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After Scotland votes No, the kingdom is still united - but uneasily so

After independence is rejected, the abiding emotion in large areas of Scotland, across the rest of Britain, and particularly the environs of Westminster is of relief, tempered with a deep uncertainty and foreboding about what the future now holds<p>So we shall remain united after all. Having come to …

United Kingdom

China’s version of PayPal is mounting one of the biggest challenges to Chinese banks

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>A little over a year ago, we argued that Yu’e Bao, the Alibaba-affiliated platform for money-market investment, could challenge the Chinese state-owned banks’ monopoly on savings deposits. The platform’s promise of higher yields capitalized on the backlash against the …

Finance

How The iPad Air Compares To Samsung's Best Tablet Yet, The Galaxy Tab S

But now, four years later, Apple faces tougher competition than ever in the tablet space — particularly from Samsung.<p>Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its newest tablet, the Tab S. It's one of the few 10-inch tablets out there that feels lightweight enough to carry everywhere while maintaining a …

Phones

Before you buy a pair of Beats headphones, listen to one of these

Beating Beats for sound and build quality is supereasy, but the Audiophiliac picked the best of the best, priced from $99 and up.<p>No doubt about it, Beats headphones are a huge deal. Apple paid $3 billion for the company that energized the entire headphone market. That's great; it's just too bad …

Audiophile

10 Facts You Didn't Know About Scotland's Independence Bid

From China to the Vatican, Scotland's bid for independence is being closely watched around the world.<p>This September, the Scots will simply vote “yes” or “no” to stay part of the United Kingdom, putting in question just how <i>United</i> the Kingdom really is.<p>Take a look below at the ten surprising things …

Israeli transsexual singer in controversial video

JERUSALEM (AP) — A video promoting Tel Aviv's Gay Pride Parade featuring Israeli transsexual star Dana International dancing suggestively in a synagogue in front of children has been taken offline after the parents of one of the youngsters claimed they did not provide consent to participate.<p>The …

Russia accused of sending tanks to Ukraine

Ukraine has accused Russia of allowing three tanks and other military vehicles to cross the border into east Ukraine to help pro-Russian separatists there.<p>Russia did not immediately respond to the accusations on Thursday, but the Reuters news agency reported that three of its correspondents had …

How Beats conquered the world

Back in the 1970s and 80s, before he helped found Beats Electronics, Jimmy Iovine was a record producer working on albums like Bruce Springsteen’s <i>Born to Run</i> and Tom Petty’s <i>Damn the Torpedoes</i>. To help him craft hits, Iovine had a radio tower built into the A&M studio on the Charlie Chaplin lot. At …