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Photo credit: Jeffrey Coolidge - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeffrey Coolidge – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

  • A TV in Wales took down the local internet, making it a lesson about interference.

  • Shielded cabling and other tech helps protect signals, but this interference is unpredictable.

  • The ISP worked for months to figure out what regularly took down this network.

An embarrassed villager in Aberhosan, Wales, has learned their old TV has been messing up the entire village broadband connection. The cause—discovered by an engineering team from Openreach—is a burst of electrical activity called SHINE: single high-level impulse noise.

Older TVs, likely limited to only CRTs and prior unless something’s wrong with your wiring, experience an intense concentration of energy when you first power them on—you’d notice more resistance and an indescribable noise when you powered on these TVs. This, it seems, is what has plagued one ISP for months every morning around 7 a.m. Here’s how the

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Michael Pegues, a relative newcomer to government, is the CIO of the second largest city in Illinois. Despite only being in the job for three years and having no background in local government, he has developed a passion for city work and has become an urbantech champion.

What makes Pegues’ case so interesting is that he has taken a much bolder approach to encouraging innovation than many other city CIOs. In my experience, cities often set up limited innovation zones where they experiment with technologies before rolling them out more widely. Pegues has eschewed this intermediate step and turned his city into one giant innovation sandbox through his 605 Innovation District project (605 being the first three digits of the five zip codes in Aurora).

It’s a bold move—and one that isn’t without risks. But the initiative shows how a forward-thinking CIO willing to embrace and successfully manage those

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a close up of a sign: Alibaba Group Holding’ Singles’ day online shopping festival on November 11, 2018, which has become the world’s largest 24-hour e-commerce extravaganza, bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. Photo: SCMP


Alibaba Group Holding’ Singles’ day online shopping festival on November 11, 2018, which has become the world’s largest 24-hour e-commerce extravaganza, bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. Photo: SCMP

China’s property developers, stymied by a months-long ban on showroom exhibitions and the worst economic growth pace in decades, are girding themselves for a new sales strategy in the age of the coronavirus – online sales.

Country Garden Holdings and other major Chinese developers are putting some of their new homes on Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel by the world’s largest e-commerce platform, operated by this newspaper’s owner Alibaba Group Holding. Selected real estate projects sold on the channel, which means “good homes,” will be entitled to discounts of up to 15 per cent off their catalogue prices.

“Developers are all under pressure to sell homes this year and we are hoping that Tmall Haofang can help

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