If you’ve been coveting your colleague’s iPad but yearn for a tablet to match your Android smartphone, the solution is finally in sight. Motorola’s Xoom tablet, running Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, has a dual-core processor, a 10.1-inch screen with 1080p HD video capability, a front-facing camera for video conferencing and—unlike the iPad—the ability to run Adobe Flash content. ($699.99 at BestBuy)
On the Books
Need advice on running your business, making investments or being your absolute best? Self-help is on the way!
For the charity case.
Results Now for Nonprofits: Purpose, Strategy, Operations and Governance by Mark Light. (Wiley, Feb. 2011, $49.95) A practical guide to making a nonprofit perform, by fostering strategic thinking, building a strong team, crafting a clear message and attracting funders.
For the anxious investor.
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Investing in the Apocalypse by James Altucher and Douglas R. Sease. (Harper Collins, Feb. 2011, $15.99) “See opportunity where others see peril” by learning how to invest wisely even in adverse markets.
For the absurdly wealthy (and those who emulate them).
Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow. (Gotham, Jan. 2011, $22.50) The impresario behind Def Jam and Phat Farm takes an enlightened-management approach, suggesting that generosity will foster prosperity.
Crunching the Numbers
AA: New Jersey’s latest Standard & Poor’s rating. That “stable” rating indicates a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.” It put New Jersey on a par with Pennsylvania but trailing AAA-rated Delaware.
36,000: Number of jobs the U.S. labor market added in January, 104,000 fewer than economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected
3.6%: Increase in worker productivity from 2009 to 2010, the largest boost since 2002
2,200,000 : Number of jobs likely to be created this year, according to economists surveyed by the Associated Press
$300,000: Amount New Jersey is spending to court business owners—in Illinois
“Both New Jersey and Illinois are providing business leaders with certainty. In New Jersey you can be certain taxes are going down over the next three years, and in Illinois you can be certain they’re going up.”
Gov. Chris Christie
9%: National unemployment rate in January, down from 9.4 percent in December
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 1, Issue 2 (February, 2011).
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