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HTC One M9

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As much as we've talked about the big early 2015 flagship smartphones, one thing we've been mum on is pricing. We're still waiting on word about the Galaxy S6's price tag, but today HTC is getting more specific about theOne M9 – including the option to buy online starting at midnight EDT on March 27 (i.e. tonight in the US). We already knew that the One M9 would begin launching with US carriers on April 10, but what we didn't know is that HTC would start selling it earlier than that from its online store. Starting at 12:01 am ET, buyers can order the One M9 two weeks before it starts rolling out elsewhere. We've reached out to HTC to confirm whether those models are ready to ship, or will require some sort of wait, and will update when we hear back. The "be one of the first to get yours" language on HTC's website points to an earlier than April 10 ship date, but that still doesn't tell us how much earlier you can expect it. Though specific ca…

Les Wexner founder of Victoria's Secret

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You've probably never heard of Les Wexner. Say the name to Gen X-ers and baby boomers and they might think of Les Nessman from the TV sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati." (Google it, millennials. The first season is on Hulu.) Les Wexner is real though. And he lives in Ohio. He rarely does interviews. But the 77-year old founder and CEO of Columbus-based Victoria's Secret owner L Brands(LB) is worth $7.6 billion, according to Forbes. That makes him the richest person in the Buckeye State. LeBron James has a way to go before he can claim that title. But Wexner -- like King James -- remains at the top of his game. Shares of L Brands are near their all-time high. Earnings rose 15% last year and hit a record in the process. Victoria's Secret is obviously a huge part of the company's success. Sales rose nearly 5% in 2014. Related: Bra boom: Why Wall Street love Victoria's Secret And the brand is a pop culture phenomenon. Fashion shows featuring "angel" models…

unmanned drones to provide internet connections appear one step closer to reality.

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Mark Zuckerberg's plans to use unmanned drones to provide internet connections appear one step closer to reality. The Facebook CEO today revealed that his Internet.org initiative has put the aircraft to the test for the first time, describing the operation as a success. Zuckerberg first unveiled his vision for flying wireless internet access points in March last year. The aim of Internet.org is to use solar-powered, internet-beaming aircraft flying over remote communities to connect parts of the global population that don't currently have internet access. In a Facebook post this morning, Zuckerberg revealed that the Internet.org aircraft have been successfully tested in the UK. Indicating that it is still under development, he says the finished aircraft will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737, but still weigh less than a car. It will be capable of flying at an altitude of 60,000 ft (18,288 m) for months at a time. "Aircraft like these will help connect the whole w…

RadioShack’s retail empire went on the auction block

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日本語: RadioShack (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The remnants of RadioShacks retail empire went on the auction block on Monday, giving bidders the first chance to snap up the company’s trademarks, patents, leases—and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of millions of RadioShack customers. For RadioShack itself, the stakes are enormous. Bloomberg News reported Tuesday morning that Standard General, a hedge fund that is one of RadioShack's creditors, has won the auction. Hanging in the balance on Thursday, when a federal bankruptcy court is expected to approve or reject the asset sale, is the continuation of the 94-year-old retailer's operations. Standard General has said it will try to keep the retail chain operating on a smaller scale. RadioShack's customers—even those whose most recent purchase came years ago—could also find themselves sold off in the deal. The company included personal data in its bankruptcy auction as its own asset class. A website maintained by Hi…

New interactive city guides and eBooks at CanAmShop

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Microsoft Project Spartan

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As Microsoft gears up for the first release of Project Spartan, the company has detailed Adobe's contribution to its next-gen browser.
Adobe is a major contributor to the open source WebKit (Safari), Blink (Chrome, Opera), and Gecko (Firefox) browser engines, but like everyone else, it's been locked out of Internet Explorer. "As a result, Adobe improved the web platform in other browsers, but couldn't bring the same improvements to Microsoft's platform. This changed a few months ago when Microsoft made it possible for the Adobe Web Platform Team to contribute to Project Spartan," explained Bogdan Brinza, program manager with Project Spartan. Adobe has contributed to Project Spartan, specifically in layout, typography, graphic design, and motion, Microsoft said. Project Spartan is expected to ship in the next update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Adobe's first major contribution in the March Windows 10 Technical Preview update was support for CSS gra…

U.S. shale oil industry, which has quickly abandoned its heavy-spending

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Baker Hughes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Prudence will be the new normal for the U.S. shale oil industry, which has quickly abandoned its heavy-spending ways in the face of sliding crude prices,Schlumberger Ltd (SLB.N), the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said on Monday. Spending cuts already announced by producers - to the tune of 25 to 60 percent have dropped the rig count by 45 percent since late 2014, and output will soon decline or flatten out so prices can recover, Schlumberger's Chief Executive Paal Kibsgaard said. U.S. oil prices have fallen by 50 percent since June to around $46 per barrel as Saudi Arabia and OPEC try to push higher cost producers out of the market. At the time of $100 oil, some U.S. highly-leveraged U.S. players were known for their intensive capex budgets. That may change forever. "Going forward, we believe financial prudence, where investments are limited to the cash flow generated by production, will be the new normal for U.S. tight-oil…

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system will be available this summer

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Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, the software giant said this week. Microsoft did not reveal an exact rollout date for what it has called its most comprehensive software platform ever. "We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Windows has always been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world and here in China hundreds of millions of PCs operate Windows today," Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's operating systems group, wrote in a blog post, referring to Microsoft's presentation at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China. Myerson's news came amidst announcements about new strategic partnerships and Windows 10 customizations for smartphones in the Chinese market. At WinHEC, Redmond revealed new alliances that will…

Future Smart by James Canton

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Future Smart by James Canton Step into the future with this one! Game-changing trends are coming in business, technology, workforce, economy, security, and environment. Climate change, energy demand, and population growth will redefine global risk and power. Exponential new technologies will emerge in digital money, mobile commerce, and big data. An explosive new middle class of over one billion consumers will enter the marketplace. Every nation, job, business, and person will be transformed. To thrive in this future you have to become predictive, adaptive, and agile—to become Future Smart. Dr. James Canton, a renowned global futurist and visionary business advisor, illuminates the pivotal forces and global power shifts that everyone must understand today to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape: Regenerative medicine will extend our lifetimes and rebuild our bodies.
Robots and drones will drive our cars, teach our kids, and fight our wars.
Smart machines will design, manage, and serv…

Startup valuations!

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Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15 billion valuation, probably isn't actually worth more than Clorox or Campbell Soup. So where did investors come up with that enormous headline number? Here's the secret to how Silicon Valley calculates the value of its hottest companies: The numbers are sort of made-up. For the most mature startups, investors agree to grant higher valuations, which help the companies with recruitment and building credibility, in exchange for guarantees that they'll get their money back first if the company goes public or sells. They can also negotiate to receive additional free shares if a subsequent round's valuation is less favorable. Interviews with more than a dozen founders, venture capitalists, and the attorneys who draw up investment contracts reveal the most common financial provisions used in private-market technology deals today. The backroom agreements are becoming more common as tech companies stay private longer, acc…

Payments industry the place to be?

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The payments industry has been recognized as the most exciting place in technology right now; in fact, payments is an industry that embraces disruptive technologies. Globally and in the U.S., startups recognize that electronic payments are customers' preferred way to pay. Our industry is becoming more innovative, with technology that promotes safety, security, reliability and usability. So, what does a startup really need in order to succeed in payments? First off, you need a truly innovative idea. A startup has to offer a clear value-add in order to attract investors and customers. As you develop your idea, do your research. What is the market segment where you can offer the next best thing? 2015 is a big year for payments, and there is still room to engage customers before their behaviors are rote and their brand allegiances are formed. For example, mobile payments are poised to take off following Apple Pay's debut. As people further embrace mobile wallets, other areas will…

new agreement between Canada and the U.S.borders

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Travel to the United States by road, rail and sea could undergo a major revamp as the result of a new agreement between Canada and the U.S. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have signed a customs pre-clearance agreement that was years in the making. The arrangement would allow customs agents work in each other’s countries, which means they could screen passengers away from the border and ease the choke points. That process already exists in air travel, at eight airports. People can clear U.S. customs in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and then, when they land, skip lines in U.S. airports. The countries had signalled their intention to expand that arrangement to land and sea travel as part of the 2011 Beyond the Border deal between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama. But they missed a late-2012 deadline to reach a legal agreement that would let law-enforcement officials operate inside the neighbouring …