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It looks like Apple will have plenty of iPhone owners that could use an upgrade this holiday season (AAPL)

As smartphones have gotten stronger, the pressure on people to upgrade their phones has dipped. Apple’s iPhone is no exception to that, according to recent Newzoo data charted for us by Statista.

There were 728 million iPhones still in use as of April 2017, according to Newzoo. The most widely-active model within that pool of devices was the iPhone 6, which accounted for 21% of active iPhones worldwide. In total, a little over half of the iPhones in use were released in 2014 or earlier.

Antarctica just shed one of the largest icebergs the world has ever seen — these size comparisons reveal how big it really is

A crack in an Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf birthed one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, scientists announced Wednesday morning.

"The calving of this iceberg leaves the Larsen C Ice Shelf reduced in area by more than 12%, and the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula changed forever,"Adrian Luckman and Martin O'Leary, two glaciologists at Swansea University, wrote in a July 12 blog post for the MIDAS Project, which has been monitoring the ice.

They also said the iceberg weighs more than a trillion metric tonnes.

The following size comparisons will give you a sense of just how colossal this new iceberg is.


 The iceberg weighs almost as much as 20 Titanics. Its surface area is roughly equivalent to the state of Delaware. It could fill Lak...

Trump claims Putin would prefer Clinton because she doesn't want a strong military and supports windmills

President Donald Trump made a convoluted argument that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election because she's weaker on energy and the military.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump bragged that Putin called him a "genius," a point that contrasted deeply with the Russia president's wariness of Clinton, whom he blamed for encouraging opposition to him during the 2011 Russian parliamentary election, among other perceived slights.

But in an interview with Christian Broadcast Network on Wednesday, Trump argued that Putin would have actually rather had Clinton as president because America was producing more energy under the Trump administration.

The BMW M240i Convertible is the bimmer that puts the F in FUN

These are not good times for high-performance sports sedans, much less sports coupés. People want crossovers and SUVs, and all the German carmakers have responded.

For BMW, this is something of a tough pill to swallow, because the Bavarians invented the sports coupé and brought it to America in the 1970s with the magnificent BMW 2002. Many iterations have followed, with convertibles and four-doors added to the pack.

These have always been fun to drive yet relatively practical. And give the BMW M-Sport the high-performance treatment, and the fun becomes excessive. So who cares if all people want are crossovers? That just means more cars like the BMW M240i for the rest of us.

BMW sells both proper M-cars and vehicles that live a notch lower on the price and performance ladder. So in the 2-Series realm, there's the M2 — a stonking machine — and the M240i, which replaces the wonderful M235i.

PC shipments haven't been this bad since 2007, and Apple is seeing a big Mac slump (MSFT, AAPL, HP)

The PC industry just had its lowest single quarter of shipments since 2007, according to a new report from analyst firm Gartner

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell 4.3% in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2016. That marked the 11th straight quarter that shipments have declined in the industry. 

The reason for the latest drop, per Gartner: There's a shortage of components like memory and LCD screens that are driving up manufacturing costs. While some vendors just absorbed the higher costs, others hiked their PC prices, leading to lower overall demand. 

The story was even worse in the US. Here, overall PC shipments dropped 5.7%. Gartner chalked it up to weak demand, particularly in the education sector, where customers are switching to Chromebooks, which Gartner doesn't include in its PC shipment numbers. 

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the Great Red Spot

NASA's plucky Juno probe has returned its first close-up photographs of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, and they are stunning.

On Monday, Juno flew about 5,600 miles above the mysterious tempest — more than a million miles closer than any previous spacecraft has flown.

The Great Red Spot is a massive storm about twice as wide as Earth. It has tumbled in the planet's atmosphere for at least 350 years.

Juno took the new photos on it's seventh pass around the gas giant planet. The spacecraft swings by Jupiter once every 53.5 days, at speeds approaching 130,000 mph, which makes such close-ups very hard to capture.


After each flyby, NASA provides JunoCam's raw image data to the public, and a community of amateurs and professionals turn the muted, unprocessed photos into striking color images.

Betting startup Smarkets boosts pre-tax profits by 160%

LONDON – Betting startup Smarkets reported a surge in growth in its annual report, with a year-on-year increase in profits of 160% in 2016.

The peer-to-peer betting exchange, founded in 2008, reported its third consecutive year of growth.

Total pre-tax profits were up 160% to £13.7 million (£3.2 million of which came from share-based payments) in 2016, from £5.2 million in 2015. In comparison, total pre-tax profits were £316,000 in 2014. Revenue was up 144% in 2016 to £25.4 million, from £10.4 million in 2015.

"Our mission is clear; we are striving to establish ourselves as a top-tier technology company," said CEO Jason Trost.

London startup Bulb is trying to convince people to dump traditional suppliers and switch to renewable energy

London startup Bulb has a bigger aim than trying to convince people to download an app: It's trying to rethink how energy suppliers work.

Bulb is a green energy supplier, with all of its electricity and 10% of its gas coming from renewable sources. The company says it now has 50,000 customers.

Cofounder Hayden Wood told Business Insider that the idea for Bulb came about during his time working as a management consultant for Bain & Company.

Wood worked within large energy suppliers, but said that he "could not believe what I was seeing when I was working with these companies." He cited opaque business models, poor service, and the high cost of switching to renewable energy as the three main reasons why he wanted to start his own energy supplier.

10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NFLX, SNAP)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Thursday morning.

1. A new report says the iPhone 8 won't come with wireless charging at launch. One of the rumoured features of the new iPhone is that you won't need to plug it in to charge it — but it's sounding like Apple won't have that ready for launch.

2. A French court has ruled that Google doesn't have to pay €1.1 billion (£974 million) in back taxes. The French finance ministry said it was considering an appeal.


Ethereum is on a wild ride
Posted July 13, 2017 0:19 AM
Ethereum is on a wild ride

LONDON — Digital currency Ethereum's volatility continues.

The cryptocurrency, the second most popular after bitcoin, fell 25% against the dollar across Monday and Tuesday. The price stabilised in early trade on Wednesday before rallying above $200 again.

Ethereum is dipping again on Thursday morning, down almost 5% to $212.22 at 7.57 a.m. BST (2.57 a.m. ET):

The choppy trade follows a 5,000% price rise for the digital currency since the start of the year. Mati Greenspan, an analysts with trading platform eToro, told Business Insider earlier this week recent falls are a price correction that has been "a long time coming."