Friday, Dec 26, 2014Friday, Dec 26, 2014

Opinion

 
It was over three years ago when I first encountered the concept of a third-party taxi-booking app. It was a liberating concept. It also answered the question: Why let the cab company dictate which cab gets assigned to the passenger - and vice versa - when drivers and passengers can find one another easily through just GPS and a smartphone app?
It was over three years ago when I first encountered the concept of a third-party taxi-booking app. It was a liberating concept. It also answered the question: Why let the cab company dictate which cab gets assigned to the passenger - and vice versa - when drivers and passengers can find one another easily through just GPS and a smartphone app?
The year-end period is always a good time to be a gamer. This is when publishers try to cash in on the holiday season and launch a huge selection of new video games.
A few weeks ago, a friend posted a minor social network rant that caught my eye.
A t last count, I have nine media streaming devices to access my favourite movies and TV shows from the United States.
Although it has been a year since the last Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming convention in Los Angeles, its details are still fresh in my mind.
The console war between Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 is heating up with the Sept 23 launch of the Xbox One in Singapore. Nine months late to the party, Microsoft will have a lot of catching up to do here.
I was on leave last week and watched from the sidelines as I read that more than 1,500 SingPass accounts may have been breached. SingPass is Singapore's universal online access to e-government services, which include those for filing income tax returns and checking CPF account balances.
There is a parallel universe that exists in the world of Big Data. Where cloud-based servers, in-memory technology and ambient intelligence abound.
I threw away two bulging bags full of games on Sunday. Down the chute went PC classics such as System Shock 2, Baldur's Gate and FreeSpace 2. These were seminal titles which were still in pristine condition, with each game disc nestled in individual jewel cases.
After more than a decade of working in tech media, I have come to realise that the one thing preventing the adoption of innovation is fear.