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Troubles with Grab-Uber merger a reminder of the complexity of urban issues
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Troubles with Grab-Uber merger a reminder of the complexity of urban issues

April 1st, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
People had high expectations - perhaps unrealistic ones - of technology solving many of today's problems. Grab merging with Uber shattered many...
Unwise to put onus on Facebook to protect users’ data, prevent fake news
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Unwise to put onus on Facebook to protect users’ data, prevent fake news

March 23rd, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
Governments can and should compel the likes of Facebook to be more transparent about their practices, but they should not be depended on as the arbiters of...
Not just a cliche, lifelong learning is even more important amid disruption
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Not just a cliche, lifelong learning is even more important amid disruption

March 19th, 2018 | by Grace Chng
Continuous learning, lifelong learning, re-skilling. They are clichés. Yet, these concepts are not going away, they are here to stay...
In Mobile World Congress 2018, phone makers seem to be reaching a plateau
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In Mobile World Congress 2018, phone makers seem to be reaching a plateau

February 26th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
There seems to be a lack of a wow factor of late. Some phone makers have even stayed away from launching new flagship phones at Mobile World Congress...
Tougher rules proposed for bike sharing in Singapore show limits of sharing economy
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Tougher rules proposed for bike sharing in Singapore show limits of sharing economy

February 5th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
As the bike sharing services here and elsewhere have shown, people tend to stop caring when they don't own the thing they are...
Well past time that ez-link and Nets cards are truly interchangeable, starting from a hawker centre
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Well past time that ez-link and Nets cards are truly interchangeable, starting from a hawker centre

January 26th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
It is good news that Nets and EZ-Link are coming together to make things easier for users. The question is why it has taken so...
More needed to tackle under-representation of women in Singapore’s ICT sector
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More needed to tackle under-representation of women in Singapore’s ICT sector

January 23rd, 2018 | by Grace Chng
In Singapore, where people are the only resource the country has, women’s participation in ICT and Stem jobs is...
A decade old now, mobile apps are disrupting financial, retail, entertainment industries
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A decade old now, mobile apps are disrupting financial, retail, entertainment industries

January 22nd, 2018 | by Grace Chng
Angry Birds took a mere 35 days to reach 50 million users. Radio took 38 years and television took 13...
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Going after Android set-top boxes won’t bring back viewers for pay-TV players

January 14th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
How does this court case change things for the pay-TV providers here? Will they get a boost in...
To counter fake news, Singapore needs media literacy, more credible media options
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To counter fake news, Singapore needs media literacy, more credible media options

January 11th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
What needs strengthening are more credible news sources, as well as the media literacy in people to discern fact from...
Six consumer technology trends to watch in 2018
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Six consumer technology trends to watch in 2018

January 3rd, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
Consumers have reason to be excited - and worried - in the new year, if the technology shifts happening in 2017 are anything to go...
Amazon launches its Prime service in Singapore – to much confusion
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Amazon launches its Prime service in Singapore – to much confusion

December 6th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
If Amazon wants to ask people to pay for a subscription, even if it's a cheap S$2.99 a month for now, it should have a proper store in...
Unexpected lessons from the startup ecosystem, as SGInnovate steps up activities in 2018
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Unexpected lessons from the startup ecosystem, as SGInnovate steps up activities in 2018

November 30th, 2017 | by Grace Chng
SGInnovate, the one-year-old government-owned company tasked to develop new deep tech innovations in Singapore, aims to invest in at least 20 deep tech startups founded in Singapore....
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Tightening the use of NRIC in Singapore is a step in the right direction

November 9th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
The Personal Data Protection Commission said yesterday that NRIC details should only be disclosed when a "high level of fidelity" is needed to establish a person's...
Asean lagging in AI, but Singapore can be regional hub
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Asean lagging in AI, but Singapore can be regional hub

October 9th, 2017 | by Grace Chng
While Singapore has made great advances in AI, it is not recognised as a top AI hub yet, according to a recent report from McKinsey Global...
Razer’s proposed e-payment system seeks to shake things up in Singapore
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Razer’s proposed e-payment system seeks to shake things up in Singapore

September 7th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
Lest we forget, the success of any cashless payment rests on its users. New technology or old, it is nothing if it does not make sense to...
In Singapore, questions on measuring a smart nation’s success
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In Singapore, questions on measuring a smart nation’s success

August 21st, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
A smart nation has to be first about the people, not the technology. Above all, its success will depend on how it has improved everyday...
Top in broadband speeds now, Singapore has moved from laggard to leader
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Top in broadband speeds now, Singapore has moved from laggard to leader

August 14th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
Once a laggard to regional rivals such as Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan which had more successful broadband rollouts in the past, Singapore has raced ahead to be a front...
Out in Singapore now, Amazon’s online store spells trouble for retailers
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Out in Singapore now, Amazon’s online store spells trouble for retailers

July 28th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
In many ways, the hype around the launch is hard to live up to, but its lasting impact in the months and years ahead will show that this is a landmark when it comes to...
iRobot plans to sell customer home data should worry users
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iRobot plans to sell customer home data should worry users

July 25th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew
You should be worried about iRobot's plans to possibly sell map data of your home collected by its Roomba robot vacuum cleaners as they suck up dirt each...
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