Kira Thomas

13 Flips | 1 Magazine | @KiraThomas5bol | Keep up with Kira Thomas on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Kira Thomas”

BlackBerry May Quit Handsets if It Can't Make Money by Next Year, Says CEO John Chen

Chen also said that he would consider dropping the homegrown BlackBerry operating system if he can bring key security features to Android.<p>BlackBerry CEO John Chen said Thursday that the long-struggling company that pioneered the smartphone would consider exiting the handset business in a year if …

Campus nearing goal of heating with much less oil

FARMINGTON — Amid dust, dump trucks and construction clatter, a vision of a sustainable future is becoming real on the University of Maine at …

Natural Gas

China Financial Gauge Improves, Offering a Signal for Growth

China’s 10-month campaign to relax monetary policy is showing signs of an impact as financial conditions ease, a shift that could help stabilize the …

Snyder talks job creation, STEM and auto careers at Michigan Works conference

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI -- In the past four years, 420,000 private sector jobs have been created in Michigan. Michigan is No. 1 in manufacturing jobs and …

Employment

U.S. auto tariffs fall slowly in trade deal

<i>Washington</i> — In the landmark Asia-Pacific free trade deal reached among the United States and 11 other nations, U.S. automakers won a lengthy delay …

Lyft battles Uber for drivers with new perks

Lyft and Uber aren't just competing for passengers. The ride-hailing companies are also in a fierce battle for drivers.<p>On Thursday, Lyft announced a number of new programs intended to woo drivers, including discounted rental cars and gas, and a way to get paid anytime.<p>The latest indication of the …

Get this: Americans ARE spending their gas savings

The average American driver saved $360 this year on gas -- nearly a dollar a day. So what are people doing with that "extra" money?<p>Americans claim they have been saving it, but that may be a fib.<p>When the JPMorgan Chase Institute looked at people's actual bank account records, they found that about …

Netflix raises monthly price $1 to $9.99

Netflix is about to cost you a bit more.<p>The popular streaming TV service is hiking the cost of its standard plan from $8.99 a month to $9.99.<p>Customers might complain, but investors cheered the news. Netflix (NFLX) stock, which was down earlier in the day, ticked up more than 6% after the …

Disney Considers Uber-Style Pricing for Theme Parks

The "Happiest Place on Earth" may soon take a pointer from Uber.<p>Disney is considering a plan to increase prices for admission to its theme parks on busy days and lower them on slow days. It's a similar system to that of ride-hailing apps like Uber, although prices wouldn't change minute to minute. …

Trade with Cuba? We already do $300 million worth

A look inside our little-known export pipeline suggests who might benefit when the embargo lifts.<p>The Obama administration’s sudden move to normalize relations with Cuba – including Wednesday’s announcement that the nations would open embassies in each other’s capitals — has fueled excitement in the …