Long lines and huge crowds can make holiday shopping stressful. But more people are turning to smart phones and tablets to ease the pain with apps that let you scan bar codes and compare prices on the fly. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the mobile shopping revolution.
Hewlett Packard is claiming it was duped into overpaying when it acquired Britain's largest software company a little more than a year ago. HP released its latest quarterly earning report on Tuesday and announced that it was writing off most of the $11 billion investment. The firm HP bought, Autonomy, denies there were any improprieties.
A new industry of apps is helping parents stay one step ahead of their kids online, monitoring every post, photo and text they send or receive. Some argue this is necessary parental oversight in the modern digital age. Others say it sends the wrong message to kids and can backfire.
Overseas hackers broke into the South Carolina Department of Revenue and stole 3.8 million taxpayer records including social security and bank account numbers. The state is adding new layers of security but some question how the breach happened. Gov. Nikki Haley says the state didn't do enough to prevent the cyber attack.
Like many other brick-and-mortar retailers, Wal-Mart is trying new strategies to serve customers whenever they want to buy. In one new experiment in four select markets, the retail giant is promising to deliver eligible items ordered online in just a few hours.
Previous research has found that patients with online access to their doctors made fewer trips to the doctor's office. But a large, just-published study shows just the opposite: Patients who can email their physicians may schedule more visits.
For many parents, Thanksgiving means it's time to entertain the kids during a road trip. With that in mind, NPR spoke with 9-year-old Jane Frauenfelder, who hosts the podcast Apps for Kids with her father, Mark.
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