John Summer

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Why Apple Is Losing Ground To The Samsung Brand

Samsung is gaining fast on Apple in terms of brand affection – but we seem reluctant to admit it.<p>In Interbrand’s 2013 brand index, a benchmark measure of brand value, Apple came out on top, ending a 13 year run by Coca Cola. The signs are though that Samsung, which has been investing heavily in …

Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer

Dual OS could dilute Windows dominance, if Microsoft doesn't kill it first<p>The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry’s efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show …

An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

4 Facebook Secrets to Keep You Safe

Never let your boss see your embarrassing photos again<p>If your number of Facebook friends competes with your monthly mortgage payment, you may not be so happy after those embarrassing pictures from the holiday party go live: The more social circles you’re connected to on Facebook, the more anguish …

OK, Glass: Show me what's next for Google

December 2014 is a year away. Barring unforeseen complications, Google Glass will have gone public by then and just might have forever altered its maker in the process.<p>The story of how Glass could change Google begins back on June 27, 2012. Sergey Brin and his cohorts, in what we now know is …

Google Glass

Microsoft's Project Siena lets you create Windows apps with ease

If you think creating an app is something only whizkid developers and those with programming skills can do, think again. Microsoft has recently unveiled Project Siena, a Metro-style app that lets anyone create their own Windows 8.1 program with regular PowerPoint and Excel knowhow. As it's a Metro …

Nissan Leaf Owner Hits 100,000 Miles in Less than Three Years

Steve Marsh is one super commuter. So much so, that the Washington State resident has just clocked 100,000 miles on his Nissan Leaf that he’s owned for less than three years.<p>With a 60-mile commute to work each way, Marsh has easily racked up the miles on the Leaf he’s owned since May 2011. …

Electric Vehicles

Hulu's Billion-Dollar Milestone: A Sign Of Just How Far Behind Netflix It Has Fallen

On the Hulu blog yesterday, CEO Mike Hopkins was excited to announce a significant milestone. “Hulu will reach $1 billion in revenue in 2013,” he wrote. “When you think about the fact that Hulu first launched out of beta in 2008, it’s quite an impressive feat to scale the business from zero to $1 …

When a Customer Shops With You, but Buys Elsewhere

Webrooming and showrooming are now common customer habits. That doesn't mean your business has to suffer.<p>Anyone who sells to consumers--or buys anything themselves--can't help but notice how dramatically smart phones and tablets have changed consumer behavior and shopping preferences.<p>One example is …

eCommerce

Employees will pay more for health care in 2014

New year likely to bring higher deductibles and co-pays, smaller employer contributions.<p>If you're one of the 150 million Americans who get health insurance through your job, prepare to pay more. The new year will likely bring higher deductibles and copayments, penalties for not joining wellness …

Administration opens first hole in health law mandate

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has opened a small, but potentially important, hole in a key requirement of the new healthcare law, letting some people who have had insurance policies cancelled avoid the requirement to buy coverage next year.<p>The change, announced Thursday night in a letter …

Health Care

FDA to make food safety rules farmer-friendlier

Agency says it wants to make sure sweeping new regulations are practical for food growers.<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will revise sweeping new food safety rules proposed earlier this year after farmers complained the rules could hurt business.<p>Michael Taylor, FDA's …

Holiday sales blitz may be bonanza for car buyers

Automakers are quietly or overtly offering deals through the end of the month.<p>Auto dealers are looking to ring up a few more new-car sales by the end of the month to cap a banner year, and to meet any monthly and yearly incentive goals. That means customers could benefit.<p>Some experts say these last …

Bitcoin Correction: A Buying Opportunity?

Anyone who follows the Bitcoin market closely cannot help but get dizzy. After racing from low $200 to low $1200s in less than two months, the digital currency dropped more than 35% in five days, and more than 50% from its all-time high two weeks ago.<p>Is this correction a buying or selling …

Hershey to buy China sweet maker in expansion bid

<b>Hershey plans to buy a Chinese sweet maker for $584m (£357m) in cash and debt as it expands into the world's fastest-growing consumer market.</b><p>The firm said it would acquire Shanghai Golden Monkey (SGM), one of the world's largest confectionery and chocolate companies, in two phases.<p>It is the largest …

Study: Entrepreneurs Over 50-Years-Old Struggle With Innovation

Startups helmed by owners over the age of 50 are at an innovation disadvantage, a global study finds.<p>It might sound like a stereotype, but new data shows it to be true: Older entrepreneurs struggle to do cool, new stuff.<p>That's the finding from France's NEOMA Business School, which studied nearly …

Entrepreneurship

How to pin bookmarks and hosted apps in the Chrome App Launcher

A common complaint about the Chrome OS user interface looks to be getting addressed. Google’s(s goog)<br>François Beaufort pointed out a new experimental …

Europe’s set to mandate common phone chargers — so where does this leave Apple?

This should be fun – the European Union is almost certain to force mobile device manufacturers, Apple(s aapl) included, to conform to a single …

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Criminals may have stolen information from 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target. A possible weakness? The magnetic stripe on credit cards — which fraudsters can pull credit card numbers and expiration dates from to make counterfeit cards.<p>Other countries moved beyond this technology …

This t-shirt will tell your phone how healthy you are

Last month, Quartz wrote about Scanadu Scout, a nifty little device that can measure your vital signs—temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and more—simply through contact with your skin. The catch was that you have to hold it up your forehead to get a reading. Stephane Marceau, founder of the …

Personal Data

Line Will Pay Users to Watch Video Ads

Facebook’s move towards video ads raised concern among users this week, but what if you were paid to watch them? That’s a concept that Line, the messaging app from Japan with 300 million registered users, is putting to the test next year.<p>The company announced today (in Japanese) that it will …

Samsung may bring stitched leather look to laptops

Galaxy Note 3 style wrapped around an Ativ Book 9 chassis<p>The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 introduced a new faux leather aesthetic for Samsung, which may now be making the jump to the company's Windows notebooks as well. A new Ativ Book 9 Style laptop has been pictured over on Korean site …

When Twitter Bought MoPub, It Bought Itself an Advertising Safety Net

In early September, a few days before Twitter announced it was going public, it announced that it was buying MoPub, a mobile ad startup.The two …

Meet the big, bad robots competing in this weekend’s DARPA Robotics Challenge trial

Starting later today, some of the most capable humanoid robots in the world will congregate in Miami, where 17 teams will spend two days competing to …

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …