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  • World’s richest people get richer despite Covid... or because of it

    World’s richest people get richer despite Covid... or because of it

    During an extraordinary year, the number of billionaires on Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s wealthiest exploded to an unprecedented 2,755 - 660 more than a year ago. What's more, altogether they are worth $13.1trn, up from $8trn on the 2020 list, with dozens of newly-minted billionaires making their fortunes in areas related to combating the pandemic 

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  • The GameStop saga: How hunters became the hunted

    The GameStop saga: How hunters became the hunted

    Last week the GameStop saga overwhelmed the headlines all around the world. It has been called everything from "the French Revolution of finance" to the "David and Goliath" of the Wall Street, as one struggling video games retailer from Texas has become the center of a trading war between billionaire hedge funds and ordinary retail investors. So in case you were living under a rock, here's what actually happened and why it blew up so big and so fast.

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  • From ten to zen

    From ten to zen

    During 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic has increasingly disrupted routine, led to loss of income and jobs, deprived us of everyday human contacts and made us closely confront death ...And while it was doing that, another silent pandemic, which did not reach the major newspaper headlines, has been ravaging people around the world with even greater speed: compromised mental health.

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  • CES 2021: Wilder, weirder, bolder than ever 

    CES 2021: Wilder, weirder, bolder than ever 

    The dust has settled after the conclusion of CES 2021, the world’s largest event for consumer technologies and a deserved candidate for one of the year’s most exciting events. Still hyped about it, we decided to share with you the technologies that struck us the most and continue to occupy our thoughts! 

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  • Calls for ‘radical Europe-wide lockdown’ grow louder

    Calls for ‘radical Europe-wide lockdown’ grow louder

    In order to effectively contain the pandemic, an initiative made up of scientists, activists and members of the health staff is calling for a radical rethink in the corona crisis. The so-called #ZeroCovid initiative advocates for a Europe-wide shutdown of all non-vital areas. It also suggests the introduction of an EU solidarity tax to cushion the financial consequences of the shutdown.

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  • CES 2021: Rollable smartphones? Shut the front door!

    CES 2021: Rollable smartphones? Shut the front door!

    Yes, we know - the title says it all! First, lets turn the clock back two years to 2019, when the foldable hype was at a fever pitch. Samsung kicked things off with an early look at its Galaxy Fold, followed a few days later by Huawei's Mate X. Motorola capped off the year with the Razr. Things were supposed to ramp up in 2020, with more foldables coming, and this forecast turned out to be true. But the early activity at this year's weirdest CES suggests we may be notice far more breakthroughs and mind-blowing concepts in the smartphone industry.

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  • North, South Korea in conflict again

    North, South Korea in conflict again

    This week the tensions in the relationship between North and South Korea escalated after Pyongyang blew up its joint liaison office with the South, located in the border town of Kaesong. The building of the office was South Korea's first permanent official representation in the North since 1953. This demolition marked Pyongyang's first direct actions against its southern neighbour after numerous threats which were made in the last few weeks.

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  • Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei back new codec for 4K and 8K video

    Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei back new codec for 4K and 8K video

    Samsung and Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturers of Android smartphones, are now joining an interesting initiative along with Qualcomm. The three companies have agreed to support and play a key role in promoting the MPEG-5 EVC (Essential Video Coding) codec. This standard will find application in devices supporting 4K and 8K resolution, but it is also optimised for virtual and augmented reality (AR).

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