Ondřej Fér

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Peter Navarro's radical transformation

People think of Peter Navarro, the top White House trade adviser, as President Trump’s mind-meld on tariffs — the most hardline protectionist in the …

Economics

The latest sign of political divide: shaming and shunning public officials

Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about their private lives.<p>Few laws expressly prohibit a business from refusing service to a customer because of political views. Civil rights lawyers …

When – and why – did people first start using money?

Cash currency goes back a long time – 40,000 years.<br>Read More

EU states to form rapid response teams against cyber attacks: Lithuania

June 21, 2018 6:16 PM<br>VILNIUS (AFP) - Nine European Union states are to create rapid response teams to counter cyber attacks within the framework of a …

Greece intends to increase cooperation with China

Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis met on Tuesday in Beijing with China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu and Vice President Wang Qishan at the start of an …

Colombia Elects Right-Wing Populist Ivan Duque As President

On Sunday, Colombia elected a new president, Ivan Duque, a conservative former senator who's pledged to rewrite a divisive peace treaty that ended the country's 50-year-old guerrilla war.<p>In the second and final round of elections, Duque won 54 percent of the vote, defeating former guerrilla fighter …

China's Huawei rebuts Australian security concerns amid Sino-Canberra tensions

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies refuted Australian claims it poses a security risk, calling the criticism "ill-informed" in an open letter on Monday that threatens to inflame already heightened Sino-Canberra tensions.<p>Australia is likely to ban Huawei from …

Bad sleep habits will cost the U.S. $434 billion in 2020

Our always-on culture has us working harder, doing more, and sleeping less. While the health ailments of sleep deprivation are well known, a study by …

South Korea conducts war games to defend against Japan

SEOUL: South Korea on Monday (Jun 18) will begin two days of war games to practice defending the disputed Dokdo islands off its east coast - against …

Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment<p>In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to …

Survivors of Pacific ferry disaster found floating in dinghy

Seven survivors from a ferry that went missing in the Pacific Ocean a week ago were found adrift in a dinghy by a search plane on Sunday.<p>The 17-metre (56 foot) ferry with 50 people on board was reported missing on Jan. 20 two days after it departed Nonouti Island on a 250 km (155 mile) trip to …

Technology News

21 Mins Ago<p>Tintri has seen its valuation slashed amid widening losses, and now the company could be rescued by a private company at the last …

Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?

It is best not to diagnose the president from afar, which is why the federal government needs a system to evaluate him up close.<p>President Donald Trump’s decision to brag in a tweet about the size of his “nuclear button” compared with North Korea’s was widely condemned as bellicose and reckless. The …

There’s a reason using a period in a text message makes you sound angry

When it comes to texting, the period gets a lot of attention.<p>People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark is deployed, from declarations that it’s going out of style to claims that it’s becoming angry.<p>What they’re actually noticing is written language becoming …

Here's when Google, Samsung, and LG's 2018 flagships will potentially launch

As 2017 rapidly comes to a close, many smartphone manufacturers are likely in hyper drive, putting the finishing touches on their 2018 devices. A recently leaked chart may give a better idea of when those devices will actually launch.<p>Assuming the leaked document, which was originally shared on the …

Mobile Technology

Evan Spiegel became a billionaire, and showed us how hard it is to go toe-to-toe with Facebook

Spiegel is No. 47 on the Recode 100.<p>Snap CEO Evan Spiegel had an incredibly busy year. Some of it has been great. Much of it has been not.<p>The great: Spiegel, 27, took his company public, became an instant billionaire, married a supermodel and announced they are expecting their first child. He’s the …

Southeast Asian countries vie for port supremacy

SINGAPORE -- The Port of Singapore has long been the unchallenged leader among marine transport hubs in Southeast Asia, but that may be changing as …

Adidas shifts away from making its own wearable tech

Wearables are hard. Some of the biggest names in technology have tried and failed to find success in the space, and even those that have become synonymous with the category have struggled to keep up. Adidas is only the latest company to learn this lesson the hard way.<p>As first reported late last …

Chinese Regulator Cracks Down on Booming Hedge-Fund Industry

China’s securities regulator is cracking down on the fast-growing hedge-fund industry, investigating 10 cases of alleged wrongdoing.<p>Officials are …

Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems

LONDON (Reuters) - BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday.<p>The company said delivery was expected in late 2022 and that the contract was subject …

BAE Systems

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by …

Surveillance

Philippines Wins Fitch Upgrade in Boost for Duterte's Plans

Fitch Ratings raised the Philippines’ sovereign rating by one level, providing an endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic plans, which …

How North Korea recruits its army of young hackers

SEOUL, South Korea — Teenage math whiz Ri Jong Yol was a solid candidate to join Kim Jong Un's army of elite hackers.<p>He had just won silver for the third year in a row at the world's premier high school mathematics championship, the International Mathematical Olympiad, which was held in Hong Kong …

A new book teaches kids of the internet age all the "lost words" from nature and outdoor play

What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?<p><i>The Lost Words</i> is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a …

Penguin Random House

Searching for Lost Memories Under Thousands of Microscopes

<b>On a cool September evening,</b> Judy Johanson curled up on her living room sofa with her iPad, carefully examining mouse brains. Her husband, Steve, …

Alzheimer's Disease

Struggling With Ikea Furniture? There's an App for That

A well-respected online furniture retailer is teaming up with a stalwart of the gig economy, a broker for people who do household tasks. The …

China’s New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt

CHISHI, China — Soaring over a lush valley in southern China, the Chishi Bridge is a 1.4-mile-long marvel of concrete and steel. Four piers, like graceful tuning forks as tall as skyscrapers, secure cables suspending a four-lane expressway 610 feet above fields of corn and rice.<p>Squinting up from a …

Millennials are fueling new growth in recreational vehicle sales

With summer approaching and outdoor sites beckoning, Amy Buckles just put a deposit down on a ticket to adventure — her first new travel trailer.<p>The 35-year-old newcomer from Bristol, Va., is among the first-time recreational vehicle buyers expected to drive sales to a new record this year, the …

RVs

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, dies at 89

<b>(CNN) —</b> Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died, his daughter announced on social media.<p>"My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her …

National Security