Oil Is Back!

Oil Is Back!

A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill America Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, we should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the […]
Samsung’s Fatally Flawed Smart Gear Strategy

Samsung’s Fatally Flawed Smart Gear Strategy

Less than 12 hours after news broke that Apple’s September 9 media event would include the company’s first wearable in addition to bigger-screen iPhones, Samsung and LG had both preempted their own planned launch events with hurried press releases unveiling upcoming smartwatches. And I have no idea why. While the lack of marketing savvy among […]
Is Silicon Valley the new Versailles?

Is Silicon Valley the new Versailles?

Is Silicon Valley about to turn San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) region into the new Versailles, a gilded castle filled with an elite who are so completely abstracted from reality that they eventually trigger a revolt of the commoners? The city may have reached “peak techie” this month with the unveiling of “Promised Land,” […]
How to budget in New York City

How to budget in New York City

There’s no doubt that living in a metropolis like New York City can be exciting. There’s never a shortage of entertainment options — Broadway shows! Concerts! Museums! — or shiny career opportunities for the ambitious. But as any current (or former) New Yorker will tell you, it can also be expensive. Make that really expensive. […]
Why You Should do Nothing for 10 Minutes a Day

Why You Should do Nothing for 10 Minutes a Day

Most people start the day running in high gear and they never let up until the end of the day. Sometimes not even then. Their brains are still going 100 miles an hour as they try and get some sleep just so they can do it all over again the next day.That’s not a good […]
Ice Bucket Challenge Faces Some Criticism

Ice Bucket Challenge Faces Some Criticism

There’s no doubt, the ice bucket challenge is popping up in everyone’s newsfeeds and making an appearance in just about every media outlet there is. For those who’ve somehow avoided the splash and don’t know what we’re talking about: it’s a social media phenomena where people dump a bucket of ice water on themselves, film […]
Consider Inventing as a Form of Investment

Consider Inventing as a Form of Investment

Like any traditional business venture, inventing involves spending money to make money. Therefore, when contemplating the commercialization (and monetization) of an idea for an invention, think about all opportunities you have to spend your money and then consider whether it makes sense to invest. To make a good decision, have a clear understanding of this fascinating and exciting enterprise. Often, […]
Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

Tom Hanks’ name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking No. 1 in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering […]
Mortgage Rates Slip to Near Lows for the Year

Mortgage Rates Slip to Near Lows for the Year

WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.12 percent from 4.14 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, fell to 3.24 […]
Apple Suppliers Start Making New IPads

Apple Suppliers Start Making New IPads

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as the company works to reinvigorate sales of the tablet computers after two straight quarters of declines. Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end […]