SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION: From China, the 24.9 billion pixel photo that’s blown minds

Shanghai – VIJAY SHAH via sources If you are an amateur photographer and your only method of capturing the world around you is with the potato camera lumped in with your smartphone, the subject of this article might make you feel even more ‘crappy’ than before, or it might just inspire you. Bigpixel, a Chinese company specialising in in-depth photography, hooked up with a handful of tourism promotion agencies in the city of Shanghai to produce a 360-degree photograph with the mind-shattering and eye-burning resolution of 24.9 billion pixels, or 195 gigapixels (195,000 megapixels), the second highest resolution panorama ever … Continue reading SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION: From China, the 24.9 billion pixel photo that’s blown minds

CHINA MINING ACCIDENTS: Two reported last week

Beijing, CHINA VIJAY SHAH via Reuters and the Jerusalem Post     At least two mining accidents have been reported in China in the past week, causing the deaths of 38 miners in total, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported via Chinese state-owned media and the international Reuters news agency today. As a rapidly industrialising country with a wealth of natural resources, the People’s Republic has seen hundreds of mines established to explore for coal, precious metals and other materials, but many mines are unlicensed and the country has a poor safety record generally, with fatal accidents a regular occurrence. In … Continue reading CHINA MINING ACCIDENTS: Two reported last week

VALUABLE SMOKE: Artist helps China turn smog into diamonds

Beijing, CHINA VIJAY SHAH via World Economic Forum Smog is probably one of the most useless… and dangerous things known to humanity. The thick all-enveloping clouds of chemical particulates, water vapour, smoke and other atmospheric ingredients kills thousands of people globally per year, causes disruption to traffic and the economy and is an inescapable hazard to sufferers of breathing problems such as asthma. But now, in the notoriously polluted cities of China, they are not only fighting back, but are making a tidy profit from it too. China has some of the most polluted aerial environments on earth. With a 1 … Continue reading VALUABLE SMOKE: Artist helps China turn smog into diamonds

XIAOMI MI NOTE: New phablet to take on iPhone 6 Plus

Xiaomi, the Chinese phone manufacturer who have had runaway success in the Asian mobile phone and tablet markets, has launched a new larger-sized model which it is touting as its biggest challenge to the Apple iPhone yet. The device, known as Mi Note, is the latest to join the ever-growing list of ‘phablets’ to hit the market, as consumers move away from wanting to spend big funds to purchase separate phones and tablets and look towards gadgets that combine the best of both worlds. The Mi Note comes at a good time for Xiaomi, who have recently been declared the world’s most valuable start-up, according to technology news site TechCrunch. … Continue reading XIAOMI MI NOTE: New phablet to take on iPhone 6 Plus

OCCUPY CENTRAL: Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on street occupation

Occupy Central, a network of pro-democracy activists and university students who have brought much of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a weeks-long sit-in protest against what they see as mainland Chinese interference in the election of the former British colony‘s chief executive, have cancelled a vote on what their next steps will be in their street occupation, reports the Voice of America in Asia. The vote was dropped only hours before it was meant to take place, suggests reports from Hong Kong. Following landmark talks between leaders of the protest movement and representatives of the Hong Kong SAR assembly, the city-state’s authorities had planned to send a … Continue reading OCCUPY CENTRAL: Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on street occupation

GSK CHINA CONTROVERSY: British PM risks ‘diplomatic tensions’

As the United Kingdom government prepares for a trade mission visiting China to woo the country’s investors to trade with Britain, a controversy involving a British company threatens to destabilise relations between the U.K. and China, overshadowing the upcoming visit. The international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is currently under investigation by the Chinese government over alleged accusations that it behaved like a ‘criminal godfather’ in an expansive network of bribes and kickbacks. The British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped into the debacle by inviting the GSK chief executive officer Andrew Witty to join his delegation on the trade mission to the People’s Republic. … Continue reading GSK CHINA CONTROVERSY: British PM risks ‘diplomatic tensions’

PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese statue honours road sanitary workers

Vijay Shah This Sunday’s picture comes from the Twitter photo album of an account by a Kuwaiti known simply as Rahal (@7madms). The account usually tweets sayings in the Arabic language and additionally offers advertising aimed at Rahal’s 2.5 million followers. The statue, which appears to be brass, but may have been painted gold to give that effect, pays homage to the street sweepers and sanitary workers of the People’s Republic of China. It has long been a tradition in nations with Communist governments to erect statues and monuments honouring the working classes and key political figures. The political ideology revolves … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese statue honours road sanitary workers

CHINA AIRPORT BLAST: Large explosion reported at Beijing Int’l Airport

There has been reports of an explosion at China’s Beijing International Airport according to news sources on Twitter. The explosion is believed to have taken place at the airport’s Terminal 3 building in the arrivals hall. One person is said to have been killed according to a Chinese media report. Xinhua news agency reported witnesses as hearing a loud bang from the airport’s arrival lounge.  It is not yet known which group or individual is behind the blast. The People’s Republic of China is fighting against Uighur separatists in the north-western Xinjiang province, home to a Turkic minority who have accused … Continue reading CHINA AIRPORT BLAST: Large explosion reported at Beijing Int’l Airport

ANNOUNCEMENT: HalfEatenMind marks Chinese New Year – wallpaper

By Vijay Shah It is time for another celebratory wallpaper to mark a specially illustrious occasion. This time, the blog is commemorating the Chinese New Year. A major highlight of revelry marked in the calendars of more than a billion people worldwide, both Chinese and non-Chinese, this fun and joyous festival will fall on the Sunday 10th February (just over a week away) with an abundance of spectacular fireworks displays, fine foods, family get-togethers and cheerful tidings of good luck, happiness and prosperity in the year ahead. The best places to witness Chinese New Year as its most spectacular is … Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: HalfEatenMind marks Chinese New Year – wallpaper