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  • The curious case of South Africa, however, has been decidedly different. The recent and sudden ouster of South Africa’s respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan – coupled with rising political instability that may yet force President Jacob Zuma from office prematurely – have sent the country’s risk premiums soaring. The turmoil prompted ratings agencies S&P and Fitch to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign rating from BBB- to BB+, to speculative or “junk” levels, with a negative outlook. Althoug
    Why South Africa’s slide to 'junk' remains a local story rather than a global one

  • Last year, for instance, the number of American Express cards in use declined by almost 18 percent, according to industry analysts. Amex, like all credit card companies, desperately needs new customers each year, preferably ones with decades of spending ahead of them. “Traditionally, American Express succeeds because of its customer service,” said David Robertson, publisher of the industry newsletter The Nilson Report. The other challenge is that many people who work at American Express aren’t a
    Amex, Challenged by Chase, Is Losing the Snob War

  • For a $4.2 trillion mutual fund giant that is still growing rapidly, it occupies a small fraction of the space of a typical Wall Street trading hub. In the last three calendar years, investors sank $823 billion into Vanguard funds, the company says. The scale of that inflow becomes clear when it is compared with the rest of the mutual fund industry — more than 4,000 firms in total. The model has been a powerful one: Since 1976, fees on Vanguard funds have fallen to about 0.12 percent from about
    Vanguard Is Growing Faster Than Everybody Else Combined

  • Erdogan called Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist MHP party, which supported the “Yes” vote, to congratulate them, presidential sources said. The result appeared short of the decisive victory that Erdogan and the ruling AK Party had campaigned aggressively for. In Turkey’s three biggest cities – Istanbul, Izmir and the capital Ankara – the “No” camp appeared set to prevail narrowly, according to Turkish television stations. Addressing a crowd outside the AKP’s headq
    Turkish referendum: 'Yes' on 63 pct with quarter of ballots counted

  • To get closer to Fidelity’s recommendation of having six times your salary saved by 50, follow these four steps so your money can grow over time:1. Most experts recommend setting aside 10% or more in a tax-advantaged retirement savings account, such as a 401(k) plan. Have your employer do a payroll deduction or have your money taken out of your checking account and sent straight to your retirement account. Again, if you make this automatic by setting up “auto-increase,” you won’t forget to up yo
    Here's how much the average family in their 40s has saved for retirement

  • WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has been cashing out his Facebook stock at a rapid pace. Koum, who sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion back in early 2014, sold and gifted almost 43 million shares of Facebook stock in the past calendar year, according to a review of his Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Those shares, based on Facebook’s stock value on the dates of the sales, would be worth more than $5 billion. All of the sales were done using a 10b5-1 trading plan, which executives use to
    WhatsApp’s Jan Koum sold or gifted more than $5 billion worth of Facebook stock last year

  • Facebook has found another way to try and curb the spread of fake news: Hunting down and deleting spam accounts that aren’t actual humans. Earlier this week, Facebook said that it had deleted 30,000 fake accounts in France, which, as Reuters points out, was well timed: France’s presidential election is in about 10 days. Then on Friday, Facebook posted again about its efforts to fight spam accounts, this time in the form of automated Facebook “Likes” and comments generated by bots. “This effort c
    Facebook is deleting a bunch of spam accounts in its effort to fight fake news

  • In practice, Instant Articles typically do reach more people, because people are more likely to read and share them. It found that not one publisher reported earning more money through Instant Articles than they did through their own properties. Viewed in this light, Instant Articles had simply replaced one kind of view with another, less profitable one. Two years later, it’s increasingly clear that Instant Articles won’t resolve publishers’s anxieties about building sustainable businesses. Wher
    Instant Recall: Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing

  • Instead, Cadillac used vehicles equipped with high-powered LIDAR sensors to build a highly detailed map of the US highway system. But the inclusion of the LIDAR maps is what Cadillac thinks will set Super Cruise apart from its competitors. Cadillac has more control over how its customers use Super Cruise because of the mapping data. Super Cruise is restricted to only “divided, limited-access highways — highways with defined ‘on-‘ and ‘off-ramps,'” the company says. Caldwell said that Cadillac ha
    Cadillac has a secret weapon in its quest to beat Tesla at self-driving

  • American Gods is a faithful adaptation; any changes the show makes are only to its advantage. “American Gods was the story he has always been meant to tell”Fuller skillfully uses American Gods’ central story to expand other unexplored stories in the canon. It’s very obvious from the opening shot that American Gods is the story he’s meant to tell. Fuller does similar things with American Gods, using an almost cartoonish, exaggerated aesthetic to make the gore feel less exploitive. I went into Ame
    American Gods review: This may be Bryan Fuller at his finest

  • Largely thanks to its overseas box office take, Fate of the Furious beat the global opening weekend record (by revenue) set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens 16 months ago, reports Box Office Mojo. The $432.3 million taken ovreseas easily beats the international opening weekend record that Jurassic World set in 2015, at just over $300 million. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Dec. 18, 2015 in North America, did not premiere in China until Jan. 9, 2016. We weren’t impressed with
    With China’s help, Fate of the Furious breaks Star Wars’ opening weekend record

  • There’s an option within MLB The Show’s gameplay menus to allow balks. was mid-anecdote during the play and MLB The Show’s janky, last-gen commentary engine is incapable of interrupting itself to call out the violation. It all folds back into the level of realism that sports video games are asked to approximate. Each year video games seem to unearth something new from the ancient, perplexing rulebooks of their namesake sports. Roster File is Polygon’s column on the intersection of sports and vid
    MLB The Show’s ‘ShowTime’ mode makes an uncommon rule relevant

  • TumbleSeed: Where Balance, and Patience, is TestedIt usually takes games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, or Nioh for me to give up the fight on any game. However it looks like TumbleSeed might be up there with these hyper hard games, if only because I don’t know if I can balance my way through each level. This version of the game, thanks to its development team, has taken the game one step further. The game is going to launch for the Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows, and PlayStation 4 this upcoming Ma
    TumbleSeed: Where Balance, and Patience, is Tested • The Save Spot

  • Star Wars: Battlefront II Official ReleaseSurprise, Surprise, it seems like an official release date has been given for the upcoming game Star Wars: Battlefront II after its recently leaked trailed. The trailer goes on to show a variety of characters from the Star Wars universe, from Luke Skywalker all the way to Kylo Ren. Thus they have crafted missions that will span across a selection of Star Wars eras, and hopefully touch fan’s hearts. I personally hope their are infiltrate and destroy the e
    Star Wars: Battlefront II Official Release • The Save Spot

  • The outcome will also shape Turkey’s strained relations with the European Union. Voting in the rest of the country begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. (1400 GMT). They said the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants carried out the attack in the Muradiye district of the southeast’s Van province. Relations between Turkey and Europe hit a low during the referendum campaign when EU countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, barred Turkish ministers from holding rallies in support of the c
    Turkey votes in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan's power

  • North Korea’s latest missile launch came as no surprise and there was no need to expend resources against it, a White House foreign policy advisor said on Sunday. “We don’t need to expend any resources against that.. We weren’t surprised by it, we were anticipating it,” the advisor travelling with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters, adding initial reports said it was a medium-range missile and failed four to five seconds into the launch. Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to kick
    North Korea missile launch 'no surprise, no need to expend resources,' says White House advisor

  • A documentary based on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater failed to reach its crowdfunding goal this week, but the producers of the film say they still intend to move forward with the project. It’s worth noting that D’Amato once served as a producer on early games in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise. Several 90’s and early 00’s projects have found new life with reboots and remakes, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was not so lucky. It’s no secret that Tony Hawk‘s Pro Skater 5 released to negative reviews and
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Documentary Crowdfunding Ends, Falls Short of Goal

  • We reported on the Tony Hawk game documentary, Pretending I’m a Superman, when its crowdfunding campaign launched last month. Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Game Story looks to cover the entire game series’ history, from Hawk himself pitching the game to the ultimate rise and fall of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise. “Our plan was never to entirely rely on an Indiegogo campaign,” reads the statement, which was posted on Twitter. However, the documentary didn’t reach the full fundin
    The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater documentary is rolling forward, despite missing funding goal

  • So, we’re already at day two in the 10 day countdown towards the London Marathon, and I’ve had a few people asking what sort of tech I’ll be using in the race – so I’ve put together a guide to what I’ll be using. I’ll be using it as it’s got brilliant battery life for a smartwatch in a marathon (as you can see from my Chester Marathon report) while still pumping the tunes into my head. It does have one of the best wrist heart rate monitors I’ve ever tried though. Heart rate monitorA lot of quest
    The tech I’ll use to take on the London Marathon

  • However, looking at the layout of the Scorpio Engine, the proportion of the space occupied by the GPU dwarfs the CPU area. Microsoft’s GPU command processor implementation of DX12 has provided big wins for Xbox One developers, and it’s set for expansion in Scorpio. The GPU’s L2 cache gets a 4x increase, which Goossen says is there for targeting 4K performance. So latency is higher but in terms of aggregate performance, the improved bandwidth and improved GPU performance means we don’t hit any is
    Inside the Scorpio Engine: the processor architecture deep dive

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