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Decisions made with data still require sound judgement
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Decisions made with data still require sound judgement

November 12th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
For many people seeking absolutism in the ongoing data revolution, the Trump win will have shaken their faith in the newfound...
Cyber attacks on StarHub reveal difficulties in defending critical infrastructure
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Cyber attacks on StarHub reveal difficulties in defending critical infrastructure

October 26th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
The cyber attacks on StarHub were sophisticated and well-planned, with a clear target in mind. They reveal how difficult it is to fight such...
Time to secure smart devices appearing at home
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Time to secure smart devices appearing at home

October 12th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Technologies like the new Internet of Things are moving faster than the security needed to protect users can keep up. Smart devices need to be...
As it beefs up cyber security, Singapore has to be ready for the worst
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As it beefs up cyber security, Singapore has to be ready for the worst

October 10th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Singapore's cyber security plan calls for a hardening of defences, for example, with requirements for telecom, power and gas companies to strengthen their...
On the digital food trail in Tokyo
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On the digital food trail in Tokyo

October 1st, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Finding a great bowl of ramen, amazing pieces of sushi and the smoothest sake is made a lot easier now with online tools such as Google...
Self-driving cars show up the flip side of platform economy
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Self-driving cars show up the flip side of platform economy

September 15th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
While drivers alike have benefited from such platforms, they will face competition from self-driving computers that never tire or need a toilet...
Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air is good value, but is it okay to copy?
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Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air is good value, but is it okay to copy?

July 29th, 2016 | by Nigel Chen
Xiaomi's new Macbook Air lookalike offers better value on paper. As consumers, does it really matter if Xiaomi clearly copied Apple's designs?...
How can the Singapore government monitor Pokemon Go?
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How can the Singapore government monitor Pokemon Go?

July 25th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
The first reaction when you hear that the Singapore government wants to monitor the impact of Pokemon Go here is probably incredulity. Or, what the...
Construction time again, as telcos go “digital” to engage customers
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Construction time again, as telcos go “digital” to engage customers

June 3rd, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Despite the argument, fashionable in previous years, that technology doesn't matter anymore, the opposite is true. More than before, it is integral to operations, from marketing to customer...
In a smart home, humans are often the weakest link
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In a smart home, humans are often the weakest link

May 15th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
In a smart home, humans are often the weakest link because we are still catching up with what's possible...
Singapore needs more engineers, less short-term planning
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Singapore needs more engineers, less short-term planning

February 21st, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
For the young who are heeding this call to be join the cool-again engineering field, go on. Just be sure to build up your other skills and your network at the same time....
Singapore’s fourth telco to get discount for spectrum, more competition expected
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Singapore’s fourth telco to get discount for spectrum, more competition expected

February 19th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
This fourth telecom operator will get first dips at a much-sought after frequency spectrum in the sky that will allow it to deploy services as soon as April...
Expect phone hacking, fraud to rise as mobile transactions become common
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Expect phone hacking, fraud to rise as mobile transactions become common

January 31st, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
The question for consumers, as more turn to the phone as a mobile wallet, is whether they want more convenience or...
Despite hiccups, Netflix launch in Singapore can reshape pay-TV market
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Despite hiccups, Netflix launch in Singapore can reshape pay-TV market

January 8th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Once people get used to video streaming, watching things as and when they want, there will be no going back to linear TV, outdated set-top boxes and pay-TV...
As you, the product, face privacy threats in 2016, can you opt out?
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As you, the product, face privacy threats in 2016, can you opt out?

January 1st, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
You will love the new technology coming your way in 2016, but it will no longer be with the wide-eyed awe of...
As more data is created, meaningful intelligence becomes elusive
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As more data is created, meaningful intelligence becomes elusive

November 19th, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
Finding a needle in a haystack is a thankless endeavour. The more so when you add more hay to the mix....
Lack of local market still an issue as Singapore enjoys startup “gold rush”
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Lack of local market still an issue as Singapore enjoys startup “gold rush”

September 22nd, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
After the early buzz of the past few years, startups here often face an uphill battle getting a foothold in a game of...
Commentary: bread and butter issues, not social media, will swing votes in GE2015
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Commentary: bread and butter issues, not social media, will swing votes in GE2015

September 8th, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
Candidates understand that even in an age of social media, there's nothing like pressing your hand into a voter's to show your...
At 50, Singapore seeks new path as a Smart Nation
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At 50, Singapore seeks new path as a Smart Nation

August 9th, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
There's no quick fix this time. Unlike the roads, airports and big factories that had propelled Singapore's original ambitions, the next 50 years' success will depend on how its people develop as...
No go for smart homes without good wireless links
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No go for smart homes without good wireless links

July 15th, 2015 | by Alfred Siew
Even as millions of devices are set up to connect from smart homes everywhere, the weakest link could be the Wi-Fi network installed in your living...