China’s central bank announces plans to limit payments from static barcodes to ~$76/person/day; Alipay and Tencent say they approve of the new regulations (Financial Times)

December 28, 2017

Financial Times: China’s central bank announces plans to limit payments from static barcodes to ~$76/person/day; Alipay and Tencent say they approve of the new regulations  —  China’s central bank has tightened rules on mobile payments made by scanning a barcode, imposing restrictions that could slow … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Leaving the House Linked To Longevity in Older Adults

Researchers in Israel have found that leaving the house regularly can “contribute to a longer life” for elderly people. From a report: For study participants in their 70s, 80s and 90s, the frequency with which they left the house predicted how likely they were to make it to the next age milestone, researchers report in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. “The simple act of getting out of the house…

December 28, 2017
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Rebuilt Everett dock to aid Boeing supply chain

The Port of Everett’s top customer is Boeing. Photo credit: Shutterstock. The Port of Everett, Washington, plans in 2018 to begin rebuilding its South Terminal to handle larger container ships and heavier loads of breakbulk cargo for Boeing Co. and other port customers. Besides the new wharf, the $50 million project includes… Source: http://www.joc.com

December 28, 2017
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Google’s mixed 2017 hardware launches, from the stellar Pixelbook to the average Pixel 2 and awful Pixel Buds, highlight why it’s losing ground to rivals (Alex Cranz/Gizmodo)

December 28, 2017

Alex Cranz / Gizmodo: Google’s mixed 2017 hardware launches, from the stellar Pixelbook to the average Pixel 2 and awful Pixel Buds, highlight why it’s losing ground to rivals  —  Compiling the best and worst gadgets list this year I took note of a very sad fact: Google was on both lists. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Chrome OS Will Finally Run Android Apps in the Background

An anonymous reader shares a report: While it’s no longer a novelty to run Android apps on your Chromebook, that doesn’t mean they run well. To date, most of those apps pause when you switch away — fine for a phone, but not what you’d expect on a computer with a multi-window interface. However, they’re about to become far more functional. Chrome Unboxed has learned that the Chrome OS 64…

December 28, 2017
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E-commerce trend remains tailwind for air cargo

One indication of air demand: shippers and forwarders are having difficulty securing space on planes out of Asia. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Air freight rates rose steadily through 2017, and booming demand for new technology products and e-commerce that filled available cargo space is expected to continue well into 2018. Although that’s good… Source: http://www.joc.com

December 28, 2017
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Google removes Pixel C, released in December 2015, from the Google Store; Pixel C was the only Android tablet the company sold (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

December 28, 2017

Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Google removes Pixel C, released in December 2015, from the Google Store; Pixel C was the only Android tablet the company sold  —  Google started selling the Pixel C about two years ago as an Android flagship tablet.  The price was high, but it was a good Android tablet.  Well, as good as Android tablets could be. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Amazon’s YouTube App on Fire TV Stops Working Ahead of Schedule

Amazon has already deactivated its YouTube app on Fire TV devices, four days before a planned blockade by Google. Instead of opening YouTube directly, the app now encourages users to install Silk or Firefox, and will open a link to the site once either browser is installed. From a report: Google has said it will cut off YouTube access on Fire TV starting January 1, citing Amazon’s unwillingness to support…

December 28, 2017
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