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Facebook 1Q earnings beat forecasts

posted: 04/28/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings and sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.

Business news in brief

updated: 04/28/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

Mexico's jobless rate hits 8-year low Mexico's unemployment rate fell in March to the lowest in almost eight years, the latest sign of stronger growth in Latin America's second-largest economy.

Apple's sales slide 13% in 2Q

posted: 04/27/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Apple Inc. posted its first quarterly revenue drop in more than a decade on Tuesday and forecast another decline in the current period, dragged down by waning demand for the iPhone.

Services vying to offer speediest delivery yet

posted: 04/25/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

CHICAGO -- Not long ago, two-day delivery was considered a premium service. And fast, too. Fast enough, it seemed.

Netflix's spread across globe hits language barrier

posted: 04/25/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Germans and Singaporeans can't watch the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix. For subscribers in Japan, it's hard to find programs in their native language.

Businesses quick to harness drones

posted: 04/25/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot -- it may be a tool that's become indispensable for a small business.

Investors willing to bet on a good idea

posted: 04/25/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Stance, a maker of luxury socks, has raised $86 million. Dollar Shave Club, a grooming company that supplies subscribers with razors and moistened bathroom wipes, has amassed more than $160 million. And the Honest Co., actress Jessica Alba's home-care brand known for its plant-based diapers, has scored $222 million.

Amazon's own wares outselling its sellers'

posted: 04/25/2016 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Rain Design has been selling an aluminum laptop stand on Amazon.com Inc. for more than a decade. A best-seller in its category, the $43 product has a 5-star rating and 2,460 customer reviews.

ON COMPUTERS: Bluetooth explained, but beware battery drain

posted: 04/25/2016 2:42 a.m. Discuss

We heard from a reader who wasn't sure what Bluetooth was and why she needed it on her new iPad Mini. The answer is (the envelope, please): It's a short-range radio transmitter and receiver, and she doesn't need it.

Schools test wearable device as football practice teaching aid

posted: 04/25/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

In its quest to stay on the cutting edge, the Michigan football team is on the verge of a deal for wearable display technology that, essentially, would allow players to get play calls uploaded onto their arms.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/20/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

In wage lift, Target plans for $10 floor Target Corp. is raising the minimum wage for employees to $10 an hour, according to reports.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: App turns smartphone into a full-size camera

posted: 04/18/2016 2:14 a.m. Discuss

From time to time, I get suggestions for apps to download, or I find apps through various means. Recently, I found an app that has astounded me.

ON COMPUTERS: Marshmallow convenient, but few able to get it

posted: 04/18/2016 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Fewer than 5 percent of Android phone owners have the new Marshmallow operating system. A third have the previous version, Lollipop. The rest are so far back the operating systems were written on stone tablets.

Game designer fine with fans 'modding'

posted: 04/18/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The design team behind Firaxis' turn-based, alien-themed combat tactics game Xcom 2 recently did something that might surprise most people. When the designers, led by creative director Jake Solomon, noticed that fans were making their own post-release changes to previous titles in the series, the team not only embraced the trend, it actually decided to rewrite the code of the game from the ground up to encourage it.

Text robots handle some online assistance

posted: 04/18/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- In coming months, people who use Facebook's Messenger app, Microsoft's Skype and Canada's Kik for online chats can expect to find new automated assistants offering information and services at a variety of businesses.

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