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11 Ways Big Brands Are Chasing Millennials

Some are taking drastic measures to attract the young generation, and for good reason.<p>By 2020, 30% of all retail sales will be to millennials, said Robin Lewis, CEO of "The Robin Report" and co-author of "The New Rules of Retail."<p>"Every brand and retailer had better be re-positioning their …

Splitmo’s Poker Night TV Offers A Perfect Use Case For Apple TV As A Gaming Device

The Apple TV is already a game console, in case you didn’t know, and a new app from independent developer and AirPlay-focused startup Splitmo shows why. The company has just released Poker Night TV, its second app and first game, which uses AirPlay and the Apple TV to let up to eight players join …

Outbox, The Startup That Digitizes Your Postal Mail, Raises $5 Million Series A

Outbox, the startup that digitizes your postal mail then puts it online for access via web, iPhone, Android or iPad, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by previous investor Floodgate and included investment from Founders Fund, Correlation Ventures, TDF Ventures, WTI, …

Arianna Huffington Implores You: Stop Taking Bright Devices Into the Bedroom

She's talking about tablets, smart phones, iPods -- anything that is backlit. The light can significantly diminish your ability to sleep.<p>Reuters<p>Speaking as earnestly as an iPad is backlit, Arianna Huffington implored attendees at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday to ban their tablets and smart …

How Risky Is Discounting for New E-Commerce Brands?

Discounts have been around as long as retail has. And on the Web, the flash sales wave pushed them front and center.<p>But I was still surprised when I …

eCommerce

American Airlines completes roll out of iPad flight bags to all cockpits

After completing testing and replacing traditional flight bags with iPads for some of its fleet, American Airlines today becomes the first commercial airline to transition to paperless cockpits in all of its aircrafts:<p>American Airlines has completed the successful rollout of its industry-leading …

5 Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Learn

No matter your education, founding a company is going to school you. Take these lessons to heart before you get hit with the books.<p>Your idea is probably not new<p>There are very few new ideas. Whatever idea you have come up with, someone else is already working on it, because most ideas and companies …

Google Admits Impossible Interview Brainteasers Were A 'Waste of Time'

Google is famous for putting potential employees through an incredibly tough interview process. The company is seeking out the very brightest minds and is therefore known to pose some pretty baffling brainteasers.<p>Some of our favorites include: ‘You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown …

You Know What's Cool? 1 Million Advertisers On Facebook

Facebook just hit 1 million advertisers, a milestone signaling that it has become a mainstream advertising channel for small and medium-sized businesses.<p>OK, so maybe cool isn’t the right word, but it’s hard to resist a good line from <i>The Social Network</i> movie. The social network announced the figure …

When your mother-in-law is endorsing you on LinkedIn, it’s time to question endorsements

Last week I logged into LinkedIn(s lnkd) and saw that one of my relatives had endorsed me for blogging. I like my relative a lot. But he’s not a tech …

Finger-saving SawStop has been around for a decade, but tool companies aren't interested

In 2002, a startup named SawStop demonstrated a table saw that could miraculously cut through wood, but stop itself dead (video below) as soon as its spinning blade touched skin. The mechanism was incredibly effective, heading off some 2,000 of the nearly 300,000 table-saw-related emergency room …

Jen Lamere, The 18-Year-Old Developer Trying To Save Us From TV Spoilers On Twitter, Scores An Internship There

Participating in hackathons is nothing new in certain parts of the world, especially Silicon Valley. Once in a blue moon, a small team of people creates something exciting that generates buzz, potentially selling to a larger company.<p>One developer took on 80 competitors at a hackathon called …

Microsoft’s still trying to scare businesses into upgrading to Windows 8

AP Photo/Richard Drew<p>Microsoft India yesterday issued a press release with the title, “Staying on Windows XP to cost three times more than migrating to Windows 8.” The release is based on a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by IDC, which found that sticking with XP could cost business …

Bharti Airtel

Tim Ferriss Shares How to Master Any Skill by Deconstructing It

Tim Ferriss, the guy behind The 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef, took the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam to discuss how you can master almost any skill through the process of deconstructing it.<p>In case you haven’t heard of Ferriss, he has essentially turned himself into a …

Zinio, Early Mover In Digital Magazines, Moves To The Netflix Model

The so-called first mover advantage is really only an advantage if you don’t get too far out ahead of your customer. Founded in 2001, the digital magazines company Zinio was arguably a good eight years ahead of its time. After all, Apple hadn’t yet come out with the iPhone, much less the iPad, the …

How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

At this point, you probably have a working understanding of what bitcoins are (at the very least your handle of bitcoins is like how you can kinda, …

Netflix Still Eats a Third of the Web Every Night; Amazon, HBO and Hulu Trail Behind

For the last three years, Netflix has accounted for a third of the Internet traffic zipping into North American homes every night.<p>But Web video …

Mobile Devices

This startup has now raised $1.1 billion

Silicon Valley venture capitalists like to crow that it’s now cheaper than ever to establish a startup company. While that may be true for internet firms, the amount of money required to fund a Silicon Valley green tech startup can be mind-boggling.<p>Case in point is fuel cell maker Bloom Energy, …

Venture Capital

Bloomberg’s culture is all about omniscience, down to the last keystroke

At Bloomberg, omniscience is a feature not a bug.<p>The company’s New York City skyscraper unfurls around its courtyard like a panopticon. Inside, the decor is punctuated at every turn with fish tanks. No one has an office to hide in, and the meeting rooms are enclosed in clear glass.<p>Visit any of …

Customers

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …

The Future of Wireless Power

We live in a wireless world. Cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G — the always on, always connected world of digital devices is driven by the magic of wireless. But all our devices, from smart phones to laptops, still rely on cords and plugs for charging. Everyone’s had their cell phone become …

Chat apps surpass SMS for the first time, study finds

Messaging apps are proving enormously popular across the globe; WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum recently solidified that point by claiming that his company's service has grown even bigger than Twitter. If that wasn't enough to give mobile operators pause, a new study from Informa may do the job. The …

On the Job: Introverts win in the end

The quiet job candidate is a better team player, research suggests.<p>Extroverts aren't the most successful at work in the long run; instead, the quiet, neurotic, introverted employees who often fret about what others think of them, come out on top, a study says.<p>While extroverts may make great first …

If MBAs are useless, we’re all in big trouble

<i>Quartz Debate: The author of this piece debated the merits of an MBA with Quartz contributor Jay Bhatti.</i><p>MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture …

When It Comes To Big Data Is Less More?

My oxymoronish title aside, two esteemed professors at an Ivy League school say that while those in the marketing world continue to struggle with how to handle all the data they are accumulating, they may in fact be wasting their time and more than likely need to go on what they refer to as a “data …

Swipe Launches Into Beta As A Collaborative Presentation App

Swipe, a Web app that functions as a two-way presentation tool, is launching into beta today, allowing people to not only build Web-powered slideshows, but also share them with anyone. Those presentations can then be viewed on any mobile device with a modern browser.<p>Formed out of Startup Weekend …

Yes, The Times and Journal Are Sending You More Push Notifications

The country's two largest digital newspapers have been sending more push notifications to mobile readers lately, and not just because of the recent …

7 Secrets Wealthy People Know About Amassing And Maintaining A Fortune

Becoming wealthy enough to keep the wolf from your door doesn't mean an end to unwanted callers. For every newly minted billionaire, there are …

Put Emotions Aside And Buy Apple, Here's Why

The day after releasing earnings, Appleshares behaved as I thought and feared they might—disorderly and confused. It is clear, even to the casual observer that Apple is now trading on investor and speculators’ emotions rather than the companies’ fundamentals.<p>Since trading above $700 per share last …