3D printing seems to be everywhere these days, used to create everything from handguns to headphones. But what does it really take to get started: How much does it cost, how difficult is it to use, and how do you actually get your hands on a 3D printer?
Microsoft said Thursday that its latest Office suite has been released to manufacturing, although consumers won’t find it under their Christmas tree.
If your image of a computer geek is a scruffy, awkward kid in T-shirt and jeans, you may want to think again. The biggest technology adopters may well be the affluent over-50 powerhouse known as the Baby Boomer.
Last week, a hacker group claimed that it breached computer systems at 100 major universities. Team GhostShell gained access to servers at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Michigan, among others. The technique used, SQL injection, is not new or complex, but reportedly it’s becoming increasingly common. Here’s a quick guide to defending…
Buying positive product reviews is unethical and sometimes illegal, but always sleazy. Yet the practice flourishes on popular sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google Places and Amazon, according to research firm Gartner.
Last week, I wrote a popular post on the continuing popularity of BitTorrent, and how some artists are now choosing to embrace it as a marketing tool to expose their music to a wider audience. But many activist musicians disagree with the notions that BitTorrent is anything more than outright theft. Singer-songwriter David…
Yelp, the leading website for online reviews of restaurants, hotels and other service-based businesses, has long denied ongoing allegations of pay-for-play. But small business owners continue to insist their good reviews are being held hostage until they agree to buy advertising.
It all makes sense: prominent ex-Googler Marissa Mayer takes over Yahoo, which uses Microsoft’s Bing as its search provider. But Microsoft has failed to live up to its contract with Yahoo, leaving Yahoo free to sign a search deal with Google, right? Wrong.
The common perception of how big data is used centers around giant multi-national enterprises spending millions trying to fine tune their business strategies to eke out every last penny from their customers. But in reality, big data is worming its way into businesses large and small, often as a service instead of on-premises software.
For the first time this fall, consumers will have the choice between subscribing to Microsoft Office as a service – Office 365 – or buying a traditional license for the productivity software. The decision isn’t simple: you’ll pay less upfront for a subscription, but you may be allowing Microsoft’s hand in your pocket for the rest of your days.
If you’ve ever dreamed of running your own pharmaceutical company without the gargantuan research costs and pesky lawsuits, have we got a game for you. German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim is betting that social gaming will raise its profile and brighten its prospects.
A new report from UK analytics firm Musicmetric has pegged the U.S. as the world’s leading downloader of music via BitTorrent. It’s the stuff of Recording Industry Association of America nightmares: Despite industry efforts to shut down BitTorrent tracker sites, the frenzy of file sharing continues. And – surprise! – recording artists are embracing…
Has it been only one year since Meg Whitman took the reins at HP? The latest in a daisy chain of top executives, Whitman was charged with turning the company around after years of stagnation. More and more, her efforts look like someone tirelessly bailing water out of a leaky boat. Only the ship keeps taking more water.
Burberry’s London flagship store recently underwent a renovation that turned the 192-year old building into a digitally integrated showroom for the luxury fashion brand.
Consumers should soon be getting a more of a price break on electronic books following approval of a settlement between the US Department of Justice and three publishers who, along with Apple, stand accused of price-fixing eBooks to compete with Amazon.com.
PayPal is recognized as the dominant player in the online payments sector, but upstart WePay is attempting to beat PayPal on two key fronts that make a big difference to small businesses.
As Yahoo plots a new course under CEO Marissa Mayer, it may want to study what’s happened with eBay in recent years. After a long and dicey effort, the online retailer has pulled off a rarity in the Internet industry: It turned around a business that many critics has written off as dying. Here’s how a combination of bold product redesign and mobile…
It’s a fundamental law of tech business: Grow or die. Few online companies are better examples of that maxim than Amazon, which has made a habit of venturing boldly into new markets. But the online retailer’s recent initiatives have brought challenges, including eroding profit margins and entry into markets where it lacks leadership. Has…
A new Israeli startup hopes to upend the dominance of mega-companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart over local businesses. The idea has been to give small organizations free, consumer-grade tools to manage themselves and connect with each other. Starting Wednesday, SohoOS’ new App Store will bring third-party paid apps to the mix as well.
I don’t get the big deal about Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer. Sure, she’s a woman. Yes, she’s coming to a struggling tech giant from Google. OK, she’s pretty and young. I guess it’s a big deal that she’s pregnant, but to me, pregnancy is like a brief, treatable illness with annoying long-term side effects. My only concern is that Marissa…