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New gadgets mean more demands for smart e-waste recycling

Last week’s news that Apple will be launching a new iPhone 6 and an iPhone watch — as well as the less-festive flash that poor Amazon has had to cut the price of its sluggish selling Fire mobile phone to 99 cents (from about $200) — conjured up visions of mountains of older models tossed […]

Will Santa's sleigh be full of drones this year?
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Will Santa’s sleigh be full of drones this year?

OK, it’s the first week in August and I’m going to go on record as predicting one of the hot gifts of the coming holiday season:  Personal drones. In fact, for the selfie-obsessed who want to take it to the next level, there’s the just-out Air Dog, a drone that follows its owner everwhere, shooting […]

As highway fund is debated, how does the local business of road building fare?
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As highway fund is debated, how does the local business of road building fare?

The federal Highway Trust Fund is projected to run out of money on August 1.   Congress is as usual eschewing a long-term, sweeping vision in favor of a short-term patch.   According to Bloomberg, odds are that a House version of a transportation bill will make it to President Obama for signature. With looming funding issues, […]

Goodwill Store deals on 4th of July
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Fourth of July stories sparkle on any business beat

Already 2014 is about half over and the Fourth of July holiday is speeding toward us like a runaway locomotive.  It’s the make-it or break-it bellwether for many summer tourism businesses and particularly interesting this year because the Fourth falls on a Friday, making for an automatic three-day-weekend for many workers. According to Orbitz, many […]

Auto repair school
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Spotlight auto repair as a career path and a local economic indicator

Today kicks off Automotive Service Professionals Week, an industry observance that runs June 9-15, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In light of last week’s monthly report on U.S. car sales – which in May reflected a sales pace not seen since before the recession, after nearly a decade of consumers […]

Big beef recall and other woes kick off food-safety season
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Big beef recall and other woes kick off food-safety season

Well, it’s rather a downer for the industry-led National Hamburger Month that there have been a couple of major ground beef fiascos in the past few days, including the news that meat tainted with the e. coli bacteria may be linked to illnesses in four states, as the Los Angeles Times reported.   When 1.8 […]

Kids watching Netflix on a phone
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TV consumers spending more, watching less: At what cost?

A $49 billion cable television merger is a pretty big headline, and one that’ll keep audiences talking for days if not weeks, especially when it concerns a product that’s in pretty much every household’s living room.  As reported Sunday, AT&T wants to buy satellite television provider Direct TV in a $95-a-share merger that will affect […]

Boston Marathon 2014 security
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Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events

According to news reports, some 4,000 security personnel were on hand for Monday’s Boston Marathon, the first since the 2013 bombing at the event killed three people.  From cameras to cops to bomb-sniffing dogs, and through bans on backpacks, face masks and more, officials are determined that this year’s event won’t be marred by tragedy, […]

new domain names
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Companies, individuals making the most of .guru, .bike, and more

If you’re casting about for an interesting marketing or trends story, here’s one that could be adapted to just about any beat: The new domain names that have become available this year, which allow businesses to shed the run-of-the-mill .com designation in favor of snazzier suffixes like .bank, .guru and even, heaven help us, .Kardashian. […]