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Hanjin Shipping collapse may be the beginning of the end for profitable global trade | South China Morning Post – As capacity growth has continued at around 6 per cent a year, with the global container fleet four times larger today than it was in 2000, so it is estimated that we today have a 30 per cent surplus capacity on the world’s main shipping routes. The combination of extra capacity and stagnant cargo growth has led to a ruthless price war that has meant wonderfully cheap freight rates for exporters, but has stripped the shipping lines of all profit.

The GeoCities Cage at Exodus Communications – amazing pictures – the cloud today wouldn’t look that different

疯狂希莉娅-电影-腾讯视频 (Mad Shelia) – a Chinese homage to Mad Max Thunder Road. Awkward product placements for apps and the fact that Thunder Road wasn’t allowed in China make this low budget work more divisive. Admittedly critics ignore the efforts by the likes of The Asylum in the US who are famous for their mock buster films

Infineon places its bets on compound semiconductors, lidar, radar | Electronics EETimes – interesting that LIDAR is right up there

Ctrip to buy UK’s Skyscanner for US$1.74b | Shanghai Daily – big move for Ctrip

WSJ City – UK Faces Lost Decade of Real Wage Growth – “One cannot stress enough how dreadful that is. We have certainly not seen a period remotely like it in the last 70 years.”

Autumn Statement shows cost of casual work ‘gig economy’ – BBC News – The UK’s “gig economy”, powered by self-employment and casual work, is starting to hit government revenues. Wednesday’s Autumn Statement for the first time showed how it is cutting into the government tax take. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates that in 2020/21 it will cost the Treasury £3.5bn. Wild West Workplace – self employment in Britain’s gig economy by Frank Field and Andrew Forsey – (PDF) the case study on couriers is particularly insightful and gives you an idea of how screwed it all is

China first to record 1m patent filings in a year | FT – interesting debate over what this means. Is it really innovation or driven by state targets. In some areas such as telecommunications there is a definite patent land grab and research being done for competitive advantage

Mainland money distorting Hong Kong land prices, tycoon warns | FT.com – I would have said that has been the case since the handover, its also distorting land prices and property prices

DPC steps up Yahoo! hack investigation | RTE – bad news for Yahoo! from an EU perspective

China’s airports to ‘scrap boarding pass on domestic flights as early as next year’ | South China Morning Post – interesting, I wonder how this will affect foreigners on domestic flights?

Strategy Analytics: Apple Captures Record 91 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Profits in Q3 2016 – which gives you an idea of how thin the margins are. BBK – owners of Vivo and OPPO are killing Huawei by comparison. This implies that Huawei’s premium range isn’t doing as well as its budget Honor range when one takes into account the cost of preparing for production (tooling etc) as well as bill of materials

IBM new server produced by Wistron, adopted by Tencent | DigiTimes – interesting that it looks so different to servers from the likes of Facebook or Google and much more like an enterprise data centre

Apple Takes Record Profit Share with iPhone in Q3, Says Strategy Analytics – Tech Trader Daily – which shows how commoditised the smartphone market has become, especially when you think that Apple itself has declining margins on the iPhone 7

Telegram launches Telegraph, a long-form publishing platform | VentureBeat – new paste bin type blogging platform, though many have considered it as a challenge to Medium / new blogging platform

Apple dumps wireless router development, will exit the market – ExtremeTech – this is a shame as I have found Apple Routers exceptionally easy to set up and very reliable. Apple is being ruined by the tyranny of large numbers and design obsessions in many of the wrong places

Forbes: How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House – it is interesting how the Democrats ‘unlearned’ lessons of the Obama campaign

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Chinese Billionaire Linked to Giant Aluminum Stockpile in Mexican Desert – WSJ

Mettle Studio | Proximity – interesting project for dementia patients

Apple Plug – neatly skewers the iPhone 7

Instagram lawyers tell owner of anti-litter app to change its name | The Guardian – interesting move, will this open the door for them to go after the likes of Telegram (messaging app) later on

WeChat and Brands | WeChat Blog: Chatterbox – Caesars Entertainment and interesting concierge bot trial

Cisco’s Network Bugs Are Front and Center in Bankruptcy Fight – Bloomberg – and there is the opportunity for other vendors to get in

Veggie Pret Is Here To Stay | Pret A Manger UK – interesting how the pop-up ended up being product development / business case

University of California Hires India-Based IT Outsourcer, Lays Off Tech Workers – Slashdot – interesting that it is extending into the public sector, expect other governments to take note

Montblanc launches connected pen and paper | Luxury Daily – interesting move

Burberry cuts Hong Kong prices by up to 20 per cent amid falling pound in Brexit aftermath | SCMP – which must hurt given the likely Made In China factor to the products?

Un-carrier Network List of Firsts | TelecomTV Tracker – summary of T-Mobile US rollouts

Extending the Power of OS X Photos – The New York Times – not thought of doing this

Facebook defeats BBM as Indonesia’s most popular platform | Techinasia – that’s the sunset of BlackBerry’s consumer business right there

Evolving App Store Business Models – David Smith – move to ads from payments or subscription pricing

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The QRcode post

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A few years ago, I was involved in a project that used QRcodes on OOH (out of home) activity for a retail launch. QRcode scanners varied in performance. In addition you had to think about:

  • Contrast – did the QRcode stand out?
  • Relative aspect – would it be too big or too small for the audience to scan?

In the UK, QRcodes are seen by marketers as old hat (but then they didn’t ‘get’ them in the same way that Asia did). Other people don’t really understand how to use them.
QRcode 101
Above is the picture of the local cafe around the corner from my office. The QRcode contrast is just ok, but the glyph is too disjointed. The image is blurred for devices to read. I asked a member of staff about it and he told me that he thought it was some type of logo…

More on QRcodes here.