GDP and FIFA election — 5 things to know today


Hello friends and Fortune readers.

Wall Street stock futures are set to open lower, after weak GDP data from Europe set the stage for what’s expectedly to be more gloomy U.S. figures from the Commerce Department later. U.S, crude oil future are up on a report by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch saying the U.S. could lift its export ban within two years.

Today’s must-read story is by Fortune‘s Leena Rao and it looks at what updates to Google Play could mean in the battle between Google [fortune-stock symbol= »GOOG »] and Apple [fortune-stock symbol= »AAPL »] for a bigger slice of the mobile device market.

Here’s what else you need to know today.

1. FIFA election

The U.S. Justice Department and Swiss police just arrested nine FIFA officials of corruption, but that won’t stop soccer’s international governing body from holding its presidential election today. Fortunately, for incumbent Sepp Blatter, he was not one…

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How to recover data off of your microSD card: a valuable lesson in backups



If you have important or sensitive data on the microSD card of your smartphone or tablet, it’s important to make sure that data is backed up immediately. You could store it in the cloud or on another device without paying a dime.

If it’s too late for that, there are still a few things you can do to try and recover the data off of your microSD card. Keep in mind that nothing is a guarantee when a microSD card malfunctions, has physical damage or can’t be read by the computer. It’s quite possible that critical components for the microSD to work have stopped functioning.

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Lenovo launches depth-sensing laptop and Surface 3 rival



If you’re in the market for a mid-range laptop, Lenovo has revealed an interesting option at its Tech World event in Beijing. The 15-inch Z51 laptop has an Intel RealSense 3D camera that can be used for scanning, gaming or gesture control. If you’re not into that gimmick, the Z51 and 14-inch Z41 have pretty decent bang for the buck, however, with 1080p displays, optional discreet AMD graphics, 16GB max memory and up to a Core i7 CPU. Both will arrive next month starting at $499, but on the off-chance you want a depth camera, you’ll pay an extra $100 for the 15-inch model.

Lenovo also revealed the Ideapad 100 (above), a $249 laptop coming next month that could give potential Chromebook buyers pause. It’s available in 14- and 15-inch sizes, with a 1,366 x 768 non-touch screen. Lenovo says it’s aimed at buyers “who need only the most essential…

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