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September 29, 2017 12:38 PM Musk revises his Mars ambitions, and they seem a little bit more real

He dazzled with almost unimaginable technology, but also a few tidbits of plausibility. Yes, Elon Musk still absolutely wants to go to Mars. But in a speech delivered Friday in Adelaide, Australia, the founder of SpaceX opened the door to sending humans to the Moon first. "It’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now," he said, speaking just a couple 137

September 29, 2017 6:36 AM Elon Musk says his next spaceship could not only take to you the moon and Mars, but from N.Y. to London in 29 minutes

For years, Elon Musk has been focused on building a colony on Mars. It’s why he founded SpaceX in 2002, and it’s been the driving force behind it ever since. But during a speech in Adelaide, Australia, Friday morning, Musk said he has dramatically expanded his already-outsize ambitions. In addition to helping create a city on the Red Planet, he said the next rocket 129

September 27, 2017 5:16 AM Instability and crime blamed for SA’s slide in WEF Competitiveness index

WEF economist Roberto Crotty said one driver of SA’s decline was certainly the perception of political uncertainty by business leaders in SA, which had reduced confidence. Another driver was that the WEF had strengthened the survey methodology, which partially explained some of the shifts in ranking. The latest South African ranking is the lowest since 121

September 25, 2017 4:28 PM Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) review

Here’s the short answer: yes, it does, much better than I expected. But it’s also nowhere near the same as having an iPhone on your wrist. Setup is simply a case of confirming that you'll give EE an extra fiver a month in the Watch app. I tried making calls and in several different places: down a quiet footpath, next to a traffic-laden street, in a coffee 71

September 25, 2017 2:13 AM Around the world, a muted launch for Apple's iPhone 8

SAN FRANCISCO/SYDNEY/TOKYO: Apple Inc's launch of the iPhone 8 kicked off with less fanfare on Friday than new models in previous years in the United States, Asia, Australia and Britain, as fans held out for the premium iPhone X, due out in early November. In San Francisco's Union Square, 50 miles from Apple's Cupertino headquarters, just 80 people were lined 77

September 25, 2017 12:06 AM Storming or Storm-Bound? Here's an Emerging-Market Reality Check

Nothing has been able to silence the roar of emerging markets this year, be it Kim Jong-Un’s missiles, President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric or a host of domestic political ructions from Brazil to South Africa and Turkey. Instead, investors have focused on economies supported by slowing inflation, a recent recovery in commodity prices and the comfort 136

September 24, 2017 6:01 PM Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app in the Philippines

Useful in places with limited internet connectivity Earlier this year, Twitter introduced a new version of its mobile site that it calls Twitter Lite. It’s specifically designed to be used in parts of the world with limited connectivity, and it uses less data to help with load times. The company is now testing a Twitter Lite Android app in the Philippines 49

September 20, 2017 5:17 PM Motorola redux? Google appears set to buy HTC

Google might buy a dying Android OEM again. Evidence is mounting that Google is going to buy HTC. Bloomberg's Tim Culpan is reporting HTC shares will halt trading tomorrow pending a "major announcement" from the company. The speculation is that the struggling smartphone and VR headset company is going to be sold, and further speculation suggests the buyer 57

September 19, 2017 6:48 AM Non-smokers can get lung cancer and the reasons are around us

Cancer of the lung brings to the mind an image of a chronic smoker. While it is true that smoking causes four out of five cases of lung cancer, the trend of lung cancer in non-smokers is also on the rise. A recent study reported a doubling of lung cancer incidence in non-smokers and this was not due to change of proportions but due to rise in absolute 276

September 19, 2017 4:49 AM Africa: Egypt Knocks SA From Top Investment Spot in Africa

Egypt has knocked South Africa from its long-standing top spot regarding investments in Africa, according to Rand Merchant Bank's latest Where to Invest in Africa report for 2018, released on Monday. This is the first time SA has not been in top spot since the report was initiated seven years ago. Nigeria, on the other hand, has for the first time not featured 132