Alaska Air Group Earnings Come in Better Than Feared

Three months ago, West Coast airline operator Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) released a weak fourth-quarter earnings report and a dreadful forecast for 2018. Indeed, Alaska Air’s first-quarter guidance implied that the company would be lucky to break even, after having achieved a double-digit adjusted pre-tax margin in Q1 2017. Fortunately, Alaska Air Group managed […]

What to Expect When General Motors Reports Earnings

Start your engines! General Motors (NYSE: GM) will report its first-quarter 2018 earnings results on Thursday, April 26. What should we expect? What Wall Street expects Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect GM to report first-quarter earnings of $1.28 per share, on average, down from $1.75 in the first quarter of 2017. They expect GM’s […]

What You Need to Know About Altaba’s First Quarter

The investment-management vestige of the old Yahoo!, now known as Altaba (NASDAQ: AABA), just reported its results for the first quarter of 2018. As a reminder, all of Yahoo!’s actual operations now belong under the Verizon umbrella, leaving Altaba to manage a portfolio of investments and intellectual property rights that Verizon didn’t want to include […]

Don’t Worry About Cash Burn — Netflix Should Be Cash Flow Positive in 5 Years

Let’s face it: Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been spending boatloads of cash on content. In the company’s first-quarter financial report, Netflix confirmed that it would be spending between $7.5 billion and $8 billion on content in 2018, a significant increase from the $6 billion budgeted for 2017. That spending and the resulting negative free […]

Ford charges into electric bike-sharing

The official bike-share of San Francisco, Ford GoBike, has gone electric. Ford GoBikes are already all over San Francisco, but starting on Tuesday, 250 electric-assist bikes will join the fleet for the same price — at least for now. I got to try one out ahead of time, taking a test ride through San Francisco’s […]

HTC’s latest Vive Pro VR kit is built for business

You can already get HTC’s Vive Pro in a bundle aimed at first-timers, but what if you’re a business buyer who needs it for VR design and training? You’re covered now, too. HTC has released a $1,399 Vive Pro 2.0 Kit that includes just about everything you’d want to use the headset for work, including […]

Target plans to build hundreds of EV chargers at stores across 20 states

Target wants to make your next shopping trip worth the drive, so it’s adding hundreds of charging stations for electric vehicles to its parking lots across the country. The big-box retailer announced Monday an expanded EV charging program, offering Tesla, ChargePoint, and Electrify America charging stations for battery-powered cars that may need some extra juice […]

Adobe Premiere makes it easier to edit Insta360 Pro footage

Insta360’s more affordable 8K VR camera was made available for pre-orders in 2017, with a major software update in December of that same year that kicked the high-end 360-degree camera’s image processing up a notch. The camera got a stamp of approval from Google last year, too, which gives you the power to contribute to […]

Spring has finally sprung as gardeners get back to business

Gardeners are finally heading back outside to plant trees, shrubs and vegetables. Spring has waited a long time to bring warm weather to Windsor-Essex. The highest temperature recorded in March was only 14 C. And in the first part of April, temperatures rose above 20 C only one time. Then it happened again Monday. With […]

Sask. firefighters gather to learn how to cope with post-incident stress

‘That’s part of why I’m here: being ready for it if something happened near my community’ Saskatchewan volunteer firefighters gathered this past weekend for training and to learn how to deal with the stress that comes from responding to critical incidents. This weekend’s annual Spring Fire School happened to be scheduled in Nipawin, near the […]