Q: The latest series of Singapore coins is magnetic. Why is that so and what other special features are there? A: The Third Series coins are minted with a steel core electroplated with three layers of metals, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore. It is this steel core that causes the coins to be attracted to magnets. Each of the five denominations ($1, 50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents, five cents) in the latest series has a customised electromagnetic signature, which helps to distinguish it from foreign coins of similar size, shape and weight. This signature is determined by the coin's material, dimensions, shape and features such as embossing, and is what helps vending machines to differentiate it from counterfeit coins. To keep counterfeiters at bay, the electromagnetic signatures of the coins are kept within a narrow range. Coin-accepting machine operators are required to calibrate their machines within tight limits, so that counterfeit coins can be easily singled out. The … [Read more...] about Why is the latest series of S’pore coins magnetic?
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Research data shows that Apple's HomePod isn't doing as well as other smart speakers in the US market. Why is this so? According to research conducted by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), fewer U.S. homes own an Apple HomePod compared to homes that own Amazon's Echo or Google's Home speakers. In the report, titled "HomePod Grabs A Little Share," the CIRP estimates that about 70 percent of U.S. homes own an Amazon Echo, about 24 percent of homes have Google Home speakers, and a mere 5 percent of U.S. homes have an Apple HomePod. Furthermore, Amazon Echo and Google Home owners are also more likely to have more than one unit compared to those who own an Apple HomePod. The research states that 34% of Amazon Echo owners have more than one unit (some of them own as much as four units), while 31% of Google Home owners report having more than one unit (some of them own as much as three units). The research firm noted that while the HomePod "now has a small but meaningful … [Read more...] about Why Is Apple HomePod Losing Ground In US Market?
Respondents: Why is OSG at preliminary probe on sedition raps? (Philstar.com) - August 9, 2019 - 2:38pm MANILA, Philippines — Respondents in the sedition complaint that police filed against opposition figures questioned the Office of the Solicitor General's authority to represent the complainants at the preliminary investigation into the complaint on Friday. The Department of Justice held its first preliminary investigation proceeding into the sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel, libel estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo and more than 30 others. During the preliminary investigation, lawyer Arno Sanidad, who represents Chel Diokno, questioned the OSG's authority to be involved in the proceedings. The attendance sheet for the preliminary investigation showed at least two laywers from the OSG, who noted that they represent the PNP-Criminal … [Read more...] about Respondents: Why is OSG at preliminary probe on sedition raps?
Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio believes that it was not a collision of fishing vessels that happened on June 9 in Reed Bank (Philippine name: Recto Bank; Chinese name: Liyue Tan), 80 nautical miles off Palawan and within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. It was a Chinese militia ship ramming a Philippine fishing vessel. “China’s maritime militia vessels have reinforced steel hulls purposely for ramming fishing vessels of other coastal states. No other coastal state has fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels. Captains of ordinary Chinese fishing vessels do not engage in ramming for fear of inflicting damage to their own vessels. It is thus highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1,” Carpio said in a statement. The statement from Chinese Embassy in Manila insisted that it was "a Chinese fishing boat from Guangdong Province, China” and identified it as … [Read more...] about OPINION: Why is there a Chinese military vessel in Reed Bank?
DELHI: Severe cyclone Fani, which blasted ashore Friday (May 3) in India, is expected to pack a frequently underestimated yet lethal threat: storm surge.The surge happens when sea levels rise dramatically during a storm, sending a destructive wall of water gushing over people and property on land.Here are key questions and answers on the phenomenon:HOW DOES IT WORK? Storm surge is not the result of rainfall or flooding, rather it happens when powerful winds push ocean water rushing toward land.The phenomenon is an "abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted ... tides," according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Indian forecasters said a surge of 1.5m could hit the eastern state Odisha, where the monster cyclone is forecast to make landfall.WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS? In previous storms, people have failed to flee because they did not grasp the storm surge's deadly threat.That was the case for 2013's Super … [Read more...] about What is a storm surge and why is it so dangerous?