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Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers

NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.<p>The 70-year-old retailer sought court approval Thursday to liquidate its remaining 735 stores, eliminating the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain …

Toys "R" Us

Stephen Hawking's final Reddit post was an ominous warning about the future of humanity and capitalism

Stephen Hawking was a world-class physicist — but he was also much more.<p>The Cambridge professor was also a legendary science communicator, and was outspoken on a range of social and political issues — from artificial intelligence (AI) to climate change. And following the news of his death at age 76 …

Singularity

Christmas Day 2017 in Pictures

Cambridge

This irregularly-shaped home perches on a single concrete pillar

It sits on a hill in Prague surrounded by trees<p>Now this home in Czech Republic is certainly <i>unique</i>. Designed by Jan Šépka, a co-founder of HŠH Architects, the aptly named House in an Orchard is located on an inclined plot in Prague surrounded by trees. Because of the slope of the site, the …

There's speculation that Apple could build a TV — because of Trump

But most interesting is which parts that factory might produce: large flat-panel screens, which at least one analyst believes could be an indication that Apple is planning to build a TV set.<p>The Foxconn chairman, Terry Gou, said his company was considering building a $7 billion flat-panel screen …

Televisions

3 Mistakes that Beginner Photographers Always Make & How to Fix Them (VIDEO)

We like the photo how-to videos from the folks at Mango Street Lab because they're short, sweet, and eminently helpful. The below video tutorial …

How Blockchain is overshadowing Bitcoin

Steve Jobs once said that <i>“the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do”</i>.<p>That’s the motto an anonymous person took to heart as he shook up the financial world by creating an unregulated tech-based currency in early 2009. That very currency was developed using …

Britain's universities must change to survive. Higher education reform is the way forward

Ten years ago, none of the following existed: the iPhone, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook had not made it to the UK, and Twitter had just been founded. The change to our lives made by these innovations has been truly profound. The next 10 years will undoubtedly see as much …

Snow in the Sahara – in pictures

Red dunes turn white as record snowfall blankets desert near town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria

Snowfall

10 Super Cozy Examples Of How To Achieve Warm Room Design

Watch the cold weather melt away in these beautifully styled rooms.<p>In these spaces, style takes a perfectly toasty turn.

Home Decorating

The best photographs of Barack Obama's presidency – in pictures

The Obama presidency was a gift to picture editors: young and attractive with a handsome family, he brought an openness and sense of fun to the White House unseen since JFK. Our US picture editor, Sarah Gilbert, selects her favourite pictures from his eight years in office

The White House

These Incredible Images Capture the Passage of Time as Light Changes Throughout the Day

Fong Qi Wei is a photographer with a unique vision: He wanted to depict the passage of time with still images rather than with video as is …

Divorcing couples arguing over unpaid debts …from the wedding

The pressure on couples to stage increasingly expensive “fairytale” weddings is now so great that some are now still trying to pay off the bills when they get divorced, family lawyers claim.<p>One law firm has reported that more than a quarter of divorce settlements it handles is now held up by …

Middle Age

29 incredible close-ups of snowflakes shot with a homemade camera rig

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov is a master of snowflake photography. After using a homemade rig with inexpensive equipment to take stunning close-ups, Kljatov's snowflake photos went viral in 2013.<p>But he hasn't stopped capturing amazing photos, and now his images are more stunning than ever. …

Macro Photography

Home Tour: The Modern, Edgy California Home of a Hip Young Family

If you're a fan of that quintessential laid-back California vibe there's one interior designer who nails it every time: Amber Lewis of Amber …

China

Nature Photographer Captures Stunning Images of African Wildlife at Night Under Moonlit Skies

Brendon Cremer is a wildlife and nature photographer known for his stunning images of exotic animals in Africa. Among his most spectacular …

Photography

Dollar hits 14-year high as market anticipate Trump spending boom

The US dollar has jumped to its highest level in 14 years as markets anticipate an enormous spending spree by incoming President Donald Trump, which should boost the economy in the short-term.<p>The currency initially tumbled when the election result came in, but the greenback has surged by 4pc since …

Economics

Remembering Sydney's lost buildings – in pictures

Over the past two centuries Sydney’s architectural landscape has been continually transformed and many buildings have been consigned to dust. A new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, Demolished Sydney, which opens on 19 November, remembers the city’s lost buildings from the Garden Palace to the …

Australia

Tiny seal pup delights photographer

This little creature has delighted people all over the world.<p>Russian photographer Alexy Trofimov managed to take a picture of this gorgeous seal pup.<p>The pup was more than happy to pose for a picture, and he even appeared to wave at the photographer.<p>This baby creature is so cute because he has …

ECB ready to respond to any shock from Trump's victory: governors | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank is prepared to respond to any economic shock from Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election but it is too early to draw any conclusion, ratesetters said on Wednesday.<p>European Central Bank executive board member Peter Praet attends the …

Economics

We must stop talking down our country and show the world how good we are, industry leaders say

The Government should negotiate the terms of leaving the EU as quickly as possible, the chief executive of Mitie has said.<p>Ruby McGregor-Smith, boss of the FTSE 250 outsourcing company, told a panel at the Telegraph Festival of Business: “If I had my way I would just do it now. The more you drag the …

Bank of England

A Tribute to Chelsea Clinton, History's First First Daughter Thrice Over (Probably)

From singing with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross to hanging out with Princess Kate and Prince William, here's a look back at Chelsea Clinton's best moments in the White House and beyond before she (hopefully) becomes First Scion for the second time around.

College Basketball

Bitcoin is soaring as a Trump presidency looks more likely

While Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 750 points, bitcoin is surging. The cryptocurrency climbed above $732 after midnight (Oct. 9) on the East Coast, up 3.4% from two hours prior. A month ago, bitcoin traded at $614.62.<p>Economic instability, like Brexit earlier this year, has been …

Nigel Farage: US election result looks 'bigger than Brexit'

Nigel Farage has said the current results of the US election look "bigger than Brexit".<p>The Ukip leader, who believes that Mr Trump would be a key ally to Britain in the wake of the EU referendum, is delighted by the US election results so far.<p>The Republican presidential nominee saw victories called …

A-Z of Trump: 26 illustrators imagine a 'ghastly' future – in pictures

In his 1963 abecederian picture book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey recounted the increasingly gruesome deaths of 26 children. In this parody the US game designer Mike Selinker outlines an A to Z of similarly gruesome eventualities he expects will befall a world in which Trump is president – …

Freedom of the Press

Microsoft's Salesforce-killer product is selling well

For instance, it said revenue for its Productivity and Business Processes unit grew 6% (up 8% in constant currency) to $6.7 billion.<p>Most of that is from Office 365. Microsoft says that revenue from the consumer versions of Office 365 alone grew by $24 million. It doesn't report the revenue of the …

Selling

Macs are a third as expensive to own as Windows PCs, IBM's IT guy says

Before achieving what he jokes was his "true lifelong ambition of middle management at IBM" he worked as an intern on the "Late Show with David Letterman," and he did a stint for Conan O'Brien, too, he told attendees at the Jamf tech conference.<p>When a career in entertainment didn't work out, he …

Employment

How One Man Captured the Horrors of ISIS

Photographer Moises Saman discusses the decade and a half he's spent reporting in the Middle East.<p>In 2010, after eight years photographing in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, Moises Saman, a Spanish and American photographer, was ready for something new. But then a street vendor in Tunisia …