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March 24, 2012 / availableworld

Singer Rihanna headlines Hackney Weekend 2012

Rihanna is one of more than 100 international and UK artists performing

Singer Rihanna has been announced as the headline act at a free weekend festival in east London in June.

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March 24, 2012 / availableworld

Katy Perry – Teenage Dream The Complete Confection

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream The Complete Confectionkaty perry’s new album called Teenage Dream The Complete Confection is ready for download

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October 23, 2011 / availableworld

Egg donor compensation is to triple under new HFEA guidelines

Scientist performing IVF screening

The UK’s fertility watchdog has agreed to triple the compensation given to women who donate eggs to help infertile couples to have a child.

Donors currently have their expenses paid and up to £250 to cover lost earnings.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has decided to pay a one-off fee of £750 per course of donation.

Experts believe this will encourage more women to donate, but critics warn it may create financial incentives.

Under EU rules a donor cannot be “paid”, however, they can be “compensated”.

Juliet Tizzard, head of policy at the HFEA, said the current rules did not work and “some donors are out of pocket and they do feel undervalued at times”.

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October 10, 2011 / availableworld

Samsung Nexus Prime smartphone delay is ‘Jobs tribute’

Steve Jobs tribute
Apple fans around the world have been paying their own tributes to Steve Jobs

Samsung has postponed the launch of its Nexus Prime smartphone as a mark of respect to Steve Jobs.

The company said it would be the wrong time to introduce the device while the world was still paying tribute to the Apple co-founder, who died last week.

It had planned to unveil the Nexus Prime in San Diego on 11 October.

Samsung enjoys a close relationship with Apple, as one of its component suppliers. However, the firms are also suing each other for patent violations.

Courts in 10 countries have been asked to adjudicate an apparently tit-for-tat series of intellectual property claims.

Each company has accused the other of using their patented technology, without paying to license it.

In addition Apple has also accused Samsung of copying the overall look and feel of its iPad tablet, in its Galaxy Tab 10.1.

To date, the US company has fared best in court:

  • The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently banned from sale in Germany.
  • A ban on sales of Samsung smartphones is due to come into effect in the Netherlands in October.
  • Samsung has postponed its tablet launch plans in Australia while its legal battle there is ongoing.

A ruling is expected this week in the Australian row and is also due shortly in the US where Apple is suing Samsung.

Prime candidateSamsung’s Nexus Prime is the latest in a series of smartphones produced by the Korean company, running Google’s Android operating system.

It will be the first commercially available device to run the new version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

The open-source platform has proved hugely successful for Samsung, which is now second only to Apple in the global smartphone race.

According to data from Nielsen, in August 2011, Apple held 19.25 of the market, while Samsung handsets accounted for 16.2%.

Despite the fierce competition, both on the high street and in the courts, Samsung makes a great deal of money from Apple, supplying parts for many of its devices, including screens for its smartphones and tablets.

The two companies are said to have agreed a components deal in February worth $7.8bn (£5bn).

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October 10, 2011 / availableworld

Rihanna claims sixth UK number one


Rihanna has scored the sixth UK number one of her career with We Found Love.

The song, which features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, sold 87,000 copies and saw off its rivals, despite only being released on Wednesday.

The singer has now secured six chart-toppers in the past five years, a first for a female artist, the Official UK Charts Company says.

In the album chart, James Morrison held onto the top spot despite a fervent challenge from You Me At Six.

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October 9, 2011 / availableworld

Autumn in the United States

Photo: Red maple tree

Japanese Maple, North Carolina

Photograph by Melissa Farlow

The lacy leaves and wandering branches of a Japanese maple lend drama to the grounds of the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina. Built in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt, the Biltmore is the largest private residence in the United States and includes more than 75 acres (30 hectares) of manicured gardens.

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October 9, 2011 / availableworld

Steve jobs in eternity

that’s fun 😀

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