Business http://kut.org en Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes http://kut.org/post/fast-food-ceos-earn-supersized-salaries-workers-earn-small-potatoes At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.demos.org/publication/fast-food-failure-how-ceo-worker-pay-disparity-undermines-industry-and-overall-economy">new report</a>, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.<p>Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:28:15 +0000 10275 at http://kut.org Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities http://kut.org/post/airbnb-start-charging-hotel-taxes-handful-cities When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.<p>At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.<p>But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.<p>Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/net-us-airbnb-tax-idUSBRE8331CN20120404" target="_blank">14 percent</a> per room. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:08:08 +0000 10258 at http://kut.org Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move http://kut.org/post/increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.<p>But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:26:23 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 10237 at http://kut.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move Why Some Stores Fail and Others Thrive in Austin's Second Street District http://kut.org/post/why-some-stores-fail-and-others-thrive-austins-second-street-district <p><strong>Update</strong>: Toy Joy was bought Monday by Fred Schmidt, owner of <a href="http://www.wildaboutmusic.com/">Wild About Music</a> on E. Sixth Street. Schmidt <a href="http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/298415/toy-joy-sold-at-auction-to-local-business-owner">told Time Warner Cable News</a> he plans to keep the store downtown. "We're going to continue with this business as it has been — only make it more successful than it has [been] in recent years,” Schmidt said. “We're very committed to Toy Joy, its concept, its premise and what it has been in Austin for several decades now."</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 31): Toy Joy will be <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ToyJoyAustin/posts/616913558393908?stream_ref=10">auctioned off</a> today. The iconic Austin store closed its doors on March 16, after struggling for the last few years.</p><p>In 2013, the owners thought a new location in a hip part of town would help, so they moved from Guadalupe Street – close to the Drag – and into downtown’s Second Street District. But Toy Joy didn’t make it.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142353489&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:39:44 +0000 Joy Diaz 10062 at http://kut.org Why Some Stores Fail and Others Thrive in Austin's Second Street District Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest http://kut.org/post/lending-circles-help-latinas-pay-bills-and-invest <em>As part of its Changing Lives of Women series, </em>Morning Edition<em> is exploring women and their relationship with money: saving, purchasing and investing for themselves and their families. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:38:21 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 10076 at http://kut.org Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future http://kut.org/post/googles-robot-buying-binge-hat-tip-future In less than a year, Google has bought more than a half-dozen robotics companies, setting the industry abuzz. But when I ask Google what it's up to with all these robots, the company won't say a thing.<p>"They are very careful — they haven't disclosed what they are doing," says Richard Mahoney, the director of the robotics program at SRI International, a nonprofit technology accelerator in Menlo Park, Calif. Mahoney also served on the board of Redwood Robotics, one of the companies Google bought.<p>"If I had information that wasn't proprietary, I would share it," he says. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:30:31 +0000 Steve Henn 9983 at http://kut.org With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask http://kut.org/post/computers-know-what-you-need-you-ask We're already giving voice instructions to virtual personal assistants, like Apple's Siri. But artificial intelligence is getting even smarter. The next wave of behavior-changing computing is a technology called anticipatory computing — systems that learn to predict what you need, even before you ask.<p><a href="http://www.google.com/landing/now/#whatisit">Google Now</a>, which is available on tablets and mobile devices, is an early form of this. You can ask it a question like, "Where is the White House?" and get a spoken-word answer. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:59:52 +0000 Elise Hu 9981 at http://kut.org Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask Cities And Countries Pitch Themselves At SXSW http://kut.org/post/cities-and-countries-pitch-themselves-sxsw South by Southwest continues today in Austin, Tex., following yesterday&#8217;s tragic hit and run that left two people dead and 23 injured &#8212; and left many wondering if the festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the world has become too big and unruly.<p>As the festival continues to expand, cities and countries have been sending representatives to tout their homegrown musical artists &#8212; and do a little self-promotion &#8212; with the goal of attracting new business.<p>From the <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> Contributors Network, Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:07:51 +0000 9972 at http://kut.org Cities And Countries Pitch Themselves At SXSW SXSW Puts Spotlight On Latinos In Tech http://kut.org/post/sxsw-puts-spotlight-latinos-tech The interactive section of South by Southwest (SXSW) wraps up today, and for the first time it included three days of panels and discussions specifically focused on the integration of Latinos in tech.<p>The sessions were designed to make Latinos feel more comfortable in a field where they are underrepresented.<p>We hear a report from <strong>Veronica Zaragovia</strong> of KUT that for some Latinos, the results were less than satisfying.<p><em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young then speaks to <strong>Julie Diaz-Asper</strong>, founder and CEO of Social Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:05:35 +0000 9942 at http://kut.org SXSW Puts Spotlight On Latinos In Tech SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On http://kut.org/post/sxsw-software-apps-still-rule-hardware-resurgence The task of building your very own toy, or robot, or radio can seem daunting for someone without much background in engineering. But a set of color-coded electronic bits that can be magnetically snapped together called <a href="http://littlebits.cc/pressroom">littleBits</a> is aiming to make creating your own electronics easy for everyone. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:14:20 +0000 Elise Hu 9933 at http://kut.org SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Goes Dark After Theft Report http://kut.org/post/bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-goes-dark-after-theft-report "The website of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=282335422" target="_blank">The Associated Press reports</a>.<p>Also Tuesday, all the posts had been <a href="https://twitter.com/MtGox" target="_blank">erased from the Mt. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:53:01 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9843 at http://kut.org Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Goes Dark After Theft Report Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment http://kut.org/post/cool-or-creepy-clip-camera-can-capture-every-moment With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/05/219266779/our-cultural-addiction-to-phones-in-one-disconcerting-video">there are few moments</a> we <em>don't</em> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every 30 seconds.<p>"The dream of a photographic memory has come true," reads the box. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:12:46 +0000 Elise Hu 9838 at http://kut.org Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch http://kut.org/post/austin-fiber-wars-little-guy-beats-google-att-punch <p><em>For KUT&nbsp;News and <a href="http://reportingtexas.com/">Reporting Texas</a>:&nbsp;</em></p><p>Another competitor is joining the fiber arms race in Austin.</p><p>San Marcos-based <a href="http://mygrande.com/">Grande Communications</a> says it will begin rolling out its own super-fast Internet service – offering speeds up to 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) – in select Austin neighborhoods starting next week. The service, which Grande is calling “Power 1000,” would cost $65 per month, with no contract or activity monitoring.</p><p>As a comparison, Internet speeds of 1 Gbps allow a user to download a full-length film in about 10 seconds, compared to over two minutes with a 50 megabits per second (Mbps), which is generally the top-tier speed offered to consumers by most Internet service providers.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:29:38 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9816 at http://kut.org In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch Infographic: Texas Leads the U.S. in Technology Exports, Jobs http://kut.org/post/infographic-texas-leads-us-technology-exports-jobs <p>In a neverending battle of one-upmanship it seems&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for now at least&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas has the upper hand over the rest of the nation in the tech game. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report from the <a href="http://www.techamericafoundation.org/">Tech America Foundation</a> found that <a href="http://www.techamerica.org/Docs/TechAmerica%20Foundation%20-Tech%20Trade%20in%20the%20States%20Updated%202.10.14.pdf">Texas surpassed</a> long-time tech export leader California with a total $45.1 billion in tech exports, compared to California's $44.8 billion in exports in 2012. Texas and California also led the nation in tech jobs with 330,977 and 328,301 jobs — 22 percent and 21 percent of the 1.4 million tech jobs in the U.S.</span></p><p>To illustrate the data, we've created an infographic you can see below.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:13:28 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9768 at http://kut.org Infographic: Texas Leads the U.S. in Technology Exports, Jobs CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products http://kut.org/post/cvs-stop-selling-tobacco-products Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cvs-caremark-to-stop-selling-tobacco-at-all-cvspharmacy-locations-243662651.html" target="_blank">announced Wednesday</a> that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:05:53 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9719 at http://kut.org CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products