Technology Sales Shine in a $52.96 billion Back-to-School Season

It’s another sign of the competitive retail turf: Sales for this year’s back-to-school shopping—the second-largest consumer-spending season next to Christmas—are expected to be essentially flat against 2018. For both school-age and college students, an estimated $52.96 billion is forecast to be spent on tech, clothing, backpacks, and sundry school supplies from now through August. That’s […]

Slack Jolts to $21 Billion Valuation In Direct Listing Debt After Shunning IPO

A parade of initial public offerings from Silicon Valley this year have garnered mixed receptions from investors. Slack Technologies Inc. took a different route on Thursday, and saw its shares soar as it went public without an IPO. Slack opened at $38.50 on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, well above the reference price of […]

‘This Is Censorship’: Pinterest Is Latest Tech Company Dragged Into Culture Wars

An effort by the social media company Pinterest to limit the spread of medical conspiracy theories has blocked one of the most prominent anti-abortion groups in the U.S. from sharing its content on the site. And it’s put the social media company squarely in the middle of today’s culture wars. The anti-abortion organization, Live Action, […]

Coming Soon: Uber to Offer Helicopter Rides In New York City

Uber Technologies Inc. is testing a helicopter service in New York City, according to documents outlining the program obtained by Bloomberg. Passengers will be able to use the Uber app to book a flight through the service, called Uber Copter, the documents show. Tests flights took off from a Manhattan heliport near Wall Street to […]

6 Great Gifts Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day

No matter how old they get, most dads are just big kids at heart. It’s the reason they’re so eager to work on Lego sets with their kids. It’s why they cheer so loud at little league or rec soccer games. And it’s why they’re so often obsessed with the latest gadget to hit the […]

Apple’s WWDC 2019: What Time It Starts, How to Watch and More

Apple’s traditional fall press conferences, where it usually rolls out new iPhone models, are must-watch events for the tech world, but they can’t hold a candle to the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The annual event is Apple’s showcase for new software and technologies–a preview, if you will, of what’s to come. And this year’s conference […]

Nike App Stomps on ‘Archaic’ Foot-Measuring Tool

Nike new shoe-sizing technology doesn’t worry the company that’s been measuring feet for 92 years. The Brannock Device Co. manufactures the ubiquitous shoe-store contraption that you’ve almost certainly used but probably can’t name. It’s called the Brannock Device, and the people who’ve been selling them for almost a century say they’re more concerned with the […]

Why Were Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google Allowed to Get So Big?

The rise of global technology superstars like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google created new challenges for the competition watchdogs who enforce the nation’s antitrust laws. Those companies dominate markets in e-books and smartphones, search advertising and social-media traffic, spurring a global debate over whether it’s time to rein in such winner-take-all companies. The U.S. has […]

What Retail Workers Say About Technology Potentially Eliminating Their Jobs

Two out of three retail workers believe that technology will eventually replace some of their job responsibilities, underscoring the rising concern about the impact of automation and cutting-edge technology on the workplace. That’s according to a new survey Thursday by The Fair Workweek Initiative, a project spawned from the non-profit labor-monitoring groups The Center for […]

People Are Concerned About Their Privacy in Theory, Not Practice, Says New Study

Privacy would seem a big thing for consumers, given recent events. Class action lawsuits against tech firms, noise about privacy legislation, and a new demand for privacy related jobs are all signs that keeping information confidential has become important. So it’s not surprising that a privacy survey from IBM’s Institute for Business Value that came […]