Philippines to remain ‘paper’ tech tiger until local tech solutions applied

The Philippines has “all the ingredients of an emerging tech tiger” — on paper, that is. Despite an enormous population “addicted to social media” and low labour costs, the “patchy at best” mobile internet coverage and “atrocious” internet speeds — a “measly 3.6 megabits per second (Mbps), well below the regional average of 12.4 Mbps” […]

Back in the 1970s Swiss watchmakers were panicked silly by digital watches

Smartwatches seem to be the next big thing techo investors and marketers are counting on to “disrupt” the market. But unlike the late Steve Jobs’ iPod, iPhone and iPad, and even his and Woz’s Apple II and the original smiling Macintosh computer, the smartwatch was something already dreamed up by Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star […]

Love in a time of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Oculus

The other day I was waiting for a friend of mine — let’s call him David — who was arriving from a quick trip overseas to ping me on WhatsApp (as we had agreed in our last conversation) as soon as he fired up his mobile phone at the airport. Aba, it was already two […]

Three things I’ve learned in 2013 that will change my priorities for 2014

That’s right, just three things. That said, it’s not the length of a New Year’s “resolutions” list that matters but the depth and breadth of the implications of the items you include… Lesson 1: I’ve just about had it with donating to relief organizations. Recent events have proven to me that donating to this and […]