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Russia is dominating the battle for the Arctic


Vladimir Putin smileREUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

The U.S. is fighting with a half-dozen other countries for a chunk of the?Arctic Ocean that’s rich with untapped?oil and natural gas. President Obama, during his visit to Alaska on Tuesday, is expected to concede that the U.S. isn’t prepared for this global battle for Arctic occupation.


One sign of that is America’s anemic arsenal?of icebreaker ships. A reduction of?Arctic ice has opened up the Arctic Ocean for trade, transportation, tourism and research, but a?world power can’t do any of those things without icebreakers. Icebreakers, which are typically between 400 feet and 550 feet, have?powerful propulsion and special bow design that helps them slice through the ice. Russia has enough of the ships?to cut circles around the Americans. And it’s not just Russia: Sweden, Finland and Canada also more have more than the U.S.


To keep up in what some are calling the next Cold War, Obama has proposed to acquire a new icebreaker by 2020 instead of 2022 and to begin building more of them. But an analysis shows that the U.S. still has a ways to go before its fleet can match that of Russia, which will soon have?more icebreakers than all other countries combined. The ships can cost a $1 billion each and take up to a decade to make.



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At least 8 found dead after a South Korean fishing boat capsized

boat overturns south koreaScreenshot/Xinhua/NewsisThe video image shows coast guards carrying out a rescue operation for an overturned fishing boat near the Jeju island, South Korea, Sept. 6, 2015. Three people have been rescued and over 10 others are missing.

SEOUL (Reuters) - At least eight people died and about 10 were missing after a South Korean fishing boat capsized, a coast guard official and media reports said on Sunday.

The boat was found capsized earlier this morning, after it lost radio contact late on Saturday, a coast guard official in the southern island of Jeju said by telephone.

The bodies of eight people were recovered in the waters near the island of Chuja, which lies between the mainland south coast and Jeju, the official said.

Three people were pulled from the water and airlifted to hospitals, the coast guard official said, adding they were expected to survive.

Another coast guard official said the boat was initially reported to have taken 18 to 19 people, but an unknown number of others were also believed to be on board.

Most of them were on a fishing expedition on Saturday to Chuja, a popular fishing area, the official said.

President Park Geun-hye has called on the rescue and recovery services to do their utmost in the search for the missing, her office said in a statement.

In April 2014, a passenger ferry, Sewol, sank off the southwest coast killing about 300 people, most of them children on a school outing, triggering a national outrage over what was seen as an ineffective rescue operation.

(Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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A German fashion startup called off an event because Berlin wants to use the venue to house refugees

tempelhof airport berlin germanyTSGT Jose Lopez Jr., US Air Force/Wikimedia CommonsTempelhof Airport, pictured in 1984, would have been the site of the Bread + Butter event.

A German fashion startup has called off a big event planned for Berlin Fashion Week in January 2016 — because the city is considering using the venue to house refugees.

Zalando had planned to host Bread & Butter, a trade show it saved from insolvency in June, at the site of the now-defunct Tempelhof Airport, which ceased operations in 2008.

But the escalating European refugee crisis has meant that the Berlin Senate is looking into the possibility of using the building (along with other venues) to house refugees, prompting Zalando to put the event on ice. (We first saw the news via Tech.eu.)

The ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq has produced a growing stream of desperate refugees pouring into Europe — the largest since the Second World War. The issue has taken on a new urgency in recent days after 71 people were found dead inside a smuggler's van in Austria, and yesterday?photos of a dead child on a Turkish beach sparked horrified headlines across the continent.

aylan kurdi drowned toddler refugee migrantAPA paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a migrant child. A number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday.

Zalando spokesperson Boris Radke told Business Insider that the Berlin Senate had got in touch to say it was looking into the possibility of using the Tempelhof site as a potential site for its refugee relief efforts, and the seven-year-old e-commerce startup subsequently made the decision to cancel the Bread & Butter event.

The company is now considering the possibility of an alternative event, "a little bit like Band Aid," Radke says, the proceeds of which would go to charity. It is also sending a support truck to Sicily, where there are large numbers of refugees, as well as making donations to those already in Berlin.

It's just one small symptom of the ongoing tragedy, to which no immediate end is in sight.


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I finally ditched my Apple Watch — here's everything I'm going to miss about it

Apple Watch to normal watchBusiness Insider/James CookTimes have changed.

After four months with the Apple Watch, I have decided to pack it up and throw it to the back of a drawer. It just wasn't working out for me (and I gave it a good go).

Here's why: the Apple Watch really stands out. And not in a good way. Wearing an Apple Watch shows that you spent at least £300 on a relatively ugly watch that flashes up text messages and measures your heart rate. There just aren't any killer apps that make me want to keep using it.?

I was there when the Apple Watch arrived in the UK. I even queued up to be one of the first people to try it on.?But the Apple Watch got boring fast.?I haven't worn my Apple Watch for a week. After wearing it every day for four months, it really feels?different not to have it on my wrist. But I've been surprised at how much I miss it. I don't miss everything, though, just a small selection of things that the Apple Watch did well:

Notifications

James Cook wearing a Quora hoodie and using an Apple Watch while drinking wineBusiness Insider/Lianna BrindedUsing an Apple Watch is really awkward.

The Apple Watch can vibrate or make noises to notify you when you receive a text message or other notification. This is the best thing about the watch. I filtered notifications so only important things got through (no Twitter), and set my watch to silently?vibrate. That way, I knew when something was happening, even in meetings when my phone was in my pocket, or if I wandered to another part of the office.

But the issue I had with Apple Watch notifications was that they always felt like a prompt to pick up my phone. If I received a text message, it's far easier to pick up my phone and type a reply than to attempt to shout it at my watch. Taking calls on the Apple Watch is downright embarrassing. I eventually realised that it was just easier to carry my phone around with me.?

It's a great conversation starter

I have lost track of the amount of times that someone has asked to have a go on my watch. It has happened at work, in bars, on the train, even up a mountain. People are genuinely curious about the Apple Watch. I went to a friend's wedding in Switzerland, and none of the bride's family spoke English. But they all wanted to try on my Apple Watch (and they all knew what it was, as well). I'm going to miss having a conversation starter strapped to my wrist all day long.

Fitness data

I miss scrolling through the fitness app on my phone and seeing regular measurements of my heart rate. I didn't find the fitness data useful, but it was cool to see the measurements that the Apple Watch took and try to match them with what I was doing at the time.

Touch messages

apple watch milanese braceletRob Price/BINow you get to draw a little picture to send to Lance.

Owning an Apple Watch grants you exclusive entry into a virtual gang of fellow Apple Watch wearers who send each other small drawings. You can't view or send these little touch messages if you don't have an Apple Watch, and it's actually quite good fun to send them to each other. It got boring pretty fast, though, and I ended up sending rude drawings to the same friend every evening.

Weather

You don't realise how useful it is having the weather on your wrist until it's not there. I used a watch face that included the temperature, and it was super useful. I also have the Dark Sky app on my phone, so my watch would regularly flash warnings about what the weather was going to be like. Now my watch just shows me what the time and date is. Lame.

The sports band is super comfortable

Apple watchAppleIt might not look like much, but the humble sports band is one of the best things about the Apple Watch.

The sports band is the cheapest Apple Watch strap available, but it's also incredibly comfortable. It's made out of?fluoroelastomer (which is like a fancy rubber), and it's far nicer to wear than any normal metal watch strap. It's comfortable, easy to clean, looks cool, doesn't wriggle around, and it folds neatly inside itself.?

It doesn't scratch

It's really tough to do lasting damage to your Apple Watch. I might not like the software, but these things are really tough. After four months of use my Apple Watch only had a very slight scratch to the screen — the rest of the device looked brand new. Normal watches don't hold up to everyday use quite as well.

But it's just not enough

These things all sound awesome, right? Well, they are! But they're not enough to keep me on Team Apple Watch. The notifications are great, but my phone can do it too. Sure, it's nice having an unusual watch, but I'm not sure how much of the attention I got from wearing it was actually positive. Touch messages and fitness data are gimmicks (albeit cool gimmicks). I'm not selling my Apple Watch, instead I'll keep it and wait to try out future versions of the operating system. Sorry, Apple, but it just wasn't working out.


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A photographer looked through people’s forgotten, dead photo accounts for 5 years — here are the bea

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Doug Battenhausen thinks all our advances in cell-phone cameras and photo-sharing technology haven’t made our pictures better, but rather?more sterile. We all know how to get the perfect selfie now, with just the right filter — but to him, that’s boring.

What Battenhausen is interested in, and has been collecting since 2010 on his blog “Internet History,” are photos that are beautifully amateurish and capture strange moments.

To find these types of photos, Battenhausen mines the forgotten reaches of the internet, particularly defunct photo accounts on sites like the (now deleted) Webshots, Flickr, or Photobucket.

“If there's one rule I try to keep to all the time,” Battenhausen says. “It's that I try to find pictures that have been abandoned. If you're still actively using your photosharing website, I don't want to encroach on that. Through 'Internet history,' I think I'm giving a second life to orphans.”

But Battenhausen doesn’t just take any old photo. He has a remarkable eye for finding ones that can evoke some emotion. He describes them as sometimes funny, sometimes bad, but usually photos that give him a feeling of “comforting sadness.”

The photos on his site, which were once featured in an exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design, are both bizarre and everyday at the time. Perhaps the best word to describe them is?wistful.

See the photos below, which have a meditative quality when you scroll through them:

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