If America Went to War with China, What Would Washington’s Allies Do?

The ANZUS study released this week by SDSC in conjunction with CSIS (PDF) says a lot of interesting things about the U.S. alliance, but it seems to evade the hard issue at the heart of the strategic choices confronting both Australia and America today: what order do we wish to see in Asia in the Asian Century, and what role should America aim to play … Continue reading If America Went to War with China, What Would Washington’s Allies Do?

The Iran Deal Strengthens America’s Military Option

The Obama administration has sold the recently announced Iran deal as the best alternative to the military option. Although the accord does reduce the chances the United States or Israel will have to resort to the military option, it also increases their capability to carry out airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear program should they become necessary. The nuclear deal strengthens the military option in a number … Continue reading The Iran Deal Strengthens America’s Military Option

The future of travel: what will holidays look like in 2024?

What does the future hold for travel? Check-in by robot? Budget space flights? Virtual holidays? Flight comparison site Skyscanner is offering a glimpse of what the 2024 holiday experience could be like with its Future of Travel report. We’ve digested the findings and come up with a few ideas that we think would benefit the world of travel. But what would you like to see … Continue reading The future of travel: what will holidays look like in 2024?

Apple Pay has launched in the UK

Apple told us during WWDC that Apple Pay – its contactless payment system for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch – would launch in the UK this month. And guess what? It has! Today. It’s supported by Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Ulster Bank, NatWest, American Express, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, First Direct, TSB, MBNA and Lloyds Bank. HSBC was also listed as a launch partner on Apple’s … Continue reading Apple Pay has launched in the UK

Russia takes aim at dangerous selfie practices

The government of Vladimir Putin has issued a public guide on safe selfies. I was at first tempted to dismiss this as some kind of joke, except accidental death — even from carelessness, stupidity or intoxication — is no laughing matter. No one should die for the sake of a selfie. It so happens that the government of Russia and I see eye-to eye on this issue, if perhaps nothing else, and … Continue reading Russia takes aim at dangerous selfie practices

Google releases a second version of Android M Developer Preview

Following the initial release of its new Android M operating system at its I/O developer conference, Google is following up with a new and improved version: Android M Developer Preview 2. What’s new? You can peruse the release notes here, but basically you will see the typical bug fixes and security upgrades as well as some API improvements. These will be much more exciting for developers than geeky civilians who just … Continue reading Google releases a second version of Android M Developer Preview

Why 2015 will be the year for gold: Top analyst

Suddenly, gold is getting its groove back. After two straight years of losses, gold is off to its best start to year since 2008. And, according to one well known analyst, 2015 could have gold bugs smiling. In an interview with CNBC.com’s Futures Now, Sterne Agee’s precious metals and mining analyst Michael Dudas said that gold should continue to benefit from central banks’ efforts to devalue … Continue reading Why 2015 will be the year for gold: Top analyst

Marathon EU Negotiations Yield Agreement On Path Forward For Greece

After negotiating with euro zone leaders through the night, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was forced to agree Monday morning to what amounts to an act of contrition: As a precondition to open talks on a fresh round of aid for the nearly bankrupt country, the Greek Parliament will first have to pass a long list of economic reforms to reestablish trust with its creditors … Continue reading Marathon EU Negotiations Yield Agreement On Path Forward For Greece

Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 5 Launch Date, Sony’s Xperia Lives, Galaxy S6 Damages Samsung’s Profits

Taking a look back at seven days of news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s falling profits and revenue, news on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch dates, Sony Xperia’s smartphone future, the next developer preview of Android M, details on the Chinese court case against Samsung and Oppo over bloatware, Cyanogen’s ongoing plans to conquer Android, the Material Design framework for … Continue reading Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 5 Launch Date, Sony’s Xperia Lives, Galaxy S6 Damages Samsung’s Profits

IS THIS WHAT AMERICANS WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2050?

AMERICA IS BECOMING MORE COLORFUL. The 2010 US Census predicted that whites would no longer be the majority race in America by 2043, but that statistic only tells a very small part of the tale: Not only are our demographics shifting, but our very conception of race is shifting as well. For their 125th anniversary issue, National Geographic hired famed portrait photographer Martin Schoeller to … Continue reading IS THIS WHAT AMERICANS WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2050?