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Verizon to extend phone-upgrade waiting period

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Coding boot camps promise to launch tech careers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Looking for a career change, Ken Shimizu decided he wanted to be a software developer, but he didn't want to go back to college to study computer science.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Upper-income seniors facing Medicare hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to raise Medicare premiums for upper-income seniors would create five new income brackets to squeeze more revenue for the government from the top tiers of retirees, the administration revealed Friday.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Drought eases in farm belt but not over yet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With the farm belt's soil recharged by melted snow and spring rains, farmers are anxious to start working the fields and planting seed for the 2013 crop season.

April 12, 2013 | | Nationwide


Air bag recall on 3.4 million vehicles

DETROIT (AP) - Six automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide because of defective air bags that can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


TV stations feel 'squeezed' by airwave auction

LAS VEGAS (AP) - As the federal government tries to encourage companies like AT&T and Verizon to create bigger, faster mobile networks, TV broadcasters are feeling like the farmers of yesteryear who were asked to sell their land to make way for the nation's highways.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn

ATLANTA (AP) - A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Stocks rise for 4th day in a row, led by retail

NEW YORK (AP) - Rite Aid, Ross Stores and other retailers surged Thursday after turning in better sales, and major stock market indexes rose for a fourth day straight.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


Investors dump Microsoft on bleak news

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If fewer people are interested in buying a new personal computer, then fewer investors want to own stakes in companies whose fortunes are tied to the sales of laptop and desktop machines.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


VC firms team up to invest in Google Glass

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three influential venture capital firms are teaming to find and finance entrepreneurs who want to create applications and other accessories for Google Glass. That's an Internet-connected device that is setting out to turn wearable computing into the latest fashion trend.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Personal computer sales crash as Windows 8 flops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look like it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Mutual funds attract record amount of cash

BOSTON (AP) - The stock market hit a record high during the first quarter, and so did the flow of cash into mutual funds.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


COMPUTER SHIPMENTS

Research group IDC said Wednesday that global shipments of personal computers fell 14 percent in the first three months of 2013, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. IDC said Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets. According to research group IDC, here are the five leading manufacturers of personal computers worldwide in first quarter of 2013:

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Cookie Monster, Elmo get in trouble

NEW YORK (AP) - Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Smart mirrors boost clothing sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden rolling out Breadstick sandwiches

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make sandwiches out of them.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Fox calling end to ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

May 11, 2015 | | Nationwide


Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit files for $100M IPO

NEW YORK (AP) - Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, on Thursday filed for an initial public offering worth up to $100 million.

May 07, 2015 | | Nationwide


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