Having more than 800,000 employees not drawing their paychecks can't be a
good thing in a struggling US economy where job reports are watched as
closely as the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Some experts don't believe the government shutdown will have much of a
negative impact. According to the research firm IHS Global Insight, "The
spending habits of government employees probably would not change if the
shutdown was short-lived, particularly if they believed that they would
receive back (pay)."
The average American will likely be thinking of the government shutdown when
making purchases, but spending will probably pick back up when the things go
back to normal. The shutdown "hurts consumer confidence, and it doesn't help
with cash flow, but in terms of financial impact it's going to be made up
when the government reopens," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC... (more)
With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching
the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike
businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to
get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited
They can also operate with a high level of efficiency and often compete with
much large larger companies. One of the top resources that is fueling
startups is cloud technology. Below are some ways that entrepreneurs can
benefit and why this technology is so advantageous.
A distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on a Bitcoin wallet and
transaction facilitator netted hackers with 1,265 Bitcoins worth $1 million.
The hack attack started on November 15th, and it followed several other
nefarious online maneuvers over a period of 48 hours. The victim is a
Denmark-based tech company that as of early December was still trying to
figure out how the heist unfolded on their servers.
The Danish company explained that the DDOS attack was formidable and
succeeded in penetrating various layers of protection. According to blog
posts and press reports, Bitc... (more)
The introduction of mobile devices rocked the e-Commerce world. Instead of
knowing that potential customers would use a laptop or desktop, those running
web-based stores had to begin to account for users with devices with screens
of all sizes; from smartphones, to tablets, to full-size monitors. In
addition, many of these devices lack keyboards or accurate cursor devices. As
a result, many started creating second sites made for mobile devices.
However, new techniques have supplanted this strategy, the most popular of
which is responsive design.
One Size Truly Fits All
The color that's officially regarded as the most boring in homes across
America is apparently making a comeback. Google Glass in "off-white" (better
known as egg shell among professionals in the interior design industry) sold
out in just a few hours after being released on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
It was just a one-day sale, when the highly anticipated product was going for
$1,500, but even Google didn't expect such a response. According to a Google
statement released to the Mercury News, the offer might be extended, but
after the company witnessed what a hit it was, the sale offi... (more)