• Google, Apple, Samsung surge to top of market for smartphones, tablets, PCs

      Surging sales of smartphones and tablets running on the Android operating system has pushed Google to a majority position among OS providers for smart connected devices—a category that includes PCs as well as smartphones and tablets. Microsoft has lost ground as mobile has gained in importance, while Apple is No. 1 in the dollar value of smart devices shipped.

    • CFOs in holding pattern as economic uncertainty continues

      Economic uncertainty has made financial executives reluctant to make the significant investments in hiring or mergers and acquisitions that would spark strong growth. The fiscal cliff and higher health care costs concern CFOs in the United States, while European woes include the possibility of a request for a bailout by Spain.

    • Pay for senior managers skyrockets in emerging markets

      Increasing demand for talent and a short supply of experienced, competent senior managers has led to dramatic rises in salaries for those leadership positions in emerging markets. Such increases may be one factor diminishing returns on investment in emerging markets.

    • Build a strong team to comply with conflict minerals rule

      New SEC regulations require US public companies to dig into their supply chain to trace the origin of the so-called “conflict minerals” of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Experts are advising companies to build cross-functional, empowered teams to comply with the rule, which is aimed at choking off funding to oppressive warlords who run mines in Africa.

    • One-to-One: Keshav Murugesh, group chief executive, WNS

      Keshav Murugesh, group chief executive of business process outsourcing company WNS Group, shares insight on achieving sustainable business success. Among his tips: Get the right people, and put the customer at the centre of the business.

    • Office holiday parties live on; six tips to survive them

      Data suggest that office holiday parties are making a bit of a comeback. Though not always grand in scale, the office party’s return is generally met with smiles by employees. Here are six tips to steer clear of office-party danger and make the experience a good one for you and your coworkers.

    • IFRS Foundation trustee: Don’t wave white flag on co-operation

      As another year appears ready to pass without a US commitment to IFRS, an IFRS Foundation trustee and a UK accounting body say separately that the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) needs to wrap up its current convergence projects with FASB. But the trustee, James Quigley, said the IASB’s cooperation with FASB should continue after the projects are finished.

    • Finance professionals: Fiscal cliff could sap US economic growth

      Finance professionals continue to keep one eye on the bottom line and one eye on the fiscal cliff. Respondents to a new Association for Financial Professionals survey warn that US economic growth is in jeopardy if Congress can’t quickly resolve budget issues.