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?
MANILA – Filipino netizens are having a field day on Twitter as the normally quiet Paulo Avelino has been hilariously responding to messages from fans. The actor’s name became a top trending local topic on Twitter on Tuesday as he dished out one funny remark after another, reacting to mostly flirty comments addressed to him. “How do you like me este your coffee?” one fan asked, to which Avelino replied, in all caps, “BOLD.” Another Twitter user asked Avelino to flirt with her instead, prompting the actor to playfully respond with: “Bilang ano? Boypren mo? Asawa mo? Laruan mo?” Meanwhile, fans went crazy after Avelino replied with a simple “lam mo na” when asked what he wants to do during the rainy season. Here are more of the actor’s humorous Twitter posts: Avelino is currently part of the ABS-CBN primetime series “The General’s Daughter” starring Angel Locsin. He is also gearing up for “Fan … [Read more...] about Why is Paulo Avelino trending on Twitter?
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?
By Star Editorial Board Thu., May 9, 2019 Throw the book at ’em has taken on a bizarre twist down in the Niagara West region of Ontario. That’s where Progressive Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s constituency staff called the cops on a group of library-loving seniors who showed up to read books as a way of protesting the Ford government’s library cuts. Now, it’s awfully hard to imagine how Oosterhoff’s staff felt so under siege after just a few minutes with some 15 retired librarians and book club members that such drastic action was necessary. Was it was the craft paper book covers, with neatly typed quotes about the importance of libraries, that left staff feeling they had no choice but to call 911? “I don’t think we looked threatening,” said one retired librarian and member of a local book club. Article Continued Below Oosterhoff — who until now has been best known for being Ontario’s … [Read more...] about They threatened to read — so a PC MPP’s office called the cops