Amazon plans a tech version of department stores to sell its own apparel brands

After all, the margins are much greater than with books.... https://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-amazons-department-store-plans-high-tech-dressing-rooms-its-own-apparel-brands-11632303002?  WSJ NEWS EXCLUSIVE Inside Amazon’s Department Store Plans: High-Tech Dressing Rooms, Its Own Apparel Brands Company’s outlets could feature QR codes, touch screens and a nontraditional shopping experience By Sebastian Herrera and Khadeeja SafdarSept. 22, 2021 5:30 am ET Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN 1.06% planned department stores will aim to boost its … Continue reading Amazon plans a tech version of department stores to sell its own apparel brands

This article made me realize NYC was where I should eventually retire

When I ran into this article, I was still living in Columbia, MD and working in downtown D.C. I knew suburban life wouldn't work for retirement -- I wanted what I'd had in Boston where I could get anywhere by walking or on public transit, including cultural events and healthcare. But where? I thought about … Continue reading This article made me realize NYC was where I should eventually retire

iPhone 13 orders outpacing iPhone 12

https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/16/preorders-for-iphone-13-outpace-iphone-12-likely-due-to-huawei-struggles? Preorders for iPhone 13 outpace iPhone 12, likely due to Huawei struggles Mike Peterson | Sep 16, 2021 Customers in China have placed more than 2 million preorders for Apple's iPhone 13 lineup, surpassing the number of iPhone 12 preorders in 2020, likely because of the void left by high-end Huawei handsets. According to the South China Morning Post, … Continue reading iPhone 13 orders outpacing iPhone 12

The real reasons people are quitting their jobs right now

One small point that struck me is the intersection between the jobs that are currently open without takers and the desire for people to work from home (and presumably away from COVID). How are employers in the service, hospitality, and health care fields going to package their jobs to appeal to potential employees who would … Continue reading The real reasons people are quitting their jobs right now

A low-cost index fund that intends to vote its shares for change

https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2021/06/climate-focused-hedge-funds-new-index-fund-engine-no-1/619264/? A Major New Index Fund Should Unnerve Climate-Skeptical CEOs The hedge fund that staged a revolt at Exxon last month is now recruiting an army of mom-and-pop investors for future battles.By Robinson Meyer Anton Petrus / Getty JUNE 22, 2021 Last month, a tiny hedge fund called Engine No. 1 staged a coup of sorts at … Continue reading A low-cost index fund that intends to vote its shares for change

A generation of men isn’t graduating from college

The repercussions for society are legion -- everything from the inability of many educated women to find their male peers to marry or have children with, the upcoming concentration of women in the professions and (possibly) politics, and a struggle of men to be treated as a subset of society needing help. https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-university-fall-higher-education-men-women-enrollment-admissions-back-to-school-11630948233 A Generation … Continue reading A generation of men isn’t graduating from college

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than many countries

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/09/03/climate/bitcoin-carbon-footprint-electricity.html Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible? In 2009, you could mine one Bitcoin using a setup like this in your living room. ↓ ↓ Amount of household electricity required to mine one coin: a few seconds’ worth. Bitcoin’s value: basically nothing. Today, you’d need a room full of specialized machines, each … Continue reading Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than many countries

Delays, product shortages and rising costs aren’t going to vanish

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/30/business/supply-chain-shortages.html The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It. Pandemic-related product shortages — from computer chips to construction materials — were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption. By Peter S. Goodman and Keith Bradsher Aug. 30, 2021 Like most people in the … Continue reading Delays, product shortages and rising costs aren’t going to vanish

In case you missed it, Google stock went up 66% this year — here’s why

I am NOT recommending a purchase of this stock. I simply think this article describing WHY its stock price has risen is a useful description of the factors that can drive such an increase. Please note that one factor not mentioned is its size. Institutional investors must constantly find places to put large chunks of … Continue reading In case you missed it, Google stock went up 66% this year — here’s why

Apple allowing app purchases without taking a cut to avoid regulation

TECH Apple will let some apps guide users to websites to make payments, bypassing Apple’s cut https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/01/apple-will-let-some-apps-guide-users-to-websites-to-make-payments-bypassing-apples-cut.html PUBLISHED WED, SEP 1 20218:52 PM EDTUPDATED 4 HOURS AGO Kif Leswing@KIFLESWING KEY POINTS The rule does not apply to all transactions through the App Store. Game oriented in-app purchases will still need to use Apple’s payment system.But … Continue reading Apple allowing app purchases without taking a cut to avoid regulation

10 times you shouldn’t use your credit card for payment

http://www.rd.com/list/times-to-never-use-your-credit-card/ 10 Times You Shouldn’t Use Your Credit Card for Payment Jenn SinrichUpdated: Aug. 26, 2021 Credit cards might be convenient and reliable, but here are some scenarios where swiping or entering your digits could be dangerous. TIM ROBBERTS/GETTY IMAGESWe don’t even think about swiping our credit cards these days since it is so common. … Continue reading 10 times you shouldn’t use your credit card for payment

If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll now have to pay costs of that decision

Fact is that it costs employers, the government, hospitals, healthcare workers, large amounts of money for every person who either gets ill themselves (and usually more ill than a vaccinated person would have) and every person they give COVID to. Why should an employer absorb an extra $10,000 of health costs per unvaccinated employee? How … Continue reading If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll now have to pay costs of that decision