2. Few years in recent decades dawned with as much of a sense of pessimism as 2014. One consistent theme in the predictions for the year was that 2014 looked eerily similar to 1914. Most pundits predicted doom and gloom, especially in east Asia. Yet, while there were many horrific events — from thedowning of flight MH17 over Ukraine, to the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — we have avoided outright world war. Now that the year is closed, with no repetition of 1914, it may be wise to investigate why the pundits were wrong, particularly on their ideas around the potential for conflict in Asia.
3. In addition to a large, educated workforce to choose from, companies are also attracted to Arizona’s pro-business regulatory climate, which ranks No. 13 in the Mercatus Center’s Freedom in the 50 States. The study cites Arizona’s right-to-work law, liability laws and eminent domain reform.
6. “If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek in October.
2. Trade flows brought China’s balance of trade to $40.82bn, roughly $7.2bn below expectations and down about $3.6bn from November’s revised level of $44.23bn (previously $44.61bn). That balance came to Rmb275.4bn in local-currency terms.
4. And this year, the Nobel Prize has defied the convention of celebrating big by presenting the biggest prizes to discoveries on the smallest scales.
5. 索尼（Sony）宣布，其游戏主机Playstation 4s已经在全球售出超过1,000万台，这预示着对玩家客厅的争夺战今年将继续上演。为了维持增长态势，索尼在展会上发布了一系列独家游戏，包括Ninja Theory开发的动作游戏《地狱之刃》（Hellblade），《雷曼》（Rayman）制作商Michel Ancel开发的开放世界式冒险游戏《荒野》（Wild），Housemarque开发的射击类游戏《异化》（Alienation）以及Q版游戏《明日之子》（The Tomorrow Children）。微软则发布了由Square Enix和Crystal Dynamics制作的《古墓丽影：崛起》（Rise of the Tomb Raider），这是劳拉o克罗夫系列重新启动后的第二部作品，将在2015年于Xbox平台独家发布。Xbox在2015年还有另外一款游戏大作的续集《光晕5：守护者》（Halo 5: Guardians）。
1. Consumer and producer prices are still either muted or in deflationary territory in China – but last month marked something of an uptick for each.
Few of the Fed's forecasts have proceeded according to plan over the course of the sharp economic downturn and choppy recovery, a fact that Fed officials now openly acknowledge. 'We have been disappointed in the pace of growth, and we don't fully understand why,' Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said at his final news conference last month.