-or-break part of the test drive, before it ever left the lot.<p>Of all the wacky new shifter designs out there, none are more controversial than Fiat Chrysler's rocker-switch-style gearshift, which ratchets through the traditional PRND layout but always returns to its …

Chrysler

Pepsi is launching an Android phone in China

A brand-new brand phone<p>If I told you that there was a new Android phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz processor, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera, would any of that information turn your head? Possibly. But what if it only cost $200, and it was being sold by Pepsi?<p>…

Huawei is the new Samsung

Samsung's meteoric rise as a smartphone maker began with the Galaxy S, a 2010 Android handset with some high specs and more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone. That formula of pushing the limits of specs and the boundaries of Apple's intellectual property is now being reprised by Huawei. But …

Another interest rate cut will fuel a housing bubble in danger of bursting

Interest rates are already at record lows and housing prices and housing debt at record highs; further cuts by the Reserve Bank will keep house prices going up<p>The Reserve Bank is walking a precarious tight-rope with interest rates. The economy is weak and cutting interest rates would seem to be a …

Canadian Real Estate

Read the letter Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company's 40th anniversary

On April 4th, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a little company named Microsoft. You probably know the story from there: Gates went on to become the wealthiest man in the world, and then gradually pulled back from his company to focus on broad philanthropic efforts through the Bill & Melinda …

Verizon makes it easier to bring (some) phones to its network

As a CDMA-based carrier (until LTE takes over), Verizon isn't nearly as friendly to the bring-your-own-phone trend as the likes of AT&T or T-Mobile. You can't usually swap SIM cards and expect your unlocked phone to work. Thankfully, the carrier recently made the process a whole lot easier... …

Pricing Your Work, Tip #5: How Much Can You Charge for Different Corporate Assignments?

<i>This is the last in a series of blog posts exploring pricing your work from our 3 free guides written with Bill Cramer, CEO of Wonderful Machine.</i> …

What You Need to Know About Adobe's DNG File Format

Over the last few years, RAW files have become the norm in digital photography, giving the photographer a significant increase of the control of …

Tutorials

Hungary law requires photographers to ask permission to take pictures

Civil code that outlaws taking pictures without permission of everyone in the photograph is 'vague and obstructive' say critics<p>Those planning a weekend break in Budapest take note. From 15 March anyone taking photographs in Hungary is technically breaking the law if someone wanders into shot, under …

This Teacher Asked Her Students to Write to an Author. Kurt Vonnegut Wrote Back This

In 2006 Ms. Lockwood, an English teacher at Xavier High School, asked her students to write a letter to a famous author. She wanted them discuss the …