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9 basic concepts Americans fail to grasp

A lack of worldliness is clouding our vision on everything from sex to economics, and the proof is in our policies<p>Alex Henderson<p>March 28, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on …

Picking the best Windows Phone at the end of 2014

It's also worth noting that I'm not including value for money here - not that this is especially irrelevant since there aren't any really high priced …

Windows Phone

Bah Humbug: Microsoft's affordable smartphone strategy dashes hopes for a real flagship

Microsoft has yet to launch a single flagship model across all major US wireless carriers in the history of Windows Phone. Their focus on the low- to …

Windows Phone

Microsoft Makes More Money From Samsung Than From Skype, Windows Phone, and Xbox Combined | Gizmocrazed - Future Technology News

Android may be readily used by smartphone users the world over but at the end of the day, Microsoft reaps a lot of rewards as a result. Wait, what? …

What happened to England's abandoned mansions?

<b>Evocative of an aristocratic and glorious history, there are many mansions around England that now stand empty or abandoned.</b><p>These impressive buildings may look lonely and forlorn but behind every mansion is a story.<p>Winstanley Hall in Winstanley, Wigan<p>Shiela Gummerson, 72, spent much of her …

Top 10 tips for being a weather presenter

<b>Carol Kirkwood is a weather presenter on BBC Breakfast.</b><p>She's been doing the job for almost 20 years.<p>She was named Best TV Weather Presenter 2014 and has won the award six times.<p>Here are her Top 10 Tips for being a weather presenter.<p>1.Everything happens for a reason<p>It was a pure accident, me getting …

Police uncover cannabis factory next to Bridgend HQ

<b>Police have uncovered a huge cannabis factory - next to its main custody suite in Bridgend.</b><p>The plants were uncovered in a factory unit just yards from South Wales Police's headquarter on Queen's Road on Friday.<p>The force said three men who had been arrested in connection with the incident were …

Black Friday: Amazon UK has 'busiest day on record'

<b>Black Friday was the busiest day on record for online retailer Amazon UK, with sales that "surpassed all expectations", the company has said.</b><p>Its website recorded orders for more than 5.5 million goods, with about 64 items sold per second.<p>Amazon said the public's appetite for Black Friday was …

Islamic State: Syria says air strikes not hurting group

<b>Two months of US-led air strikes have failed to weaken Islamic State (IS) militants, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem has said.</b><p>A US-led coalition has carried out nearly 300 air strikes in Syria since September.<p>Mr Moualem told Lebanese TV the only way to tackle IS was to force Turkey to …

Slavery levels in UK 'higher than thought'

<b>There could be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, higher than previous figures, analysis for the Home Office suggests.</b><p>Modern slavery victims are said to include women forced into prostitution, "imprisoned" domestic staff and workers in fields, factories and fishing boats.<p>The …