How Kickstarter is helping to promote private space flight

December 30th, 2013

Crowdfunding is incredibly hot. We like the concept of getting a lot of people together, getting them to all make small donations and fund important projects. But can this funding model work for something really big? Something like the private space race? It's a question asked by a recent PCMag story.

Section 179 deadline 3 days away (get your project funded)

December 27th, 2013

Have a project but not the money, you might look at qualified financing and Section 179 of the tax code.

You may know Section 179 from past years where firms can purchase up to $25,000 of equipment and deduct it. Time is running out on H.R. 8: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which temporarily increased the limit for 2013 to $500,000, though it expires December 31, 2013.

If you are considering a needed purchase or upgrade, you should do so now to take advantage of this special 100% tax deduction.

Video-game wars are nothing new

December 26th, 2013

Debating if you should buy your kids a Microsoft Xbox One this holiday season? Or perhaps you think the Sony PlayStation 4 is the better choice. If you're attempting to decide which video-game console is best, take some comfort in the fact consumers have been weighing the pros and cons of home gaming systems for more than thirty years.

Spear phishing remains a serious threat to businesses

December 23rd, 2013

Would your staff realize if that person they’ve been talking with through LinkedIn isn’t really an executive at a big-name bank? Would they be able to tell that this “employee” is actually a cybercriminal hiding behind a fake social network profile so that they can gain enough information to break into your business’ computer network? If not, then you'll need to take action to educate your employees concerning the dangers of phishing attacks.

Surface 2 not special enough

December 12th, 2013

Is the Microsoft Surface 2 a tablet worth buying? Not based on a recent review by PCWorld writer Jon Phillips. The reviewer says that Microsoft's second attempt to create an entry-level Surface tablet is way too cautious to give the struggling tablet significance.

Who’s ready to be the next CEO of Microsoft?

December 10th, 2013

Who’s next up to serve as chief executive officer of Microsoft? Of course, no one really knows. But PCWorld writer Mark Hachman took a crack at determining which tech bigwigs are the most likely to become the next CEO of the tech giant. Here are a few of his thoughts.

Video games aren’t always fun

December 5th, 2013

Don’t all of us work long enough hours? Then why do a lot of us get home from the office and then play video games that seem just like work? PCWorld recently explored this trend, compiling a list of the popular video games that feel an awful lot like work.

Amazon set to deliver on Sundays

December 3rd, 2013

Live in Los Angeles, New York or London? Then don't be surprised to see your postal carrier showing up on Sunday with a package from Amazon. As the TechCrunch Web site recently documented, the online business giant has begun Sunday delivery for its Prime customers located in these three large cities.