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Uber's upstart rival in Pakistan uses rickshaws, low-tech phones

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - As taxi hailing giant Uber enters Pakistan, a little-known local competitor is counting on a mix of new ideas and old technology to tap what could be a big chunk of the market: low-income residents who travel in rickshaws, not cabs.<p>Rixi rickshaw driver Saeed Akhtar sits …

Korean artist's makeup illusions will bend your mind

It's hard to figure out where reality ends and begins with Dain Yoon's makeup.<p>The South Korean artist has an incredibly confusing body of work which …

Art

If you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick | Jonathan Freedland

Contempt for politicians has been on the rise for years. But this EU referendum campaign has torn away at the veil that divides civility from mayhem<p>For weeks, months and years “politician” has been a word more spat out than said. MPs have been depicted as a form of pond life, routinely placed on …

Why the ‘Brexit’ Warnings Don’t Seem to Be Working in Britain

The British have been warned many times over.<p>The International Monetary Fund; the Bank of England; Britain’s Treasury; David Cameron, the country’s prime minister; top bankers like Jamie Dimon; scores of economists; and even Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley have said that a vote to leave …

Brexit risks and uncertainties

The Bank of England’s dire analysis of the impact of a Brexit vote inflamed UK political opinion last week. I want to steer well clear of that …

Measuring GDP – a rethink

In a world where financial transactions and capital flows move in milliseconds, getting the right information about the state of a country’s economy …

What is Brexit? 8 reads on Britain’s big choice

The UK is holding a referendum on June 23 on whether Britain should exit the European Union — known by the abbreviation “Brexit.” We’ve collected …

How Europe bungled its way to the Brexit

A man murdered Jo Cox, a Labour Member of the British parliament, yesterday.<p>It may have been an act of terrorism, as Cox was a prominent supporter of …

Europe

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

The hidden costs of starting your own business

Whatever your reasons for becoming your own boss, just remember the old saying that it takes money to make money, and that's never been truer than when you're starting your own business. It sounds romantic to think of yourself going from rags to riches, but most businesses need to start off with a …

10 easy ways to appear super-confident

Confidence is a trait we admire in others and lament the absence of in ourselves.<p>But while some people may indeed just be born confident, it's a skill the rest of us can easily acquire.<p>As all the best performers and public speakers know, confidence is as much about appearance as it is about <i>feeling</i> …

How to know if you're smart

While it may be tough to objectively measure how smart someone is, researchers have pinpointed some pretty interesting traits that appear to indicate intelligence.<p><i>Produced by Alex Kuzoian. Illustrations by Mike Nudelman.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

It's Alive! New Horizons Has Survived Its Date With Pluto

It's official: New Horizons is on the far side of Pluto. Its sensors have sensed, its hard drive is fat with data, and its radio dish is primed for …

The Anxiety and Revelry of Flying Past Pluto in the Dark

At this point in its orbit, Pluto is 2.97 billion miles from Earth. If you want to be closest to the action, no point on Earth's surface is more than …

Research suggests there are 4 types of introverts — find out which best describes you

According to new research, there are four different kinds of introversion: social, thinking, anxious, and restrained.<p><b>Social introverts</b> prefer to socialize in small groups instead of large groups — or simply fly solo. They don't necessarily feel anxious in large groups; they just prefer more …

If you want to invest smarter, invest like a woman

There is a big body of academic research, mostly based on surveys and studies, indicating that women are better than men at investing because they are more patient, make fewer off-the-cuff decisions, and exhibit more self-control.<p>Here’s some proof that the theory holds true in real life as well.<p>It …

Humans Account for Less Than 40% of Global Web Traffic

If you own or manage a website, you probably refer to analytics to track performance, and help you strategize. It may surprise you, however, that …

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

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'Running battle': How Google hopes to beat countries cracking down on Internet freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.<p>The company that revolutionized Internet search is now unveiling a sort of online underground tunnel — a way for people in restrictive countries like Iran and Syria to get around digital censorship and surveillance.<p>The idea behind the …

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Using Giant Mirrors to Light up Dark Valleys

The villages of Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to six months every year. To illuminate those darker winter months, the two towns have built gigantic mirrors that track the sun and reflect daylight downwards. …

BlackBerry’s Bad Timing Buries Its Own Flicker Of Good News On BBM Android/iOS Downloads (10M In A Day)

Timing is everything. Too early and your product will shrivel; too late and it will be overlooked no matter how shiny. Just ask BlackBerry — a company with spectacularly bad timing in recent memory. A string of hesitations and bad decisions made the BlackBerry maker too late to the mobile party …

Stephen Elop says he's ready for change at Microsoft

All eyes are on Stephen Elop. Just hours ago, he introduced Nokia's first Windows tablet; he's also overseeing his division's integration into Microsoft; and Redmond is even considering him as its next CEO. During our interview today, Elop understandably couldn't comment on the prospect of taking …

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