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By The Way
An offbeat look at how life and social issues link back to the tech business landscape.
Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. In her B.T.W blog, she takes an offbeat look at issues about life and finds a connection to the tech and business landscape. Eileen is senior editor at ZDNet Asia, where she oversees the business tech news site.
Mention innovation in China and some would scoff and point to the "innovative" imitations the Chinese have become so apt at producing. The increasing popularity of Pinterest, for instance, already has spawned numerous clones in China.
In Sydney this week for some work meetings, I sat in on a Trend Micro conference where one of the speakers was government rep, John Sheridan, who talked about how the public sector here had adopted cloud computing such as data center as a service.First assistant secretary for the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), Sheridan touched on the same pros and cons that usually come up in a cloud discussion among Asia-Pacific organizations as well as governments.
Dubbed the "first social Olympics", this year's summer games in London has been widely touted by organizers as the first time social media tools will play an integral role in connecting all stakeholders. But it is also turning into one with some of the strictest rules for athletes, volunteers as well as fans.
Consumer electronics (CE) retailers are on their way out if they don't learn from the fallen and better respond to Internet shopping model.In a report released Tuesday, market analyst Canalys predicted a future where CE retailers will go the way of Best Buy Europe, CompUSA and Circuit City and "disappear" as a result of the "strategic failure" of the CE retailing model.
Earlier this week, I visited Renewable Energy Corporation's (REC) solar production plant located in the western part of Singapore. Opened in November 2010, the facility cost S$2.
So I took some time off last week for a health screening examination--something I try to do every year since I turned 35.Two days ago, I returned to the healthcare services provider, where I had done the examination, for a review of the results and to get any advice on problem areas I might have with regard to my well-being.
When news broke that a female IT executive in Singapore had possibly coerced--via, erm, extremely friendly tactics--two high-ranking government officials into awarding her company lucrative contracts, it triggered discussions about whether this industry was indeed prone to fraud.The indiscretion of the heads of Singapore Civil Defence Force and Central Narcotics Bureau resulted in an investigation that involved the supply of IT products and services to the government bodies.
Is your boss a Facebook friend? If she is, you're among the 21 percent of respondents in a recent U.
"Female IT executive", those three words have sparked many an interesting conversation--and bad puns--in Singapore over the past month. More importantly, though not necessarily more interestingly, they redirected much attention to government IT procurements and system checks.