How a few companies are bitcoining it

IN A recent video Jeremy Sciarappa, a YouTuber, flips the lid off a red box in his living room to reveal a silver machine the size of a shoebox, whining noisily. The contraption is an Antminer S9, sold by Bitmain, a Chinese firm. Its job is to help validate transactions conducted in bitcoin, the world’s best-known crypto-currency. Because bitcoin More...

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By SLPundit On Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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Toyota takes a winding road to autonomous vehicles

UBER’s fleet of autonomous vehicles has been parked up since one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona in March. That death highlighted once again the industry’s rush More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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McKinsey manages to get itself sued for racketeering

MOBSTERS, gangsters and bent cops have all been tried under America’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act. Might consultants be next? McKinsey, a management consultancy, is being sued More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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The long arm of the dollar

FEW banks can match the quaint serenity of Banco Delta Asia’s headquarters in Macau. Housed in a pastel-yellow colonial building opposite a 16th-century church, its entrance is flanked by tall vases, depicting More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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Another allegation of passenger mistreatment on a United Airlines flight

ON MAY 11TH a Nigerian woman filed a lawsuit against United Airlines for removing her and her two children from a flight after a fellow passenger complained of her smell. Queen Obioma accuses the airline of singling More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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A storm breaks around AirAsia’s boss

“YOU only have one vote so use it wisely,” advised the captain of a lunchtime AirAsia flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on May 9th. It was the third time he had reminded passengers of Malaysia’s More...

By SLPundit On Monday, May 14th, 2018
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Airlines in America fail in their campaign against the Gulf carriers

ON MAY 14th the United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a deal that should, at least in theory, put an end to their long-simmering dispute over what airlines in America allege are unfair subsidies More...

By SLPundit On Monday, May 14th, 2018
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You may have to fight to get repairs covered — even under warranty

Sandra Radcliffe had a two-year-old Whirlpool gas range whose grates became warped and sank into the stove top. “It is dangerous to put a pot on four of the five elements,” she said. “We are More...

By SLPundit On Monday, May 14th, 2018
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How much should you give as a wedding gift?

If you took a peek at Nic Capobianco’s calendar over the last few years, you’d find a dizzying number of suit-fittings, bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings. His busy social calendar centres More...

By SLPundit On Friday, May 11th, 2018
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Can coach companies lure business people on board?

IN THE past, coach travel was seen as somewhat glamorous. That is perhaps an odd legacy of a Clark Gable film from 1934 called “It Happened One Night”, about a romance between two passengers travelling More...