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Halfords profits rise helped by strong bike sales

<b>Car parts and bicycle retailer Halfords has reported a rise in half-year profits, helped by a strong increase in sales of bikes.</b><p>Pre-tax profits rose 5.2% to £44.6m for the six months to 27 September, with total sales up 7.7% to £490.6m.<p>Revenues from bike sales rose 14.2%, and Halfords said its car …

Human Resources

Time is not money

“THE love of money”, St Paul memorably wrote to his protégé Timothy, “is the root of all evil.” “All” may be putting it a bit strongly, but dozens of …

Psychology

Etsy says sellers can now use factories for handmade goods

The move will allow those who use the online marketplace to build larger businesses<p>Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Etsy Inc., an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, will let its sellers use outside manufacturers and hire as many employees as they need, loosening rules amid confusion over …

The Donut Economy’s Fat Profit

Americans are shunning soda and claim they want healthier fast-food options. But they’re still buying plenty of doughnuts and coffee.<p>Here’s a …

Every GameStop Manager To Receive An Xbox One And PS4

It’s a good time to work for GameStop as this new console generation dawns. Specifically, it’s a good time to be a general manager there.<p>There’s news out of GameStop EXPO in Las Vegas via Joystiq and Neowin (and confirmed by GameStop PR) that the store’s general managers will all be receiving a …

StarCraft makes you smarter, according to research

A new study claims that playing real-time strategy video games can help people become faster thinkers.<p>It's widely understood that people who play twitch games, like shooters, improve their non-gaming perceptual processes. But researchers at Queen Mary University and University College London wanted …

Nokia 'could cut 8,500 jobs'

Nokia is said to be considering shedding a further 8,500 jobs from Nokia Siemens Networks, the telecoms equipment business it has just assumed full control over.<p>The ailing Finnish mobile phone maker bought its German partner Siemens out of the joint venture in a £1.5bn deal that completed on …

Holho makes your tablet a video hologram projector

Make like Princess Leia and generate holograms with Holho, a Kickstarter project brings a hologram optical illusion to any tablet or smartphone.<p>You might be familiar with those optical-illusion toys that let you place a small object into a gadget with two parabolic mirrors and project what looks …

Gear & Gadgets

Tesla Shares Get A Charge Out Of Another Surprise Profit

Tesla Motors has done it again.<p>In May, the electric carmaker reported a surprise quarterly profit that stunned investors anticipating another loss. That news sent shares on a steep climb that has since swelled to a year-to-date gain better than 300%.<p>Wednesday brought something of a repeat, after …

Electric road charges buses while they drive

South Korea has launched the world's first road-powered electric vehicle network to charge public buses while they're on the move.<p>The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so …

Magnetism

Crowded skies, frustrated passengers

ON AN average day, more than 1,500 planes take off and land at Beijing’s Capital International Airport, the second-busiest in the world (by passenger …

A Discount Grocery Chain Is Being Touted As 'Wal-Mart's Worst Nightmare'

WinCo, a Western grocery chain with about 100 stores, has a business model that allows for cheaper prices than Wal-Mart, writes Brad Tuttle at Time.<p>WinCo keeps costs low by buying directly from suppliers and eliminating middlemen, according to Tuttle. It also doesn't accept credit cards and has …

Walmart

Smashburger Founder Attributes Success To Unorthodox Marketing Strategy

Founder Tom Ryan told Nation's Restaurant News the fast-casual chain's success can be attributed to an unconventional marketing philosophy that relies heavily on social media and old-fashioned word of mouth.<p>Ryan said the chain still uses some radio and television advertising.<p>But Smashburger focuses …

Marketing

Tyra Banks Invests in Flixel, Will Feature Its “Living Photos” Prominently on “America’s Next Top Model”

Modeling icon Tyra Banks has invested in the animated-picture app Flixel, and will heavily feature it in the current season of her “America’s Next …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

'Invisibility wetsuit' to protect against sharks launched in Western Australia

An “invisibility cloak” to protect surfers from sharks has been launched in Western Australia, the scene of five fatal shark attacks in recent …

Why ex-Xbox boss Don Mattrick may be Zynga’s savior

<i>Josh Williams is chief science officer and president of Kontagent.</i><p>By now you’ve already heard the news about Zynga. In the latest turn of events for the embattled casual gaming company, Mark Pincus has stepped down as its CEO. In his place, Don Mattrick, the former president of Microsoft’s Xbox …

Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Consider this now familiar view from the field:<p><i>“I’ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada. The website was designed in Zagreb, Croatia. The software was developed in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Zagreb, Croatia; Delhi,</i> …

Nanotechnology and religion: a complex relationship

In the science fiction short story Halo, a panel of Muslim scholars discuss a strip of bacon made by a "molecular assembler", a device capable of …

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The Creepy 1983 Cult Movie 'Videodrome' Got Everything Right About Modern Life And The Internet

The movie, starring James Woods and Debbie Harry, is about a cable TV executive who becomes addicted to a secret "pirate" video channel that broadcasts a late-night torture porn show called "Videodrome." The show ends up taking control of his life, through a series of hallucinations.<p>The movie was …

Virtual Reality

Shutterstock launches new learn-to-code site, Skillfeed

Skillfeed is the latest site to capitalize on the white-hot learn-to-code trend.<p>This new contestant hails from the bowels of stock photography site Shutterstock, an online behemoth with a $1.5 billion market cap.<p>Skillfeed’s curriculum covers such topics as CSS and MySQL. It also has some basic …

The Sisyphean Problem Of Email

<b>Advice that should be given to modern people considering marriage:</b> “Before you marry, consider this, ‘Is this the person I’d like to watch stare at their phone for the rest of my and their life?”<p>In the Greek myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus, as punishment for aspiring to immortality, is given the task to …

'After Earth' Is Will Smith's Biggest Summer Bust

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Welcome to the Box Office Report, where dinosaurs are always welcome in our summer movies, but Jaden …

The 12 Smartest People On Wall Street

Of course, the best insights always come from the people who really know their stuff - and that knowledge and experience typically lends to a unique perspective that is hard to find anywhere else.<p>We've compiled a list of the analysts, economists, and managers we consider to be some of the smartest …

Markets

Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money?

PAYING for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, …

Is it curtains for video-game consoles?

AFTER an eight-year wait, video-game fans finally have some new machines to play with. In November last year the Japanese firm Nintendo unveiled the …