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Dell Just Got a Little Closer to Paying Down Its Ginormous Debt

It’s been on the block for a while, but it’s now official: Dell’s software group is being sold to a pair of private equity firms, Francisco Partners …

EMC

12 great TV shows on Netflix you might not have heard of

Netflix started as a service where you rented movies on DVD. Now, it's home to some of the most successful shows on TV. While they won't release their ratings, shows like "Narcos," "House of Cards," and "Orange is the New Black" are certified hits.<p>The only issue is that they have too much TV. …

TV

I took the first step to living like a minimalist and it felt surprisingly unsatisfying

The former is a good quality to have, the latter is a lifestyle choice called minimalism, a practice that extols living with less possessions. I'm an organizer and always have been — but I'm also a pack rat, which is a minimalist's foil<i>.</i><p>Minimalism is a visually-appealing — albeit …

Minimalism

African startups are using SMS to build apps for 'dumb' phones

The lack of high-speed internet, smartphone ownership, and connected banking in Africa is forcing startups in the country to find novel ways of reaching and monetizing consumers, according to Times Live.<p>This is prompting developers in the region to build streamlined, text-based apps, to reach the …

Apps

Two major IoT groups strike an alliance

Two IoT standardization groups — The Thread Group, founded by Alphabet's Nest, and the newly formed Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) — announced they will collaborate to ensure compatibility between their communication protocols, according to Forbes.<p>The groups' protocols operate at different …

Internet of Things

Oracle's Latest Purchase Opens the Door for More Pricey Tech Deals

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The tech industry is headed for a potentially huge round of mergers and acquisitions.<p>These sorts of deals have …

Venture Capital

The Holofone Phablet is a 7-inch Android phone / Windows PC with a built-in projector

Smartphone season is rapidly upon us, with the new versions of Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Apple’s iPhone rumored to be just around the corner. Unfortunately for those two companies, Akyumen (Pronounced like "acumen," probably) has just announced that its Holofone Phablet, which I assume is going to …

Android Phones

How to Make the Most of a 9-to-5 Job When You’re an Entrepreneur at Heart

If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, nothing can be more frustrating than clocking in at a traditional 9–to–5 job, feeling like you’re just biding …

Entrepreneurship

Microsoft just rubbed Google's nose in a big cloud computing customer win: Land O' Lakes

Land O' Lakes owns several businesses, among them the agriculture tech company WinField. On Monday, Land O' Lakes CIO Mike Macrie described in a blog post published by Microsoft how WinFien will be moving its "R7" app to Microsoft Azure.<p>"This app takes a vast array of agronomic research, weather …

Customers

Symantec just dropped $4.65 billion on a security startup that was planning to IPO this year

Blue Coat helps protects companies' web gateways from cyber attacks, a service that will complement Symantec's existing offerings for large corporations such as email and endpoint security, Symantec executives said in an interview on Sunday.<p>"Blue Coat brings capabilities from the web and for …

Symantec

How Jessica Alba inspired a change at $4.5 billion software company Atlassian

For most of those 14 years, the company, and Jira in particular, were very much focused on the software programmer market. This led to a curious oversight: Atlassian never made an official Jira app for smartphones.<p>"We were focused on software developers, and they were in front of their computers," …

Atlassian

Nokia Union Says Company Could Cut 15,000 Jobs After Buying Alcatel-Lucent

Telecom network equipment maker Nokia is likely to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs globally as part of a cost-cutting program following its acquisition of …

Mobile Technology

Here's How a Bayer-Monsanto Merger Affects Workers, Farmers, and Investors

Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for $62 billion, hooking up the German chemical and drug company with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and …

Agriculture

Make Your Bed Like a Pro with This Video from the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris

A well-made bed is a joy to jump into, plus it makes your bedroom look nice. Who better to learn from than a housekeeper at the esteemed Four Seasons …

The Future Of Bitcoin Isn’t Bitcoin–It’s Bigger Than That

The shared ledger technology, or blockchain, introduced in Bitcoin could upend the financial industry. And startups are getting in line.<p>Earlier this year, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne bought a $500,000 bond issued by the online retailer.<p>But it wasn’t the size of the bond that drew attention. It …

Blockchain

MORGAN STANLEY: Here are 36 stocks that should thrive no matter what

But even if the markets and economy as a whole were to turn, there will continue to be growth stories here and there that'll deliver no matter what.<p>These are the secular growth stories.<p>On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley released its annual list of secular growth stocks.<p>"To build this Secular Growth Stocks …

Investing

Robust Android ransomware spreading across American devices

Malware developers have been forced to code more advanced software as security measures evolve and people become more educated. They need to be a little more tricky now, and the bad news is these attackers are not really falling behind the big corporations that try to protect us. Ransomware has …

Google Play

The Delicious Secret Behind Your Favorite Whiskey: The Best Spirits from MGP

Midwest Grain Products has long been one of the liquor industry's best kept secrets. This Indiana-based distillery sells its spirits to dozens of brands—many of which are highly regarded by the whiskey hipsterati and general public alike—who then bottle it and sell it as their own. The practice was …

Whiskey

10 Sentences You Would Never Hear From Your Best Friends

Best friends are meant to be real, ride or die persons that will be forever close to you. You can eat an entire pizza with a best friend and be so …

Give those you are in charge of all of the...

Give those you are in charge of all of the information they need to feel confident to do their job successfully, but with enough freedom to make the …

Instacart, A Startup That Does Your Grocery Shopping For You, Is Now Worth $2 Billion

Earlier this year, Instacart raised $44 million at a $400 million valuation from top Silicon Valley investors including Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. The company says it will generate about $100 million this year, a 10X increase from 2013.<p>Instacart competes with Fresh Direct, but while …

Venture Capital

This 22-Year-Old Computer Whiz Figured Out How To Game Airlines — Now Orbitz and United Are Suing Him

Last month, United and Orbitz filed a lawsuit trying to shut his website down, Bloomberg reported at the time.<p>In the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged "unfair competition" and say it promotes "strictly prohibited" travel, reports CNN Money's Patrick Gillespie. They're asking for $75,000 in …

Flying

Superheroes Texting about Christmas

Diana McCallum and Andrew Ivimey write <b>Texts from Superheroes</b>, a funny blog consisting of screenshots of text messages between superheroes. It's the …

This 3-In-1 'Ultimate Laptop Workstation' Works As Advertised, And Also Improves Your Posture

If there's one ironic drawback to most laptops, it's that you can't use them directly on your lap for an extended amount of time. Without proper ventilation, they get too hot, which is bad for the computer, and bad for you.<p>So I was interested in the BasePro, a so-called "ultimate laptop …

Ergonomics

Google Employee Explains Why Working At Google Is So Great

Working there was even the subject of a 2013 Hollywood comedy, the "Internship."<p>So someone posed a question on Quora recently that asked if working at Google really was like a recruitment video, where one person described it "like a big playground."<p>Or was working at Google was "over-rated"?<p>Answer: …

Genius

Here, Take My Business Card With Built-in USB Drive

Young professionals who are fed up with LinkedIn, and who dislike the limitations imposed by traditional paper business cards, may find the best of …

Levitating Speaker Is Like Your Own Bluetooth Audio Death Star

The field of audio is so mature and saturated that coming up with a genuinely novel approach to speakers is a rather steep challenge.<p>But a new …

A Startup Is Working On 'Dunkable' Phones And Tablets

The fundraising by the nanotechnology company follows an expanding list of overseas firms tapping Singapore's pool of high net worth individuals.<p>P2i's technology applies a thin, transparent, splash-resistant polymer coat to products ranging from clothing to mobile phones.<p>The company is in the …

Mobile

Vision-Correcting Display Could Free Users From Their Glasses

Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision …

Veteran's Wheelchair Falls Apart in Hardware Store, Employees Fix It Immediately

(Photo: Michael Sulsona)<p>40 years ago, Michael Sulsona lost his legs to a landmine in Vietnam. For two years, he's been trying to get the Veterans' …