2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?
    Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?

    The instant sell-outs and rapidly lengthening delivery estimates of the iPhone 6 Plus have led many observers to believe that the most jumbo version of iPhone is capturing a big chunk of the new iPhone sales in North America. But new statistics from Chitika indicate that people may have been jumping the gun because it’s possible that the low early production volumes of iPhone 6 Plus are the reason for its relative scarcity compared to the smaller iPhone 6. RELATED: The iPhone 6 Plus is so popular that even Apple employees can’t get one yet According to Chitika, three days after the launch of the new models, the iPhone 6 made up 1.6% of the internet traffic volume generated by all

  • Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
    Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.

  • Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers
    Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

    TOKYO (AP) — Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air.

  • Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
    Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

  • Congress Can’t Duck Voting on ISIS Forever
    Congress Can’t Duck Voting on ISIS Forever

    Congressional leaders have done just about everything they can to avoid taking a direct position on President Obama’s decision to use U.S. Criticism of their reluctance to to engage in debate on the issue has been growing, though, both from within Congress’s own ranks, and from outside. They are hitting targets in Syria based partly on a 12-year-old AUMF sanctioning war in Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has suggested that Congress might start discussing some sort of new authorization of military action in the lame duck session that begins in November.

  • 'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface
    'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface

    Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed. The Ocean of Storms, or Oceanus Procellarum, is the largest of the moon's maria, giant dark spots visible on the near side of the moon. Scientists had previously thought the Ocean of Storms was created by a giant cosmic impact that left a crater about 2,000 miles wide (3,200 kilometers) that filled with lava. Now, data from NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that Procellarum is not round, but instead is surrounded by a strange giant rectangle underneath the moon's surface.

  • Ailing North Korea leader sends message to China
    Ailing North Korea leader sends message to China

    Seoul (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who has not been seen for nearly a month due to apparent health problems, sent a congratulatory message to China on its national day Wednesday, state media said.

  • U.S. dollar gains bode well for large caps: Stovall
    U.S. dollar gains bode well for large caps: Stovall

    The greenback has been grinding higher this year in what could be its best annual performance since 2010 according to Sam Stovall of S&P Capital IQ.

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