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ASUS and Vivo are the fastest growing phone brands in 2015

2015 has already been an eventful year for the smartphone industry. Major bands, such as Samsung, HTC and Sony, have struggled to rebuild their profitability, while India has quickly become one of the most competitive markets in the world. There’s a lot to mull over, but fortunately <i>Counterpoint</i> …

Mobile

Apple customers complain of apps crashing with latest iPhone, iPad software

In what appears to be a repeat of last year's problems, some customers say the update to Apple's mobile software, iOS 9, has caused apps to shut down.<p>Apple's new iPhone and iPad software comes with better battery life and a new Siri interface. It might also come with bugs.<p>Apple customers are …

Apps

Immune cells cluster to fight viruses - Futurity

Like birds, ants, and other living organisms, immune cells work collectively to kill viruses like the flu.

OPPOStyle pre-orders begin for the R7 Plus

OPPO originally announced its R7 and R7 Plus smartphones back in May, but the company has only just begun accepting online pre-orders for the impressive OPPO R7 Plus, which is available through its authorized OPPOStyle online store.<p>The OPPO R7 Plus may be modestly priced, but it packs in plenty of …

Mobile

Getting Nokia's groove back: Microsoft prepares new Windows 10 phones for India

Microsoft hopes its new operating system and 4G connected devices will improve Nokia's share in the growing Indian market.<p>Last year Microsoft bought Finnish company Nokia's devices division for $7.2 billion, and now the US-based tech giant is trying to get the most out of its investment by …

Mobile

Netflix is reportedly planning to launch in South Korea in January 2016

Video-streaming service Netflix is reportedly planning to enter the South Korean market in January 2016, with an official announcement due in the coming weeks, according to a report by The <i>Korea Times</i> on Sunday.<p>Netflix only just launched in Japan last week, having previously partnered with local …

North Korea

Thermal imaging camera gives your smartphone night vision

Should you need to find your dog in the bushes, or for more paranoid moments spot a lurker in your garden at night, then it's thermal imaging …

Ad-Blocking Firm Shine Calls on Carriers to Deliver Mobile Ads Toll Free

The move appears to be aimed at drawing attention to the company's own ad-blocking technology.<p>Shine, a startup that hopes to convince carriers to install its ad-blocking technology, has taken out an ad in Monday’s Financial Times calling on carriers and advertisers to find a way to make sure …

This is how crazy thin the iPhone 7 will be

One of the hallmarks of Apple’s tick-tock cycle of iPhone updates is that every other iPhone gets thinner than its predecessors. The iPhone 7, then, should be thinner than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, just as they were thinner than the iPhone 5.<p>But how crazy thin will the iPhone 7 be? Just as thin as …

Mobile Technology

WhatsApp Hits 900M Monthly Users, Edges Closer To An Actual Business Model

Happy Friday! Today is WhatsApp monthly active user number update time, folks. The Facebook-owned messaging service, which doesn’t yet have a business model, has now crossed 900 million MAUs, as CEO, co-founder and (now) Facebook board member Jan Koum revealed on Facebook. (Of course.)<p>The app …

15 fun things to do in Britain this weekend

Still feeling blue? You're not the only one; this is, after all, the most depressing time of the year. But fear not because there are plenty of things happening in the UK this weekend to help you get through January...<p>1. Do a film marathon (as Sundance gets underway)<p>If you didn’t make it to this …

David Cameron confirms Britain will act with its 'head and its heart' and accept thousands of refugees

Prime Minister says Britain will 'do more' becasue it has 'moral responsibility' to help refugees as it has throughout its history<p>Britain will act with its "head and its heart" by giving thousands of Syrian refugees safe passage to the UK, David Cameron has pledged.<p>The Prime Minister said Britain …

Analysis: China's Military Parade Can't Hide Xi's Battered Credibility

BEIJING — It was officially described as a parade to mark Japan's World War II defeat 70 years ago, but Thursday was more than a naked show of force.<p>For almost an hour, wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and missiles passed through Tiananmen Square, where President Xi Jinping looked …

China

Facebook's WhatsApp hits 900 million active monthly users

The messaging app, which has added 100 million new users in the past four months, has experienced 50 percent growth in the past year.<p>Messaging app WhatsApp keeps growing more popular with users each month.<p>The Facebook-owned app, which is used by people around the world to send texts without paying …

Apps

August Jobless Data To Influence Fed's Decision On Hiking Interest Rates

There's a special significance to the monthly jobs report that will be released Friday morning. It could tip the balance for the Federal Reserve. Policymakers are weighing whether to raise the Fed's official interest rates later this month. It's something the Fed hasn't done since before the Great …

Federal Reserve

Nigel Farage: We can't risk showing compassion to Muslim refugees

Europe cannot afford to show compassion to people fleeing from Muslim countries because some of them may be terrorists, Nigel Farage said today.<p>The …

Architizer

World view: incredible images of the Earth from above

Daily Overview is a New York-based website and Instagram account that showcases stunning, surprising and intriguing photographs of the Earth from the skies

Northern Italy

Airman who helped stop train attack set returns to US

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train returned to his native California Thursday night.<p>Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived at about 8:30 p.m. at Travis Air Force Base …

‘Humans, not cattle’: Egyptian mogul wants to buy Mediterranean island to house refugees

Shocked by the fate and treatment of refugees who risk crossing thousands of miles from war zones to reach the EU, an Egyptian billionaire has put …

3 Business Lessons From Google's New Logo Change

Your company probably isn't a lot like Google. It's not a verb or world-striding behemoth, after all, and you're probably not tackling mind-bending problems like driverless cars or bringing internet access to remote regions via balloon. So what could the company's recent logo reboot possibly have …

Graphic Design

Giant Dinosaur Sculptures Made of Recycled Rice Straw Pop Up in Japan

September in rural Japan means two things: farmers are harvesting their rice and the leftover straw is being used to make extraordinary works of art. Specifically, the resulting material is serving as a tool for an artist Amy Goda, who's creating some pretty terrifying dinosaur sculptures. The …

Sculpture

Cats do not need their owners, scientists conclude

Rudyard Kipling was right. Cats really do walk by themselves and do not need their owners to feel secure and safe, a new study has shown.<p>Although owners might worry that their pet is nervously pining for their return when they leave the house, in fact, cats show no sign of separation …

Pets

10 Moves You Think Turn Her On (But Don't)

Don't try these at home. Really, don't.<p>You might think you've got all the tricks, but don't be so sure. Here are some moves you might think are slick and what she's really thinking when you pull them.<p><b>THE MOVE:</b> Dry humping her to get things started. Rubbing your half-erect penis on her thigh is …

Universal Pictures

9 Topics for…Apple iOS 9

Apple will announce its latest operating system on Wednesday at an event in San Francisco. The latest unveiling from the tech giant is expected to include new iPhones, new iPads, revamped Apple TV, new bands for the Apple Watch and the Apple News app, among other changes and enhancements. The Apple …

iOS

10+ Best City Views Of The World's Most Iconic Skylines

Take a look at the most sensational skylines across the globe.<p>From Hong Kong to New York, these major cities all have one thing in common: spectacular architecture. Here's a look at their jaw-dropping skylines.