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Apple admits it DOES slow down older iPhones – but says it’s to make them perform BETTER

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If you’ve noticed your older iPhone getting slower than it used to be, you’re probably not imagining it. Following reports earlier in the week, Apple has admitted that it does slow down old iPhones, but claims it’s actually to improve performance. Research into the speed of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 over time showed that some iOS updates were actually throttling the processor, making it slower. Apple has confirmed the findings from Geekbench developer John Poole, but has claimed it’s trying to prolong the life of devices, rather than ... Read More »

EIB backs EUR 7 billion support for new projects around the world


Meeting at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg, representatives of the EIB’s shareholders, the 28 EU member states and the European Commission, also discussed the EIB’s emergency response to the refugee crisis. Reflecting the unique focus to support investment across Europe and around the world, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, more than EUR 1 billion of the projects approved are outside the European Union. New support for SME investment included approval in principle for a new export funding platform expected to operate in 8 European cou... Read More »

Aviva: ‘Invisible spending’ costs the nation £48 billion per year


 Typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items 20-year-old could build a £136,000 pension pot by cutting back on these items Almost half of UK adults admit they don’t keep track of all their spending UK adults are spending £48 billion a year(1) through a habit of ‘invisible spending’, Aviva research has revealed. The term has been coined by the investment and retirement solutions provider to describe the small – almost invisible – amounts people spend on a regular basis without paying too much attention. A study of 2,000... Read More »

CBS: Number of Dutch children in child care facilities declined by 72 thousand between 2012 and 2014


Among Dutch municipalities with at least 1,000 children the decline was sharpest in Westervoort, Edam-Volendam, Rijnwaarden and Enkhuizen. Sharpest decline in attendance day care In 2014, 754,400 Dutch children were eligible for an allowance, against 826,500 in 2012. As a result of changing regulations, figures over 2014 are more difficult to compare with those over 2013. The decline was most significant in day care, where 50 thousand fewer children were enrolled in 2014, a decline of 11 percent. In the same period, child care before and ... Read More »

CBS: Child-rearing mostly done by mothers, including working mothers


Working equally long hours in paid jobs: mothers more involved in child-rearing than fathers Sharing of parenting tasks varies according to whether or not both parents have paid work. Fathers are only more involved in all or most parenting tasks when the mother is employed (part time or full time) and the father is not. Even when both parents are working equally long hours in full time or part time employment, mothers take on most child-rearing tasks. Dressing and nursing children done much more often by mothers Playing with children i... Read More »

Aviva: Do you want to help distribute $1 million?


“With the overwhelming number of submissions we receive each year, it’s clear that there is a need for this type of funding across Canada,” said Debora Hendrickson, Aviva Canada’s Senior Vice President of Customer & Marketing. “Now we ask all Canadians to help make positive change a reality by voting for the ideas that resonate most with them.” Voting for Aviva Community Fund ideas opens at noon EST today and continues until October 23 at 4 p.m. EST. In prior years, ideas had to go through two rounds of voting to make it to the finals; t... Read More »

Aviva: Breast cancer accounts for 44% of female critical illness claims


Ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Aviva and Friends Life have released new critical illness claims statistics which reveal that over £62.8 million was paid out last year to critical illness customers with breast cancer. Data from the insurers shows that breast cancer is the single most common condition amongst critical illness claims, accounting for nearly a quarter (22%) of all claims paid in 2014. In terms of claims by females, this figure rises to 44% of all claims. The data also shows that amongst claims for cancer, o... Read More »

GfK: Bluetooth drives market for portable consumer electronics


Bluetooth continues to drive the market for portable consumer electronics in Western Europe. Not only docking speakers with Bluetooth connectivity, but also the markets for headphones and mobile stereo headsets are benefitting from this growth factor. The European market for digital radio devices recorded double-digit growth. These are GfK's findings on the market for portable consumer electronic goods and navigation devices, published to coincide with the IFA 2015 trade fair in Berlin. Consumers worldwide continue to demand the ability to w... Read More »

GfK: Almost three in ten lack confidence in affording quality life when retired


28 percent internationally are not confident in having enough money to live the “life they want” when they retire Less than half - 42 percent - are confident These are findings from a GfK survey, conducted online this summer, that asked over 23,000 people in 19 countries how strongly they agree or disagree with the statement “I am confident that I will have enough money to live the life I want when I retire.” The results show that men and women hold very similar levels of confidence. But when one looks at the separate age groups, it’s a... Read More »

GfK: German consumer optimism declines


Apparently, the damper in consumer sentiment in August this year was not a fluke. The three indicators – willingness to buy, income expectations and economic expectations – also suffered losses this month. Economic expectations have declined the most. In light of the global economic risks, numerous flash points, and the recent sharp increase and largely uncontrolled influx of refugees, citizens apparently have increasing doubts regarding further economic development. Economic concerns are increasing The economic expectations of Germans co... Read More »

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