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This homegrown Chinese smartphone is now the world’s sixth best-selling phone

<i>Quartz</i> <i>continues its series</i> <i>profiling companies around the world experiencing explosive growth.</i><p>We’ve been watching the Coolpad, a smartphone made by a Shenzhen-based manufacturer, since learning that it’s outselling the iPhone in China. That’s even though its parent company China Wireless …

Do You Have A Barcode Inside You?

You have your own specialized brand of intelligence. As do everyone of the people you lead. Inside that intelligence is a background, a learning curve, a constellation of skills and talents that, when tapped, enable you to see things and solve things no one else can.<p>Here’s proof. In the late 1940s, …

Ebooks an Increasingly Popular Holiday Gift

More parents intend to buy their kids ebooks for the holidays this year than last year.<p>Some 73% of parents with children aged two to 13 plan on buying their kids digital books this year for the holidays versus 66% last year, according to an upcoming report from PlayCollective and Digital Book World.<p>…

Coin Reaches Campaign Goal, Extends Pre-Order

Coin, the startup attempting to make credit cards history by storing financial data in smartphones and replacing multiple cards with one bluetooth-enabled Coin card, has today announced more cards are available for presale. This week, Coin hit its $50,000 crowdfunding campaign goal less than 40 …

Quotes about Failure

A few years ago I wrote a series of posts with quotes about Performance Management (Feb 2009, Sept 2009, May 2010). Last week the Global Language Monitor announced that ‘404’ and ‘fail’ are the two most popular words of 2013. Given the popularity of failure, I thought I would catalog a few of my …

The one problem with Dropbox’s $8 billion valuation: The service is too easy to leave

Recently I ran out of space on the consumer-focused cloud storage service Dropbox, which as of this morning is reportedly valued at $8 billion. Dropbox has been (cleverly) backing up all my photos every time I connect my phone to my laptop, encouraging me to fill up my allotted gigabytes and get me …

What Japanese maple trees tell us about the US economy

If there’s one sign of the improving US housing market to pluck from Home Depot’s third quarter earnings, it’s the Japanese maple.<p>The home improvement retailer has long sold trees, typically for between $20 and $30, but recently started trialling sales of 100-gallon Japanese maples for around …

Brilliant But Evil: Gaming Company Fined $1 Million For Secretly Using Players' Computers To Mine Bitcoin

Back in April, an online gamer noticed that his computer seemed to be working harder than it should be given what he had running on it. When he checked his logs, he realized that his computer, much to his surprise, had joined a Bitcoin mining pool in the Czech Republic and was helping someone to …

Report: Sony Near To Profit On PS4 Hardware

Amidst the debate over the relative pricing of Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One, one element of interest is the cost of producing the consoles themselves, and what that means for the two console giants. A teardown by IHS iSuppli has estimated the cost of the …

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

The four ways to really fix education (that no one wants to hear)

While official unemployment in the US has fallen to 7.3%, few would argue our jobs recovery since 2009 has been tepid. This is underscored by America’s broader unemployment figure including “discouraged” workers—those no longer looking for work—which has soared to almost 14%; it doesn’t take into …

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear didn’t “sell” 800,000 units, and it could be as big a flop as Microsoft Surface

This morning tech pundits were caught flat-footed by a Reuters report in which Samsung claimed it had “sold” 800,000 of the widely-panned Galaxy Gear smartwatches. This figure seems too good to be true for a device that critics consistently derided as light on battery life, excessively complicated …

Smartwatches

Americans are leaving more than half a billion vacation days on the table

The Western world thinks Americans work too hard, and they may be right.<p>In 2013, Americans only used 10 out of 14 vacation days, leaving more than 577 million days untouched, according to an Expedia survey of 8,535 people across 24 countries. That’s more than twice as many as the year before.<p>What’s …

Holiday shopping season looking bleak for Walmart, Kohl's

This holiday season may not be one of joy for some big retailers as the aftermath of the recession -- slow job growth and higher payroll taxes -- has lower-income shoppers struggling to make ends meet and cautious about splashing out.<p>Walmart forecast a disappointing Thanksgiving-to-Christmas …

NFL, MLB Tell Supreme Court: If Aereo Wins, We’re Bailing on Broadcast

Programmers that are fighting with Aereo, the Web TV service, have already threatened to move their shows from free broadcast TV to paid cable TV if …

Absurd: The Very Basic Thing It's Still Illegal to Do With Your Mobile Phone

And how the Obama administration's fixing it<p>Do you own a smart phone? Do you know how easy it is to <i>break the law</i> using only that smartphone?<p>It’s this easy: After your current contract with your wireless provider (perhaps Verizon) expires, change the software on your phone such that you can use it …

The McRib: Enjoy Your Symptom

How McDonald’s strange, seasonal sandwich explains the rest of its menu<p>Each year, the McRib makes a brief visit to Earth. Its arrival elicits reactions ranging from horror to awe. And for good reason: this would-be rib sandwich is really a restructured pork patty pressed into the rough shape of a …

CryptoLocker Virus Infects 12,000 Computers In One Week: How Hackers Are Avoiding Detection

Bitdefender Labs, an American and Romanian anti-virus company, found that in the week beginning Oct. 27, more than 12,000 computers were infected …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

The Death of Coal

Two recent decisions foreshadow the fitful future of energy in America.<p>The Great Energy Shift will not likely be legislated from Washington or emerge wholesale from a Silicon Valley garage. Rather it is happening in fits and starts in places like Arizona and Mississippi, where yesterday two …

Americans Are Now Taking On More Debt Than At Any Time Since 2008

The great deleveraging might, just might, be over.<p>So the great de-leveraging—the mass movement of US consumers to pay down, pay off and default their way out from under unsustainable debt loads—seems to playing itself out.<p>During the third quarter of 2013, total US consumer debt outstanding rose …

F-Secure Launches A Dropbox For the Dark Web And A VPN That Could Erase Content Borders Everywhere

Finnish security company F-Secure is making a sizable move out of its corporate security business into the world of the consumer cryptoWeb. It announced this week it’s launching a Dropbox-like cloud storage service, Younited, and a virtual private network (VPN) smartphone app called Freedome, the …

Coin Tries To Make Credit Cards History

“This is designed for the lifestyle of today with the technology of tomorrow,” says Kanishk Parashar, founder of Coin, the startup represented by a small black credit card with a digital screen on it that Parashar holds in his hand.<p>Sick of overstuffed wallets, Parashar has taken it upon himself to …

FCC Chairman Wants Carriers to Start Unlocking Phones Pronto

Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler told the cellphone industry on Thursday that it is time to take action to ensure consumers can …

Google wins book-scanning case: judge finds “fair use,” cites many benefits

Advertisement<p>39 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google(s goog) has won a resounding victory in its eight-year copyright battle with the Authors Guild over the …

Cisco’s disastrous quarter shows how NSA spying could freeze US companies out of a trillion-dollar opportunity

Cisco announced two important things in today’s earnings report: The first is that the company is aggressively moving into the Internet of Things—the effort to connect just about every object on earth to the internet—by rolling out new technologies. The second is that Cisco has seen a huge drop-off …

Motorola Announces The Moto G: What The iPhone 5C Should Have Been

Motorola today announced the Moto G, a mid-market smartphone designed to give consumers a high quality experience for the fraction of the price. The Moto G is the global successor to Motorola’s well-received Moto X and sports better quality hardware than most cheaper smartphones sold around the …

Forget LED bulbs—the future of interior lighting is lasers

Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison’s electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: …

China’s third plenum is over. Xi Jinping needed to deliver. Alas, he didn’t

For any new Chinese administration, the third plenary meeting of the Communist Party’s new Central Committee is the big one—historically, the meeting that sets the themes and tempo of a new leadership’s economic policies. The third plenum under president Xi Jinping has just closed, and as we wrote …