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Living in China: Foreign expert numbers on the rise in Shanghai

Some 81,000 foreign experts were working in Shanghai at the end of 2011 – a third more than in 2005, the local labor authority said recently […]

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Autodesk software behind ‘Best Visual Effects’ Academy Award Nominees

The five movies nominated for the “Best Visual Effects” Oscar havea something fairly obvious in common: They all relied on special software to create the effects. Check out the various 3D tools from Autodesk that were used for each film […]

Design Innovation

Watch Joe Sabia’s “The technology of storytelling” talk at TED

iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad […]

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Living in China: Shanghai holds the highest population of foreigners

Shanghai has the largest population of foreign nationals among all domestic cities and provinces in China, with about 143,200 expat residents living in the city, the Shanghai Statistics Bureau announced recently. Nearly one in every four foreign residents in the country lives in Shanghai, according to the sixth national census conducted in November 2010. […]


Ladies and Gentleman: welcome Caleb Peng Medeiros

As you’ve probably noticed, there hasn’t been much updates to this blog in the last two weeks, since I’ve been pre-occupied with having a baby: his name is Caleb Peng Medeiros, was born on October 20th, 2011, weighting 2.5 Kilos (approximately 5.5 pounds) […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Chinese consumers choosier, web-savvy

Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their tastes and expect a wider range of better products, according to a report released Monday that says local companies lead foreign ones in using e-commerce to expand sales […]

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Watch Aaron Koblin’s “Crowds and Clouds: Data, Sheep, and Collaboration” talk at MIT’s Office of the Arts

Where others see just data points and fodder for bar graphs, Aaron Koblin visualizes dynamic systems where information assumes forms both abstract and familiar. In this talk, Koblin shares recent projects that meld statistical science and art to convey a really big picture, while often inviting the viewer to partake in a more personal experience […]

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Information Technology in Brazil: IT companies leading mergers and acquisitions in 2011

Research on mergers and acquisitions in the Brazilian market conducted by KPMG points out that the sector of Information Technology that was held the largest number of such transactions in the first half of 2011. The segment accounted for 46 operations in the period, equivalent to 12% of all agreements (purchase and merger) undertaken in the country […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Chinese travelers shop until they drop

Spending by Chinese travelers nearly doubled from 2010 due to the growing number of affluent shoppers and the yuan’s appreciation, Hurun Report said recently […]

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Watch Carlo Ratti’s “Architecture that senses and responds” talk at TED

With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT’s Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors […]