Pet acupuncture is on the rise in Asia — thanks to Western medicine


As the veterinary assistant holds down a year-old black tabby named Miso, she strokes his chin, and he purrs with delight. Dr. Yeumee Song takes the cue and inserts a thin needle on top of Miso’s head. The purring amplifies, and Miso’s eyes scrunch into blissful slits.

“This relaxes cats a lot, who are very strong and resilient creatures,” Dr. Song says as she expertly sticks needles into Miso.

Dr. Song is one of two physicians at Amber Vet in Singapore trained in veterinary acupuncture. The practice has been growing in popularity in the pet world, and more recently in Asian countries outside of China thanks partially to a shrinking globe. Read more…

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Xiaomi comes to Western Europe for the first time with the Mi A1 and Mi Mix 2; U.S. market soon?

For those in the U.S. who have been waiting for Xiaomi to start selling its smartphones in the states (as opposed to selling power banks and other accessories), the company is getting a little closer. Today, Xiaomi announced that two handsets are coming to Spain where they will go on sale later this month. The two models include the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and both models were unveiled at an event held in Madrid.

The Mi A1 will be priced in Spain at €229, which converts to $265 USD at current exchange rates. The Mi Mix 2, with its edge-to-edge screen, will be priced at €499. That …

Apple threatens to stop buying Western Digital parts if it continues with Toshiba deal

Back on the last day of August, we told you that Apple was part of a group seeking to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business. But it appears that a rival consortium, led by Western Digital, could be signing a deal with Toshiba as soon as Wednesday. That group is offering $17-18 billion USD. Apple, though, is concerned that a Western Digital purchase of Toshiba’s chip business would eliminate a rival flash memory chip producer that it could use as a stalking horse in order to get better pricing for the component that Apple uses on the iPhone.

As a result, Apple is threatening to stop buying Western …

'Game of Thrones' episode 5 sets up a Westerosi Western that we want. Right. Now.


This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, “Eastwatch.”

Two queens at war. Neither can see past each other to the far greater threat.

Each needs to be convinced, immediately, or this whole Westeros thing goes to hell. And so the many men beneath their heels must go forth and bring forth the evidence.

An adventure is required. A posse is formed. 

Next up: A Westerosi Western.

That’s pretty much the grand equation of “Eastwatch,” episode 5 of this seventh season of Game of Thrones, a scattershot clockwork of updates and minor machinations, paltry plot pivots and pirouettes that had our heads spinning. Nothing happened, yet somehow everything changed. Read more…

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