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VIDEO: Sports sensor 'judges your golf swing'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:49
Zepp's Jason Fass demonstrates his company's sports sensor.

Looking at the future of the TV

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:32

One of the big topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week is television -- like smart TVs and more high-definition programming. But as more and more of us stream our content, what does the future of television really look like beyond pixels and frame rates? For a look at how television stations might be licensed in the future and how interactive new programming might be, Marketplace Tech turns to Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain. Click the audio player above to hear more.

Syrian rebel-on-rebel clashes spread

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:17
As fighting between rebel groups spreads in northern Syria, the powerful al-Qaeda linked Isis comes under attack in Raqqa, activists say.

VIDEO: Transfer latest: Man Utd, West Ham news

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:08
BBC Sport's Ben Smith provides an early update on potential deals that could go through in the January transfer window,

Man released in sex attack inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:02
A man arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Edinburgh is released pending further investigation.

Was Luck's TD The Most Amazing Moment Of A Wild NFL Weekend?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:01

Watch the replay as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck scoops up a fumble and stretches across the goal line against Kansas City. During a weekend of four close games in which three weren't settled until the last minute, was that the highlight of highlights?

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AUDIO: 'People still want physical books'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:55
The boss of Harper Collins insists that despite the growth of e-readers, people still want physical books.

Driver filmed with hands behind head

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:51
A motorist has been banned from driving for 12 months after he was caught driving at 62mph with both hands behind his head.

Sudan president in Juba for talks

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:43
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrives in South Sudan for talks with his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir over fighting there.

Liz Cheney ends race for US Senate

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:42
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, ends her run for a US senate in Wyoming, citing a family health crisis

Flood warning for some parts of NI

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:37
Police issue flood warning for parts of Belfast and the Ards peninsula on Monday

Lessons from an online murder mystery

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:32
Learning lessons from an online murder mystery

Jailed marine launches murder appeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:29
A former Royal Marine who was jailed for life for murdering an insurgent in Afghanistan lodges an application to appeal against his conviction.

AUDIO: 'The plane just fell from the sky'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:27
A passenger travelling on a Singapore Airlines plane which was forced to make an emergency landing says he thought they were all going to die.

Gaps when revising 'beats cramming'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:23
There is bad news for anyone relying on last-minute exam cramming, as psychologists publish research showing that learning is much more effective when spaced out over stretches of time.

VIDEO: Meet the swordsmith of Baltimore

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:16
Meet the swordsmith of Baltimore

Somali soldier executed over murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:14
A firing squad executes a soldier in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, after a military court convicts him of murdering a school pupil last year.

Savile victims seek single inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:10
People abused by Jimmy Savile are calling for a single inquiry into how the former presenter evaded justice, but the NSPCC says it is not in favour.

How do Muslim investors know when a company is Sharia friendly?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:01

This week, Marketplace is looking at investors who are using their money to invest in companies that share their values.

IdealRatings is a San Francisco company that helps Muslim investors do just that. Through its screening system, IdealRatings finds stocks and other investment vehicles that comply with Sharia law.

Mohamed Donia, IdealRatings' chief executive officer, says there are many levels at which a company is judged to see if it is a socially responsible buy for Muslim investors.

"You screen for good companies not interested in alcohol or gambling -- even games," he explains. "Then, there is another level of leverage, interest. So, I'll give you an example -- like firearms. There are companies that are selling the firearms, so we look at whether they're getting an income of less than 5 percent from firearms -- typically these companies will pass. If the income level is more than 5 percent, then it is likely to fail."

Donia says a service like the one IdealRatings supplies is essential to Muslims, because too much money is being left on the table as investors worry whether a company complies with Islamic teaching.

"The Islamic finance industry is estimated around $1.5 trillion, growing steadily at 25 percent," Donia says. "Most of that money is in cash accounts, not earning interest, because investors -- they have the fear that they cannot invest the money, so when you provide a screened universe of companies, this would definitely help investors to start investing this kind of money, and also leverage their investments across different regions."

For more about Islamic finance and IdealRatings, click the audio player above.

Fun fair roundabout ride stolen

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:59
An 18ft trailer containing a children's roundabout fun fair ride is stolen from near a service station in Fife.

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