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    Smartphone growth is expected to slow way down in 2015, according to a report Tuesday from IDC. In its quarterly report on the smartphone market, the analysis firm said that while the smartphone market will continue to grow, it will only be up 10.7 percent this year. Compare that to last year's growth rate of 27.5 percent.Why the slowdown? In a word, China.According to analysts, buying patterns in China -- which makes up a little more than a quarter of the world's smartphone market -- have changed when it comes to smartphones, and are mirroring more of what we see here in the United States.[Blurry photos on your iPhone 6 Plus? You’re not alone.]"IDC expects to see a noticeable slowdown in smartphone shipments in 2015 as China joins North America and Western Europe in a more mature growth pattern," the company said in a report. That said, IDC also said that as prices for phones drop, the smartphone market is expected to remain a growth market for years to come.In terms of who will be running all those smartphones, IDC predicts that Android — which is expected to finish out the year running 81.1 percent of all the smartphones shipped worldwide -- will take the top spot. Apple's iOS comes in second, with an estimated 15.6 percent.[Samsung really wants you to leave your iPhone behind]IDC said that will likely be the status quo for the next five years. "Markets with the biggest growth opportunity are extremely price sensitive, which IDC believes will not change, and this is the main reason Apple will be challenged to take Android share throughout the forecast," the report said. "Even if Apple were to introduce another low-cost iPhone (e.g., ‘C’ version), IDC believes the price will struggle to compete" against Android phone makers who price their phones at $200 or less than the iPhones, unsubsidized.Apple itself has said it's happy with its smartphone growth in China and its profitable iPhone business right now. Chief executive Tim Cook even took the unusual measure of sharing a mid-quarter update on China smartphone growth with CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer amid Monday's market plunge."I can tell you that we have continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August," Cook said in an e-mail to Cramer.






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    Feeling hungry...but lazy? Tied up at your desk with no time for a decent lunch? Put the change for the vending machine away and pull out your smartphone instead. As of now, you can call up your meal with a tap of your Uber app.UberEats, Uber's on-demand food delivery service, launched in Washington on Tuesday. Lunchtime, according to Uber, is between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays; the D.C. delivery area stretches from Dupont Circle and Downtown to Capitol Hill. The food should arrive in 10 minutes or less, according to the UberEats Web site.[Some of the content in this entry could not be displayed on this device.]You can't be that choosy with UberEats, although there's enough there to satisfy most palettes. UberEats customers must choose from a set menu that Uber has worked out with a number of excellent restaurants. Tuesday's menu offered up three options: an Italian hoagie from Bub and Pop's, a Beatrix roll from Buredo or a plate of chicken tikka masala from Rasika.If those options don't tickle your fancy, don't worry. Just try again later. This week, Uber is also offering options from Bread Furst, Taylor Gourmet, DGS Delicatessen, Sprinkles Cupcakes and more. You can sign up for daily or weekly e-mails from Uber to keep track of when a dish you may want slides into the rotation.Dishes should generally cost between $8 and $12, according to Uber's Web site, though some cost as much as $15.Sure, getting lunch from Uber means you don't get the same variety as you might from any of the other numerous food-delivery services. After all, you don't even get to see a menu. But that may be worth it to many people, if it means they can get a good meal for very little effort.UberEats also offers service in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Austin, Barcelona, Toronto and Chicago. The company has said that it's seeing high demand for the service, though a report from the Wall Street Journal in June outlined some problems. That includes the fact that drivers often waste time looking for their customers — sometimes parked illegally at the curb. At least in some cases, the report said, drivers have to throw food away at the end of the day.UberEats does offer some ordering features that would be nice to see elsewhere. Customers can even order multiple meals and split the bill using Uber's fare-splitting feature in the app.In fact, you don't have to do any math at all, because — like Uber's car service — UberEats is designed to work without tips."[The] best way to thank your driver is with a 5-star rating," Uber says on its site.






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    The following are mergers under. APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS. -- Varo Energy, a joint venture between the world's top oil trader Vitol and private equity firm Carlyle Group (CG), is expanding its reach in Europe through a merger with Dutch-based storage and trading company Argos. NEW LISTINGS.

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    CBS Corp. (CBS) on Tuesday said it has inked a new content carriage agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp. (CVC). The deal will make the cable and broadband provider the first to offer CBS's (CBS) standalone online services CBS All Access and Showtime to Cablevision's Optimum broadband customers. Under the new deal, Cablevision (CVC) will still be able to re- transmit other CBS-owned stations including CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel.

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    If you feel like you've stepped through Alice's looking glass and wound up in Wonderland, with U.S. markets rallying after a sell-off just one day earlier that earned the nickname "Black Monday," you're not alone.

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    Cloud software pioneer targeting high-value industries. How does a business software company keep growing after it has pushed into a wide swath of offices with general- purpose tools? Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM), which makes software used by salespeople to keep tabs on clients and prospects, on Tuesday announced a variant of its sales-management tools tailored for a specific industry: wealth management.

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    * GCC bonds outperformed other emerging markets for years. * Most fiscal, current account surpluses are now gone. * So GCC has underperformed some regions in past two weeks. * Saudi CDS jump close to Philippine levels. * GCC bonds may diverge further, splitting into three classes. By Archana Narayanan.

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    Germany's budget surplus stood at 21.1 billion euros, or 1.4 percent of gross domestic product, in the first half of 2015, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday. Roughly half of the surplus came from the federal budget, which was boosted by a 4.4 billion euro windfall from the sale of mobile phone frequencies.

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    Taking bad photos with your iPhone 6 Plus? It may not be your fault.Apple on Monday said it would offer some users free replacements of the iSight Camera used in the iPhone 6 Plus, addressing complaints that photos taken with the phone are blurry. The company set up a Web page for its replacement program, which allows iPhone owners to check if their particular phone is affected by the problem.Apple did not say how many people were affected by the faulty part, saying only that it detected the problem "in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices."The affected phones were sold sometime between September 2014 when the large-screened phone launched and the end of the holiday season in January 2015.If you've experienced this problem, head to Apple's Web site  and plug in your phone's serial number. You can find that in the "General" section of your Settings app. It is also on the packaging that your iPhone came in.Apple will replace any faulty parts, free of charge. Wireless carriers are not participating in the program, according to Apple, so those affected will probably find it easiest to take their phones to the nearest Apple Store.






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    A month ago, the prospect of the first boost in U.S. interest rate in nine years conjured images of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holstering the cannons central bankers have used to fire money into the markets. Let's look at that question like this: There's no evidence yet that China's woes are even sparking a slowdown in U.S. growth let alone prompting a new downturn.

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    Friday wasn't a great day in terms of wealth creation for the world's richest billionaires. U.S. stocks are plummeting once again on the fourth consecutive day of triple-digit declines for the Dow Jones Industrial Average as investors react to China's stock market plunge. Last week, the world's 400 richest, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, lost a collective $182 billion.