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Apple was just overtaken by Huawei in global smartphone sales

Apple was just overtaken by Huawei in global smartphone sales

Apple has just reported its highest-ever third-quarter revenue—$53.3 billion—and a 32% jump in profit from year ago. The iPhone maker is getting close to becoming…
Tesla’s earnings story is a religious war

Tesla’s earnings story is a religious war

Tesla is almost a religion. There are heretics, true believers and the rest of us. The latest victim in this holy war is Wall Street…
Welcome to Reddit’s GlobalTalk, where the world feels a little bit smaller

Welcome to Reddit’s GlobalTalk, where the world feels a little bit smaller

There’s “world news” and there’s “news from around the world.” In the first category are matters of global importance: The US-China trade war, say. In…
What it’s like to be a young African mentored by Barack Obama

What it’s like to be a young African mentored by Barack Obama

Johannesburg To be privy to Barack Obama’s lifehacks are certainly a career maker, at least that’s what it must have felt like for the young…
Humans have depleted the Earth’s natural resources with five months still to go in 2018

Humans have depleted the Earth’s natural resources with five months still to go in 2018

The Earth is finite. Civilization’s appetite, it seems, is infinite. The Global Footprint Network (GFN) has been assessing just how much of the Earth’s resources…
Why Ola drivers and customers hate its mobile wallet

Why Ola drivers and customers hate its mobile wallet

Manoj is an Ola driver in Lucknow. Ola owns the car he drives, and Manoj must pay the company about Rs800 ($11.66) every day for…
The real-life heist of the Swedish royal family’s crown jewels rivals any movie

The real-life heist of the Swedish royal family’s crown jewels rivals any movie

The Swedish royal family is no doubt glamorous, and so is the crime that left them—and their subjects—short two priceless historical crowns and a royal…
Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is on trial for fraud. His defense: “Blame my number two”

Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is on trial for fraud. His defense: “Blame my number two”

Alexandria, Virginia Paul Manafort faced charges of tax fraud and bank fraud today, in the first major trial of US probe into Russia’s 2016 election…
Apple asks Wall Street: What tech bust?

Apple asks Wall Street: What tech bust?

There might be fear of a tech-led market bust right now, but Apple didn’t seem to get the memo. The Cupertino, California, electronics giant posted…
3D printed guns are here, but that’s not what we should be worried about

3D printed guns are here, but that’s not what we should be worried about

Tomorrow, theoretically, building an untraceable gun in the US will be about as easy as downloading a song from iTunes. From Aug. 1, you’ll be…
Here’s an early hint about how Trump’s trade war could backfire on the US

Here’s an early hint about how Trump’s trade war could backfire on the US

It’s been almost a month since the US-China trade war began in earnest. On July 6, Donald Trump’s 25% tariffs on $34 billion worth of…
Once neck and neck, the US and euro-zone economies are going their separate ways

Once neck and neck, the US and euro-zone economies are going their separate ways

Although the US economy rebounded much faster than the euro zone’s after the global economic crisis, the rate of GDP growth in both economies has…
One question hangs over Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chair

One question hangs over Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chair

Paul Manafort was not in a good place in early 2016. The onetime advisor to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush was just out…
A new study from Yale scientists shows how uncertainty helps us learn

A new study from Yale scientists shows how uncertainty helps us learn

We may crave stability in life, but the brain benefits from volatility, according to a Yale University study on cognition that shows how uncertainty boosts…
China’s latest tech darling is selling a treasure trove of fake goods

China’s latest tech darling is selling a treasure trove of fake goods

In many ways, Pinduoduo is an impressive Chinese tech startup. The three-year-old company, which offers an eponymous online shopping platform, raised about $1.6 billion in…
India just pushed its booming solar industry into chaos

India just pushed its booming solar industry into chaos

After months of rapid growth, India’s solar energy sector is staring at a round of policy and legal uncertainty, and tariff hikes. On Monday (July…
African countries know they need better road networks but not how to pay for them

African countries know they need better road networks but not how to pay for them

The powerful idea African countries and cities should be connected with strong transportation networks, particularly by road and rail, is one that can sometimes be…
North Korea is building new missiles despite its commitment to denuclearize

North Korea is building new missiles despite its commitment to denuclearize

Shortly after his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un last month, Donald Trump proudly declared on Twitter: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from…
For all its economic dynamism, China’s income mobility is bad and getting worse

For all its economic dynamism, China’s income mobility is bad and getting worse

The decline of poverty in China is perhaps the greatest economic story of the past half-century. From 1981 to 2013, the share of Chinese people…
Tesla is now delivering Model 3s straight from the factory. Elon Musk delivered one Sunday

Tesla is now delivering Model 3s straight from the factory. Elon Musk delivered one Sunday

Tesla is starting to solve its production problems. Now it has delivery ones. On July 2, Tesla announced that more than 5,000 Model 3s had…