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Samsung sues Dyson following 'intolerable' copycat claims

Samsung is suing Dyson for 10 billion won (around $9.4 million) following claims from the British vacuum maker that a Samsung product looked like a "cynical rip-off" of its design. Dyson sued Samsung last year, accusing the company of infringing on its patented vacuum-steering system. That lawsuit …

PS4 Nearly Doubles Xbox One Sales For January

The NPD numbers for January are in, and the PS4 appears to be steaming right ahead in 2014. Sony's console led US hardware sales for the month, “nearly doubling” the closest next gen competitor, according to a Q&A on the company’s site. It’s especially impressive considering the fact that units are …

Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost

If pushing your enemy into the sea signifies success, then Google's decision to start ferrying workers to its campus by boat suggests the revolt against big technology companies is going well. Standing on the docks of Oakland, on the east side of San Francisco Bay, last week, you could watch the …

What if the sun disappeared?

We wouldn’t know the sun was gone for eight-and-a-half minutes. Then Earth would head off in a straight line, into eternal night.<p>If the sun …

Theory of Relativity

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Finance

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

Associated Press News

Rare snow, ice shock the Deep South

Bitter winter weather reached deep into the South Tuesday, bringing a rare snow to Houston and threats of a dangerous ice storm from Texas to the Carolina coast.<p>ATLANTA — A wet winter storm covered much of the Deep South with snow and ice Tuesday, prompting airlines to cancel thousands of flights …

Propane shortage reaches emergency levels

WASHINGTON — As brutally cold temperatures continue to blast much of the nation, a propane shortage is driving up heating bills, prompting accusations of price gouging and leading to energy emergencies in more than a dozen states, from Alabama to Michigan.<p>The lack of propane has forced the closing …

Wave of store closings expected to hit retail

Get ready for the next era in retail — one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller stores.<p>On Tuesday, Sears said that it will shutter its flagship store in downtown Chicago in April. It's the latest of about 300 store closures in the U.S. that Sears has made since 2010. The news …

Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.<p>"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the …

Wealthy Chinese flee China, taking their fortunes with them

Do the wealthy Chinese know something we don't?<p>A new report shows that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have either emigrated or plan to emigrate—taking their spending and fortunes with them. The United States is their favorite destination.<p>The report from Hurun, a wealth research firm that …

Why Battery Life Should Be The New Smartphone Battleground

Smartphones are unquestionably one of the most useful devices of the 21st century but they continue to have one critical flaw – battery life. We’ve all been there – you forgot to charge your smartphone and you have 10% battery life left to see you through the day.<p>You think of ways to charge it, …

Target Reports Few Incidents Of Fraud After Hackers Stole 40 Million Credit Cards

The popular chain store announced Thursday that hackers broke into its payment system between November 27 and December 15, stealing debit and credit card data during the hight of Christmas shopping.<p>Among the information potentially pilfered was the name, card number, expiration date, and …

Credit Cards

How Walmart's Low Wages Cost All Americans, Not Just Its Workers

<b>Bloomberg View:</b> Yesterday, we looked at the benefit to McDonald's of having its workers subsidized by state and federal aid. Today, its Wal-Mart’s turn. Recall our discussion last month on the related subject of "How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens." We learned that employees of these …

Apple's Biggest Compromise With The iPhone 5c Over The iPhone 5s Is Life Expectancy

Having reviewed both of Apple’s latest smartphones here on Forbes (read the reviews of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s here) the dividing line between the two handsets is far more than the $100 difference in price. Both the 5s and the 5c are competent today, but over the life of a two-year contract …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Fitbit Force vs. Jawbone UP24: Which activity tracker should you buy?

There’s little doubt that activity trackers will be a hot gift this holiday season, but which one should you give?<p>Recently I’ve spent some time with …

This Company Can Find Stolen Smartphones (If Only AT&T, Verizon And Sprint Will Let It)

When Lawrence Flynn’s smartphone was stolen in Atlanta in July, he assumed it was gone for good. Weeks went by. Police had no leads.<p>“I had given up hope,” he said.<p>But an investigator at Absolute Software had not given up. Four months after the theft, Flynn, 57, got a call from the company, which …

The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

For almost a decade and a half, mobile customers – and Americans in particular – have enjoyed a certain economic perk: phone subsidies from the major carriers. This meant you could, on sign-up, get a very expensive phone for at most a few hundred dollars and, as an incentive to hang around, upgrade …

$15 minimum wage measure survives

<b>SEATTLE</b> — After an election recount Monday, a proposition to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the suburb of SeaTac appears to have survived, King County election officials said.<p>The measure passed by 77 votes in last month's election, with 6,003 votes counted.<p>Ballots for SeaTac Proposition 1 …

Associated Press News

The World's Largest Vessel Enters The Water In South Korea

Shell has just floated the hull of the world's largest vessel out of its dry dock in South Korea. It's so massive that if you stood it up, it would be 1,601 feet tall, reaching higher into the sky than the Empire State Building.<p>The vessel, called the Prelude, will actually be used more as a …

Kickstarter Loves This Camera That Lets You Take Street View-Like Panoramic Photos

Anyone who’s ever seen a Google Street View car has noticed the orb camera hoisted on top of the vehicle. Though such technology has been used primarily in mapping, one company is hoping to bring it to consumers. Roughly the size of a baseball, the Bublcam is capable of shooting panoramic photos …

Android's share of global device sales growing 14-times faster than iOS

Consumers continue to purchase more Android than iOS devices, the 3DS is less popular than the Amazon Kindle, and more than half of the mobile-gaming audience is women.<p>Market-research firm IDC and mobile-market-tracking company App Annie released a new report today that helps make sense of mobile …

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty