Google already has mapped cities like Memphis extensively via the company’s now familiar, camera-equipped Street View cars, which produce interactive images that can be explored by a curious user. The search company, though, has also taken that technology a step farther, with the result available in Memphis starting today.
21. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant - Wednesday, January 07, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.22. Raise Your Home's IQ: Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage at CES Gadget Show - Tuesday, January 06, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on – perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.23. Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.24. Travel Trends for 2015 - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
When traveling in 2015, we are more likely to consider sleeping on someone’s couch, possibly renting their whole apartment for a few days or even sharing a meal with complete strangers.
In looking at expected travel trends for the coming year, one consistency in most stories is the idea of shared travel.25. Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge has denied Google Inc.'s motion to block enforcement of a subpoena issued by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood that seeks information from Google about parts of its operations, including information about advertising for imported prescription drugs.26. Make These LinkedIn Resolutions for 2015 - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Much like the old adage that we only use 10 percent of our brains, you may fall into the camp of LinkedIn users leveraging less than a tenth of what this robust business-networking platform has to offer.27. Robin Williams Tops 2014 List of Google Searches - Wednesday, December 17, 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.28. Google Researching Use of Color in Business - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.
Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person's work area," which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.29. Congress Told US Lags Other Nations on Drones - Thursday, December 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday.30. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity - Thursday, December 11, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.31. White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.32. Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
TRACY, California (AP) – A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.33. Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Businesses - Monday, December 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.34. Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.
But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.35. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.
NEW YORK (AP) – A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.
Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.37. Mobile Advertising Trends - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
2014 marked the first year that mobile Internet usage surpassed desktop, which is no doubt why a recent Forrester Research study predicts sales from consumers shopping on mobile phones will increase to $38 billion this year.38. Building Innovation Networks - Monday, November 17, 2014
This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech.
“Get out of your work building and go into the world,” says the speaker. The team she is working with at Roche have started a program called “Get Out of the Building” as a way to not only get exposed to new ideas but also to build new relationships. It’s great advice.39. Blackberry Expanding Its Mobile-Security Arsenal - Friday, November 14, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.40. Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.41. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.42. Disney Expands Digital Movie Service to Android - Wednesday, November 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. is expanding its digital movies app that allows fans to watch movie purchases across devices to Android's Google Play.43. Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking - Friday, October 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.44. Pain of Losing Makes Wins Sweeter - Friday, October 31, 2014
So those World Series Champion Kansas City Royals T-shirts are probably headed to Angola and Namibia and Rwanda and Zambia and, well, anyplace but my hometown.
It’s a well-known story now. The manufacturers want to be ready with merchandise for the giddy fan bases eager to celebrate online with their credit cards. So they make championship stuff for both sides.45. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line - Wednesday, October 29, 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.46. A Gift That Can Give For A Lifetime - Thursday, October 23, 2014
Ray’s Take Every so often, a client calls and asks if I would spend some time with their son or daughter to help them get off on the right foot financially. When they look back on their own early choices, they can see how much a few right decisions, and the avoidance of a few poor ones, would have been worth.47. Recruiter’s Career Twist - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.48. 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.49. 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.50. Less Heat, More Light - Thursday, October 16, 2014
In a 1912 poem, Ezra Pound wrote, “Winter is icumen in.” Pound’s “Ancient Music” parodies a 13th century Anglo-Saxon poem that begins “Sumer is icumen in” (sic). Hardly a novel idea: “Here comes winter.” Happens every year, no? We want to prepare.51. State Rolls Out New Election App - Thursday, October 16, 2014
Just in time for early voting, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is out with a Smartphone app that can answer common questions from voters in every election about where they can vote early, the polling place for their election day precinct and directions to it and some of the districts they live in.52. Bringing Innovation to Innovation - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Notes from a keynote by John Kao, BEI 2014, Las Vegas
2.6 billion Google queries were on "innovation" last month, Kao posits. The issue, there is no shared definition, or mental map, of innovation. We are creating a tower of Babel effect.53. Unequal Pay: Must Be a Lot of Good Karma Out There - Monday, October 13, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse.54. Once High-Flying Vince Carter in Different Role With Grizz - Friday, October 10, 2014
At this stage of his NBA career, there are a lot of euphemisms for Vince Carter.
Veteran. Elder statesman. Old guy. Those were Carter’s own words when describing his exit in Dallas this summer, after owner Mark Cuban put a three-year, $46.1 million offer sheet in front of 25-year-old Chandler Parsons. The Benefactor indeed.55. NBA Extends Television Deals With ESPN and TNT - Tuesday, October 07, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.
The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay generously to secure the rights long term.56. Struggling BlackBerry Releases New Phone - Thursday, September 25, 2014
TORONTO (AP) – BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback.
Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience. 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.57. Athletes Behaving Badly - Friday, September 19, 2014
Make us laugh. That’s all we ask. Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston gets cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix: That’s funny.
Winston gets suspended for the first half of the upcoming Clemson game after shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus while reportedly mimicking an Internet video: Not funny, and really stupid.58. Olive Garden Investor: Back Off on the Breadsticks - Monday, September 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.
In a nearly 300-page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. The hedge fund notes the chain's official policy is to bring out one breadstick per customer at a time, plus an extra for the table.59. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet Service With Apple Pay - Saturday, September 13, 2014
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.60. Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.61. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet With Apple Pay - Thursday, September 11, 2014
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.62. 5 Fundraising Job Considerations - Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The possibility of a new position as a fund development or fundraising professional brings excitement and anticipation. A new position could mean the opportunity to “finally” put one’s professional skills to use. Maybe with a new position there will be greater opportunities to implement best practices and to meet – or even exceed – goals.63. Legal Obligation - Saturday, September 06, 2014
The package arrived at the FedEx facility in Spokane, Wash., in early July, and as it moved along the parcel delivery system a conveyor belt malfunctioned and damaged the shipping box.
A FedEx employee inspecting the damaged package discovered what was believed to be illegal prescription pills in the container and the company contacted law enforcement, including the Spokane Police Department and the local Drug Enforcement Administration office.64. Events - Thursday, September 04, 2014
The Daily News will present the 2014 HR Challenges seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooks Museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Meg Crosby, founding principal of PeopleCap Advisors and a former Google HR executive, will discuss five steps for creating a strong corporate culture. Tickets are $25. Visit bit.ly/MEMhr for more information.65. Events - Wednesday, September 03, 2014
The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.66. Events - Monday, September 01, 2014
The Chick-fil-A 5K walk/run benefiting Junior Achievement will be held Monday, Sept. 1, starting at AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. Register at chickfila5k.com.67. Google Report Spotlights ARS-Rescue Rooter - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Memphis-based ARS-Rescue Rooter, a nationwide company providing heating, cooling and plumbing services, was recently highlighted in Google’s annual U.S. Economic Impact Report as the featured business representing Tennessee for its strategic use of Google’s search and advertising tools.68. Events - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host a female business leader luncheon Thursday, Sept. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave. The Dutch treat lunch brings together business leaders and up-and-coming leaders to discuss various topics related to women in business. Register at thelpbc.com.69. People Power - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.70. Events - Friday, August 29, 2014
The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email email@example.com. Google Report Spotlights ARS-Rescue Rooter - Thursday, August 28, 2014
Memphis-based ARS-Rescue Rooter, a nationwide company providing heating, cooling and plumbing services, was recently highlighted in Google’s annual U.S. Economic Impact Report as the featured business representing Tennessee for its strategic use of Google’s search and advertising tools.72. Crosby to Keynote Daily News HR Seminar - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Companies with employees who are enthusiastic about going the extra mile, who race to the office each day enthusiastic about their tasks, and where the vibe is a tight-knit one akin to a family don’t get that way by accident.73. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups - Friday, August 22, 2014
This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.74. Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets - Tuesday, August 19, 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.75. FedEx Indicted on New Charges Over Drug Shipments - Saturday, August 16, 2014
Federal prosecutors say several addicts died after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs delivered by FedEx.
Those deaths were included in a new indictment returned against the Memphis-based company late Thursday, Aug. 14, by a federal grand jury in San Francisco.76. Consumers Driving Health Care Innovation - Monday, August 18, 2014
Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.77. Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App and Card Reader - Thursday, August 14, 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.78. Apple's Tech Jobs Held Mostly By White, Asian Men - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.79. Cold Email Mastery, a Click Away From Anyone - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cold calling is a tough business, though a necessity for many companies. The cost of sales is high, as is sales rep rejection and fatigue. Imagine if email could significantly improve your engagement rate with otherwise cold prospects. If executed well, it can, explains Scott Britton with life-longlearner.com, the forensic accountant of the email world whose company was acquired by Constant Contact for $100 million in 2012.80. Obama Takes Step to Improve Government Technology - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) – The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.81. Why Experts Live in Fear - Monday, August 11, 2014
More trouble has fallen upon companies that tempt the universe with this ego-inflated statement: "We are the experts.” A sizable lack of innovation occurs in the practice of being perceived as experts instead of practicing humility in the workplace.82. Checking Out the Meanings Behind ‘Glamazon’ - Thursday, July 31, 2014
I was checking something out online the other day when I came across the word glamazon.
Glamazon is not in many dictionaries, though it is in Wordnik. Wordnik’s cofounder, Erin McKean, gave a great TED Talk in 2007, “The Joy of Lexicography.” You can watch it on YouTube. I recommend it wholeheartedly.83. Debunking Five Pinterest Myths - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month. The Webs 2014 Small Business Digital Usage Survey cites 20 percent of small businesses who use social media view Pinterest as a top social media channel for marketing their businesses.84. More Charges Loom for FedEx - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice could bring additional charges against FedEx Corp. for its role in shipping prescription medications from illegal online pharmacies, according to court records. 85. More Charges Loom for FedEx - Monday, July 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice could bring additional charges against FedEx Corp. for its role in shipping prescription medications from illegal online pharmacies, according to court records. 86. Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.87. Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Signals New Path - Friday, July 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.88. 10 Surprising Social Media Facts - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
With how quickly the social media landscape changes, it can be tough to keep up. Here’s the abridged version of the top 10 most surprising social media facts likely to have the greatest impact on your company’s social media strategy.89. Shelby Farms Park Launches Free App - Saturday, July 12, 2014
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has launched a free app to help visitors engage with the park.
The app gives visitors quick access to park information, including construction updates for Heart of the Park enhancements. It’s available to download now in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play store.90. PC Shipment Slump Bottoms Out - Thursday, July 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.
PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.91. Shelby Farms Park Launches Free App - Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has launched a free app to help visitors engage with the park.
The app gives visitors quick access to park information, including construction updates for Heart of the Park enhancements. It’s available to download now in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play store.92. Mobile Services Increasingly Expected of Banks - Thursday, July 03, 2014
The mobile race is on among Memphis financial institutions, with banks rolling out apps that allow banking on the go and a full range of capabilities that translate the brick-and-mortar banking experience to small digital screens.93. High Court Rejects Google Appeal in Snooping Case - Tuesday, July 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.94. Connected Home - Tuesday, July 01, 2014
When he founded Memphis-based Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment 20 years ago, Scott Fuelling couldn’t have predicted the degree to which consumers eventually would embrace the concept of the connected home.95. Google Shows Off Android Auto, Wearables - Thursday, June 26, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.
But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display as the company unveiled far-reaching plans to push further into the living room, the family car and the TV set.96. New Push to Get Girls Into Computer Sciences - Friday, June 20, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is – more than ever – a man's world.97. Crime Data Show iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts - Friday, June 20, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.
The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems – Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.98. Roku CEO Discusses State of Internet Video, TV - Monday, June 16, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is the star of the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, then Roku CEO Anthony Wood is the best supporting actor.99. Skip the Website? Some Small Businesses Still Do - Thursday, June 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.
"It's just ridiculous," says Jim Blasingame, a small business author and radio show host. "Every small business needs a website. Period. Nonnegotiable."100. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars - Wednesday, June 04, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.
That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.