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China is ‘financially out of control’ according to Citi’s chief economist

September 23rd, 2015 at 6:24 pm » Comments Off

Citigroup’s chief economist, Willem Buiter,  sees a storm brewing in China. He estimated that there is a 55 percent chance of a made-in-China global recession in the not too distant future, which he defines as a period of sub-2 percent global growth.



Why broadband users around the world are ditching pay-TV

September 21st, 2015 at 3:02 pm » Comments Off

According to Ericsson ConsumerLab’s annual TV & Media report, Digital streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are not the main reason broadband users are ditching pay-TV packages. The report reveals that almost half of broadband household users globally are cutting the cord because they are fed up with shelling out high prices for pay-TV […]



Very cool data visualization will change how you look at the world economy

September 3rd, 2015 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

HowMuch.net has come up with a very cool data visualization that’s a little bit unorthodox. The way it works is that it visualizes the entire world’s economic output as a circle. That circle is then subdivided into a bunch of blobs representing the economy of each major country. And then each country-blob is sliced into […]



Samsung hopes to provide affordable 5G Internet using low Earth orbit satellites

August 17th, 2015 at 5:54 pm » Comments Off

Thanks to a proposal by Samsung, the Internet might soon become a lot more accessible by lending the world an extra zetabyte of bandwidth every month. The proposal describes a system requiring the deployment of 4,600 Low Earth Orbit satellites, abbreviated LEO.



Innovation is the reason China’s solar is cheap

August 13th, 2015 at 4:03 pm » Comments Off

You may hear quite often that “the only reason solar is so cheap is because China is dumping cells. ”Let me correct it. Here is the price, as of February 2015, of solar modules, per watt sold in Europe. SE Asia (Malaysia, mostly) is cheapest. China is next. Japan, Korea, and Germany are slightly above […]



People around the world hate Russia, and Russia hates them back

August 8th, 2015 at 9:11 am » Comments Off

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, has used  propaganda targeted at audiences outside Russia doesn’t work, but neither will any Western counter-efforts directed at Russians. A new report from the Pew Research Center explains why.



Globalization unraveling

May 1st, 2015 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

Cisco chief executive John Chambers used a portentous phrase while telling analysts in 2013 that they were cutting its three- to five-year revenue growth target because sales in emerging markets were spiraling downward:  “We’re the canary in the coal mine.”   



Top 12 threats to human civilization

February 27th, 2015 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the Global Challenges Foundation released earlier this month a thorough and unsettling look at what threatens human civilization.  



China overtakes the U.S. as the biggest source of spam

February 5th, 2015 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

The situation with spam has been the same for many years now and 2014 was no exception. Useless emails are still abundant, annoying, and wasteful. There was one change that happened in the last quarter, however: China eclipsed the U.S. as the biggest source of spam.    



How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



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