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First, this town lost its Macy's. Then Sears. Now, all eyes are on J.C. Penney.

Barbara Cake had made the sale. A man was hovering near the gold bracelets at the J.C. Penney jewelry counter when she said, "Hi, sir, how are you?" Before long, he was swiping his credit card for both a bracelet and a pair of diamond earrings for his wife. But Barbara wasn't done.<p>"If she doesn't …

Hands on: Nvidia’s new Shield TV is a Google Assistant-wielding powerhouse that we can’t wait to buy [Video]

Nvidia’s Shield TV has been one of the best Android TV devices in recent memory and at CES 2017 it has gotten a massive update. It has new hardware, an updated OS with built-in Google Assistant, and an amazing new accessory that all turns it into the technology of our dreams.<p>From the CES show …

Android TV

What Kind Of Cloud Data Warehouse Do You Want?

My article in August about “What the Data Warehouse Should Become In the Cloud?” led to discussions with several players in the market that ended up improving the framework and raising more important questions. Here’s what I learned.<p>In that article I outlined the following goals for a Cloud Data …

An American wardrobe staple is going extinct — here's the shoe that could replace it

Venture capitalist Henry McNamara owns a pair of Allbirds sneakers in five colors. He obsessively posts photos of them on social media and never leaves for business without them.<p>McNamara, a general partner at the early-stage investment firm Great Oaks, is biased. His firm invested in the footwear …

Clothing

2017 Solar Eclipse Will Be The Most Awesome One In 99 Years

Here's a chance to witness one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles.<p>Millions of Americans will get the rare opportunity next summer to experience a total solar eclipse.<p>On August 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun and its shadow will sweep across the contiguous U.S., crossing 14 …

Solar Eclipse

Alzheimer's: New drug that halts mental decline is 'best news for dementia in 25 years'

The first drug that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease is finally on the horizon after scientists proved they can clear the sticky plaques from the brain which cause dementia and halt mental decline.<p>Hailed as the "best news" in dementia research for 25 years, the breakthrough is said to be a potential …

Dementia

A Googler analyzed a billion files to settle the programming dispute made famous by HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

If you watch HBO's "Silicon Valley," then you may remember a now classic scene — below — from the most recent season, where our hero, Richard Hendricks, ends his relationship with a Facebook engineer over her programming style.<p>The debate over tabs and spaces, as presented in HBO's "Silicon Valley," …

Silicon Valley

See All Five Naked Eye Planets in the Dusk Sky at Once

Hosting an evening star party this summer? You’re in for a treat. Starting later this week, all five naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter …

How the gurus behind Google Earth created 'Pokémon Go'

If you spotted dozens of people silently congregating in parks and train stations over the weekend, they were probably just busy trying to catch a …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

Allergy shots

Overview<p>Allergy shots are injections you receive at regular intervals over a period of approximately three to five years to stop or reduce allergy …

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots, also known as subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), have been a proven allergy treatment for more than 100 years. They are the only …

Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy): Effectiveness, Side-Effects & Risks

Immunotherapy

Study Shows Allergy Shots Are Effective

New research shows that allergy shots are very effective in treating hay fever and some other reactions, though they are less effective for food-related allergies. Dr. Sydney Spiesel, medical columnist for the online magazine <i>Slate</i>, talks with Madeleine Brand.<p>Transcript<p>MADELEINE BRAND, host:<p>From NPR …

Anxiety: The Underlying Cause Everyone Should Know About.

<i>Bonus:</i><p>We all know gripping anxiety, worrisome emotions and inner panic are horrible feelings to manage on a daily basis, but what if anxiety is not a …

Google shocked this man by offering sympathy on the death of his father

Today, we bring you a mind-blowing example of that.<p>Reddit user "barney13" was experimenting with all the voice commands in Google Now and Google Photos. He's got an Android phone and pretty much uses all of the Google services, Gmail, Drive, YouTube, Google Now and Google Photos, which …

Google Photos

Microbes can play games with the mind

The 22 men took the same pill for four weeks. When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper. The brain …

Dropbox is falling prey to a common fallacy

He sees a company that's failing to figure out what customers truly need — falling for what he calls the "Stack Fallacy," a term he coined to describe how successful companies in one area often overvalue what they know and misjudge what they need to build next.<p>"Companies fail when they take the …

Customers

Top 6 Must-See Sky Events for 2016

Get a sneak peek at the best skywatching sights of the new year.<p>Among other celestial delights, the upcoming year may be best remembered for a planetary disappearing act and a Martian close-up.<p>Mars will be at its biggest and brightest in May, and then in the fall will appear to pass close to a …

Health Care Hacks Are Even Worse Than We Thought, According To Verizon

A new report by Verizon Enterprise Solutions says more than half of all Americans have been the subject of health care data breaches since 2009. The information has been used for everything from identity theft to access to critical infrastructure.<p>The company’s annual Protected Health Information …

Samsung Will Now Give A $50 Rebate To People Who Activate Samsung Pay, Instead Of A Wireless Charger

Are you buying things with Samsung Pay? Samsung is willing to give you a bunch of stuff to give its new service a go. In the past it promised free …

The cloud wars explained: Why nobody can catch up with Amazon

Even as the startup craze starts to cool in Silicon Valley, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all reported bang-up earnings last quarter, not least because of their big bets on the cloud.<p>What exactly are these companies selling? Who's buying it? And why is one company that wasn't even in enterprise …

Amazon Web Services

Who Will Driverless Cars Decide To Kill?

A question that will plague the autonomous car industry<p>In philosophy, there’s an ethical question called the trolley problem. If you had to push one large person in front of a moving trolley to save a group of people on the tracks, would you? This abstract idea has taken hold in programming …

Automotive Industry

Beddi smartphone alarm dock hooks up to Uber, Spotify and Nest

We've seen plenty of smartphone -- well, mostly iPhone -- alarm docks in our lifetime, but there's been little development on that end in recent years. OK, there was that one bacon scent alarm from Oscar Mayer, but not much else. That's why we were pretty stoked when we came across Witti's neat and …

A 23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company's parking lot and saves 90% of his income

The idea started to formulate while Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month), he …

Minimalism

10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.

The faces of America: Ellis Island portraits were full of hope

Ellis Island portraits<p>The faces that became America<p>1911<p>First opened in 1892, the immigration station at Ellis Island in New York harbor processed …

Moto G 2015 review

The quick take<p>The third-generation Moto G is the best thus far, with most of the features you want, and a price that's almost impossible to beat.<p>The …

Verizon Introduces New 'Simplified' Plans, Ends Phone Subsidies Completely

Say goodbye to the era of the $200 on-contract smartphone. Verizon has just announced a new plan structure, and part of the change is an end to phone …

The 8 Sexiest Fragrances You Can Wear in the Summer Heat

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