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David Singleton, director at Android Wear, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Google Unveils Android’s Latest Tricks

Friday, May 29, 2015

San Francisco — Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android’s personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may be greeted as a …

Internet Helps Firms Find Medical Victims

Thursday, May 28, 2015

For ambulance chasers, persistence and a phone book just don’t cut it anymore. Law firms, which once relied on television commercials, billboards, and cold calling numbers in the white pages to find plaintiffs for medical lawsuits, have begun to embrace technology. To locate their ideal pharma victims more quickly and at lower costs, they’re using data compiled from Facebook, marketing firms and public …

Hormel agrees to buy organic and natural meat maker Applegate Farms

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hormel to Buy Organic and Natural Meat Maker Applegate Farms Minneapolis — Hormel Foods has agreed to buy Applegate Farms, a leading organic and natural meat maker, for $775 million, its largest acquisition and a big play in the hot organic food market. The buyout of Bridgefield, N.J.-based Applegate is also the latest of three major deals for Hormel over the past two …

Emotions and Our Money

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The people who have money problems are captives of self-delusion. Let’s face it, many people have money problems, and not simply by failing to have enough greenbacks in the bank. Some are misers, some are tightwads, Some are willfully naive. Thus comes the rise of a new type …

At the Hospitals: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Among ‘Outstanding Americans’ Lebanon — Dr. James Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. This …

Beef on the Grill Will Cost More

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — If beef is on the menu, firing up the grill this year will cost you more than ever before. And not just a bit more. The average price of a sirloin steak is up …

Powerhouse Plaza Sold to Mass. Firm

Sunday, May 17, 2015

West Lebanon — The Powerhouse Plaza shopping center has been sold for $12.35 million to Eastern Real Estate, a private commercial real estate acquisition, capital investment, project development and asset management firm based in Woburn, Mass. Boston-based Cushman & Wakefield announced the sale on Thursday on behalf of …

Consumer Confidential: Know Your Rights When Dealing With a Funeral Home

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Undercover investigators visited 11 California funeral homes last year to make sure prices charged to grieving families were disclosed upfront, as required by federal law. Nearly two-thirds flunked the test. This was an eye-opening finding for Bob Achermann, executive director of the California Funeral Directors Association. “More than …

‘A Fascinating Story of Engineering’: Salvaging a Piece of Claremont’s Agricultural History

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Claremont — Long before it was an eyesore and safety hazard, the abandoned four-story wooden structure with a cupola on top at 157 Pleasant St. was a sophisticated mechanized grain mill operation at a time when farms and …

Startups Want in on Drone Industry

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Miami — Step inside Animusoft’s offices, and you’ll see drones everywhere — large ones, little ones, drones that inspect, drones that pick fruit, and a few just for fun. Some are half-built; 3-D printers are working 24/7 to …

Chase Debit Cards To Be Reissued With Microchips

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chicago — Chase officially said last week it plans to reissue all its debit cards to include embedded microchips aimed at helping to reduce fraud. The Chicago Tribune first reported the move last month. Such technology is prevalent in many other countries and is expected to become the …

Money Talk: Tips for Finding a Financial Adviser

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Question: We recently inherited some money. We’ve never had much. We want to invest our inheritance for our kids’ college education. We asked around to find investment firms that people have had a good experience with. But how do we know they are honest and make sound investment …

Bird Flu Increases ‘Breaker Egg’ Price

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chicago — Joe Greco, who’s been churning out cookies and cakes for 27 years, usually uses about 600 pounds of liquid eggs a week at his bakery near Chicago. Now, his freezer has seven times that amount because Greco worries that record prices are about to go even …