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China’s Set to Unleash a New Class of Speculators on the World

Welcome to Wenzhou. It looks like any other mid-sized city, but this is China’s capital of capitalism. The city’s seven million people hold an estimated $100 billion in private capital. Now in an ambitious pilot scheme, Wenzhou is allowing its residents to pump up to $3 million into any single overseas investment, a breakthrough in...

Size Matters When it Comes to Touch Screens

Many hands make light work – and on a giant touch screen those hands will be able to work far more efficiently than ever before. That is the claim for the world’s biggest touch screen – here at Groningen University in the Netherlands. The huge converted 3D screen allows a new kind of collaboration, according...

Don’t Laugh. You Might Get Pregnant

Can a clown get you pregnant? An Israeli study shows that for women who undergo In-Vitro Fertilization treatment, a good laugh can significantly increase the chances to conceive. The idea for the study came after Professor Shevach Friedler of Assaf Harofe Medical Centre learned about the potential of laugher as a “natural anti-stress mechanism.” Friedler...

Radiation Spikes Could Lead Japan to Widen Evacuation Zone

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Japan should consider widening its current 20 km-radius evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant. The nuclear watchdog’s warning comes after radiation contamination measured at a village 40 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant exceeded levels that called for evacuation. But the Japanese government insists an expansion...

Consumer Confidence Just Dropped… But Here’s Why Yours Should Be Rising

What do consumer confidence numbers mean to you? I ask because the Conference Board reported this week that after hitting a three-month high in February, its Consumer Confidence Index dropped by 11.9% in March to 63.4 points. Since the reading was below expectations, alarm bells immediately sounded. The newswires were overrun with panicked headlines about...

Kiss Goodbye to Credit Cards… And Profit From the New Kid on the Tech Block

Yesterday, I encouraged you to ignore the hype over American Express’s (NYSE: AXP) new mobile payment application – Serve – for two main reasons: The massive growth of a superior technology in the mobile payment industry – Near-Field Communication (NFC). The fact that when it comes to NFC, there’s one company dead-set on dominating this...

Five Reasons Why U.S. Real Estate Won’t Rebound Anytime Soon

Anyone calling for a bottom in the residential housing market should see a doctor. Not a single statistic that I’ve come across suggests a rebound is imminent. On the contrary, in fact. All the data points to more pain and suffering (and prices declines) ahead. Consider these five sobering statistics: 1. New Home Sales: Some...

Our Take on American Express’s Mobile Payment Ambitions: Lame!

The growth in the mobile payments industry is reaching a boiling point. As I said a couple weeks ago, analysts predict that “mobile payments in the United States alone could reach $56.7 billion in 2015, up from $5.2 billion in 2009.” Well, it looks like that was a bit of an understatement. New figures from...

Forget Steroids. This High-tech Shirt Could Supercharge Athletic Performance

Pumping iron in the 21st century. It’s still about technique and strength, but it’s also about technology Sam Hollenbach is wearing a shirt developed by sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour and technology company Zephyr. It’s called the E39 and while it won’t turn you into the bionic man, it will help you to train like...

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