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July 12, 2017  4:47 AM

Silicon photonics to feed growing appetite for bandwidth

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Belgium-based research institute IMEC has developed a platform that uses silicon photonics in high-speed optical links to support the growing bandwidth needs of cloud datacentres. According to IMEC, which is holding a

July 5, 2017  7:05 AM

Thailand’s new talent centre is timely but education reform needed

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As one of Southeast Asia’s “tiger cub” economies, Thailand has seen tremendous growth in the past three decades. Driven by its export-focused growth strategy, particularly in automobiles, Thailand’s GDP has expanded over 12-fold from

June 28, 2017  9:39 AM

Untangling the web of digital payments

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With a tech-savvy population and a smartphone penetration rate of 150%, Singapore’s adoption of digital payments is abysmal. Cash is still king in the city-state, especially in the heartlands where credit cards...

June 23, 2017  1:40 AM

Nayana ransom payment a wake-up call for cyber hygiene

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When one is confronted by a criminal or terrorist demanding a ransom in exchange for a loved one who has been held hostage, the general rule of thumb is not to pay up and go to the police. That’s the sensible thing to do, lest you create more incentives for kidnappings and inadvertently...

June 14, 2017  4:58 AM

Need for participatory approach in smart city development

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More countries are rushing to make their cities smarter, by driving the use of technology – though that may not always be fully appreciated by citizens. Take Singapore, one of the...

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June 8, 2017  3:21 AM

More work needed to defend APAC against DDoS attacks

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When StarHub’s residential fibre network went down in October 2016, the Singapore telco initially pinned the blame on distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks brought on by internet of things (IoT) devices of customers that were compromised by malware. Subsequent investigations by the...

June 1, 2017  5:10 AM

Singapore’s pragmatic approach to technology disruptions

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Conceived in 2014, Singapore’s National Health IT Masterplan is coming to fruition, with key projects such as the National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) system already in place. This was revealed by Singapore’s health minister Gan Kim Yong earlier this week at the opening of the National...

May 23, 2017  8:24 AM

Are you still making these cyber security mistakes?

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The lack of a major cyber security event is seen as one of the reasons for the indifference towards cyber security in many organisations. That event took place recently, with the WannaCry...

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May 15, 2017  7:13 PM

Cyber attack highlights supply chain vulnerabilities

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The cyber attack on the computer networks of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) last week has once again cast the state of...

May 12, 2017  6:04 AM

Focus on business problems, not technology

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A new survey by Gartner has found that CEOs in the Asia-Pacific region believe that “conventional technologies” such as cloud, ERP, analytics and CRM will help them to improve productivity, rather than “technologies that support digital transformation such as

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