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Despite stimulus, middle class still struggles

The Great Debate<p>« Previous Post<p>Why Michael Sam’s future may be tougher than we think<p>Next Post »<p>On inequality<p>29 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag …

Walmart and the middle class, sinking together

It was once General Motors (GM) whose fortunes reflected those of the middle-class Americans who bought its products. Now, that bellwether Goliath is …

Despite recovery, fewer Americans identify as middle class

Despite a slowly recovering economy, the proportion of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. Today, …

The Fading Middle Class

The real monetary costs and individual and societal consequences of political proposals, laws, and edicts, as well as of corporatism and judicial …

Activism

Samsung's new Galaxy Gear might run Tizen instead of Android

Sure, the Tizen Association just welcomed new members, but the mobile platform is still having a tough start overall -- a Japanese carrier even canceled a Tizen smartphone release in January. So, Samsung (the platform's biggest backer) is reportedly taking matters into its own hands and loading …

iPhone 6 Rumours: Screen Size Could Be 'Locked In' On 4.8 Inches

Contrary to recent reports, the iPhone 6 could come in just one screen size - 4.8-inches.<p>That's according to Cowen and Company managing director …

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Don't Miss<p>YouTube shooting suspect named by police YouTube shooting suspect named by police<p>Apple releases new OS with big changes for your devices …

iOS apps you should check out now

It’s no surprise that the App Store has gotten a wee bit crowded over the last few years. With millions of iOS devices activated every year, and tens …

Apps

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch update brings activity tracking beta, keeps progress in plain view

If you've splurged for Qualcomm's pricey smartwatch (or may be considering it), a new update looks to expand the capabilities of the wristworn wearable. Thanks to an update to the Toq's Android app, the gadget now packs activity-tracking software in beta form. During a 24-hour time period, the …

The US is switching from credit card signatures to PINs, but banks need to get on board

US banks and merchants may finally shift to a more secure way of authorizing credit card transactions in which customers will enter a personal identification number (PIN) at checkout instead of signing a receipt.<p>The US is the last major market in the world using the signature system, which is part …

Two-thirds of Americans now have smartphones

The US has officially become a smartphone nation -- at least, if you ask Nielsen. The research group's latest Digital Consumer Report estimates that 65 percent of all Americans owned one of the devices in 2013. That's a big step up from 44 percent in 2011, and smartphones are now more common than …

'Star Wars' Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew detained by TSA for light saber cane - TODAY.com

Today<p>Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca.<p>Everyone has his own way to deal with airport security -- some go with the flow, some show up naked. But the man who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films had a different approach: Last week, when confronted with TSA agents who thought his cane looked suspicious, …

Harrison Ford Discusses 'Star Wars' and 'Ender's Game' - Unbound Worlds

Harrison Ford – AKA Han Solo, AKA Indiana Jones – discusses “Star Wars”, “Ender’s Game” and a whole lot more in a new interview with True Hollywood …

This #StarWarsRebels Zeb figure debuted at #ToyFair2014 comes complete with a stormtrooper for target practice.

The best iPad apps for cartoon lovers

Now that summer vacation is here how do you plan on keeping the kids busy? For those heading out on a road trip, a flight, maybe a few days or weeks …

Samsung Rolls Out Android KitKat To US Galaxy Devices

Samsung is rolling out Android KitKat to a handful of its Galaxy devices in the US — including the variants of its flagship Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 2, as well as the Galaxy Tab 3. The update is starting today and will continue in the next few months.<p>A few new features will be …

Everything We Know About The iPhone 6

We're going to dig into all of it here.<p>The iPhone 6 is still many months away from release, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about it.

The Job-Killing Minimum Wage?

A new congressional report says that the minimum wage will kill jobs. But before you take that for gospel, here are a few facts to consider.<p>In the …

Alfonso Cuarón On ‘Gravity,’ Creationists, and Bonding with Sandra Bullock Over Divorce

In an in-depth interview, the auteur discusses his Oscar nominated film ‘Gravity’ and its Darwinian ending.<p>The prohibitive favorite to win this …

What Spitting Cobras are Aiming For

Make most cobras angry, and they’ll bite you and inject the bite with a dose of venom. Frighten or tick off a spitting cobra, though, and it will …

Zoology

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