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Taiwanese Animators Turn Apple Fingerprint Rumor Into News Video In An Instant

By Anthony Wing Kosner, Contributor

Yesterday, I wrote about evidence that iOS investigator Hamsa Sood had found in the fourth beta release about the use of a fingerprint scanner in the next iPhone. Today, there is an animated “news” clip of the scanner in action thanks to the speedy work of animators at TomoNews in Taiwan (see above.) …read more

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Ethnic Radio Programming Targets New Chinese Immigrants

By David Yin, Forbes Staff

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that Asians were the country’s fastest-growing ethnic group in 2012. Their population jumped 2.9%, or 530,000 to 18.9 million, with 60% of this increase coming from international migration. As many migrants have limited English proficiency, their growth in numbers has led to opportunities for media companies which serve ethnic minorities. In April Magic Broadcasting agreed to sell KDAY, a Los Angeles-based hip hop radio station that had helped bring the West Coast rap scene into prominence, to a group of Chinese investors for $19.5 million. If the deal is approved by the Federal Communications Commission (), KDAY is likely to switch from playing Jay-Z and Kanye West to a Chinese language format. I spoke to Arthur Liu, founder and chief executive of Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, to discuss his broadcasting niche and his views on the future of the industry. (Liu is not involved in the KDAY deal.) The son of a journalist, Liu was born in Shandong, China and later moved to Taiwan and the U.S.. He started the company in 1982 and launched his first radio station (WNWK, 105.9) in New York in 1992. Six years later, a change in FCC regulations allowed him to sell the station, along with another smaller station, to Heftel Broadcasting, then the nation’s largest Spanish language radio group, for $135 million. Given that Liu only paid $5 million for the station, he used most of the proceeds to buy ten more radio stations on the West Coast. Today, Liu splits his time between New York and California, managing a nationwide network of 40 radio stations and serving ethnic minorities in ten major markets. Liu says his business builds on the diversity of race, culture and language in the country. His radios stations mirror the ethnic makeup of the population, broadcasting daily in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and several other languages. He specifically targets the Asian-American market because the audience in its different subcultures cannot be reached so broadly, unlike the Spanish language market. Before entering a radio market, Liu looks carefully at its geographic location and the size of its audience. He adds that the company has no Vietnamese language programing in New York but several Vietnamese language stations in southern California. To cater to the large Spanish-speaking population, Liu also leases airtime in 12 stations to Spanish language producers, who design their own content and seek their own advertising streams. While Liu says his radio business is “doing very well,” he admits that it has been greatly affected by the rise of new forms of media. He says that the company is adopting new broadcasting trends such as mobile applications and internet streaming. He cites the company’s Radio Chinese Plus, a radio application for smartphones that currently has 680,000 active users. Liu is also expanding his cable business, which complements his radio business and broadens his reach. His radio and cable branches are housed in the same buildings – in New York and Los Angeles – and …read more

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UFO Seen Over Baofeng, China On July 2013 Frightens Woman As It Comes Down Out Of The Sky.

By ScottCWaring

Date of sighting: July 2013
Location of sighting: Baofeng, China

In the video you can hear the woman speaking Chinese saying, “Did you see that? No more?” This UFO was caught as it was descending from the night sky.

This video was taken in the city Baofeng, China this week. The city has a population of close to 500,000 and there should be more videos of this craft soon.

There is a loud buzzing noise but I don’t think its a remote control sound because todays drones are electric and mostly silent. Is the noise coming from the UFO, because it sounds like a gas power engine? Hard to say for sure, because the video was too short since the woman used her cell phone to record the UFO and from her voice it sounds like she is 45-55 years old. Same voice as my mother in law here in Taiwan. LOL. SCW

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Less Fun In The Philippines After Taiwan Travel Alert

By Ralph Jennings, Contributor

It’s more fun in the Philippines, as the country’s tourism slogan goes, but not if you’re doing business with Taiwan this summer. After the Philippine coast guard killed a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9, angry officials in Taipei issued a red travel alert on its maritime neighbor, no fun for airlines, hotels or travel agents. …read more

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BusinessAviationVoice: Is Supersonic Business Travel Practical?

By Mark Patiky, AdVoice

Well, supersonic jet travel may be practical, but will the market pay the price? For years, Jeff Miller has been exploring an array of issues surrounding the feasibility of supersonic business jet development. This is part one of a two-part series where he addresses some of the questions and provokes many more. Jeff Miller (bravojjm@gmail.com) specializes in corporate communications for the business aviation and luxury goods markets, and operates his own advertising agency dedicated to brand marketing. He has led corporate communications for Learjet and Gulfstream. The Anchorage airport has become a typical refueling stop for U.S.-to-Asia business jet flights. The aim is to get in and out fast. The terminals (known as FBOs) that service business aircraft are practiced at turning business flights quickly—sometimes in just 30 minutes. Passengers and pilots want to minimize ground delays. After all, business jets are only midway through 15 or 16-hour journeys. Sure, some of the newest intercontinental-range jets like the Gulfstream G650 and the Bombardier Global 8000, which boast extraordinary 8000 or 9000 statute miles range (effectively the distance between  Chicago and Singapore), can eliminate the fuel stop. Even so, long-range business travel has a downside. It takes a physical toll on the toughest executives even when they’re flying aboard the most well-appointed business jets offering productive, comfortable cabins with outstanding eating, sleeping and work amenities.  Still, it’s not uncommon for senior executives to make more than one trip from Brazil or the U.S. to Asia every month, and traffic flows the other way, too, with executives from Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere heading to the Americas. Would these executives pay a 30 or 40 percent premium for a supersonic jet to cut those missions to half the time or less? The answer is almost certainly yes. The rationale for a supersonic business jet is stronger today than when companies such as Gulfstream, Dassault and others began displaying Concorde-like models at trade shows more than a decade ago. At that time, the principal market for business jets was in the U.S., with business aircraft designed principally for U.S. coast-to-coast or U.S. to Europe routes. Trade patterns have changed, and the action today is not just in major business jet destinations and markets in China, India, Brazil and Russia, but also in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates among many other emerging global trade destinations. The number one criterion for business jet purchasers, according to Honeywell Aerospace, is range. It is no wonder that a jet such as the Mach 0.925 Gulfstream G650 sells so well, even though it is, in truth, only modestly faster than an earlier generation of jets. The G650 will still save an hour on the longest trips, and with more than 200 purchased the first day it went on sale, the market has resoundingly indicated that an hour saved is worth paying for. Even before the economic emergence of China and other rapid growth regions outside of North America and Europe, …read more

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Taiwan couples seek surrogacy abroad to escape ban

Three years ago Mr and Ms Lee fulfilled their dream of parenthood with the help of a surrogate mother.

But like many Taiwanese couples in their position, they were forced to seek surrogacy abroad because the procedure is illegal at home.

“Healthy couples cannot imagine the difficulty and pain we have been through. We tried everything we could,” said Lee, a 40-year-old businessman in Taipei who did not wish to give his full name.

He and his 35-year-old wife also considered adoption. “But since there was still a way we could have our own child, surrogacy was the best option,” he said.

“We envied other couples who have children and we finally felt that our lives were complete when our son was born,” he said.

A bill to legalise altruistic surrogacy — in which a woman agrees to carry a child for another couple through In vitro fertilisation without financially profiting from the procedure — remains in limbo in Taiwan, forcing couples like the Lees into the global commercial surrogacy market.

The island is divided over the controversial and sensitive issue, which presents a legal and ethical minefield for experts who have failed to agree on issues such as the rights of the surrogate mother, biological parents and the foetus.

Those who broker or make financial gains from embryo reproduction face a possible two-year jail term, although there is no penalty for those who pay for it, according to prosecutors.

The legality of surrogacy varies widely around the world, particularly in Asia where commercial for-profit surrogacy services are prohibited in many countries.

India is an exception, where the government is in the process of passing laws to regulate a fertility industry that offers foreign couples cheaper alternatives to options such as the US and Britain.

Altruistic surrogacy options are legally available in Australia subject to strict screening processes. China prohibits surrogacy, while Japan, South Korea and Thailand have no laws in place determining the rights of participants.

Taiwan’s health authorities first contemplated legalising surrogacy about a decade ago and drafted a bill in 2005 but there has been no real progress since then.

“In light of the demand for reproductive technology as well as some ethical concerns from society, the bureau has been actively promoting discussions at home and following international experiences in order to come up with a bill that is thorough while meeting the demands of our time,” said Taiwan’s Bureau of Health Promotion in a statement.

Opposition comes from women’s rights groups, who say surrogacy satisfies the needs of wealthy couples but overlooks the health risks and emotional impact on surrogate mothers during and after the pregnancy.

A surrogacy procedure can cost around $55,000 in Thailand to $100,000 in the United States, including medical and legal expenses as well as payments to surrogate mothers, according to fertility experts.

“A woman’s body is not a commodity or a tool. We oppose rich people exploiting poor women and buying them as surrogate mothers,” said Huang Sue-ying, chairperson of the advocacy group Taiwan Women’s Link.

She urges Taiwanese couples to reconsider the traditional concept of producing …read more

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ETC: Lexus' LFA Works now making carbon fiber bicycles… kind of

By Jonathon Ramsey

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The LFA Works that produced the Lexus LFA hasn’t had too much to do since the 500th example of the V10 supercar left the plant on December 15, 2012. So what are a bunch of carbon fiber experts meant to do with their time when they have some of the world’s most advanced CFRP machinery but no engine to wrap it with? Why, make a bicycle, of course – and not just any bicycle, but the kind that costs one million Japanese yen ($10,000 US) and of which only 100 will be made.

Only they didn’t really “make” it – the carbon fiber frame was sourced from Takumi, in Taiwan. On the face of it that’s a shame, but it makes sense; when you’ve got a company like McLaren assisting bike manufacturer Specialized produce a road bike, it’s clear that ‘pushies’ have got so advanced that a company can’t just hop in and mold a $10K bike in six months. Beyond that frame it’s got a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group with electronic shifters, and it weighs 15 pounds.

However, the Lexus crafstmen did polish each frame for three hours, and the bike is said to embody the “principles and philosophy” of the supercar, while the brochure for the bike says it represents “a new chapter in Lexus history.” That chapter is still all about rarity, though, since there’s only one bike headed for Canada and two for the US.

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Taiwan leader nixes defense minister resignation

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou refused to accept the defense minister’s resignation over an army recruit who died of heat stroke while being punished for bringing a cellphone on base.

Defense Minister Kao Hao-chu apologized Monday night for the death of Hung Chung-chiu on July 3 and offered to step down. Hung, 24, had been forced to perform a vigorous regime of sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks and squats in sweltering heat.

The military has punished 37 officers in connection with the incident, including 15 who face criminal prosecution.

Ma said Tuesday that a resignation by Kao was not justified under the circumstances.

Recruits are banned from bringing camera-equipped cell phones onto Taiwanese military bases for security reasons.

Hung was several days away from completing his 20-month military obligation when he died.

Taiwan is transitioning from a conscripted military force to an all-volunteer army. Its goal of completing the transition by 2015 appears unlikely from initial indications because of continuing difficulties in attracting requisite numbers of recruits.

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US commander says China ties 'collegial'

The United States’ top naval commander in Asia described military relations with China as “collegial” and rejected Cold War comparisons, urging “methodical and thoughtful” diplomacy in the region.

Vice Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the Japan-based US 7th Fleet and in Sydney for bilateral exercises, said maritime security was an increasingly important issue in the Indo-Pacific region as both trade and militarisation boomed.

“Economic power is being converted to military power in many parts of the region, which may increase the temptation to use coercion or force in an attempt to resolve differences between nations,” he said in a speech to the Lowy Institute foreign policy think-tank.

“The rising of the seas and the opening of the (Arctic’s) Northern Passage will bring new security challenges that must be dealt with as well,” he added, speaking of global warming’s impact in the region.

Swift said he was “very encouraged by the pace” of military connections in the region amid escalating tensions over issues including the South China Sea.

China claims nearly all of the sea, rejecting competing claims to parts of it by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Some of the claimants have expressed concern at Beijing’s increasingly assertive military and diplomatic tactics to stress its control.

US President Barack Obama warned China last week against using force or intimidation in its maritime disputes and urged a peaceful resolution.

Swift said his focus was on inclusive military operations, seeking “to the maximum extent possible multilateral exercises”, adding he had had “very collegial exchanges with PLAN (Chinese navy) ships throughout the region, and really throughout the world”.

“We need to be methodical and thoughtful about the process by which we pull the relationships together,” he said.

“In the past I think there’s been a rush to achieve a form of success without fully understanding what success is, especially in the context of the parties that are coming together.”

Swift said he believed military collaboration with China was “bringing us closer” to a naval understanding similar to that which existed between the US and the Soviet Union to prevent conflict at sea during the Cold War.

But he distanced himself from comparisons with the 40-year US-Soviet standoff, saying there were “very, very different circumstances”, starting with the fact that the 7th Fleet was as large as the entire Chinese navy.

“We have much more in common than we do have in competition with China,” Swift added.

“The Cold War was really a competition between governments, competition between our militaries, who was the strongest was the question of the day. I just don’t see that in today’s maritime environment.”

Swift said he was “heartened” by the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the region and welcomed discussions about whether its mandate should extend beyond economic issues.

“The instability that is resident within the South China Sea is really ringed by all those countries that are participants in ASEAN, so its relevance is much higher than what it was even four or five years ago,” he said.

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Taiwan probes alleged bullying over corporal's death

Taiwan’s defence minister has apologised for the death of a corporal from heatstroke as the island’s top government watchdog launches an investigation into bullying in the military, officials said on Tuesday.

Kao Hua-chu bowed and guaranteed that similar incidents would not happen again, while offering his condolences to the family of Hung Chung-chiu during a press conference late Monday night.

Hung, 24, was found by a post-mortem examination to have died of heatstroke, which his family believe was brought on by excessive exercise forced upon him as punishment for taking a smartphone onto the army base, local media reported.

On Tuesday an army colonel was detained by authorities on charges of abuse of power, while punitive measures were levied on 26 other staff members.

“I personally will take political responsibility as my apologies to the Hung family and the general public,” Kao said, according to local media.

He had earlier offered to resign from his post over the affair but was asked to stay on by President Ma Ying-jeou, Ma’s spokesperson Li Jia-fei said on Tuesday.

Hung’s family had previously described his death a fortnight ago, following a stint in solitary confinement, as a form of “torture”, according to Chinese-language newspapers.

He died just three days before he was due to be discharged following completion of his compulsory year-long military service. The torture allegation was denied by the military.

Steps taken to punish those involved have failed to assuage public outrage, with more than 5,000 people having endorsed a plan by a human rights group for a protest march through Taipei’s streets on Saturday.

The Control Yuan, the island’s watchdog responsible for monitoring other parts of government, has announced an in-depth probe into alleged bullying in the military, which Ma said was not tolerable.

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Manila's Move In Stubborn Dispute With Taiwan

By Ralph Jennings, Contributor

Taiwan has kept ominously quiet this month about its rare dispute with the Philippines after shouting down Manila repeatedly since May 9. That day the Philippine coast guard shot a Taiwanese fisherman to death in the Luzon Strait and Taiwan quickly imposed economic sanctions in protest. …read more

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