A Giant, Secret Vault Where Rich People Store Their Stuff Tax-Free : Planet Money : NPR

Freeports are the safe-deposit boxes of the offshore tax-haven world — fancy vaults where rich people store their Picassos and gold bars with maximal safety, minimal scrutiny and special tax exemptions.

Not surprisingly, the classic freeport is in Geneva. Last year, a Times reporter asked an art insurer to value the art stored there. “I doubt you’ve got a piece of paper wide enough to write down all the zeros,” the insurer said.

Singapore, which is basically becoming the new Switzerland, opened its own, giant freeport in 2010. “When you go to a bank and rent a safe, nobody knows what goes in. It’s the same thing here,” one of the founders of the Singapore freeport told the WSJ when the facility opened. “They only need to give a code that indicates the broad nature of the item—gold, wine or a painting. There’s no value, no ownership, no inventory list—all details are confidential. We offer more confidentiality than Geneva.”

Singapore Freeport Website

The high-security, high-concept vault where Deutsche Bank will store $9 billion of gold – Quartz

A Giant, Secret Vault Where Rich People Store Their Stuff Tax-Free : Planet Money : NPR

Freeports are the safe-deposit boxes of the offshore tax-haven world — fancy vaults where rich people store their Picassos and gold bars with maximal safety, minimal scrutiny and special tax exemptions. Not surprisingly, the classic freeport is in Geneva. Last year, a Times reporter asked an art insurer to value the art stored there. “I doubt you’ve got a piece of paper wide enough to write down all the zeros,” the insurer said. Singapore, which is basically becoming the new Switzerland, opened its own, giant freeport in 2010. “When you go to a bank and rent a safe, nobody knows what goes in. It’s the same thing here,” one of the founders of the Singapore freeport told the WSJ when the facility opened. “They only need to give a code that indicates the broad nature of the item—gold, wine or a painting. There’s no value, no ownership, no inventory list—all details are confidential. We offer more confidentiality than Geneva.”
Singapore Freeport Website The high-security, high-concept vault where Deutsche Bank will store $9 billion of gold – Quartz

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Viewsy

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Helping hand | Analysis | Inside Housing

Sensors and robots are helping to keep vulnerable people in their own homes for longer. Simon Brandon discovers how technology can provide greater independence

When retired local government officer Jackie Charlson, 56, lost her father in September last year he was 93 years old. Her father-in-law, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, had passed away in the preceding May, aged 98.

But despite their frailties, both men were able to spend their last years in their own homes thanks to the use of assistive technology, or telecare.

‘If we hadn’t had telecare, my parents would have had to go into a care home,’ says Ms Charlson. For her family members, she believes, telecare - installed by Aragon Housing Association on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council - extended their lives.

Helping hand | Analysis | Inside Housing

Sensors and robots are helping to keep vulnerable people in their own homes for longer. Simon Brandon discovers how technology can provide greater independence When retired local government officer Jackie Charlson, 56, lost her father in September last year he was 93 years old. Her father-in-law, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, had passed away in the preceding May, aged 98. But despite their frailties, both men were able to spend their last years in their own homes thanks to the use of assistive technology, or telecare. ‘If we hadn’t had telecare, my parents would have had to go into a care home,’ says Ms Charlson. For her family members, she believes, telecare - installed by Aragon Housing Association on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council - extended their lives.
GT | News Center :: Single Chip Device to Provide Real-Time 3-D Images from Inside the Heart and Blood Vessels

"A single-chip catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels is shown being tested. (Georgia Tech Photo: Rob Felt)"

GT | News Center :: Single Chip Device to Provide Real-Time 3-D Images from Inside the Heart and Blood Vessels

"A single-chip catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels is shown being tested. (Georgia Tech Photo: Rob Felt)"

TRAP STREET Clip | Festival 2013 (by TIFF)

"In a southern city of China, a digital mapping surveyor encounters a mysterious woman on an unmappable street."

Trap Street (2013) - IMDb, via @jomc

Agbogbloshie: the world’s largest e-waste dump – in pictures | Environment | theguardian.com

Discarders of electronic goods expect them to be recycled properly. But almost all such devices contain toxic chemicals which, even if they are recyclable, make it expensive to do so. As a result, illegal dumping has become a lucrative business.

Photographer Kevin McElvaney documents Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in Accra, Ghana, which is home to the world’s largest e-waste dumping site. Boys and young men smash devices to get to the metals, especially copper. Injuries, such as burns, untreated wounds, eye damage, lung and back problems, go hand in hand with chronic nausea, anorexia, debilitating headaches and respiratory problems. Most workers die from cancer in their 20s

The UK’s biggest supermarket has provided a substantial level of funding for the Rainmaking Loft project which is currently home to about 60 young media and technology developers. Current projects including Viewsy, a gadget which uses mobile phone signals to track customer movement around stores

As Teresa makes me a cup of coffee, we exchange small talk, much of which is focused around the fact that she’s too busy to open her own mail. “Someone offered $80 for what you’re doing now,” she tells me. I have been assigned to do this task for $22. “I mean, you don’t even need a high school degree. You can’t get paid $20 an hour for everything you do.”

Teresa is a single mother who has had trouble collecting child support. Her son is a freshman art student in California. She sometimes forgets to pay her bills and has been applying for jobs even though she’s worked in freelance PR for years. I know all of this because I’ve opened at least a year of her mail. In the process, which I complete while she works nearby on her laptop, I see all of her account numbers, her lease agreement, and other personal information. If I wanted to steal her identity, it would be quite easy.

Twitter / utku: “Twitter is blocked in Turkey. On the streets of Istanbul, the action against censorship is graffiti DNS addresses.”

Twitter / utku: “Twitter is blocked in Turkey. On the streets of Istanbul, the action against censorship is graffiti DNS addresses.”

"It is enough to choose or generate a random sound," Read says, as that’s all that’s needed to inform someone that something important is going on. "It seems to be an easy way to provide rich expression for robots," he says. The findings were presented at the Human-Robot Interaction conference in Bielefeld, Germany, on 3 March.

Sean Andrist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team have a number of other tricks to make a humanoid robot seem “alive”. One is to introduce small random movements into a robot’s head rotation motor, so that instead of appearing stationary, the robot’s head twitches slightly now and then.

A face-tracking camera can ensure a robot always looks at the person it is interacting with, but instead of staring straight at their face, the team have programmed in a tendency for the robot to avert its gaze from time to time. The idea is to mimic the human habit of glancing fleetingly to one side when thinking of an answer to a question.

Buy Scroogled I’m Watching You Mug - Microsoft Store

"Do you use Google Search? Or Gmail? Or Google Chat? Or Chrome? Then Google is watching you…all the time. Put 15 ounces of your favorite beverage into this stoneware mug to let the world know that even though Google is trying to make money on almost every aspect of your digital life, you’re still fully caffeinated."

Google Mug from the Official Microsoft Store.

Buy Scroogled I’m Watching You Mug - Microsoft Store

"Do you use Google Search? Or Gmail? Or Google Chat? Or Chrome? Then Google is watching you…all the time. Put 15 ounces of your favorite beverage into this stoneware mug to let the world know that even though Google is trying to make money on almost every aspect of your digital life, you’re still fully caffeinated."

Google Mug from the Official Microsoft Store.

Default commands in Google Glass:

  1. listen to
  2. take a note
  3. post an update
  4. show a compass
  5. start a run
  6. start a bike ride
  7. find a recipe
  8. record a recipe
  9. check me in
  10. start a stopwatch
  11. start a timer
  12. start a round of golf
  13. translate this
  14. learn a song
  15. tune an instrument
  16. play a game
  17. start a workout

"I just got a jellyfish warning."

"Reply: be there in 2."

"OK, Google."

Google reveals Android Wear, an operating system designed for smartwatches | The Verge

"The Architecture of Memory. A drone survivor building a computer model of her home as a memory device in order to reconstruct the strike. © Forensic Architecture, 2013."

Drone Platform

"The secrecy imposed by governments regarding drone strikes in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan is hampering efforts to assess the impact on civilians, researchers from the Forensic Architecture project based at Goldsmiths, University of London and SITU Research in New York have found. […] Since January 2013, the Forensic Architecture team has been working with Emmerson to provide architectural analysis into civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. The researchers cross referenced various types of media such as mobile phone videos, photographs, interviews, testimonies, computer models and satellite photographs to analyse the impact of drone strikes and produced a set of short videos detailing four attacks especially for this investigation."

"The Architecture of Memory. A drone survivor building a computer model of her home as a memory device in order to reconstruct the strike. © Forensic Architecture, 2013."

Drone Platform

"The secrecy imposed by governments regarding drone strikes in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan is hampering efforts to assess the impact on civilians, researchers from the Forensic Architecture project based at Goldsmiths, University of London and SITU Research in New York have found. […] Since January 2013, the Forensic Architecture team has been working with Emmerson to provide architectural analysis into civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. The researchers cross referenced various types of media such as mobile phone videos, photographs, interviews, testimonies, computer models and satellite photographs to analyse the impact of drone strikes and produced a set of short videos detailing four attacks especially for this investigation."