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Some Insured Patients Still Skipping Care Because Of High Costs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:55

Research shows that, even with health insurance, many people put off expensive surgery, medicine and tests because they can't afford the high deductibles or copays. A few states hope to change that.

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The BlackBerry story isn't over yet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:24

Not long ago, the BlackBerry the smartphone of choice for businessmen, politicians, sheikhs and celebrities alike. And while there are still plenty of powerful people addicted to their 'CrackBerrys,' as the device is sometimes called, the company behind the phone and email device that once dominated the smartphone market is just barely putting along.

Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff are the authors of "Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry," which chronicles the company’s successes and failures.   

McNish says, in the '90s, BlackBerry (then known as Research in Motion) was in a race to come up with the next big mobile device.

“But no one could get email and text right,” McNish says. “Everyone was making devices that were overcomplicated.”

But when RIM founder Mike Lazaridis came up with a keyboard people could use with their opposable thumbs, BlackBerrys took off. Michael Dell, Oprah and Madonna were all early BlackBerry adopters.

Another big factor in BlackBerry’s explosive success was its BlackBerry Messenger service, or BBM as it’s known. BBM was a hit not only because it was addictive, but because it operated on a very secure platform.

“You had situations in some Middle Eastern countries where women were actually embroidering their BBM addresses inside their burkas and sort of flipping them up discretely to people they wanted to communicate with,” Silcoff says.

Even with its highly popular BBM service and streamlined devices though, RIM had trouble competing once Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone.

“The BlackBerry brought us a piece of the internet, it brought us email,” McNish says. “What Steve Jobs was offering was essentially a mini-computer in the smartphone.”

But the RIM/BlackBerry story isn’t over yet.

“It’s amazing,” Silcoff says. “I think every day we meet people who tell us, you know, ‘I still love my BlackBerry, I’m addicted to it.’”

What’s more, Silcoff believes BlackBerry now has a capable turnaround CEO in John Chen.

“He’s got the company to a point where it’s not losing money,” Silcoff says. “This book is not a eulogy for BlackBerry by any means.”  

Fifa IT data seized by Swiss police

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:19
Fifa has handed over computer data to the Swiss authorities investigating the World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022.

More Evidence That Parents' Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:13

A large, international study found that kids born to older parents had higher rates of autism. Having a teen mom or parents with a large gap between their ages also increased the autism odds.

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After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:41

James Billington helped usher the world's largest library into the digital age. The Library of Congress says he will step down on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Like Us, Chimps Go Bananas For Booze

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:39

Scientists have spotted chimpanzees routinely sipping palm wine from trees in Guinea. The study supports a theory that our common relatives evolved the ability to digest alcohol millions of years ago.

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McClaren appointed Newcastle boss

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:37
Former England and Derby County boss Steve McClaren is named as the new head coach of Newcastle United.

Briton defends fighting against IS

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:35
A Briton who fought against Islamic State forces in Syria tells the BBC he believes he can justify his actions if the police decide to question him.

SNP reveal Commons committee chairs

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:33
Pete Wishart and Angus MacNeil are to chair the two SNP-led committees at Westminster, the party announces.

EU and Holyrood votes could clash

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:24
Prime Minister David Cameron has not ruled out the possibility of the EU referendum being held on the same day as next year's Holyrood election.

Hammer, 15, qualifies for US Open

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:22
American Cole Hammer will become the third-youngest player to feature at golf's US Open, at just 15 years of age.

Scientists find CJD resistance gene

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:17
Researchers have identified a gene that might make people resistant to the brain eating disease CJD.

Nationalists defy EU on Russia abuses

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:16
Anti-EU parties including UKIP vote against a European Parliament resolution, which condemns Russian human rights abuses.

Man held after crash causes 'carnage'

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:11
A lorry driver is arrested after a crash involving up to 13 vehicles near Tunbridge Wells causes "carnage and devastation".

McGuinness agrees Moreland meeting

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:50
Martin McGuinness is willing to meet the daughter of Caroline Moreland, the woman murdered by an IRA unit allegedly including a British double agent.

VIDEO: Britons return after battling IS

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:47
Britons Jac Holmes and Harry tell the BBC's Quentin Sommerville they are returning to the UK after fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Triathlete who died in race named

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:36
A triathlete who died while taking part in an event in Gwynedd is named.

Ceres' spots seen in more detail

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:36
The US space agency releases a new, higher-resolution picture of the brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Cleveland Officials: Police Are Being Retrained On Interacting With The Public

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:35

Officers are getting new training on interacting with youth and the use of force. "We are guardians of this community," Police Chief Calvin Williams said. "And we are part of this community."

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Obama to boost army trainers in Iraq

BBC - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:32
The United States is to send up to 450 military trainers to Iraq to help "train and advise" local forces fighting Islamic State, President Obama says.