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Windows XP's death is quickly approaching

On April 8, 2014, it's the "end of life" for Windows XP. Now, that doesn't mean XP will suddenly stop working. You can keep using it if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it.<p>End of life means Microsoft won't be releasing any more security updates to the average user. Any security flaws that hackers …

1 in 5 Americans struggling to put food on the table

<i>By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News</i><br>Many Americans are still struggling to put food on the table, a full four years after the global recession ended, a new poll by Gallup shows.<p>Indeed 20 percent of people polled last month said that they sometimes didn’t have enough money to buy food for …

Spanish public debt reaches record level

<b>Spain's public debt reached a record high in June, the country's central bank said.</b><p>The figure has risen to 942.8bn euros (£792.5bn; $1.3 trillion), equal to 92.2% of the country's entire economic output, the bank said.<p>This is nearly 15% higher than the same period last year and above the Spanish …

Economics

Spanish real estate has lost more than a third of its value, but it’s still overvalued

It takes some digging to find any bright spots in the latest data on Spanish home prices (pdf). The national index of housing prices fell by only 0.8% in the second quarter, when compared with the first, which isn’t too bad. Compared with the same period last year, however, the average home has …

Real Estate

Why Are Oil Prices High? Part I

For the ancient Greeks, predictions emerged from Delphi, the omphalos, or navel, of the world. Most moderns probably think that oil price forecasts come from a different orifice.<p>Academics sometimes explain that oil prices are stochastic (a fancy word for ‘random’), but this is more a way of …