Eileen Yu

Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently an independent business technology journalist and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 18 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings. Eileen majored in Journalism at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she wrote an honours thesis titled: To Censor or Not: The Great Singapore Dilemma. In her By The Way blog, she covers industry developments in Singapore as well as other Asian markets, and enjoys pushing the line in her discussions about the impact of government regulations and policies.

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Can people be defined by high-tech algorithm?

Can people be defined by high-tech algorithm?

If you've seen the movie Minority Report, you'll probably recognize the term "pre-crime".Set in the future, the storyline revolves around a revolutionary technology, dubbed "pre-crime", that's able to predict and therefore prevent crimes before they even occur.

October 20, 2011 by in Tech & Work

I was an unwilling Apple user

I was an unwilling Apple user

For years, I had resisted acquiring an Apple product. I refused to buy into the hype simply because it was cool to be Apple branded, and I didn't understand the fanboys whom I thought to be often blindly, and more often irrationally, religious about their loyalty.

October 5, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Undue caution can be duly detrimental to business

Undue caution can be duly detrimental to business

I've consulted with fortune tellers and palmists a couple of times because I find it intriguing that strangers I know nothing about appear to know so much about my life, even before it plays out.But while it's always fun to find out what they think my birthdate says about my personality, I usually don't take their predictions seriously--especially since I'm still not a millionaire and I'm still not married to a Brit who takes me on his travels.

August 25, 2011 by in Tablets

Don't count on tech as fallback

Don't count on tech as fallback

Almost four years ago, I wrote about how Singapore's Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), or what I prefer to call MMM (money-making machine), might be encouraging the local transport authority to stop thinking innovatively in applying technology to solve problems. Four years on, little has changed.

July 28, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Calling on IT to do more

Calling on IT to do more

We all go through days where we feel jaded, fatigued and weary of dealing with petty politics and inconsequential squabbles in the office, while stressing out over the need to meet quarterly business targets.I've had my own share of corporate fatigue having run the rat race for over 13 years which, though short by some standards, can feel like an eternity when you're a media professional in an industry that runs at 300,000 km per second.

July 21, 2011 by in Innovation

Internet access still not pervasive

Internet access still not pervasive

Over 2,000 exhibiting companies congregated at CommunicAsia 2011 here this week, touting revolutionary technologies and top-of-line products and services.As with most trade exhibitions, product demos were the order of the day and most of the major booths had numerous reps ready and eager to showcase their organization's technology works.

June 23, 2011 by in CXO

What happens when IT all ends?

What happens when IT all ends?

I was watching one of those home design shows on TV recently when I found myself faced with that question: what if it all ends and we're forced to depend on our own resources? Will we be able to survive?

June 2, 2011 by in Tech Industry

Fuzzy logic won't do in tech

Fuzzy logic won't do in tech

Earlier this week, local papers reported that access to information--on bus arrival times--used in Singapore third-party mobile apps had been cut off by the country's primary bus operator, SBS Transit. Over 10 of such apps including SG Buses, SG NextBus and ShowNearby, with a user base of 1 million, had relied on SBS Transit's Intelligence Route Information System (Iris) to provide the data.

May 26, 2011 by in Apple

Can CEOs afford to say 'no comment'?

Can CEOs afford to say 'no comment'?

Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO and founder of Research In Motion (RIM), made news headlines this week after he abruptly ended an interview with BBC when the reporter began fielding questions about the company's security-related scuffles in India and the Middle East. The BlackBerry maker last year faced a potential service ban in the countries if it did not yield to the respective government's request to access data transmitted via the mobile device.

April 14, 2011 by in Innovation

Still unprepared for first social media S'pore election

Still unprepared for first social media S'pore election

Election fever is heating up in the island-state and the politicking has gone into full swing, showcasing the good, the bad and the ugly.This little red dot I call home is expected to hold its General Elections anytime over the next two months, and one that is described as Singapore's first election since the uprising of social networking sites.

March 31, 2011 by in Singapore

Is there room for data roaming charges to go down?

Is there room for data roaming charges to go down?

Most of us now surf regularly on our mobile devices, but try doing that while overseas and you might grow a few extra strands of grey hair when you return home to a phone bill for hundreds of dollars--or thousands, if you're a Facebook stalker--in data roaming charges. So, a question begs to be asked: does it really cost our operators so much to support our need for ubiquitous connectivity?

March 10, 2011 by in Asean

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