cryptocurrency
What Are ICOs and Why Are They Getting Banned in China? 

Over the weekend, China banned initial coin offerings (ICO) and briefly paused the seemingly unstoppable price increase of bitcoin. But the cryptocurrency has already bounced back. With the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Dotcom, and John McAfee all jumping into the ICO world in one way or another, it seems worth asking what the hell this whole thing is about. Read More >>

photography
Hong Kong Looks Beautifully Uncanny When Seen From the Sky

Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong isn’t all that different. Read More >>

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My Favourite Time of the Day is When the Entire City Turns Blue

The world never looks cooler than when it does during the blue hours of dawn and dusk. Photographer Romain Jacquet Lagreze captured Hong Kong in that brief moment when daylight is just about over but nighttime hasn’t crept in yet. It looks fantastic. The chilly, icy blue makes things glimmer in stillness rather than burn in the overwhelming orange of the sun. Read More >>

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Stunning Video Flips Hong Kong on Top of Itself

Watch the cityscape of Hong Kong mirror itself in this short time lapse, The Allegory of the Cave by Visual Suspect. It’s break-your-eye-balls stunning as you try to track the movement of what you’re looking at. Hong Kong is famous for its densely packed buildings so seeing the city and its reflection in the same shot works especially well. Read More >>

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Hong Kong’s Beaches Are Suddenly Covered in Rubbish and No One Knows Why

Visitors to Hong Kong’s beaches have taken to various social media channels to voice their outrage about the current state of the region’s beaches. Judging by the accompanying photos, they look more like trash oases than relaxing paradises. Read More >>

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A Cemetery in a Warehouse Solves a Serious Problem in Cities: Where to Put the Dead 

In Hong Kong, finding the space to bury the dead is a huge ongoing problem. New, unconventional projects are springing up to meet demand, giving us a glimpse at the future of burial in the hyper-dense cities. Read More >>

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14 Bizarre Gadgets From the Most Random Deals Site Ever

Feeling bored? You need an online outlet that sells ridiculous, confusing products that probably shouldn't even exist. So let me introduce you to one of my favourite retailers: DealExtreme. It's one of the internet's largest purveyors of cheap tablets, obscure cables and amazing off-brand oddities free-shipped to Blighty from Hong Kong. Read More >>

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The Gorgeous View From a Delivery Drone Over Hong Kong 

Drone delivery is inherently dangerous: the thought of airborne robots weaving in between skyscrapers and over cars has potential for problems. That's why it took months of preparation for a group of hobbyists to stage Hong Kong's first drone delivery. Read More >>

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Chaos Ensues as Armoured Truck Spills £2.88 Million Into the Streets of Hong Kong

Dozens of Hong Kong motorists and pedestrians rushed to grab handfuls of the money after an armoured truck's doors accidentally opened on a busy road, spilling about £2.88 million in HK$500 notes (that's notes roughly valued £41 each) on Christmas Eve, reports the South China Morning Post. Check out all those frantic bastards. Read More >>

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Instagram Blackout Continues During Protests in Hong Kong

China continues its disturbing trend of social media crackdowns as pro-democracy protests flare in Hong Kong. Web services, such as Blocked In China, who monitor the government's abusive censorship, confirms that the blackout spreads across the country. Read More >>

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It’s Hard to Tell Where Buildings Start and End in This Crazy Hong Kong Photo

National Geographic's Photo of the Day—captured by Simon Kwan—shows Hong Kong in all its glorious urban madness. When I first saw it I thought it was a collage made with multiple shots and mirrored images. It's not. It's just the city photographed from Beacon Hill. Read More >>

science
The World’s Best Subway System is Powered by an Advanced AI Boss

Hong Kong's metro puts others to shame: It's one of the most profitable subways in the world. It's on time 99.9 per cent of the time. It's always improving—and it's controlled by some very clever artificial intelligence. Read More >>

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This Endless Flood of People in Hong Kong is Like a Real Life World War Z

This time-lapse was shot earlier this week in Hong Kong during a demonstration in support of democracy. It shows thousands of protesters walking down one of the main streets of the city in what seems an endless flood of people. Read More >>

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These Eerie Photos Make Megacities Look Totally Deserted

We built these cities. All over the world, the crumbling ones, the glistening ones, the towering ones, the little ones—cities are built for people. So when you see one that's empty, it's usually eery. Somehow, however, Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi makes them beautiful. Read More >>

architecture
These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary solution in bamboo. Read More >>