Cultish underground iPhones. Wait, what?
China on Saturday sentenced two members of a banned religious cult - a father and daughter - to death for the murder in a McDonald's restaurant of a woman who refused an apparent attempt by the group to recruit her, state media said.
To put in perspective, this trial has been a slightly smaller equivalent to the American OJ Simpson trial, in that there have been constant TV updates and most everyone has been following the trial's progress. The basics? A family of cult members beat to death a young woman in a McDonald's when she refused to give them her contact information. Read here for a roundup of the sad details. The first time I saw the footage of the murder on TV I pointed out to the colleague next to me, "Hmm, seems there were plenty of customers in the McDonalds willing to video tape the murder but no one willing to try and help the poor woman, am I right?" And she said, "You would have? He had a huge metal bar and would have killed you too." Guess its impossible to know how you'd act as a bystander in a given situation unless you actually live it.
Last time we checked in, Tencent had reported four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unofficial reservations had been recorded. In an update today, the site now says that combined preorders (which began on Friday) from sales channels have exceeded 20 million.
How many iPhones is Apple seriously going to sell this quarter? 60 million? I haven't even ordered a Space Gray 6 Plus yet.
Ultimately, Kim concludes, living underground is a reasonable option for people who have recently relocated to the city and need affordable housing. She suggests that the units work well for people who will live there for just a few years while finding their feet in Beijing, before moving on to a more stable living situation. Kim also thinks these units are a reasonable solution for temporary workers or students in the city who need inexpensive places to stay.
Some interesting conclusions.