Best Buy is counting on tech under the Christmas tree with its "Open This Last" campaign, building on a 22.3% rise in online sales in Q3. The campaign focuses on giving just the right gift to delight the recipient.
In smaller companies, leaders with grand visions of the future may not be taken as seriously as they would be at a larger organization, writes Lila MacLellan. This is because the closer leaders are to their employees, the more practical and detailed their messages are expected to be.
A Wisconsin high school's fabrication laboratory is allowing students to put what they learn in engineering class into hands-on projects. A recent project involved students using VEX Robotics kits to build a hydrogen-powered vehicle that is about the size of a shoebox.
Normalizing inflation and a strong labor market will prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates four times next year, Goldman Sachs economists predict, topping Wall Street expectations for three increases. "The strength is becoming 'too much of a good thing' and containing further overheating will become a more urgent priority in 2018 and beyond," according to a note from Goldman economists.
Door to Door Organics shuttered its operations Friday, after 20 years in the grocery delivery business. The move came abruptly after recent comments from its CEO that indicated future funding and growth for the retailer.
This year's Medicare extenders package includes the Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare Act, a proposed bill set for passage that aims to expand telehealth coverage under Medicare Advantage plans. The bill calls for reimbursement of telehealth services at rates similar to in-person services starting in 2020 and access parity for such services in Medicare Advantage and Medicare part A and B programs.
Facebook has enabled virtual reality web experiences inside News Feed, which can be developed using Facebook's React VR framework. The "360 experiences" feature has been trialed by Sony, which with AvatarLabs and Creative Shop, which is Oculus and Facebook's creative agency, made a virtual treehouse scavenger hunt to tout the movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."
Amazon last month made its first attempt at automating some of the truck delivery process by launching Relay, an app that lets truck drivers get in and out of the company's warehouses faster. It's the first connection between the e-commerce giant and millions of truck drivers.
The UK government has launched the Cyber Discovery program to teach students about cybersecurity in hopes of attracting talent to fill the skills gap. The program is free and includes online and offline challenges and a "comprehensive curriculum" to get students interested in cybersecurity.
President Donald Trump has pushed for more major infrastructure projects, and he has tried to streamline the federal approval process. Delays in beginning a project cost trillions of dollars in economic activity, but experts say funding issues and local regulations often are major factors as well.
Climate change will wreak havoc on sensitive crops such as coffee, and without adequate planning and groundwork, that will become a disaster for the poor farmers growing them. Adapting to this disaster requires forethought, such as training farmers for replacement crops and new techniques in a multiphase approach to help make the transition smoother for the global economy and less punishing to local farmers.
Margaret Skinner of Air Canada talked to reporter Dibyendu Mondal about the airline's successful entry into the Indian aviation market and future plans. "Both the direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Toronto and Vancouver have been successful for us," Skinner said.
A 1982 time capsule installed at Seattle's Space Needle was supposed to be opened in 2002, but as staff turned over and the plaque marking its placement disappeared, the capsule was forgotten. It was discovered last week and opened after 35 years, revealing original sketches of the Space Needle, photos of elevator operators, a menu from the building's restaurant and more.