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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Crown Prince Juan Carlos steers Spain towards democracy: from the archive, 7 November 1975

The future King’s attempt will be a delicate balancing act by an untried politician and diplomatic sources give him no more than a 50/50 chance of success<p>As General Franco lingers on his deathbed, Prince Juan Carlos is preparing to put his political future at risk.<p>Recent soundings in Madrid have …

Uber-like Services Leapfrog Car Ownership In India

One of the more interesting aspects of car-sharing business is how these services can differ by market.<p>In India, a startup named OlaCabs is growing exceptionally fast by customizing features for the local consumer.<p>The service can be accessed not only on a mobile phone app but also through a call …

Amnesty calls for release of pro-HK activists before APEC summit | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China should release at least 76 people, detained on the mainland for supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, before the start of next week’s Asia-Pacific leaders summit in Beijing, rights group Amnesty International said on Friday.<p>Protesters open their umbrellas, symbols …

The Maps That Show Amazon’s Plans to Rule the World

Fulfillment centers and "sortation centers" around the globe.<p>If you follow Amazon, you know CEO Jeff Bezos has global ambitions. Amazon already registers 39 percent of its revenue overseas, and the company is just ramping up investment in promising e-commerce markets such as China and India.<p>So what …

Indian brands encourage user-generated advertising

A new advertising trend has sprung up in India recently, with brands encouraging customers not just to buy products, but be involved in promotional campaigns too.<p>It has been dubbed "user-generated advertising" - but can it really work in a country still dominated by billboards and newspaper …

Advertising

Vodafone reveals global scale of phone surveillance | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The world’s second-biggest mobile phone company Vodafone revealed government agencies in six unidentified countries use its network to listen to and record customers’ calls, showing the scale of telecom eavesdropping around the world.<p>The headquarters of Vodafone Germany are …

Connected car model gives us a glimpse of the automobiles of the future

Your dream car is (choose one):<p>A.) A bumper-to-bumper candy-color paint-job, ostrich seats and 22-inch chrome rims.<br>B.) One with everything connected cars can offer, such as in-car 4G LTE and WiFi.<p>If you chose B, then you <i>have</i> to see the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association's connected car …

Google and Twitter join forces for disaster alerts

Google's and Twitter's relationship has been a bit rocky since the former launched a social network of its own, but, for the greater good, that's changing. When a "more extreme" natural disaster strikes, Google Now, Search and Maps will populate with tweets related to the Public Alert event in an …