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Google Glass on Sale Tomorrow – What’s Google’s Goal?

April 14 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Google Glass on Sale Tomorrow – What’s Google’s Goal?

Tomorrow, 15 April, will see Google make Glass available to more people than ever before, but what does it expect to achieve?

Google Glass is clearly one of the tech giant’s flagship projects, having been tested over the past few months and widely touted as one of the top contenders to become the future of wearable technology. However, up to now a relatively small numbers of early adopters have been testing the device and offering feedback to its makers. Next week, that pool of testers will be expanded again.

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European firms prefer dividends over re-investing in businesses

April 11 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

European firms prefer dividends over re-investing in businesses

New analysis shows that companies across Europe are looking more at paying dividends than reinvesting in their operations.

From the moment a company considers pursuing an initial public offering (IPO), they know they are ceding some control to shareholders who will want to see returns on their investment. But in some companies around Europe in particular, new research has found that paying shareholder dividends is taking precedence over reinvesting cash in the business itself.

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Understanding ‘Heartbleed’: the latest major online security threat

Understanding ‘Heartbleed’: the latest major online security threat

Millions of web users have been told to change all of their passwords as a result of Heartbleed. So what is it and why has it caused so much damage?

The notorious Heartbleed incident has caused major security panic and prompted companies to insist that web users change all their passwords. But it’s also left many users wondering where the problem has come from and how serious the damage is. So what is Heartbleed and how bad is the threat?

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VIDEO: Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates Discuss Helping Others and Sharing Their Wealth

April 10 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Watch Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, Hollywood star Matt Damon and Ukrainian entrepreneur Victor Pinchuk discuss their separate philanthropic efforts to help others around the world. Their success has enabled them to help others in need and that motivation acts as a great source of inspiration for all.

 

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Should you start saving for retirement now? Study says “Yes”

April 10 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Should you start saving for retirement now? Study says “Yes”

A recent study has found that saving during your twenties alone can lead to a bigger pension pot than 40 years of contributions in later life. So when should you really start saving?

Saving for retirement during your twenties can earn you a better pension than 40 years of saving from ages of 30 to 70, according to a new study from research firm CLSA.

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Gender Pay Gap Debate Rages on ‘Equal Pay Day’ for Women

April 10 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Gender Pay Gap Debate Rages on ‘Equal Pay Day’ for Women

8 April saw Equal Pay Day reopen discussion on the US gender pay gap. But how big is it really and what is being done?

This Tuesday was a symbolic day for American workers. 8 April supposedly represents the date until which a US woman would have to work to earn what the average man took home in 2013. Equal Pay Day, as it has become known in the US, has become a focal point for discussion about the gender pay gap which is still taking its toll, not just in the US but around the world.

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Nissan Signs UEFA Champions League Deal

April 09 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Nissan Signs UEFA Champions League Deal

UEFA has agreed a multimillion pound sponsorship deal with Nissan for the Champions’ League up to season 2017-18.

The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest tournaments European football teams will compete in and draws some of the biggest viewing and attendance figures in the world. It’s easy to see why major companies view it as a great sponsorship opportunity, a chance to spread awareness of their brands on one of the sporting world’s biggest stages.

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How Did Nigeria Become Africa’s Biggest Economy?

April 09 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

How Did Nigeria Become Africa’s Biggest Economy?

How did Nigeria nearly double the size of its economy last weekend?

Nigeria is often seen as a developing economy with lots of potential. It’s included in the unlikely combination of nations that make up the promising ‘MINT’ economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey), but it has generally been thought it has much to do to catch up with Africa’s biggest economy, South Africa.

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VIDEO: Revolutionary Technology Speeds Up Learning by “Buzzing” the Brain

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in the US are developing technology that could increase the speed at which we learn.

The researchers, during the trials, ran mild electric current through the brains of volunteers to test the potential of this revolutionary new technology. Studying the results, the researchers were successfully able to demonstrate an increase in the rate at which the test volunteers were able to learn.

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Silicon Valley Accused of Ageism

Silicon Valley Accused of Ageism

An article published in New Republic has labelled Silicon Valley as a hotbed of ageism. Does the tech industry really believe that only young people can innovate?

We’ve all heard about the quest to improve female participation in the tech industry. Voices from within and outside Silicon Valley have called for more positive role models and action to encourage women to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. But reports have emerged of a different form of discrimination that has taken hold of the tech sector. According to a recent exposé in New Republic, Silicon Valley’s brutally ageist.

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Legendary Late Show Host David Letterman to Retire

April 08 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Topic: News

Legendary Late Show Host David Letterman to Retire

David Letterman has surprised fans by announcing he will retire from presenting his Late Show next year.

After more than 30 years of his CBS talk show, David Letterman is one of the most recognisable hosts in the world and the longest serving late-night host in television history. A great on the level of people like Sir David Frost and Sir Michael Parkinson, his show has been known for years not by its title the Late Show, but simply by his name.

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Post Kraft/Cadbury M&A activity in the UK

April 08 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Post Kraft/Cadbury M&A activity in the UK

In this article, Lecturer Paul Bisping discusses and analyses post-Kraft/Cadbury activity in the UK 

7 September 2009 is a date enshrined in the UK mergers and acquisitions calendar. On that Monday morning over 4 years ago the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft foods set in motion a litany of changes to takeover rules in the UK. By January 2010 and after several higher bid announcements, Cadbury’s shareholders followed Chairman, Roger Carr’s advice and accepted Kraft’s final offer.

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UK Car Sales Accelerate to Hit 10-Year High

April 08 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

UK Car Sales Accelerate to Hit 10-Year High

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that new car sales are rising faster than they have in a decade.

When times are tough and the economy is sluggish, investing in a new car is rarely a top priority for many consumers. Second-hand options are usually more economical, and many will hold off purchasing a motor at all. But as new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows, it seems things are finally picking up within the UK automotive sector.

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After Bumpy Start to 2014, World Bank Cuts China Growth Forecast

April 08 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

After Bumpy Start to 2014, World Bank Cuts China Growth Forecast

The World Bank has cut its growth forecast for China, but has its “bumpy start to the year” really made that much difference?

China is the world’s second-largest economy and for many analysts, it has the potential to eventually overtake the US to take the top spot. But with years of rapid growth behind it, fears have been mounting for some time that growth will slow and eventually stop impressing the world. This week, in a new report, the World Bank has cut its growth forecast for China from 7.7 to 7.6 per cent over 2014.

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RBS to Shut 44 Branches in the UK Down

April 07 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

RBS to Shut 44 Branches in the UK Down

Royal Bank of Scotland has disclosed that it has plans to close 44 of its branches around the UK, attracting widespread criticism.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is one of the banks to have borne the brunt of the public’s anger at the sector since the financial crisis. So when the taxpayer-funded bank announced earlier today that it plans to close 44 branches across the UK in response to a drop in branch transactions, customers were naturally unimpressed.

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Could Amazon Fire TV Change the Face of TV Streaming?

Could Amazon Fire TV Change the Face of TV Streaming?

With the launch of Fire TV, has Amazon done enough to beat the likes of Apple TV?

The contest between television streaming boxes was starting to look like a two-horse race between Google Chromecast and its older rival, Apple TV. So with Amazon’s announcement of its new Fire TV box, the landscape for these warring products has become much more interesting.

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Does Coal Still Have a Place in the UK Energy Market?

April 07 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Does Coal Still Have a Place in the UK Energy Market?

UK Coal is seeking government support to keep itself afloat. But even if it survives, does the struggling company really have a future?

Since the large-scale closures of the 1980s, the UK’s mining industry has been a shadow of its former self, while the country has become more dependent on foreign imports of fuels to keep its power stations running. But the country’s largest remaining coal miner is now on the brink of collapse once again.

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Competition: Study an Online ACCA Paper for FREE

April 04 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Competition: Study an Online ACCA Paper for FREE

We’re on a mission to find the world’s number one ACCA revision tip with the launch of an exciting online contest, #TopACCATip. Read below to find out how you win the chance to study an ACCA paper for free.

The contest is open to all ACCA students around the world to participate for the chance to study a FREE online ACCA paper.

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VIDEO: There’s More to Accountancy than Bean Counting

April 03 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

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Is Facebook Really Becoming The New Yahoo?

Is Facebook Really Becoming The New Yahoo?

Facebook has been labelled “the new Yahoo”, but is it really fair to accuse the tech firm of a lack of vision?

Yahoo was once one of the world’s leading tech companies, but since then it is safe to say that the company has not been known for its innovative approach. When Marissa Meyer was hired as the new CEO in 2012 it was widely believed it would be her mission to get the company out of the funk it had been stuck in for years. One of the biggest fears was that its status as a major player

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Why Are Businesses Stuck on Windows XP?

Why Are Businesses Stuck on Windows XP?

Microsoft is less than a week away from ending support for Windows XP. So why are so many companies still using the outdated system?

It’s safe to say that for many companies, Microsoft products have been fundamental to their success. Some of the world’s biggest – and smallest – businesses have been built and expanded on the back of Windows, not least for the Microsoft Office suite. But it seems that the relatively high cost of upgrades has put many firms off updating to the latest version.

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Guess What? Soda Sales Are Falling!

April 02 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Guess What? Soda Sales Are Falling!

Soda sales are down in the United States to their lowest levels since 1995, according to new figures.

Students around the world have often relied on their favourite fizzy drinks to get them through long study sessions and late-night essays. But it seems that sales of some of the world’s most popular products are still on the decline.

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Mergers and Acquisitions Boosting Europe’s Economic Recovery

April 02 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Mergers and Acquisitions Boosting Europe’s Economic Recovery

Europe is leading the world when it comes to mergers and acquisitions deals, new figures show. Is the business outlook finally improving?

Europe has been struggling to return to growth in the past few years. Though powerhouses such as Germany have continued to lead the way, economies like Greece, Spain, Italy and Cyprus show that not everyone has been so resilient.

But with the tide beginning to change in some of Europe’s most severely affected economies, it’s encouraging to see that sentiment is improving among businesses.

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Chinese Conglomerate Bids £450m for House of Fraser

April 02 ,2014 | by Sarah Parkin

Chinese Conglomerate Bids £450m for House of Fraser

House of Fraser was all set to float on the stock exchange, but news has emerged that a Chinese business conglomerate has mounted a last-minute takeover bid.

Chinese businessman Yuan Yafei could well become the new owner of one of the UK’s most well-established department store chains, after news emerged over the weekend that the conglomerate he controls has made a takeover bid for House of Fraser.

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From The World Of Business: March 2014 Highlights

April 01 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

From The World Of Business: March 2014 Highlights

In this round-up of the most important business news from around the world, we point you to some of the biggest news stories that have had people talking in March.

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