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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Mobile marvels and submersible smartphones unveiled at Barcelona

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Mobile trade show shows remote-controlled homes and glove-friendly touch screens among latest gadgets hitting the market

In the days before smartphones attracted the sort of media attention that previously only attached itself to film premieres and Hollywood stars, the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona used to be the place to launch a new phone.

All that has changed, but the Barcelona show remains a favourite place to spot the coming technology trends. In a complex so large that travelator conveyor belts were installed to ferry visitors between the exhibition halls, the multitude of new gadgets on display can be bewildering. Cut through the noise and a few bright ideas emerge. Here are six of the best – and here are some of the best:

Waterproof phones

Whether they are left outside in the rain, put through the washing machine or dropped down the toilet, many phones meet soggy ends. Given that water damage is one of the most common reasons for mobile insurance claims, surprisingly few smartphones are sold as water resistant. That could be about to change. Motorola and Alcatel One Touch are manufacturing waterproof phones with the help of P2i – a business established to commercialise technologies developed by the UK government’s defence science & technology laboratory. In the US, phone owners are doing it themselves for $60 (£40). Liquipel installs booths in phone shops that use a vacuum chamber, gas and a bit of heat to coat the inside and outside of a phone with a protective layer 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Remote-control homes

With intelligent fridges, robot hover-vacuum cleaners and carpets that come complete with computer chips in the tufts send out a signal saying when they need cleaning, the remote-control home is beginning to move out of the realm of science fiction. The smartphone should soon allow us to remotely lock the front door, feed the pets while on holiday and check what food is in the fridge while at work. But the technology is not quite tiptop yet: LG’s flying saucer-shaped vacuum cleaner is more entertaining than it is functional, and there is no robot monitoring the contents of its smart fridge – a list still has to be laboriously updated by hand.

Glove-friendly touch screens

Answering a call or using a phone map outside on a cold winter’s day need no longer mean the hassle of removing gloves -or the purchase of touchscreen compatible mittens. Huawei’s flagship Ascend P2, launched this week, and Nokia’s Lumia 920 are both responsive to fabric as well as skin. Prodding the Huawei handset with an index finger covered by thick coat fabric proved this was not an empty claim – but begloved text typing probably remains a pipe dream for now.

3D printed phone cases

Described as the closest thing to teleportation, the most sophisticated 3D printers can copy an object in one location and reproduce it millimetre for millimetre in another.

These costly machines are rarely spotted outside design studios, but a company called Makerbot.com has made scaled-down versions designed for the home.

Nokia is using them to let customers design personalised phone cases. The material being used is a corn-based plastic that is also biodegradable. Those who don’t want to buy a 3D printer can select their case colour, texture and inscriptions online and have the finished product sent in the post.

Voice-controlled car radio

Shouting at the radio could soon be normal behaviour. Ford has teamed up with the world’s largest music-streaming library, Spotify, to create a voice-controlled radio for the car. The technology connects the phone to the dashboard and is activated by a button on the steering wheel. So far it only works with the iPhone and in one Ford model, but that could change if the idea catches on.

Budget smartphones

With Apple and Samsung selling most of the world’s expensive phones, Nokia’s flagship models have struggled to attract buyers. This year, it has set its sights firmly at the budget end of the market, but with phones that have many of the features found higher up the food chain.

Nokia used the Mobile World Congress to launch the €139 (£120) Lumia 520, which goes on sale in Europe in the second quarter of this year. There is just one camera, which is rear facing so no video Skype calls, but it does come with Nokia’s highly rated maps, which give spoken directions just like a satnav. For under £100, a panoply of Android handsets are now available too, which Google claims offer the full smartphone experience.

Alternative operating systems

Anyone wanting to buy a high-end smartphone is already spoilt for choice, with Apple Google Microsoft and Blackberry already promoting their own interfaces with matching app stores. But web content producers, mobile networks and handset companies are now backingFirefox and Tizen and their plan is to destroy the app store as we know it. Once bought by the user, the promise is these apps will work on any operating system, handing control of their content back to the customer.

TiGenix: Positive Interim Safety Results of Phase IIa Rheumatoid Arthritis Study With Allogeneic Adult Stem Cells "Cx611"

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LEUVEN, BELGIUM and MADRID, SPAIN–(Marketwire – Dec 19, 2012) – TiGenix (EURONEXT BRUSSELS: TIG), the European leader in cell therapy, announced today positive interim safety results of its Phase IIa study of Cx611 in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Cx611 is an intravenously injected suspension of expanded allogeneic adult stem cells derived from human adipose (fat) tissue. The Phase IIa clinical trial is a 53-subject, multicenter, placebo-controlled study in 3 cohorts with different dosing regimens, designed to assess safety, feasibility, tolerance, and optimal dosing. The study is being conducted at 23 centers. The Company believes that this clinical trial can set the stage not only for the further development of Cx611 in RA, but also in a wide range of other autoimmune disorders.

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Megafon details share float plans

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Megafon, the mobile phone operator controlled by Russia’s richest man, is planning the biggest share flotation since Facebook listed in New York in May.

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BP sells TNK-BP stake to Rosneft

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BP sells its 50% stake in TNK-BP to Russian state-controlled energy giant Rosneft in return for cash and shares.

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Darcy Will Acquires 600,000 Gamehost Shares From David Will

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CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – Sept. 6, 2012) – Pursuant to the requirements of Multilateral Instrument 62-104 - Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids (“MI 62-104“) adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators, Gamehost Inc. (TSX:GH) (“Gamehost“), on behalf of Darcy J. Will, the Vice President, Secretary and a director of Gamehost, announces that Darcy J. Will, through a holding company controlled by him, has acquired indirect beneficial ownership, direction and control over an additional 600,000 common shares of Gamehost, representing approximately 2.7% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Gamehost. Darcy J. Will now beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, or exercises control or direction over, an aggregate of 3,318,800 common shares of Gamehost, representing approximately 14.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Gamehost. Darcy J. Will, indirectly through his holding company, acquired these additional shares in a private transaction from DJ Will Holdings Limited, a company controlled by his father, David J. Will, for a price of $11.75 per share. Darcy J. Will acquired these shares for investment purposes and may acquire additional shares of Gamehost from time to time. Since the vendor in the transaction, David J. Will is a “control person” of Gamehost under applicable Canadian securities laws, the parties relied on the exemptions from the prospectus requirements contained in sections 2.5 and 2.24 of NI 45-106 to effect this transaction.

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UAE opens new oil pipeline route

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The United Arab Emirates opens and begins operating a key overland pipeline which bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, controlled by Iran.

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US crackdown on illegal robocalls

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The US government organises a “summit” to tackle computer controlled phone calls by criminals trying to defraud the public.

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AAR, BP’s (BP) partner in BP-TNK, has yet to formally bid for the U.K. company’s 50% share in the JV, although Rosneft is reportedly among those to have made an offer. AAR, controlled by four Soviet-born billionaires, has until July 21 to bid for the…

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AAR, BP’s (BP) partner in BP-TNK, has yet to formally bid for the U.K. company’s 50% share in the JV, although Rosneft is reportedly among those to have made an offer. AAR, controlled by four Soviet-born billionaires, has until July 21 to bid for the stake, but any deal is unlikely to be quick. 1 comment!

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China cuts state-set fuel prices

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China, the world’s second biggest economy, is cutting state-controlled petrol and diesel prices by 5% from Saturday.

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Profits at Chinese industrial companies -2.2% Y/Y in April to 407.6B yuan ($64.2B) vs. +4.5% in March, demonstrating how the economic weakening is affecting some of the country’s biggest firms. In January-April, profits at state-controlled…

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Profits at Chinese industrial companies -2.2% Y/Y in April to 407.6B yuan ($64.2B) vs. +4.5% in March, demonstrating how the economic weakening is affecting some of the country’s biggest firms. In January-April, profits at state-controlled enterprises -9.9% to 457.8B yuan. 1 comment!

See original here: Profits at Chinese industrial companies -2.2% Y/Y in April to 407.6B yuan ($64.2B) vs. +4.5% in March, demonstrating how the economic weakening is affecting some of the country’s biggest firms. In January-April, profits at state-controlled…

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