On making little bets, reinventing the mundane, and asking others for help.
FORTUNE -- If there's one thing you can say about Marcus Nelson, it's that he's adventurous. He once spent two and a half months smuggling 90,000 bibles into the former Soviet Union. He is a former J. Crew catalog model. He legendarily felled 400 men in a single charge in the Battle of San Jacinto. (Okay, that last one isn't MOREChanelle Bessette - Apr 17, 2014 7:31 AM ET
"Every time I listened to my music on an MP3 player, I had to turn it off."
By Melissa Locker
FORTUNE -- You may not realize it, but you have probably never heard your favorite song the way the artist intended for it to be heard.
When songs are recorded in a studio, the tracks of vocals, drum, bass, and guitar are compressed into smaller files that are then mixed and mastered. The MOREApr 17, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The analysts' estimates range from 34 million to nearly 43 million. Average: 38.2 million.
FORTUNE -- In the analysts' notes to investors leading up to Apple's (AAPL) quarterly earnings report next week, the iPhone is topic No. 1.
And with good reason. iPhone sales remain the company's single biggest source of revenue -- 52.6% of total revenues, to be specific, at this time last year.
In a note issued Wednesday, Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi rattled off a list MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 17, 2014 2:02 AM ET
Recent acquisitions by Twitter and Apple are changing the game for big data startups focused on social media.
FORTUNE -- Yesterday morning, Twitter (TWTR) announced it had acquired Gnip, a company which packages, filters, and sells data from social media streams. The deal raised questions about the hot category of "big data" for social media, particularly for a startup called Datasift, which has raised $71.7 million million in funding from a long list MOREErin Griffith - Apr 16, 2014 4:59 PM ET
It's been more than a decade since Walmart shook the retail world with a bold plan to plaster its supply chain with RFID. It bombed -- but rising from the ashes is a "barcode on steroids" that might just be a savior for Macy's and other retailers.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
FORTUNE -- In June 2003, Linda Dillman, then CIO of Walmart (WMT), laid down the hammer. At a retail supply chain trade MOREApr 16, 2014 3:35 PM ET
Artificial intelligence-driven startup expands its robotics expertise, looks for new ways to expand ecosystem.
FORTUNE -- Anki Drive's toy-sized ecosystem just got bigger.
The San Francisco-based startup, which released its artificial intelligence-driven cars last October, unveiled two new tracks and two new cars Wednesday -- the first new hardware of any kind since launch.
Available for $100 starting May 6, Anki's new tracks offer new challenges for racers: "Crossroads" throws in a twist, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 16, 2014 3:21 PM ET
On teaching children how to program, being comfortable with uncertainty, and the challenges of growth.
FORTUNE -- Vikas Gupta is an entrepreneur with a dream to help young children build a foundation in computer programming. That's why Gupta co-founded Play-i, which has developed two toy robots that children can control with tablets and smartphones by putting together simple lines of code.
Gupta's inspiration for Play-i came two years ago when he was taking time MOREChanelle Bessette - Apr 16, 2014 2:32 PM ET
A new service tackles budgeting for millennials by emphasizing the view ahead (and not the one in the rearview).
FORTUNE -- Most financial services apps try to take the friction out of payments and make it easier to spend money.
Level Money doesn't exactly want to turn the clock back, but it wants you to think before you spend. It's aimed squarely at millennials who are overburdened with debt and who, in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Apr 16, 2014 2:11 PM ET
Samsung's flagship phone is long on features, but short on follow-through.
By Jason Cipriani
FORTUNE -- Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the finest Google Android phone of them all?
For a brief moment last week, the answer was clear: the HTC One (M8), which I declared in these pages -- without hyperbole! -- to be the best Android device on the market. But as I mentioned in that review, Samsung would shortly MOREApr 16, 2014 8:10 AM ET
Yahoo's quarterly revenues fail to impress, but Alibaba growth rides in as a dark horse.
FORTUNE -- Yahoo (YHOO) slightly edged out Wall Street expectations on Tuesday after it posted 2014 first-quarter earnings of 38 cents per share on revenue of $1.087 billion, a tiny increase from the same period a year ago.
Analysts were looking for earnings of 37 cents per share on revenue of $1.08 billion. Shares were up 6% in after-hours trading.
A big MOREChanelle Bessette - Apr 16, 2014 7:15 AM ET
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