Top Business Executives Name Their 10 Must-Have Mobile Apps

Whether you are partial to iOS, Android or even BlackBerry for your mobile computing needs, you’re likely faced with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to apps. To put it in perspective, Apple announced in October that its App Store now boasts 1 million apps. And the average U.S. smartphone user downloads 25 apps and spends two hours daily using…

Extended Warranties for Your Gadgets: Are They Worth the Money?

Holiday shopping season is in full swing, and smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices once again top many shoppers’ gift lists. Given how expensive many popular gadgets have become, one big question many shoppers are facing is whether or not to tack on an extended warranty to protect themselves should their electronic devices come to…

How to Create a Strong Password

Are your passwords as strong as they can be? For many users, self-created passwords are not nearly as secure as they should be. Trustwave, a Chicago-based information security firm, recently revealed that a massive security breach compromised nearly 2 million websites and social media accounts in more than 100 countries. In the breach, 1.58 million website login…

Why Twitter should focus on even more local features

I had an unusual experience this morning at my local cafe. While sipping my latte, I overheard an elderly couple at the next table discussing Twitter’s market cap and what Twitter’s future revenue opportunities are. Twenty-four months earlier, that very same couple may not have even known what Twitter was, let alone how they intend…

Amazon Tests Drones for Same-Day Parcel Delivery, Bezos Says

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is testing drones to deliver goods as the world’s largest e-commerce company works to improve efficiency and speed in getting products to consumers. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos unveiled the plan on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news program in the U.S., showing interviewer Charlie Rose the flying machines that can serve as delivery vehicles. Bezos said the gadgets,…

The Fast Track to Retirement: Reduce Consumerism

The quickest way to grow a nest egg is to cut expenses as much as possible. It’s almost Thanksgiving and retailers are going all out on advertising this year. Plus, 2013 has a shortened shopping season because Thanksgiving is later than usual. As a result, retailers are opening even earlier on Thursday. For example, Kmart will…

Want a Mentor for Your Business? Look for These 3 Qualities

When you’re starting a business — or even just thinking about it — the advice you’ll get again and again is to find a mentor. But here’s what’s more important: finding the right mentor. The mentor-mentee relationship is a lot like dating. You must share mutual interests, really want to spend time together and be equally committed….

6 Insider Strategies to Speed Angel Funding

Wealthy individuals who invest in startup companies are called “angel” investors.  The problem with this angelic term is the tendency for first-time entrepreneurs to assume that wealthy angels are warm-hearted and will rescue entrepreneurs and small business owners from the perils of a cash crisis. The truth is that angels, especially members of angel investment…

Changing Careers? 4 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Crafting an excellent résumé can be difficult. Even more difficult is crafting an excellent résumé when you’re a career changer competing against other applicants who already have work experience in the field you’re trying to break into. But the fact that you haven’t had a job in your new industry before doesn’t mean you don’t…