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Machine Learning: Device Syncing: Call From Computers and Text From Tablets

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Technology from Apple, Google, BlackBerry and Motorola is increasingly allowing users to send texts and make phone calls from almost any device.

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Apple faces online service faults

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Several of Apple’s online services stop working after the company is hit by an unspecified fault.

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Cornwall takes off on space missions

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Cornwall is set to become a training centre for space mission operators with a new course at Goonhilly earth satellite station.

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Minecraft ban reports investigated

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Minecraft owner Microsoft is investigating reports the Turkish government is preparing to ban the game, the BBC understands.

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Apple iTunes, App stores unavailable

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Apple’s iTunes and app stores are suffering outages for all users on Wednesday.A system status notification page showed the iTunes store, iBooks Store Mac App store and App store services were offline as of 11 a.m….

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Tag valuables with a plastic fingerprint

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

A technique for creating artificial fingerprints could see banknotes, jewellery and even fingers tagged with a similar unique pattern to fight counterfeiters

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Cheap ‘Apple Watch’ copies on sale

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Smartwatches that mirror the Apple Watch’s design and graphics are being sold via a site run by China’s Alibaba.

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US stocks inch higher in early trading, day after sell-off

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

NEW YORK (AP) " U.S. stock indexes are opening higher, a day after a sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates and a stronger dollar. The euro fell to its lowest level in 12 years.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones…

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Selfie sticks: French, UK attractions latest to impose ban

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

PARIS (AP) " A French palace and a British museum have joined the growing list of global tourist attractions to ban "selfie sticks" " devices visitors use to improve snapshots, but which critics say are obnoxious and potentially dangerous.Officials…

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Storing Emails From These Senators Will Be Easy, if They Ever Send One

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Charles E. Schumer are among those who rarely if ever send or receive email, seemingly a point of pride.

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Devon wild beavers cleared to remain

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Devon’s wild beavers will be allowed to stay on the River Otter after being found clear of a disease.

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Russian auto market collapsing, but luxury cars still a must

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

MOSCOW (AP) " Russia’s auto market is in freefall. As financial turmoil in the country makes cars more expensive by the day, demand for many brands has almost evaporated.Sales fell 38 percent in the year to February, with mid-market…

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UK ISPs block Pirate Bay proxies

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

Sites that link to banned piracy sites such as Pirate Bay have now been added to a list of sites ISPs must block.

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German teachers on strike for higher wages

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

BERLIN (AP) " Thousands of German public service workers are staging a short-term strike in a bid to receive higher wages and preserve pension benefits.The ver.di union said teachers and other public employees including police and…

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Bits Blog: Google C.F.O. Is Retiring to Spend More Time With Family (No, Really)

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

While watching a sunrise from the highest point in Africa, Patrick Pichette decided it was time to “hit the road” with his wife and find his bliss, he wrote in a goodbye note.

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Greek minister: government opposes energy privatizations

Written By: admin - Mar• 12•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Greece’s energy and environment minister says his new government is "radically opposed" to the privatization of "strategic sectors and businesses," particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.Speaking…

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Draghi: Europe recovering, stimulus will lift inflation

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) " European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone is gaining momentum and that recent stimulus measures will succeed in preventing a damaging period of falling…

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Flying cars, robot petting zoo: It’s South by Southwest time

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive…

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Chameleons’ colour switch revealed

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

New research shows that rather than using pigments, chameleons change colour by tweaking the arrangement of crystals in their skin cells.

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Asia stocks slump after US drops on Fed rate hike anxiety

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

HONG KONG (AP) " Most Asian stock markets drifted lower Wednesday following sharp declines on Wall Street sparked by investor anxiety about a looming U.S. interest rate hike.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 percent to…

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China approves 1st nuclear power project since 2011

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

BEIJING (AP) " China is reviving growth of its nuclear power industry with approval of its first new project since Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster.A unit of state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corp. says the Cabinet’s planning…

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Bits Blog: Facebook’s Status Update for Computing

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The latest development in Facebook’s push of open-source hardware: a new kind of networking switch, a powerful low-energy computer server and a steadily-increasing number of partners.

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NZX unaware of 1080 link to futures fall

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

NZX said it was not aware of a link between yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) about the threatened contamination of New Zealand baby formula and sharp falls in milk powder futures prices last week.Before…

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Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air and vice president

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) " A flight attendant who was harassed by a former Korean Air Lines Co. vice president in what became known as the nut rage case filed a civil lawsuit against the airline and the executive.Two New York law…

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Why didn’t NZX companies disclose 1080 threat?

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Questions are being raised about why publicly listed dairy companies did not keep the market informed about the 1080 infant formula threat.Trading was halted in Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund units, as well as shares in Synlait Milk…

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State of the Art: Apple Watch Displays Your Digital World, at a Glance

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The Apple Watch is good looking for a smartwatch and not hard to use, according to initial impressions. But who knows if it is really a necessary purchase.

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Restaurant Brands’ sales up 19pc

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Restaurant Brands, New Zealand’s largest fast-food store operator, increased fourth-quarter sales by 19 per cent as it benefited from an extra week’s trading, a better performance from its KFC fried chicken unit and the addition of…

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VIDEO: The glove that makes sound

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The glove that makes sounds through touch

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Bits Blog: Google C.F.O. Is Retiring to Spend More Time With Family (No, Really)

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

While watching a sunrise from the highest point in Africa, Patrick Pichette decided it was time to “hit the road” with his wife and find his bliss, he wrote in a goodbye note.

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Wednesday, March 18

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Today is Wednesday, March 18, the 77th day of 2015.There are 288 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1554 – Britain’s Princess Elizabeth is sent to the Tower of London for suspected complicity in Sir Thomas…

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Formula threat: PM defends decision to keep threat secret

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Prime Minister John Key has defended the Government’s decision to keep the 1080 contamination threat secret until yesterday.The threat to infant formula was revealed to the public yesterday because "chatter about it in Auckland"…

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Formula threat: PM defends decision to keep threat secret

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Prime Minister John Key has defended the Government’s decision to keep the 1080 contamination threat secret until yesterday.The threat to infant formula was revealed to the public yesterday because "chatter about it in Auckland"…

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First UK-farmed truffle harvested

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The first truffle to have been cultivated on UK soil is harvested from a field in Leicestershire.

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NZ dollar drops to month low on 1080 threat

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The New Zealand dollar dropped to a month low after the government yesterday revealed threats to contaminate infant formula with poison, raising concern the action may hurt sales of dairy products, the nation’s largest export.US…

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Sweden ends weapons deal with Saudi Arabia

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

STOCKHOLM (AP) " The Swedish government says it will not renew a contentious weapons deal with Saudi Arabia.Tuesday’s announcement comes amid a widening diplomatic rift between the two countries.Swedish Foreign Minister Margot…

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State of the Art: Apple Watch Displays Your Digital World, at a Glance

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The Apple Watch is good looking for a smartwatch and not hard to use, according to initial impressions. But who knows if it is really a necessary purchase.

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Thor Motocross pajamas recalled over flammability concerns

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Safety regulators say a retailer in California is recalling children’s pajamas featuring the Thor Motocross logo because they don’t meet flammability protection standards.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission…

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Endebted Gigaom shuts down

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Gigaom, one of the leading technology blogs, has ceased operations after running out of money.

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Solar plane arrives in India

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Fuel-free plane Solar Impulse crosses the Arabian Sea from Oman to India on the second leg of its historic attempt to fly around the world.

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State of the Art: Apple Watch Displays Your Digital World, at a Glance

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The Apple Watch is good looking for a smartwatch and not hard to use, according to initial impressions. But who knows if it is really a necessary purchase.

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Curiosity’s arm short circuit leaves Mars rover stranded

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been stuck in place on Mars since February 27 after a short circuit triggered on-board safety alerts

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Orascom starts trading on Dubai stock, readies for Egypt

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " Orascom Construction, the global engineering and construction business, has begun trading on the Dubai stock exchange this week and will be dual listed on Egyptian stock exchange Wednesday.Under…

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EU denies favoring France with budget target extension

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " The European Union’s financial watchdog denies favoring France after smaller EU countries complained that Paris was given two extra years to get its finances in order.EU finance ministers agreed Tuesday to give France…

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Liquid metal brings shape-shifting robot a step closer

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

A metal alloy that powers its own movement and deforms to get through tight spots could let us to build a Terminator 2-style robot (minus homicidal tendencies)

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‘Banning Tor unwise’, MPs told

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Advice given to MPs on the dark web says it can be used in the public interest and that banning it in the UK would be difficult technically.

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Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition.If you’ve waited for the Apple Watch to decide on a smartwatch, here are some things…

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Charges over ‘largest’ email breach

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The US has charged three men with carrying out the ‘largest’ email breach ever in which one billion email addresses were stolen

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Report: Specialty drugs drive prescription spending jump

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Prescription drugs spending rose 13 percent last year, the largest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager.Express Scripts Holding Co. said Tuesday that the jump was fueled in part…

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ClassPass and the Joy and Guilt of the Digital Middleman Economy

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

Should I feel bad about using my new favorite app?

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NSA sued over surveillance programme

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

The Wikimedia Foundation has launched legal action against the NSA over its programme of mass surveillance

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EU urges quick accord on investment plan to revive economies

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " The European Union is urging member countries to move quickly on a new investment plan so that major infrastructure projects like broadband and energy networks can be launched this year.EU economy and finance chief…

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Solar-powered plane takes off from Oman, heads to India

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has taken off from Muscat, Oman, bound for India on the second leg of its historic round-the-world trip.The Solar Impulse 2 departed just before dawn Tuesday…

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China’s auto sales growth decelerates in February

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

BEIJING (AP) " China’s auto sales growth decelerated in February while strong demand for Chinese-made SUVs helped to offset weakness in sales of domestic sedans.An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers,…

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From the South Pole to the beginning of time

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

BBC Horizon trails one of science’s greatest quests

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Solar plane crosses Arabian Sea

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Solar Impulse is back in the air on the second leg of its historic attempt to fly around the world – crossing water from Oman to India.

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Credit Suisse CEO resigns, head of Prudential to take over

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

BERLIN (AP) " Credit Suisse chief executive Brady W. Dougan is leaving his post after eight years and will be replaced by the current head of British insurer Prudential, Tidjane Thiam, the Swiss bank said Tuesday.Dougan, who joined…

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New Zealand investigating threat to poison baby formula

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " New Zealand police are investigating an anonymous threat to poison infant formula as part of a protest over the country’s use of poisonous baits for pest control.Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday…

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Baby formula threat: No traction yet in Chinese media

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

News of the threat to contaminate New Zealand infant formula with 1080 poison has barely registered so far in Chinese media, says expatriate Beijing business adviser David Mahon, and is unlikely to gain traction, he believes."There’s…

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Dollar dives, rebounds following 1080 threat

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The New Zealand dollar dipped then bounced back on a so called "relief rally" after the news of a infant formula contamination threat broke in volatile trading.Police are appealing for the public’s help following a threat to contaminate…

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Trading halts on dairy stocks

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Exchange operator NZX said it had placed a trading halt on all dairy futures and options trade and said trading in the shares of three big dairy companies had been put on hold.Normal futures trading will resume on Wednesday, the…

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Juha Saarinen: The gold Apple watch is how much?

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

New Zealand won’t get the Apple Watch for a while, so if you wanted the full bling trifecta of a gold iPhone, gold MacBook and gold wristwatch immediately, too bad.Well, you could try heading over to Australia where the 18-carat…

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Tech Blog GigaOm Abruptly Shuts Down

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The technology blog, founded in 2006, became a fixture in Silicon Valley and claimed 6.4 million monthly readers.

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Summer’s long dry persists

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Most of New Zealand remains drier than normal for this time of year, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said.For the North Island, soil moisture levels are much drier than normal for the mast of the…

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Apple Watch Success Will Hinge on Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Apple designed its device, which will be available for preorder on April 10, to suit the tastes of various users, from fitness buffs to collectors of luxury watches.

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Is Bitcoin Africa’s unlikely saviour?

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Could Bitcoin be Africa’s migrant workers saviour?

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Wall St bull market turns six + interactive

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

In 2009 the stock market was filled with panic.The housing market had collapsed. Lehman Brothers had gone under and General Motors was on the verge of bankruptcy reorganisation. The US was in a deep recession, and stocks had plunged…

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HBO’s Streaming Service Will Start in April, Initially on Apple Devices Only

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The service will cost $14.99 a month, and will include current and past programming, as well as movies.

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Auckland’s economy booming – strong immigration, employment and more tourists

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Auckland’s economy is expanding quickly with strong immigration, employment, wage growth and tourist arrivals.Chris Parker, Auckland Council’s chief economist, has released his latest economic quarterly summary which showed the…

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Apple Watch prices and apps revealed

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Apple reveals that its smartwatch collection will range in price from £299 to £13,500 depending on the materials used.

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Smart Luggage for the Connected Age

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Your bags may still end up in the wrong place, but at least they can tell you where they are. They can also charge devices, play your music and more.

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FDA keeps boxed warning about suicide on Chantix

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Food and Drug Administration says it will keep a bold-letter warning on Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric problems.Pfizer Inc. asked the agency last year to drop…

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Apple Watch launch: internet reacts

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The internet reacts to the Apple Watch event

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Auckland’s economy booming – strong immigration, employment and more tourists

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Auckland’s economy is expanding quickly with strong immigration, employment, wage growth and tourist arrivals.Chris Parker, Auckland Council’s chief economist, has released his latest economic quarterly summary which showed the…

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Blinded by the heat: The laser weapon you’ll never see

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

An unexpected discovery has created a laser that can blind you temporarily – and you won’t even know you’re the target

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Auckland’s economy booming – strong immigration, employment and more tourists

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Auckland’s economy is expanding quickly with strong immigration, employment, wage growth and tourist arrivals.Chris Parker, Auckland Council’s chief economist, has released his latest economic quarterly summary which showed the…

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Apple Watch prices and apps revealed

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Apple reveals that its smartwatch collection will range in price from £299 to £13,500 depending on the materials used.

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Apple Reveals Prices for Its Apple Watch Models

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Apple announced Monday that its smartwatch would be available for preorder on April 10, and revealed the prices of its Apple Watch devices.

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Auckland’s economy booming – strong immigration, employment and more tourists

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Auckland’s economy is expanding quickly with strong immigration, employment, wage growth and tourist arrivals.Chris Parker, Auckland Council’s chief economist, has released his latest economic quarterly summary which showed the…

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Apple Watch prices and apps revealed

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Apple provides has detailed the prices for its long-anticipated smartwatch at an event in San Francisco.

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VIDEO: Does pollution affect weather patterns?

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Video from NASA shows how emissions could affect cloud formation and weather patterns.

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Woman behind bias suit against Silicon Valley firm testifies

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " A woman behind a sexual discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms has started testifying in the case.Plaintiff Ellen Pao was questioned Monday by her attorney…

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Metamirrors twist reflections and turn into windows

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Now you see it, now you don’t. Surfaces made out of artificial materials can bounce light at weird angles or be see-through for one kind of light while reflecting another

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Greek authorities indict 64 over Siemens bribery allegations

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Greek authorities have indicted more than 60 people to stand trial over an alleged bribery scandal 17 years ago, involving a telecom contract for German industrial giant Siemens AG.An investigation found that…

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Look, no fuel! Solar-powered flight around world is go

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

After more than a decade of preparation, a pioneering attempt to fly around the world powered solely by sunshine got off the ground today

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VIDEO: Solar Impulse’s biggest challenge?

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The Solar Impulse 2′s circumnavigation of the world means a stint of flying solo non-stop for five days across the Pacific Ocean. BBC News looks at the conditions the pilots will face.

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Bits Blog: Digital Learning Companies Falling Short of Student Privacy Pledge

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

A number of ed tech companies said they would improve the security and privacy of their services. But a new report concludes they are falling short of expectations.

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Solar plane journey’s first leg ends

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane completes its first leg, a 12-hour journey in the Gulf to Oman.

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Solar plane journey’s first leg ends

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane completes its first leg, a 12-hour journey in the Gulf to Oman.

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Czech state clears sale of military aircraft to Iraq

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

PRAGUE (AP) " The Czech Republic’s government says it has approved a deal to deliver 15 Czech-made light combat planes to Iraq.Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky says the military will sell the subsonic L-159 planes for 750 million…

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Solar plane set to land in Oman

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The first leg of a record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane is approaching its end.

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Solar plane set to land in Oman

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The first leg of a record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane is approaching its end.

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MH370 beacon had expired battery, but plane had backup

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

A year on, a report into the vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says one locator beacon’s battery had expired, but the airline says there was a second beacon

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Survey: Business economists support rate hike this year

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " Most business economists expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the second half of this year, but say uncertainty over the Fed’s plans is no longer slowing U.S. economic recovery, according to a new…

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Bits Blog: Google Confirms Plans for Wireless Service

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

The company is experimenting with a network that would rely primarily on Wi-Fi technology and use cellular towers as a backup.

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McDonald’s global sales drop in February

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

NEW YORK (AP) " McDonald’s says global sales declined in February, including a 4 percent drop in the U.S. that the company blamed on "aggressive competitive activity."The world’s biggest hamburger chain says global sales fell 1.7…

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Bits Blog: Kleiner Perkins, Disrupted

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

In an era of self-promotion and runaway hype, where every supporting player wants to be a star, it is nearly impossible to retain earlier ideals of restraint.

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GM plans $5B stock buyback, avoids showdown with hedge funds

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

DETROIT (AP) " General Motors is agreeing to a $5 billion stock buyback, heading off a proxy fight with a group of hedge funds.The buyback is part of a deal with former Obama administration autos task force member Harry Wilson,…

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Five questions about Apple Watch

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

Five unanswered questions about Apple’s smartwatch

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Global stocks fall after US jobs data sparks rate concern

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

BEIJING (AP) " Global stocks fell Monday after strong U.S. jobs data increased chances that the Federal Reserve will move up its timetable for raising interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France’s CAC-40 fell 0.6 to 4,932.93…

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VIDEO: The battle to save parks amid cuts

Written By: admin - Mar• 10•15

As local authority budgets are finalised this week, councils have to make tough decisions on where to spend public money,

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