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Apple investors urge action on 'smartphone addiction'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many parents are worried about the amount of time their children spend on their phones Big investors have called on Apple to develop software that limits how long children can use its smartphones. The call came from two investment groups that hold $2bn (£1.48bn) …

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Morrisons posts better-than-expected Christmas sales

Image copyright Morrisons The UK’s fourth largest supermarket, Morrisons, continued to ring up growing sales over the key Christmas period. Morrisons said the increase was due to more tills being open, shorter queues, and improved stock availability. The chain sold 2.8% more in the ten weeks to 7 January than …

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Apple investigated by France for 'planned obsolescence'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Consumer advocates claim a deliberate slowing down of older devices is designed to drive sales of newer models French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of “planned obsolescence” in Apple’s iPhone. Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten lifespan of …

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Rising food costs leave little room for festive splurge

Image copyright Thinkstock Rising food costs meant consumers had little left over to spend on a festive splurge, industry figures suggest. Like-for-like retail sales, which exclude new store sales, rose 0.6% last month, down on December 2016’s 1% rise. Food sales accounted for most of the rise, with spending on …

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CES 2018: Intel to make flawed chips safe in a week

Image copyright Intel Image caption Intel’s chief executive took a few minutes to address news of flaws in the firm’s chips at CES Intel’s chief executive has said software fixes to address the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre bugs in microchips would be released in the next few days. Brian …

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Diesel car sales to plunge again this year, study warns

Image copyright PA The worst is yet to come for diesel cars which will see their sales continue to plunge, a study has warned. Aston University predicts they will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025, down from a 50% peak. Automotive expert Professor David Bailey said …

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Travellers being encouraged to fake illness, says ABTA

Image copyright Getty Images Millions of Britons are being encouraged to say they were sick while on holiday, according to the Association of British Travel Agents. A poll carried out for ABTA suggests that 19% of all holidaymakers may have been approached by a claims management company on their return …

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Samsung forecasts record profits but misses expectations

Image copyright Getty Images Samsung Electronics expects to deliver record profits for the last three months of 2017, but the estimate missed analyst expectations. The world’s biggest memory chip maker forecast operating earnings of 15.1 trillion won ($14.1bn; £10.4bn) – up 64% from a year earlier. But while chip prices …

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Kickstart your fitness

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Can apps and fitness trackers helps us kick bad habits into touch? January is a peak time for downloading health and fitness apps and putting those Christmas present fitness trackers to work. But do they actually help you stay motivated? After the Christmas self-indulgence …

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How bad is it?

Carrie Gracie’s resignation as the BBC’s China Editor has highlighted the issue of equal pay and it got us wondering how widespread the problem is in the UK. Equal pay means staff doing the same job must be paid the same amount – it is a legal requirement. Remember that …

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