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Guest post: is there an “Africa”?

It was 1996, and Sam Jonah knew he was in trouble.<p>Jonah was chief executive of AngloGold and had just led the company’s listing on the New York Stock …

Latest iOS 7 bug allows calls to be made from a locked iPhone

<b>Update</b>: This problem appears to have been fixed in the new iOS 7.0.1 update, as tests have shown that the flaw cannot be replicated any more.<p><i>Original</i> …

Taking, editing, and sharing photos in iOS7

Advertisement<p>79 Comments<p>Apple (s aapl) has been steadily improving the iPhone’s photo taking abilities with each new iPhone it offers. This is true …

iOS 7: what those who queued for the new iPhone think

Apple fans who were the first to queue up for the new iPhones offer their opinion on the new iOS 7 operating system.<p>Apple fans, who flocked to the flagship store in London to be the first to buy the new <b>iPhone</b>5S and 5C, spoke about the upgraded iOS7 operating system now installed on the devices.<p>One …

Operating Systems

NASA Rover Dims Hopes for Martian Methane

Surface readings are at odds with earlier Mars methane reports.<p><b>NASA's Curiosity rover has failed to find significant signs of methane in the Martian atmosphere, mission scientists reported on Thursday. The new rover information suggests that earlier reports of Martian methane</b>—<b>once seen as a</b> …

Good morning! Start your day with Matt

AppSeed is a new tool that allows designers to quickly turn their sketches into functioning apps. To turn a sketch into an app, you take a picture of your sketch with your iPhone's camera. Through the magic of computer vision, AppSeed will figure out which elements are supposed to be UI elements, and you can assign them functionality. Check it out: http://f-st.co/3Q9oRZw

Taking Out Student Loans? Do It Right With These 8 Tips

If you or your child is applying to college, then your main worry right now is most likely getting into the top choice school.<p>But considering that the average student loan borrower graduates with more than $26,000 in debt, you probably want to reserve worry for something else: the price tag.<p>The …

Ireland exits recession but domestic economy remains weak

Strong exports helped Ireland to emerge from recession in the second quarter, though the country's finance minister underscored that the country still had work to do to ensure a smooth exit from its €85bn (£71.7bn) bail-out.<p>The Irish economy grew by 0.4pc in the three months to June, the Central …

Economy

Blair's bunker: leaked emails reveal real story of rows, abuse and threats

Downing Street emails detailing the rearguard battle to prevent Tony Blair being ousted from No 10 in September 2006 have been released that show the then prime minister's allies desperately trying to prevent him having to endorse his rival Gordon Brown.<p>The hundreds of emails, sent to and from …

iOS 7 review: looking to bigger things and swiping away the past | Technology | theguardian.com

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One Question That Could Change Your Life for the Better

<b>“If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.” ~ Paulo Coelho</b><p>I felt stuck. Why could I never achieve anything? Why could I never do …

7 Ways to Let Go and Watch Your Life Flourish

<i>By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.</i> -Lao Tzu<p>So …

3 Obstacles to Living in the Now (and How to Get Blissfully Present Again)

<b>“Never underestimate the desire to bolt.” ~ Pema Chodron</b><p>I have been trying this present moment awareness thing for a while now, about two years, and …

7 Ways To Find Your Inner (and Real) Happiness

Happiness is one of the most misunderstood words in our vocabulary yet we search for this intangible state our whole lives: if I only had this or …

Create Your Life: Having Nothing Can Mean Having Everything

<b>“Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.” ~Unknown</b><p>A decade ago, as a nomadic adventure-seeker, I traveled …

8 Good Morning Questions that Create Happiness

<i>The morning is extremely important. It is the foundation from which the day is built. How you choose to spend your morning can be used to predict</i> …

10 Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work

One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do.<p>On many occasions I find myself …

Have a Moment? You Can Meditate

Okay, admit it: Sometimes just the word meditate makes you anxious. One more thing for my to do list, I can't do it, it doesn't work, maybe when I have more time I will learn. Just the tension around the word defeats its blissful purpose.<p>That's why I spent the day with a meditation teacher who …

10 Easy Steps To Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice.

Like all the other shoulds and musts in life, it’s hard to make it a daily habit. We are so burdened by the laundry list of our day to day …

iOS 7: hidden iPhone features that will be enabled

As Apple releases its new operating software ahead of the launch of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c, we take a look at some of the exciting features that will be enabled.<p>Apple is due to release iOS 7 to the public on September 18, just ahead of the two new iPhones themselves.<p>While some of the …

Why is the use of chemical weapons taboo?

ON AUGUST 21ST almost 1,500 people were killed in a nerve-agent attack in Syria. It was not just the scale of the atrocity which caused international …

Cracks appear between US and Russia over Syrian chemical weapons deal

The first divisions have appeared in the Geneva agreement on Syrian chemical disarmament as Russia dismissed calls for a swift UN resolution threatening punitive measures against Damascus.<p>The spat focused on the timing of a resolution under chapter 7 of the UN charter, which includes enforcement …

Lisbon attractions: what to see and do in autumn

<b>Why go?</b><p>The shops shut down in August, but <b>Lisbon</b> is full of activity during the autumn months, and temperatures remain in the twenties into October.<p>Named Europe’s top city break destination at last year's World Travel Awards, Lisbon offers good value, great culture, and beaches only 20 minutes from …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

A dark future for the Star Trek series

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…<p>Frazier Tharpe reveals for Complex Pop Culture J<i>.</i>J. Abrams’ decision to not direct <b>Star Trek 3</b>:<p>“<i>Abrams has</i> …

The Ugly, Disorganized Obama Victory on Syria

If there’s one thing that Wash­ing­ton can agree on right now, it’s that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of the chem­ic­al-weapons at­tack …

Please don't try to turn the Star Trek movies into Deep Space 9

One of the things that surprised many viewers of <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i> is that the film portrayed a less than virtuous Starfleet, something some …