News archive from 29 August 2013

The US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

The US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

Farming has always been a hard way to make a living. Now, a small but - anecdotally - growing group of Americans are leaving the structure and security of an office job for the gruelling, yet rewarding work of earning money from the land. Some want...

BBC, 00:06 in Business
 
Brazil's universities take affirmative action

Brazil's universities take affirmative action

Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Oliveira was born into a poor, mixed race family in the state of Maranhao in north-east Brazil. As a teenager he had to balance his time between school and helping his parents harvest vegetables to sell at a farmer's...

BBC, 00:06 in Business
 

Britain has 4G competition as operators jump from one to three

The arrival of two more operators offering speeds more than five times faster than 3G - ideal for watching video on the go - marks a sharp turnaround from just a year ago when the country was stuck in the mobile slow lane with no 4G service. EE, a...

Reuters, 00:25 in Business
 

India central bank to sell dollars to oil companies to shore up rupee

The Reserve Bank of India announced late on Wednesday a special window "with immediate effect" to sell dollars through a designated bank to Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOC.NS), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL.NS), and Bharat Petroleum Corp...

Reuters, 00:25 in Business
 

Swedish boarding school shut after boys burned with irons

The school inspectorate said the school would be closed from Thursday for up to six months. It is only the second time the inspectorate has ordered the immediate closure of a school, Sweden's TT news agency said. Lundsberg was founded in 1896 and has...

 
Shetland Helicopter's Black Box Located

Shetland Helicopter's Black Box Located

Salvage experts believe they know the location of the black box flight recorder from the Super Puma helicopter which crashed off Shetland. Current sea conditions, however, are too rough for a close inspection of the seabed. The black box should...

 

Activision sets launch date for $2.5 billion credit

The loan package is expected to include a $2.25 billion term loan B and a $250 million revolving credit facility. The company has received commitments from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan for the bank financing. Activision also plans to...

 

The pea-sized brains created from SKIN that could lead to cures for disorders such as schizophrenia and autism

Scientists have created pea-sized brains from a patient's skin that could lead to cures for common neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and autism. Using stem cells - master cells that can turn into almost any cell type in the body -...

 

Can you crack the geeky graffiti? Street art featuring range of codes requires nerdy knowledge - and could...

People living in UK cities will be used to colourful murals popping up overnight, but this could be the world's geekiest graffiti. To the uninitiated, the wall art might show some nonsensical numbers and patterns, but it actually includes code...

 
Skype confirms 3D video calls are under development

Skype confirms 3D video calls are under development

Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls. The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype's tenth anniversary. There had been speculation about the possibility after the firm posted an advert...

 
Vodafone and O2 begin limited roll-out of 4G networks

Vodafone and O2 begin limited roll-out of 4G networks

Mobile networks Vodafone and O2 are rolling out their first 4G data services in three UK cities. The networks will compete against EE, which has been the only company to offer "super-fast" mobile data in the UK since October 2012....

 
Skype: How the online chat revolution changed lives

Skype: How the online chat revolution changed lives

It's been 10 years since Skype came on to the scene. The internet chat service wasn't the first to allow people to make voice calls over the internet. But by allowing the public to make computer-to-computer calls free and using peer-to-peer technology...

 

Robson dominates as Brit books third-round Flushing Meadows rematch against Li Na

This time twelve months ago Laura Robson was making a splash at the US Open by saving match points and beating Grand Slam champions, ending the career of Kim Clijsters. Her progress has been more muted and less obvious this year but last night she...

Daily Mail, 00:43 in Sport
 

Barcelona 0 Atletico Madrid 0: Neymar wins his first Barca trophy as Messi misses penalty and vistors have...

Barcelona won a fourth Spanish Super Cup in five years when a scrappy 0-0 draw in their second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday was enough for victory on the away goals rule. Barca's new signing Neymar headed the equaliser in last week's...

Daily Mail, 00:43 in Sport
 

Galactico pair snub Arsenal: Di Maria and Ozil determined to fight for places at Real

Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria have dashed the hopes of Arsenal and Manchester United by vowing to stay at Real Madrid and fight for their places, despite the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale. Ozil and Di Maria are aware their positions in Carlo...

Daily Mail, 00:43 in Sport
 


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