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Cost to raise today's child nears $250G, federal report finds

A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.<p>Those costs -- food, housing, childcare and education -- rose 1.8 percent over …

The 22 most important things Apple announced at WWDC 2014

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference with a glimpse into the future of OS X, iOS 8, and the developer tools that bring them to life. This is the rare event where a man can get on stage and write code for ten minutes while thousands of developers watch in stunned silence before …

3 Next Steps In Retail Innovation

Not long ago, retailers had a reputation for being luddites, falling behind their peers in banking, healthcare, manufacturing, and other industries in technology-driven innovation. With razor-thin margins, who could blame them for resisting the additional costs of digital signage, in-store Wi-Fi, …

Office-Supply Stores Seeing Profit Margins Erased

Office-supply retailers are grappling with controlling costs as they battle increased competition and technological shifts that are reducing demand for traditional supplies such as pens, paper clips and paper.<p>Profitability among privately held office-supply, stationery and gift retailers (NAICS …

4 Tips For Telling a Compelling Business Story

In a lot of ways, people don’t buy products anymore – they buy into your business’s story. That means companies must constantly refine their stories …

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being dubbed one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has …

Buffalo Wild Wings to use tablets for gaming, ordering another round

Service at restaurants can be decidedly slow. But for those of you who frequent Buffalo Wild Wings, relying on the waitstaff to place an order could soon be a thing of the past. The company has revealed that, after a successful pilot program, it's going to put tablets on each one of its tables, …

Target Collaborates With Pinterest Stars To Design Party Capsule Collections

The retailer is working with power users launch exclusive collections to be sold in stores and online.<p>Setting itself apart from other key …

How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically | Inc.com

What leadership skill do your employees, colleagues, and peers view as the most important for you to have? According Robert Kabacoff, the vice president of research at Management Research Group, a company that creates business assessment tools<b>,</b> it's the ability to plan strategically.<p>He has research …

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Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a …

6 Characteristics Great Thought Leaders Share

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thought leaders share a lot of the same behaviors. Rather than stand on a pedestal, they foster approachability. Rather than work in obscurity, they make sure they are "discoverable." Rather than pretending they've got it all figured out, …

3 ways U.S. payment tech is behind the times

As the fallout from the Target TGT, +0.81% breach continues to spread—last Monday, police said they arrested two Mexican citizens who had fraudulent …

iPad Numbers: New Record 26 Million Sold Last Quarter

Apple revealed some impressive iPad numbers during their Q1 2014 financial call yesterday afternoon. For the quarter that ended on December 28, 2013 the company set an all time record for iPads sold in a quarter.<p>Here’s the record-breaking total and some other notable iPad numbers from the Apple …

Pew: 70% of Americans Read a Print Book in 2013, 28% Read an E-Book

During 2013, 69 percent of Americans read a book in printed form, 28 percent read an e-book, and 14 percent listened to an audiobook. While the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.<p>The latest figures come from Pew‘s …

Target Is Testing A Completely Different Type Of Store

The first TargetExpress, as the store will be called, will be built at the base of an apartment building near the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, the company announced Friday.<p>The 20,000-square-foot store will offer a selection of items similar to a CVS or a Walgreen's, with health …

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Grocers rush to open 'dark stores' as online food shopping expands

Grocers are cutting back on megastores, but rising internet food sales will see supermarkets sign up for twice as much online warehouse space this year.<p>The major supermarkets – including Tesco, Asda and Waitrose – will this year commit to doubling the space devoted to internet distribution centres, …

GameStop Plunges After Sony Unveils PlayStation Now Streaming Service

The video game world shook on Tuesday afternoon after Sony announced (along with a new Internet-based television service in the US) a streaming service called PlayStation Now at the Consumer Electronics Show. Video game retailer GameStop shares sank immediately following the news, as gamers …

Plated delivers ingredients and prep instructions to your door

Plated has created the un-grocery-shopping-trip. The company received $5 million in its first round of funding today.<p>While there are plenty of companies that will deliver groceries to your door, and plenty more companies that will deliver fully-cooked healthy meals to your door, Plated delivers the …

Nevermind Amazon Prime Drones, Google Has Future Delivery Vehicle With Uber

Amazon’s recent announcement around drone delivery captured the world’s attention. It is a creative idea. But, as Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics, (and the DIY Drones community), said about the idea before Amazon even suggested it: “It’s incredibly stupid.”<p>Now to be clear, I’m a huge fan of …

Apple Store Customers In Japan Are Getting Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Products Today For Just $345

Mac Rumors reports this year's bags, which sell for 36,000 yen ($345), come in four different configurations.<p>Certain items appear in every bag, like a T-shirt, an Incase City Collection Compact Backpack, and a Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Mini.<p>Then the fun begins.<p>"One configuration of the bag …

Retailers should focus on loyalty over promotions in apps | Retail Dive

The Starbucks app<p>It is clear from the current holiday season that retailers are enthusiastically using mobile applications to push promotions at …

Target is 2013 Mobile Retailer of the Year

Mobile<p>Target has been named 2013 Mobile Retailer of the Year, the highest accolade in mobile commerce and retail. The honor tops the Mobile Commerce …

Following Your Internal Compass and Making Your Own Decisions

<b>“Believe nothing no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.”</b> …

A Crash Course In Leadership For 20-Something CEOs

Five essential lessons for today’s crop of young leaders.<p>Traditionally, leaders spent 20 or more years rising through the ranks before they made it to the corner office. But we’re seeing a rise in CEOs in their 20s and 30s, who either founded their own company or rose quickly through the ranks of …

Awesome Spray Painted Illusion of a Hovering Tree Cut in Half

Graphic designer Daniel Siering and art director Mario Schuster (aka Mario Shu) have taken a solitary tree in Potsdam, Germany and transformed it into a split, hovering trunk with nothing more than some paint and tin foil. To create the illusion, Siering and Shu wrapped a section of the tree in …

The NSA's catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

Over the New Year’s holiday the German newspaper Spiegel has published details about the gadgets the NSA uses to spy on people and companies. According to the newspaper the NSA has a special secret unit, called ANT, which specializes in creating tech related devices for eavesdropping and installing …

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On Black Friday 9 Out Of 10 Parents Will Use Their Smartphones To Shop

<i>Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p>Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters Over Black Friday weekend a whopping 90% of parents who own smartphones expect to use …

Apple’s iPad comes out a big winner on Black Friday

Apple’s iPad came out as the big winner based on a quick analysis of Black Friday sales at the Target retail chain today, according to InfoScout.<p>The data is based on InfoScout’s consumer research. The company interviewed the first 3,000 shoppers at Target on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.<p>The top …

It's Cyber Monday: Over 131 million expected to shop online

Consumers are expected to take to the web to get the best deals delivered in time for Christmas on Monday in what is expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year, but it may not be all good news for retailers.<p>Analysts warn that the latest retail data show average spending over the …