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Opening weekend sales numbers proved the iPhone 4S to be the most successful iPhone launch in Apple's history

iPhone celebrates fifth birthday — How has it changed?

(WIRED) — Gadget fans may be focused on the CES trade show this week, but there’s something else notable going on today: It’s the iPhone’s fifth birthday. Five years ago today, Apple unveiled the original iPhone to the world. It wasn’t a tightly kept secret, shrouded in mystery and speculation like more recent Apple announcements, but […]

Mission Hill's Ken Chu (left) and Lan Kwai Fong's Allan Zeman.

Another Hainan development: Lan Kwai Fong and Mission Hills tag team

The Lan Kwai Fong Group and Mission Hills Group announced a partnership yesterday to develop a RMB 2 billion leisure complex located in Haikou, capital of Hainan island. Upon its completion by the end of 2013, Mission Hills-Lan Kwai Fong-Haikou will be a 240,000-square-meter retail, shopping, entertainment and dining complex that will adjoin the Mission […]

10 of the world’s ugliest buildings

10 of the world’s ugliest buildings

Ugliness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, and that is something we have taken into account in our list of some of the planet’s most controversial architectural creations. In fact, a more accurate title for the article might have been “the world’s most divisive buildings.” Yet for every admirer of Ryugyong Hotel’s […]

Mystery shoppers suss out the surroundings to rate the appearance of luxury stores.

Shopping in Singapore is better than Paris

How many shopping trips truly turn out to to be the idyllic experiences your friends promised they would be? Presence Mystery Shopping, a Paris-based market consulting company, thinks it has found 30 places that really truly can offer shopping heaven. It has published a report ranking the welcome and service for the world’s most famous shopping streets. […]

Lionel Messi took his third world player of the year crown on Monday in Switzerland

Messi takes third Ballon D’or crown

(CNN) — Lionel Messi has been crowned world footballer of the year for a third successive time after claiming FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Zurich. The Argentina forward beat Barcelona teammate Xavi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the prestigious title. Messi, 24, becomes only the fourth player in history to claim three […]

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests?

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests?

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests? (CNN) — Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, ended oil subsidies on New Year’s Day that had kept gasoline prices artificially low. The cost of a liter of gasoline shot up from 65 naira (40 cents) to at least 141 naira (86 cents) virtually overnight. Furious Nigerians have since taken to the streets, […]