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Royal Navy carrier to be retired

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:06
The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious is to be retired next month after 32 years of service.

The young 'barefooters' making bowls cool

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:03
How young people have made an ancient ball game cool

Peers criticise emergency data laws

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 13:02
The government comes under fire in the Lords over emergency legislation giving the security services access to people's phone and internet records.

Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:54

The Tripoli airport has become a battleground between rival groups. The United Nations pulled its personnel out of the country earlier this week due to concerns about violence around the country.

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South Wales to get new £1bn motorway

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:52
A route for a £1bn motorway for south Wales to ease congestion around Cardiff and Newport is announced to mixed reaction.

59 arrested in paedophile inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:46
A scout leader, foster carer and an ex-police officer are among 59 people arrested in Wales in an operation against suspected paedophiles.

Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:45

Ever try shopping on your smartphone and decide you don't want to put in your credit card number? Visa says it's a big problem and came up with a tool that combines improved security and convenience.

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Dallas Fed Chair: Time to lose monetary "beer goggles"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:35

"The punch in that punch bowl is still 108 proof," says Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Chair Richard Fisher. "Things look better when you have a lot of liquidity in your system."

He's calling on Washington to end the taper and rasie interest rates, something he believes will happen by October.

Chairman Fisher gave a speech on monetary policy today at USC Annenberg and stopped by Marketplace to chat afterwards.

Here is a link to his full speech, titled " Monetary Policy and the Maginot Line (With Reference to Jonathan Swift, Neil Irwin, Shakespeare’s Portia, Duck Hunting, the Virtues of Nuisance and Paul Volcker)".  Listen to his full conversation with Kai Ryssdal in the audio player above.

AUDIO: From crime to a first in criminology

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:33
Natalie Atkinson fell into a life of crime at the age of 12 but has since become a star student, gaining a first class degree in criminology.

VIDEO: Will a female Thor defeat her critics?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:22
Marvel shake up the the comic book fraternity by casting a woman as Thor.

Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:11

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.

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The Devastation On The Ground In Gaza City

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

Audie Cornish speaks with Robert Turner of the United Nations in Gaza City, discussing the extent of the devastation there in the midst of Israel's bombardment.

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On Two Sides, Two Funerals — While Death Toll Mounts In Gaza

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues, so too do the funerals that come in its wake. NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Emily Harris attended two such funerals today, in Tel Aviv and Gaza respectively, and they tell of what they learned there.

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Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

Time Warner has rejected a buyout offer, reportedly as high as $80 billion, from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. A deal between the two companies would create a media powerhouse — and a thicket of challenges for anti-trust regulators.

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

By prohibiting acts like loitering and sleeping in public, cities hope to make streets safer. But advocates for the homeless say this type of legislation can be counterproductive.

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With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:56

From shelter mutts to show dogs, Texas canines are getting a parasite that causes heart problems in people. Dogs don't spread the parasite directly to humans. But they help to make it more prevalent.

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A man with a plan for six Californias

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:43
Is it so big it should be split into six states?

Apple-IBM deal shakes up workplace tech

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:29

Apple and IBM were once rivals but the two companies announced a plan Wednesday to work together. They will collaborate on software and cloud services, and IBM will distribute Apple products to some of its biggest customers – big business, universities, and the government.

This deal is a way for Apple,  maker of the iPhone and the iPad, to get more of those mobile devices into the workplace – historically BlackBerry’s and Microsoft’s turf. According to Norman Young, an analyst with Morningstar, this deal may have caught them by surprise.

“They didn’t really think that Apple would really compete in this space, because they never really had,” he says.

For a long time, Apple’s focus has been on consumers, but according to Stacy Crook of the market research company IDC, Apple has been making inroads. The workplace has seen more of what she calls “B.Y.O.D.”

“We just use the same device for our business use and our personal use these days,” she says.

IT guys and gals have tolerated that – sometimes grudgingly. These days, when we bring our own devices, odds are they are not BlackBerrys. 

“You know, from a BlackBerry’s perspective, this is pretty significant,” says tech analyst Sharon Cross, of Cross Research. She says BlackBerry made its name selling its devices to big business, and the security of its network was a huge selling point. With this new partnership, Apple and IBM say they will give corporate clients the assurance their apps and devices will be just as secure.

So what about Microsoft?

“This agreement is good for Apple, it’s good for IBM, it’s bad for BlackBerry, and it’s really not that impactful to Microsoft,” Cross says, noting companies will still buy PCs running Windows.

IBM could have partnered with Google. After all, Android phones remain popular. But according to Roger Kay, the head of Endpoint Technologies Associates, Apple’s trademark simplicity may have given it an edge.

“IT managers don’t have to deal with a hugely complex environment,” he says. “They know kind of what they’re getting.”

There are hundreds of different types of phones and tablets that run the Android operating system. With Apple, there’s just a handful.

 

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