VALENCIA Spain (Reuters) – Andy Murray took another step towards securing a World Tour finals berth when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – If beating Serena Williams is considered the toughest challenge in women’s tennis, then spare a thought for Romania’s Simona Halep.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A glutton for punishment or a woman on a mission? Either way, Caroline Wozniacki has no intentions of putting her feet up just yet after her last tennis match of the season.

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Jewel Mania Halloween


Genre: Games

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Swap spooky jewels to match 3 or more and create waves of spine-tingling excitement and terror-ific animations as Jewel Mania Halloween returns from the grave!

- Haunted NEW ISLAND filled with puzzling tricks and treats!
- HALLOWEEN ART sets a monstrous, matching mood!
- Eerie NEW MUSIC for all our pumpkin-spiced puzzles!

The new match 3 puzzle game from the makers of hit app, Bubble Mania!

- MATCH JEWELS in 500+ puzzles – each one is unique and full of fun and amazing challenges!
- DAZZLING PUZZLES like smashing glass and digging for treasure keep the fun flowing!
- CREATE COMBOS by matching rare jewels and create amazing cascades!
- DISCOVER rare Magic Diamonds and Power Bombs by making big matches!
- EASY TO LEARN – hard to master! Can you score high enough to earn 3 stars on every level?
- MASTER tricky obstacles like walls, pitfalls, and puzzling portals!
- BEAUTIFUL backgrounds as you solve puzzles at amazing places with your puppy companion!
- TOP-NOTCH performance! Animated jewels, effects, and characters!
- FREE updates with new puzzles, boosts, and more!

Please note that Jewel Mania Halloween is free to play, but you can purchase in-app items with real money. To delete this feature, on your device go to Settings Menu -> General -> Restrictions option. You can then simply turn off In-App Purchases under "Allowed Content". In addition, Jewel Mania Halloween may link to social media services, such as Facebook, and Storm8 will have access to your information through such services.

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© © 2014 TeamLava LLC

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Silly Cat – Can You Get What the Kitty Wants

Hendy Cooker

Genre: Games

Release Date: October 18, 2014

Meow, meow, meow~
Satisfy me and make me happy.

In Silly Cat, various items that cat wants are hidden in the unknown corners of the rooms. Bring your wits into full play to solve puzzles, find the items out and beat 24 challenging missions.

Meow, meow, meow. What are you waiting, man?

√ PLAY with ease and fun
√ ENJOY the cute graphics
√ SOLVE puzzles with wits
√ BEAT 24 challenging missions
√ WATCH video walkthroughs for free

© © New Free Games

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RGB Express – Mini Truck Puzzle

Bad Crane Ltd

Genre: Games

Release Date: September 25, 2014

• Pocket Gamer: 9/10 GOLD Award – "A jolly, entertaining, sweet-natured puzzler"

RGB Express is a unique and beautiful puzzle game. Simple to play, yet super addictive!
You are running RGB Express, the one and only company specialized in delivering colors.

This is how you do it:
1) Draw routes for your drivers. Make sure that every house receives the correct package.
2) Press play
3) Sit back and watch while RGB Express delivers!

● 240 levels with more coming as free updates
● Easy gameplay suitable for all ages
● Lots of challenges for puzzle game fans
● Beautiful Retina graphics
● Excellent soundtrack and hilarious sound effects

The game starts off with easy puzzles, which will teach you the many tricks, that help you solve the more difficult ones. There are bridges, buttons, sometimes you must swap cargo from one truck to another… Eventually you will meet the mysterious white car!

• The Unofficial Apple Weblog: "Highly recommended"
• Pocket Gamer: 9/10 GOLD Award – "A jolly, entertaining, sweet-natured puzzler"
• GameMob: "RGB Express is a great casual game to pick up and play."
• AppAdvice: "The visuals are wonderful, the music is soothing, the controls are intuitive, and the gameplay itself is pretty challenging but on a nice, gradual curve."
• 148Apps: "Simply put, RGB Express is a well designed puzzle game. It’s one that’s sure to keep you keen for a while to come, as well as create many head scratching opportunities."
• Pocket Tactics: "Even early on, it’s a modest pleasure to play, but for a player who enjoys looking ahead several moves and mentally charting contingencies, the later levels are highly stimulating."
• Apple'n'Apps: "RGB Express is an ornately crafted puzzle experience offering equal parts enjoyment and challenge that is a great pick up for your iOS device."

About In-App purchases:
The game contains 5 free hints that will help you if you get stuck. If you want to use more hints, you can buy them as In-App purchases.

© © 2014 Bad Crane Ltd

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Rival Stars Basketball


Genre: Games

Release Date: October 23, 2014

Welcome to the game that Basketball fans have been waiting for. You will be the one who brings together a collection of star players and leads them to the pantheon of legends.

Draft tremendous athletes and use their skills to leave your rivals in the dust. Make thrilling clutch plays with a swipe of your finger. Slam the decisive dunk home and leave their jaws on the floor.

You are the inspiration.

· Master one-swipe gameplay with steals, passes, shots, and dunks
· Draft from hundreds of unique, fully-animated star player cards
· Immerse yourself in deep card management with infinite strategy and plays
· Claim outstanding prizes with regular online tournaments

Take your team to the top in Rival Stars Basketball.

Rival Stars Basketball is free to play but offers some game items for purchase with real money. You can disable in-app purchases in your device’s settings.

We love to hear from our players!

On Twitter? Drop us a line @pikpokgames and join the conversation with #RivalStars

© © Prodigy Design Ltd

oz Strange, interesting, and wildly ambitious things are afoot in the world of Bitcoin and blockchains. I give you Zerocash, a completely anonymous currency; Ethereum, an blockchain platform designed to decentralize much of the Internet; and Sidechains, a proposal to accelerate the evolution of Bitcoin itself. Any one of these could conceivably become a very big deal. All three? Prick up your ears. Read More

(Reuters) – Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark appeared set to end a two-year trophy drought by carving out a three-stroke lead after the penultimate round of the Perth International on Saturday.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – There were no wild celebrations or fist pumps from Serena Williams after she beat Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals on Saturday.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.


It’s happened: The Ebola virus has made its move to the big city, presumably with big dreams of infecting the lot of us.

Ebola is understandably frightening, but if you listen to the voices of reason, there’s not a lot to be scared about, and medical staff and emergency support crews are working hard to make sure it stays that way. Maybe that’s one reason why most New Yorkers are saying they aren’t scared. Or maybe it’s because Ebola is really a poor match for what New Yorkers already choose to put up with on a daily basis. The city is filled with hazards, some much more real than others, so let’s all remember:

New York’s subway rats have been carrying Ebola-like, hemorrhagic fever-causing diseases for lord knows how long.

subway rat

A recent study found the city’s rats to carry a whole bunch of terrible diseases, which is the least surprising thing we’ve heard all week.

We live under constant threat of death by taxi.

No matter where you stand — on the curb or just off it — it seems like taxis are drawn to warm bodies like German tourists to Times Square. We wonder who gave them driver’s licenses and how hard those instructors had recently hit their heads. Recent numbers suggest it’s getting more dangerous out there, but our street smarts keep us safe.

New Yorkers casually walk around active construction sites, where razor-sharp blades occasionally fly off.

new york city construction

Back in May, one poor woman was hit by a chainsaw blade while walking around midtown Manhattan. While the blade flew 100 feet and grazed her leg, she sustained only minor injuries.

Our bike lanes are terrifying.

Casey Neistat made this video in 2011 to bring attention to the city’s poorly maintained and hazardous bike lanes, and the police officers that still ticket riders for not using them. (The lanes are a bit better today, but still need reforms.)

Our subway cars harbor lethal viruses…

subway car

Chances are, you’re not going to contract Ebola on the subway, but you could easily catch another very deadly virus — the flu.

And mystery liquid dripping from the ceiling.

new york city subway platform

And other stuff that hopefully doesn’t hit you in the face on its way down.

New Yorkers weathered a hurricane together.

new york city hurricane sandy 2012

The city lost power, homes, lives, subway access and most city functionality during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. But New York still stands, and even went on to give birth to the cronut. Let’s cross our fingers that the next storm won’t be so catastrophic.

And endure the erratic behaviors of New York’s Finest.

Between pepper-spraying a guy waiting for the train, kicking people on the street and arresting a performer for simply playing music, it’s hard to know what to expect from New York City police these days.

Plenty of people in New York ride the subway late at night.

new york city subway performers

What happens on lonely subway cars in the wee hours when no one’s really around? Probably nothing bad, which is why some of us still ride the train then. (If you’re lucky, you’ll get a show!) But yes, there are risks. Risks we are willing to take in the name of not paying for a cab.

We eat from street carts…

new york city street cart

It’s totally fine… most of the time.

And restaurants with less-than-stellar Health Department ratings.

They get an “A” for creativity!

Sometimes we get trapped underground and don’t know how long we’ll be there.

nyc subway train

Delays due to “train traffic ahead of us” or “a sick passenger” happen regularly, but occasionally a train just hops the rails entirely and leaves everyone underground for hours. Claustrophobes beware.

And finally, a lot of us regularly take the G train, which is a complete mental health hazard in itself.

It’s G for “ghost.”

The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak passes 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, the World Health Organization’s latest report says.

A cheap robotic hand developed by a company called Grabit offers something most of the other mechanical limbs we’ve seen before don’t: the ability to pick up objects using electrostatic attraction. Even if you’re not familiar with term, you’ve likely…

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The WTA, the governing body for women’s tennis, is considering a plan to set up its own team event.

LONDON (Reuters) – The struggling Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams will both miss next week’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Saturday.

Josh Spero, author of Second Hand Stories and editor of Spear’s Magazine, and the author Erica Wagner, a former literary editor of the Times mull the question of high tech and old books.

Dr Geraldine O’Hara, an infectious diseases specialist from Huddersfield, has recorded a series of audio diaries while she is in Sierra Leone.

The UK’s first specialised Parkour, or freerunning, academies have opened to encourage people to learn how to do it in a safe environment.

One student is shot dead and four wounded in a school by a classmate who then took his own life, police in the US state of Washington say.

Physics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries — commonly found in consumer electronic devices — are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes contain toxic halogens.

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A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of chemical research.

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The critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal, which inhabits Lake Saimaa in Finland, has extremely low genetic diversity and this development seems to continue, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her doctoral dissertation, Mia Valtonen, MSc, analysed the temporal and regional variation in the genetic diversity of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal. The population is only around 300 individuals divided into smaller sub-populations and with very little migration among between them.

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Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all multi-cellular organisms, are mechanically engineered with precise forces that allow them to move around and stick to things. Proteins called integrin receptors act like little hands and feet to pull these cells across a surface or to anchor them in place. When groups of these cells are put into a petri dish with a variety of substrates they can sense the differences in the surfaces and they will “crawl” toward the stiffest one they can find.

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The development of a new organism from the joining of two single cells is a carefully orchestrated endeavor. But even before sperm meets egg, an equally elaborate set of choreographed steps must occur to ensure successful sexual reproduction. Those steps, known as reproductive cell division or meiosis, split the original number of chromosomes in half so that offspring will inherit half their genetic material from one parent and half from the other.

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