CNN Money: Top business headlines for March 19

NEW YORK, NY (CNN) - CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Wednesday, March 19.

Simmons First execs see compensation boosts

Three of the five top executives at Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff enjoyed double-digit gains in their compensation packages during 2013. Leading the way were Robert Fehlman, chief financial officer, at 30.3 percent, and David Bartlett, president and chief banking officer, at 29.2 percent. Fehlman's total was $691,815 of which $300,971 was salary. Bartlett's total was $880,289 of which $369,000 was salary.Tommy May, former chairman and CEO of Simmons, received a 19.3 percent boost in total compensation during his final year with the company. May received $1.4 million in total compensation of which $520,000 was salary.

Quiznos and Potbelly: A tale of two sandwich chains

It's lunch time and you want a hot, melty -- but still fresh -- submarine sandwich. It'll be crunchy, it'll be gooey, it'll be all-around delicious. There are two restaurants whose sole purpose is to provide you with an oven toasted sandwich -- Quiznos and Potbelly. At these restaurants, you have to tell them to not stick your bread in the oven. For this lunch, you're craving the kick of an Italian club, and both places offer a concoction of capicola, pepperoni, and salami -- the Quiznos sandwich starts at $5.99; Potbelly's at $5.90 (at least, that's how much they cost in Manhattan). Which do you choose?

The tech that keeps fashion week ticking

Not long ago, making a seating chart for a fashion show was a pretty ugly process. A master plan hashed out in New York might be faxed halfway around the world to a designer for approval, where it would be marked up and sent back half a day later. Last minute additions to the guest list were made by hand; RSVPs were collected by phone. This was the genesis of Fashion GPS, a platform that creates seating charts for the majority of mainstream, high-end fashion shows, which can each generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. Mullon built proprietary software that allows multiple show organizers to work on a chart at once -- think of it as Google Docs for the fashion set.

A three-pound iPhone case turns texting into a weirdo workout

What if every call you answered, every text you sent, and every Facebook status update you posted actually worked to improve your fitness? It's kind of a ridiculous notion, but the ToneFone—which is basically the heaviest case you'll ever slap on your iPhone—promises just that. So how does it work? It's heavy, and that's pretty much as technical as it gets. Available in 1 or 1.5-kilogram versions (2.2 or 3.3-pounds) the ToneFone is made from 100 percent British steel—its creators boast—and is rubber-coated to prevent it from slipping out of your sweaty hands after a brutal workout checking Tinder and Twitter.


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