The Economist - Business
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Rite of passage IF SEVERAL hundred million Indians do migrate from the countryside to cities between now and 2050, as the UN expects, it will be a fiendishly busy few decades for Vivek Aher, who runs a low-cost hostel, one of five, on the outskirts of Pune, a well-off city three hoursdrive from Mumbai. A fair few of the new arrivals will have their first experience of urban living bunking in one of the hostels1,350 beds. Should recent experience be anything to go by, most of the new arrivals will test Mr Aher’s patience by tacking posters on his hostel’s walls, or endlessly complaining about the Wi-Fi. India has two main drags on economic growth. One is the difficulty of finding a job, especially in the places people live. The other is a chronic shortage of cheap housing. Aarusha Homes, Mr Aher’s employer, started in 2007 to help people seize economic opportunities far from home.
Forbes
8 minutes
The high price for advertisements during Sunday's Academy Awards will likely pay off: Experts predict high viewership for the year's political broadcast.
The Economist - China
11 minutes
YAKS graze on grassland near the turquoise waters of Karakul, a lake in the far western region of Xinjiang. Further south, towards the border with Pakistan, the imposing walls of a ruined hilltop fort at Tashkurgan mark a stop on the ancient Silk Road (see map). With such a rich landscape and history this region should be a magnet for Chinese tourists. Instead the area that accounts for more than one-sixth of China’s land mass is better known for violent unrest. The picturesque charms of the lake and fort can be enjoyed in near solitude. For decades Xinjiang has been racked by a low-level insurgency involving ethnic Uighurs—a mostly Muslim minority many of whose members chafe at rule from Beijing. Most recently, on February 14th, attackers with knives killed five people and injured another five in a remote oasis town. Thousands of paramilitary troops have since paraded through three cities in Xinjiang in shows of “thunderous poweraimed at Uighur terrorists. Continue reading
Sky News
18 minutes
Here we had a happy band of rain this morning. Just about commuting time. Squally rain. It has been quite sunny sense. Further north, there will be much more rain associated with the dropping low pressure system.
Universe Today
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Credit and Copyright: Rob Sparks . ISS and Views from Space (-ace -ace) Prospects There is an ISS transit over SW Africa at around 15:45 UT, offering a chance to catch a transit of the station across the partially eclipsed Sun. Sun observing spacecraft in low Earth orbit including Hinode and Proba-2 also usually get good views of the eclipse. New Moon sightings: And for the rest of the world, the hunt will be on to recover the slim waxing crescent Moon post-eclipse on the evening of Monday, February 27th. This lunation, first sighting opportunity without optical assistance favors southeast Asia. Then, its on to eclipse season number two, featuring a partial lunar eclipse on August 7th, and then the big ticket event: the total eclipse of the Sun spanning the contiguous United States from coast to coast. Umbraphiles have been planning for this one and its brief 160 seconds maximum of totality for well over a decade now, no lie.
Asia Today
22 minutes
BBC News 24
26 minutes
Melanie Wilkins from Mansfield has tested her smoke alarm many times at night and only once has any of her four boys woken up. ALARM: Wake up, the house is on fire. Now, she's trying something different, and alarm with a low pitched tone... ALARM: Wake up, the house is on fire. .
Techradar
30 minutes
Spend a bit more and youll get something much more durable and stable. You can spend even more and get carbon fibre models, which are just as strong but lighter, while there are also specialist tripods for travel and macro photography. For a good balance between weight, size and price youre not going to go far wrong with the Manfrotto MT190XPRO3. It offers decent load-bearing capacity and a more than adequate maximum working height, while the centre column can also be positioned horizontally for low-angle shooting. Read more: Best tripods and camera supports 8. Tripod head: Manfrotto XPRO ball head While some cheaper tripods normally come with an integrated tripod head, or with a separate head included (there are some pricier options that do as well), most photographers like to choose their own tripod head to go with their set of legs.
BoingBoing
33 minutes
Many insurers offer breaks to people who wear activity trackers that gather data on them; as Cathy Mathbabe" O'Neil points out, the allegedly "anonymized' data-collection is trivial to re-identify (so this data might be used against you), and, more broadly, the real business model for this data isn't improving your health outcomes -- it's dividing the world into high-risk and low-risk people, so insurers can charge people more. (more)
The Economic Times
36 minutes
With each subscriber bringing in $4 a month, or roughly $50 a year, it would take 200 million subscribers to hit that goal. And that doubling of the subscriber base may still fail to delight investors. Ansari's note assumes a pretax margin (before interest) of 28 per cent, higher than the industry average. This Ebit of $2.8 billion will translate into a 9 per cent-plus return on $30 billion in capital, compared with the double-digit returns the company was chalking up before it embarked on the Jio investment. Still, as Ambani says, data is the new oil. Extending that analogy, the "refining margin" the tycoon can earn from a customer who uses the service to watch Facebook videos may be low, while it may be high for those who dip into their accounts at the soon-to-be-launched Jio Payments Bank to fill up their JioMoney mobile wallets to pay for Uber rides.
MacRumors
40 minutes
Samsung plans on selling modified versions of the troublesome Galaxy Note7 device in emerging markets later in 2017, according to Hankyung [ Google Translate ]. Samsung's reported intention is to minimize as much monetary loss as possible by "transforming" the returned products, refurbishing them, and reselling them in the Indian and Vietnamese markets. The new Galaxy Note7 devices will include a low-capacity battery to get around the explosive troubles of the original devices, and could show up as soon as June 2017. The new battery capacity is said to be around 3000 to 3200 mAh, instead of the 3500 mAh of the first set of defective Note7 smartphones. In January, Samsung's official investigation concluded that the battery was the source of the Note7 fires. Samsung claims to have recovered 98 percent of the 3.16 million Note7 units that were previously sold, and of those devices it got back, 200,000 were reportedly used in experiments that led to the identification of the battery as the source of the company's woes.
Beijing Bulletin
44 minutes
The Sun Daily - Business
an hour
PETALING JAYA: AirAsia X Bhd saw its net profit in the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2016 (Q4FY16) plunge 80.24% to RM39 million, from RM197.43 million in the same period last year, mainly due to unrealised foreign exchange losses of RM93.2 million for the three months. Revenue rose 39.1% to RM1.17 billion, compared with RM841.14 million in the previous corresponding quarter, driven by higher income from scheduled flights, ancillary services, aircraft operating lease, charter flights as well as freight and cargo operations. The group posted a net profit of RM230.54 million for 2016 – its first full year in the black since its listing in 2013 – against a net loss of RM349.6 million a year ago, while revenue rose 30.82% to RM4 billion, from RM3.06 billion previously. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, the long-haul, low-cost airline said its revenue per available seat kilometre for Q4 was down 3% to 13.
MacRumors
an hour
Samsung plans on selling modified versions of the troublesome Galaxy Note7 device in emerging markets later in 2017, according to Hankyung [ Google Translate ]. Samsung's reported intention is to minimize as much monetary loss as possible by "transforming" the returned products, refurbishing them, and reselling them in the Indian and Vietnamese markets. The new Galaxy Note7 devices will include a low-capacity battery to get around the explosive troubles of the original devices, and could show up as soon as June 2017. The new battery capacity is said to be around 3000 to 3200 mAh, instead of the 3500 mAh of the first set of defective Note7 smartphones. In January, Samsung's official investigation concluded that the battery was the source of the Note7 fires. Samsung claims to have recovered 98 percent of the 3.16 million Note7 units that were previously sold, and of those devices it got back, 200,000 were reportedly used in experiments that led to the identification of the battery as the source of the company's woes.
TIME - Top Stories
an hour
Republican governors will have reason to celebrate when they meet in Washington this week. Fundraising reports for two of the largest players in gubernatorial politics show Republicans have a large cash advantage over Democrats heading into a two-year period when over two-thirds of the governors seats will be up for election. The Republican Governors Association raised more than $60.7 million compared with the Democratic Governors Associations $39 million in 2016, according to the groups. In the last decade, the RGA has consistently outraised its Democratic counterpart, although the DGA was able to narrow the gap last year compared with previous years. In the November elections , the difference in fundraising helped bring the number of Republican governors to 33 and reduced the number of Democratic governors to 16, a 95-year low .
Hackaday
an hour
Wireless power transfer exists right now, but it's not as cool as Tesla's Wardenclyffe tower and it's not as stupid as an OSHA-unapproved ultrasonic power transfer system . Wireless power transfer today is a Qi charger for your phone. It's low power just a few amps and very short range. This makes sense; after all, we're dealing with the inverse square law here, and wireless power transfer isn't very efficient. Now, suddenly, we can transfer nearly two kilowatts wirelessly to electronic baubles scattered all over a room. It's a project from Disney Research, it's coming out of Columbia University, it's just been published in PLOS one, and inexplicably it's also an Indiegogo campaign. Somehow or another, the stars have aligned and 2017 is the year of wirelessly powering your laptop. The first instance of wireless power transfer that's more than just charging a phone comes from Disney Research .
The Sun Daily
an hour
SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan State Health Department issued an order to close 17 food premises for violating the Food Act 1983 and Food Hygiene Regulations (PPKM) 2009, through an integrated operation three days ago. Negri Sembilan deputy director of Health (Public Health), Dr Zainudin Mohd Ali said during the operation, notices were issued to 48 premises and compounds totalling RM18,950. "The operation involved food premises around Nilai," he said in a statement here today adding that food premises found to have low hygiene level can be ordered closed for 14 days under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983. "Food business operators and food handlers who do not comply with provisions under PPKM will be issued notices under Section 32B of the Food Act 1983, and ordered to appear in court," he said. Zainuddin said last year, the department had inspected 6,358 food premises and 124 of them had been ordered to close. — Bernama
Money News Steet Talk
an hour
Petrolicious
2 hours
Could be a good track car.” Of course, being so impatient to get a 911, I thought it was perfect. We called up the owner and asked him about it, and he seemed dead straight honest, so we thought, Wow. We shouldn't do this, should we? AG: Almost too good, right? PE: Yeah. It was ridiculous. I said, Okay. Let's put in a stupidly low bid and then we'll just ignore it, walk away. If we get it, great, because that's what we're willing to pay for it, if we don't, that's probably the best thing that could happen. So Dick spent all day following the auctions, and I just totally ignored it. AG: How’d that pan out? PE: Dick kept calling me, telling me things about the car. And I went, No! I’m not listening. If we don't get it, we don't get it. We thought it would go for around $15,000, but we ended up winning it for just $11,300.
Core77
2 hours
If they tell you they're in Walmart or Kmart, you can always Google how many retail outlets there are. Assume each retail store sells one unit a week. (If not… your product is going to be kicked to the curb.) Now apply different royalty rates. How much will you make at a five percent royalty? Seven? Three? Almost always, they will ask you for an exclusive. When you give someone an exclusive, you lose the ability to sell your technology to anyone else, meaning your royalty stream is finite. If your projected revenue is too low, you should walk away. If you've been granted a patent or have proven sales, you can negotiate a higher royalty rate, like between seven and 10 percent. To be clear though, royalty rates are less important than how many stores they're in and the minimum guarantees they're willing to commit to. Remember, at this point, you're still dating! You don't want to ask any hard questions, which include minimum guarantees, yet.
Home Designing
2 hours
The simplicity of this bathroom is what makes it special. Visualizer: Leonid Sizikov The marble look tile is used on the floor and back wall in this bathroom. The shower is tucked behind the console cabinet with double vessel sinks. The wall behind the sink and across are covered in wood planks, giving this design a steam room look. Visualizer: Joana Santos Ferreira This bathroom has an upscale yet rustic quality with the wood planks on the walls and ceilings. The angled ceilings feature skylights allowing in natural light. Separate pedestal sinks that match the black crackle basin tub. Visualizer: Joana Santos Ferreira Done in all black and grey, this room has a skylight and floor to ceiling window to keep it from getting gloomy. A floor lamp provides lighting near the mirror which sits above a white streamlined counter and low settee. Visualizer: Studio Effeto Concrete, tile, and teak wood combine to make an opulent yet understated bathroom right off of the bedroom.
The Points Guy
2 hours
Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter , and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @ tpg_alerts . Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia , which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card , you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points . Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family. Earlier today, we alerted you that European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air began selling its $65 one-way fares between the US and Europe .
Daily Express - Travel
2 hours
BBC News 24
2 hours
A car this is some of the damage it has caused. A car crushed by a fallen tree in West London and more damage in County Fermanagh. Trees have also brought down power lines, 3500 businesses in Northern Ireland have been left without electricity. These images from the International space station showed the storm building up. It is an example of a station showed the storm building up. It is an example of a weather bomb, a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure.