POS stands for point of sale, but small-business owners who have struggled to implement PC-based POS systems sometimes use a more colorful phrase. Retail Man POS from Ezisolutions aims to answer the many shortcomings of other POS suites, chief among them the confusion they cause in the owner who sets them up and the employees who use them. Retail Main POS features descriptive icon images and pop-up labels that help clarify just what each icon does, be it sales, inventory, payments, or contacts. It's a full-featured POS system, too, with invoices, inventories, balance sheets, reporting, and even barcode printing.… Read more
Under the partnership, DeviantArt members have options both to license Fotolia imagery for their own use and to sell their own works through Fotolia's system, the companies plan to announce today.
Some aspects of the partnership haven't been hammered out, but DeviantArt wants to launch special collections for those who want a more flavorful departure from traditional microstock imagery. The site also hopes to channel a larger fraction of the resulting revenue to artists than is … Read more
Facebook formally sliced up its stock in a 5-for-1 division on Friday, a move designed to keep the price of individual shares lower as demand for the privately owned Facebook on secondary markets has been driving it upward.
"The reason is that the stock has risen significantly since our last split, and this allows us to bring it into a similar price range as other private companies," Facebook spokesman Jonny Thaw told CNET. "It also allows us to give everyone larger stock unit grants without increasing dilution for shareholders."
It's the third time in Facebook'… Read more
Tapped by Larry Ellison to become a co-president of Oracle, Mark Hurd is poised to earn a base salary of $950,000 per year.
Hurd is also eligible for an executive bonus of $5 million next year if he meets whatever targets Oracle has set up for him, according to the offer letter (PDF) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beyond that, he's in line for an overall bonus as high as $10 million.
Stock ownership is a big part of the package as well. Hurd has been rewarded with stock options that will let him buy up … Read more
Hewlett-Packard has been given the go-ahead by its board to buy back up to $10 billion of its own stock, the company announced Monday.
HP said it plans to pick up shares "opportunistically" and is targeting the repurchase as a way to manage the dilution created by stock issued to its employees.
"HP has a strong balance sheet," Cathie Lesjak, HP chief financial officer and interim CEO, said in a statement. "We plan to be active in repurchasing our shares, and we expect to repurchase at least $3 billion worth of our shares in our … Read more
Carl Icahn has bumped up his share of Motorola to around 10.4 percent, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The SEC filing shows that the billionaire investor spent a total of $86.2 million to scoop up 11.5 million additional shares of Motorola on Wednesday and Thursday. This latest purchase comes on top of other recent moves by Icahn to grab more stock in the company. In May, Icahn upped his ownership of Motorola to 8.8 percent, and then in early August, raised it still further to 9.99 percent.
The increased buying … Read more
For investors, Wall Street is much like the typical toddler is to parents: it bears watching. If you're serious about keeping up with the stock market, sooner or later you'll need a tool that will help you track it. Many such tools involve an expensive service and subscription fees, but StockMarketEye from TransparenTech tracks stock prices via on-demand or streaming quote data, organizes your portfolio into handy Watch Lists, and even estimates stock prices based on potential movements, but for an affordable, one-time purchase price without recurring fees.
StockMarketEye's simple dialog-based interface is one of the clearest, … Read more
After an impressive debut, Tesla Motors shares have sunk below their original initial public offering price of $17 per share.
As of this writing, Tesla shares are trading at $15.70. That's a steep decline from the company's ending price on June 29, when the stock was made public. On that day, shares ended up 70 percent at $23.89 per share. On June 30, the stock hit a high of $30.42 per share.
From a purely financial perspective, some might not think Tesla the most viable investment target. The green automaker sells expensive cars, headlined by … Read more
Does your iPad pull a lot of desk duty? Does it adorn your kitchen counter or even your nightstand? Do you routinely leave it on a dock or charger? If so, you should put that sucker to good use--even when you're not using it. After all, a big, beautiful screen is a terrible thing to waste.
As you learned yesterday, the iPad already knows how to function as a photo frame--and a damn fine one at that. But not everyone wants to look at photos all day. Maybe you'd prefer stock updates? Tweets? How about fish? Here are five apps to keep a docked iPad interesting:
Bloomberg: Want to keep tabs on the stock market? It's hard to imagine a lovelier window on Wall Street than Bloomberg for iPad. It delivers news, equity indices, a personalized stock portfolio, currency exchange rates, and plenty more, all wrapped in a gorgeous interface--and updated at regular intervals. Best of all, it's a freebie!Chirp Frame: Twitter addicts, this one's for you. The app serves up tweets as they arrive, effectively turning your iPad into a big, beautiful Twitter frame. You can choose from one of three slick backgrounds, swiping as desired to read earlier tweets. Of course, when you're feeling the need to send out your own status update, all it takes is a tap of the screen to tweet (or reply). Chirp Frame costs 99 cents.
iQuarium HD: Real fish are kind of a pain, don't you think? You have to feed them, clean the tank, yell at people to stop tapping the glass, and all that. iQuarium provides all the joys of fish-tank ownership with none of the hassles (or expense--it's a mere $1.99). Actually, the app is as much a Tamagotchi-style game as it is a virtual fish tank, as you have to feed your fish daily--eventually earning "fish points" to decorate your tank with accessories, backgrounds, more fish, etc. If you want more instant gratification, check out Marine Aquarium (also $1.99).… Read more
A global stock market panic forced many financial Web sites to their knees Thursday, including category leader Yahoo Finance.
At about 11:15 a.m. PDT Thursday, various U.S. stock indexes, including the Dow Jones, plummeted on fears that the current mess in Greece could spread throughout Europe. At one point, the Dow Jones was off more than 8 percent from its opening level, and investors flocked to the Internet in hopes of assessing the damage or understanding the causes.