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Google buys Glass patent for iconic tech eyewear

Google buys Glass patent for iconic tech eyewear.

Tech geeks may not need to wait much longer for futuristic eyewear, as Google has just confirmed that it has bought technology patents from Foxconn, the maker of glass eyewear.

Google Glass, which has yet to go on sale to the public, allows users to see information on a transparent screen slightly above their normal field of vision.The patents were related to the displays, through which virtual images can be superimposed on a real-world view.

In an obvious attempt to kick-start start its venture into wearable gadgets, the deal marks a rare example of a US technology company buying intellectual property from an Asian manufacturer.

Google Glass is currently only available to developers and costs $1500. It provides users with an image that floats in front of the right eye and has a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video built-in, a microphone for voice commands and 12GB of usable storage. Google Glass supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but works best in partnership with an Android or iOS smartphone.

Meanwhile, Apple has not yet announced plans for wearable technology products.

However, Analysts in the field suggest that growth of wearable technology may lead to a spate of patent litigation, similar to that which has dominated the smartphone industry in recent years.

Foxconn said that such patents are ‘commonly used in aviation and tactical/ground displays, engineering and scientific design applications, gaming and video devices as well as training and simulation tools’.

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1,300 killed in chemical attack in Syria

1,300 killed in chemical attack in Syria.

The Syrian opposition has just confirmed that state security forces have launched intense artillery and rocket barrages in the Syrian capital of Damascus – resulting in hundreds of people dead in a poisonous gas attack.

1,300 people were killed as shells rained down – the figure was confirmed by George Sabra, Deputy Head of Syrian National Coalition, the opposition to and replacement of the Bashar al-Assad government of Syria.

Initially, there were varying death tolls, which are common following attacks in Syria due to the government’s refusal to allow independent news reporting.

A local nurse told the press that many of the casualties are women and children, who arrived at medical centres with their pupil dilated, cold limbs and foam in their mouths – typical symptoms of nerve gas victims.

Videos uploaded to social networking websites showed hundreds of people dead, lying on pavements and inside buildings, their bodies showing no obvious signs of injury. In one video, at least a dozen young children’s bodies were lined up on the floor.

To date, there have been many claims of small-scale, localised chemical attacks in Syria, but the reports that emerged today suggest a possible wider dispersion of toxic agents.

This is heaviest attack since the start of the two-year conflict.

Notably, a Syrian official said that claims of the government using chemical weapons are absolutely untrue.

“The army will never use chemical gas on the Syrian people, if it does exist anyway” – Syria’s government has never officially acknowledged even possessing chemical weapons, although the regime is known to be in possession of significant stockpiles of various toxic agents.

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How much does it take to be wealthy?

How much does it take to be wealthy?.

How much does it take to be wealthy?

How much does it take to be wealthy? Would others consider you wealthy? That would depend on where in the world you live, reveals a new poll carried out by the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisation.

The deVere Group survey finds that in Hong Kong the average level of wealth someone would need to have to be deemed ‘wealthy’ would be 2.8 million USD (21.7m HKD*), in the United Arab Emirates it would be 2.6 million USD (9.5m AED*), in the United States it would be 1.4 million USD, in the United Kingdom it would be 1.3 million USD (837,000 GBP*), and in South Africa it would be 1.2 million USD (11.9m ZAR*).

More than 900 deVere clients throughout June and July, across these five territories – from where the international financial consultancy runs some of its largest operations – were asked ‘At what level of personal wealth would you term someone wealthy?’

In Hong Kong, UAE, USA, UK and South Africa, the overall average level of wealth that people would need to have acquired, according to those surveyed, would be 1.86 million USD.

The poll was undertaken to help gain a more in-depth understanding into the perception of wealth. This will further empower the deVere Group to better understand clients’ financial thinking and, therefore, how best to advise them to reach, and even exceed, their long-term financial goals.

Those polled were, in addition, asked ‘Does money bring you happiness?’ The overwhelming majority believe that it does. 86 per cent of those in Hong Kong replied ‘yes’, with 84 per cent in the UAE, 81 per cent in the US, 77 per cent in the UK, and 72 per cent in South Africa responding in the same way.

Overall, 80 percent of the survey’s participants believe that money does bring happiness.

Of the two sets of findings, deVere Group’s founder and chief executive, Nigel Green, comments: “The poll highlights that wealth is a subjective, largely relative, issue.

“It’s our experience that an increasing number of people across these five territories are becoming what would be deemed as ‘wealthy’. However, whatever level you are financially, the most vital thing is to have a sound, workable, progressive financial strategy.

“In addition, as the findings reveal, it is widely believed that money can bring happiness. Many things can make us happy, but I suspect the reason why most people insist money is a major contributor to happiness is because it provides a wider scope of opportunity.”

*Approximate figures.

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Success the long game .

A great blog posting by our CEO Nigel Green .

Success the long Game

One of the things that most characterises our age is our addiction to instant gratification. Sure, it is wonderful to have tools like internet shopping, which means that we are never more than a 24-hour delivery period from anything our hearts could possibly desire, but when it comes to success in business there is, I believe, no such phenomenon as overnight success.

If you really want to achieve your goals, one of the first things that you must do is acknowledge that it is going to take some time to get what you want, then plan your strategy, dig in and prepare for some hard graft. The American entertainer, Eddie Cantor, is credited with famously observing, “It took me 20 years to become an overnight success” and this is equally true of the world of business.

When Microsoft launched its first commercial version of Windows in 1985 the name Bill Gates was catapulted into the public arena and many people wondered where this sudden breakthrough in computer software had come from. The answer is that Gates had been obsessed with computers and computing since his days at preparatory school; any suggestion that his success was an overnight sensation would have been hotly refuted by Gates and his business associates.

What Gates did have was a deep interest in developing a product that would be easy to use and simplify computing for the average person in the street. These days few people remember that operating systems were comparatively complex and could be off-putting to the casual user. In order to fulfill the dream that one day a personal computer would be a part of every home it was necessary to develop user-friendly software.

Not many people will find themselves in the position of developing a product that will change the world, but the example of Bill Gates and Microsoft is equally applicable to any business venture. Having a great idea is an excellent start, but if you fail to back it up with solid research, development and marketing your chance of success will slip away from you.

In short, Bill Gates was a man with an obsession. All too often obsession is considered a negative trait, but if you are going to live with your business idea for years, it is very necessary.

In business obsession is a good thing.

Be obsessed.

Nigel Green deVere Group

Blog written 10th August

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When an online review becomes an onLIEne review

When an online review becomes an onLIEne review

AUGUST 5, 2013
In an age where most people basically live on the internet, online reviews are an incredibly useful thing to have. You can read the honest opinions of people just like you, who aren’t being paid anything for their thoughts, on anything from movies, to restaurants, to books, to retailers to teachers (yes, really). Then you can judge for yourself whether to give it a go yourself or not.

Of course, the system is not without its flaws. Its greatest pitfall is a lack of accountability. Since the reviewer is comfortably hidden behind a screen and an online ID, they can use and abuse online reviews for fraudulent means, and nobody will be there to ensure the authenticity of their experiences. TripAdvisor saw two of these episodes make headlines this year – ‘Oscar’s’, the divine eatery which turned out to be an empty, dingy alley way, and the glowing hotel reviews (and subsequent slamming of rivals) by Peter Hook – and these were just the ones that got public attention. Thousands such cases go unnoticed every year.

The lack of accountability of online review sites make them a prime breeding ground for malicious slander for firms in all industries, and unfortunately, deVere Group reviews are no exception. Some deVere Group reviews have been extraordinarily negative, utterly scathing, and worst of all, completely false. The anonymity of the internet wipes the writers of any responsibility, allowing them to hash out their personal disgruntlements and perceived slights against a company and doing substantial amounts of damage without being held accountable for them.

With over ten years of experience in the financial advisory services sector and more than 70,000 clients all over the world, a few libellous deVere Group reviews aren’t going to impede our sleep at night. But in an age where everyone can post about their experiences – real or fake – perhaps the best review is your own experience.

Read what deVere Group CEO Nigel Green had to say about malicious online reviews here.

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UK records best retail sales in July since 2006

UK records best retail sales in July since 2006.

The British heatwave seems to have driven the best sales in July for seven years – according to the British Retail Consortium and KPMG, retail sales rose by 2.2% and total sales 3.9%.

Retail sales for July also represent the second best monthly performance in 2013. Food and clothing sales led the upwards surge as shoppers spent more on barbecue food and summer clothing.

The BRC said that the food performance was the strongest outside Christmas and Easter since at least 2009, boosting the supermarket and grocery industry.

David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, said it had been a “golden month” for retail sales. Helen Dickinson, director general of the BRC, said, “The Lions, Murray, Chris Froome in the Tour de France and the start of the Ashes series all contributed to the positive summer feeling.”

Conversely, the growth in online sales slowed down by almost half. Internet sales grew 7.9% year-on-year last month, compared to 15.6% in July 2012.

DIY and gardening were also strong categories, together with toys including paddling pools, while in electricals, fridges, freezers and air-conditioning systems did well, although tablet computer sales appear to have flattened out.

Books suffered from the absence of any equivalent to the smash-hit Fifty Shades Of Grey last year, and sales were significantly lower.

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Exclusive Morgan Stanley Structured Note gives deVere clients 18% pa returns

I’m going to have very very happy clients this morning .

So happy I was about this I emailed them at 4am

Lets lock and load

Exclusive Morgan Stanley Structured Note gives deVere clients 18% pa returns.

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