Virtual office tech. Companies such as Magic Leap, Spatial, and Tandem are building really cool collaborative tools with augmented reality and virtual reality! Ignore that the workers populating virtual offices often lack job security and health insurance. The charge into your medical charts. Apple definitely knows how much you weigh, while Alphabet has invested in “90 deals to nearly 60 portfolio companies focused on digital health.” Privacy? Humph. Senior wellness. Everyone is in on profiting off the Olds through apps with excellent names: Silvernest, Golden, Papa’s. Cradle-to-cradle supply chains. Look! The industry figured out that recycling is a thing! Apparent motive: “There’s a halo effect when a brand or product can boost its sustainability credentials.” Meanwhile, here’s what the industry would like you to not notice: … [Read more...] about These are some of the PR disasters we can expect for Big Tech in 2020
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Oil prices lifted by statement from Saudi Arabia that production curbs led by OPEC and Russia will need to be extended into 2019. Furthermore, unexpected draw on US crude inventories as it fell 2.6 million barrels in the week to March 16, to 428.31 million barrels also strengthened the prices. … [Read more...] about Trade war batters global indices with US markets down 4% for the week; Nifty falls 2%, VIX at 15.25%
Next, I found my book in the online catalog of the National Library and Archives Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Its presence there hinted that someone official had approved the translation, despite the text featuring the aforementioned risqué elements that, I imagined, would have a hard time escaping the red pen of a religious censor. Forget the aforementioned alcohol chapter, which you could vaporize with a few clicks; the text is riddled with potentially questionable riffs like this one: “The only reason Vitellius, Commodus, Nero, or any other imperial miscreants didn’t drive a Bentley into a hotel pool at the climax of a cocaine-fueled bender is that Rome fell centuries before the creation of the internal combustion engine or hard drugs.” … [Read more...] about An Iranian Publisher Ripped Off My Satirical Nonfiction Book
The year 2018 gave us a rude reminder of how important low crude oil prices are to the health of the Indian economy. Putting it crudely, when crude prices fall, we get a boost to growth; when they rise, the current account deficit widens, the rupee falls, prices rise, growth falters and foreign investors desert our shores like rats fleeing from a sinking ship. The high price of crude was an important reason why the UPA-II government wobbled in its final years and it was a big reason why the economy did so well under the current government in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The IMF has estimated windfall gains for India from the fall in crude oil prices were a cumulative 4 percent of GDP in 2015 and 2016. … [Read more...] about Opinion | Economic outlook for 2019: Will the elephants in the room turn out to be mice?
Of late, there has been a pick-up in DMF sales volume as the chemical manufacturer decided to position the product on a competitive basis. This year so far, DMF volume sale per month is about 900-1,000 tonnes per month, potentially translating into 10,000-12,000 tonne annually. … [Read more...] about Balaji Amines: Anti-dumping probe is just what the doctor ordered