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Technology: The future of communications, work, politics and business, especially in Asia. By Thomson Reuters journalist Jeremy Wagstafftechnology usage and abusage



Last Build Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:11:52 PDT

Copyright: Jeremy Wagstaff
 



Smartwatches: Coming Soon to a Cosmos Near You

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:52:32 PDT

This is a column I did for the BBC World Service, broadcast this week.  There’s been a lot of talk that the big boys — by which I mean Apple and Samsung — are about to launch so-called smart watches. But how smart does a watch have to be before we start strapping them to […]



[Reuters] Sliced and diced, digitally: autopsy as a service

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:54:38 PDT

A piece I wrote for Reuters.  Sliced and diced, digitally: autopsy as a service By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE | Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:57pm EDT Aug 21 (Reuters) – Malaysian entrepreneur Matt Chandran wants to revive the moribund post-mortem by replacing the scalpel with a scanner and the autopsy slab with a touchscreen computer. He believes his […]



How Big is Google+?

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:06:29 PDT

I'm not convinced, based on anecdotal evidence but nothing more, by stories like these that Google+ is gaining on Facebook and overtaking twitter:  Google Plus Becomes World's No. 2 Social Network After Facebook, Knocking Off Twitter Is Google+ More Popular Than Twitter? And Other Hot Topics | Constant Contact Blogs Is Google+ Really More Popular […]



Google Alerts Drops RSS Delivery Option

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 01:24:35 PDT

Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Land points out that Google Alerts Drops RSS Delivery Option, which is pretty upsetting. The message says that "Google Reader is no longer available," and says users need to switch to email alerts. Seems that Google is either just dumping RSS wholesale or that the feed engine that ran the RSS […]



The rebirth of RSS?

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:34:17 PDT

This is a column written for the BBC World Service (here's the show.). Views are my own, and do not represent those of my employer, Thomson Reuters.  I've been wrong about a lot of things, but I've been particularly wrong about something called RSS. RSS is a simple standard, dreamed up during the halcyon days […]



Malaysiakini’s office

Sun, 05 May 2013 07:55:34 PDT

An unprepossessing corner building near Bangsar station, wedged between a body shop and a long-distance bus pickup. There's usually a guy fast asleep in the doorway. There's a sticker on the door saying "Please press button marked Button" or somesuch. 



In Malaysia, online election battles take a nasty turn

Sun, 05 May 2013 07:53:44 PDT

Jahabar Sadiq of The Malaysian Insider Here's a piece I did from KL on Saturday ahead of Sunday's election. It was pushed out ahead of the poll for obvious reasons but it might have a broader interest in how the battle for influence over online media has evolved in Malaysia, with relevance elsewhere.  May 4 […]



Digicel takes on the big boys in Myanmar

Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:28:12 PDT

Here's a piece I wrote about the, for some somewhat obscure, Digicel and its efforts to win a slice of Myanmar's mobile pie. You can read the rest here.SINGAPORE, April 29 | Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:54pm EDT(Reuters) - Cellular operator Digicel Group Ltd jumped into Myanmar early and big, hiring staff, funding local sports, negotiating land […]



iPhatigue

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:34:36 PST

This is the text of a BBC piece I wrote, based on our Reuters story of a week or so ago.   The problem with smartphones is that they’re visible. We want them to be visible; we flaunt them. We put them on the table in restaurants, we fiddle with them if conversation lags; we not […]



Office of the Future

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:24:19 PST

This was a piece I was asked to do for a BBC World Service segment on the office of the future. It was broadcast a couple of days ago. Here’s the full broadcast: here Needless to say the piece has nothing do with my present work environment, which is charming and healthy.   The office of 2050, […]


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