The Cult of Garmin: Why Athletes Stick With These Smartwatches Over Apple or Samsung

The Cult of Garmin: Why Athletes Stick With These Smartwatches Over Apple or Samsung

I see Garmin’s GRMN 2.97% sensor-packed smartwatches everywhere. Most riders in my cycling group wear them. On a recent trip to a 30-person refuge in the Alps, I counted no fewer than 11 Garmin wearers. My husband, Will, has worn one daily for years. For sporty types, there’s a cultish aura around the chunky, rugged … Read more

Starbucks Union Expansion Slows a Year Into Labor Drive

Starbucks Union Expansion Slows a Year Into Labor Drive

Twelve Starbucks stores petitioned for representation by the Starbucks Workers United union in September, down from a peak of 71 in March, National Labor Relations Board records show. The eight petitions filed in August marked the smallest number since December, when the first Starbucks cafe voting to unionize led to a wave of other locations … Read more

Pfizer, Uber and Starbucks Highlight Another Busy Earnings Week

Pfizer, Uber and Starbucks Highlight Another Busy Earnings Week

Pfizer Inc., PFE 3.69% Uber UBER -1.15% Technologies Inc. and Starbucks Corp. SBUX 2.13% are among the heavyweights headlining another busy earnings week as investors search for insight into the state of the broader economy. Nearly a third of the S&P 500, or about 160 component companies, is slated to report earnings in the coming week, according to … Read more

Microsoft’s Hardware Struggles Enter the Metaverse

Microsoft’s Hardware Struggles Enter the Metaverse

With its futuristic HoloLens headset, Microsoft Corp. MSFT -5.04% grabbed an early lead in the race to the metaverse. Seven years later, its big push into augmented reality, which blends virtual imagery with views of the real world, has bumped up against the limits of the technology and the patience of company management. The device, … Read more

Apple, Amazon, McDonald’s Headline Busy Earnings Week

Apple, Amazon, McDonald’s Headline Busy Earnings Week

Amazon. com Inc., Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc. are among the tech heavyweights featured in a packed week of earnings that investors will probe for indicators about the broader economy. Other tech companies scheduled to report their latest quarterly reports include Google parent company Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Investors also will hear from … Read more

Inside the Chess Cheating Scandal: ‘It Was a Ticking Time Bomb’

Inside the Chess Cheating Scandal: ‘It Was a Ticking Time Bomb’

A month before Magnus Carlsen and 19-year-old American grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann found themselves battling each other at the center of a high-profile chess cheating scandal, they were two guys pushing pawns on the beach in Miami. Hanging around for a tournament promotion, they played on a board in the sand, watched by only a … Read more

Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

Sen. Patty Murray in Washington, Sept. 14. Photo: Tom Williams/Zuma Press How worried are Democrats about Washington Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election? Bothered enough that Seattle’s corporate heavyweights are playing dirty pool on her behalf. After coasting for five terms, the progressive Ms. Murray is facing a surprisingly spirited challenge from Tiffany Smiley, a nurse and … Read more

Google to Shut Down Stadia Videogame Service

Google to Shut Down Stadia Videogame Service

Google said it is shutting down Stadia, which launched in 2019, because the video game service didn’t have enough users. “While Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected,” Phil Harrison, Stadia’s vice president and general manager, said in … Read more

Bowflex Maker Nautilus Mulls Possible Sale

Bowflex Maker Nautilus Mulls Possible Sale

Shares of Bowlex maker Nautilus dived nearly 84% in the past 12 months to a market cap of $52.8 million. Photo: Business Wire/Associated Press Updated Sept. 26, 2022 6:10 pm ET Bowflex maker Nautilus Inc. NLS -3.47% said Monday that a potential sale of the company is being considered, part of a broader review of … Read more

Microsoft’s Real Game With Activision

Microsoft’s Real Game With Activision

If Microsoft MSFT -1.27% wants to make investors some real money, here’s an idea: It should openly promise to keep “Call of Duty” on the PlayStation forever. Concern about what will Microsoft ultimately do with the blockbuster videogame franchise continues to hang over the software giant’s proposed bid to acquire Activision Blizzard. THAT WE -2.70% … Read more