Tuesday, December 11, 2012

U.S. Schoolchildren Lag Asian Peers on Academic Tests



U.S. schoolchildren trailed Asian peers on one of the largest international tests of math, science and reading, highlighting a challenge to American competiveness.
Eight countries or regions including South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong outscored the U.S. in eighth-grade math, while nine did in science, according to the 2011 test, called Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. On a reading exam, the U.S. lagged behind five. Some U.S. states such as Florida and Massachusetts bucked the trend, shining in some subjects.

Asia 'to eclipse' US and Europe by 2030 - US report



Asia will wield more global power than the US and Europe combined by 2030, a forecast from the US intelligence community has found.

Within two decades China will overtake the US as the world's largest economy, the report adds.

It also warns of slower growth and falling living standards in advanced nations with ageing populations.

Global Trends 2030, issued to coincide with Mr Obama's second term, says it aims to promote strategic thinking.

Published every four years, the report from the National Intelligence Council (NIC) aims to draw together a wide sweep of "megatrends" driving transformation in the world.
Slow relative decline

China's Steve Jobs and the $4b fairytale

China's Xiaomi Technology is a fairytale for nerdy entrepreneurs.
Less than three years after its founding, the smartphone maker is valued at $US4 billion and evokes Apple-like adoration from its fans, some of whom are desperate enough to skip work for a shot at buying the latest product the day it goes on sale.
China's media say I am China's Steve Jobs, 
Founder Lei Jun dresses like the late Steve Jobs, in jeans and a black top. He has created a fervent fan base for Xiaomi's moderately priced high-end smartphones by mimicking Apple's marketing tactic of attaching an aura of exclusivity around its products.


Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/chinas-steve-jobs-and-the-4b-fairytale-20121210-2b49n.html#ixzz2EoJBqVPO