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An Amazon.com employee walks down one of the miles of isles at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Online shopping grows, with some growing pains

Americans waited until the last minute to buy holiday gifts, but retailers weren’t prepared for the spike. Heavy spending in the final days of the mostly lackluster season sent sales up 3.5 percent between Nov. […]

12/26/2013

The Beats Pill wireless, portable speaker. (AP Photo/Beats by Dr. Dre)

Headphones, speakers top gift lists

ATLANTA (AP) — Listen up, Santa. Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans. Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 […]

12/23/2013

Recording artist Jay-Z. (AP Photo/Gary He, File)

Celebrity-store partnerships run risks

NEW YORK (AP) — When big-name celebrities pair up with big businesses, customers often believe the adage: You are the company you keep. Rap artist Jay-Z is learning that firsthand. He has complained this week […]

10/30/2013

A Starbucks drink waits for a customer to pick it up as barista Josh Barrow prepares another, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Starbucks gives free coffee to customers who buy coffee for another

(AP) – Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. And he’s giving away free coffee to customers who set an example how to do it. From Wednesday to […]

10/10/2013

The 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer is shown Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 live help

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon is refreshing its lineup of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation. The 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions also have […]

09/25/2013

Barbie dolls are seen at the Barbie Store in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

Barbie fights for her life

NEW YORK (AP) — As far as catfights go, this is a doozy. Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life. But Barbie’s competitors […]

07/18/2013

iPhone 5

Apple is biggest US phone seller for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) — The launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones have made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. for the first time, research firm Strategy Analytics said Friday.

02/01/2013

International Consumer Electronics Show

CES unveils big TVs with ‘ultrahigh definition’

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The race to make TVs larger and larger has created a colossal problem for manufacturers: As screens grow, picture quality worsens — unless the viewer moves farther away from the screen.

01/07/2013

(AP Photo)

Violence baked into popular culture

NEW YORK (AP) — Well aware that the television audience may be particularly sensitive, the Showtime network aired a disclaimer warning audiences of violent content in the season finales of its dramas “Homeland” and “Dexter” last weekend.

12/22/2012

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