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Labor laws muddied as contract hiring rises

posted: 06/29/2015 2:23 a.m. Comment 1

Regulators from California to Washington are trying to determine when a worker is an employee in an economy that increasingly relies on contractors and temporary hires.

Startups attempt hiring by machine

posted: 06/29/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Hiring and recruiting seem like the least likely jobs to be automated. The entire process is tailored to human skills that computers lack, like making conversation and reading social cues.

Tech Spotlight: Noise-isolating earbuds offer comfort, snug fit

posted: 06/29/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

I admit it. I am not the world's best when it comes to exercising.

On Computers: Free app 'CoPilot GPS' maps trips, saves data

posted: 06/29/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A reader wondered how much data his smartphone would use, with GPS running the whole time, on a road trip to Florida. First the good news: The GPS system doesn't use data. Now the bad news: Downloading maps does.

Swiss slow to strap on Apple Watch

posted: 06/29/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Apple Inc. began selling its smartwatch in Switzerland a few days ago, and the home of luxury watches gave a cool reception to the Silicon Valley gadget.

Charter talks up Internet benefits of 2 mergers

posted: 06/29/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Charter is trying to convince the government that consumers will benefit if it is allowed to create a cable giant through its proposed $67.1 billion acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

Business news in brief:, Tinder seek IPO guidance

posted: 06/29/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss and Tinder are looking for a Wall Street connection as their parent group prepares to establish them as a separate, publicly traded company.

Springdale computer camp geared for girls

posted: 06/26/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

About 40 girls attending the five-day Girl IT Up summer camp on computer programming at Springdale High School have spent the week tinkering with code and hearing from women in the field.

Drone-maker startups find record funds

posted: 06/22/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Startup drone-makers are finding record amounts of funding as venture capitalists prowl for early winners in what may become an $82 billion industry.

3 taking aim at the pocketbook

posted: 06/22/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.

Cuba plans to expand Internet access

posted: 06/22/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Cuba says it's expanding Internet access by adding Wi-Fi capacity to dozens of state-run Internet centers and more than halving the cost that users pay for an hour online.

Tech Spotlight: 2 alarm clock models make the end of a dream a little more pleasant

posted: 06/22/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

It's hard enough getting up in the morning, but having to get up to an annoying, monotone alarm makes it even worse.

On Computers: Beware of what websites collect while you visit

posted: 06/22/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

We're amazed at the information a website can collect about us without our doing anything but visiting.

Business in electronic warfare grows

posted: 06/22/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Moves by Russia and China to extend their military sway are prompting defense companies to spend more on electronic warfare, spurring an acquisition spree in an industry eager to secure the latest technology.

Startup hopes to buck trend

posted: 06/15/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Brett Long has his own business with an office stacked with cardboard boxes behind a gas station and a parking lot in Conway.

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