Facebook pulls propaganda accounts demonizing Hong Kong protesters

It's not just Twitter cracking down on attempts to undermine Hong Kong protesters through social networks. Facebook has pulled seven Pages, five accounts and three Groups allegedly involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" meant to blast Hong Ko...

Twitter bans advertising from state-controlled news outlets

Twitter announced today that it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news outlets. Those accounts will still be able to use the platform, but not its advertising. The change comes after China's state-backed media outlet Xinhua spon...

Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

Twitter is finding itself at the heart of a heated political battle. Pinboard and other users have observed Twitter running ads from China's state-backed media outlet Xinhua attacking the Hong Kong protesters opposed to both a (since-suspended) extr...

Apple taps renowned artists for AR art walks

Apple has been pushing its way into the world of augmented reality for years. Now, it wants to get more users involved. Working with artists like Nick Cave, who you might remember from the Alan Wake soundtrack, Apple has installed AR art in public sp...

Apple recalls older three-prong AC power adapters

Apple is recalling a batch of three-prong AC wall plug adapters. The company is aware of six incidents worldwide in which the adapters broke, creating a risk of electrical shock. As a precaution, Apple is allowing customers to exchange the potentiall...

Samsung has postponed Galaxy Fold launch events in China

The $2,000 Galaxy Fold is already off to a bumpy start no thanks to some broken review units (ours is fine, by the way), and though the April 26th launch in the US remains unaffected, folks on the other side of the world aren't as lucky. Over the wee...

Hong Kong is testing high-tech monitoring systems for ‘smart’ prisons

Prisons in Hong Kong are testing a variety of high-tech services that will allow correctional facilities to better track inmates, according to the South China Morning Post. The city's Commissioner of Correctional Services, Danny Woo Ying-min, claimed...

China’s tallest building is an organic-inspired 700-meter wonder


Standing at 700 meters tall, the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center is slated to be the third tallest building in the world, and will also be China’s tallest building. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill for Chinese property developers Shimao Group, the skyscraper will be built between the foothills of Longcheng Park and the Dayun National Park in Shenzhen, China.

The building’s sinewy, organic structure pays a hat tip to the number of sporting venues in its immediate vicinity. The designers claim that the anthropomorphic structure honors the abstract way athletes train to perform in the world-class stadiums directly adjacent to the skyscraper. “The result is a muscular expression in high-performance glass, with textured layers that define the elements of its shaped form.”

The Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center also plans to house one of the world’s highest observation decks, alongside a restaurant, night club, spa facilities and a swimming pool, while the designers’ master-plan involves the building of a mixed-use district that also houses large retail facilities, apartment towers, a cultural centre, a five-star hotel, a library and multiple offices.

In the evenings, the tower will become “a visual, sound, and light show”, reinforcing the district’s athletic and entertainment purposes. After dusk, the tower will become “a visual, sound, and light show” for the residents of Shenzhen, also highlighting the district’s sports-oriented and entertainment-based outlook. Architecture for the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center began in March last year, and is slated to be ready for opening in 2024.

Designers: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.





T-BRICK: Display Your Toys INSIDE a LEGO

Do you collect toy cars, minifigs, or other small figures? Check out these awesome miniature display cases I stumbled onto which look like oversize, see-through LEGO bricks.

The T-BRICK comes from Hong Kong outfit Tiny, who makes their own line of miniatures, and decided they wanted a nice way to display them. Each T-BRICK is stackable just like a LEGO block, so you can create displays of any shape or size, and they offer a hinged back panel for easy access to the toys inside.

Each transparent acrylic brick measures 100(W) x 50(L) x 67.2(H)mm outside (~3.9″ x 1.97″ x 2.64″) , and 92(W) x 44(L) x 50(H)mm inside (~3.62″ x 1.73″ x 1.97″).

They’re available in sets of four for 59 Hong Kong Dollars (~$8 USD) or sets of eight for 99 HKD (~$13 USD), so they’re really a bargain – assuming you can get them sent from Hong Kong without spending a ton of shipping.