Google Inc. is going after consumers’ eyes with its Glass Internet spectacles, and Samsung Electronics Co. went for the wrist with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Iriver Inc. is seeking to connect another body part: the ear.
Sierra Wireless Inc., the communications-equipment maker that connects cars and coffee machines to the Internet, is looking for acquisitions to do the same for air compressors and other industrial machines.
Huawei Technologies Co. and Alcatel- Lucent SA, challenging Ericsson AB’s leadership in the wireless equipment market, are reshaping tactics around services to gain a way into networks they’ve so far been shut out of.
As the technology world buzzes with speculation that the next iPhone will have a fingerprint reader, makers of biometric security devices are bracing for a race among smartphone makers to adopt the technology.
In 1992, Todd Pedersen was passed over for what he considered the perfect summer job: selling pest-control services door-to-door in Sacramento, Calif. Some of his college buddies had pulled in $10,000 doing it the previous summer, while Pedersen was making about half that much hanging sheetrock. Pedersen, then a 23-year-old Brigham Young University student who had spent countless afternoons knocking on strangers’ doors as a missionary for the Mormon Church, ended up earning $82,000 working for a rival pest business that summer. “[The recruiter] didn’t think I had what it took to do it, which is odd because I’m from Idaho and Idahoans can do anything,” he says.