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How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

Scientists Analyze Public Leaders’ Voices to Discover the Basis for Charisma<p>Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma.<p>By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how …

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The Puzzlephone is a modular cellphone designed in Nokia's hometown

Google's Project Ara isn't the only hope for phones with replaceable and upgradeable parts. Finland's Circular Devices is developing an alternative concept called the Puzzlephone, which breaks the handset down into three constituent elements. The phone's Spine provides the LCD, speakers and basic …

Payday loan brokers subject to emergency action as regulator steps in

The Financial Conduct Authority has taken emergency action to tackle payday loan brokers after a deluge of complaints over “blatantly unfair” practices.<p>The brokers have made as many as one million attempts a month to raid the bank accounts of some of the poorest members of society. While promising …

Sony Developed an Epaper Watch and Put it on a Crowdfunding Site

As the wearables market heats up with every company trying something, anything to attach their electronics to your body, it’s tough to know what will actually resonate with consumers. It’s so difficult that electronics giant Sony developed a watch then put it on a crowdfunding site to see if anyone …

Tech companies are hiring ‘perks managers’ in a fight to woo talent

The fierce competition for top talent in Silicon Valley is giving rise to a new job category — the perks manager — as tech companies scramble to be …

Scottish Devolution: Labour's Jim Murphy Backs Transfer of Income Tax Powers to Holyrood

A former shadow cabinet minister has called for the full devolution of income tax powers to Scotland.<p>Jim Murphy, who stood down from Ed Miliband's …

UK economic recovery to continue into 2016

Britain’s economic recovery will continue into 2015 and 2016, driven by consumer spending and business investment, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.<p>The Paris-based thinktank said high job creation had fuelled UK growth, which it forecasts at 3% this year. The …

Counter-terrorism and security bill: proposals and pitfalls

The counter-terrorism and security bill to be published on Wednesday will be the seventh major counter-terror law introduced in Britain since 9/11. It will be the first to introduce major coercive measures since the coalition government came to power in 2010 pledging to restore civil liberties.<p>The …

Save the Children staff furious over ‘global legacy’ award for Tony Blair

<b>`</b><p>The charity Save the Children faces a backlash from staff after it presented Tony Blair with a “global legacy award” in New York last week – despite privately acknowledging that he is a controversial and divisive figure.<p>Amid widespread criticism on social media, many of the charity’s staff have …