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Authentic Canada Goose brand parkas in a store in New York on Friday, December 18, 2015.[Photo/IC]

>Coats targeted in robberies
Chicago has recently seen a rise in robberies targeting expensive Canada Goose coats as winter storms blanketed the US Midwest city. The robbers really want the status coats - they're using guns to get them, according to CBS. An average Canada Goose parka can cost about $1,000. "At least six times in just eight days, offenders have confronted victims and forced them to turn over their jackets. In each case, the victims were robbed at gunpoint," local police said. Canada Goose coats are marketed as lightweight coats with heavyweight warmth, and they have become a must-have item for celebrities and fashionistas.


Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. [Photo/IC]

>Basic income experiment
High in the Himalayas, Sikkim is one of the tiniest states in India. But it is about to embark on an experiment of global interest. Sikkim's ruling party has announced an ambitious plan to implement a universal basic income for every one of its 610,577 citizens. A universal basic income is a regular, guaranteed income paid by the government, universally and unconditionally, to all citizens. It is a cash payment that aims to replace the often confusing array of assistance that states offer to citizens and place spending decisions in the hands of recipients. The tourism and power sectors will be tapped to raise the resources. If successful, the scheme would represent the largest trial run anywhere in the world.



>Tissues to get you sick
A company based in Los Angeles, the US, said it is offering used tissues to "train your immune system" to fight off illness. Vaev says its unusual offering allows users to catch a cold on their "own terms", therefore decreases the risk of catching that same strain of cold virus at a later date. Each tissue has been sneezed on by one of 10 sneezers the company recruited, and sell for a whopping $79.9 per box. However, specialists said that there is nothing positive that can come from this, only things that are adverse. There are more than 200 types of virus that cause what we call the common cold, and they're all constantly evolving - that's why there has never been an effective vaccine, according to Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona. "You're going to have to shove about 200 tissues up your nose each time to get a different one," Gerba added.


An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, December 14, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Apple sales in China drop
Apple sales in China dropped 27% in the final quarter of 2018, with CEO Tim Cook admitting that higher iPhone prices are a "factor" in the decline. The US tech giant said it brought in $13.2 billion in China in the holiday quarter, down from nearly $18 billion during the same period in 2017. Apple registered shrinking sales revenue in China across all of its leading products, iPhones, Macs, and iPads, along with reduced footfall in its stores. Cook explained that foreign exchange issues have amplified price differences in international markets, in particular emerging markets, which tend to move more significantly versus the dollar. He said that Apple is emphasizing trade-ins and installment payments to revitalize iPhone sales. Earlier this month, Apple dropped the price of the iPhone XR and other iPhones for its channel partners in China, allowing third-party vendors to purchase cheaper iPhones and pass those savings to customers.
2018年第四季度,苹果在华销量骤降27%,苹果首席执行官蒂姆•库克承认,iPhone的定价较高是导致销量下滑的因素之一。这家美国科技巨头表示,去年第四季度,苹果在华销售额为132亿美元,较2017年同期的近180亿美元销售额有所下降。包括iPhone、Mac、iPad在内的苹果所有主要产品在华销售额均出现萎缩,门店客流量减少。库克解释说,汇率问题放大了苹果在国际市场,尤其是新兴市场上的价差,美元走强导致产品在全球变得更贵。库克表示,苹果正在关注以旧换新和分期付款,以重振iPhone的销售。本月初,苹果下调了iPhone XR等多款iPhone在中国的渠道价,使第三方供应商可以更便宜的价格购进iPhone,从而使消费者最终得到实惠。

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