Trump’s campaign paraphernalia — hats, banners, mugs and practically anything else that can carry a logo — has been selling briskly at shops in the vast wholesale market in the Chinese city of Yiwu. By contrast, shop owners said during recent visits, bulk orders for materials supporting former Vice President Joe Biden have been almost nonexistent. … [Read more...] about In China, an election bellwether flashes for Donald Trump
As far as countries go, unsurprisingly, China is the country with the highest adoption of mobile contactless payments. Forty-seven percent of the population uses the tech. Norway is a close second at 42%, followed by the United Kingdom (24%), Japan (20%), and Australia (19%). Right now, the United States stands in seventh place, with 17% of the population using mobile payments. However, if Cook’s comments are correct (and given that Apple Pay is the third most-popular mobile payment system in the world, he should know), the U.S. could soon leapfrog Columbia, Australia, and maybe even Japan to become the fourth-placed country where mobile contactless payment adoption is the highest. … [Read more...] about Tim Cook is right: Contactless payments are more popular than ever
That Harvard study accounted for other mortality factors, such as the number of hospital beds available or comorbidities such as obesity and smoking, and looked at more than 3,000 counties across the U.S, comparing air pollution levels and coronavirus deaths in each area. The authors of this most recent study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, applied that same relationship to the rest of the world, using satellite data on global particulate matter exposure and epidemiological data gathered up to June 2020. … [Read more...] about This is the unseen factor pushing the COVID-19 death count even higher
If Biden wins Biden is clearly the candidate of Silicon Valley, which leans decidedly liberal despite some pockets of conservatism. More important than ideology, however, is stability, and it’s widely assumed that having a steady presence in the White House would be a big improvement over the chaos of the past four years. Yes, the risk of someone like Elizabeth Warren being named Attorney General causes plenty of heartburn, but it’s still preferable to four more years of chaos. A Biden win would bring more stability to the tech labor market, allowing companies to make plans and actually stick to them. And while Biden hasn’t spoken much about the issue, it’s fair to assume that the restrictions Trump has imposed on immigration, especially H1B visas, will mainly be lifted, giving tech companies access once again to the international talent it desperately needs. … [Read more...] about Would a Democratic sweep help or hurt Silicon Valley?
Creator and star Sacha Baron Cohen’s just-released sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, available on Amazon Prime, inhabits a different world entirely. Donald Trump, whose eponymous New York tower Borat dropped a deuce in front of during the first film, has presided over multiple failed initiatives and catastrophic disasters, all while those same two wars continue unabated. The difference, however, is that none of these things has precipitated any kind of fall from grace among the Trump faithful. While Bush’s popularity plummeted in relation to his failures, Trump’s supporters never seem to acknowledge his failures at all. The president’s approval rating has stayed within the same 14-point range between 35% and 49% the entire time, currently sitting at an inexplicably robust 43%. … [Read more...] about Here’s something about Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Borat 2’ scene that’s even more incriminating