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Peter Hoskin and Alexi Mostrous, Tortoise (via Kirk McElhearn):

From Apple TV+ to Apple Music, from Apple Pay to Apple News+, Cook’s company is now the gateway through which millions of us live our lives. We watch movies, pay for groceries, read the news, go to the gym, adjust our heating and monitor our hearts through Apple services, which is now the company’s fastest growing division.

Living within this carefully curated ecosystem, soon to be bolstered by new augmented reality products, the company’s 1.4 billion active users have become less like customers and more like citizens. We no longer just live our lives on Apple’s phones, but in them.

Apple’s market valuation is roughly equal to the national net worth of Denmark, the 28th wealthiest country in the world. It has as many users as China has citizens. Its leader has a close relationship with the US president and other heads of state. In all but name, this is a superpower, wielding profound influence over our lives, our politics and our culture.

That’s why Tortoise has decided to report on Apple as if it is a country: the first instalment in a year-long project we are calling Tech Nations, which will cover all the main technology giants. Here, we’ll examine Apple’s economy, its foreign policy and its cultural affairs. We’ll dig into its leadership, its security operation and its lobbying spend. We’ll identify the executives likely to succeed Cook, and the areas where Apple is falling behind in the global tech race.

This is a curious way to frame this series of reports. It’s not hard to see this as the corporate insider counterpart to the countless Apple is a religion takes that have littered the media world since the 1980s. Most of those were entirely thoughtless; this seems to be more considered, but it verges on the ridiculous. While many of us may be “citizens” of Apple, we have every ability to leave that world by replacing their products and services with competitors’ offerings. But it is virtually impossible to never use anything from Amazon, Google, or Microsoft — even if you are not consciously using products from any of those companies. And that makes mongering sentiments, like the clause in the last sentence of this paragraph, seem wildly mistargeted:

There is a sense of necessity, even of wisdom, about these shifts. After all, consumers have become less willing to pay out for iteratively improved phones, so new ways of making money from the phones they already have must be found. The idea is to expand the Apple ecosystem so far that consumers never need to – or never can – leave it.

The “shifts” described are in Apple’s emphasis of its more private products and services:

Yet Cook has made some defining interventions. Other companies, such as Facebook and Google, are happy for a sort of chaos to prevail: an online world that’s sprawling, messy and mostly unregulated, where data can be plucked from the air and passed on to advertisers. Cook is trying to create a refuge: a unified world of hardware, software and services, all under Apple’s flag, where citizens can expect their data to remain their own.

Far from hoping that Apple will be the sole provider of “refuge”, Cook has argued for privacy legislation. It’s fair to retort that this would be in the best interests of Apple, but I also think it would be better for everyone if Apple could not be one of the few companies that can claim to care about privacy. Privacy should not be a unique selling point. Users of any product or service should expect their personal data to be treated with due respect, without exploitation.

Imagine if Apple had to compete primarily on the quality of their services, with privacy as a guaranteed benchmark for them and their competitors.

Instead, we’re seeing the opposite: exploitative ad companies like Google and Facebook are re-framing themselves as respectful of user privacy, despite making no meaningful business model changes. While many of Apple’s services — like iCloud, Messages, and Maps — have been getting much better, they’re now tasked with also redefining their unique offering in the absence of meaningful privacy regulation. It’s entirely fair for them to keep beating that drum.


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Не во всех играх под DOS есть настройки звука. Например, в Lemmings все просто работает. Или нет. Но там, где настройки все же имеются, они выглядят примерно так:

Когда я играл в «Принца Персии» в девяностые, моим единственным выбором была верхняя строчка, по причине отсутствия в компьютере нормальных звуковых устройств. В своем новом-старом 386-м компьютере я по умолчанию использую Sound Blaster, и вполне доволен результатом. Про другие опции в те времена я мало что знал, хотя в настройках разных игр они всплывали часто. Sound Blaster был достаточным апгрейдом: если он есть, то со звуком в твоем компьютере все в порядке.

А был ли вариант покруче? Здесь легко запутаться в определении этого самого «круче». В каких единицах должен выражаться прогресс? Сегодня я расскажу об уникальном во многих смыслах звуковом устройстве для IBM PC эпохи DOS — синтезаторе Roland MT-32. В конце восьмидесятых это был самый дорогой вариант реализации компьютерного звука. Тридцать с лишним лет спустя это недешевый коллекционный девайс, который превращает и так неплохой звук в некоторых DOS-играх в монументальный саундтрек.
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Прошло почти три года с тех пор, как я впервые написал про Новую Охту, и больше двух лет с момента выхода поста про любимые развлечения детдомовцев, которых массово туда заселили…

Стоит мне запостить что-нибудь про гетто (особенно питерское), как местные жители сразу обижаются за свою родную многоэтажечку и начинают всем рассказывать, что через несколько лет у них будет не район, а город-сад, как в советских книжках для детей. На деле вместо деревьев у них растёт ржавая арматура, вместо пионеров – блюющие в лифтах сиротки, а условный дядя Стёпа туда просто не суётся.

Мне кажется, три года – вполне достаточный срок для того, чтобы район полностью сформировался. И в данном случае Новая Охта действительно сформировалась. Как гетто. Вот как там празднуют Новый год:

Это скриншоты из группы «ЖК НОВАЯ ОХТА Жители и Дольщики «. К сожалению, она закрытая, но скрины мне прислал один из читателей. Местные рассказывают, что двое человек стреляли из боевого оружия, и кому-то прилетело в окно.

В этот раз повезло, что никто не пострадал. Но такое празднование Нового года могло закончиться иначе.

Пример Новой Охты очень интересен в том плане, что она и без того через какое-то время превратилась бы в гетто, но Смольный решил усугубить ситуацию, массово заселив туда хулиганьё. С каждым годом ситуация будет ухудшаться, а страдать будут в первую очередь люди, которые купили там квартиры.

Кстати, очень интересно узнать, кто же всё-таки стрелял и напишут ли про это в новостях…


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[Перевод] Юбилейная лекция Дональда Кнута «У рождественской ёлки»


В течение четверти века великий стэнфордский почётный профессор проводит в декабре особую лекцию «У рождественской ёлки». Приближающийся к своим 82 годам Дональд Кнут снова провёл юбилейную 25-ю лекцию 5 декабря. Он напомнил аудитории, что по-прежнему усердно продолжает работать над книгой, которую пишет последние 57 лет.

Книга «Искусство программирования» в среде программистов считается одним из самых комплексных исследований алгоритмов. Согласно веб-сайту Стэнфордского университета, эту книга является одним из лучших научных трудов века. «Из-за моего насыщенного писательского графика мне приходится вести отшельническую жизнь», — пишет Кнут на своём личном сайте.

Поэтому вдвойне необычно увидеть этого великого человека вживую.

У нашего сайта есть собственная рождественская традиция: мы публикуем обзоры и скриншоты с последних лекций Кнута. В 2017 году я описал это как «встречу с любимым родственником на праздники» и «шанс увидеть вживую великий ум».

Лекция этого года не стала исключением.
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День защиты персональных данных, Минск, 2019 год. Организатор: правозащитная организация Human Constanta.

Ведущий (далее – В): – Артур Хачуян занимается… Можно сказать «на тёмной стороне» в контексте нашей конференции?

Артур Хачуян (далее – АХ): – На стороне корпораций – да.

В: – Он собирает ваши данные, продаёт их корпорациям.

АХ: – На самом деле нет…

В: – И он как раз расскажет, как корпорации могут использовать ваши данные, что происходит с данными, когда они попадают в онлайн. Он не будет, наверное, рассказывать, что с этим делать. Мы подумаем дальше…

АХ: – Расскажу, расскажу. На самом деле долго рассказывать не буду, но на предыдущем мероприятии мне представили человека, которому «Фейсбук» даже аккаунт собаки заблокировал.
Всем привет! Меня зовут Артур. Я действительно занимаюсь обработкой и сбором данных. Конечно же, я не продают никому никакие персональные данные в открытом доступе. Шучу. Моя сфера деятельности – это извлечение знаний из данных, находящихся в открытых источниках. Когда что-то юридически является не персональными данными, но из этого можно извлечь знания и сделать их такими же по значимости, как если бы эти данные были получены из персональных данных. Ничего на самом деле страшного рассказывать не буду. Здесь, правда, про Россию, но про Белоруссию у меня тоже есть цифры. Читать дальше →


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Codec Pro, the newest incarnation of the Codec font family.

The Codec font family was originally designed by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, and Andrea Tartarelli in 2017 for foundry Zetafonts. By the end of 2019, the foundry has released Codec Pro, a complete redesign with lots of expanded features and additional weights. The character set has been extended to include not only Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek letters but also Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu scripts. Read more below or click on the following link to download the family as an introductory offer.

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The Codec Pro font family has been equipped with a wide range of alternates and stylistic character sets that cover all the subfamilies and the distinctive mood of the original type system. To learn more about all features of this modern sans serif font family, just follow the link below.

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5 Financing Tips for Staffing Companies

Running any successful business is an arduous task, especially when it comes to staffing companies. This holds especially true as the business grows, and new and unforeseen challenges crop up regularly.

So, while it’s tempting to celebrate your wins and big contracts, you also need to be prepared with the capital you need to keep the ball rolling as you grow. Having the right financing in place will help you cover any critical gaps in initial cash flow, and it can help you avoid many of the headaches associated with staffing companies.

While there are plenty of different financing options available to you, not all of them are an excellent fit for staffing companies. Here are some tips and best practices for financing a staffing company, so you can focus more on growth and less on the headaches that come with it.

Secure Favorable Payment Terms

Regardless of how you plan on securing financing, one of the smartest things for any staffing company is to reduce your payment terms whenever possible. By lowering your terms, you’ll be able to further bridge the gap between the capital you have and the capital you need to cover your expenses and pay employees.

Of course, this is sometimes easier said than done. After all, wouldn’t you want the flexibility that comes with a 90 or 120-day window to pay invoices? Typically, when a company asks for extended terms like this, it was a signal of cash flow problems. Today, more successful companies are seeking flexibility from their suppliers.

For staffing companies, these extended payment terms can be a killer, and you’ll want to avoid them at all costs. Leverage your relationships to secure the most favorable payment terms with your customers to help reduce these gaps in cash flow.

It’s also helpful to establish clear objectives from the outset with all your new customers. Your business is not a bank, and that should be understood by all parties when you enter an agreement with a new customer. You’ll also want to make sure that the terms you expect the customer to follow are carefully outlined in the contract.

If those terms are violated, you’ll need to be vigilant in your collection efforts to ensure that things don’t become too far out of hand. It’s also helpful to partner with a trade organization like the National Revenue Corporation to give your collection letters some teeth when you sent them to clients.

Constantly Evaluate Your Relationships

As your business grows, the relationship between you and your clients is sure to change. By continually evaluating and refining these relationships, you can streamline your practices while also leaving the door open for the tough conversations surrounding payment you’ll need to have.

Sometimes, a strong relationship with clients means the difference between an invoice that’s paid early or on time, and an invoice that sits collecting dust for months on end. As a business, you’ll need to start cultivating this relationship from the outset. Develop a strong knowledge of the challenges and obstacles your clients face as a company before presenting them with your product solution. Do your research and ask the hard questions, your product(s) may not be the best fit at all for this client.

When your partners have a better understanding of your needs and cash flow requirements, they’ll be more sympathetic to terms that are favorable to all parties and aren’t just aligned with the client’s direct interests.

Consider Traditional Financing Options

Securing the best payment terms and developing strong relationships are great ways to address the complicated financing issues facing your business. Every business will still need to secure the necessary cash flow to bridge its initial financing gaps.

For many businesses, traditional financing options are the best way to secure the necessary cash flow to keep the lights on.

Bank financing is a reliable option for many businesses. At a bank, you’ll find access to the most extensive array of financial products for your business. Banks traditionally have the best rates out of any financing option.

There are a few caveats associated with bank lending.

For one, not every business will qualify for a bank loan that aligns with their needs and goals. The approval process can also be long and drawn out, which is a significant obstacle for most staffing businesses. Some loans also require that you submit regular financial statements to the bank to maintain your loan.

For these reasons, bank financing is not typically an option sought by staffing companies.

Payroll financing is another traditional option, and it’s one that many staffing companies find attractive. With payroll financing, a third-party will handle all of your payroll processes, including paying employees and taxes and handling claims. Payroll financiers will often scale with your business, offering more financing as your operation grows.

This financing option doesn’t come cheap, as most payroll financiers collect 3-5% of your gross billings for their trouble. Set up times also vary, and it can take anywhere from a week or two to several months for your agreement to take effect. Most agreements also involve contracts that contain minimums and penalties you’ll need to be aware of.

Payroll financing can also be challenging to secure for businesses with few assets or poor credit. But, it’s still a viable option for some staffing companies, and it can help free up your time since you’ll be delegating virtually all your payroll operations to a third party.

Less Traditional Financing Options

While bank loans and payroll financing are both options you’ll want to look into more closely; they rarely align precisely with the needs and goals of your business. For staffing companies, sometimes less traditional financing that’s specialized to your industry makes the most sense.

Invoice factoring has become one of the most popular financing methods since it provides businesses like yours with the most flexible and cost-effective solutions for improving cash flow. When you do business with an invoice factoring company, you’ll submit a copy of customer invoices to the factoring company, and they’ll advance you the majority of the invoice right away. When your customer settles the invoice, they’ll send you the remaining payment you’re due, less their fee.

Merchant cash advances are another highly sought after financing option. An MCA essentially provides funding to a small business owner in exchange for a percentage of the business income over a period of time. These are perfect for businesses with fluctuating revenue and lower credit scores. Payments are usually taken as daily payments tied to future sales. MCAs are easier to qualify for if your credit isn’t strong.

Vet Your Financing Partner Carefully

Regardless of the type of financing that makes the most sense for your business, it’s critical that you carefully vet any financial partners you are considering.

Keep in mind that not every financial product or service is going to align with your company’s interests, and some financiers have no concern for the challenges that face your business.

Just as you’ll want to study and refine your customer relationships carefully, you’ll want to do the same with your financial partners. Doing so will help keep you and your partners on the same page as you work towards your goals.

Final Word

For staffing companies, securing the right type of financing is often the difference between meteoric growth and failure. As you work to decide on the best solution for your business and use these tips to guide you on your way.

Invest in learning about the best option for your needs and goals, and you’ll have the tools and financing you need to continue to grow.

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Brand: adidas

Model: YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Yeshaya”

Key Features: The YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Yeshaya” features a multi-toned re-engineered Primeknit upper with a woven post-dyed monofilament side stripe, reflective threads in the laces, and Boost tooling in the midsole.

Release Date: January 11 (China), January 25 (United States)

Price: $220 for adult, $160 for kids, and $140 for infant

Buy: and select retailers

Editor’s Notes: Following a number of drops and re-releases over the holidays, Kanye West and adidas are gearing up for their first confirmed footwear delivery of 2020. Here, we get an official look at the “Yeshaya” colorway of the YEEZY Boost 350 V2.

The “Yeshaya” adheres to the signature look of recent YEEZY Boost 350 V2 releases, featuring a multi-toned re-engineered Primeknit upper with a post-dyed monofilament side stripe. The brand’s patented Boost tooling is present in the midsole, while the laces then boast reflective details to draw further attention to the sneaker.

adidas is releasing the YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Yeshaya” in adult, kids, and infant sizing on January 11 in China and January 25 in the US.

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Cardi B has long been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and his administration. The recent assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani has even led her to consider leaving the US, claiming on Twitter that she is filing for Nigerian citizenship.

Citing the deluge of WWIII memes that have flooded the internet in the days since the assassination, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper tweeted that the president was “putting American lives in danger“ and “I’m filing for Nigerian citizenship.”

Back in December Cardi traveled to Nigeria as part of a West Africa trip. Her performances were part of a campaign to encourage people of African descent, whose ancestors were victims of the slave trade, to return to Ghana and invest in the continent.

How serious Cardi B’s tweets are to be taken remains to be seen, though it seems the African nation can’t wait to receive her citizenship application. Mrs. Abike Dabiri Erewa, NIDCOM chairman under the Presidency took to Twitter to enthusiastically encourage her to apply.

Cardi B then asked her followers what Kulture’s Nigerian name would be and fielded advice on how to convince Offset to relocate, too.

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Від прогнозів витрат, розвитку каналів та технологій до креативних рішень — команда СМО зібрала 15 фактів, які здалися цікавими з точки зору розвитку цифрових тенденцій у 2020 році. 1. 2020 року у США витрати на рекламу зростуть на 6% до 656 млрд доларів частково через президентські вибори в США та Олімпійські ігри. Очікується, що вперше […]

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In his recent Rap Radar interview, Drake said that he and Future were “always working,” and if Drake’s recent Instagram Story is any indication, we might be hearing the fruits of their labor very soon.

The 6 God shared a video teasing a 5-minute project titled, ‘Life is Good’ on his laptop screen. Given the length and the fact that Future is tagged in the Story, it looks as though we could be getting a music video from the long-time collaborators.

It’s been five years since Drake and Future’s collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive was released. Last year, Drake and Future teased that the anticipated follow-up mixtape was on the way. Yet, despite leaked tracks and cryptic Instagram Stories, the album failed to materialize.

Back in December the rappers were spotted inside a McDonald’s donning fast-food uniforms and working behind the counter in what appeared to be a music video shoot.

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By John Salazar

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If we give you a few seconds to think of a “Silicon Valley Giant,” you’ll likely think of Apple as part of your first five options. That’s a reasonable thought, given Apple has indeed made a name for itself since its meteoric rise before the 21st Century. 

Unfortunately, as much as we like Apple as consumers, it’s a different thing entirely as an investor. If you have enough money to spare, we can’t just buy Apple stocks “because it’s cool.” And in today’s turbulent financial times, there involves a lot of risk in investing in big brands like Apple. So here’s the question: is it still worth investing in Apple? Here are some things you might want to consider

Are you searching for a vast slate of offerings? Some investors hesitate investing in a company or a brand that relies on one — or even a select — number of brands and products offerings below them. This makes sense, as having «that one okay product» doesn’t necessarily inspire investors to release a lot of money into a venture. Apple breaks this fear by offering a number of tech devices across different uses — be it the smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop, music players, and even smart speakers. And considering how investors likely already use an Apple product while thinking about making an investment, this in itself is proof that Apple may be worth investing in.

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Choose a company with a ton of upcoming products in their slate. We’ve had the massive success of the iPhone 11 and AirPods last 2019, but Apple is rumored to be back for more surprises. Aside from another 16-inch MacBook Pro, there are rumors of over-ear headphones, the iPad Pro 2020, the iPhone 12, and the comeback of the affordable iPhone SE. These products may or may not be coming, but the fact that Apple may be possibly producing them shows great potential in the market.  

Aside from new products, Apple also has begun amping up to provide more services for users. In quarter four of 2018 alone, Apple managed to grow its services revenue to $10 billion, or a whopping 27%, courtesy of services such as AppleCar, Apple Music, Apple Pay, the App Store, and the iCloud. And with more arrivals and improvements on these services, it’s no doubt Apple is positioning itself to remain as a major tech player for years to come.

Are you searching for a vast slate of offerings? Some investors hesitate investing in a company or a brand that relies on one — or even a select — number of brands and products offerings below them. This makes sense, as having «that one okay product» doesn’t necessarily inspire investors to release a lot of money into a venture. Apple breaks this fear by offering a number of tech devices across different uses — be it the smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop, music players, and even smart speakers. And considering how investors likely already use an Apple product while thinking about making an investment, this in itself is proof that Apple may be worth investing in.

Choose a company with a ton of upcoming products in their slate. We’ve had the massive success of the iPhone 11 and AirPods last 2019, but Apple is rumored to be back for more surprises. Aside from another 16-inch MacBook Pro, there are rumors of over-ear headphones, the iPad Pro 2020, the iPhone 12, and the comeback of the affordable iPhone SE. These products may or may not be coming, but the fact that Apple may be possibly producing them shows great potential in the market.  

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Aside from new products, Apple also has begun amping up to provide more services for users. In Q4 of 2018 alone, Apple managed to grow its services revenue to $10 billion, or a whopping 27%, courtesy of services such as the Apple Card, Apple Music, Apple Pay, the App Store, and iCloud. And with more arrivals and improvements on these services, it’s no doubt Apple is positioning itself to remain as a major tech player for years to come. 

Are you searching for a stable player in the market? Despite recessions and slight economic turbulence in the past few years, Apple has proven to remain dominant in its respective markets. And this isn’t exactly an easy feat. Apple has tapped into its strengths producing notable products such as iPhones, Macbooks, iMacs, and the like, as well as taking advantage of tech improvements, the potential of automation and AI, as well as the rise of cheaper and more powerful materials. With these in mind, Apple has proven capable of withstanding negative industry trends and riding positive ones.

When we say Apple, we often think iPhones — and that makes sense, given Apple really relies on the iPhone for profits. And true enough, the iPhone has proven reliable in this regard. In fact, iPhone sales managed to get in $37.1 billion for the company in a financial quarter in 2018 alone. This was 59% of Apple’s total revenue at the time. If you’re looking for a stable market player, Apple may be the one for you.

Apple actually ended 2019 with amazing highlights. Apple’s iPhone line ended the decade as the best-selling tech product. According to Wedbush Securities, Apple’s sold 185 million units — granted, it’s less compared to a 200-million-unit record in previous years, but still the leader in smartphone sales thanks to the arrival of the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Given we’ve received the first iPhone back in 2007, it’s no easy feat to remain as one of the top smartphone brands for the past 12 years.

In terms of the competition, Apple stock isn’t really overvalued compared to other big names in the market. In fact, we still see Apple valued at 19 (based on price-to-earnings ratio). Facebook currently asks for multiples of 30, and Amazon works with 70. Apple stock is comparatively cheaper, and while it might have losses during a recession, it still has a huge potential to jump back.

Are you looking for trendsetters? Nothing speaks of a brand’s status in a market than its ability to start trends. And one could argue that Apple fits this regard because of its sheer influence in the tech sphere. Imagine, Apple continues to break convention with new innovations with its products — such as the keypad-absent in the first-ever iPhone and the earphone jack-less iPhone a few years back. Both met significantly-wild reactions from audiences, but both reached significantly-huge sales regardless. One might argue that it’s worth investing in a brand that can set trends in its market, and Apple surely fits the bill on that end.

Apple has a huge following that most likely established brand loyalty for the tech giant, which explains why its premium pricing is still something that people line up for even today. That’s thanks to Apple’s constant improvements and additions to their products that prove useful and helpful to users — be it from a practical or an aesthetic point of view. It’s this kind of branding that lets Apple ask users for top dollar to avail its services, but still remains on the top of its game. 

Given Apple’s tendency to make amazing products and services “out of the blue,” it’s no question how people get excited whenever Apple teases “the next big thing.” This sparks huge potential for both Apple and investors, as their investments in Apple may prove worth the while if Apple’s next “craze” actually succeeds in making money. For instance, Apple can tap into the free online game market and have games like Madalin Stunt Cars 2 be more playable on mobile. Or Apple can even start its entire eSports gaming tournament! The fact that we can think of suggestions left and right, no matter how ridiculous, that proves Apple’s potential to make waves wherever it goes.

Apple takes advantage of current trends and adds spins to them, or succeeds in making hit products. Wearable tech such as smartwatches have risen in sales thanks to Apple’s Apple Watch, and it seems Apple is once again positioning itself to be a leader in the market. With the rise of IoT-based wearable tech, as well as improvements in augmented and virtual reality, it’s no question that Apple will be taking advantage of this opportunity. 

Is Apple worth investing in? With the above in mind, it’s clear that the answer can be a resounding yes. Given you have enough funds for an investment, and if you’re focusing on making a portfolio based on assets in the tech industry, Apple is definitely a place you want to put your money in. However, remember to not just put your money in Apple — or any other company — without proper research and consideration. 

With the above points, it’s important to assess how having Apple stock can affect your portfolio at large, and what your long-term goals are in order to make the right financial move.

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John Salazar is a certified techie-at-heart, but he shares a love for all things science and technology, health and wellness, and even a bit of music on the side. As a creative writer, John makes sure to write both informative and entertaining pieces. He loves writing, and he plays the guitar when he has free time.


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Telegram отказался контролировать проблемную платформу TON

Разработчики Telegram сообщили, что компания не будет управлять блокчейн-платформой Telegram Open Network. Об этом стало известно накануне дачи показаний Павла Дурова в суде: 7 и 8 января основатель мессенджера выступит в качестве свидетеля по делу о создании собственной криптовалюты.

На сайте сервиса сообщается, что код TON будет будет общедоступным. «После запуска платформы Telegram займет ту же позицию, что и любая другая сторона в отношении TON», — указали разработчики.

Отмечается, что сотрудники Telegram не будут иметь отношения к авторизации через блокчейн. «Это добровольное решение было принято во избежание представления о том, что Telegram или его сотрудники могут осуществлять контроль над TON после запуска платформы».

Telegram ранее сообщал, что проводимые через криптовалютный кошелёк Grams транзакции будут проверяться и записываться в блокчейне. Telegram при этом не будет контролировать блокчейн-платформу TON и не сможет подтверждать транзакции.

Проблемы TON

Gram — криптовалюта на основе блокчейн-платформы TON, разрабатываемой командой Telegram. По словам разработчиков, главной особенностью Gram станет большая скорость транзакций, что позволит использовать её в качестве платёжного инструмента.

Команда Telegram несколько раз откладывала запуск TON. В начале 2018 года основатель мессенджера Павел Дуров привлёк для проекта $1,7 млрд и пообещал представить первую бета-версию осенью 2018 года, однако в итоге сроки откладывались несколько раз.

В начале сентября 2019 года команда Telegram выложила в открытый доступ тестовую версию TON.

12 октября стало известно, что SEC добилась временного судебного запрета на продажу токенов Gram в США. Финансовый регулятор решил, что планы по выпуску криптовалюты нарушают американское законодательство. Также регулятор заявил, что Telegram нарушил закон США, не раскрыв информацию о финансовом состоянии компании, бизнесе, менеджменте и рисках.

Telegram отказался раскрывать Комиссии по ценным бумагам и биржам (SEC) США информацию о том, куда были направлены $1,7 млрд, полученных от инвесторов. Об этом говорится в документе, который SEC передала в суд.

«Ответчик отказывается раскрыть банковские записи о том, как он потратил $1,7 млрд, которые они получили от инвесторов за последние два года», — указано в письме. Также Telegram не рассказал SEC, сколько потратил на разработку блокчейн-платформы TON.

Бывший юрист SEC Захари Фэллон пояснил агентству Bloomberg, что судебный запрет помешает продаже токенов не только в США, но и в других странах. «Они определённо влипли», — заявил он, комментируя сложившуюся ситуацию.

Компания Дурова сочла требования SEC несправедливыми и увела дело в суд. По данным разработчиков, их новый продукт не является ценной бумагой и не нарушает американское законодательство. В качестве свидетеля по делу о финансовой отчетности, касающейся привлечения инвестиций на создание Gram, Дуров выступит в суде в Дубае 7 и 8 января.

По предварительным данным, токены купил 171 инвестор. Дуров обещал вложившимся в Gram запустить криптоплатформу до 31 октября. Однако после вердикта SEC он договорился с большинством инвесторов об отсрочке запуска до весны 2020 года.

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Nike Debuts NextGen VaporKnit FC Barcelona 2020 Training Kit

For the new year, Nike is readying an updated kit for La Liga giants FC Barcelona as part of its NextGen VaporKnit training collection.

Barça will be the first club in the world to sport the new NextGen Vaporknit tech, which is slated to be used for all Nike kits and training gear starting this March with the release of the 2020 national team jerseys.

The new kit template is dressed in a bold yellow «Volt» colorway and features a contrasting red and blue Blaugrana stripe with «Barça» writing, along with a black Nike Swoosh insignia, on both the left and right sleeves. The left chest is free from any branding, while Barça’s celebrated club badge is featured on the right. Additionally the Beko logo appears on the front and back in blue. Finally a crew-neck collar rounds off the look of this updated training kit. The collection also includes the Strike Pants in navy.

The NextGen VaporKnit kits are designed by using 4D imaging, while the fabric has been specifically engineered for a body in rapid motion. Unfortunately the NextGen VaporKnit FC Barcelona 2020 Training Kit is currently only available in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.⁠ Keep it locked here for a wider release.

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Итоги июля 2019

Сестры Хачатурян

О журналистах

Про Александра Ульянова

Про бардов

Про Михалкова

Американцы на Луне

Самый рейтинговый пост

Про рабство

В чем ходят

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Shop Smart With Our Favorite Formal Shoes on Sale Right Now

Maison Margiela Leather Shoe

We’ve not only just stepped into a new year but a new decade too, providing more than enough excuse to indulge the new year, new me self-transformation idea. And while a change in bad habits can be hard to stick to, a change in the wardrobe is certainly more achievable, especially when the winter sales continue in force. While shopping sneakers at a hefty discount always brings unbounded pleasure, formal shoes are a must for every rotation.

Courtesy of our go-to retailers, including SSENSE and MATCHESFASHION, we’ve rounded up some highlight formal shoes that you can still find on the virtual shelves with great savings. Our selection contains event-ready picks from the likes of Maison Margiela, Raf Simons, and Burberry.

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Идея дня: мини-сериал в Инстаграм

Компания Samsung впервые в России выпустила короткометражный Инстаграм-сериал под названием «Сон, выйди вон». Для донесения его основной мысли выбрана платформа, которая стала важной частью жизни практически любой современной девушки. За несколько минут, как обещают создатели, на экране успевает развернуться сложный сюжет, в который включена эволюция характеров персонажей, как в полнометражных картинах.

Социальные сети диктуют образ жизни успешного человека через идеальные отретушированные фотографии. Правильный Инстаграм-человек успешно строит карьеру, проводит много времени с близкими, занимается спортом и саморазвитием и правильно питается. «Обычные» девушки начинают переживать, когда не могут подогнать свою жизнь под идеал, увиденный в соцсети.

Главная героиня сериала — 30-летняя девушка по имени Соня. Она получила возможность успевать все, отказавшись от сна, и стремительно идет к успеху. Ее лучшая подруга считает Соню феноменом, который нужно изучать. Это открывае перед ней перспективу получения крупного гранта.

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Главные роли в сериале исполнили профессиональные актеры театра и кино, а в отдельных эпизодах снялись популярные блогеры. Проект реализован Samsung совместно с режиссером Дилией Альшиной, креативным агентством i-will и Headshot Production.

Проект состоит из 16 видеороликов, которые выходят два раза в неделю, а в перерывах между ними следить за историей героини можно в сториз.


Запись Идея дня: мини-сериал в Инстаграм впервые появилась Rusability.


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OWC unveils the Akitio Node Titan, a Mac-compatible eGPU

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), OWC announced the upcoming Akitio Node Titan, an external graphics processing Unit (eGPU) that lets users transform their notebook or other slotless computer (Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Pro, NUC, etc.) into a gaming, video editing and graphics workstation.

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It connects to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer. In macOS 10.14 and later, you can turn on «Prefer external GPU.” For graphics cards (sold separately) that require more than the x16 PCIe slot industry standard 75W output, the Node Titan packs a 650W power supply that can handle cards like the Radeon RX Vega 64.

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Идея децентрализованной социальной сети следующего поколения

В данной статье я представляю вам свои размышления на тему истории и перспектив развития интернета, централизованных и децентрализованных сетей и как итог — возможной архитектуры децентрализованной сети следующего поколения.

С интернетом что-то не так

Впервые я познакомился с Интернетом в 2000 году. Конечно, это далеко не самое начало — Сеть уже существовала до этого, но то время можно назвать как первый расцвет Интернета. Всемирная паутина — гениальное изобретение Тима Бернерса-Ли, web1.0 в его классической канонической форме. Множество сайтов и страничек, ссылающихся друг на друга гиперссылками. На первый взгляд — простая, как все гениальное, архитектура: децентрализованная и свободная. Хочу — путешествую по сайтам других людей, переходя по гиперссылкам; хочу — создаю свой сайт, на котором публикую то что мне интересно — например свои статьи, фотографии, программы, гиперссылки на интересные для меня сайты. А другие размещают ссылки на меня.

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Latest ‘The New Mutants’ Trailer Finally Arrives

It’s been over two years since we last saw a trailer for 20th Century Fox‘s upcoming superhero horror flick, The New Mutants.

The film’s principal photography took place in 2017, but its release has been delayed multiple times. Now following Disney‘s purchase of 20th Century Fox, The New Mutants is now slated for an April 2020 release. The forthcoming film will be the final installment of the current X-Men movie franchise, which saw less than stellar reviews after The Dark Phoenix made its debut last year.

The story is inspired by “The Demon Saga,” the most popular New Mutants story, and sees the teens trapped in a secret facility and fighting to stay alive. The sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney, which plans to integrate the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, means the two proposed sequels to The New Mutants are unlikely to happen.

The New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Mirage, and Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes. Look for The New Mutants to hits theaters on April 3, 2020.

In more entertainment news, here’s a look back at 2019 in six minutes.


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Wales Bonner FW20 Is a Masterclass in the Art of Smart-Casual Tailoring

London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner has presented her eponymous label’s Fall/Winter 2020 collection at London Fashion Week: Men’s.

This season, Wales Bonner returned with an even stronger focus on tailoring and combined this traditional British trope with her archetypal Afro-Atlantic approach. Presenting both menswear and womenswear, Wales Bonner delivered tailoring staples such as long-line double-breasted duffle coats lined with a selection of bold colors as well as collaborative tracksuits with adidas Originals paired with multicolored woolen hats.

Elsewhere the runway offered up a solid selection of knitwear in the form of brown, yellow, red and green-hued zip-up funnel necks, tank tops and low-scooped crewneck jumpers. The use of color here popped underneath pieces such as the luxe brown leather flight jacket, waistcoats and double-breasted pea coats.

One of the most anticipated components of Wales Bonner’s FW20 show was the designer’s adidas Originals collaboration. Numerous reworked iterations of archival Three Stripes silhouettes were walked down the runway, with prominent pairs including a Samba sporting embroidered stripes on the side and a fold-down dual-branded tongue — which touches upon the British football terrace subculture — and various premium bowling shoe-esque offerings. Take a look at Wales Bonner’s FW20 London Fashion Week: Men’s presentation above.

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Cashier’s Check – Everything You Need to Know

Most of our payments go through credit or debit cards.

But you might need to use a cashier’s check.

They’re popular for larger transactions because they’re considered one of the safest payment methods by banks and vendors. If a payment is too large to go through your credit card, you’ll probably need to use a cashier’s check instead.

If you’ve been asked to provide “certified” funds for a down payment or other purchase, the vendor likely wants a cashier’s check or money order as a way to ensure that they will receive their money.

Don’t worry about figuring out when to use a cashier’s check, the recipient will tell you if they need one.

What’s a Cashier’s Check and How Does it Work?

A cashier’s check is a paper check written from the bank’s funds. The biggest difference between a cashier’s check and a regular check is that the funds are guaranteed by the bank, not the account holder.

When you purchase a cashier’s check, the bank will either remove the money immediately from your account or place a hold on your account for that amount. Vendors prefer cashier’s checks for payments since they clear faster than a personal check. Personal checks can take up to a week to clear, as can debit card purchases. Since the bank already “certified” the funds for a certified check, the recipient has nearly instant access to their payment.

Cashier’s checks are essentially a pre-paid piece of paper. You exchange money for the check. You take the paper check to the recipient and they turn the paper check into cash by depositing it at their financial institution. It’s a way to guarantee that the funds will be available when you hand over the check.

A cashier’s check looks more complex than a regular check as well. Beyond your name, address, and payment amount, it will have tracking information and be signed by a bank representative. Additionally, cashier’s checks also have at least one security feature like special ink, special paper, a security strip and/or watermark.

When to Use a Cashier’s Check

Cashier’s checks are used for larger transactions where the recipient wants to know that they’re guaranteed payment. Situations in which the vendor might specifically ask for a cashier’s check include:

  • Down payment for a car
  • Earnest money for a home offer
  • Down payment on a home loan
  • Large cash purchase
  • Rent or mortgage payment

With major purchases like these, the odds of a normal check bouncing go way up. Not many people have tens of thousands of dollars sitting in their checking account. A cashiers check avoids any problems ahead of time. The recipient doesn’t have to worry that the payment they received will bounce and you don’t know to worry about overdrafting your bank account.

There are some payment options that are similar to the cashier’s check. A money order operates in a similar manner as a cashier’s check, but you can purchase them at a grocery store or a post office. Money orders are less expensive, but they typically have a dollar limit so they may not work well for a very large down payment or purchase.

Banks also offer counter checks. Counter checks are much like personal checks but banks offer them as a service to customers who have run out of their own checks. They are less secure than personal checks and cashier’s checks because they don’t include your name and address.

Where and How to Get a Cashier’s Check

You can only purchase cashier’s checks from a bank. The most common way to purchase a cashier’s check is to visit your local branch and request a check from the teller. Some banks may allow you to purchase a cashier’s check over the phone or via their online teller service. They may be able to send the check directly to the recipient for you.

When you arrive at the bank, you’ll need to provide identification, usually a photo ID or account password) You should also know the name of the company or individual you are paying so the bank can put this on the check. You cannot request a blank cashier’s check for security reasons.

When you get a cashier’s check, the bank will freeze the funds in your account or remove them immediately. Some banks will hold a slightly higher amount than your check to ensure there’s ample funds available,  but you’ll get the difference back once the check clears.

If you don’t have an account with the bank, you can still purchase a cashier’s check with a cash payment.

Banks charge a fee for cashier’s checks. Rates for cashier’s checks vary widely from as low as $3 up to $10 or more. If possible, purchase a cashier’s check from a bank where you have an account as they may offer lower fees for members.

What to do if You Lose a Cashier’s Check

Losing a cashier’s check might seem like the end of the world. Fortunately, you can get the money back.

If you lose a cashier’s check, notify your bank immediately. In most cases, they’ll ask you to fill out a statement confirming that the check is lost. The bank can cancel the check, but you’ll most likely be asked to pay a fee. Finally, the bank will likely ask you to purchase an indemnity bond before replacing the check. The bond protects the bank from responsibility in the event that the check is lost or damaged again.

The bank may then reissue your check, but it may take between 30 and 90 days before the money is returned to your account.

Alternatively, you could ask your bank to just cancel payment on the check. Some banks will cancel payment for a fee but you may have to way up to six months before the money is refunded to your account.

Recipients must deposit a cashier’s check within 120 days for most lenders. If a cashier’s check is not cashed within a certain amount of time, the financial institution will turn it over to the state as unclaimed property.

Considerations Before Getting a Cashier’s Check

Cashier’s checks are a convenient way to make large purchases, but there are some things to think about.

First, cashier’s checks are a great option for larger purchases, but they’re not great for everyday payments. The cost of a cashier’s check usually outweighs the benefits when using a cashier’s check for smaller amounts. Cashier checks are very common in real estate and other loan transactions.

But lots of sellers won’t accept them since they’re often used in scams.

Scammers often ask for cashier’s checks because they can access funds quickly and many people believe they’re entirely safe. But they’re not as secure as many believe.

One of the most common ways a scammer will try to steal money is to purchase an item and send you a cashier’s check for more than the amount they offered. They’ll tell you that they need you to cash the check and send the difference to someone else.

When you deposit the check, the bank thinks the check is real and credits your account. You send the “extra” cash to the buyer before the bank realizes the check is a fake, reverses the deposit, and makes you pay the money back to the bank.

Other scams include mystery shopping scams, “work-at-home” check processing, lottery winning scams, and fake renters.

You should never send a cashier’s check or accept a cashier’s check from someone you don’t know or trust. If you’re concerned about a possible scam, talk with your bank and ask them to let you know when a check clears before you spend the money.

Be aware that if you are a victim of cashier’s check scam, you are responsible for replacing any money the bank put into your account when they “cashed the check.” Most financial institutions have little recourse for victims, and your only chance of getting your money back is to find the person who defrauded you.

The last thing you should consider is whether another payment option would be better suited to your needs. If you’re uncomfortable handling a printed cashier’s check, you may be able to use a wire transfer or make an online payment.

Cashier’s checks are just one way you can secure funds for a large purchase. While they can make shopping and paying for real estate or automobiles more convenient, use caution when accepting cashier’s checks and make sure you trust the recipient of a cashier’s check so you can reduce your risk of losing your hard-earned money.

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Martine Rose Reinterprets Archive for FW20 Collection

Rounding out the penultimate day of this season’s London Fashion Week: Men’s, Martine Rose took over her daughter’s school to show a Fall/Winter 2020 collection inspired by her archive. References to previous pieces and motifs were seen throughout the collection, including T-shirts adorned with “Expect Perfection,” a slogan that the London-based designer has used throughout her career.

“I was interested in reintroducing some of these funny old things,” Rose explains, “people always say they wished they could still get these T-shirts, so I thought I’d give the people what they want.” Arguably the stand-out reference to previous collections is a rug-inspired print that appeared on viscose shirting, jacquard denim pieces and fleece items. This pattern was made up of archival Martine Rose imagery, including lookbook shots and backstage pictures, alongside a paisley pattern.

Speaking about the return to her archive pieces, Rose added that there had always been common themes throughout her work. “The inspiration is always the same, it’s always about outsiders, it’s always about people on the periphery and mashing them together, because that’s what I feel is interesting and what I’m inspired by. Sometimes I’m interested in different things, that might be tailoring in one collection or it might be something else, but the essence is always the same.”

Contrasting the archival reference points, Rose has also introduced new techniques and materials for this collection. One highlight is the latex tailoring, which also contrasts with the innocence of the show’s setting. “You have to have friction, you have to have contrast,” Rose continues, “that’s when things get interesting.”

The collection also features references to different parts of London, with Tottenham, Croydon, Clapham Junction and Tooting appearing on a jacquard fabric. “It’s everywhere that I have some connection to,” Rose explained. “I’ve either lived there or my family is from there or my studio is there.”

Additionally, FW20 features the introduction of two new collaborations. Footwear for the collection was made in partnership with Six London and included square-toe loafers featuring London place names, penny loafers and over-the-knee cowboy boots, as well as shoes with built out soles.

The second collaboration in the collection saw Rose partner with Farah on a range of pieces. “When Farah approached me it was a no-brainer,” she explains. “Their reference points crossover, they were really big in Jamaica like Clarks and Bally. I remember my uncle pressing his Farah trousers to a knife-edge pleat, and my cousins playing football in theirs. I just felt like we were coming from the same place. It was really organic and very natural.”

Take a look at other highlights from London Fashion Week: Men’s, including collections by Paria Farzaneh, Nicholas Daley and Ahluwalia Studio.


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Analyst: Apple will have two 5G iPhone launches this year

A report from Susquehanna analyst Mehdi Hosseini says Apple will have two 5G iPhone launches this year: sub-6GHz models in September, and the mmWave launch in December (or possible even January 2021).


mmWave (millimeter wave spectrum) is the band of spectrum between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. Wedged between microwave and infrared waves, this spectrum can be used for high-speed wireless communications. Another part of the spectrum that’s being used in 5G is sub-6 GHz, which includes the portion of spectrum lower than 6 GHz. These bands are effective at providing coverage and have capacity for a wide range of uses.

”The delay in the launch, according to our checks, stems from Apple’s decision to in-source the Antenna-in-Package (AiP) modules instead of purchasing from the third party,» he said.

Hosseini expects Apple to build and ship total of 60 million 5G phones in the second half of the year. He predicts that most will have OLED displays, but at least one will sport a LED screen.


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В начале зимы казалось, что гонконгские протесты выдохлись, что власти совсем их задавили, но с наступлением нового года они восстали из полумёртвых. Уже 1 января на улицы вышли толпы людей, а полиция снова начала применять водомёты и слезоточивый газ для разгона демонстрантов. Протестующие в свою очередь опять строят баррикады из брусчатки и зонтиков. Причём начиналось всё как мирный (и даже согласованный) митинг, а потом власти нашли где-то «вспышку насилия и вандализма» и собрали полицейских для разгона…

Только 1 января на улицах Гонконга было задержано 400 человек. Полиция заявила, что демонстрацию возглавили провокаторы, которые начали кидать коктейли Молотова в стражей порядка. Протестующие утверждают, что это всё фантазии полицейских, которым просто надо было разогнать митинг.

Очередной всплеск насилия произошёл вскоре после новогодних обращений председателя Си и главы администрации Гонконга Кэрри Лэм, которые призвали к «миру и процветанию» в Гонконге, но при этом отказались удовлетворить требования протестующих.

Кстати, некоторые участники протестов уже сменили тактику и собираются на митинги небольшими группами (от 10 до 100 человек) во время ланча. То есть они и поработать успевают, и подгадить материковому Китаю, что плохо вяжется с образом бездельников, насаждаемым проправительственными СМИ. Участники этих мини-митингов верят, что с помощью таких регулярных обеденных протестов они привлекают внимание к массовым арестам, которые полиция Гонконга пока и не думает прекращать.

В общей сложности за время протестов в Гонконге было арестовано около 6000 человек, почти все обозреватели пишут об экономическом спаде, который переживает город. Несмотря на это, жизнь продолжается, а местами даже бурлит. В Гонконге всё ещё множество туристов, которых протесты совсем не пугают, в магазинах толпы, кафе переполнены. И всё это несмотря на то, что за прошедшие полгода город стал выглядеть намного хуже:

01. Из Дубая в Гонконг лететь 7 часов. Самолёт летит строго на восток, так как оба города находятся почти на одной широте. Погода тоже почти одинаковая. Смущает только разница во времени. Аэропорт Гонконга активно строится!

02. Сколько раз я был в Гонконге, а всё не перестаю с раздражением смотреть на их многоэтажки… Может, у меня уже психическое расстройство? Хотели бы жить так?

03. Милый муравейник! Ну в Гонконге ещё понятно, почему они так строят. Тут совсем мало земли, она очень дорогая, вот и приходится лепить здания по 50 этажей. А вот зачем так строить в Петербурге?

04. Какой ужас, какой кошмар! Мои глаза!!!

05. Знаменитые гонконгские дома-сундуки…

06. Проезд между домами. Внутри крохотные квартирки, все коммуникации наружу. Да, тут нет места зелёным дворам!

07. Улицы Гонконга – это вечная суета.

08. Несмотря на все технологии и прогресс, ничего лучше бамбуковых жердей не придумали. До сих пор из них вяжут строительные леса вручную. Они дешёвые и лёгкие, не то что металл.

09. В Гонконге чувствуешь себя муравьём.

10. Жители бетонного мешка сушат бельё

11. О чистоте фасадов или дизайн-коде в Гонконге никто не думает. Почему? Да просто тут нет видовых точек на фасад. Дома стоят так тесно, что увидеть, что там наверху, очень сложно.

12. По этой же причине нет возможности разглядывать витрины, так что витрины превращаются в яркие вывески, которые размещают перпендикулярно тротуарам, а не параллельно, как в Европе или у нас.

13. В центре смуглые жулики предлагают наркотики и поддельные часы.

14. Набережная в Коулуне (это материковая часть Гонконга) с видом на сам остров Гонконг. Тут поставили модные навесы, которые со временем станут зелёными.

15. Так называемое «Авеню звёзд». Звёзды тут оставили отпечатки рук на поручне.

16. Зонтики спасают от жары.

17. Модный ларёк! Тот самый случай, когда ларёк может быть произведением искусства! Обратите внимание на необычную форму. Ночью навес опускается, и ларёк становится просто кубиком. А днём он вот такой необычный.

18. Очень круто. Редко встретишь, чтобы проектирование ларька отдавали хорошим архитекторам.

19. С тыльной стороны есть питьевые фонтанчики для взрослых и детей.

20. Ещё один совсем маленький передвижной ларёк. У него открываются стенки, превращаясь в навесы, а под ними стоят стульчики для посетителей.

21. А это золотой кубик от студии ОМА и Рема Колхаса, одного из самых крутых современных архитекторов.

22. Он так и называется – KUBE. Это такая огромная штуковина кубической (очень логично, правда?) формы на набережной перед K11 MUSEA. Её авторы Рем Колхас и Давид Джаноттен говорят, что это исталляция, хотя на самом деле это просто мегаларёк золотистого цвета. Покрытие из анодированного алюминия должно менять цвет в зависимости от времени суток и освещения.

Внутри Куба находится кофейня, а вокруг него стоят каменные кубики поменьше, которые должны играть роль уличных столов и стульев. Они расставлены таким образом, чтобы поощрять случайные разговоры между прохожими, которые решили тут задержаться и попить кофейку.

23. В дни специальных мероприятий к Кубу будут цеплять огромный красный воздушный шар, который будет как бы помечать это место, будто булавка на карте, и одновременно служить навесом. Обещают, что шар будет видно из любой точки бухты Виктория.

24. А это то самое K11 MUSEA, которое я уже упомянул. K11 MUSEA позиционирует себя как «первый в мире культурно-торговый центр» и даже «Кремниевая долина культуры». Он находится посреди района Виктория Доксайд, который считается центром искусства и дизайна в Гонконге. Чтобы реализовать этот проект, компания K11 Group пригласила около 100 архитекторов, дизайнеров и художников, включая такие бюро, как Kohn Pedersen Fox, James Corner Field Operations, Ronald Lu & Partners, Leigh & Orange, LAAB Architects, AB Concept, Monstrum and PLandscape.

Это не одно здание, а большой комплекс, который состоит из торгового центра, офисных помещений, оперного театра, магазина современного искусства, общественных пространств и огромного отеля.

25. На лавочках – рельеф островов.

26. Забавно… Кто-то решил, что будет круто сделать клумбу из кактусов. Сказано – сделано! А что, неплохо вышло… Только народ замысел дизайнеров не оценил. Все думают, что кактусы искусственные, и пытаются их потрогать! А они настоящие. Пришлось объявления приклеивать вдоль клумбы, но народ всё равно не верит и колется.

27. Привет из прошлого

28. Суровый гонконгский велосипедист

29. Золотишко

30. Зелень

31. Вид на Гонконг

32. Из-за смога почти ничего не видно

33. С 1888 года между материком и островом ходят паромы компании «Звезда». Настоятельно рекомендую прокатиться, это намного круче, чем метро.

34. Что интересно, за 130 лет их дизайн почти не поменялся

В 1920 году они выглядели так. Очень милая городская деталь.

35. Цирк приехал.


37. Пробка из трамвайчиков. Помните, что, оказавшись в Гонконге, просто обязательно надо прокатиться на двухэтажном трамвайчике! Билет стоит 2,6 местных доллара, оплата на выходе, сдачи не дают, так что готовьте мелочь.

38. А вот на пик Виктория подниматься не надо! Я зачем-то второй раз совершаю эту ошибку. Не знаю, почему – дурак, видимо… На что я надеялся? Фуникулёр на пик, кстати, тоже открыли в 1888 году, как и паромную переправу.

39. Почему не стоит тратить время и деньги на пик? Потому что это просто концентрированный туристический ад! Толпы людей, какие-то безумные торговые центры, как на молдавском автовокзале. Дешёвые забегаловки, барахло на каждом шагу…

40. И всё ради чего? Ради одного вида. Вот он. Вид так себе, особенно в плохую погоду. Лучше скачайте фоточки из интернета, а на сэкономленные деньги поешьте пельмешек и погуляйте по набережной.

41. Здание отеля «Ритц Карлтон», я про него писал отдельный пост.

42. Протесты в Гонконге не утихают. Почти каждый день что-то происходит. Город сильно испортился внешне, повсюду следы противостояния. Досталось местному метро. Помните, после московских протестов московский департамент транспорта подал в суд на Навального и потребовал компенсацию за задержку их автобусов? У нас все посмеялись и забыли. А в Гонконге после того, как метрополитен помог полиции и начал закрывать станции, ему начали мстить! Знаки метро закрашивают.

43. Станции начали поджигать, бить стёкла. Теперь некоторые из них закрыты.

Фото: China Daily

Фото: Sam Tsang / South China Morning Post

44. Раньше входы были стеклянными, теперь всё заколотили металлическими листами.

45. В городе постоянно идёт борьба с надписями. Демонстранты пишут на стенах, коммунальщики закрашивают.

46. Город стал очень грязным и неопрятным. Повсюду следы агитационной борьбы.


48. Вот так выглядит трамвайная остановка. Никакого стекла – теперь только белая ткань, с которой можно быстро стирать лозунги

49. Давайте немного отдохнём… Это новый отель, построенный по проекту Нормана Фостера.

50. Неплохое здание, но на него почти нет видовых точек.

Фото: Foster + Partners

Фото: Foster + Partners

51. На крыше крутой бар с видом на город.

52. Вид. Намного лучше пика Виктории. Рекомендую.

53. Ну и поездка на трамвайчике.

54. Трамвай улыбается


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Фото: Яндекс Картинки

Двум соседним экономикам, в первые за долгое время, удалось договориться по очень важному вопросу о транспортировки газа.

В Европе заговорили о том, что можно снять с России санкции, однако это не единственная версия. Вероятно перед тем как начать конфликтовать на Ближнем Востоке и Передней Азии в США реши заручится, пусть не поддержкой, но нейтралитетом России, так как в США испугались втянуть мир в затяжную войну, которая легко может перерасти в глобальную и даже мировую.

А как можно договориться с Россией о нейтралитете или даже заручится поддержкой в условии санкционного режима, который очень близок к холодной войне.

Не зря, думаю, Макрон на днях звонил Путину и допускаю, что встреча с Меркель тоже связана с этими событиями.

Как думаете, России следует соблюдать нейтралитет на Ближнем Востоке и Передней Азии, чтобы получить бонус в качестве снятия экономических санкций?

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