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Are Millennials to Blame for Stores Being Open on Thanksgiving?

Retailers say they're open on Thanksgiving because that's what customers want. But one age group in particular is more than happy to leave the dinner …

For $29, this wearable has ‘no display, no lights, no gimmicks’ — but it could be indispensible

Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside down.<p>Four times a year, he’d visit Samsung headquarters in South Korea to present a handful of elegant, innovative phone designs that he had created, each one …

This Holiday Season Reveals Big Changes in Retail

A lot about holiday shopping has changed. Black Friday now starts on Thursday. Phones are now wallets. And free shipping is now a cost of entry.<p>These changes only scratch the surface of the new retail reality this holiday season. Substantive developments are fundamentally changing the very nature …

Clipping Forever: Why the Humble Coupon Isn't Going Away

In the weeks leading to Thanksgiving, General Mills will flood newspapers with millions of paper coupons for cans of its Pillsbury Crescents and …

The Cable-TV Bundle Is Finally Starting to Unravel

It’s been a long time coming. For years, television viewers have griped about having to pay for a massive bundle of channels that they barely watch. …

Nike+ Running App Announced for Samsung Gear S

Samsung appears to be on the right path with its new Samsung Gear S smartwatch. Not too long ago, the Korean company signed a deal with Nokia to …

The 5 Most Important LinkedIn Features You Aren't Using Correctly

When LinkedIn debuted in 2003, it was merely an online resume and an entree to e-networking. Since then, LinkedIn has continuously enhanced its offerings – transforming into a complete career management resource. Our mindset about how to use LinkedIn, however, has not evolved as quickly as the …

How Will Millennials Face Their Parents' Aging? With Wearable Tech And Human Touch

In the past year my wife and I have moved my father from Missouri to Colorado, acted as amateur health assistants and social workers, found him the resources he needed to live as safely and independently as possible, all while both of us were in the middle of balancing work and graduate studies. It …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

Visa, MasterCard lose ruling versus retailers over credit card fees

NEW YORK - A federal judge declined on Friday to dismiss antitrust lawsuits filed against Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc by retailers who opted out of an estimated $5.7 billion class action settlement in 2012 over transaction fees.<p>MasterCard and VISA credit cards are seen in this illustrative …

It's over for 9 Rainbow stores, set to close Tuesday

0<p>SHARES<p>Tuesday will be the last day of sales and service at nine Rainbow grocery stores in the Twin Cities metro area.<p>The Pioneer Press reports the …

Five ways Aldi cracked the supermarket business

<b>Karl Albrecht, the co-founder of German discount supermarket chain Aldi along with brother Theo, has died. But how has Aldi become a household name, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.</b><p>1. Basic store layout<p>Walking into an Aldi is a totally different experience to walking into a gargantuan superstore such as …

Olive Garden Is Evidence Of A Huge Problem In The Economy

One restaurant operator has just given us a small window into a huge problem with the American economy.<p>Darden Restaurants, the Orlando-based purveyor of sit-down food chains, announced its fourth-quarter earnings on Friday, revealing that some of its restaurants have done much better than others in …

A Middle Class Retailer that's Actually Thriving

While discounters such as Target are feeling squeezed, TJX Companies, which runs T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, is finding success with its own …

Think Whole Foods prices are too high? California does

Whole Foods agreed to pay $800,000 on Tuesday to settle accusations by three California cities Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego, that is …

The Main Reason Costco Is Outperforming Wal-Mart And Target

<b>Outperforming the competition</b> <br>When comparing Costco versus other mass-merchant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, the difference can be truly remarkable. Costco has done much better than both Wal-Mart and Target over the years, and the trend is still as strong as ever judging by recent …

What Amazon's Fire Phone means for the future of mobile retail

With the launch of Amazon Fire smartphone, the question everyone is asking is “Will consumers buy Amazon Fire?” But the real question should be “How will Amazon get their phones in the hands of consumers?”<p>Even when consumers’ interest is piqued by the promise of innovative features, especially …

Meet movie studios’ worst nightmare: IsoPlex, the free torrent-streaming movie app

Popcorn Time is an amazing online service that allows users to stream movies online free of charge instead of downloading them via Torrent services. …

Girl's Snapchat Boyfriend Is So Perfect He Can't Be Real

Some people like to use social media to post about their oh-so-perfect relationships and @meandmyboifriend is no different. Except Molly Mitchell's boyfriend is a doodle.<p>Mitchell, a 26-year-old from San Francisco, has taken to posting photos of her beau George Glass to her Instagram account. In the …

Opinion: Why the upgrade cycle means the ‘Apple tax’ is lower than it seems

I’m sure most of us have at some point had Windows- and Android-using friends ask us why we pay the ‘Apple tax’ – the price difference between an Apple product and what they perceive to be an equivalent competitor product.<p>A large part of the answer, of course, is that the competitor product isn’t …

The rise and fall of Flappy Bird

In May, Dong Nguyen uploaded a new game to the iOS App Store. It was just one of the hundreds of apps added to Apple's iTunes marketplace each day. …

Why Android Updates Take So Long To Get To Your Smartphone

It’s like geek Christmas: The newest version of Android comes out and it’s full of exciting new features and designs. You rush to the Android Developer portal to learn about all the new functionality and check your smartphone manufacturer’s website to see when your phone will receive the latest and …

Justin Bieber Could Have Saved BlackBerry (Maybe)

Look at how far BlackBerry has fallen. That is what happens when you don't take Justin Bieber seriously.<p>Bloomberg Businessweek's cover story this week features an oral history of the struggling smartphone maker. In it, BlackBerry's senior business development manager from 2001 to 2011, Vincent …

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Applebee's Will Install 100,000 Intel-Backed Tablets Next Year In Record Rollout

From the classroom to coffee shops, tablets are popping up everywhere. Now a new deal will put 100,000 of the devices on tabletops across Applebee’s restaurants in the United States, a record rollout for a business that continues the trend to add entertainment to your dining experience that will …

Graphic content: do Xbox One and PS4 games really look better?

The words "next generation" have always held a lot of promise — and a lot of hype — in the world of video games. Consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that herald the arrival of a new generation are said to offer stunning graphics that unlock gaming experiences like never before. That’s an …

The best tablets of 2013: A year of refinement, not revolution

While 2012 was a knockout year for tablets — with the introduction of the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and Microsoft Surface — 2013 is actually somewhat boring in comparison.<p>Yes, tablet sales continued to grow steadily (up 53 percent from 2012, says Gartner), but this year is more about evolving last year’s …