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Essential Science: Turning smartphones into micro-laboratories

Advances in optical imaging together with progress with digital technology is helping to transform the functional smartphone into a medical diagnostic device, offering advanced imaging and other uses.

Q&A: Why data & analytics will transform insurance in 2020 Special

The insurance landscape is changing rapidly, and agencies need more insight to adapt with the industry. Their data is an untapped resource, but most teams don’t know how to translate it into actionable insights. Chad Hawkinson, at Vertafore explains.

Q&A: Call tracking can assist marketers to gain better insights Special

Drawing analytics from marketing data can be a struggle. However, new forms of automation are emerging to enable marketers to view aggregated form data, and gain insight into which marketing effort provokes the best leads.

Instability risk high in DR Congo after vote result: analysts

Apo - DR Congo has finally delivered the result of its much-delayed presidential vote, but the risk of an explosion of violence in this notoriously unstable nation remains high, analysts say.

AI has analyzed every chemical reaction ever performed

Manchester - The developers of a new artificial-intelligence tool have claimed the platform has memorized nearly every chemical reaction ever performed. The AI agent looks set to transform chemistry.

Op-Ed: Big Data and the Internet of Things — the evolution of analytics

The Internet of Things (IoT) is definitely THE trending topic in any technology-related discussion or magazine. But how is this "technologization" going to affect the evolution of the current Business Intelligence (BI) market?

What are the implications of Turkey downing Russian jet?

London - NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on its border with Syria on Tuesday, raising concerns over the potential for a further escalation in the more-than- four-year Syrian conflict.

Train attack shows impossibility of tracking all jihadists

Paris - The thwarted attack by a gunman on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris has underlined the difficulty faced by intelligence services in tracking the unprecedented numbers of potential jihadists, experts say.

After extension, hope remains for Iran nuclear talks

Vienna - If Iran and world powers couldn't clinch a nuclear deal after five hard months of bargaining, what hope is there that yet more time will help? Quite a lot actually, experts told AFP.

Record Argentine soy crop to pump exports despite hoarding

Argentina will put downward pressure on world food prices by exporting more soy this year, even as growers hedge against the country's dysfunctional financial system by hoarding a bigger chunk of ...

Kocherlakota won't become Fed's next habitual dissenter

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota, whose differences with Fed Chair Janet Yellen over rewriting the central bank's pledge to keep interest rates low led him to cast the so...

MAD support for bonds even as fingers point at Russia

As Russia appeared to dump U.S.

As email threats multiply, funds pick up Proofpoint

The last time email could be called a sexy business, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was celebrating his tenth birthday.

In doubling yuan trading band, China aggravates foreign investor concerns

The Chinese central bank's decision to relax its grip on the yuan has been welcomed as a sign of financial liberalization, but it is aggravating concerns among foreign executives and investors about the...

Mexico telecoms reform could take years to unseat Slim

Tycoon Carlos Slim, under fire from regulators in his home country, has spent the last two years sniffing out deals in Europe to offset an impending regulatory shake-up of Mexican telecoms.

Small roaster leads way on price hikes as coffee surges, Starbucks resists

The biggest arabica coffee rally in two decades is beginning to force smaller-brand roasters to quietly raise wholesale prices, even as top names such as Starbucks Corp <SBUX.O> resist.

Microsoft poised to fight back as iPad generation shuns Office

It may be one of Microsoft Corp's biggest squandered opportunities.

J.C. Penney turnaround faces big test with home goods relaunch

J.C. Penney Co Inc <JCP.N> is about to undo the centerpiece of former Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson's failed vision to take the retailer upmarket.

Analysis: Indonesia's stock market set for another boost from earnings

Asia's best performing stock market this year, Indonesia, is now seeing a string of upgrades in corporate earnings forecasts that could give the rally further momentum and cem...

Comcast lobbyist Cohen meets his match in FCC's Wheeler

Comcast Corp's top lobbyist David Cohen is known to be a savvy political operator, having pushed through the No. 1 U.S.

Brazil's economy faces trouble after World Cup, election

With the World Cup in June and July and a presidential election in October, many Brazilians aren't thinking beyond 2014.

Tax fight looms large in Energy Future restructuring

As Energy Future Holdings prepares for what could be one of the largest-ever U.S.

Freescale loss in Malaysia tragedy leads to travel policy questions

The loss of 20 key Freescale Semiconductor <FSL.N> employees in the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner on Saturday raises questions about whether the company should have allowed so many ...

GM must address recall soon to avoid damage to reputation

General Motors Co <GM.N> needs to get through its ignition-switch recall and the resulting federal investigation quickly to avoid any lasting damage to its brand, but the federal probe could keep th...

Accessible luxury snaps at heels of mega brands

While Gucci and Louis Vuitton blame slumping sales on their upmarket drive they argue will help them regain some of their lost glory, there is growing evidence they are losing out...

In U.S. mergers, no one waits for this waiting period

Sometime soon, maybe in the next month or so, a federal judge is expected to decide whether the creation of the world's biggest passenger airline, as envisioned by two companies and the U.S.

Ukraine sparks Russian funds selloff, but winners emerge

The crisis in Ukraine sent the Russian stock market tumbling on Monday, delivering a blow to already-punished portfolio managers who took outsized bets on eastern Europe this year, but g...

Legal test central to U.S. union challenge of VW plant vote

A bid by the United Auto Workers union to invalidate the results of an election it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> plant may hinge on the novel application of a legal test used by U.S.

Wage rises may break Bank of England's united front on forward guidance

Wage growth is likely to be the fault line that splits Bank of England policymakers who, for now, are presenting an unusually united front.

Argentina hopes Repsol deal will dispel investor doubts

Two years after seizing the country's biggest energy company from Spain's Repsol, Argentina hopes a new compensation deal will lure more foreign investment to what many believe to be some of ...
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