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Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

Let’s say you and I are neighbors. You’re an emergency room doctor, and I don’t work, thanks to a pile of money my grandparents left me.<p>You spend …

Economics

Employee Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs Will Eclipse $2,500 Next Year

Out-of-pockets costs for workers at large U.S. employers will surpass $2,500 in 2018 as deductibles rise and consumer-directed health plans become a more popular offering to employees.<p>An annual analysis by Aon shows out-of-pocket costs and increases in “medical inflation” will increase average …

Health Care

Millennials ought to be 100% invested in stocks, says top-ranking newsletter editor

Our solution to the problem of millennial investors mistrusting investment advisers prompted a huge response from readers. But it also led to an even …

Investing

Should we get our hopes up again for cloud gaming?

"We, in no way, take credit for the idea."<p>LiquidSky CEO Ian McLoughlin knows video game streaming isn't a new concept. For years, various companies have promised players they'd be able to load up any game on any device via cloud streaming. Play the latest <i>Fallout</i> on an Android tablet or boot up the …

HandBrake, the ultimate video format converter, finally out of beta after 13 years

It’s common practice for apps to launch first in beta-test format for a few weeks or months, to allow early users to provide feedback before the official release. Video conversion utility HandBrake must, though, have set a new record: after 13 years in beta, the app has finally officially launched …

Japan's ex-leader backs sick US sailors who blame radiation

Several hundred American service personnel who say they became sick from radiation after participating in relief operations for the 2011 tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster are now getting high-profile support in Japan.<p>Junichiro Koizumi, prime minister from 2001 to 2006, told …

Nuclear Energy

Apple Imagines A World You Digitize By Touch, And They Aren’t Alone

As creative apps go mobile, companies are developing new tools to capture the world.<p>Apple has filed a patent application for a stylus that you can touch to any surface, take a photo, and store the texture and color data into a 3-D image file. Easy to imagine: you’re sitting at Starbucks, drawing on …

Apps

How to Change Your Apple ID

Your Apple ID is the key to using your iCloud account and making purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. If you want to change your Apple ID, perhaps because it is an email address for an account you no longer use, you'll need to sign out of everywhere you use your Apple ID on all your iDevices. …

App Store

Who Will Be Hurt Most When The Tech Bubble Bursts? Not VCs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Manish Goyal is the senior manager and Bharat Ramnani is head of business of valuation and advisory services at Aranca.</i><p>Do we have a ticking time bomb on hand? The debate over whether Silicon Valley is sitting on another tech bubble rages on. It is being fueled by many celebrated …

Venture Capital

Weibo has signed a potentially huge deal with one of Europe's hottest tech startups

Socialbakers CEO Jan Rezab announced the deal this morning at Engage 2015, the company's big Prague-based conference. About 1,000 people — mostly from the marketing and media business — are attending the event this year.<p>"It's a joint product with Sina Weibo, we're making a Facebook Insight product …

Startups

Qwilr Gets Seed Funding To Turn Business Documents Into Attractive Websites

Qwilr is a tool for anyone who has sent out a PowerPoint deck they spent hours creating, only to wonder if anyone is even going to bother downloading it. The platform makes it easy to turn business documents into webpages, which in turn gives users access to analytics and other helpful tools.<p>The …

Google Docs

Amazon wants to train young people to become cloud experts

Amazon has launched a new program today with the aim of educating young people to become cloud experts of the future.<p>Of course, given the company’s huge Amazon Web Services (AWS) business, it’s not exactly an altruistic move on its part. Nonetheless, AWS Educate aims to “help educators and students …

Cloud Computing

Ad Tech Is Dead, Long Live Marketing Tech

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Bourdon is a co-owner and partner at</i> <i>Bateman Group</i><i>, a PR and content marketing agency serving technology brands.</i><p>VCs and public market investors cringe when they hear the words “ad tech.” It’s no wonder why. The segment has been soured by an over-saturation of ad networks and …

AdTech

Coursmos Gets $600K To Push Its Mobile-Friendly Micro-Courses At Corporates

Coursmos, an online learning startup out of Russia that began as a mobile app back in 2013 offering bite-sized, user-created micro-courses for the attention-deficit generation, has taken in a new tranche of seed funding to scale up and attack the b2b learning space.<p>It’s planning to build a version …

Online Education

The Untold Story Of Shake Shack’s $1.6 Billion Branding

For the first time, Pentagram tells the story of building Shake Shack’s branding from the ground up.<p>Last week, Shake Shack went public in an IPO that ballooned to $1.6 billion–cementing the brand’s journey from a one-off boutique stand in New York’s Madison Square Park to a multinational burger …

Graphic Design

One Hour That Can Change Your Life | Inc.com

It's a global movement that needs to get even larger. The Hour of Code is an initiative launched last year by Code.org to encourage students and adults worldwide to take a single hour to learn how to code.<p>Why? Because in this technology-centric era, coding is fast on its way to becoming a basic …

Computer Science

Can a 'TechNorth' Cluster Boost the North of England?

The UK government is backing a new agency to promote technology companies in a cluster of cities across the North of England.<p>It’s news that will no doubt be met with the same derision and apathy as any other attempt for politicians to get involved in the ‘trendy’ tech sector. However, the truth is …

Why Pot Stocks Are Too Hot to Handle

If you're waiting for the right time to invest in some "green gold," keep waiting.<p>The relaxation of U.S. laws prohibiting the recreational and …

Investing

How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

Push a heavy train up a hill when power is aplenty. Let it roll back down when electricity is needed. Simple as that, says the startup pursuing the unconventional idea.<p>One of the biggest challenges for renewable power like wind and solar has always been storage, so the grid can keep running cheaply …

What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I knew building a startup would be hard. I knew it would be slow. I knew we had to do lots of customer development and build something people want.<p>But there were things I didn’t know.<p>A lot of the work is actually email<p>Someone asked me recently what a …

Alibaba IPO could raise up to $24.3B, breaking records along the way

The Chinese e-commerce giant, poised to make US stock market history, sets some high expectations for its pricing.<p>Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba could raise up to $24.3 billion with its highly anticipated, and historic, initial public offering.<p>Alibaba plans to sell its stock for a price between …

eCommerce

A Look Back At Yahoo’s Flickr Acquisition For Lessons Today

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tomio Geron is head of content at startup</i> <i>Exitround</i><i>. This is part of a series on the tech M&A market.</i><p>When Yahoo offered to buy Flickr in early 2005, co-founder Stewart Butterfield and his team had a tough decision to make. There were many reasons to sell. But there were also many …

Six alternative web browsers you should know about

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / tovovan<p>Most people are only familiar with the “big five” web browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet …

Advice You Can Run With: 5 Tips on Designing for Mobile

<i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Mobile technology is transforming consumer behavior. Last year, mobile devices were on track to outpace the number of people in the world, and it’s estimated that by 2017, there will be 1.4 mobile …

Alfresco Raises A Fresh $45M To Fuel Open-Source Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco, an open source, enterprise content management startup, is today announcing a new round of funding of $45 million — a Series D round that is more than twice as big as all of its previous rounds put together.<p>The UK-based company competes against legacy services like EMC Documentum (which …

10 Best Startups From Y Combinator's Demo Day

Something happens to you when you sit through 75 Y Combinator startups all vying for press coverage and investment dollars. Well, besides the fact that you body goes numb from sitting in a plastic chair for nearly seven hours, you see the patterns of a pitch: intro, product explanation, financials, …

27 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Should Check out Today

We love the Web. Seriously, we do. But sometimes, achieving what you want is a little harder and takes a little longer than you’d really want. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a list of 27 of the best Chrome extensions you can find around.<p>We’ve broken them down into groups of a few per …

Los Angeles Tech Studio Science Takes Wraps Off Mobile Lab

Science Mobile Labs has emerged from an 18-month stealth period, introducing a half-dozen mobile applications.<p>In its modern industrial facility in Santa Monica, Calif., the Science technology studio has been quietly incubating its next new business — a lab devoted to developing mobile applications …

Review: Backblaze online backup service

There are two potential problems with backing up your entire PC to the cloud. For starters, it typically takes a <i>long</i> time to upload everything. One …