China’s ICO ban makes more sense in light of its history with fintech

China’s decision to freeze fundraising through initial coin offerings continues to roil markets, but the regulatory decision may not be as controversial as the response from the bitcoin community would lead observers to believe. On Monday, the People’s Bank of China announced that it was implementing a freeze on fundraising through ICO’s on Chinese exchanges. (Here is the… Read More Read More

China has banned ICOs

It is looking like a new era is coming for ICOs, at least those in China for now. The SEC has issued official warnings around the risks of ICOs, also known as token sales, but the Chinese government looks set to beat it to issuing regulation around the rapidly growing fundraising option. A notice from a committee led by China’s central bank [link in Chinese] today announced an immediate… Read More Read More

Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

China is about to take net neutrality to the next level after a group of influential tech companies that includes Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing and JD.com agreed to invest nearly $12 billion into state-run mobile operator China Unicom. China Unicom is the country’s second largest operator with 269 million mobile customers, which makes it one of the largest in the world. The… Read More Read More

Google’s AlphaGo AI wins three-match series against the world’s best Go player

Google’s AlphaGo AI has once again made the case that machines are now smarter than man — when it comes to games of strategy, at least. AlphaGo made its name last year when it defeated high-profile Go player Lee Sedol 4-1, but now it has beaten the world’s best player of Go, the hugely complex ancient strategy game. Today, it won against Go world champion Ke Jie to… Read More Read More

Using the landscape feature to define the space

Using the landscape feature to define the space Space is always the most important factor in the design program, whatever in architecture or urban design. Firstly, we classify the space in two types, one is public and the other is private space. As we know, public space is a kind of social space, people gathering…Read more The post Using the landscape feature to define the space appeared first on Urban Design. Read More

Humvee C-Series Has Stealth Black Paint Job, is Perfect for The Dark Knight

You may not see many Humvees on the road anymore, but that is soon about to change. Production has started once again in China, on a new line of Humvees, called the C-Series. Inspired by the 1992 chassis, it comes in three different trims: Bravo, Charlie, and Delta. Buyers can select from a range of optionsm like soft or hard doors, a cloth / vinyl / leather interior, 12,000# WARN winch, and four different colors, including matte black (above). Continue reading for an interior tour video, more pictures and information. Read More

Babies retain knowledge of their birth language even if they never speak it

A recent joint study by language scientists from Radboud University, Western Sydney University and Hanyang University has shown that babies begin learning and storing speech earlier than previously thought. Their paper, published in Royal Society Open Science, show that language learning in the first six months of life is subconsciously retained even when a child is raised to speak an entirely different language… Continue Reading Babies retain knowledge of their birth language even if they never speak it Category: Children Tags: Baby Language Learning Related Articles: Learn Immersive teaches languages in virtual reality US$230 Handheld Translator speaks 12 languages Bilingual learning benefits second and third generation children Rosetta Stone TOTALe – language learning in an online, social environment Mapping the thesaurus of the human brain Bilingual Baby Video Series… Read More

Nissan’s slimmed-down 2017 Rogue Sport hits Detroit, by way of Europe

Debuting at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is a smaller crossover SUV that slots below the standard Rogue in Nissan’s lineup. It’s a renamed version of the European-market Nissan Qashqai. The post Nissan’s slimmed-down 2017 Rogue Sport hits Detroit, by way of Europe appeared first on Digital Trends. Read More

2016’s Best of Hand Tools

There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There’s a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can’t get using things that plug into the wall.There’s been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of artisans are beautifying them with intricate engravings.In “Built to Last: Reviewing a 40-Year-Old Tool,” we heard one of the best hand tool stories we’d ever heard, courtesy of David Waelder.This year we got a reminder that splines used to be physical objects. Yep, this is how you drew large curves back in the day.Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool … Read More

2016 powers up: The best electric vehicles of the year

It was a big year for the electric vehicle. In fact, 2016 seems destined to be remembered as the year the EV really started its climb from niche product for trendsters and environmental eccentrics to viable option for all types of commuters. That storyline still requires a number of automakers to actually follow through on their EV plans, but those plans hatched over the course of a 2016 that saw the much-anticipated Tesla everyman EV; production car-previewing EV concepts from major names like Volkswagen and Mercedes; increased ranges, real and theoretical; more lightning-quick electric supercars; and a few new electric vehicle world records… Continue Reading 2016 powers up: The best electric vehicles of the year Category: Automotive Tags: Electric Vehicles Volkswagen LeEco Venturi Tesla Faraday Future Chevrolet… Read More

The American Voting Experience

This morning at 6am, I cast my vote for President of the United States. Our non-American readers may wonder what the actual UX of our voting process is like. I’ll tell you—it’s surprisingly primitive.Here in my district in downtown Manhattan, the nearest polling place is at an elementary school down the block. The kids have school off today. At 6am, there was little indication that a key function of our democratic process is being enacted within; just a few photocopied signs taped to the closed door that say “VOTE HERE” in English, Spanish and Chinese (representative of this neighborhood’s dominant ethnicities).Inside, I queued up in a hallway behind six people. A clearly posted sign and icon said “NO PHOTOS,” but that didn’t stop … Read More

Anakin Skywalker as "Little Girl" and 11 More Fake Star Wars Toys from China

Using the Star Wars logo is bad enough, but one Chinese toy company decided to create fantasy names for all of the characters, starting with Anakin Skywalker as “Little Girl”. “We acquired this stock in a bulk lot, and as a big Star Wars fan myself I had high hopes for these figures, especially considering how popular they are with children and collectors alike. The first disappointment came when we realized they were exclusively Episode One characters, as this is arguably the weakest of the six films. The second disappointment came when we realised that these were very unconvincing fakes,” said Mr Baxter’s company, Poole-based Wholesale Clearance UK Ltd, who received boxes of these bootleg toys. Continue reading for more. Read More