Mobizzz http://mobizzz.com Articles and reviews of products by leading vendors – Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, HTC Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:04:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Farage vs Le Pen: Battle of the Europhobes http://mobizzz.com/farage-vs-le-pen-battle-of-the-europhobes.html http://mobizzz.com/farage-vs-le-pen-battle-of-the-europhobes.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 18:17:22 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18707 wpid-FPEeg.jpgThe double lightning bolts the international media is talking about,far right Marine Le Pen of France and right-wing Nigel Farage of Britain,

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The double lightning bolts the international media is talking about, far right Marine Le Pen of France and right-wing Nigel Farage of Britain, have kicked traditional parties in the political teeth with their European election successes. For the first time in history the populist europhobes were placed first.

Farage said: “It is an earthquake in British politics. It is a remarkable result and it does have, I think, profound consequences for the leaders of the other

Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has alarmed the mainstream with 24 seats won in the European Parliament. It hopes to preserve the group of parties it leads there, and says it won’t form an alliance with Le Pen’s Front National (FN), judging it anti-Semitic.

The FN is sending an equal number of members to the European Parliament. The difficulty both parties have to overcome, however, is that a minimum of 25 MEPs is needed to form a group, from at least seven countries.

Le Pen taunted Farage at a press conference with Austrian allies FPO, the Dutch PVV, Italian Lega Nord and Belgian Vlams Belang.

Le Pen said: “He would like to stay at the head of a group and therefore would like it if we couldn’t form our own. Sorry Nigel, we are going to form our

UKIP is part of the 11-party group Freedom and Democracy in the outgoing parliament. Some of these didn’t get enough votes in the election from May 22-25 and so have disappeared. Then there are also FN and some other non-grouped parties.

The Briton is assured of the Finns Party and Danish People’s Party staying with his. The Italian Lega Nord has already jumped ship and gone over to the French Front National. Lithuania’s Order and Justice is on the fence deciding which way the wind is blowing. And there are two newly-formed parties: Poland’s Congress of the New Right (KNP) and Alternative for Germany.

The German NPD, Hungary’s far-right Jobbik and Greek Golden Dawn neither Farage nor Le Pen want anything to do with in the Parliament.

At least so far.

The anti-euro German AFD, which scored seven seats on Sunday, or the Swedish Democrats or Italy’s Five Star Movement could help tip the scales. And there’s no rule that says Farage and Le Pen can’t get together.

Grouped parties enjoy more power, subsidies and guaranteed seats on committees.

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Eurasian Economic Union: ‘Trade not politics’ http://mobizzz.com/eurasian-economic-union-trade-not-politics.html http://mobizzz.com/eurasian-economic-union-trade-not-politics.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 17:57:06 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18710 wpid-FPDSh.jpgRussia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have signed into being an economic union

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Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have signed into being an economic union

The pact is intended to boost co-operation between the ex-Soviet neighbours so they can exploit their economic potential and strengthen their positions in global markets.

There were supposed to be four flags shown on the banks of giant TV screens at the signing ceremony held in Kazakhstan’s oil-funded boomtown capital Astana, but the yellow and blue of Ukraine was missing undermined Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dream of drawing the former Communist states closer together.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed this was about trade, not politics: “The union is economic and doesn’t touch on questions of independence, the political sovereignty of the states taking part in the integration

Moscow admits the new alliance will cost it dear. Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov said Belarus and Kazakhstan received about $6 billion (4.4 billion euros) annually from Russia in direct and indirect support, and said that could increase by $30 billion (22 billion euros) if all trade restrictions were lifted in 2015.

But Russia’s Putin thinks it is worth it. He told the audience in Astana: “The mutual-benefit of the integration process is already proving itself in practice: the economic cooperation of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is widening; the structure of trade is developing, the proportion of high-technical goods is expanding in the general structure; the competitive edge of our countries in the world economy is getting

With a population of 170 million, the countries in the Eurasian Economic Union have combined GDP the equivalent of 1.7 trillion euros.

By comparison the European Union has 505 million people and their economies total 13 trillion euros.

But Kazakhstan and Russia have one-fifth of the world’s natural gas reserves and 15 percent of global oil reserves.

The creation of a common energy market is for the future, but the new union reinforces Putin’s drive to show Russia that will not be isolated by sanctions, a message he underlined by reaching a 300 billion euro gas supply deal with China last week.

The Eurasian Economic Union – which follows years of tense and difficult negotiations – guarantees the free transit of goods, services, capital and workforces and coordinates policy for the members’ financial systems, but it stops short of introducing a single currency.

Independent analysts have said the trio’s hopes of economically rivalling the European Union, United States or China are unrealistic, even when the single market starts operating fully in 10 years time.

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Turkish YouTube ban deemed unlawful by top court ruling http://mobizzz.com/turkish-youtube-ban-deemed-unlawful-by-top-court-ruling.html http://mobizzz.com/turkish-youtube-ban-deemed-unlawful-by-top-court-ruling.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 17:21:29 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18713 wpid-FPA1d.jpgTurkeys highest court has deemed the recent banning of YouTube a violation of people’s freedom of expression.

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Turkeys highest court has deemed the recent banning of YouTube a violation of people’s freedom of expression.

The verdict is a blow for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who advocated shutting down the site, on grounds of national security.

The video sharing platform drew the ire of the government after a controversial leaked conversation claimed to be of a government security meeting was posted online.

The recording appeared to show senior officials discussing a possible military intervention in Syria.

Last month the country’s high court issued a similar ruling in response to Twitter being shut down.

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Opposition says el-Sisi won because of ‘unequal electoral battle’ http://mobizzz.com/opposition-says-el-sisi-won-because-of-unequal-electoral-battle.html http://mobizzz.com/opposition-says-el-sisi-won-because-of-unequal-electoral-battle.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 16:41:53 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18716 wpid-FO98o.jpgEuronews’ correspondent in Cairo,Mohammed Shaikhibrahim,

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Euronews’ correspondent in Cairo, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, has described the situation in the country following the election of former army chief Abdel-Fattah-el-Sisi: “His supporters began celebrating his victory last night. Hamdeen Sabahi’s campaign team has blamed his defeat on what it describes as an ‘unequal electoral battle’.

On Thursday morning, Egyptians said they weren’t surprised by the result. They’re waiting to see what the president will do during his term in office.

They’re also anxious to see whether he will take some critical decisions that could help the country deal correctly with the economic difficulties it’s experiencing. The people want him to ease tensions in Egypt and find a solution to the security issues.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Egypt, hasn’t recognised the elections. It’s said that the real turnout didn’t exceed 10%. It claims that this proves the failure of the roadmap announced following the ousting of Mohammed Morsi from power. This is causing a real fear among Egyptians of how politics and security in the country will function during el-Sisi’s term in

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Ancient textiles get new lease of life in Florence http://mobizzz.com/ancient-textiles-get-new-lease-of-life-in-florence.html http://mobizzz.com/ancient-textiles-get-new-lease-of-life-in-florence.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 16:02:39 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18719 wpid-FO7gj.jpgEstablished in the 16th century by the powerful Medici family,

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Established in the 16th century by the powerful Medici family, the Semi-precious Stone Factory in Florence is one of the oldest institutes devoted to the preservation and restoration of art works.

Its new exhibition ‘From the Pharaoh’s Egypt to the Samurai’s Japan’ takes visitors on a journey through space and time.

Restoration is a time-consuming task that requires a lot of patience, says conservationist Elisa Bracaloni: “Textiles are everyday items. They are subject to a complex process over the years, especially during the life of the person who wears them. Therefore, a dress will suffer degradation differently from another piece of art, and this depends on how the person wore the

It took conservationists nearly three years to restore the garments on show, using techniques such as x-ray scans for more precision.

Rare and precious examples of works in silk, linen and gold were conserved as part of the relic of one of Christianity’s most revered saints, Saint John the Baptist.

“The idea of this exhibition is to offer insight to people, to give them a chance to see how vast and varied the collection of fabrics is, and what you can find in a laboratory that specialises in the restoration of precious, ancient textiles,” says conservationist Licia Triolo.

Among the pieces on show is a veil from Siena, dating back to the 13th century, and shoes worn by a 14th century bishop. Other highlights include Egyptian sandals dating back 2,500 years and a waistcoat once worn by a 17th century Samurai warrior.

The exhibition is on in Florence until September.

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Cruise-Blunt duo embark on marathon promo for new movie http://mobizzz.com/cruise-blunt-duo-embark-on-marathon-promo-for-new-movie.html http://mobizzz.com/cruise-blunt-duo-embark-on-marathon-promo-for-new-movie.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 15:47:59 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18722 wpid-FO6nK.jpgThree premieres,three cities,in one day – Tom Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt have taken drastic action to promote their latest movie,‘Edge of Tomorrow’.

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Teenage girls gang-raped and hanged in India http://mobizzz.com/teenage-girls-gang-raped-and-hanged-in-india.html http://mobizzz.com/teenage-girls-gang-raped-and-hanged-in-india.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 14:56:59 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18725 wpid-FO3qT.jpgAbducted, gang-raped and found hanging from a tree…

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Abducted, gang-raped and found hanging from a tree…

That was the terrible fate of two teenage girls who have become the latest victims of violence against women in India.

Villagers in northern Uttar Pradesh state claim the police failed to properly investigate the disappearance of the pair, said to be sisters or cousins aged 14 to 16.

At least one officer has been accused of involvement with the crime or of helping to cover it up. Several suspects have been arrested.

“Whatever happened, it was very wrong. It is a very serious issue,” said local police officer Maan Singh Chauhan.

“We are fully prepared and we are with the victims’ family. The culprits will be dealt with

The girls are said to have belonged to the Dalit community – formerly known as ‘untouchables’ – considered to be the lowest caste in India’s traditional system.

They reportedly went missing from fields which they had entered because they had no toilet at home.

Women’s safety in India has been under the spotlight since the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012.

That triggered nationwide protests and the introduction of tougher sexual assault laws.

Yet a series of high-profile attacks since then has raised concerns that little has changed.

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US economy shrank 1.0% in first-quarter, bad weather blamed http://mobizzz.com/us-economy-shrank-1-0-in-first-quarter-bad-weather-blamed.html http://mobizzz.com/us-economy-shrank-1-0-in-first-quarter-bad-weather-blamed.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 14:41:33 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18728 wpid-FO2ci.jpgThe full extent of the US economy’s winter blues has been revealed.

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The full extent of the US economy’s winter blues has been revealed.

It seems gross domestic product shrank 1.0 percent between January and March from the same period last year due to the effects of severe weather.

Reaction was muted as there are signs that economic activity has since rebounded.

It had been expected the revised figures would show the performance of the world’s largest economy to have been worse than the 0.1 percent growth estimated previously, but the 1.0 percent fall was twice as bad as had been predicted.

Economists have calculated the bad weather early in the year could have reduced growth by as much as 1.5 percent.

However, the US Commerce Department, which compiled the figures, gave no details on the impact of the grim winter.

The revised weaker numbers are not seen changing the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus reduction plans.

There was no big reaction from US financial markets given the temporary factors involved and that economic activity is rebounding.

At the same time as the GDP figures were released there were fresh signs of strength in the US jobs market.

First-time applications for state unemployment benefits declined 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 last week.

The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of underlying labor market conditions as it irons out week-to-week volatility, hit its lowest level since August 2007.

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Major WWI exhibition opens in Berlin exploring its influence on 20th century http://mobizzz.com/major-wwi-exhibition-opens-in-berlin-exploring-its-influence-on-20th-century.html http://mobizzz.com/major-wwi-exhibition-opens-in-berlin-exploring-its-influence-on-20th-century.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 14:04:29 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18731 wpid-FO0QI.jpgAn exhibition has opened in Berlin to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

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An exhibition has opened in Berlin to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The Great War was the deadliest conflict in history, claiming the lives of an estimated 10 million soldiers and leaving another 20 million wounded along with millions of civilian casualties.

The exhibition at the German Historical Museum takes an overall look at the war, both from a European and a global perspective. It examines the escalation of violence, which had a major impact on future conflicts and on 20th century politics.

“This is the only exhibition which takes a comprehensive look at World War One. Many other exhibitions focus on a particular theme, region or area. But we chose to take an overall perspective for this exhibition which includes dozens of items on loan from all over Europe and the United States,” said Alexander Koch, president of the German Historical Museum Foundation.

The exhibition focuses on the escalation of violence through 14 major landmarks of World War One, including famous battlefields like Verdun and Gallipoli.

It also looks at the effect of the modernisation of warfare during World War One, where poison gas was used for the first time (in Ypres, Belgium), and its physical and mental effect on soldiers and civilians.

“The First World War is drawing particular attention this year because of the centenary. There are books, documentaries and exhibitions like this one. It’s clear that it’s a very important event which we need to understand if we want to understand the 20th century as a whole. Because it was during the First World War that the major ideologies of the 20th century were born – communism, fascism, Nazism, all these movements were born during World War One,” explained Andreas Mix, the exhibition’s curator.

‘1914 – 1918 – The First World War’ runs at the German Historical Museum in Berlin until December.

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Apple buying Beats with streaming business the main prize http://mobizzz.com/apple-buying-beats-with-streaming-business-the-main-prize.html http://mobizzz.com/apple-buying-beats-with-streaming-business-the-main-prize.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 13:31:33 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18734 wpid-FOyNx.jpgApple’s much anticipated purchase of headphone maker Beats is going ahead.

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Apple’s much anticipated purchase of headphone maker Beats is going ahead.

The iPhone maker is paying the relatively high price of $3 billion (2.2 billion euros).

For that it gets a line of “cool” headphones popular with young urbanites.

But in the industry the feeling is what it really wants is Beats’ five month-old music streaming service.

Beats co-founders – recording mogul Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre – are considered to be key in Apple forging better relations with the music industry in the notoriously difficult licensing negotiations for streaming.

Apple has to address the fact that sales of its iTunes song downloads are declining as the popularity of music-streaming services soarsing.

Streaming subscriptions jumped 51 percent last year, downloads slipped 2.1 percent.

The likes of Pandora and Spotify have raced ahead while Apple’s eight-month-old iTunes Radio has not made much of a dent.

Record companies have also put pressure on Apple to get its act together on streaming.

Reportedly they are helping that Apple can turn Beats Music into a strong competitor to Spotify and its rivals.

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Ukrainian military helicopter shot down during fresh fighting near Slovyansk. http://mobizzz.com/ukrainian-military-helicopter-shot-down-during-fresh-fighting-near-slovyansk.html http://mobizzz.com/ukrainian-military-helicopter-shot-down-during-fresh-fighting-near-slovyansk.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 12:56:24 +0000 http://mobizzz.com/?p=18737 wpid-FOv4S.jpgA military helicopter has been shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 10 people.

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A military helicopter has been shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 10 people.

The incident is said to have occurred near Slovyansk, with some reports putting the loss of life at 14. A Ukrainian general was allegedly among the dead.

Kyiv is blaming pro Russian rebels for the attack, with the country’s outgoing President claiming they used a Russian-made anti-aircraft system.

The helicopter was hit during heavy fighting as Ukrainian troops launched fresh operations in the area.

It has also emerged that four international observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe are being held captive by pro-Russian militiamen. According to Russian media reports, those being detained could soon be released.

Since winning the national vote, President-elect Petro Poroshenko has vowed to increase efforts to reassert control in the country’s troubled east.

Shelling has been reported in the town of Slovyansk, injuring at least 10 people. Civilians are now said to be fleeing the area.

On Monday rebels claimed they lost 100 lives after an attempt to seize Donetsk airport was repulsed by government forces.

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