Last night, I gave a talk for the BlinkBl-nk 7 event which happened in Blu Jaz. The talk is a recollection of what culminated to my doctoral thesis in cosmology and some after-thoughts about the subject years later. I share my thoughts on the subject here in this blog and share with you the synopsis of the talk as follows: Modern ideas in theoretical physics revolve around the concept of extra-dimensions and the attempt to unify the four fundamental forces of nature with string theories. Our Universe has been a great & extraordinary laboratory where we formulate hypotheses to disprove these ideas. Can we find extra dimensions via the cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the first three minutes in our Universe? How do we test such an idea using modern satellite technologies like Planck and WMAP? The story started from a doctorate thesis & ends with a satellite that has been recently launched into space. [Read more...]
Two days back, I was invited by E27 and Ascendas to give a talk entitled “Why Mobile Matters & How to Take Advantage of It”. The synopsis of the talk discussed a couple of new trends that have developed over the course of last 3 years: (a) the emergence of mobile apps store, (b) the convergence between mobile and web developers, (c) the focus on deploying apps relevant to the consumers in the marketplace and (d) social media deployment thru mobile for customer interaction & engagement. How does one from another industry for e.g. healthcare and travel able to tap on the new mobile trends in engaging and interacting with consumers? We explore how social media with mobile can help other industries in searching for ways and means to connect with customers. In the talk, we also discuss the emerging trends and how to navigate and tap on the mobile ecosystem and deliver new value to the customers. [Read more...]
I want to share in detail on my presentation that I have delivered last week in the Open Web Asia conference, elaborating on the 5 principles which I deemed important for those are planning to build a start-up. The talk is entitled “5 Principles for Agile & High Speed Development” and shared the Chalkboard story with the delegates there who come from all over Asia. In essence, I discuss how Facebook, Twitter & FourSquare have successfully evolved quickly with their platform and data, and how common principles can used to provide a guideline to most start-ups when planning for their new ideas and getting them to market quickly. I also discuss how Chlkboard have rapidly evolved from the start of launching a platform to moving towards fast growth via 3rd party applications. [Read more...]
A couple of months ago, I read Daemon by Daniel Suarez, recommended by many tech pundits from the US. Similarly, I have also recommended to many people I know within the Singapore tech community. They all loved the premise behind Daemon because it is technologically feasible to see the concept behind Daemon actually brought to real life. Daemon ended with the protagonist, the detective Peter Sebeck was locked in a series of intrigue set up by the deceased game designer, Matthew Sobol, who created the daemon that unleashed upon human civilization. [Read more...]
“The Tempest” is the last play written by William Shakespeare. Something recently got me to read the entire play particularly, the monologue by Prospero in the epilogue of the play. In fact, when I put part of the epilogue on my Facebook status, the quote caught the interest of Calvin and Tudor, founders of a new project called 8Squirrels. I hope that this part of you will help to provide some thoughts for those who search and live for passions in your lives. [Read more...]
“The End of the Free Market” written by Ian Bremmer, is the 2nd book I have purchased via the iTunes Store on my iPad. It is the second book which I have finished after my first e-book “Game Change” by J. Heilemann & M. Halperin. Bremmer’s book take a hard look at the free market and properly set the stage for state capitalism for the 21st century, with clear examples from China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and southeast Asia moving across the book. It ended with some scenarios to how state capitalism will evolve in the next 50 years. [Read more...]
Composed on an iPad while sitting on a bus.
Recently, I have unboxed the Apple iPad (Wifi + 16 GB) @ Hackerspace SG. Thanks to Meng Weng Wong for helping me to purchase the iPad from the US. While holding the gadget for the past two days, it is an excellent product where the loading up of apps is remarkably fast, long battery life and the feel and touch for the iBooks app is fantastic. It is actually pleasant to surf the web with an almost 10″ screen. The only gripe I have at the moment is that I can’t make any purchase of books either from Amazon Kindle or Apple Books. Still, I am currently working to configure this product (adding the Chinese components) for my parents so that they can read news, get their 4D lottery numbers and play SG Mahjong on the iPad. [Read more...]
Probably, you have heard by now that I have clinched the Singapore Computer Society IT Leaders Award for the category “Young Professional of the Year”. I am deeply humbled to be bestowed the award given that its prestige and the honor to stand beside the giants before me who have won it. It came as a surprise to me when I was notified about the award. Here are some of my thoughts post receiving the award yesterday in the SCS Gala Dinner 2010. [Read more...]
I have received my Google Nexus One this morning and have decided to unbox it in Hackerspace SG along with Ruiwen. We did a Qik video on the whole unboxing of the Google Nexus One. Ironically, the whole video is filmed using the Qik application on my iPhone 3GS. On the whole, the whole experience has been really great from opening the box and setting up the phone immediately in Singapore. Upgrading the phone OS to the recent version was very fast and we managed to get a few apps quickly working: Facebook, Twidroid, FourSquare, GMail and Maps. We also did a test with Google Goggles as well.
Google Nexus One Unboxing @ HackerSpace SG 1
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Recently, I was invited by my collaborator, Assoc Prof Michael Netzley from Singapore Management University to speak to his students on the course module “Digital Media Across Asia”. The talk focus on a basic introduction to social networks and its applications to corporate communications for his students. While putting the whole talk together, I wanted to bring forward a couple of insights thru the observations and analysis (with Michael and Nicholas Khoo) that I have done on a couple of social networks in Asia, for e.g. mig33, QQ, CyWorld and demonstrate what a good set of best practices will be. We also tried for the first time do a recording of the talk and it allowed me to learn how to integrate as a slidecast on Slideshare.
A couple of things which I like to elaborate as we did not manage to steer the conversation during the class if you have heard the slidecast:
- Facebook has beaten CyWorld for the South Korea in early 2010: A new datapoint emerged in the beginning of Jan 2010. Facebook, in a very stealth way, has just displaced CyWorld to be the top social network in South Korea. This is probably the first crack in the East Asian bloc where a foreign social network has successfully toppled the incumbent. What is the reason? One probable reason is that a lot of Korean users are playing social games or tapping 3rd party applications on an open platform which CyWorld has not deployed out yet. I probably wanted to pose the question: is the beginning of a domino effect that may hit Japan soon given Mixi and Gree are in dead heat for the 1st place?
- Can the micro-transactions model work in Western based social networks?: We know that Facebook is now on the verge to deploy a beta-tested version of micro-transactions in the platform. The question as posed in the discussion by one of the students during my talk: does reverse engineering of an idea from the East will work in the West? I probably think so, given that Silicon Valley have been holding a lot of conferences of virtual goods and currency and talking about these models which are successful in the Far East. In fact, with the help of the mobile smartphones like the iPhone and Nexus One, it may be the beginning of an era where Western social networks may successfully monetize in their own homeground.
When I was listening to Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech special episode on the CES, Tom Merritt mentioned and recommended the book “Daemon” by Daniel Suarez. The author self-published the book, sought the influencers in Silicon Valley and ended up with a book deal. A science fiction thriller destined to be made into a movie, the story left me thinking about the inter-connected world which we lived in even though the premise started from the online gaming world. So, here are some thoughts after reading the book which I highly recommend for those who loved science fiction. [Read more...]