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CEO pay basically not tied to any kind of reality at all (report)

David Smothers July 1, 2013

Chief executive pay keeps rising, according to a New York Times report published today. According to the report, overall CEO pay rose 16 percent from 2011 to 2012, while the stock returns generated by those CEOs’ companies rose just 19 percent. (Click here for the full table of the top 200 CEOs’ pay.) Some caveats: The report… Continue Reading »


How to Not Get Ripped Off by Your Mechanic

David Smothers March 17, 2013

  Even if it doesn’t come with 470 HP and Wi-Fi connectivity, your car is the biggest and most expensive gadget you own. And unless you trade your vehicle in as often as your MacBook, keeping that ride in peak operating condition is absolutely vital to keeping repair costs down over its lifespan. That’s not to… Continue Reading »


Sony’s PSN Promotion Gives You $10 For Every $50 Spent This Month

David Smothers February 26, 2013

Sony announced it would be adding three bonus months to PlayStation Plus subscribers who purchase one year of membership, and today, they’re announcing another killer offer, that is, if you’re the kind of person to do a lot of your video game shopping on the PlayStation Network. Starting today through April 1, Sony is offering $10 back… Continue Reading »


E-Commerce Business Makes Popping the Question Easier

David Smothers February 14, 2013

It’s a tale as old as e-commerce: You fall in love, start shopping around for engagement rings and notice that pricing and selection online are superior to what’s in stores. But then come the cold feet. After all, who wants to spend thousands of dollars on a once-in-a-lifetime purchase without actually handling the merchandise first? In… Continue Reading »


The Federal Reserve Said It Was Hacked

David Smothers February 5, 2013

The Federal Reserve said that one of its internal websites had been hacked today. It’s unclear who did the hacking but the Feds say that the hackers were not able to do any serious damage. Reuters says that, “no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.” The internal website that the… Continue Reading »


This Is the New BlackBerry Z10

David Smothers January 30, 2013

Here it is. It’s the new Blackberry 10. It’s official, it looks exactly like the leaked photos and the renders we published. Technical specs • 4.2-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 768 pixels resolution, which at 356 pixels per inch is better than the iPhone 5’s 326 pixels per inch. • Dual core TI OMAP 4470 1.5GHz… Continue Reading »


Here’s BBM Doing Everything You Wish iMessage Could

David Smothers January 30, 2013

At first blush there’s a lot to like about BB10, BlackBerry (née RIM)’s last great hope at redemption. But the first thing you might love is the revamped BBM. It’s crazy slick, and your iPhone is jealous. What can you do with the new BBM? Reliable messaging, for one, which alone gives it a hand up on iOS…. Continue Reading »


Report: YouTube May Start Making You Pay For Content

David Smothers January 29, 2013

  AdAge is reporting than in an effort to lure more content producers (along with the subsequent viewers and advertisers that follow) away from traditional television, YouTube is supposedly getting ready to launch paid subscription on specific channels. The subscriptions won’t be too pricey—at least for right now. Based on applications YouTube has reportedly asked a small… Continue Reading »


How to Automate Your Discounts and Always Get the Best Price

David Smothers January 28, 2013

Clipping coupons can save a lot of money, but it can also waste a lot of time. You don’t have to join the ranks of extremecouponersto ensure you get a great deal. With a few tips and tools, you can automate those discounts and save yourself money without any of the work. I don’t like paying… Continue Reading »


Apple CEO Sends Company-Wide Email Thanking Everyone for Their Work

David Smothers January 25, 2013

After posting record quarterly earnings at a scheduled conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed employees with a heartwarming message thanking everyone for their efforts to get Apple where it is today. Despite disappointing Wall Street with its disclosures, Tim Cook is not short for words when it comes to patting his troops on the back. As… Continue Reading »

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