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What do declining iPhone sales mean for Apple? Kettlemag Sam Fearnley Apple iphone sales decline
The iPhone has been in the news a lot recently. Not because of a technical glitch, or a new model, but because sales of the device are flatlining. In the last quarter of 2015, Apple sold 74.8 million handsets, compared to 74.46 million during the same period in 2014. Not only is this an indication that...
Goldman Sachs donates to the pro-EU campaign
Goldman Sachs, the behemoth of American investment banking, has reportedly donated a six figure sum to the pro-EU campaign, in order to secure Britain's membership within the European Union. The bank is being purported to be supporting 'Britain Stronger in Europe', which is a cross-party group leading the fight to keep Britain in the EU....
Renault factories are raided by police amid fears of further emission scandals Renault, Technocentre, factory, police, raid, emissions, scandal, Volkswagen, business, motoring, cars, Kettle Mag, Sam Fearnley
The emissions scandal last year became synonymous with Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, but there are increasing concerns that other companies may too have cheated emissions tests. Last week, a number of raids took place at three different Renault facilities in order to check that no cheating software was being used. Renault has announced that...
Can Google Plus bounce back with a redesign?
Google Plus might be one of the most hated websites on the whole internet. Google's first mistake was thinking that people wanted yet another social media platform. Its second was forcing people to use Google Plus for commenting on YouTube videos. But Google has brought back a new, re-vitalised version of the website. The redesign is,...
Iceland’s Textbook Financial Recovery Sam Fearnley, Kettlemag, Iceland, Recovery
At the end of 2008, in the midst of the global recession, Iceland experienced the largest systemic banking collapse ever recorded, relative to the size of its economy. All three of its privately owned banks defaulted and the stock market fell by around 95%. The event marked the start of an economic depression that lasted...
Britain’s steel industry is faltering: what can be done Sam Fearnley, Business, Kettlemag, steel industry
On the 20th October 2015, Tata Steel, an Indian multinational, announced that 1,200 of its UK-based staff will be made redundant. Tata has said it is scaling back its UK businesses: this latest news will affect solely operations in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire. This is not an isolated problem. Earlier in the month, it was revealed...
Bank of England report details biggest threats to UK financial stability The Bank of England, Kettlemag, Business, Sam Fearnley
The UK’s buy-to-let market is not something many people are familiar with, or even aware of. To many it sounds like a very neutral, maybe even innocent, phrase. But, alas, according to a recent report by the financial policy committee, part of the Bank of England, the buy-to-let market is posing a threat to the...
The Future of WhatsApp Kettlemag, Social Media, WhatsApp, Sam Fearnley
WhatsApp—the mobile messaging app—recently surpassed 900 million active users. Only Facebook surpasses the app in this respect. WhatsApp’s success is even remarkable seeing that the company has only 55 employees.  Since being taken over by Facebook late last year, WhatsApp has continued to grow in users. Much of this growth is in developing countries: India, for...
The future of nuclear power in the UK Kettlemag, Business, nuclear power, UK, Sam Fearnley
The construction of Hinkley Point C, the UK's first power station in decades, has been halted, and will not be finished by 2023, the original date of completion. French energy company, EDF Energy who are responsible for the plant, released the news and said that they will provide, in due course, a revised timetable for the Somerset based project....
Reflections on the prosecution of Al Jazeera journalists Samuel Fearnley, Kettle Mag, Al Jazeera English Newsdesk, Prosecution of Al Jazeera Journalists
Press freedom is a concept that is often subtle and difficult to define as well as observe. In the west, we might take for granted our right to circulate opinions in print, without censorship of the government as western media has the ability to publish almost anything and everything they can get a journalist to write, no matter how scandalous. ...
China’s Economy: An Inevitable Fall Chinese Economy Shanghai
A few years ago, people talked about China with superlatives: 'fastest growing', 'largest', 'most powerful'. People were right to be fascinated, growth on the scale of China's was unprecedented. When a country's economy does not follow anything before it, people are bound to become excited and frenzied. The tumultuous and sporadic nature of global politics,...
Why did Russell Brand quit social media? Why did Russell Brand quit social media?, Kettle Mag, Sam Fearnley
Russell Brand has abandoned all his social media sites. He made the announcement during the final instalment of his socio-political comedy web series: 'The Trews', which he will also be quitting. In the eleven minute video, Brand explains in his well-known, existential style that he needs to take time out so that he can spend time 'learning,...