SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Violent video games has always been a hot topic, especially when it comes to discussing the possibility of gun control. Earlier this year, we reported on a poll that said 75 percent of parents believe violent video games leads to violence, and today, we’re hearing of another poll where 58 percent of adults believe the same thing.
According to a Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,278 adults in the U.S., roughly 58 percent of adults polled believe video game violence does contribute violent behaviors in teenagers. In addition to that surprisingly high number, 38 percent of adults polled said they are completely unaware of the Electronic Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) labeling, with 33 percent of adults polled letting their children play whatever they want.
“The findings underscore the lack of awareness Americans have about the video game rating system, as well as the confusion in the market,” said Harris Poll president Mike de Vere in a statement. “They also factor into a larger discussion playing out across our country and on a political stage around how violent games impact our youth, with President Obama recently announcing his desire to look into ways to fund research examining the impact of violent video games on children.” -www.shfaqna.com/English
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The relationship between Samsung and Apple has gone from bad to worse. Now you probably know it already that Apple is also one of Samsung’s biggest customers on the semiconductor side. Apple gets its own iPhone and iPad processors manufactured by Samsung, with around 130 million processors estimated to have been shipped to Cupertino last year. This year, the number of processor shipments grew to more than 200 million. According to MarketWatch, Samsung has reportedly increased the price of its mobile processors manufacturing for Apple by as much as 20 percent.
Sources told the publication that Samsung has already informed Apple about the significant price increase. The Cupertino-based tech giant reportedly expressed disapproval at first, but eventually accepted the new price because it cannot find any other supplier. Sources added that the new pricing is now being fully implemented. Apple’s contract with Samsung is expected to end in 2014. Apple and Samsung has yet to confirm the report.
Publisher’s note: If you’re not familiar with the matter, Apple designs its own processors and outsources the manufacturing to Samsung Semiconductors, which is what is called a “foundry” for Apple. This is very common as Qualcomm has its chips manufactured partially by TSMC. If this information is true, Apple may be quite unhappy about this, but on the other hand, they may have a hard time finding another foundry that can churn out this kind of volume. TSMC has its hands full with Qualcomm, NVIDIA and other customers. — www.shafaqna.com/English
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) —
Official figures have shown that Germany’s car market declined sharply by 11 percent in September.
According to the official data published on Tuesday, there were around 250,000 new car registrations in German car markets last month, which shows a decline of 11 percent compared to the same period in 2011.
The recent decline in new car registrations, which is a key measure of demand in one of the most crucial sectors of the German economy, indicates that the country is starting to feel the pinch of the eurozone debt crisis which has severely affected the bloc since 2009.
The Munich-based Ifo economic institute reported on September 24 that Germany’s business confidence has fallen to the lowest level since February 2010, amid the worsening financial crisis in the eurozone.
Also on September 23, a report by Germany’s Labour Ministry revealed that the gap between rich and poor continues to widen in Europe’s biggest economic powerhouse.
The latest figures indicate that even Europe’s biggest economy is not immune to the economic crisis in the eurozone.— www.shafaqna.com/English
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — A recently released study conducted by the Barem Research Company and its global collaborator WIN/Gallup International Association has revealed that 61 percent of Turks do not want refugees in their country.
With a recent increase in the number of illegal immigrants and of refugees seeking shelter from unrest in their own countries, or due to natural disasters, such as earthquakes or famine, Barem Research has conducted a study titled “The Views of People on Global Immigration” to determine the way people regard migration across the world.
The study was conducted with the participation of 1,000 people in Turkey and a total of 50,000 people from 59 countries. According to the study, 38 percent of people around the globe consider migration negative and do not like immigrants, while 34 percent of people are positive about migration.
In Turkey, the perception of migrants is highly negative in terms of the global figures. According to the study, 61 percent of participants in Turkey said they did not want refugees in their country, with only 15 percent stating that they would invite migrants into their country. The remaining 24 percent had no strong positive or negative feelings about the issue.
However, while Turks proved generally negative about migrants in their country, they are among the nationalities most prone to migration themselves. Turkey sends the third-highest volume of migrants to other countries worldwide, and, considered on a per capita basis, Turkey is at the top of this list. Over 6.5 million people from Turkey, a country with a population of over 72 million, live in other countries around the globe, in particular Germany.
According to data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), around 3 million more people entered Turkey to live than left to live abroad between 2000 and 2011.
The study also reveals that the high rate of migration is largely due to financial causes. Most migrants leave their countries to live in another country in order to have access to better economic opportunities.
Nigeria is the country that is most supportive of migration, the study suggests, followed by Pakistan and Armenia. Countries least favorable to global migration are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey.
According to data from the International Migration Research Center (UGAM), the country that sends the highest number of migrants abroad is China, with 55 million people living outside the country, followed by India, with 35 million emigrants. India is followed by Turkey with 6.5 million emigrants.—www.shafaqna.com/English