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Build It Even If They're Not Coming? Galaxy Macau Opens Into Teeth Of Yearlong Revenue Slump

When your market declines for 11 straight months and shows no signs of recovery, you’d think effected businesses would cut back on investment, hunkering down until better times arrive. That’s not what’s happening in Macau, evidenced by Wednesday’s opening of Galaxy Macau’s $3 billion second phase. …

Macau

How The Stock Exchange Works (For Dummies)

The European Debt Crisis Visualized

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Making Material Design

How a handful of companies is forging the future of robotics engineering

Robotics are going to be a critical part of how we solve the big problems of the future. Unfortunately, it’s still an immature industry, hampered by a lack of standards, a focus on proprietary hardware and software, and no institutionalized mechanism for sharing knowledge among engineers.<p>If you …

Here’s how an Aer Lingus veteran plans to turn around suffering Malaysia Airlines

Troubled Malaysia Airlines is undergoing a complete revamp under the leadership of its new chief executive, Christoph Mueller, the former head of the Irish airline Aer Lingus. The overhaul will include shedding a third or more of its 20,000-person staff, using a smaller fleet, and possibly adopting …

As Samsung's Phone Empire Wanes, It Leans More Heavily On Chips

Samsung is still one of the major smartphone makers in the world today, but the growth of its handset business is slowing and margins are shrinking.<p>To counter those headwinds, Samsung is leaning ever more heavily on its chip business, which remains a rare bright spot — and an increasingly …

Four Banks Plead Guilty To Foreign Exchange Collusion, UBS Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

U.S. banking giants Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase and U.K.-base conglomerates Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland have agreed to plead guilty antitrust violations stemming from their collusion to manipulate prices in the foreign exchange market over the course of five years, the Department of …

Stock Plunge Slices $11 Bln Of Wealth From Hong Kong Billionaire With Napa Ties

Yesterday, it was a renewable energy entrepreneur; today, it was a businessman with interests that extend from Chinese real estate into U.S. and European vineyards.<p>The industries differ but the plunge in wealth for two of Greater China’s richest men was striking for both. Pan Sutong, mainland born …

L'Oreal is 3D printing its own human skin to test cosmetics

The L'Oreal Group hasn't tested its products on animals worldwide since 2013, instead relying on a predictive model that utilizes a "Reconstructed Human Epidermis" -- basically bits of skin grown in a lab -- to ensure that its products are safe. Now the French cosmetics giant is teaming up with 3D …

The brain's unique reaction to words could sign people into devices

Here's one type of biometric authentication you might not have heard of before: using your brain's response to words as your personal identification. Blair Armstrong and his team of researchers from the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language in Spain observed the brain signals of 45 …

Google heads list of 16 companies trying to kill passwords

People don't put enough thought into passwords because it's a pain, but that creates security problems for the whole internet. Google, Microsoft and others in the FIDO Alliance want to replace passwords with fingerprint scanning and other techniques, and just unveiled 31 products from 16 companies …

NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300 trillion suns

Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 <i>trillion</i> suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new classification for it and the 19 other similar …

Universe

Singapore’s Alpha7 raises $2.3M, looks to complete its ‘COO as a service’ offering

Singapore-based business consultancy firm Alpha7 announced today it has received private funding of S$3.1 million (US$2.3 million). Founded in 2014, …

Uber isn’t dead in China – it’s just waking up

In February, a fierce war in China’s internet industry came to a close. Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, China’s top two taxi-hailing apps, backed by …

Fintech can be the unbanked’s best hope for financial inclusion

If you had asked anyone in the region about fintech just a couple of years ago, you would have been met with blank stares – and not the …

Google has patented the ability to control a robot army

After getting a patent for giving robots personalities last month, Google now wants to unleash an army of Rodney Dangerfield bots on the world.<p>In a patent awarded today, the company outlines a system for “allocating tasks to a plurality of robotic devices.” This sounds innocuous enough—it could …

Robotics

Inside The Battle Over Where To Battle ISIS

Washington and Baghdad disagree over a fundamental point of strategy in the war against ISIS: Where to fight next?<p>There is a split between U.S. and …

Mocha Migration: Korean Entrepreneur Taps Into China's Coffee Craze

Ja Sang Shin is not alone among South Koreans in building a chain of coffeehouses to capture rising Asian interest in the beverage. What’s unusual is that he’s opened all 100 of them in China, where he lives.<p>Maan Coffee, as it’s known, features distinctive decoration: chandeliers, ancient wooden …

South Korea

How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

“You are crazy.”<p>That was the predominant sentiment I heard a little more than five years ago when I told U.S.-based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight’s nascent investment and incubation arm. Since I had never done venture investing before, I …

Xiaomi becomes China’s top smartphone brand for first time in 2014, whips Samsung

Xiaomi just toppled Samsung’s statue. After years of being China’s number one smartphone brand, Samsung has now been deposed by Xiaomi. New data from …

Mobile

Pre-Paying At Local Food Businesses Helps Local Food Stay Alive

It works like this. You go to the web site and pre-pay an amount, like you’re creating a tab. You might put down $50 at a coffee shop, or $200 at a …

San Francisco

Chat Apps Battle To Bring Groceries To Your Door

It’s becoming harder to call LINE a messaging app these days.<p>After building up a platform for playing games, sharing stickers and even texting refrigerators, it’s now launching a grocery delivery service, initially in Thailand. Last year its rival WeChat launched e-commerce and food delivery …

Burger King's Helping Hands In India

Despite being a late entrant to India’s crowded fast-food sector, where rival McDonald’s has been entrenched for nearly two decades, Burger King Worldwide managed to whip up a frenzy before opening its first shop. Preselling its burgers on eBay, it drew online orders for 1,200 Whoppers (mutton, …

How Smartphone Brands You've Never Heard Of Are Taking Over India And China

For the first time ever, an Indian company has taken over as the largest supplier of smartphones in India. Micromax unseated Samsung Electronics as the leading seller of smartphones for the fourth quarter, taking over 22 percent of the market compared to Samsung’s 20 percent, according to new …

Time For Xi To Reform His Reforms

As Xi Jinping nears the two-year mark of his tenure as president of China, he might want to take stock of what is working on the political front and what is not. Here are some early wins and losses.<p>Certainly, his anti-corruption campaign has hit its target—hundreds of thousands of them to be …

OPEC leader: Oil could shoot back to $200

Right now the oil market is totally focused on finding a bottom for oil prices. However, according to OPEC's Secretary-General Abdulla al-Badri we've already hit bottom.<p>Not only that, but he sees a real possibility that oil prices could explode higher to upwards of $200 per barrel in the future. …

Wind and solar energy are 'not ready for primetime,' says Exxon analyst

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world’s oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil’s annual long-term energy forecast.<p>And the “almost unspeakable” amount of natural gas …

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