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An 1-year-old baby plays a game on an iPad. [Photo by Jiang Xiaoying/For China Daily]

>IPad locked for 49 years


An author was accidentally locked out of his iPad by his 3-year-old son for 25,536,442 minutes after the toddler repeatedly keyed in the wrong password.

Evan Osnos, a New Yorker staff writer, posted the picture of the baffling error from his iPad on Twitter.

The message read: "iPad is disabled, try again in 25,536,442 minutes." The number of minutes displayed in the message equates to nearly 49 years and the photo has received over 100 responses so far with some users asking him to "wait it out".

According to the official Apple website, "locking yourself out of your iOS device and retrying with the wrong password too many times leads to permanent removal of data from the device.

To recover the use of your device, you'll need to remove your passcode by performing a restore."



>Cryptocoin mining faces ban


China's top economic planner plans to list cryptocurrency mining as a sector to be eliminated in its latest Catalogue for Guiding Industry Restructuring.

The National Development and Reform Commission has updated the catalogue to improve the system for managing entry into industries and accelerate restructuring of industries, such as those with excess production capacity.

The draft version, released on Monday for soliciting public opinions, said restriction will also be imposed on fields of tobacco products, villa development, golf courses and racecourse projects.

Cryptocurrency mining refers to technicians using high-powered machines to generate the massive computing power to produce cryptocurrencies.

China has toughened up regulation over bitcoin and other digital cryptocurrency to rein in financial risks, with exchanges closed and trading halted.


Photo taken at the Japanese Finance Ministry in Tokyo on April 9, 2019, shows the front (top) and back of a sample of the new 10,000 yen bill featuring industrialist Eiichi Shibusawa (1840-1931) to be introduced in fiscal 2024.[Photo/IC]

>Japan to issue new banknotes

Japan plans to introduce a series of new banknotes featuring new designs and incorporating next-generation anti-counterfeiting technology, the government said Tuesday.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said that three different banknotes will be revamped, with the update marking the first change since 2004.

According to Aso, the new 10,000 yen bill will feature industrialist Eiichi Shibusawa.

He is known as "the father of Japanese capitalism", and also founded Japan's first modern bank.

The new 5,000 yen bill will carry an image of Umeko Tsuda, an educator in Japan known for advancing female education.

The new 1,000 yen bill, meanwhile, will feature bacteriologist and physician Shibasaburo Kitasato.

The government's decision to issue new banknotes coincides with the beginning of the new Imperial era, Reiwa.

The new era will begin on May 1 when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the throne.

The new banknotes are expected to be issued and enter into circulation in 2024.


Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

>Royal baby to pay US taxes

Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, may now have additional concerns beyond the safe birth of their child in the coming weeks - namely the US tax system, reports CNN.

Given that Meghan is a US citizen, its being suggested both she and her child may be obligated to pay US taxes on any income or gifts she or her yet-to-be-born child may have received or earned, both now and in the future.

The report suggests this could open up the extremely guarded British royal accounts to the US' Internal Revenue Service for a potential audit.

"The baby is being born to a US citizen and that baby, little boy or girl, will automatically be a citizen of the US simply because her mother is," said David Treitel, the founder of American Tax Returns Ltd.

The only way for Meghan to avoid filing US taxes would be to renounce her US citizenship.

However, the CNN report argues that even if she does so, the couple's baby will still be liable for US taxes until the age of 18.


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