Posts Tagged ‘hong-kong’

Snowden spycraft: a fridge is a Faraday cage

NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked journalists who visited him in Hong Kong to put their phones in his room’s refrigerator, relying on the fridge’s material properties to serve as an inadvertent radio-wave-spoiling Faraday cage.        

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Life in Kowloon Walled City, the self-sustaining city of darkness

After the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong during the Second World War, China reclaimed the rights to Kowloon Walled City, an ex-military fort. As refugees fled to the area, the Walled City became something of a diplomatic no-man’s land — neither the Chinese government nor the British colonial administration were willing to intervene. Between 1945 and 1990, the population of the area raised from 2,000 to an estimated 50,000. An interconnected web of 14-story skyscrapers were erected with no input from architects or planners, and the largely triad-controlled city became infamous for lawlessness and squalor. At its peak, the city, which measured just 2.7 hectares (around 290,000 square feet), had a population density of 1.92 million per..

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Google Maps traffic conditions now available in Hong Kong, Norway, and New Zealand

Aside from getting directions, Google Maps’s live traffic feature might be its most useful aspect, and now it’s available to even more people. Google has announced that users in Norway, New Zealand, and Hong Kong can now access the traffic layer, giving them an easy to way to check out traffic conditions for major cities and highways. As with other regions — the feature is already available in places like the US, Canada, and over a dozen European countries — the information can be viewed by selecting the traffic option at maps.google.com , and it’s included in both the desktop and mobile versions of the site. Just like many Google ventures, the feature relies on crowd-sourced data , so if you’re looking for better coverage in your area… Continue reading…

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Hong Kong Apple Stores begin selling iPhone 4S through lottery system

Due to repeated issues selling the iPhone 4S in China due to massive crowds of scalpers (and violence stemming from a lack of supply to meet overwhelming demand), Apple’s trying a new tactic for selling its flagship handset. If you want to buy an iPhone in Hong Kong, you’ll need to enter your information on Apple’s site and enter a lottery. Potential buyers can only put in for a phone between 9am and 12pm, and must include their government ID; if you’re selected, Apple will email you by 9pm that evening and let you know when to pick up your device the next day.

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Meizu MX launches in China and Hong Kong, hundreds line up to buy one

New Year’s Day may seem like a vacation for most technology enthusiasts, but not Meizu fans. Today, the dual-core Meizu MX smartphone launched in Hong Kong and China, and plenty of excited buyers showed up with their pre-order slips in hand. Meizu Me estimates that over 900 people stood in line at Meizu’s new Hong Kong shop to purchase the 2,999 yuan device, which has reportedly been tweaked since early reviews, with “a anti-fingerprint coating to the camera lens, easier to use hardware buttons, improved aesthetics of the internal circuitry along with improvements in overall build quality.” It doesn’t come with Android 4.0, though, but the company promises an upgrade for both the MX and M9 later this year. Speaking of the older Meizu M9 ,… Continue reading…

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