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China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Market Rally Loses Steam

A rally spurred by optimism over the U.S. economy and a rebound in commodity prices lost some steam Friday, as European shares and U.S. stock futures slipped.

Austria Raises Estimate of Number of Migrants Found Dead

The number of migrants found dead in a truck off a highway outside of Vienna has been raised to more than 70, from an initial estimate of between 30 and 50.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already.

Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

Hacker Killed by Drone Was ‘Secret Weapon’

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U.K. Confirmed As One of Fastest-Growing Western Nations

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Ubuntu zur CES: Linux kommt aufs Smartphone

Es ist offen, es ist beliebt und läuft bald auch auf Smartphones: Das Linux-Betriebssystem Ubuntu soll nach Plänen des Entwicklers Canonical Anfang 2014 auf mobilen Geräten zum Einsatz kommen. Doch schon vorher wird es eine Zwischenlösung geben. Bei „Ubuntu for Android“ kommt das Betriebssystem nicht vorinstalliert, sondern als Aufsatz der Google-Lösung Android zum Einsatz.

Ubuntu Phone, so verspricht es Canonical-Gründer Mark Shuttleworth in einem Präsentationsvideo, halte stets die am häufigsten genutzten Apps mit einem Klick bereit. Statt eines Lock-Screens verfügt Betriebssystem über einen „Welcome-Screen“, der sich direkt bedienen lässt. Alle Funktionen lassen sich von einer bestimmten Seite des Bildschirms hereinwischen. Der Homescreen wird durch einen eigenen Button aufgerufen und zeigt die zuletzt benutzten Apps sowie die jüngsten Kontakte. Integriert ist auch eine Universalsuche, mit der auch nach Filmen, Büchern und anderen Medien gesucht werden kann – wobei Ubuntu ähnlich wie bei der Suche über Desktop-Systems bei jeder abgegebenen Bestellung mitverdient.

Auf der Elektronikmesse CES, die vom 8. bis 11. Januar in Las Vegas stattfindet, will Canonical erste Geräte mit Ubuntu vorstellen. Bislang wird ausschließlich Googles Galaxy Nexus als Testplattform unterstützt. Doch spätestens 2014 soll es dann weitere Geräte geben, auf denen das auf Debian Linux aufbauende System zum Einsatz kommt.

Zwei Versionen sind geplant

Geplant sind zwei Versionen: Zum einen soll es leistungsschwache Smartphones geben, die lediglich mit der Standard-Variante von Ubuntu ausgestattet werden. Auf seiner Internetseite listet Canonical Mindestanforderungen auf. So muss das Gerät wenigstens mit einem Cortex A9-Prozessor und 1Ghz takten. Als RAM-Speicher werden 512 Megabyte oder mehr verlangt. Die High-End-Geräte setzen auf einen Quad-Core-A9-Prozessor oder auf Intels Atom-Architektur. Beide Klassen sollen über Multi-Touch verfügen. Eine Besonderheit bringt das „Superphone“ jedoch mit sich: Es lässt sich nach Bedarf in einen vollwertigen PC verwandeln. Dazu wechselt das Betriebssystem in den Desktop-Modus. Der lässt sich am besten mit Maus, Tastatur und auf einem großen Bildschirm bedienen.

Zu Beginn wird Ubuntu Phone kaum mit einer großen Auswahl an Apps glänzen können. Zwar gibt es bereits jetzt eine große Auswahl an Open-Source-Software wie zum Beispiel das kostenlose Büropaket Libre Office. Doch wie gut die Programme auf die Touch-Bedienung umgesetzt worden sind, wird sich erst zeigen müssen. Ubuntu verspricht, dass Programme für alle Geräte entwickelt werden können, die Ubuntu unterstützt – von der TV-Box über das Smartphone bis zum Desktop-PC. Die Apps sollen dabei auch von Ubuntus Cloud-Dienst One Gebrauch machen können und 3D-Grafikbeschleunigung nutzen.

Das Smartphone-System soll sowohl native Apps – also Software, die direkt für Ubuntu Phone geschrieben ist – als auch Webapps, die auf dem HTML-5-Standard basieren, unterstützen. Web-Apps laufen unabhängig vom Gerät, sind aber weniger flüssig als native Apps. Beispiele für populäre Web-Apps sind die Programme in Googles Service Drive oder Googles Kartendienst. Fraglich ist, ob das reicht. Schließlich haben Smartphone-Nutzer bereits die Auswahl zwischen Apples iOS und Googles Android mit einer Vielzahl von Apps – und auch Microsoft Windows Phone 8 holt auf.

Möglicherweise wird der Spieleentwickler Valve die neue Plattform unterstützen. Der Anbieter der beliebten Spieleplattform Steam portiert sein System derzeit auf die Desktop-Variante von Ubuntu Linux. Laut Gerüchten wird die kommende Steam-Spielekonsole ebenfalls unter Ubuntu laufen.

Wer möchte, kann sich einen ersten Eindruck des Betriebssystems auf der Internetseite von Ubuntu verschaffen. Oder in wenigen Tagen persönlich, auf der CES in Las Vegas.

–Mitarbeit: Jörgen Camrath

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China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Market Rally Loses Steam

A rally spurred by optimism over the U.S. economy and a rebound in commodity prices lost some steam Friday, as European shares and U.S. stock futures slipped.

Austria Raises Estimate of Number of Migrants Found Dead

The number of migrants found dead in a truck off a highway outside of Vienna has been raised to more than 70, from an initial estimate of between 30 and 50.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already.

Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

Hacker Killed by Drone Was ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 51

Eurozone Businesses, Households More Upbeat

Businesses and households across the eurozone became slightly more upbeat in August, an indication that the slowdown in economic growth during the second quarter is unlikely to turn into a more severe downturn.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Swiss Economy Beats Expectations

Switzerland’s economy grew in the second quarter, defying expectations that it would slip into its first recession in six years.

U.K. Confirmed As One of Fastest-Growing Western Nations

Britain was confirmed as one of the fastest-growing western nations in the second quarter, a fresh sign of health for policy makers at the Bank of England to weigh against concerns about the global economy.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece on Thursday named Vassiliki Thanou Christopoulou, head of the country’s Supreme Court, as interim prime minister, with the task of leading the country to an election.

As China Celebrates Victory, Businesses Cope With Loss

Beijing ordered more than 10,000 factories to close or reduce output ahead of a high-profile military parade, crimping many businesses in the capital and leaving some workers without wages.

Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

A race to shore up funding for the $27 billion Yamal LNG energy project in the Russian Arctic has emerged as a test of Moscow’s ability to weather Western sanctions.

UberChina Closing In on $1 Billion in New Funding

The Chinese affiliate of Uber is close to securing about $1 billion in new funding from investors in the region, part of the ride-hailing company’s rivalry with deep-pocketed Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi.

Hermès Warns of Currency Pressure

French luxury-goods company Hermès International warned that volatile currencies will erode its profitability in the second half of the year with profit seen rising more slowly than sales.

German Car Makers Shift Gears as China Slows

At BMW’s annual results presentation in March, former Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer warned of a coming slowdown in China. These days his prediction seems optimistic.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

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A Wall Street veteran tells us it took just five days for him to learn all he needed to know about investing. The problem is, they've happened over the past 15 years.

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China’s Banks Face Worst Year in More Than a Decade

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