President Obama, family spend New Year’s Eve snorkeling in Hawaii

KAILUA, Hawaii — President Obama has never been one for the New Year’s Eve blowout — and Tuesday appeared to be no exception. The first family spent the last day of 2013 snorkeling with parrotfish and green sea turtles at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, slipping into the waters of the famed reef on a day […]

Wall Street Closes 2013 With Record Gains

Wall Street ended 2013 on a record high Tuesday, with both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting annual jumps not seen since the 1990s. The S&P 500 closed at 1,848.35, up .4 percent and 29.6 percent on the year, the largest annual increase since 1997. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also closed at […]

White House issues new tip sheet for Obamacare consumers

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is releasing a new tip sheet for Americans who have signed up for coverage under the president’s healthcare law and is urging consumers to be careful before they start using their new insurance Wednesday. Read more from the original source…

Target Reveals Gift Card Snafu

(NEW YORK) — Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation’s second largest discount retailer says than an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated. The Minneapolis chain says the number of cards affected was less than 0.1 percent of the total sold […]

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises on Better Job Outlook

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. consumers’ confidence in the economy rose this month on a better outlook for hiring and growth. The Conference Board says its index of consumer confidence rose to 78.1 in December, up from 72 in the previous month. November’s figure was revised up from 70.4. The December increase followed three months of declines. […]

China Tycoon Wants To Buy New York Times

An eccentric Chinese tycoon announced on Tuesday he wants to buy The New York Times. Chen Guangbiao, the self-made owner of a recycling empire, said he is due to meet a “leading shareholder” in the Times on Jan. 5 to open negotiations, even though the company’s chairman, Arthur Sulzberger Jr, has long insisted the Times […]

The Digital Classroom Comes of Age

A teacher standing at the front of the room at a chalkboard is one of the iconic images of education. Smartboards and other digital technologies, however, are changing how classrooms are structured, how teachers teach, and how students learn. “We’re all about increasing student engagement and achievement,” said Neil Currie, director of education marketing with […]

4 Unsettling Prospects for 2014

As New Year’s Day approaches, I’m reminded of the Chinese curse, “May you be born in interesting times,” because 2014 is likely to be a very interesting year. I expect the Democrats will be trying to distance themselves from their failed Affordable Care Act, while Republicans will be doing their best to avoid actually reading […]

Free Webmail’s Hidden Price

No one expects a free lunch. So when people use a free webmail service, many assume they will be bombarded with advertising. Why? Obviously, because the webmail services make money by commercializing the content of the webmail! Actually when you sign up for free webmail, and click “I Accept,” or something similar, contractually you are […]

Security Firm Spills the Beans on Snapchat Vulnerabilities

After its discovery of a security hole in Snapchat was ignored for months, Gibson Security earlier this week released the API for the Snapchat application along with two exploits. One exploit lets hackers match phone numbers with Snapchat users’ names en masse; the other enables hackers to create huge numbers of fake Snapchat accounts. Together, […]

TV Apps: New Markets, New Revenue Possibilities

The TV industry has been quick to move into the app market, and these offerings may foster a new era for television services. The term “app” was initially coined for small applications that run on mobile devices and fulfill a particular purpose, but apps are now common to several platforms, notably on smart TVs and […]

Russian Spacewalkers to Install Videocams Providing ISS-View of Earth

Two Russian cosmonauts on Friday began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to install camera equipment from UrtheCast, which soon could provide near real-time streaming images to viewers on Earth. Canada-based UrtheCast partnered with the Russian Federal Space Agency to launch two cameras, one high- and one medium-resolution, into space last month. Russian cosmonauts […]

Tech Firms Urge Supreme Court Action on Software Patent Quagmire

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to jump into a software patent case that could resolve the muddled situation that has been vexing IT companies, legal experts and federal judges for years. Specifically, the Supreme Court said earlier this month that it would rule on Alice Corp. Pty. v. CLS Bank International, a case involving […]

Kana Smooths the Wrinkles Out of Back-End Administration

Kana Software recently released an upgrade to its enterprise application, equipping it with new multinational knowledge management and other enhancements that make back-end administration easier. Earlier this year the company released a version with enhancements aimed at the end user, but “our focus this time around was on a different set of users,” said Scott […]