Microsoft’s Windows 10 has caused us ‘nothing but trouble’ say users

Consumers in the U.K. have told the company about being “nagged” by Microsoft to install the operating system update and, despite declining advances, have experienced the Windows 10 software installing itself anyway.

Various problems, once it is installed, have included printers, wi-fi cards and speakers no longer working, as well as instances of lost files and email accounts no longer syncing, according to Which.

“In some cases, members’ computers were so badly affected that they had to pay someone to repair it,” Laughlin stated.

A spokesperson for Microsoft told CNBC via email that the Windows 10 upgrade is a “choice designed to help people take advantage of the most secure, and most productive version of Windows.”

Users report problems with Microsoft's Windows 10

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Computer users have faced major technical issues with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 software since its launch in July last year, according to research by U.K. consumer charity Which.

“We’ve received well over 1,000 complaints about Windows 10, as well as plenty of comments … with PC users telling us that this software update has brought them nothing but problems,” Andrew Laughlin, a senior researcher at the consumer association, said in a blogpost on Thursday.

Consumers in the U.K. have told the company about being “nagged” by Microsoft to install the operating system update and, despite declining advances, have experienced the Windows 10 software installing itself anyway.

Various problems, once it is installed, have included printers, wi-fi cards and speakers no longer working, as well as instances of lost files and email accounts no longer syncing, according to Which.

“In some cases, members’ computers were so badly affected that they had to pay someone to repair it,” Laughlin stated.

A spokesperson for Microsoft told CNBC via email that the Windows 10 upgrade is a “choice designed to help people take advantage of the most secure, and most productive version of Windows.”

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In June, Which surveyed 5,500 of its members, according to the BBC. The results showed that 12 percent of the 2,500 who had upgraded to Windows 10 had later reverted to an earlier version. Which has called on Microsoft to do better, adding that the tech giant is offering free support to anyone affected by Windows 10 upgrade.

“With more than 350 million monthly active devices now running Windows 10, the vast majority of customers who have upgraded to Windows 10 over the past year have had a seamless, positive experience,” the Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC.

“For the relatively small number of users who may have issues with their upgrade experience, Microsoft offers a variety of options to get assistance including free customer support.”

[Source:-CNBC]

Windows 10 wrecked your PC? Microsoft may have to pay you

UK consumer watchdog Which has gone on the warpath against Windows 10, noting that the operating system has caused problems for a number of users, and urging Microsoft to compensate those whose PCs have been put through the mill by the OS.

Which said that it had received well over 1000 complaints about Microsoft’s newest OS, and that it caused a number of conflicts with hardware – in particular printers, speakers and Wi-Fi were mentioned. The organization also observed that some consumers had been left with a PC so badly hobbled that they ended up paying a third-party to repair the machine.

All this is compounded by the fact that Microsoft pushed the OS hard with its Get Windows 10 software and nag screens, and other measures which meant that some folks ended up having the Windows 10 installation fire up of its own accord (possibly the result of a messy bug which Microsoft admitted to last November).

Obviously, if you didn’t want Windows 10 in the first place, and subsequently ended up with the operating system being installed and breaking things on your machine – that’s a rather aggravating situation.

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And so Which is calling for Microsoft to “honor the rights of consumers adversely affected by the Windows 10 update” – and it adds that this includes forking out for compensation to users.

The watchdog further noted that of those who contacted Microsoft over problems caused by the OS, a number complained about receiving poor customer service from tech support reps.

Back in June, Which also carried out a survey and found that of 2,500 members who had upgraded to Windows 10, 12% of those had ended up reverting back to their previous version of Windows – potentially due to problems encountered, but also perhaps because they simply didn’t like the new OS.

As well as the problems the initial upgrade to Windows 10 may have caused, we’ve also seen a number of fresh gremlins appear with the recent Anniversary Update. This triggered issues with computers freezing up, webcams not working, andKindles crashing PCs, to mention just a few of the problems that cropped up.

[Source:-Tech rader]

In a world of free operating systems, can Windows 10 survive?

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The latest version of MacOS, called Sierra, started trickling out to Macintosh ownersyesterday. And, like all macOS (or OS X as it used to be called) releases since 2013, it’s free.

Let’s take a quick moment to look at the big OS platforms. On mobile devices, there’s iOS and Android. Updates to those (when they’re available — I’m talking to you, Android), are free. Then there’s Windows mobile. Since its adoption is a mere rounding error compared to the others, when I talk about Windows in this article, I’m really talking about desktop Windows — even though I’ve previously made the case that Microsoft is actually ahead of the curve in mobile.

Then there are the dead trees of the computer industry, the old desktops and laptops that were once universally adopted, but today are experiencing a level of free fall unheard of outside the worlds of bookstores, malls, newspapers, cab drivers, land lines, and, everything else the internet has touched and killed.

The big four desktop operating systems are macOS (once called OS X), Linux, Chrome OS, and, of course, Windows.

For those of you who don’t think Chrome OS should be included in that list, let me remind you that Chromebook saleshave been growing in certain segments, most notably education, but the category is still a very small percentage of the overall PC or tablet market. Everything, including my Aunt Molly’s Etsy store, has been outselling non-laptop Windows desktop machines for long enough that ZDNet UK’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Ranger headlined an article this week “The PC is broken: Time to fix the business model or quit.”

And, yes, I know Chrome is based on Linux, just like Android is based on Linux, and macOS, the former OS X, is based on Mach and BSD. With the exception of Windows, all modern mainstream operating systems can trace their parentage to some form of *NIX.

Windows is now the exception in one other way. It’s the only major operating system you still have to pay for. Windows 8.1 was a free Hail Mary upgrade for Windows 8. Windows 10 wasfree for a year.

But now, if you want to use Windows 10, you have to pay for it. Well, mostly. Sort of. As is always the case with Microsoft products, there are a host of exceptions, special cases, and enterprise pricing models.

First, of course, if you buy a new PC, it usually comes with a copy of Windows licensed to the hardware. So, starting at roughly the price of a low-end Chromebook, you can get a Windows laptop or desktop, complete with a free-of-charge Windows 10 license.

As existing Windows PCs age, they will likely be replaced. When they’re replaced, assuming they’re not replaced with a tablet, a Chromebook, a Mac, or even a Raspberry Pi, they’ll include Windows 10 on them. That’s probably how most new Windows licenses will get out in the world.

There are also, of course, all the corporate licensing agreements. Those organizations — again assuming they haven’t found a better, cheaper, cloud-based solution — will purchase Windows 10 (except for the diehards who refuse to buy anything but Windows 7). When judging Windows staying power, the enterprise channel is key. Many PC and Windows sales metrics are based solely on retail sales numbers, but the corporate world buys a tremendous number of computers outside those channels, a fact to keep in mind when looking at the market overall.

We can all pretty much agree that Windows has some staying power. That said, when I asked our resident Windows soothsayer Ed Bott about actual numbers of users, he told me, “Given that PC sales are flat or down in recent years and are probably close to the replacement rate, it’s likely that the very large Windows installed base is shrinking slowly.”

The operative word here isn’t “shrinking,” it’s “slowly”. There are millions of users out there who have good reason to stick with Windows. Many of them will continue using it because the learning curve for a different operating system is either too much work, or just simply unnecessary. Others will stay with it because Chromebooks, tablets, and other “appliance-like” machines just don’t have enough power and flexibility.

Still others will keep using Windows because there are important, deep, capable applications that run only on Windows. I run Windows in Parallels on my iMac specifically because there are applications (like Autodesk Inventor) that only run on Windows.

Some people need both. I adopted the iMac because I need to use applications that only run on the Mac, and others that only run on Windows, to do my job. I used to have two machines with a KVM, but with enough RAM, ripping fast flash storage, and a good VM engine, it’s very practical to run both OSs on one machine.

Beyond application requirements, enterprise volume licensing agreements, and even learning curves, there’s one other factor that will keep fueling Windows use for many users: Windows is a friend.

For many of us, Windows has been with us for decades. As with our closest friends, we’ve learned its quirks, its annoyances, and its odd twitchy behaviors. We also know we can count on it when the chips are down, and it will get the job done. We know how to use it, install it, tweak it, customize it, fix it, and push it to its limits and beyond.

As long as there’s hardware to run it, and Microsoft keeps it updated and safe, we’ll keep using it. After all, a hundred or so bucks every few years is a small price to pay for maintaining a relationship with a trusted, loyal friend.

Personally, just because I jump between macOS, Chrome OS, Linux, and Windows for desktop work doesn’t mean any one of them is a favorite. I choose the OS that best fits my needs, and you should, too. Don’t believe the naysayers. Windows isn’t dying. It’s just not the only game in town anymore.

Like an old friend who’s no longer the star quarterback, Windows 10 is a little more humbled, but a little more reasonable. Microsoft is listening to its users, building solutions across platforms, and working hard on building better products. I like where Microsoft is going with Windows. While the PC business model is broken, there will always be a space for Windows on our computers and in our hearts.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect more accurately the difference in sales numbers between retail and enterprise.

[Source:-Operating system]

A Concept Gadget Gives Digital Currency That Real Money Feel

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THIS IS SCRIP, A copper gadget that enables digital payments. It has small, raised squares and flashing LED digits on its surface. It looks a bit like a coin, but it’s the size and shape of a Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie. To pay for things with Scrip, you visit a specially enabled ATM and load money onto it, like you would with a prepaid subway card. As you buy things, by syncing Scrip with NFC-enabled “cash register” machines, the texture of the gadget’s surface changes, and those light-up numbers tick downwards.

Scrip isn’t real—it’s a design concept—but is still holds value. It’s designed to explore how we might interact more meaningfully with our digital currency. “Everybody hates cash—the system is trying to kill cash,” says Gadi Amit, president of New Deal Design, the Silicon Valley studio behind Scrip. (Amit’s firm also designed the Fitbit, the Lytro camera, and Google’s experimental Project Ara phone.) “It always fails. But we still figured that there’s a need for something new, something connected to the digital world, but that is akin to cash.”

Scrip in action

That’s because cash, anachronistic as it seems, has its benefits. Amit points to research that suggests people assign more value to items that they purchase with cash. Another study found that kids buy healthier lunches from school cafeterias when they use cash. “Humans are still visceral, tactile animals,” Amit says. Plastic debit cards can create a smoke screen between people and their finances. With cash, you can feel with your fingers just how much money you have—or haven’t—got on hand.

Scrip is designed to imitate cash’s tangible benefits. For instance, when it comes time to make a payment, the electromechanical pins that comprise Scrip’s surface leap to attention, generating patterns that denote the denominations you’ll use to ante up. Swipe your thumb across each denomination, and Scrip will “transfer” that much money from your bank account. For example, if a vendor charges you $26, thumb the Scrip to shell out a “20,” a “5,” and then a “1.”

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New Deal Design also wants Scrip to gyrate when you add cash.“If you think of a Vegas slot machine, the psychological reward of getting $20 in nickels is a more incredible feeling than if they print out a $20,” says Jaeha Yoo, who heads up user experience at New Deal Design. “If we can create that accumulating feeling of things being added to your device—even if it’s just a slight feeling of being pushed down—it’s one of these jackpot-y moments.”

If all this sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because researchers at MIT Media Lab tried something similar a few years ago, with a line of wallets that used tactile cues to instill in users a “financial sixth sense.” These so-called Proverbial Wallets would swell or shrink in synchrony with your bank balance, vibrate to signal deposits and withdrawals, or become more difficult to open as your savings dwindled. Like Scrip, they offered something your credit card, Apple Pay, and Venmo cannot: a physical connection with your digital currency.

But Proverbial Wallets posed a moral dilemma when it came to cost—something John Kestner, one of the designers who worked on the project, says concerns him about a blue-sky concept like Scrip. “I would ask how much this thing costs” he says. “Can someone sell it for $100 with a straight face saying it’s going to save you money? That was the problem I found with the Proverbial Wallet.” And even if a payment device seems like a worthwhile investment up front, at what point is it just another gadget that clutters our pockets, drawers, and lives? A better approach, Kestner says, might be for designers to harness existing technologies—like Apple’s Taptic Engine—to foster tangible connections between people and their finances.

In any case, he agrees with Amit that the topic deserves attention. Most new payment services strive to reduce friction between the user and the transaction. Square, Apple Pay, Venmo—these services are designed to make parting with your money easier. But that’s not always good for the user who’s spending. “They’re losing that tangible connection to money,” Amit says. Scrip—or a device like it—could help people get it back.

[Source:-Wired]

This gadget turns fruit into booze

Think of it as a Keurig — but strictly for grown-ups.

Newly launched home-brewing kit Alchema takes any fruit and turns it into a custom alcoholic beverage. The device was developed by founder and Chief Executive Oscar Chang after he saw a need for a more simple home brewing solution.

“I always wanted to build my own company and wanted to find a niche market,” Chang told MarketWatch at NYC Media Lab on Thursday, a gathering of people, projects and ideas shaping the future. “I found out my friend’s mom was trying home-brew but always failed, so I started developing this product and I found out the market in America is pretty big.”

To help him develop the Alchema, Chang raised $344,231 from 899 backers onKickstarter

Users chop up a fruit of their choosing and use the accompanying app to choose if they want to ferment it into a craft wine, cider or mead. The app allows users to choose alcohol content ranging from 3% to 14% and monitors the wifi-connected device to alert users when the brew is finished. Chang said it generally takes one to two weeks depending on the fruit used and alcohol content desired. The Alchema brewer produces about 2.4 liters of alcohol, or the equivalent of about three wine bottles.

It’s legal to use as long as you don’t sell any of the results, Chang said. The device will ship to its Kickstarter backers in September of next year and is available for preorder starting at $429.

[Source:-Market watch]

Engineering student develops a gadget to differentiate between roti and papad served in hostel mess

Rourkela: Students surviving on hostel food often get confused between hard roti and soft papad served in their hostel mess. Going forward, this confusion will not be there as one of the alumni of NIT Rourkela, Mr. Umesh M. has developed a gadget which can correctly identify which one is roti and which one is papad.

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Papad or roti?

Showcasing his innovative gadget, Mr. Umesh said, “These engineering students survive for the entire day with low calorie meals of chai and cigarette. They need at least one proper meal during dinner time so that they can push themselves late, really late into the night, that is when they head to the hostel mess. However, when they reach the mess, the roti would be hard and crisp like a papad confusing the students. Even when you eat it, you can’t tell whether you have eaten a roti or a papad. ”

“There is already plenty of confusion for the students in a mess, how to differentiate between water and dal, finding paneer in matar-paneer, chicken in chicken curry, now we don’t want them to struggle between papad and roti as well. Therefore, I developed this unique gadget which tells them the name of the item they are eating”, Umesh said.

“Once you scan an item with my gadget, it will calculate the hardness of that and tell you whether it is a papad or a roti prepared in the mess’, Umesh added.

When we asked whether Papad will be harder or roti, Umesh said that the roti prepared in a hostel mess is the hardest substance known to man.

However, students have rejected the proposal to buy this kind of obscenely high cost gadgets which would reflect in their monthly hostel bill. Instead they have suggested to management, just give us our favorite Maggi, we can assure you, there would be no fights in the mess.

[Source:-Facking News]

British ambassador to UN accuses Russia of war crimes in Syria

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Matthew Rycroft said the push by the US and Russia to stop the fighting is “nearing the end of its life”.

But UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world powers to redouble their efforts to end Syria’s “nightmare”.

He said: “What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem?

“How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty to continue?

Video:The current situation in Syria

“I urge all involved to work harder for an end to the nightmare.”

Washington and Moscow brokered a ceasefire after weeks of negotiations earlier this month, but the agreement collapsed on Monday.

The UN’s top envoy to Syria accused the country’s government of unleashing “unprecedented military violence” against civilians in the city in the aftermath of the collapse of the truce.

Staffan de Mistura said the offensive to retake rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which involved targeting civilians with sophisticated weapons including incendiary devices, may amount to war crimes.

The meeting comes as pro-government forces continue their intense bombardment of Aleppo, with the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying at least 23 people were killed in the latest airstrikes on Sunday.

Video:UN says Aleppo suffering ‘new height of horror’

The deteriorating situation in the country represents a “moment of truth” for the UN, France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned, while US ambassador Samantha Power said Moscow’s actions in Syria were “barbarism, not counter-terrorism”.

Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the session that bringing peace to Syria “is almost an impossible task now”.

Meanwhile, Mr Rycroft, Ms Power and French ambassador Francois Delattre walked out of the Security Council when Syria’s ambassador was called to speak – in a show of anger and frustration by the West.

Syrian rebels had declared the push for peace “futile” after Syrian government and Russian warplanes bombarded Aleppo in the worst surge of violence in the city for years.

The 30 rebel groups – including the biggest faction backed by Turkey, Gulf states and the West – said the bombing campaign was “unprecedented”, with more than 200 killed in recent days.

Efforts to revive such an agreement are now a lost cause unless there is an immediate end to fighting and aid is forthcoming, rebels said.

Video:Girl is only survivor after airstrike kills family

The statement also said rebels could not accept “Russia as a sponsor because it was a partner with the regime in its crimes against our people”.

And it claimed Russian-backed Syrian forces were using napalm and chemical weapons without censure by the international community.

Warplanes have bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo, as Syrian government and rebel forces battle for control of the high ground.

Jets have also continued to hit residential parts of the town, rebels and residents said.

More than 250,000 civilians are trapped in the rebel-held areas in the east of Aleppo.

Video:Moment baby is rescued from airstrike rubble

As well as strikes from the air, the Syrian army is also attempting to make gains on the ground.

Troops, along with militia allies, seized control of the Handarat Palestinian refugee camp, a few miles north of Aleppo, only for rebel forces to counterattack hours later.

“We retook the camp,” said Abu al-Hassanien, a rebel commander. “But the regime burnt it with phosphorous bombs. We were able to protect it, but the bombing burnt our vehicles.”

The Syrian army, which is supported by Iranian-backed militias, Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah militant group and a Palestinian militia, acknowledged rebels had retaken the largely uninhabited camp.

The area is near Castello Road, an important supply route to the city’s rebel-held areas.

Video:‘Bomb laced with phosphorus’ hits Syrian town

Residents say the airstrikes since the army offensive was announced on Thursday have been worse than ever, with more powerful bombs used.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, said at least 45 people, including 10 children, were killed in eastern Aleppo on Saturday.

The Observatory said 213 civilians have been killed by airstrikes and shelling in and around Aleppo since the ceasefire expired on Monday.

The army says it is only targeting militants.

[Source:-SKY News]

Syria conflict: Russia ‘may have committed war crime’ – Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested Russia may have committed a war crime in Syria if it was behind an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that it was right to ask whether Russian forces had deliberately targeted civilians.

Eighteen lorries and a warehouse were destroyed and 20 people killed in last Monday’s attack.

Russia denied responsibility, blaming rebel shelling or a US drone.

Mr Johnson also said Russia was “guilty of protracting” the war in Syria and of “making it far more hideous”.

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  • Aleppo: Key battleground in Syria’s warHis comments came as Aleppo sustained heavy bombing, with the Syrian government saying it had launched an offensive to retake rebel-held areas.

    In the latest fighting, rebel forces in the city were reported to have retaken the Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat, on elevated ground north of the city.

    The strategic area fell to government troops on Saturday.

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    Image captionTwenty people were killed and 18 lorries destroyed in last Monday’s attack

    The UN Security Council is due to meet on Sunday morning in New York to discuss Aleppo.

    The meeting was requested by the US, the UK and France.

    ‘Firing the revolver’

    United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura described last week’s attack, on an aid convoy and Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse outside Aleppo, as an “outrage”. The US said two Russian warplanes were involved in the attack.

    Mr Johnson appeared to go further, saying the convoy could have been deliberately targeted.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was “not only… handing [Syrian President Bashar] Assad the revolver”, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme. “He is in some instances actually firing the revolver himself.

    “We should be looking at whether or not that targeting is done in the knowledge that those are wholly innocent civilian targets. That is a war crime.”

    Damaged building after air strikes on the rebel held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 24, 2016.Image copyrightREUTERS
    Image captionResidential areas of Aleppo have borne the brunt of government air strikes

    The attack prompted the UN to temporarily suspend aid deliveries in Syria.

    Heavy bombardments of rebel-held areas of Aleppo by government forces have continued throughout the week after a truce brokered by Moscow and Washington collapsed.

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon was “appalled by the chilling military escalation” in Aleppo, his spokesman said on Saturday.

    “Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker-buster bombs,” the statement said.

    The northern city of Aleppo has become a key battleground in Syria’s bloody five-year civil war.

    The UN says the attacks on Aleppo have left nearly two million people without water.

    UK-based group monitoring the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 25 people were killed in bombardments on Saturday.

    Activists say both Syrian and Russian warplanes are taking part in the latest offensive, though Russia has not confirmed its involvement.

    Russia supports the Syrian government, while the US backs the opposition. The two powers accuse each other of failing to rein in their respective allies on the ground.

[Source:-BBC]

Bad news from Brangelina

Yeah, looks like they’re going back to being Brad and Angelina. But what’s the big deal?

Well, this is not your run-of-the-mill celebrity divorce. According to reports, there’s more than half a billion dollars at stake, thanks to their personal wealth and various business enterprises.

That’s a lot of money.

Forbes estimates that Pitt and Jolie have generated nearly $600 million in pre-tax earnings since they started seeing each other in 2004. The kitty includes fees from their work in Hollywood, overseas endorsements, and other businesses. Since their marriage in 2014, Brangelina have earned nearly $120 million before taxes and fees. In fact, Pitt made about $77 million. Some reports suggest Pitt has a personal networth of $240 million, while Jolie has $160 million.

Now, will they split the pie in half?

Not sure. As things stand, Jolie hasn’t asked for support from Pitt. All she wants is custody of their six children. Analysts are speculating how this whole drama will end given the money and star value of the participants, and also for the fact that divorces are bad news not just for the families, but for the economy as well.

The economy?

What’s interesting is how this divorce will contribute to the study of the economics of divorce. Policymakers find divorces worrisome as they impact collective economic well-being. Studies have shown that married people tend to be much better off financially. Further, those who have fewer assets and more debt early on are less likely to marry or have stable marriages than those who are more financially secure.

What does that mean?

There are several studies that looked into the impact of marriage and separation on wealth creation and human well-being. The most cited among these, arguably, is a 2005 study by Jay Zagorsky —‘Marriage and Divorce’s Impact on Wealth’.

Zagorsky, now with the Ohio State University, analysed data that tracked US citizens in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s. He found that even though ‘single’ individuals slowly increase their networth, married respondents saw their networth increases more than 75 per cent over single respondents.

Which means marriage, if works out, can help you get richer and a divorce can actually pull down your fortunes. And that’s why each divorce, including that of Brangelina, poses an economic problem — well, sort of.

Interesting!

According to these studies, couples can take advantage of economies of scale. For instance, the wife might use the husband’s health insurance or vice versa; and so on. This helps them build wealth faster than their peers who are single, divorced or living together.

So, one can say that a country where most people are married will do better financially than one with more singles, right?

Such are the chances. However the trend is not that bright across the globe. According to a Pew Research Center study, the number of married households plunged from a peak of about 72 per cent in 1960 to 50.5 per cent in 2012. The number of married households has fallen even more among the less educated. Which makes matters worse.

What about India?

We don’t have enough data. But divorces are catching up among our new generation couples, and as a recent news report said, Kerala leads the States; it sees five divorces every hour. Which also means this might soon leave a dent on the larger economy as well. So, keep the knot tied, folks; it means business.

[Source:-Hindu Business Lne]

Brangelina brings the first wave of self-cancelling celebrity news

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at a premiere in 2007.

Tim Farron was just stepping up to his party conference podium when Brangelina split. Cue TV gags about Hollywood ructions ruining Tim’s big day. So of course a Facebook furore and Twitter deluge followed the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie rupture (while the Bun and the Mirror cleared six or eight pages and more upmarket editors pondered which way to turn).

But is past behaviour any real guide to divorce news today? Celebrity magazine sales on both sides of the Atlantic are far from their lofty peak and sliding. Pitt plays grizzled heroes these days; Jolie seems happier behind a camera, directing. Six children are many things, but not perhaps the guarantee of continuing rose-tinted romance. Pitt’s previous marriage to Jennifer Aniston is old news, remembered in tranquillity by Friends fans who were young at the time.

So what did it all – the millions of the words, the melee of “sources” – add up too? When in doubt, turn to another hangover of great gossiping past: Perez Hilton, busily aggregating the tales of cancelled rapture for his dotcom followers. He started with 35 stories from different sites (and building). Including: “It’s rumoured that the actress was ‘fed up’ with Brad’s alleged substance abuse and anger issues.” “Angelina reportedly hired private eye to uncover alleged affair with Marion Cotillard.” “Close sources say divorce had nothing to do with cheating.” “Marion Cotillard addresses affair rumours AND announces she’s pregnant with her second baby.” The couple “fought a lot over the years as more details surrounding their shocking divorce come to light”.

A forest of allegedly in a shocking swamp of reportedly. No revelation standing tall for more than a few nanoseconds (except perhaps “Watch the exact moment George Clooney found out about the divorce!”) Who cares about so much mutually self-cancelling tosh across acres of pages and screens?

At least the web can float and junk it in a trice. Click once for oblivion. Without, indeed, even pausing to address the resonant question posed by Louise Mensch’s Heat Street site: “Did Angelina’s friendship with British Lord William Hague freeze out Brad?”

Or perhaps they just couldn’t agree about Brexit.

[Source:-The Guardian]