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BP to announce 70% collapse in profits

Figures likely to be even worse after energy firm factors in writedowns and one-off charges as slump in oil price takes its toll<p>BP is expected to announce a near 70% collapse in underlying profits on Tuesday as low oil prices continue to take their toll.<p>The headline figures will be even worse once …

Crude Oil Prices

It's officially a lost decade for the US economy

US real GDP growth was just 0.7% annualized in the fourth quarter, a weak way to end 2015. Never like to see the Zero Handle.<p>Not that it was such a great full year, either. The American economy remained stuck in <i>meh</i> mode, expanding at just 2.4%, the same as in 2014. Now, from the end of World War II …

Economics

Tristan Thompson's contract demands are rather ridiculous

The free agent forward has overplayed his hand with the Cavaliers.<p>You can never fault an NBA player for trying to get as much dough as possible. Careers are fleeting and the NBA already restricts salaries at the top end, so why not maximize your worth when you have the opportunity? Railing against …

ZTE accuses Huawei’s Nexus 6P of ripping off its Athena phone

The latest batch of Nexus smartphones are certainly look quite a bit different to last year’s model. But they’re apparently not unique enough for ZTE, which has accused Huawei of copying the design of its Athena handset when it came up with the Nexus 6P.<p>Taking to the Chinese social network Weibo, …

Mobile Technology

Asus to pre-install Office on Android devices to stop lawsuits

A cryptic statement on Microsoft’s blog today confirmed that the two companies will stop suing each other — if Asus installs Office on its future Android phones and tablets.<p>Microsoft says that it has agreed with Asus to license its broad Android patents to the company in return for the …

Apps

China's collapsing housing market is a massive threat to the economy

China's economy grew at its slowest rate in 24 years in 2014, just 7.4%. Its stock market has fallen around 40% since hitting multi-year highs in mid-June. And the government is burning through cash reserves to prop it up. China's debt is also twice the size of its GDP.<p>Now it looks like we can add …

Stock Markets

Windows XP Declines To Die, Sheds Mere 1.5% Market Share In April

Massive worries about security? Check. Officially past its support date? Yep. More than a decade old in an industry that values youth not as a virtue, but as a weapon? Certainly. But akin to the diminutive animal, Windows XP doesn’t care.<p>The most recent data is plain: Windows XP retains market …

Teens are going completely bananas for the new Snapchat

Snapchat yesterday launched its biggest update yet, which added disappearing texts and instant video calls to the ephemeral messaging service. The update seems to have gone over well with some of the app's highly engaged teenage user base. High school teacher Tracie Schroeder tweeted that her …

No Revamped Apple TV or iWatch Expected at WWDC

Apple does not have plans to use the company's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference to debut new Apple TV hardware, its related software, or the iWatch, reports John Paczkowski of <i>Re/code</i>.<p>Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, Paczkowski confirms that Apple's big announcements will focus on …

How to turn your iPad into a desktop with these remote access apps

Sometimes you just need to get to a file, access a program or just check up on something that you otherwise cannot do from your iPad. For most, …

Test-driving Acompli: Could an email app be reason enough to go back to the iPhone?

Is a particular email experience reason enough to switch smartphones, or even platforms? For me, the answer was yes. I recently retired my iPhone 4s and began using the native Android Gmail app on an HTC One. Why? Here are just two reasons: I can archive or respond to emails from the lock screen …