Category: Global Industry


Aer Lingus planes Aer Lingus is continuing to turnaround its fortunes

Irish airline Aer Lingus has seen its annual profits more than double, as it continues to benefit from extensive cost-cutting.

The carrier made a pre-tax profit of 84.4m euros ($113m; £72m) in 2011, up from 27.2m euros a year earlier.

Its revenues rose 6% to 1.3bn euros, while its average income per passenger increased by 4.8% to 112.27 euros.

Aer Lingus said the results demonstrated “the success of the changes we have made to our business”.

Christoph Mueller, Aer Lingus’ chief executive, added that the increased profits had been achieved “against a difficult backdrop of non-controllable fuel price inflation, increased airport charges and challenging demand conditions in our primary markets”.

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Enda Kenny Mr Kenny said it was in Ireland’s national interest that the treaty be approved

The Republic of Ireland is to hold a referendum on Europe’s new fiscal treaty, the Irish prime minister said.

Enda Kenny said it was in Ireland’s national interest that the treaty be approved and he was confident the referendum would be passed.

Last month, Mr Kenny joined 24 other EU states in agreeing the pact for stricter budget discipline.

The government had sought advice from the attorney general as to whether a referendum was necessary.

The cabinet was told on Tuesday that a referendum was required to ratify it.

“I strongly believe that it is very much in Ireland’s national interest that this treaty be approved, as doing so will build on the steady progress the country has made in the past year,” Mr Kenny told the Dail.

“Ratification of this treaty will be another important step in the rebuilding of both Ireland’s economy, and our international reputation.

“It gives the Irish people the opportunity to reaffirm Ireland’s commitment to membership of the Euro, which remains a fundamental pillar of our economic and jobs strategy.”

Deputy Prime Minister Eamonn Gilmore said the treaty was vital to Ireland’s national interests and would bring Ireland beyond “casino capitalism”.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin welcomed the decision, he said people need to be engaged.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said there was a democratic imperative for the people to have their say.

Asked what David Cameron thought of the Irish plans for a referendum, the UK Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “That is a matter for Ireland.

“As I understand it, it is a judgment they have made based on the constitution of that country and their assessment of it, so it is a matter for them.”

The spokesman said the referendum decision did not come as a surprise, as it had always been thought possible that Dublin might have to put the fiscal compact to a public vote.

Comandante Ferraz base, on King George Island, 25 Feb 2012 The Brazilian navy said the fire had destroyed the entire station

The Brazilian navy says it has recovered the bodies of two of its members from the debris of a Brazilian research station in the Antarctic.

The Comandante Ferraz base near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula was destroyed by an explosion on Saturday.

Officials said the blast was caused by a fire which raged through the base, where marine research work is carried out.

A third member of the navy injured in the fire is in a stable condition.

Defence Minister Celso Amorim praised the military personnel’s bravery.

“In an act of heroism, they risked their lives to extinguish the fire, but did not succeed,” Mr Amorim said.

He said all the scientists from the station had been evacuated to Punto Arenas in Chile, from where they will be taken to Brazil on Sunday.

The military personnel stayed in Antarctica, but sought temporary shelter at Chile’s Eduardo Frei research base.

Map of Antarctica The Brazilian research station is located on King George Island, north of Antarctic Peninsula

Officials said the fire started in a machine room housing energy generators before destroying the entire station, which had been built in 1984.

Fifty-nine people were stationed at the base on King George Island when the fire broke out on Saturday morning.

The Comandante Ferraz base was equipped with research laboratories, dormitories, a large-scale kitchen, a library, and technical installation used by expedition boats.

An investigation is under way to establish the cause of the blaze.

Researchers said the burning down of the station was “an incalculable loss to science”.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester-People’s National Party (PNP) North East Manchester caretaker Valenton (Val) Wint believes that going the route of co-operatives is an effective way of boosting agriculture and helping to activate the much-touted Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

Wint told farmers at the annual general meeting of the Christiana Potato Growers’ Association in Manchester on Thursday that the Government should be lobbied in order that all Jamaicans can make a contribution to help in the development of agriculture similar to how people make payments to the National Housing Trust (NHT).

WINT… Government must find a way of qualifying the traditional farmers.

 

“We see the world is now looking at food security. If we are very serious about it we would love to lobby the Government that all Jamaicans make a national contribution the same way we make a contribution to Housing Trust,” Wint said.

“You make a one per cent or half per cent contribution to the sustainability of farming in this country. The fact is the money would go a far way in providing cheaper loans for you. I don’t know if you know that Housing Trust is one of the richest industries in Jamaica … rich because it is a national endeavour,” he said.

Wint said that agriculture is one of the most competitive industries in the world and if Jamaica loses out on farming, the Jamaican people will “die of starvation”.

However, he said that there are areas in the agriculture industry which need to be addressed in order for “career” farmers to benefit adequately from the resources that are made available to them.

Wint said that the formation of co-operatives prevent persons doing farming as “sidelines”, from benefiting more from government support than the ones who do it as their main source of qualifying the traditional income.

“We really want the assistance the assistance Government to realise that doesn’t go in the wrong they must find a way of direction,” he said.

He said that as much as the persons who do farming on a part-time basis help to reduce the need for imported goods and foreign exchange, “we can’t create an industry that kills the market that takes it as its livelihood”.

Wint said that co-operatives can help the benefits gained from agriculture to be more evenly distributed among persons with varying degrees of skills and resources.

“We want to go back to the kind of co-operatives where all stakeholders benefit in one way or the other. You have some young boys now who are very energetic but they have no land, they have no money, they have no seeds. We want to go back to the days when you can employ them, pay them a small sum to work but they become a part of your co-operative.

“When the crop comes in they are getting their equal share. Some will be contributing labour, some may be contributing the seed and those with the wherewithal, the land, and some… the money. This is something that can work. I look at this as one way of mobilising the JEEP that we talk about. Those of you who have the resources can really pull together those unemployed youngsters. If you can bring them to a cooperative that they trust, then you can find employment for them,” he said.

Wint said that with the collective effort of persons in the agriculture industry and the assistance of government to facilitate affordable money and moratorium on loans farmers will be able to move towards other industries which will enable them to get maximum value from what is produced.

 

Shrink the eurozone to save it

Protesters march against austerity cuts Thursday in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens.
Protesters march against austerity cuts Thursday in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Desmond Lachman: Europe’s leaders keep trying to prop up the euro currency union
  • He says it will be impossible to preserve current zone in a time of austerity, no growth
  • It would be smarter to create a new, smaller currency union of healthier nations, he says
  • Lachman: Nations on the periphery would be able to devalue their own currencies

Editor’s note: Desmond Lachman, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is a former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s Policy Development and Review Department.

(CNN) — With each passing day, Greece’s economic and political malaise deepens despite one massive International Monetary Fund-European Union bailout package after another to keep that country afloat. And with each passing day, as the Greek economy continues its downward spiral under the weight of externally imposed draconian budget austerity, there is the increased risk that a disorderly Greek euro exit could result in real contagion to the rest of the European periphery and especially to Italy, an otherwise solvent country.

This has to raise a basic question: Would not the European core countries be better served by proactively taking action now to form a smaller and more enduring currency union than the presenteurozone? And would such action not be preferable to continuing with the pretense that the euro can be preserved in its present form, which runs the real risk of a disorderly and costly unraveling of the common currency?

Sadly, the IMF and EU’s heroic, if quixotic, efforts to keep Greece afloat with a second 130 billion-euro bailout package that has now finally been agreed upon, are all too suggestive that European policymakers remain in denial that Greece will soon be forced to exit the euro.

This is all the more lamentable since there is virtually no prospect the IMF’s present prescription of further hair-shirt fiscal austerity within Greece’s euro straightjacket is going to be any more successful in stabilizing the Greek economy than was the application of the same policy prescription over the past two years.

One would have thought by now that the IMF and Europeans would have grasped how politically unsustainable is their Greek policy prescription, particularly considering that the Greek economy is now in a virtual state of collapse.

January’s European Summit also provides the strongest of evidence that European policymakers seem to have learned little from their unfortunate Greek experience. For rather than recognize that the internal and external imbalances of countries such as Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain have reached such large proportions that make it almost inevitable these countries will be forced both to default and to exit the euro, European policymakers are striving to preserve the euro very much unchanged in its present form.

They are doing so by proposing that all countries should adopt constitutional balanced budget amendments and sign up to legally binding budget-deficit reduction programs that are to be externally monitored. It is supposed that after several years, once the desired degree of deficit reduction is eventually attained, the present monetary union could move toward a full fiscal union that would provide the firmest of underpinnings to the existing currency union.

The fly in the ointment is that to reduce the large public-sector imbalances in the European periphery would require the early restoration of economic growth in those countries.

However, the severe public-sector belt-tightening across all euro-member countries (within the constraints of euro membership that precludes currency devaluation as a way to boost exports) is a sure recipe for a deep and prolonged European recession. And as Greece’s experience over the past 18 months would attest, a deepening economic recession puts deficit-reduction targets well out of reach, increases a country’s public-debt service burden and heightens political opposition to staying the austerity course.

The futility of excessive budget austerity in a fixed exchange rate system is especially the case when one considers the overall European economy is already showing signs of considerable weakness and when the envisaged degree of budget tightening is extraordinarily large. It is for example being proposed that Italy undertake budget cuts and revenue increases amounting to nearly 2 percentage points of gross domestic product a year in each of the next two years, while for Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain the proposed budget adjustment is more on the order of 3 percentage points of GDP a year in 2012 and 2013.

At the best of times, attempting to apply multiyear budget adjustment of such a large scale would run the risk of a prolonged and deep economic recession. However, these are not the best of times in Europe given a weak external economic environment and the likelihood of a European credit crunch over the next year as European banks sell assets and restrict credit in an attempt to strengthen their balance-sheet positions.

As if to underline the futility of severe budget tightening in a fixed exchange rate system, for the year ahead the IMF is forecasting a serious deepening in the European periphery’s recession. The most disturbing aspect of the IMF’s latest economic forecast is that Italy and Spain, Europe’s third- and fourth-largest economies, are both expected to shrink by around 2% in 2012. This is almost certain to cause large budget-deficit overruns in both of these countries and to raise questions anew in the markets about these two countries’ debt sustainability.

Against this background of a slow-motion European train wreck one has to wonder whether Germany, France and the other north European-member countries should not avail themselves of those provisions of the Lisbon Treaty that allow countries to exit the union voluntarily. Doing so in unison would afford them the opportunity to bind themselves in a new currency union with stronger underpinnings than the current currency union, including an early move to a true fiscal union that might involve the joint issuance of euro bonds.

A significant though not insurmountable legal obstacle to the formation of a new smaller currency union among the stronger northern European economies is posed by the existing Lisbon Treaty. While that treaty provides that while countries can exit the present currency union either individually or in unison, doing so would require them to leave the EU as well. For that reason, should the core countries decide to leave the currency union in unison they would also need to approve a parallel treaty rapidly, which would provide for the maintenance among themselves of the same present trade arrangements that they have within the EU. Such a course of pre-emptive action would certainly be preferable to a disorderly breakup of the current monetary union.

  • Workers assemble a pre-production 2013 Dodge Dart during a tour of the Chrysler Belvidere Assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois February 2, 2012.   REUTERS/Frank PolichEnlarge PhotoWorkers assemble a pre-production 2013 Dodge Dart during a tour of the Chrysler Belvidere …

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Is what is good for Chrysler good for America?

The auto maker courted controversy and won kudos for a two-minute Super Bowl advertisement that was less a car sales pitch than a political message in a presidential election year.

Rugged Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood proclaimed it was “Halftime in America” in the spot that did not mention a Chrysler car or truck but intoned that the automaker’s successful turnaround could be used as an example for the United States as it struggles with high unemployment and a slow economic growth rate.

“Detroit’s showing us it can be done,” Eastwood said.

Traffic on Twitter showed overwhelmingly positive comments for the advertisement. The “Dirty Harry” star and Academy Award-winning director spoke to Americans as if he were a football coach making a halftime speech encouraging his team to work together to win in the second half.

“This country can’t be knocked out with one punch,” Eastwood said in the ad. “We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.”

In the second half of Sunday’s game, the New York Giants overcame a one-point halftime deficit to win the NFL’s championship, 21-17, over the New England Patriots.

The TV spot was the last shown before the start of the second half of Sunday’s game.

A 30-second spot in this year’s game televised by NBC cost $3.5 million. Chrysler has not said how much the Eastwood spot cost.

It was the second straight year that Chrysler ran a two-minute spot that was unconventional and drew much internet buzz.

Last year’s ad featured rapper Eminem and attached “Imported from Detroit” to Chrysler products, a moniker present in this year’s version as well. That ad has been seen more than 21 million times on YouTube and Chrysler executives say it helped push U.S. sales of the automaker’s brands including Jeep, Dodge, Ram trucks and Chrysler up 24 percent last year.

Chrysler, the third-biggest U.S. automaker, faced liquidation in 2009 before it was bailed out with $12.5 billion in loans from the Obama Administration. It underwent a restructuring bankruptcy that left it under the control of Italy’s Fiat SpA and its hard-charging chief executive, Sergio Marchionne.

Marchionne is now the CEO of both Fiat and Chrysler. Fiat owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler.

STANDING OVATION

Chrysler, which employs the most auto workers in the city of Detroit, last week reported its first full-year profit since 2005. It forecast operating profit would rise 50 percent to $3 billion in 2012, based on an expected 30 percent jump in sales of its cars and trucks.

Last May, the company repaid its U.S. government loans.

Marchionne was in Las Vegas on Sunday where he showed the “Halftime in America” advertisement to Chrysler dealers at an auto dealers convention.

The dealers received the ad warmly, giving it and Marchionne a standing ovation. He did not talk with reporters on Sunday and refused to talk about the Super Bowl ad on Saturday when he held a press conference.

“I think it was the best Super Bowl ad,” Joe Massey, a Chrysler dealer in Alabama who was in Las Vegas for the dealer convention, said after the advertisement aired on television. “It hits the right tone and goes straight to your heart.”

The Chrysler ad featuring Eastwood generated the third-most Twitter traffic of Sunday’s Super Bowl ads, according a measure by Boston advertising and social media agency Mullen. That was the highest Twitter volume of any of the nine automakers airing pitches during the game’s broadcast.

The 81-year-old Eastwood played a retired Ford factory worker in Detroit in the 2008 movie, “Gran Torino” and he received high praise from some in the auto industry for his pitchman performance.

Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the largest U.S. auto dealership group, on Twitter reposted a comment saying: “Clint Eastwood could get elected president with that ad.”

“Powerful spot,” David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama’s re-election team, said on Twitter. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer also on Twitter said: “Saving the America Auto Industry: Something Eminem and Clint Eastwood can agree on.”

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign had no involvement with the ad.

The Obama administration has yet to act on a $3.5 billion loan proposal from Chrysler for Department of Energy funds to help spur the development of more fuel-efficient automobiles.

Gualberto Ranieri, chief spokesman for Marchionne and for Chrysler, declined to comment on the notion that the advertisement was a thank-you gift to the Obama administration.

“The advertisement speaks for itself,” said Ranieri.

(Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; Editing by David Holmes)

Analysts say there could be a protracted legal dispute, with the EU unlikely to give way.

China has “banned” all airlines in the country from joining the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

The authorities have also barred the airlines from increasing their fares or adding new charges for the scheme.

The ban comes just weeks after the China Air Transport Association said its members did not support the ETS.

The scheme, implemented from 1 January, levies a charge on flights in EU airspace based on carbon emissions.

‘Severe challenges’

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They would be able to stop the Chinese airlines from flying to the EU, but that could see retaliatory action by China”

Siva Govindasamy Flightglobal

The scheme has come in for severe criticism not just from China but also from other countries such as the US and Canada.

China has claimed that the plan could cost Chinese airlines 95m euros ($124m, £79m) in extra annual costs.

Analysts said that given the global economic conditions and an uncertain outlook for the travel industry, airlines were wary of the scheme hurting their profits.

“The sector is already facing quite severe challenges,” Chris De Lavigne of Frost & Sullivan told the BBC.

“The airline industry as a whole has already been hit by high fuel costs in the past couple of years and no one wants additional cost factors coming in.”

According to EU estimates, the scheme will see the cost of air fares rise by between 2 and 12 euros per passenger.

‘Very tricky’

The move by the Chinese authorities is likely to complicate the issue as the EU will have to decide on what measures it will take from here on.

“It is going to be very tricky. You have to wait and see how the EU will react,” Siva Govindasamy of Flightglobal told the BBC.

“They would be able to stop the Chinese airlines from flying to the EU, but that could see retaliatory action by China which will not be good for either side,” he added.

Analysts said that given the differences between the various parties involved, the matter may have to be resolved by an international body.

“It could potentially end up on the desk of the World Trade Organization as the countries who are against it have said it is an unfair trade practice,” said Frost & Sullivan’s Mr Lavigne.

“Both sides have claimed that this is either fair or unfair, so it is very difficult to see how this is going to shape up.”

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Greek woman holds a sign saying "I'm hungry" Austerity measures have already hit the living standards of many Greeks

Greek PM Lucas Papademos is set to meet the party leaders of his coalition to try and win support for a proposed 130bn euros ($171bn; £108bn) EU rescue.

Mr Papademos wants their backing for reforms demanded by the IMF and EU as a condition of the bailout.

Eurozone ministers had hoped to meet on Monday to finalise the bailout, Greece’s second, but that meeting has now been cancelled.

The money must be in place by mid-March if Athens is to avoid a debt default.

It is hoped Mr Papademos can reach a deal with party chiefs by Sunday night.

“The moment is very crucial,” said finance minister Evangelos Venizelos on Saturday.

“Everything should be concluded by tomorrow [Sunday] night.”

Athens faces loan repayments to private lenders of 14.4bn euros ($19 billion) on 20 March.

The BBC’s Mark Lowen, in Athens, says Greece cannot afford to lose the bailout package and a lot now rides on these talks.

But, our correspondent says, that with potential elections in April, the parties in Mr Papademos’ coalition are wary about being seen to be associated with the austerity measures being demanded by the EU.

‘Great pressure’

EU officials have expressed frustration with Greece over delays in backing the terms of the latest rescue package, which is being put together by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank – the so-called “troika”.

“There is great impatience and great pressure not only from the three institutions that make up the troika but also from eurozone member states,” said Mr Venizelos, after what he described a “very difficult” conference call with his eurozone counterparts.

Reforms that international lenders want to see include a lower minimum wage, the removal of a “13th and 14th month” extra salary which is paid to workers as an annual bonus, and the liberalisation of workplace regulations.

Opponents say that more cuts will worsen living conditions which have already been affected by two years of austerity measures.

Unless Greece promises to implement reforms, the eurozone ministers say Greece will not be able to go ahead with a plan to restructure its privately-held debt.

Greece has prepared a debt plan with private creditors to halve the value of Greek debt and in return receive new, 30 year bonds with an average interest rate of less than 4%.

The restructuring is to help cut Greek debt to 120% of GDP in 2020 from 160% now.

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Global Economy

I got the original iPadabout a month after it launched in 2010.

I loved it. So much so that when the iPad 2 was announced less than a year later I didn’t feel the itch to upgrade.

Normally, I’m already posting my old iThing for sale on Craigslist before Apple’s announcement is even over. But the iPad felt so solid, I didn’t feel like it was worth the upgrade.

This year will be my two-year anniversary with the original iPad. It still runs great, even with demanding apps like the graphics-rich Infinity Blade II game.

But now that we’re within a month of the rumored iPad 3 announcement, I’m starting feel that familiar itch again. While my iPad is still chugging along just fine, I know I’ll start to feel behind once the iPad 3 goes on sale.

Before I take the $500 plunge this spring, there are a few specific changes I’d like Apple to make.

Provided by Business Insider’s Steven Kovach

I was really close to upgrading my iPhone 4 when the 4S launched last year.

Not because I was dying for the upgrade, but because I was getting sick of AT&T’s horrible service in New York. I wanted an excuse to make the move to Verizon.

But for me, the upgrade didn’t make sense. I, like many other current iPhone 4 owners, was hoping for a bit more from Apple.

Luckily, it looks like the next iPhone could arrive as early as this summer, according to some new rumors. I might not have to wait as long as I thought.

Before I do upgrade though, I have a few demands for the next iPhone. Keep reading to see what I want.

It’s time for Apple to finally adopt 4G

I can understand why Apple was hesitant to add 4G LTE to the iPhone 4S. It’s a battery hog. The chips necessary to hop on 4G networks could’ve made the iPhone thicker instead of sleek and thin. Basically, the same reasons it waited an extra year to add 3G to the iPhone.

But now it’s time for Apple to get on board. I’ve used Verizon and AT&T’s LTE networks on several different Android devices and the speeds are incredible. At times, it can be as fast as your Wi-Fi connection at home. If Apple skips LTE again this year the iPhone will look antiquated compared to the competition.

A 4-inch screen

Every time I test a new Android phone with a 4-inch (or larger) screen, I find it hard to adjust when I return to my iPhone’s tiny 3.5-inch display. After using every screen size imaginable, I think 4 inches is the true sweet spot for a smartphone. With all the video watching and gaming we do on our phones, it’d be nice to have some extra real estate on the display.

It should play HD video

The resolution on the iPhone 4 and 4S is incredible thanks to the fancy Retina Display. But unlike a few premium Android phones out there, the iPhone still can’t display true HD video. (For example, the Galaxy Nexus plays gorgeous 720p HD video.) I’d like to see the same on the iPhone 5.

A faster processor for better graphics and speed

With rumors that the iPad 3 will get a zippy new processor, it’s likely the iPhone 5 will get the same one when it launches later this year. After all, that’s the pattern Apple followed with the iPhone 4 and 4S. I’d be shocked if this didn’t happen, especially with so many competing smartphones rocking processors that are already faster than what the iPhone 4S has.

It also needs more memory

I was a bit surprised when the iPhone 4S launched with just 512 MB of memory. Most experts thought it’d have twice that. Memory helps with advanced stuff like running several apps at once, so I’m hoping the iPhone 5 gets a boost.

Multitasking is still pretty awful on the iPhone

I think Apple did a halfway job when it added multitasking to the iPhone almost two years ago. Right now, running apps live in a tray you access by tapping the home button twice. If you want to close them, you have to painstakingly do so one at a time. It’s annoying. I’m hoping Apple comes up with a better solution this time around.

The photo here shows a nice tweak jailbreakers use to handle multitasking on iPhones. Perhaps Apple could learn from this.

After two years, it’s time for a fresh design

Even I was a bit disappointed after waiting more than a year for the next iPhone just to find out Apple only made internal upgrades. After two years of the same iPhone 4 design, I want something new before I upgrade. Chances are pretty good that Apple will deliver.

Better battery life

Compared to most touchscreen phones, the iPhone’s battery life is already pretty good. But if Apple is in fact going to add a larger screen and a 4G LTE chip, it’ll have to give the battery a nice boost to compensate.

By the way, we’ve already seen that this is possible with Motorola’s new Droid Razr Maxx. That phone runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, yet can last more than a day on one charge.

Built-in integration with Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and other popular web services

Sorry Apple lovers, but I’m about to make another Android comparison. One of my favorite things about Google’s OS is that it allows for deep integration with a wide range of popular social networks and web services. All you have to do is install an app, and it’s immediately a part of your phone.

Apple got a nice start by integrating Twitter into the iPhone, but I want more: Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, LinkedIn, you name it. We use such a variety of services these days, it’ll be nice if our iPhones made it easier to share.

Fix iMessage!

While we’re big fans of iMessage, there are still a bunch of annoying nuances we’re dying for Apple to fix. First of all, there’s no way to block people from sending you iMessages without completely shutting the service off. iMessages can also get lost if you switch phones and another user tries to send one. Finally, there’s a problem where iMessage can tie itself to your device, causing your messages to get sent to the wrong person.

We’d also like to see Apple to take iMessage a bit further, adding a BBM-like buddy list for your friends and an app for Macs and PCs.

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