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The way we work is massively affected by our health, a sleepless night can do a number on our productivity the next day, and niggling back and neck pains can nuisance otherwise productive behaviour. And yet, innovation is going toward increasing our dependance on these machines, not decreasing it or, favourably, making it safer.
Researchers in Los Angeles will soon launch a battery that attaches to any device, including iPhones, Fitbits, and Kindle readers, and provides seven days of run time on a single charge. If they can make this technology work — and sell it — you may never have to scramble for a public wall socket to charge your phone again.
Hearing a senior Israeli military officer praise Hamas’ role in fighting terrorism is a shocking development.
When I last wrote about the Netherlands, some positive growth was expected for 2014, but the OECD’s latest forecast shows GDP flat next year. These forecasts also have consumer price inflation below 2% in 2014 and below 1% in 2015. The output gap is currently over (negative) 4%, and is expected to reach -5.5% in 2015. Unemployment, which was only 4.3% in 2011, is expected to rise to 8.1% in 2015.
The website for the Affordable Care Act was doomed by an inordinately complex setup that tried to link disparate databases in real time.
Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations.
Icap’s Chris Clark alerts us on Friday to the fact that European liquidity markets are already preparing themselves for a potential liquidity squeeze come the end of the year.
Unilever (UNA) Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman said the economic slowdown in emerging markets is here to stay as many countries need to enact structural reforms to adjust to new conditions after the boom of recent years.
Seasonality is one of those things many investors take for granted. And right now, two of the biggest seasonal trends are bearing down on the market. At least, in theory.
BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s massive burst of money-printing – almost $70 billion (42 billion pounds) a month – has driven the yen down and Tokyo stocks up. It has also spurred the strongest economic growth among G7 countries in the first half of the year, arresting a long fall in consumer prices.
But now, 12 months after Abe was elected and eight months after Kuroda announced the big-bang stimulus package, financial markets are looking for more stimulus – already dubbed “JQE2”, or Japan’s second round of quantitative easing.
European shares may be the consensus pick for strong gains in 2014, but Morgan Stanley has downgraded the region’s equities to Neutral, expecting them to run out of steam.
Brazil’s economy fell into contraction in the third quarter, with output shrinking by more than analysts had forecast, according to official state figures.
Goldman Sachs sees 19% gain for Chinese stocks in Hong Kong during 2014
Japan will craft an economic stimulus package this week worth about $53 billion to bolster the economy ahead of an increase in the national sales tax in April, people familiar with the process said on Tuesday.
The Greek economic crisis, is, among other things, a crisis of confidence. Investors, worried about the country’s finances, pulled out their capital, and in doing so drove up interest rates and drove down the Greek economy to a near depression, provoking the default they so feared. Economists call this reversal of capital flows “a sudden stop.” It is a vulnerability shared by all countries that have to borrow in a foreign currency, which effectively describes the Euro from Greece’s perspective.
Online sales are already up 20 percent over last year, and the pace will only accelerate.Target and many other bricks-and-mortar outlets plan to spend more on technology next year than on building and upgrading new stores.
A recent interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the “Almoner of His Holiness,” raised speculation that the Pope joins him on his nightly trips into Rome to give alms to the poor, and it turns out that the rumors are probably true.
A Wisconsin man who, for one minute, took part in an Anonymous-sponsored effort to overwhelm the website of Koch Industries has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay the company $183,000.
Portugal exchanged 6.64 billion euros ($9 billion) of bonds to reduce debt repayments due in the next two years as it tries to exit its 78 billion-euro international bailout without needing another rescue.
A rebounding U.S. is giving less support to global growth than in the past. Homegrown demand and production are more important drivers of the world’s biggest economy than they were a decade ago.
China’s yuan overtook the euro to become the second-most used currency in global trade finance in 2013, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication.
The commodity slump that spurred bear markets in everything from gold to corn to sugar this year will deepen by the end of December as prices head for their first annual loss since 2008, if history is any guide.
Struggling to pay rent and tuition on her salary as a waitress in Almaty, the Kazakh commercial capital, Samal says she’d drop her boyfriend in a heartbeat if a wealthy older man offered to make her his second wife.
A British company has demonstrated a prototype device capable of stopping cars and other vehicles using a blast of electromagnetic waves.
A “potentially revolutionary” device to help women during difficult births has come from an unlikely source – a car mechanic from Argentina, who based the idea on a party trick.
First – and arguably foremost – there is virtually no difference among upper, middle and lower classes in Iceland. And with that, tension between economic classes is non-existent, a rare occurrence for any country.
The fatal flaw in so-called private label mortgage-backed securities is “everybody in the chain – from the broker to the primary lender to the securitizer to the rating agency – all of whom could make money off loans that never got paid back,” Howard says. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not financing ‘no-doc’ loans…because we were a risk-taker. If we mis-estimated risk on loans, we lost money and the investor got paid.”
The European Central Bank says it stands ready to do more, if needed, to boost a weak recovery. But each possible step faces significant drawbacks or even political opposition.
Our sixth Top Trade recommendation for 2014 is a long position in large-cap bank indices in the US, Europe and Japan, implemented via equal parts of the BKX, SX7E and TPNBNK indices.
personal-computer shipments are projected to fall 10.1% this year, by far the biggest annual decline on record.
Once again, another report attempts to take stock of the pharmaceutical industry and the return on its many investments. And the latest finding suggests drug makers are struggling, despite doing reasonably well at bringing new medicines to the marketplace, according to a study by Deloitte and Thomson Reuters, which analyzed the 12 largest life sciences companies based on their R&D expenditures.