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Greek Bailout Debt Swap Mooted How can one continue to pretend that the government of a country that has been in technical default for 90 of the past 180 years and remains clearly bankrupt even after two major bailouts and two 'debt hair...
Greek Bailout Debt Swap Mooted How can one continue to pretend that the government of a country that has been in technical default for 90 of the past 180 years and remains clearly bankrupt even after two major bailouts and two 'debt haircuts' in a row will somehow 'make it' and actually repay its debts one day?The answer is: extend and pretend. As reported by Reuters, Greece, the EU's major leading indicator in terms of bailout policy, is proposing just that solution: "Greece is looking into swapping a big chunk of its bailout loans with a 50-year government bond as a way to achieve debt relief once it attains a primary budget surplus this year, an official close to the discussions told Reuters on Saturday. Twice bailed out with 240 billion euros by its euro zonepartners and the International Monetary Fund, Greece aims at a primary budget surplus
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The recording process is underway for Septicflesh‘s as-yet untitled new album. The band have begun tracking it at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece. Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Fear Factory) is overseeing the production of...
The recording process is underway for Septicflesh‘s as-yet untitled new album. The band have begun tracking it at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece. Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Fear Factory) is overseeing the production of the effort, which will once again find the band collaborating with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Both regular and childen’s choirs are expected to be utilized as well. Prosthetic Records expect the ten song outing to be released in early 2014.
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Apple is experiencing shortages of its new iPhones in the U.S., but the iPhone 5C and 5S will hit 30 more countries on Oct. 25, the company said. Among the countries scheduled to get the new smartphones are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,...
Apple is experiencing shortages of its new iPhones in the U.S., but the iPhone 5C and 5S will hit 30 more countries on Oct. 25, the company said. Among the countries scheduled to get the new smartphones are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. More countries, such as India and Saudi Arabia, will get the phones Nov.…
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeatHome screen on Firefox OS Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now When web-based mobile operating system Firefox OS first launched, it was definitely a rough draft. But Mozilla, as always, is ...
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeatHome screen on Firefox OS Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now When web-based mobile operating system Firefox OS first launched, it was definitely a rough draft. But Mozilla, as always, is quick to smooth rough edges and add polish, even as its latest project expands into more markets around the world. Today, the foundation is announcing new geographies and a new version: Firefox OS 1.1. With the new OS version, you’ll now be able to send MMS pics, audio, and videos. There’s also a new API for push notifications and enhancements to the Contacts, Calendar, and Email apps. The OS has gotten some overall speed and performance boosts, as well. Check out more improvements and details on the Mozilla blog. Another exciting update is the addition of new markets to the Firefox OS map. Now, Mozilla’s carrier partners are bringing Firefox OS devices to Brazil and other parts of Central and South America, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, and other locations around the world. Telefónica’s open web devices director, Yotam Ben-Ami, said in a statement on the news, “These first launches of Firefox OS in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela have surpassed our expectations demonstrating a strong consumer appetite for a great value and open smartphone offer. We now look forward to bringing the benefits of Firefox OS to our customers in Brazil and three other Latin America markets during Q4 2013 as well as making it available through many more Telefónica operating businesses during 2014.” Also, Deutsche Telekon CPO Thomas Kiessling said, “Deutsche Telekom’s launch of the first Firefox OS smartphone in Poland is very successful. We are really pushing the device to all T-Mobile Poland’s points of sale and experience that people are absolutely keen on exploring the possibilities of the new operating system. We are now excited about the upcoming sales start for our congstar customers in Germany. And we will bring the first devices to Greece and Hungary soon.” Of course, the very existence of Firefox OS fans the already heated debate over web technologies on phones versus native applications. Our upcoming DevBeat conference, Nov. 12-13 in San Francisco, will have a lot more on this topic. It’s a hands-on developer event packed with master classes, presentations, Q&As, and hackathons, all aimed at boosting your code skills, security knowledge, hardware hacking, and career development. Register now. VentureBeat is creating an index of the most exciting cloud-based services for developers. Take a look at our initial suggestions and complete the survey to help us build a definitive index. We’ll publish the official index later this month, and for those who fill out surveys, we’ll send you an expanded report free of charge. Speak with the analyst who put this survey together to get more in-depth information, inquire within..boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; border:1px solid #95070f; color:#fff; text-shadow: 0px -1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.3); text-align:center; text-decoration:none; font-weight:600; font-size:18px; line-height:17px; padding:4px 0px 6px 0px; background: #de0a17; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%, #ad0812 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#de0a17), color-stop(100%,#ad0812)); background:
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By the first of November, Apple’s two new iPhones will be available in over 60 countries. The company has just announced the arrival dates of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s for a few dozen countries across four continents. Here&...
By the first of November, Apple’s two new iPhones will be available in over 60 countries. The company has just announced the arrival dates of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s for a few dozen countries across four continents. Here’s the list of countries that are getting the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Friday, October 25th: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. And here are the countries that are getting them on November 1st: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. The iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver and space gray and costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model. The cheaper iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and runs $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model (there is no 64GB iPhone 5c). Of course, these prices are only applicable with contracts. Apple reported strong sales for the debut weekend of the two devices – over 9 million units, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called the “best iPhone launch ever.” In other Apple news, Apple will reportedly show off their new iPad and iPad Mini at an event scheduled for October 22nd. Image via Apple
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If you’re looking to reduce desk clutter due to having too many charging cables lying around, the following 3-in-1 universal USB cable in our Deals Store just might be for you as it also includes free shipping to Canada and beyond ...
If you’re looking to reduce desk clutter due to having too many charging cables lying around, the following 3-in-1 universal USB cable in our Deals Store just might be for you as it also includes free shipping to Canada and beyond for $19, 67% off. This cable will charge your Lightning, 30-pin and microUSB devices all at once, essentially making it easy for travel. It’s compatible with the new iPhones and iPads and more: iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G iPad, iPod Android, HTC, Samsung devices and more This cable is perfect addition for travel as this short, tangle-free cable will do the job for all your devices. The cables are guaranteed to work with iOS 7 (a message will say it’s not compatible but it will still charge). There also is a free 90 day replacement warranty for customers, which cheaper options online from eBay do not offer. Free shipping applies to: the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. Click here to jump on the universal 3-in-1 USB cable while it’s still available! Universal 3-in-1 USB Cable Charges iPhone and More, 67% Off, Free Shipping [Deals] is a post from: iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource
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Firefox OS, Mozilla’s mobile OS alternative to Android and iOS, launched in select European and South American markets earlier this year. It’s been a little too quiet on the Firefox OS front since then, but Mozilla and its ha...
Firefox OS, Mozilla’s mobile OS alternative to Android and iOS, launched in select European and South American markets earlier this year. It’s been a little too quiet on the Firefox OS front since then, but Mozilla and its hardware partners are starting to stir once again. Mozilla announced today that it and its hardware partners are preparing to launch Firefox OS in even more South American countries, including Brazil. Currently, Firefox OS devices are only available in Colombia and Venezuela through Telefonica. “These first launches of Firefox OS in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela have surpassed our expectations demonstrating a strong consumer appetite for a great value and open smartphone offer,” said Yotam Ben-Ami, Director of Open Web Devices at Telefonica. “We now look forward to bringing the benefits of Firefox OS to our customers in Brazil and three other Latin America markets during Q4 2013 as well as making it available through many more Telefónica operating businesses during 2014.” Telefonica may operate in Spain, but what about the rest of Europe. Mobile carrier Deutsche Telecom says that it plans to expand upon its successful launch in Poland with more launches in Germany, Greece and Hungary. Mozilla also announced a new partner in Telenor – a Norway-based telecom company. The carrier will launch Firefox OS devices in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro before the end of the year. Of course, Mozilla won’t be simply resting on its laurels as more Firefox OS devices make their way into the hands of more people. The company announced today that it’s pushing out version 1.1 of Firefox OS today. This update adds MMS messaging and a variety of performance improvements. Mozilla CEO Jay Sullivan says the latest update to Firefox OS is all about delivering the best product to people who may be buying their very first smartphone: “The positive market reception of the first Firefox OS smartphones demonstrates that people like the user experience and openness we’re building with Firefox OS,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer. “We continue to enhance Firefox OS to deliver the best experience for the many people around the world buying their first smartphones. We are looking forward to seeing the response to the next round of Firefox OS launches.” While there’s still no word on a U.S. launch for Firefox OS, ZTE confirmed last month that its Firefox OS device would be launching in the states next year. If you’re super impatient, you can get one through eBay right now. [Image: ZTE]
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Jack Wilshere’s comments on national allegiance go against everything English football should stand for. The Arsenal midfielder recently claimed the “only people who should play for England are English people,” as per ...
Jack Wilshere’s comments on national allegiance go against everything English football should stand for. The Arsenal midfielder recently claimed the “only people who should play for England are English people,” as per BBC Sport. Airing this opinion in the wake of Adnan Januzaj’s match-winning brace during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland forced many to believe Wilshere was singling the Belgian-born player out, something he denied on Twitter: Even if Wilshere didn’t intend on aiming his comments toward Januzaj, he certainly reacted to calls claiming the 18-year-old should be selected in a future England lineup. Had Januzaj failed to grab headlines after his Stadium of Light display, Wilshere wouldn’t have spoken about the situation. The target of Wilshere’s comments do not matter. It’s his attitude that should be questioned. He plays for a nation that—ever since that fairytale day in 1966—constantly fails to deliver on faux-potential that is drummed up by local press. Roy Hodgson’s team, just like many Wembley dwellers before, suffer with a lack of identity and a sense of entitlement that isn’t valid after 50 years of falling short. Not that most would admit it. Wilshere joins the air of denial, per BBC Sport: We are English. We tackle hard, are tough on the pitch and are hard to beat. We have great characters. You think of Spain and you think technical but you think of England and you think they are brave and they tackle hard. We have to remember that. Most nations are not afraid to face the side that loiters five places below Greece in the FIFA World Rankings and has failed to beat Montenegro, Poland and Ukraine in recent matches. Wilshere comments on Spain, a nation that famously called Argentinian Alfredo Di Stefano into its ranks. Right now, Vicente Del Bosque is awaiting confirmation that Brazilian-born Diego Costa can join up with the world champions, per Sky Sports. The Gunners midfielder currently plays alongside Lukas Podolski at the Emirates, a man who was born in Poland and represents Germany. Similarly, Miroslav Klose—one of Germany’s all-time leading goalscorers—entered the world in the Polish city of Opole. These are players who have helped their nation to success and continue to aid their country’s development of style. As much as Wilshere likes to think otherwise, they tackle just as fiercely as those bearing St. George's cross. How can one completely judge the nationality of a player? Just because Zinedine Zidane’s parents are both of Algerian descent, does that mean he didn’t have a right to represent France—his country of birth—in the World Cup-winning squad of 1998? Of course he had the right. Zidane identifies as French and carries himself as French, despite having Algerian blood. As Oliver Kay of The Times suggests, England would be wrong to fight against rules that has brought about major success in other sports, such as Mo Farah's gold medal jaunt at the 2012 Olympic Games: For Wilshere, and indeed English football, the acceptance of foreign players admits defeat at international level. Should Januzaj don the nation’s shirt alongside your Coles, Jones and Greens, the Three Lions’ self-righteous nature would finally buckle. Wilshere’s comments wrongfully suggest England possess an unbreakable spirit that should remain impenetrable to so-called foreign bodies. It's that attitude, and the nation's willingness to rely on being "difficult to beat," that ensures the country will struggle to progress beyond archetypal underachievers until horizons are broadened.
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Greece’s preliminary budget for 2014 signals that officials in the country are optimistic about their country’s future, Reuters reports. The budget forecasts that the Greek economy will grow by 0.6 percent during 2014, which ...
Greece’s preliminary budget for 2014 signals that officials in the country are optimistic about their country’s future, Reuters reports. The budget forecasts that the Greek economy will grow by 0.6 percent during 2014, which would be welcome news for a country that has seen its economy contract by nearly a quarter since 2007. In addition, the budget predicts that Greece will have a primary budget surplus of 1.6 percent next year. This means that, if Greece had no debts to pay back, the country would actually be in the black. Achieving a primary budget surplus is an important benchmark for Greece to attain because it allows the country to unlock additional funding from international lenders. Representatives of the lenders have recently been in Athens to discuss the situation of the nation’s economy with Greek officials, with officials trying to convince the world that they will be on track to achieve the primary surplus perhaps as early as by the end of this year. The problem with using the primary surplus as an indicator is that it ignores the very problem that got the country into a mess in the first place — debt. Debt levels are expected to peak at 175 percent of the country’s GDP this year, and are not expected to fall by any more than a slim margin in the near future. One option currently on the table is to restructure Greece’s debt into a series of extremely long term bonds, with a maturity date some fifty years from now. This would rescale the payments that Greece needs to make and relieve some of the short term pressure that is being put on the government. However, there are several problems with the plan, including the need to find buyers for the bonds, the high level of interest that would need to be paid to mitigate the risk of such a long term investment, and the fact that Greece has not yet even returned to international bond markets. Another option that some in Greece have called for is to have Germany transfer their country a large sum of money as a reparation for damages caused during World War II. Greeks have cited unpaid German debts that the Greek government was forced to give to Nazi Germany during wartime, as well as large amounts of infrastructural damage that were inflicted during the fighting as reasons for the legitimacy of the claim, which could total over $200 billion. Germany is understandably skeptical of the plan, voicing concerns over the way in which the sums were calculated as well as the principle behind the proposition. One good sign was that Paulson & Co., the American hedge fund, declared that the Greek banking sector could present an attractive investment opportunity moving forward into the coming years. This vote of confidence is not a unanimous opinion. Skeptics of a Greek recovery point to the need for an additional 10 billion euros in bailout money in 2014 — as well as perpetual problems such as unemployment and youth inactivity — as signs that the country is still a long way from achieving an economic turnaround. Don’t Miss: Are Nations Still Hunkering Down with Cash? Read the original article from Wall St. Cheat Sheet
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Jacques Tuset is a 50-year-old french marathon swimmer and a French representative for the Channel Swimming Association. Besides winning the French Championships in 2005 at the age of 42 years, he is also president of a Surf Lifesav...
Jacques Tuset is a 50-year-old french marathon swimmer and a French representative for the Channel Swimming Association. Besides winning the French Championships in 2005 at the age of 42 years, he is also president of a Surf Lifesaving Association in Montpellier. Tuset is a man whose DNA is all about open water swimming. He is a referee of the sport and an instructor for coaches. He is also the co-race director for an open water swimming race in Palavas, a popular 1000m swim with 200 swimmers in the south of France and won the Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy in 2002 from the Channel Swimming Association for his English Channel crossing completed under the most Arduous Conditions in 12 hours 40 minutes. From 1992 to 2012, he has swum all around the world...with no slowing down in sight. He swam across Lac Leman from Lausanne, Switzerland to Evian, France, did the Alcatraz Sharkfest in San Francisco, competed in three 25 km French Open Water Swimming Championships, completed the 30 km Swimming Marathon of the Messinian Gulf from Koroni to Kalamata in Greece, an English Channel crossing (trophée Van Hooren) in 12 hours 40 minutes, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, competed in the 2005 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, crossed the 21 km Strait of Corfou from Sagiada to Corfou in Greece, did a 12 km solo swim in the Seine River in Paris, completed a 20 km crossing from Fort Boyard to La Rochelle in France, competed in the 26.4 km International Transcendence Marathon Swim in Switzerland, did the 15 km French Open Water Cup in Cepoy Lake, the 12 km Cologne Marathon in Germany, the 11 km International Maliakos Marathon Swim in Greece, the 22 km IJseelmeerzwemmarathon from Stavoren to Medemblik in the Netherlands, an 18 km solo swim in Côte Vermeille from Argelès to Cerbère in France, a 13 km Traverlonga Marathon Swim in Orta Lake in Italy, the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, the 26 km International Swimming Marathon of Toronéen Gulf from Kallithéa to Nikiti in Greece, the 11 km Gozo-Malta Open Water Channel Swim, 22.3 km from isles Medes to isles Formigues in Spain, the 15 km French Open Water Cup in Vassiviere Lake, a 15km solo Ar-Men Raid from Ar-Men lighthouse to Tévennec lighthouse in France, the 21 km Beltquerung from Germany to Denmark, the 30.8 km Ultramarató de l'Ebre 30830 Swim Marathon in Spain, the 6 km Swim the Costa Brava in Spain, and the 5 km Swim the Island in Italy. Keeping up with his aquatic adventures takes effort; his website is here. Copyright © 2013 by Open Water SwimmingFrom Open Water Source's Daily News of Open Water Swimming
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