Sheryee Yong

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Is it right to waste helium on party balloons?

<b>The US has been selling off its helium reserve, established in the 1920s to provide gas for airships - but even so, shortages have been occurring.</b><p>Some scientists believe a finite resource that could one day run out should not be used for party balloons.<p>In the universe as a whole, it is one of the …

Natural Gas

Smog? There's an app for that

<b>Here's a depressing fact about my life in smoggy Beijing: at our house, we have "pollution rules" dictating when our toddler is allowed to play outside.</b><p>Monitors around the city give hourly readings indicating the levels of PM 2.5 particles, the tiny specks of chemical dust hanging in the air that …

San Francisco

The Week in Review: Twitter Goes Public

Inside Flipboard / November 8, 2013<p>Twitter’s initial public offering yesterday saw the tech company soar into dizzying new heights. The company and …

Less pain at gas pump could pump up stocks

NEW YORK -- Is less pain at the gas pump bullish for stocks? The answer is yes, according to Bespoke Investment Group.<p>The national average price for a gallon of gas is at its lowest since February 2011 after declining more than 11% from $3.594 to $3.186 since the start of September, Bespoke says. …

UK retailers suffer sharp slowdown in sales, says CBI

Retailers suffered a sharp slowdown in sales this month, according to an industry survey that has cast doubt on the pace of the wider UK economic recovery.<p>After a strong run of growth, sales ground to a halt at the start of October and came in well below City forecasts, the CBI business group …

Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?

After 33 years at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced today that he plans to retire from his position as CEO within the next 12 months. The surprise exit comes 13 years after Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as Microsoft's CEO in January 2000. He may have tripled revenues and doubled profits during …

India Himalayas 1968 plane crash yields body

<b>The body of an Indian soldier killed in an air crash in the Himalayas 45 years ago has been recovered, the army says.</b><p>The remains of NCO Jagmail Singh were found on the Dhakka glacier in northern Himachal Pradesh state.<p>The soldier's identity was established by an identity disk, an insurance policy …

Himachal Pradesh

Skype confirms 3D video calls are under development

<b>Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.</b><p>The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype's 10th anniversary.<p>There had been speculation about the possibility after the firm posted an advert in April saying it wanted to find a way to create …

Google executive Hugo Barra poached by China's Xiaomi

<b>One of Google's top executives is leaving the company to join up-and-coming Chinese firm Xiaomi.</b><p>Hugo Barra was vice president of product management for Google's mobile platform Android, and had been at the company since 2008.<p>Google confirmed his departure from the company, stating that it wished …

Xiaomi

Million-dollar dating scam mum and daughter jailed

Karen Vasseur posed as a "military agent" to collect money from duped victims<p><b>A mother and daughter who used an internet dating scam to steal $1.1m (£700,000) have been jailed for a total of 27 years.</b><p>Denver-based Karen Vasseur, 63, and daughter Tracy, 42, tricked victims into thinking they were …

Dating

Smartphones outsell basic feature handsets

<b>Smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales for the first time in the April-to-June period, according to research firm Gartner.</b><p>Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 435 million units. Smartphone sales accounted for 225 million units, up 46.5% from the previous year.<p>Feature phones totalled 210 …

Mobile

Facebook to test mobile payment feature

<b>Facebook, the world's largest social networking company, is planning to test a new mobile payment feature.</b><p>It will use payment details added by users to their Facebook account to automatically fill in forms when they make purchases on mobile applications.<p>Various companies have been looking to tap …

Mobile Payments

LG puts buttons on back of G2 smartphone

<b>LG is hoping to shake up smartphone design by placing the only physical buttons of its new flagship model on the rear of the handset.</b><p>The firm says the G2 addresses the problem that mobiles become harder to control the bigger they get.<p>The South Korean company recently reported its strongest ever …

Dolphins have 'longest social memory' among non-humans

<b>Forget about elephants - scientists say that dolphins have the longest memories yet found in a non-human species.</b><p>Researchers in the US say that even after 20 years of separation, dolphins could recall the whistles of former companions.<p>The authors believe that these long-term memories are a product …

University of Chicago

The voice of the natural world

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 …

US employment up by 162,000 in July

<b>The US economy added 162,000 new jobs in July, according to the US Labor Department.</b><p>The figure - which measures the number of jobs outside the US farming sector - was below economists' expectations of more than 180,000 and the government also cut its previous estimates for hiring in May and …

Economy

Moto X 'always listening' phone launched by Google's Motorola

<b>Google-owned Motorola has announced a phone that is "always listening" for the owner's voice commands.</b><p>Saying "OK Google now..." will prompt the Moto X's Touchless Control system to listen for instructions.<p>The phone will be manufactured in the US, with customers given extensive customisation options.<p>…

Mobile

Does Gmail’s new inbox spell trouble for marketers? | Financial Times

Print this page<p>It’s personal, attention-grabbing, and highly effective: email is one of the most important ways that companies market their products …

Twitter search upgraded with photo results, recent query suggestions

In case you haven't noticed, text-based search results simply don't cut it anymore -- users are looking for people, pictures and social context. Naturally, Twitter is keeping up with the times, updating its own search bar with socially aware suggestions, previous search data and more robust …