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Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

Selling

Building good financial habits

“First we make our habits and then our habits make us.” – Charles C. Noble<p>Habits are at the core of successful money management. Good financial …

Personal Finance

Twitter gunning to go public before Thanksgiving, says report

The social network reportedly wants to raise more than $1 billion before the US holiday, which is just two months away.<p>Twitter and its bankers will be fat and happy come Turkey Day if inside sources have their facts straight.<p>The social network is gunning to get its shares on the public market prior …

Social Media

What Rising Interest Rates Mean for Home Prices

It’s a hotly debated question among economists and analysts right now: What will the recent spike in mortgage rates do to the housing market?<p>Mortgage rates fell to 4.75% last week, down from 4.8% for the average 30-year fixed-rate two weeks ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. …

Taking Out Student Loans? Do It Right With These 8 Tips

If you or your child is applying to college, then your main worry right now is most likely getting into the top choice school.<p>But considering that the average student loan borrower graduates with more than $26,000 in debt, you probably want to reserve worry for something else: the price tag.<p>The …

The grocers’ great trek

A SHORT drive along Cairo Road, a clogged artery that runs through Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, affords a glimpse of the progress South Africa’s …

Debating the English Major: ‘It’s Not Just About Getting a Job’

By Anthony P. Carnevale<p>The debate over whether it’s still worth to major in the humanities becomes louder during difficult economic times when many people, especially recent college graduates, are suffering. Critics of the humanities cite higher earnings and better employment statistics for people …

Why Is Starbucks So Expensive in China?

And why do people go there anyway? The culture and economics of drinking lattes in China<p>In fairness, per capita income is a crude way to measure the buying power of Starbucks' actual customer base: The majority of its stores are located in China's large, coastal cities, where most people earn a lot …

In China, Veil Begins to Lift on High Consumer Prices

Resistance to Prices Grows Amid New Ways to Comparison Shop<p>BEIJING—In China, consumers pay nearly $1 more for a latte at Starbucks than their U.S. counterparts. A Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Base 6.0 costs $229,000 in China, compared to just over $73,000 in the U.S.<p>Welcome to China's modern retail …

China

Apple is Way Ahead but I'm Staying with Android

Apple is still way ahead of the rest of the industry. <i>Particularly</i> in how it introduces new products.<p>I’m pretty disappointed that Tim Cook doesn’t talk about the role of mobile in bringing us the future. He has the tools sitting right in front of him to do that, with the new motion sensor in the …

The iPhone 5s will be hard to find at launch, claim reports

Apple broke with tradition when it declined to make the iPhone 5s available for pre-order after its announcement, and now it's looking like low stock might be the reason. According to <i>All Things D,</i> sources at the wireless carriers are claiming that launch inventory will be significantly less than …

Congressman Responds to Putin in the Moscow Times

Buck McKeon, head of the Armed Services Committee, accuses the Russian president of ‘hypocrisy and convenient ignorance.’<p>Russian President Vladimir …

No more debt!: The new plan to destroy tuition and loans

A new system would get rid of college debt, by making some schools free — with a novel way to pay it forward<p>If states are the laboratories of democracy, then what’s happening in Oregon's lab seems destined to become one of the most controversial higher education experiments of all. Championed by …

Young Graduates Struggle Whether They Majored in Engineering or Philosophy

By<p>Ben Casselman<p>Ben Casselman<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@bencasselman<p>Google+<p>Ben.Casselman@wsj.com<p>For young Americans trying to make their way in a tough economy, getting a skill that’s in-demand will help — but it’s no guarantee of a steady job.<p>The Wall Street Journal over the weekend reported …

The Ugly, Disorganized Obama Victory on Syria

If there’s one thing that Wash­ing­ton can agree on right now, it’s that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of the chem­ic­al-weapons at­tack …

Middle East

Navy Yard Shooting Talk Turns to Guns, Politics Before It’s Even Over

The iden­tity of the Navy Yard shoot­er — or shoot­ers — was un­known. The cas­u­alty count re­mained in flux. There was no in­form­a­tion on what …

Number of the Week: Poorest Spending Less on Alcohol

$152: How much on average the bottom 20% of households spent on alcohol last year, according to the Labor Department‘s Consumer Expenditure Survey.<p>The poorest households spent less on alcohol in 2012 than at any time in the past 15 years, even as their overall spending was at its highest level …