MOHAMMED AL SHAHRI WRITES– Trade has evolved owing to technological advances. Technology has developed remarkably, with the resources and tools helping people access information more efficiently. The modern e-commerce has extensively used the World Wide Web, e-mail, mobile applications, and telephone as a way to reach out to ever-larger audiences.…Full Article ASIA SHOPPING SHOWDOWN: WHY EXECUTIVES AT ONLINE LAZADA AND SHOPEE MAY FIND IT HARD TO SLEEP AT NIGHT
SARAH AL MUWAD WRITES– The world’s first operational robot policeman does not need a visa, insurance coverage or hours of training, and is ready to interact with residents and millions of tourists. This body of bolts and nuts, standing at 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, can determine a…Full Article Dubai: A Global Tech Leader
FAISAL BIN ESSA WRITES — Turning her misfortune into fortune is what Rawan Bin Hussain does. The 22 year-old social media influencer, popular in the Middle East, recently caught pop media attention by catching her boyfriend cheating on video. When Hussain posted the incriminating videos on several of her…Full Article KUWAIT: TRAIL-BLAZING SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER CLAIMS VIDEO CAPTURE OF ‘CHEATER’
NICOLAS SWAYA WRITES – Investing in technology is not a new concept for much of the public; we in the West especially take this for granted. But in many parts of the world, such as Indonesia, investing in technology is foreign and uncommon. According to Deloitte, fewer than 1 in…Full Article INDONESIA: TOO FAR BEHIND TECH-WISE TO EVER GET AHEAD?
JESSICA LEGASPI WRITES–On October 3rd, The Washington Post released an exposé entitled “In Your Phone, in their Air,” on Chinese villagers suffocating on the pollution produced by neighboring graphite plants, resulting in the industry falling under strict scrutiny. The exposé was written by Washington Post writer, Peter Whoriskey, and was…Full Article CHINA: CHOKING ON THE DUST OF ECO-FRIENDLY INDUSTRY
AMANDA KRETSCH WRITES – Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has sealed the deal to take over and revive Sharp Corp, making this acquisition the first time a foreign company will acquire a Japanese electronics manufacturer. Hon Hai and Sharp negotiated for months, but with the downturn of Sharp, a…Full Article JAPAN: Taiwan Makes a Sharp Move
AMANDA KRETSCH WRITES – In a technology-saturated world, it seems no lettuce leaf is left untouched. Spread is a Kyoto-based Japanese company whose vision is to look for a sustainable way to bring fresh vegetables to the world, and they plan to open a robot-run farm in Kansai by 2017. CEO, Shinji…Full Article JAPAN: Harvesting Technology for Sustainability
SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – The South Korean government has announced an investment of about $14.8 million in robot development. This recent endeavor was instigated by the recent spike in technological innovation that took place in China. This project seeks to demonstrate South Korea’s ability to compete with China’s cheap labor that…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Annyeonghaseyo, Mr. Roboto
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – How is it that a North Korean refugee, who just five years ago did not know what the Internet was, is now learning how to code? Thanks to a new partnership between Coding Dojo and Link (Liberty in North Korea), there is renewed hope that North…Full Article NORTH KOREA: A New Hope for Refugees
MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – Poverty and wealth; primitive and modern; religious and secular. Indonesia is Asia’s most enigmatic (and somewhat bi-polar) nation filled with socio-economic contradictions. Despite the disparity in wealth, the country has one thing that bonds everyone from all walks of life: technology. Recently, Indonesia has built a…Full Article INDONESIA: Asia’s New Tech Hub?
MIA MARTIN WRITES – ArtReview’s “Most Powerful Artist in the World,” Ai Weiwei was at one point hand-selected by the Chinese government to design the Beijing Olympics Bird’s Nest Stadium. Now, Weiwei has been thrown in jail by his own government and currently has his passport confiscated. The Chinese government…Full Article POLITICAL ART: Skype > Government
Building something from the ground up is a daunting task. Whether it’s a new business start-up or a book manuscript, the process is a labor of love. You put everything you have into it, often sacrificing things along the way to make your dream a reality. Ultimately, it’s an immense…Full Article FROM THE PUBLISHER’S OFFICE: A Story of Risk and Reward
YVONNE EPPS WRITES— It seems that 2015 is beginning to look promising for the modernization of Vietnam’s regime. It’s true that you can’t ban social media, but you can always issue regulations that squeeze the life out of the industry. Mike Ives of the New York Times recently wrote about…Full Article VIETNAM: Modernization Abomination
PEYTON CROSS WRITES – With the recent release of the iPhone 6, millions of Americans are preparing for a technological upgrade. More than 9,000 miles away, Sri Lanka is also gearing up for its own IT reboot. On September 14, the Colombo Page reported that the Sri Lankan government plans to…Full Article SRI LANKA: Time for an Upgrade!
LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Can you say a voice is auto-tuned if the singer isn’t even human? Hatsune Miku has “written” more than 180,000 songs and has a whopping 1.95 million Facebook followers, more than any other Japanese pop star. So what sets her apart from the Lady Gagas and…Full Article JAPAN: 21st Century Digital Girl Sings Herself to the Top
KIARA BRAMASCO WRITES – Ladies clad in pink and blue uniforms on bikes are appearing in Bangladesh’s remote villages, bearing the gift of the Internet. These women, called “info ladies” ride their bikes across the countryside with laptops ready to hold Internet sessions for the disconnected. The Guardian newspaper reports…Full Article BANGLADESH: Bicycles Bring Internet to Rural Areas