While many Chinese welcome the new Social Credit system being put into place by the government, this article on Australia's ABC looks at how the government can use it to silence those it considers dissidents and a taste of things to come to the rest of the world.
Liu Hu is just one of them.
In many societies, he would be celebrated. Not in China.
Liu Hu is an investigative journalist who has uncovered corruption at the top levels of the Party and solved serial murder cases.
He says the government considers him an enemy.
Hu lost his social credit when he was charged with a speech crime and now finds himself locked out of society due to his low score.
The Guardian reports that French-made Alstom hydrogen-powered trains have now entered commercial service in Germany. The trains, which are capable of 1,000km on a full tank, have the same range as their diesel counterparts.
Alstom is betting on the technology as a greener, quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines – an attractive prospect to many German cities scrambling to combat air pollution.
“Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat more expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” Stefan Schrank, the project’s manager at Alstom, said.
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According to Eurasia Review, Google is not an American company. If anything, thanks to some clever accounting, Google is nothing more than a subsidiary of a subsidiary designed to move significant revenue around so that it can pay as little taxes as possible.
It is disgraceful. The tax dodging that has allowed Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and other tech companies to become the largest and most profitable in the world – while the corporate bogeymen of yesteryear, such as Walmart, for all their faults at least put something back into the system that makes their ill-gotten gains possible – is theft on an almost indescribably massive scale. When Trump tweeted that the European Union was “taking advantage” of the United States by fining Google over an antitrust violation involving Android, he was getting things exactly backwards. It is actually…
Scientists note that just like there are fossilised records of dinosaurs, humans have left their own trail with a layer of plastic found all over the world that will remind future generations of our disposable culture for millenia.
If you fast forward 10-20 million years into the future, we will have left an imprint in the geological record that will have two key characteristics – one being a stream of deposits from nuclear weapons detonations and a set of fossilised plastic remains encapsulated within the rocks of the future,” he told HuffPost UK. “There will be some future geologists scratching their heads and thinking: what were these folks up to?”
Volvo shows off the Vera, a cab-less self-driving vehicle controlled by a cloud-based service capable of working 24/7 in port and logistic settings and with the ability to have an expanded role in transportation in the future.
Vera is an autonomous vehicle that forms part of a larger system. It has the potential to optimise transport in highly-repetitive, short distance flows with large volumes of goods, such as ports, factory areas and logistical mega centres, where it offers better delivery precision and flexibility.
The sophisticated technology enables round-the-clock operations, while the electric drivelines means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and noise levels. A cloud-based service connects each vehicle to a transport control centre, which continuously monitors and optimises the logistics flow.
In the near future, Vera will be further developed by Volvo Trucks together with…
Old but fascinating video showcasing a man who has travelled the world by riding freight cars.
It's a rough and risky lifestyle -- not to mention -- it's against the law. But this man is seeing the world from a boxcar.
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Tom's Guide looks at Back Market's argument that you don't need to upgrade your iPhone every time a new comes out. If anything, a refurbished iPhone 6S is still a very good phone and can be obtained at a significantly cheaper price than Apple's latest offerings.
Despite the iPhone X’s commercial success, plenty of people are getting increasingly tired of the yearly upgrade rat race and Apple’s ever-increasing prices for incremental feature upgrades that don’t seem to add a lot of real-world benefits -- with the notable exception of camera quality improvements.
As a result, many are looking for their next phone elsewhere. “Refurbished phones represent the fastest growing segment of the smartphone market,” Vaute claims, “Last year one in ten smartphones sold were not new and the growth rate of this segment is far outpacing that of…
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