Author Archives: Caroline Fairchild
  • This fitness wearable tells you how to improve

    Instead of just giving you a bunch of numbers, the creators of Moov want to use data to help you become a better runner, biker or swimmer.

    FORTUNE -- Wearable fitness devices seem to be everywhere. From Nike's FuelBand to Jawbone's Up to the Fitbit Flex and now Samsung's new Gear Fit, it feels like everyone is slapping one on their wrists with the hopes of changing their workout habits for the MORE

    - Feb 27, 2014 12:00 PM ET
  • Is America ready for a brown nickel?

    Fortune visits the U.S. Mint's R&D lab in Philadelphia to learn more about what's in store for future coinage.

    FORTUNE -- The Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint is telling me that I am holding in my hand what could be a future nickel. I don't believe him.

    Standing in the Mint's research and development lab in central Philadelphia, I look down at a brown piece of metal that is MORE

    - Jan 15, 2014 11:14 AM ET
  • Meet the travel agent to the stars - literally

    Are travel agents obsolete? Not if you're headed to outer space. Luxury travel agency Virtuoso is helping Virgin Galactic bring the ethereal experience of space travel back down to earth for its customers.

    FORTUNE -- In 1914, a former mayor in Florida paid the equivalent of about $9,300 in current U.S. dollars to fly on the first commercial airline flight in the world. The 23-minute journey from St. Petersburg to Tampa was hardly glamorous MORE

    - Jan 14, 2014 7:30 AM ET
  • Preview: Inside the U.S. Mint's R&D lab

    Pennies and nickels cost far more to make than they're worth. Is that a problem worth solving as we move toward a cashless society? The U.S. Mint thinks so.

    FORTUNE -- In 2010, the U.S. government generated nearly $43 million in losses by manufacturing and distributing the penny and the nickel. That same year, a Congressional law called on the U.S. Mint to research alternative metals that could bring down the production costs of all its circulating MORE

    - Jan 8, 2014 6:13 PM ET
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  • Why I invested in Jelly

    Emmy award-winning director Greg Yaitanes explains why he sees potential in Biz Stone's new question-and-answer startup.

    FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone revealed what his new startup, Jelly, was all about. It's a mobile application for asking questions and giving answers, and distinguishes itself from similar services like Quora and ChaCha by allowing people to ask questions with images rather than words. The company's success is predicated on the hope MORE

    - Jan 8, 2014 1:02 PM ET
  • Target security breach likely to be 'highly sophisticated organized crime'

    Worse: if you think your company is safe, think again.

    FORTUNE -- It took a group of cyber criminals 19 days to steal the personal information of 40 million people from Target's database, but it will take the retailer much longer to recover from the massive theft.

    On Wednesday, security blogger Brian Krebs reported that Target (TGT) was investigating a security breach involving stolen credit and debit card information. The retailer confirmed MORE

    - Dec 19, 2013 3:43 PM ET
  • For retailers, nostalgia-driven novelty for the holidays

    A portable vinyl record player that resembles a small suitcase. A $300 radio named after a picturesque Swiss city. A silver-plated yo-yo. Apparel retailers see the holiday season as a chance to reinforce their position in the market, and they're doing so without selling clothes at all.

    FORTUNE -- Richard Tymkiw, a 59-year-old attorney from London, walked into the Urban Outfitters store on Fifth Avenue in New York City looking for a shirt MORE

    - Dec 18, 2013 3:07 PM ET
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