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Why IT failures at big companies are unlikely to go away

<b>Business deals that have to be aborted, staff who don't receive their wages, invoices that don't get paid on time - companies can face potentially catastrophic disruption when their banks suffer computer system failures.</b><p>Yet these interruptions are far from uncommon - institutions like NatWest, …

Outsourcing

Report: Apple buys PrimeSense, co-creators of the original Kinect

Remember that Apple / PrimeSense deal that was rumored to be going down in July? It may have just gone through: according to Israeli news source <i>Calcalist</i>, Cupertino acquired the motion sensing technology firm for $345 million this weekend. If true, it could hint at future Apple products with …

New startup economics: Why Amazon (web services) and Dropbox need each other

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Earlier this week, I stopped by at the offices of Dropbox, the San Francisco-based online storage and syncing service. It was …

Reports of bricked PlayStation 4s surface after launch

After its launch on Friday, the PlayStation 4 has come under fire from some gamers who say their units have been dead on arrival. The most troubling reports describe a so-called "blue light of death" syndrome, in which the console's light bar flashes blue but never outputs a video signal or boots …

Apple Reportedly Developing Large Curved Screen iPhones For Late 2014, Better Touchscreen Sensors

Apple is said to be working on two curved display iPhone models for the “second half of next year,” according to a source speaking to Bloomberg, with a likely release planned for the third quarter, as well as better touchscreen sensors that introduce fine pressure sensitivity for later devices to …

Former HTC execs launch Kazam smartphones, with free cracked screen replacement and stock Android

Kazam is brand new to the smartphone scene and, as its founders Michael Coombes and James Atkins know well, making a dent it the market is pretty tough. The two former HTC UK execs announced the creation of the company in June, and they're now ready to announce the first devices. And, wow, are …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

Dumb? Chevy Camaro recalled for unsticky stickers

The law is the law, but you have to wonder about some recalls, especially the one issued Tuesday for the Chevrolet Camaro.<p>Chevrolet is recalling 2013 and 2014 Camaros because the air bag warning label on the sun visor may be peeling off. The label in question is the one what warns drivers and …

Cargill to label meat after 'pink slime' uproar

Cargill Inc. says it will start labeling beef products that contain finely textured beef, an ingredient that came under attack as "pink slime."<p>The move by one of the world's largest beef processors comes as consumers increasingly demand more transparency in how agribusiness companies make the food …

Agriculture

Stage A Thunderstorm In Your Living Room With This Weird Lamp

Puff piece: The interactive Cloud Lamp, a bolt of genius, will storm the scene at home to thunderous effect. Someone stop me…<p><i>Happy Black Friday! We’re taking the day to republish some of our most popular Wanted posts of the year. For a complete roundup, go here.–Eds.</i><p>People see things in clouds. We …

Living Rooms

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Venet on display in Beverly Hills

Even if you don't consider yourself an art connoisseur, Bugatti just gave car lovers a great reason to visit the Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. As a part of an exhibit for French artist Bernar Venet, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Venet, which was unveiled last year, is also on display.<p>Although …

The Internet Archive puts Atari games and obsolete software directly in your browser

The Internet Archive has officially released a tool that will let decades-old software run in your browser, along with a catalog of noteworthy, fun, or notorious games and applications. The Archive team has spent two years creating and troubleshooting a JavaScript port of the MESS computer software …

The “Thriller” Diaries

Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Thriller” remains the most popular music video of all time: a 14-minute horror spoof that changed the business. Behind the scenes it gave its star a temporary home with director John Landis, sparked a near romance with actress Ola Ray, and revealed how damaged the young pop …

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Lasers and robots explore ancient Rome’s hidden aqueducts

With the help of precision 21-century technology, archaeologists are mapping a dozen tunnels that were carved by Roman engineers into the mountains east of Rome in order to supply the ancient city with water<p>Hacking through thickets of overgrown bushes, reeds and stinging nettles, Alfonso Diaz Boj …

Archaeology

What Apple could learn from McDonald’s is… architecture?

At one time, the mansard roof was the very picture of architectural sophistication. French. Curved. Rarefied.But, nearly 300 years after architect François Mansart tacked his name, and his entire career, onto the elegant, slope-shingled eaves of the iconic roof he’d invented, well… along came …

McDonald's

Amazon spent $1.4 billion in the past 12 months to build a company town

Like Facebook, Amazon is building a city within a city, a glistening, utopian corporate campus in an area of Seattle known as South Lake Union that was once just dingy warehouses. And thanks to an item in Amazon’s latest quarterly report, we now know how much the company spent on the project on …

Employment

East Coast Line: Ministers launch search for buyer

<b>Returning the East Coast Main line to the private sector will "revitalise" it, ministers have said as they kick-started the franchising process.</b><p>The line has been publicly run since 2009 when National Express handed back the franchise amid financial problems.<p>Ministers say the line has since been …

United Kingdom

Procter & Gamble’s whittled down emerging market strategy is paying off

<b>The numbers:</b> Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest household products maker, posted earnings of $3.03 billion for the quarter ended on Sept. 30, compared to $2.81 billion a year earlier.<p><b>The takeaway:</b> After lagging its rivals in emerging markets, P&G is starting to turn itself around. Emerging …

Investing

DOT hits United with record fine for long tarmac delays

The Transportation Department fined United Airlines $1.1 million for lengthy tarmac delays at O'Hare in July 2012 -- the largest fine yet for leaving passengers stuck on planes.<p>The fine is for 13 flights carrying a total of 939 passengers delayed longer than three hours during severe thunderstorms …