Northern Ireland to stay with UK or leave for United Ireland ?

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a border poll on a united Ireland, after the UK has voted to leave the EU.

Support for the EU is considerably higher in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK.

As the region shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland, it is unknown how the relationship between the two countries will be affected by Brexit.

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UK voted to leave: What happens now?

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, with the Leave campaign securing around 51.8 per cent of the vote.

The UK has been a member of the European Union (and its precursors) since 1973, and the British government now faces the gargantuan task of unraveling decades of legislation, treaties and deals between the UK and the EU, the single biggest market in the world.

The EU referendum vote itself is not a legal notification. The formal announcement to the EU is expected to happen at a meeting of the European Council (the EU’s heads of government) on Monday, June 27.

Once that happens, it will trigger Article 50 of the 1973 Treaty of Rome, which gives both sides two years to reach an agreement.

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Guide to properly pronounce internet acronyms

Everyone knows LOL means laugh out loud, but how do you say it? Is it el-oh-el? What about as one fluid word “lawl”? Or maybe with a strong oh, like “lowl”? We’re here to help you navigate the Internet’s acronyms and slang when you’re out IRL with friends.

Pronouncing anything you see on the Internet has been a fraught business since the days of the  Great GIF Wars of 2013 . But the dictionary has only weighed in on the pronunciation of a few of these, so we’ll have to use our own interactions, expertise, and pop culture knowledge as a citizen of the Internet.  W e’re here to help you navigate the Internet’s acronyms and slang when you’re out IRL (eye-are-ell) with friends.

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Sri Lanka T20 World Champions

Kumar Sangakkara struck an unbeaten 52 as Sri Lanka defeated a disappointing India by six wickets yesterday to finally win the World Twenty20 title.

Sri Lanka reached 134-4 in 17.5 overs to complete the long-awaited win in an ICC world tournament after restricting India to an unimpressive 130-4.

Former captain Sangakkara ensured there was no heartbreak this time after Sri Lanka had lost in four ICC world finals over the past seven years, including the World Cups in 2007 and 2011. Sri Lanka were making their third World Twenty20 final appearance. They lost to Pakistan in the 2009 final and to the West Indies in 2012.

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American Express to pay $75.7 million for overbilling

American Express AMEX logoCredit-card giant American Express Tuesday announced a $75.7 million settlement to resolve charges that it overbilled consumers and misled customers on services provided.

American Express, a Dow component, will pay $16.2 million in fines and at least $59.5 million in customer remediation, the company said.

The customer remediation will go to more than 335,000 customers, said the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a statement. The action also involved the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

“We first warned companies last year about using deceptive marketing to sell credit card add-on products, and everyone should be on notice of this issue,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

“Consumers deserve to be treated fairly and should not pay for services they do not receive.”

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Apple to build Made in the USA

made in usaCreating more than 2,000 jobs and running on 100 percent renewable energy, the tech giant embarks on building a new US manufacturing facility.

Apple executives have been talking about creating more manufacturing jobs in the US for the past year, and on Monday the company put its money where its mouth is.

The iPhone maker announced that its newest US manufacturing facility is slated to be built in Mesa, Ariz. Apple aims to create thousands of jobs and run the facility on 100 percent renewable energy.

“We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing, and construction,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET. “This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, as a result of the work we are doing with SRP to create green energy sources to power the facility.”

According to Arizona’s governor’s office, the facility will employ 700 people and will create 1,300 construction and management jobs. Besides the manufacturing facility, Apple is also building a solar power grid to fuel the plant, according to 9to5Mac.

Last December, Apple CEO Tim Cook made some waves when he announced that the company was moving some Mac production to the US. He said that Apple was investing $100 million in the venture.

Since this announcement, Apple has unveiled plans to open a manufacturing facility in Texas and an AppleCare repairs facility in Pennsylvania, according to 9to5Mac.

It’s unclear what device Apple will be making at the Arizona plant. Although, given Cook’s announcement last year, most signs point to a product in the Mac family. Apple said last month that it will build its new Mac Pro at the Texas facility.

Google launches Nexus 5 with Android Kitkat

Google Nexus 5Google has officially unveiled the latest incarnation of its flagship Nexus smartphone.

Made by LG, the handset is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the Nexus 4 but its 4.96in (126mm) touchscreen is bigger. The Nexus 5 has been developed to show off the capabilities of the new version of the Android operating system.

Called Kitkat, the software has been designed to work well on both high-end smartphones and cheaper feature phones. The alliance with Google has helped bolster LG’s fortunes even though, according to statistics from Gartner, it is still a long way behind rivals Samsung and Apple.

In the April-to-June quarter, the consultancy indicated 3.8% of all smartphones sold were LG handsets putting the South Korean firm in third place. By contrast, Apple accounted for 18.8% of all sales and Samsung 29.7%.

The specifications for the new phone were widely leaked before it was announced on the official Google blog.

The gadget shares some of the hardware Continue reading