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ImageShe's short, brunette, has an average body shape and can even be given cellulite and acne: the 'anti-Barbie' doll is ready to go on sale in the United States. The brainchild of 26-year-old graphic designer Nickolay Lamm, the "Lammily" doll will begin shipping with the sales pitch that "average is beautiful." Lamm said he came up with the idea after searching for a doll to buy as a gift and discovering that "all the dolls looked like supermodels."

Somewhere on the internet, there's a website showing inside people's homes. The problem is, one of those homes might be yours, if you haven't taken the right precautions with your networked cameras. A lot of people who use surveillance cameras and baby monitors either don't realise their devices automatically send images to the internet or they fail to take the proper precautions to prevent their distribution.
Sensors that track steps, pulse, diet and more marked a wearable computing fashion trend this year as they evolve from measuring what we've done to telling us what to do. Smart bracelets, watches, and pendants increasingly adorned the techno-chic, and for some even their dogs sported medallions tracking whether they nap too much and run too little.
Denim jeans belong firmly in the category of classic fashion. Starting in the United States, jeans began their march across the world in the 1950s and are now present in almost every woman's wardrobe. Over the decades jeans have undergone huge development with a wide variety of colours and designs available in the stores. Next spring promises to be the season of skinny jeans in women's fashion. Skin-tight jeans are now just as popular as classic straight-cut designs.
Obesity and extreme obesity can reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive people of as much as 19 years of good health, according to a study published last Friday. The research - a mathematical model based on US health data - should be a useful tool for doctors advising patients who are worryingly overweight, its authors said. The biggest area of concern is for people who become obese while they are young.
Christine Graf knows that eating in moderation isn't always easy. "Going without food is torture when you're constantly bombarded with messages urging you to eat," says Graf, a physician and professor at the German Sport University's Institute for Kinesiology and Neuroscience in Cologne. Graf treats children and adolescents who have failed at moderation plans and suffer from obesity, a disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat. She gives them exercise therapy to help them lead healthier lives.
A series of spectacular cyberattacks drew headlines this year, and the situation will only worsen in 2015 as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks, security researchers said Tuesday. McAfee Labs' 2015 Threats Predictions report sees increased cyber-warfare and espionage, along with new strategies from hackers to hide their tracks and steal sensitive data. "Cyber espionage attacks will continue to increase in frequency," the report said. "Long-term players will become stealthier information gatherers, while newcomers will look for ways to steal money and disrupt their adversaries."

 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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