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Netflix adds 2.3 million U.S. subscribers in Q4; shares surge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc added more than 2.3 million U.S. customers in the fourth quarter, sending its shares up 17 percent in after-hours trading, and said it was testing different pricing plans for its monthly TV and movie streaming service.<p>The Netflix logo is is shown on an ipad in …

iPhone 6 Rumours: Screen Size Could Be 'Locked In' On 4.8 Inches

Contrary to recent reports, the iPhone 6 could come in just one screen size - 4.8-inches.<p>That's according to Cowen and Company managing director …

Cost of raising a child surges past £225,000

The cost of raising a child and supporting them through university has risen by £5,000 over the past 12 months to £227,266, according to figures put together by the Centre of Economic and Business Research (CEBR).<p>The research, commissioned by the insurer LV=, looked at expenses over the first 21 …

Dorset B&B voted best in the world in Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards

British B&Bs were once derided as naff and fussy but proof that the fusty image has been well and truly consigned to history comes today with the annnouncement that an £85-a-night guest house in Dorset has been named the best B&B in the world. Bindon Bottom, a five-room bed and breakfast in the …

The Facebook 'Disease' Could Lose 80% Of Users By 2017 Says Study

Facebook could be about to experience a sudden and jarring fall from grace - if a new study comparing the site to a virulent 'disease' is to be …

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

Can reading make you smarter?

When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book. She pointed to a word. "Tuh-hee," I said, trying to pronounce it. "The," she said, correcting me, and that's when it clicked …

Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918

<b>Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One.</b><p>Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world.<p>Writing in the journal Plos One, the researchers say it separated from other South …

Zoology

How to set a table to teach your kids good eating habits

When I was a child, the call of "time to set the table", had a twin impact on me: the feeling of injustice at being made to stop playing, countered by the sweet anticipation of dinner. I always struggled to get the knife and fork the right way round – and still do for some reason. But the table was …

New shows, customer gains give Netflix muscle to hike prices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc, riding high after another strong earnings report, is in better shape to raise prices for new U.S. customers to its movie and TV streaming service than it was in 2011, when a price hike sent its stock into a downward spiral.<p>The Netflix logo is is shown on an ipad …

Americans are becoming numb to gun violence. For teachers, it's all too real

As a teacher, I expected to return to my classroom after the holidays refreshed and ready for the second half of the year. That's happened to a certain extent, but I can't ignore the ongoing violence in America's schools. On 14 January, a 12-year-old boy in New Mexico came to school with a …

The hidden costs of building an Android device

Google does not charge for its Android software, but manufacturers have to pay specialist firms thousands to gain a licence to use it<p>Some mobile and tablet manufacturers are being charged six-figure fees by third party testing facilities for a licence to use Gmail, Google Play and other parts of …

Samsung Electronics pledges higher dividend after record payout

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, under pressure to appease investors who have berated it for hoarding the spoils of rapid growth, has pledged to hand out even more profit after almost doubling its full-year dividend to a record $2 billion.<p>The main rival of Apple Inc has amassed $51 …

NASA's NeoWise Telescope Finds Three Massive, 'Coal Black' Near-Earth Asteroids

Nasa has reactivated a space telescope only to discover three new, "coal black" asteroids near to the Earth.<p>The re-awoken Wide-field Infrared Survey …

Scientists Are Now Able To Film The Brain As It Forms Memories (VIDEO)

Scientists have announced they are now able to 'film' the brain as it forms memories.<p>Scientists have announced they are now able to 'film' the brain …

Shark Repelling Gadgets Gain Popularity

You might still be pretty impressed with your new iPad. But over in Hawaii, the trendiest gadget around has a somewhat more practical purpose: …

South Africa's AMCU union, platinum firms to resume talks on Monday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and executives of the world’s top three platinum companies will resume talks next week to end a strike in the sector, the labour ministry said on Friday.<p>Mine workers listen as they are addressed by …

These two might look like your typical, mischievous 7-year-olds, but they know more about friendship than most adults. Watch how they coped when one of the boys was diagnosed with leukaemia: http://fw.to/SJ0cvnG

Take a deep breath: the stethoscope is dying

If you Google "Hugh Laurie" and "stethoscope", you will come up with a clutch of stories from February 2012 about how everybody's favourite pill-popping misanthropic physician is "hanging up his stethoscope" after eight seasons on the hit show House.<p>This underlines a more general truth: doctors …

Grand Theft Auto only gives the illusion of freedom. It's someone else's rules

If God knows the future, then He knows how I will behave in advance, and so I have no real choice in the matter. My fate is predetermined. Some of us are predestined for heaven. Some of us are predestined for hell. This is John Calvin's idea of "double predestination". Human agency is a fiction.<p>Few …

It is the GP's best friend but are the days of the stethoscope numbered? http://bbc.in/1eLwrta

Apple Mac 30 years on: memories of an early adopter

When Steve Jobs launched the Mac 30 years ago today, I was already a user. As editor of Practical Computing magazine, I'd made the pilgrimage to Apple's UK headquarters for a briefing, along with staff member Ian Stobie, and been "seeded" with its vision of the future.<p>One of the freebies was a deep …

Six Nations 2014 stats: How Warren Gatland's Wales have literally become the giants of Europe

Not so long ago, the idea of a Wales team being the most physically daunting outfit in Europe would have seemed rather ridiculous.<p>For decades, the …

Menu for Jan. 13, Day 12 of the Food Lover's Cleanse 2014

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New Year, New Ingredients: 5 Fast, Easy, Fresh Recipes

These 5 fast, easy, fresh recipes will wake up your 2014 with lesser-used ingredients like schmaltz and preserved lemon<p>A quick <i>pizza bianca</i> and miso-sesame beets are sure to <b>satisfy your hunger for new recipes</b> this year.

Menu for Jan. 15, Day 14 of the Food Lover's Cleanse

Your final dinner for the Food Lover's Cleanse? Salmon. Plus, a filling kale salad, Greek yogurt with apple and pomegranates, and a cheesy snack<p><b>Breakfast:</b><p>Pomegranate-Apple Salad with Greek Yogurt<p><b>Lunch:</b><p>Coconut Rice, Tofu, and Kale Salad<p><b>Snack:</b><p>1 sliced pear<p>1 oz. goat cheese<p><b>Dinner:</b><p>Pan-Roasted Salmon …

How to make the perfect chicken pie

If a roast chicken, golden and glistening with festivity, is a show-stopping stiletto of a dish, the pie that inevitably follows is a comfortable slipper – not as glamorous, perhaps, but infinitely nicer to slip into on a cold January evening.<p><b>The chicken</b><p>Though it is an ideal send-off for the …