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Beauty masks have been mainstreamed by the mainstreaming of Asian beauty culture norms. There isn’t the faff of having to make something up or smear something on. Instead, pop the mask on, leave it on for a specified time (usually 15 minutes) and peel off. If Switzerland is the home of fine watchmaking or chocolate; then South Korea is the home of beauty masks. Beauty masks are really relaxing to pop on whilst bingewatching a show or film series.
This footage of beauty mask manufacture in Busan South Korea intrigued me. I was surprised by how small scale production was in this factory, even though it’s a batch manufacture process, I was expecting greater scale given how ubiquitous Korean beauty masks are.
The rise and fall of a Chinese-Canadian pop star – Macleans.ca – Wu seems to have been doing similar antics to the ‘Black Sun’ night club management in Seoul, I can understand why he faced jail time
Free speech law tackles Confucius interference | Telegraph Online – Confucius Institutes in focus
How music emotionally affects us by Gresham College.
Can Echo Finally Break Through in Home Automation? – Amazon has expanded the Echo line to include models that are tailored to certain use cases and certain rooms – like small screen models for bedside, large screen models for kitchens, high quality speakers for living rooms and dens, and small, inexpensive models for everywhere. We see efforts to get Echos into multiple rooms in Amazon’s promotions, where they sold multiple device packages of the least expensive models in the early days, and aggressively discount a variety of models regularly throughout the year. Amazon clearly has room to go in pursuing this strategy. Nine years in, most Amazon Echo owners still have only one device. In the most recent twelve-month period, 69% of US Echo owners have one, and about one-quarter have two or three
Mental health screens using AI | Axios – UK ahead of the US in use of apps for therapy
Changes in the Japanese economy and economic activity
Genesis Sells over 1 Million Cars – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Business > Business – as if German car manufacturers don’t have enough to worry about
‘The worst I’ve seen it for decades’: Australian wine glut leaves growers searching for new markets | Rural Australia | The Guardian – China continues to take a toll
UK DAB+ receiver sales exceed 50m – The Media Leader – by comparison Ireland is rolling back its DAB network to rely on FM
UK broadcasters develop free digital TV service to take on streaming | Financial Times and UK PSBs to launch ‘online Freeview’ in 2024 – The Media Leader – this will be important for multiple occupancy homes
You need to talk to your kid about AI. Here are 6 things you should say. | MIT Technology Review – a variant of sage advice for everyone
1. Don’t forget: AI is not your friend
2. AI models are not replacements for search engines
3. Teachers might accuse you of using an AI when you haven’t
4. Recommender systems are designed to get you hooked and might show you bad stuff
5. Remember to use AI safely and responsibly
6. Don’t miss out on what AI’s actually good at
Ukraine has provided the first “audit” of the US military | Quartz – “For 3% of the US defense budget, Ukrainians won the Battle of Kyiv, won the Battle of Kharkiv, won the Battle of Kherson, won about half of the territory that Russia invaded in February 2022”
Move over AI, quantum computing to be most powerful technology | VentureBeat – Leaders in the military and cybersecurity community believe that quantum computing could become a potentially serious threat in 4 – 6 years. Quantum computers have been proven to vastly outperform traditional computers on specific sets of problems. A vastly outperforming computer like this could pose a serious threat to cybersecurity across several critical industries like banking and logistics. While potentially impactful in the future, the technology is currently limited by a lack of ability to reduce probabilities of errors. Extreme temperatures required to operate the computers are also a barrier.