Spend Matters Friday Latte

In honor of Fashion Week.

Recession creates new trend in fashion shopping -- The U.S. recession has changed how people shop for fashion, with an eye for special pieces rather than trusty wardrobe basics, and top retail buyers say this trend is likely to last beyond an economic recovery.

Here comes iPad 2.0!

Touch panel supply chain gearing up for the second-generation iPad -- Component suppliers including touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers for Apple's iPad are completing validation with Apple for the second-generation 9.7-inch iPad, according to Taiwan-based component suppliers.

Now where's my iPhone 4 with a fixed antenna?

Tsk tsk, Feds...

Federal Contracts Set Aside for Small Businesses Going to Large Firms -- The Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSA) is intended to help small businesses get a certain percentage of government contracts, but for nearly a decade, the federal government has counted contracts with large businesses -- in some cases, Fortune 500 firms and other publicly traded companies -- toward meeting its legally required small-business contract goals.

We'll never have to ask for help from a human again.

Horizon Wireless -- Imagine getting a bit lost in, say, Manchester, England, pointing your cellphone at a nondescript building and learning instantly that you've chanced across a legendary pub that opens 30 minutes from now -- and, by the way, a nearby rare-vinyl shop is offering a 20 percent discount, today only. Oh, and just down the block is a bistro that is never mentioned in guidebooks but is beloved by locals. Welcome to the new, hyper-connected, technology-based travel paradigm. It's the era of the smartphone as ubiquitous tool of navigation, when what matters is not just the here but the now.

Too bad one of my favorite things about travel is letting myself get hopelessly lost...thoughts?

Sheena Moore

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