Report: MasterCard expanding headquarters; to open tech lab in NYC
New York — MasterCard plans to expand its world headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., suburbs and open a technology lab in Manhattan, the Associated Press reported.
The report said that MasterCard is investing several million dollars to open a new mobile e-commerce technology lab in New York City, which will lead to 122 new research and development and software jobs in Manhattan.
B&N offers free holiday shipping, instant electronic gifts
New York – Barnes & Noble is offering free shipping on any Nook e-reader device purchased online by 11 a.m. ET on Dec.23, with delivery guaranteed by Dec. 24. In addition, Barnes & Noble loyalty members get free express shipping on orders placed online by Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. ET, with guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24.
For most other products offered on BN.com, customers can get free shipping on orders of $25 or more placed by Dec. 17, with guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24. And same day delivery service is available through Dec. 24 for deliveries to Manhattan addresses in New York City; orders placed online by 11 a.m. ET will be delivered by 7 p.m. on the same day.
In addition, customers can purchase a Nook book or Nook app online or in store and have it sent as a gift via email for instant access. Customers can add a message and choose the exact date and time of delivery. Instant email delivery is also available for electronic gift cards.
Survey: Many homeowners use smartphones for remodeling
Sunnyvale, Calif. — More than one out of four (27%) homeowners reported using their smartphones in the past for a variety of tasks to help with remodeling their homes. According to a new survey of U.S. homeowners by homeowner mobile app provider Planese, the percentage jumped to 40% when they were asked if they planned to use smartphones for future remodeling projects.
Detailed findings from the Planese survey indicate 65% of respondents plan to use a smartphone to find remodeling design ideas in future remodeling projects, while 95% plan to use a PC. Other findings on use of smartphone and PC for different aspects of remodeling projects include:
Get remodeling cost estimates
- Use a smartphone (27%)
- Use a PC (66%)
Search for a remodeling contractor
- Use a smartphone (56%)
- Use a PC (80%)
- Use a smartphone (67%)
- Use a PC (67%)
Do background checks
- Use a smartphone (25%)
- Use a PC (50%)