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Hands free talk with global reach and style

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30/04/2015

style4Anytime, day or night, no matter which way you look, it seems you’ll see someone with a smartphone in their hand.Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht of San Francisco based company Orion wanted to find a way to give people their hands back.”What can I do to make real time communication something that everyone in the world can have in a way that doesn’t have them looking down at their smartphone,” said Robbins, who learned the importance of hands-free communication during his days as a volunteer firefighter.
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European airlines face strong dollar heat

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30/04/2015

air1British Airways-owner IAG (ICAG.L) swung to a profit for the first time in its seasonally weakest first quarter, but warned a stronger dollar would hold it back this quarter, echoing a warning from rival Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA).Both airlines saw lower fuel bills, but Air France said pressure on ticket prices and the firmer dollar would offset any benefits over the whole of 2015, while IAG said its rate of profit improvement would slow in the current quarter.
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Daimler closes gap with BMW and Audi

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29/04/2015

carRecord sales of luxury Mercedes-Benz cars helped Daimler (DAIGn.DE) to beat first-quarter earnings forecasts and close its profitability gap with German rivals BMW and Audi.Daimler’s flagship Mercedes-Benz division has lagged BMW and Audi on deliveries and profitability in recent years, but demand for the revamped C-Class saloon and a growing lineup of more profitable sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) are proving a boon.
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‘Beach body ready’ tube advert protests planned for Hyde Park

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28/04/2015

tr17People angered by a controversial advert featuring a bikini-wearing model and asking “Are you beach body ready?” are planning a demonstration, complaining that the campaign promotes negative body issues.Thousands of people have signed an online petition for the posters, for Protein World weight-loss products, to be removed from London Underground stations.
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The grand tradition of great European road racing

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28/04/2015

car13Classic cars, as dealers and investment analysts will tell you, have since the economic crash ranked among the very best investments, appreciating faster than property or fine art and all, of course, capital gains free.Fast cars are built for a purpose, so it’s refreshing to see ever-more owners taking their gilts out for a jolly good thrash, whether on the race track or on public-road-based rallies or, as is the case with the Tour Auto Optic 2000, sponsored by Zenith watches, both.
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Ladies, you might want to swap the bourbon for a bong

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28/04/2015

smoke6It felt serendipitous that I was in Denver when I read that there’s been a steep rise in women’s binge drinking across the United States. Because it struck me that if women smoked pot – now legal in Colorado – with the same gusto with which they seem to imbibe alcohol, perhaps we’d be in better shape.
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MICHELLE OBAMA GOES GLAM IN CURLY HAIR AND ZAC POSEN AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER

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27/04/2015

michelleobamaMichelle Obama looked fabulous at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, having eschewed her signature sleek, shoulder-length hairstyle for a curly bob paired with dangling earrings and a glittery silver dress by Zac Posen.
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Since when were music festivals al fresco fashion shows?

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27/04/2015

musicgypsyI’ve been seeing a lot in magazines of late about “festival fashion”. But what exactly is “festival fashion”?Understandably confused readers, EverywhereIn an ideal world, by which I mean my world, festival fashion consists of a plastic rubbish bag fashioned into a poncho;wellies covered in E coli; absolutely no clothes because you lost your tent on the Friday night and your clothes shortly after that;
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China rates its own citizens – including online behaviour

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26/04/2015

chiThe regulations were announced last year, but have attracted almost no attention thus far in China and abroad. This week Rogier a comprehensive translation of the regulations regarding the Social Credit System, which clarifies the scope of the system. In an interview with Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant he says: ‘With the help of the latest internet technologies the government wants to exercise individual surveillance’.
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Matchless: motoring ahead once more

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26/04/2015

sportscycling3Can you link these names: Natalia Romanov, Bruce Banner and Steve Rogers (okay, so far so easy Avengers fans)? How about Henry Collier and his sons Charlie and Harry? Not so easy, perhaps? The word that links all six is “Matchless”.
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land