No need for detergent—ultrasonic-infused water can clean by itself
British scientists have created a nozzle that infuses water with ultrasound to create micro-scrubbing bubbles. These bubbles can get inside tiny cracks, and are so effective that they’ve been used to
technology  materials  totwitter 
6 hours ago
How to Fix Everything | Motherboard
Apple quietly stopped accepting applications for "Authorized Service Provider" designations in 2010. There are the seizures of "counterfeit" parts being imported from China that may be legally legitimate. There are the lease programs carriers and Apple have started that ensure you won't ever actually "own" a phone ever again
apple  ip  legal  totwitter 
12 hours ago
British Draft Law Threatens Data Encryption and Privacy | Grey Coder
- no real surprise at the level of stupidity involved in this bill
digitalbritain  uk  cryptography 
Xiaomi launches new phone to counter Huawei challenge -
Huawei’s smartphone sales have grown more than 80 per cent year-on-year in China, while by some measures Xiaomi has seen year-on-year declines, according to Canalys. IDC, on the other hand, reported that Xiaomi had year-on-year Chinese smartphone sales growth of 11 per cent in the three months to September. (paywall)
wireless  china  huawei  xiaomi  analysis  totwitter 
2 days ago
Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs
Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster
technology  wireless 
2 days ago
For many people this Black Friday, a bargain was no longer enough
By now, the dust has settled from Black Friday, which in the US marks the post-Thanksgiving kickoff to the Christmastime consumer frenzy. It’s when Apple products, Legos, and cashmere scarves replace
consumerbehaviour  totwitter  retailing 
2 days ago
Immigration mega-fraud: The rich Chinese immigrants to Canada who don’t really want to live there | South China Morning Post
That anyone should immigrate to Canada while regarding living there as a burdensome task to be endured or avoided might sound weird, but the concept is so common among some Chinese immigrant circles that there is a word for it: yiminjian, or “immigration jail”. The term refers to the period of compulsory Canadian residency (now, four years out of the previous six) which one must suffer before applying for citizenship. Think of a Canadian passport as the get-out-of-jail card.

It needs to be emphasised that this mindset does not apply to all Chinese immigrants - only that subset for whom greater opportunities exist back in China (and only a subset of those). The problem isn't about nationality or ethnicity - it's about wealth and the commodification of immigration status.
blogit  jargonwatch  china 
4 days ago
These companies are betting on hard-to-reach fossil fuels, and it could cost them billions
- given the industry is cyclical this could actually look smarter than the headline indicates
oilandgas  energy 
5 days ago
Future Visions
- really smart project from Microsoft
branding  marketing  totwitter 
6 days ago
The words you never thought you would hear from a big bank CEO
Out of crisis comes opportunity. For Deutsche Bank, that opportunity is the chance to finally call a spade a spade when it comes to how bankers are paid. “Many people in the sector still believe they
finance  analysis  banking 
6 days ago
With TV Viewing Changing, Networks Take Longer to Drop Shows - The New York Times
“It’s going to take a little longer to evaluate the metrics,” he said. “The overnights are just not the complete picture anymore, and every viewer counts.” (paywall)
tv  media  analysis  totwitter 
7 days ago
Rich Countries Don’t Want Coal - Slate
- which leaves coal open as a possible replacement chemical feedstock precursor as oil declines?
energy  analysis  totwitter 
7 days ago
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