Putin Loses His Grip on Central Asia as China Moves In – Businessweek

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As President Vladimir Putin strains to keep Ukraine within Russia’s grasp, he may be losing his grip on another part of his would-be empire: the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, which are increasingly turning toward China for investment and trade.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon meet on the sidelines of an informal summit of the regional security group in 2013

In the latest sign of its growing economic ties with the region, China is planning a $16.3 billion fund to finance railways, roads, and pipelines across Central Asia, reviving the centuries-old Silk Road trade route between China and Europe. President Xi Jinping first proposed the idea last year during a visit to Kazakhstan, the region’s wealthiest country.

Beijing has plenty of reasons to spend big in Central Asia. Improved infrastructure would help link China to European markets and give China increased access to the region’s rich natural resources. Kazakhstan is a major oil producer, while neighboring Kyrgyzstan has large mineral deposits and Turkmenistan produces natural gas.

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How Poor Is China? – Businessweek

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By one measure, China is set to surpass the U.S. this year in gross domestic product as the world’s largest economy—in terms of purchasing power parity (rather than nominal GDP), says the International Monetary Fund. China also has the world’s second-largest population of ultra-wealthy, with some 7,600 people possessing at least $50 million, according to a report released on Tuesday by Credit Suisse. (The U.S. remains No. 1 in its number of super-rich).

Sifting through trash near Hefei, China

Still, that wealth contrasts with impoverishment. About 82 million Chinese still live in poverty, an official announced at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, reported the China Daily.

That figure is according to the Chinese poverty standard of about 2,300 yuan a year, or about $1 a day. Using the international standard of $1.25 a day, set by the World Bank, raises the figure to 200 million, said Zheng Wenkai, vice-minister…

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Low-cost chip manufacturers Rockchip and MediaTek will join the Chromebook fun

If using these chipset’s means that we can get chromebooks that use IPS panels for their displays then I am all for this

Hello Chromebook

NVIDIA Denver Tegra K1

The Chromebook market has been dominated by Intel and Samsung models but some of the recent Chromebooks are also powered by an NVIDIA processor like the Acer Chromebook 13 or the HP Chromebook 14 (2nd gen). And new manufacturers should bring even more diversity: Rockchip and MediaTek will join the Chromebook market soon according to Digitimes Research.

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The return of laptop surgeries

So this weekend see’s the return of my monthly laptop surgeries after a pleasant summer off; FYI these are the dates that I have agreed with St Johns Wood Library, all the surgeries will be between 10am and 12pm;

  • September 13th
  • October 4th
  • November 8th
  • December 6th
I will probably be taking January off as well, since not a lot of people will be around in the new year;  with the next surgery scheduled in February.
As always a special thank you goes out to my friend and colleague Soheir Ghallab, who helps me with these surgeries providing training to those who ask for it (and crowd control!!!)
wish us luck (couldn’t find an emoji for ‘fingers crossed’)
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Houses in Shanghai are not built, they’re printed[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn

This is a fantastic project, I only wish more companies/countries would engage in this practice. Would do wonders for the shortage of social housing for example.

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A Chinese company recently built 10 full-sized houses using a giant printer.

Houses in Shanghai are not built, they're printed

The detached, one-story houses now standing in the Shanghai Hi-Tech Industrial Park, in the city’s Qingpu district, look like ordinary buildings. But they were “printed out” in less than a day with “contour crafting“, commonly known as 3-D printing technology.

‘Mirror’ perfect fit for shoppers  Four huge printers measuring 32 meters long, 10 meters wide and 6.6 meters tall were used to make the houses, which were built layer by layer.

“It’s not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly,” said Ma Yihe, inventor of the printers, who is also president of the Shanghai Winsun decoration and design company.

“Unlike traditional construction, the new technology doesn’t produce any waste,” said Ma, who has been working in the 3-D printing construction industry for 12 years.

The materials used to make the houses are a mixture of quick-drying…

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