NEW YORK (AP) — A late rise in technology stocks helped the U.S. stock market stagger to a tiny gain following a choppy day of trading Tuesday.
A combination of tepid earnings results, falling oil prices and downbeat news kept the market lower for most of the day. Major indexes started higher in the first few minutes of trading but quickly faded, as slipping confidence among homebuilders and another drop in crude pulled housing and energy stocks down. The S&P 500 spent the afternoon slowly recovering, until a late surge in Apple, Netflix and other technology titans helped nudge the index up.
7. Probably not a job at the end of this rainbow - Friday, January 16, 2015
When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It’s a European city that in some ways reminded me of home.
People were incredibly friendly, and the culture was built around music, food and socializing.8. Fellow Republicans reluctant about Haslam's health proposal - Friday, January 09, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to offer health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans is getting a tepid response from fellow Republicans in the Legislature - so much so, that he has yet to find a Senate sponsor for his proposal.9. Coming to a car near you: auto technology at CES - Friday, January 09, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.10. Sony Pictures CEO had 'no playbook' for mega-hack on studio - Friday, January 09, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including Social Security numbers and the purported salaries of top executives. Five Sony-produced movies, including the unreleased "Annie," appeared on file-sharing websites. Thousands of private, and sometimes embarrassing, emails hit the Internet.11. Apple's App Store hits some records in January - Friday, January 02, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The app-etite for apps is strong. Apple said Thursday that its App Store customers set a record for billings by spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases during January's first week. It said New Year's Day was also the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history.12. Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches - Friday, January 02, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night.13. Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet - Friday, January 02, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once-revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring.
Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching videos and shopping online. But don't count the PC out just yet. Manufacturers are crafting high-resolution, curved screens for desktops and other new features you can't get in a hand-held device, while trying new laptop designs that mimic the tablet's appeal.14. In need of some winter sunshine? Slice a lemon! - Friday, January 09, 2015
The phrase “making lemonade” expresses entrepreneurial abilities and triumph over adversity. In this week’s article, though, it means just what it says.
If you think lemonade is only a summertime drink, let me give you a few facts on how healthy it is for you in the wintertime. It might become one of your favorite winter drinks - right up there with hot chocolate.15. The production company behind Durham’s ads - Friday, January 09, 2015
Bart Durham is perhaps the best-known attorney among those who watch late-night TV when the commercial rates are lower.
And while the commercials may seem silly to some people, they dead-on connect with those people in Nashville or Middle Tennessee who’ve never had a lawyer and perhaps are a little timid to approach a “respectable” attorney.16. No one knows his audience like Bart Durham - Friday, January 09, 2015
If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15 and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.17. In with the new: Snappy apps for 2015 - Friday, January 02, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but as 2014 winds down we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in in 2015. Which will be the breakout hit of the new year?18. Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows - Friday, December 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has Americans feeling richer and spending a bit more.19. US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles - Friday, December 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.
And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.20. Apple wins class-action iPod lawsuit - Friday, December 12, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.21. Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google - Friday, December 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.22. Morgan Stanley paying $4M to settle SEC charges - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $4 million to settle federal charges of failing to prevent the unauthorized purchase of $525 million in Apple stock by one of its customers.23. Goat milk and smart marketing - Friday, December 12, 2014
Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.
Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.24. Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.25. Steve Jobs' video testimony transfixes courtroom - Friday, December 05, 2014
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Three years after his death, legendary Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs held a federal courtroom transfixed on Friday as attorneys played a video of his testimony in a class-action lawsuit that accuses Apple of inflating iPod prices by locking music lovers into using its players.26. US trade deficit drops as oil imports hit 5-year low - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.
The deficit edged down 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion, a drop from a revised $43.6 billion in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
27. Apple says plaintiffs' iPods not covered by suit - Friday, December 05, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.
Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is over Apple's use of restrictive software that kept iPods from playing digital music sold by competitors to its iTunes store.
28. Have yourself a Music City Christmas: What to see, do in Nashville this holiday season - Friday, December 05, 2014
In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.29. Beacons pop up in stores ahead of holidays - Friday, November 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?
The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.30. Jurors to hear Steve Jobs testimony at Apple trial - Friday, November 28, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. A key witness will be none other than the company's legendary late founder Steve Jobs, who will be heard in a videotaped deposition.31. Gift Guide: How to choose a new cellphone - Friday, November 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait?32. Eat, drink and walk off the calories as you go - Friday, November 28, 2014
There are three things you can count on if you take a walking food tour in East Nashville with – the appropriately named – Walk Eat Nashville:
1. You will discover new favorite dishes at familiar places.33. Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone? - Friday, November 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.34. Top October 2014 residential real estate transactions - Friday, November 21, 2014
Top September 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.35. Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet - Friday, November 14, 2014
HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia is back in the fray. Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet.36. Can our community college system honor Tennessee Promise? - Friday, November 14, 2014
With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.37. Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhones, iPads - Friday, November 07, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is releasing new, beefed-up versions of its popular Office software apps for iPhones and iPads, part of the company's push to stay relevant to workers in an increasingly mobile world.38. Middle Tennessee shoppers ready to spend big this holiday season - Friday, November 07, 2014
Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.
In fact, they already have.
Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.39. Cybersecurity firm IDs new Apple-targeting malware - Friday, October 31, 2014
Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China.
The cybersecurity provider has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected by a USB cable to an infected computer and installs malicious applications onto the device. The malware steals a variety of information from mobile devices, but the goal of its creator isn't clear yet.40. Election officials remind voters of hotline, app - Friday, October 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — State election officials are reminding voters where they can turn if they have questions or concerns.
They say people can call the Division of Elections' toll free hotline, (877) 850-4959, or visit www.GoVoteTN.com to get information about Tuesday's elections.41. Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' - Friday, October 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.42. Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line - Friday, October 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.
Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.43. Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success - Friday, October 24, 2014
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.44. US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years - Friday, October 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies.
After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe's economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get back to basics. Wall Street is in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, when companies report their quarterly results. Ultimately what drives stock prices higher is the potential for a company to earn more, so higher profits generally mean higher stock prices.45. Stocks rise, helped by Chinese data, Apple results - Friday, October 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes rose Tuesday, putting the market on track for a fourth gain in a row, following an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results from Apple and other big companies. Stocks continued to recover from last week's plunge.
46. Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales - Friday, October 17, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple says it sold 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter, or 16 percent more than a year ago, which is a record for the quarter. That's partly due to excitement over new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models that Apple began selling last month.47. Stocks rally; S&P 500 has best day of 2014 - Friday, October 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its best day of the year.
Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results from Apple and other big companies.48. Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution? - Friday, October 17, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.49. FBI director warns against cellphone encryption - Friday, October 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive. Privacy advocates called the concerns exaggerated and little more than recycled arguments the government has raised against encryption since the early 1990s.50. Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple's lineup - Friday, October 17, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.51. Deep-fried Jello and other healthy fair fare - Friday, October 17, 2014
The Arkansas State Fair is here and, as usual, brings the best of Arkansas right to our front door, including a commercial wine competition, livestock shows, petting zoos, a gator show (watch as the Swampmaster catches an 8-foot, 200-pound alligator with his bare hands!), a Gold Metal Flour cookie contest, a fairy queen pageant, a junior fairy queen pageant, an Arkansas Farm Bureau rice-cooking contest, a Petit Jean Meats cooking contest, a military appreciation day, a pie competition, and a BBQ competition – to name just a few.52. New iPads, Mac system expected at Apple event - Friday, October 10, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also await a possible launch date for Apple Pay, the company's new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores.53. HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts.
Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.54. Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs?
Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.55. US retail sales fell in September on autos and gas - Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending.56. Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.57. Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event - Friday, October 03, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event.
The showcase also is expected to feature an update to the operating system for its Mac computers and the possible release of a new digital payment service called Apple Pay. The company's new iPhones released last month include a wireless chip equipped to make the payments, but the service isn't available yet.
58. Court hears dispute over pay for security checks - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Workers who fill customer orders for Internet retailer Amazon might be out of luck in their quest to be paid for time they spend going through security checkpoints each day.59. Samsung expects lowest profit in over 3 years - Friday, October 03, 2014
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a stunning financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands.60. Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley - Friday, October 03, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."61. New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.62. Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split? - Friday, September 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.
Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.63. AOL to feed more video, news to Microsoft's MSN - Friday, September 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising.64. China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances - Friday, September 26, 2014
BEIJING (AP) — China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17.65. EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits - Friday, September 26, 2014
BRUSSELS (AP) — Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices.66. EBay to split off lucrative PayPal business - Friday, September 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — EBay is splitting off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, the e-commerce company said Tuesday.
Investors applauded the news, sending eBay's shares up nearly 7 percent in morning trading.
67. Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows - Friday, September 26, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.68. Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key - Friday, September 26, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.
As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by quickly acknowledging and apologizing for the problem — which it was slower to do with earlier iPhone problems.
69. Apple falls as software glitch gets more attention - Friday, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Apple Inc. are down more than 3 percent as a glitch in an iPhone software update garnered more headlines.70. US stock market sinks as Apple drags down tech - Friday, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading a broad decline in U.S. stocks that has pulled the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points.
Apple dropped 3.4 percent after the company pulled a software update for its iPhones late Wednesday as users complained that they weren't able to make calls.
71. Struggling BlackBerry releases new phone - Friday, September 19, 2014
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone as the embattled Canadian company tries for a comeback.
Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience on Wednesday. London and Dubai also hosted launch events. No event was held in the U. S. where analysts say there is little demand or carrier interest.72. Businesses and investors pressing for green policy - Friday, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.73. Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones - Friday, September 19, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.
His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other.74. Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold - Friday, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.
A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.75. Government for the prosperity of the people - Friday, September 19, 2014
The reporting out of the U.S. on China is uniformly downbeat. By applying our western perspectives, China appears inhumane, politically oppressive, over-indebted and fragile.
From the American perspective, functional nations should look more, well, like us.76. Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag - Friday, September 12, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.77. 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.
But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud. The maker of the much obsessed-over "Candy Crush Saga," for example, rode the game's popularity to go public this year, only to see its stock falter.78. Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words:
The presence or absence of that phrase will trigger a rush to assess the likely timing of the Fed's first increase in interest rates since it cut them to record lows in 2008.79. Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion.
The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S.80. Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October, Apple said. Phones will still be available Friday on a walk-in basis at Apple retail stores and from various wireless carriers and authorized Apple resellers.
81. Review: Apple Watch looks to be another winner - Friday, September 05, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive.
I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do.82. Apple pushes digital wallet with Apple Pay - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.
The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.83. Stocks break two-day losing streak as Apple gains - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing slightly higher as the market breaks a two-day slump.
Apple was in focus again. The company gained 3 percent a day after announcing a mobile payment system, new iPhones and a smartwatch.
84. Stocks fall for second day; Apple slips - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple's latest batch of product announcements.
Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald's also weighed on the market.
85. Larger iPhones, new software, smartwatch, Apple Pay unveiled - Friday, September 05, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones weren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.86. Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing? - Friday, September 05, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.
The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet equipped to monitor health, help manage homes and even buy merchandise.87. Apple to tighten online security after recent hack - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple plans to tighten its online security measures to reduce the chances of its users being victimized by intrusions like the ones that stole nude photos from actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.88. Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices.
Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers, said Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice president of product management. Motorola's Moto 360 is round and has an all-metal frame, making it look more like a regular watch.89. Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings - Friday, August 29, 2014
BERLIN (AP) — Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.90. Tech stocks drag Wall Street lower - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The relief that greeted reports of a possible cease fire in Ukraine faded on Wall Street, as a slide in Apple and other technology stocks tugged the U.S. stock market to a small loss Wednesday.91. Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised - Friday, August 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is acknowledging that computer hackers broke into the accounts of several celebrities to steal personal photos that have been posted online, a security breakdown that the iPhone maker blamed on the intruders' ability to figure out passwords and bypass other safeguards.92. Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event - Friday, August 22, 2014
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple will show off its newest products Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple's latest twists on technology.93. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions July 2014 - Friday, August 29, 2014
Top July 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.94. Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high - Friday, August 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.95. Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets - Friday, August 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.
And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.96. Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.97. Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men - Friday, August 08, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's high-paying technology jobs are primarily filled by white and Asian men, just like its industry peers.
A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are handled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world.98. How is your brand changing the world? - Friday, August 08, 2014
The essence of a brand isn’t so much about rational arguments; instead, it’s how it makes the market feel emotionally.
So believed the late Steve Jobs.
“Nike sells a commodity; they sell shoes. And yet when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company.99. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for first half of 2014 - Friday, August 01, 2014
January through June 2014 residential real estate transactions of $500,000 or more for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.100. US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas - Friday, July 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.
Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.