Peugeot 3008 car review – ‘It’s funny-looking’

The Peugeot 3008 has sleek, long lines in the body, then an abruptly curtailed snout, as if it’s been punched in the face. Inevitably, then, I started to wonder why someone might want to punch it in the face. This ridiculous Peugeot fascination with vista, a huge great windscreen delivering less-than-brilliant visibility, thanks to its very shallow angle and hefty A-frame? I could live without that. The highly effective fragrance diffuser that gave the eerie impression of having swapped one’s regular family for aliens or furniture? That was a bit…

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Pokémon Go and no sign of stopping: Apple’s App Store sales boom

When Apple launched its App Store eight years ago with a selection of just 500 applications for iPhone users, not many of the company’s famously bullish executives could have expected that it would grow into an earnings juggernaut. The iPhone and iPod were overwhelming successes and the iPad was just around the corner: apps seemed like an offshoot. But last year, Apple’s app business made almost $30bn (£24bn) as the Pokémon Go phenomenon drove purchases, taking total store sales to $85bn since 2008. This week’s latest quarterly results will confirm…

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How to stop arguing and actually change someone’s mind on social media

Whenever a major story breaks in the social media age, from the supreme court judgement on article 50 to the news that roast potatoes can apparently cause cancer – it sparks a heated debate. And in this post-truth world of alternative facts even the US president conducts his battles on Twitter. But what if you’re less interested in just shouting your view and actually want to try to change people’s minds? The basics Is there a way to argue more effectively on social media? Yes, there is, says Sean Jones,…

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Uber: the app that changed how the world hails a taxi

The whole thing might not have happened without Bond – James Bond. It was mid-2008, the Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp had just sold his first company, the website discovery engine StumbleUpon, to eBay for $75m. Now he was living large, enjoying San Francisco’s nightlife, and when relaxing at his apartment in the city’s South Park neighbourhood, he occasionally popped in the DVD of Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie, Casino Royale. Camp loved the movie, but something specific in it got him thinking. Thirty minutes into the film, Bond is driving…

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Standing Rock Sioux tribe says Trump is breaking law with Dakota Access order

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has called Donald Trump’s decision to push forward the controversial Dakota Access pipeline “utterly alarming”, and warned the president that rushing through the project would break federal law. Analysis Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America’s climate antagonism Contrary to all evidence, the new US president will ignore climate change science and proceed with aggressive pro-oil and gas policies Read more On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order instructing the army corps of engineers to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the Dakota Access…

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Big Garden Birdwatch: cold snap may bring unusual migrant birds to gardens

Unusual migrant birds could be seen in UK gardens in the cold snap, experts said as they urged people to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey. More than half a million people are expected to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is taking place over three days for the first time. The RSPB said this winter there had been reports of hundreds of waxwings, birds with dusky pink colouring with a black strip across the eye and a punk-like crest, arriving along the east…

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