Business

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Focus ST

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 25 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Ford's monstrous Focus ST brings a lot of performance potential to the street. Sadly, with MyKey included it buckles in a significant bit of Big Brother into the mix.

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Focus ST

Back in 1987, my souped-up ’78 V-8 Camaro almost got smoked by a four-cylinder Dodge Omni. Only it wasn’t just an Omni.

Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 19 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

If you want a sports car, but need more than two seats, then the Infiniti G37 Coupe might be the best option available right now.

Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

What if you really want a 370Z – 333 hp V-6, six-speed stick, RWD – but really need an extra pair of seats?

Test Drive: 2013 Chrysler 300

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Like James Galdofini’s Tony Soprano, the Chrysler 300 is tough – and hard not to love.

Test Drive: 2013 Chrysler 300

You’ve got just one choice left – if you want a big sedan with a big V-8 driving the rear wheels that doesn’t cost $45,000 or more.

2013 – or 2014 – Lexus IS?

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 08 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Lexus has upsized the IS 250 & 350 for 2014, while leaving the still new 2013 models in the showroom for now. While these remain good cars, they seem to have been passed by from competition like Cadillac, Audi and BMW.

2013 – or 2014 – Lexus IS?

The 2013 Lexus IS (250 and 350) is still for sale as a new model, but the 2014 – heavily updated – is just now becoming available, too. This presents buyers with one of those crossroads moments when they can stick with the old – but still brand-new model – or go with the “new new”  (and very different) model.

Test Drive: 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 03 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The government has imposed virtually-impossible-to-comply-with rigmarole on diesel engines. It has made diesel-powered everything less efficient – and more expensive. Which is a damn shame.

Test Drive: 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

I’m not sure what to think of the new Chevy Cruze diesel.

Not All the New Cars News is Bad News

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 01 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Trying to decide between buying a new or used car? Eric Peters explains what you should know before the car is in your driveway.

Not All the New Cars News is Bad News

Here’s a bit of good news about new cars, for a change: Some routine maintenance tasks are easier to do – or don’t need to be done as often.

Test Drive: 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 28 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Caddy’s big V-8 is in a class by itself, producing triple digits more hp than its next-closest rivals. And so much more torque, it’s embarrassing (to the competition) to make the comparison.

Test Drive: 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Power is everything – when it comes to the Cadillac CTS-V.

Its 556 hp (and 551 lbs.-ft. of torque) supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 make a BMW M3′s 4 liter, 414 hp – and 295 lbs.-ft. of torque – V-8 seem almost  . .  . fey.

Stirring up Envy

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Wednesday, 26 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

To the extent that we allow governments to consume wealth through taxation and profligate spending, we make ourselves poorer in the long run.

Stirring up Envy

I find it interesting that the U.S. Congress is taking notice of Apple, Inc.’s tax planning (avoidance, not evasion) and questioning Apple’s motives.  It would be one thing if Congress were asking Apple executives how they came to be one of the most successful (profitable) companies in the world, with an eye toward improving the way the U.S. government is run, but no! They want to find a way to change the rules to squeeze more money out of Apple!  (Make applesauce and juice out of them!)

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 24 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

For 2013, Toyota has upped the ante with the Avalon hybrid. No longer just a softly-sprung highway lounge, the new hybrid model combines good performance and redesigned styling at what is for this class of car a reasonable price.

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Here’s what’s cool about the new Avalon hybrid:

The Unconventional Way Bitcoin Can Make You Wealthy

Written by Daniel Shafrir on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

Current economic policies are undermining the shaky foundations of national fiat currencies, including the dollar. The situation is making alternatives, like Bitcoin, more attractive.

The Unconventional Way Bitcoin Can Make You Wealthy

Prologue

I am reminded of Sisyphus, King of Ephyra (later, Corinth), who was referred to by Homer as the craftiest of men. He committed terrible crimes against mere mortals and ‘worse’ still, and with great cunning, he offended Zeus and cheated Death. For his crimes he was eternally condemned to thrusting a heavy boulder up a hill, only having it come rolling back down as he got near the top. Had his earthly actions against his fellow men not violated the non-aggression principle, I could have probably warmed up to him as some sort of tragic hero, doing all he can to live life as he wanted it, while beating the gods at their own game. But given his crimes as a ruler over men, it does seem appropriate that his punishment is an ever-repeating cycle of arduous labor, engendering within him hope of a brighter future, yet concluding with dashed dreams and a return to square one. After all, to this day, rulers are notorious for repeating past mistakes while expecting different outcomes (a condition humorously defined by Einstein as insanity). 

Must Have Gadgets for Traveling Business Owners

on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in Gadgets, Small Business, Business, Sci/Tech

Travel tech is much more than just the smart phone, iPad, or laptop you have in your bag. To stay secure and efficient when on the road, there are many gadgets you should consider adding to your kit.

Must Have Gadgets for Traveling Business Owners

Those who run businesses know that it's more than a full-time job. It’s no longer the 9-5 and because our lives are filled with work, family and daily tasks, it’s important to keep organized. As mobile technology continues to grow, so should we. Just because you’re not at the office doesn’t mean you can’t get anything done. There are gadgets for just about anything nowadays, and if you want to stay ahead of the game investing in some of these gadgets might not only make your business run smoother, but could keep your organization streamlined. As a researcher for Bob Knows Phones, an iPad repair company, I research these gadgets and find those that create value and usability for savvy business owners. Below are just some of the gadgets I uncovered for both businesses small and large!

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Escape

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 18 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

For 2014, the Ford Escape is a sportier alternative to the others in this segment – and a higher efficiency alternative to the one other in this segment that’s comparably sporty.

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Escape

The current Ford Escape shares virtually nothing with the previous Ford Escape – except a name and the Blue Oval badge. Conceptually, aesthetically and functionally, it’s a very different vehicle.

Test Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

It is debatable whether the practical enhancements will make up for the less lively personality of the new Altima – which is no longer as distinctive to drive as the old Altima.

Test Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima

Here’s some weirdness:

The 2013 Nissan Altima coupe is no longer available with more than a four – and only with a CVT automatic. But you can still get a V-6 in the Altima sedan.

GM’s $9,800 Car . . . The One We’re Not Allowed to Buy

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

You can't tell how much government costs without perspective. To get some, take a look at the GM Sail, a great car, under 10K, that US consumers are not allowed to purchase. The cost? Your freedom and your wallet.

GM’s $9,800 Car . . . The One We’re Not Allowed to Buy

How much is the EPA and DOT costing you?

One way to quantify this is to consider a car GM builds – but which you can’t buy. Well, not unless you move outside the United States – and beyond the diktats and fatwas of the EPA and DOT.

How Inflation Affects Wages

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Tuesday, 04 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

We continue to live in an age of inflation, with no end in sight. There are consequences for this, but are we prepared to accept them?

How Inflation Affects Wages

Inflation, i.e., the expansion of the paper (and electronic) money supply, affects wages in several ways:

<<  4 5 6 7 8 [910 11 12 13  >>