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Twitter’s “buy now” button could finally unlock micropayments for the media

To say Twitter has had a love/hate relationship with micropayments would be putting it mildly. When Twitter first arrived on the scene, many believed …

Sam Smith Is the Next Big Sound

"I'm way too open," says British singer Sam Smith. "Everyone tells me to shut my mouth. It's really bad. I've said too much." Smith's laid-bare lyrics about love lost and his lush, velvety voice have drawn comparisons to fellow UK artist Adele, whose soul-shattering pipes and 2011 breakup album won …

Pharrell is onto something: Dressing for success means deviating from the norm

<b>Pharrell Williams (Richard Shotwell/invision/ap)</b><p>New research suggests non-traditional sartorial choices can signal autonomy and a high level of status<p>Tom Jacobs<p>February 17, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>“Dress for success” is a familiar mantra of self-help …

Low minimum wage a global worry, not just in U.S.

Last week 3.5 million Bangladeshi garment workers got their minimum pay raised to $67 a month, an 80 percent increase. It was one of the Bangladeshi government's responses to April's collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building that killed 1,100 mostly female garment workers, prompting an …

Income Inequality

Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: 'Deleting should be the default'

Evan Spiegel’s app Snapchat is setting a new standard for the internet, he tells Matt Warman<p>Evan Spiegel is 23. He lives at home with his dad. And he’s worth at least $3billion.<p>This is not thanks to inheriting a fortune or winning a lottery: the app he built is now on one in four smartphones in the …

5 Fun Apps To Help Sharpen Your Memory

Did you forget where you parked your car? Or do you lose your keys on a daily basis? It happens to the best of us at some point.<p>Medical experts say some degree of memory loss and a small decline in our general cognition is normal as we age. It also gets harder for us to learn new things or recall …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Japan Is Rising

Global markets kind of seem to be on autopilot right now.<p>They just go up. All dips are bought.<p>After the US's big session, the Nikkei is gaining as well.

Globalization

SoundCloud and Instagram partner to turn your photos into album art

SoundCloud today announced a partnership with Instagram that lets you upload your photos as album art on any of your tracks or playlists. In a blog post announcing the feature, SoundCloud emphasized the square format of Instagram photos, which it notes are a good match for record (and CD) sleeves. …

Nokia’s North American Breakout

Investor confidence in Nokia appears to be on the upswing. A narrower third-quarter loss and an upbeat forecast from the mobile phone company pushed …

Mobile

With Messenger App Update, Facebook Aims to Inch Further Into Your Phone

Forget the White Pages. Facebook is beginning to look a whole lot more like a phone book.<p>That’s regarding the company’s forthcoming Messenger app …

Apps

HP hopes to make internet more sustainable with three new Moonshot servers

You don't think about it while flipping through your Instagram feed, but your social escapades generate a lot of heat. "We now have to decide if we want to position data centers near the arctic circle to take advantage of cooling," joked HP's Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs during …

Google+ Starts Offering Custom URLs to Established Accounts

In addition to the slew of Google+ updates today, Google has announced one more: custom URLs are now rolling out to almost everyone. If you don’t see the option yet on your Google+ profile or Google+ Page, don’t worry: Google says it is expanding availability throughout the week.<p>For those who don’t …

Nokia Had A Stunning Q3 In North America, With Device Volume Up 367% From Last Year

According to its most recent earnings report, Nokia appears to have finally found market traction in North America for its Lumia line of Windows Phone-based smartphones. This bears well for the platform itself, and Microsoft, who is buying Nokia’s device business for more than $7 billion.<p>Nokia’s …

Twitter Apps For iOS, Android And Web Get In-Stream Video And Image Previews

Twitter today shipped an update that adds in-stream video and image previews to the main feed in its iOS, Android and web apps. Previously you would have to tap on links for images via Twitter or video service Vine. Now you can see them right in the feed. <b>Update below.</b><p>At this point, the previews …

Rihanna Works With Damien Hirst For British GQ's Anniversary Issue (PHOTOS)

Rihanna knows how to spark mass controversy with a simple outfit choice. Perhaps that's why she ditched the clothes for British GQ's 25th anniversary cover shoot.<p>Instead, RiRi donned a Medusa crown of snakes as a python slithered around her. Before you write off the steamy shoot as NSFW, note that …

World's first bitcoin ATM to launch this week

A Robocoin ATM that trades hard cash for digital bitcoins launches in Canada<p>The world's first bitcoin ATM will go live in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday.<p>Built by company Robocoin, the ATM will trade the digital currency for cash and vice versa.<p>Bitcoin is the world's most popular electronic currency …

Japanese Telco NTT Makes A Big Bet On Silicon Valley With Launch Of Its Innovation Institute

Japanese telecom NTT is the latest multi-billion dollar company to embrace Silicon Valley with the opening of a new Innovation Institute there. In doing so, it’s following companies like Samsung, Huawei, and Comcast in mimicking the local startup culture in an effort to build creative new …

Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers - Roadshow

<b>Google has said that its data reveals self-driving cars are safer than any human driver on the road.</b><p>Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference …

Germany Ponders Own Internet As NSA Spies On World Leaders

More controversy is spilling out of the Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of the NSA’s spying techniques, and this time it’s rattling some very big cages indeed. The NSA is now alleged to have tapped the phones of 35 world leaders, having gleaned contact data from White House staffers’ …

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture

People are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of linear. The reason may be hard-wired into the brain.<p>When the great architect Philip Johnson first visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, he started to cry. “Architecture is not about …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Nokia Reportedly Sells Record Number of Smartphones

Nokia is gearing up to launch a slew of new devices at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi this week, and it seems that the company’s flagship Lumia smartphone series is gaining momentum after the Wall Street Journal reported that sales hit a record of “at least eight million” units between June and September.<p>…

Twitter Succeeding Where Facebook Failed

As Twitter grows beyond its 140-character limitation and prepares for an IPO, we could be witnessing the rise of a platform that succeeds where Facebook has failed.<p>Remember the Facebook platform? Its debut was May 2007, and it was a big deal at the time. “Right now, social networks are closed …

Samsung Dominates Mobile Market in Phablet-Heavy South Korea, Apple Devices Have Just 14% Share

As Samsung's home country of South Korea approaches connected device saturation, Apple's share of the market is dwarfed by Samsung's share, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry.<p>Of a total of 33,527,534 active smartphones and tablets in South Korea, Apple iPads and iPhones …

Singapore, Tokyo among top ten best cities for urban sustainability

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group awarded ten cities for excellence in urban sustainability in an awards ceremony on Wednesday held …

Stock Quotes, Business News and Data from Stock Markets

Making KL the 20th most competitive and liveable city by 2020 - Malaysia Premier Property and Real Estate Portal

<i>FOOD FOR THOUGHT by Alan Tong Kok Mau</i> | feedback@fiabci-asiapacific.com<p>As I walked the streets in Melbourne, people are either taking pleasure in …

Real Estate