Stefan Hammond

Stefan Hammond

Stefan is Managing Editor at Telecom Asia and has been involved in professional writing/editing for decades, starting with school newspapers and more recently as editor of Computerworld Hong Kong. He has written two books on Hong Kong movies and contributed to "Shaken: Stories from Japan," a compilation of short stories to benefit Japan-disaster relief from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

What happens when real police spam looks more like a scam?

What happens when real police spam looks more like a scam?

Written by on September 14, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

My mobile ‘ball-and-chain’ buzzed last week with an SMS labeled “HK Police.” As reported in the Hong Kong Free Press: “some users who received the message were suspicious of its origin and reported it to the Apple Daily,” but neither the HKFP report nor their cited Apple Daily source listed the number of aggrieved users. Hopefully a high figure, and […]

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I think I may be addicted to OTT services!

I think I may be addicted to OTT services!

Written by on July 2, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A year ago, I didn’t have WeChat or WhatsApp on my phone. Now, I can’t manage without them. Mobile phones are invaluable but intrusive. Instant-messaging clients and SMS have been around for years, and naturally I use them for communication. But I’ve always felt that these comms are like “walkie-talkies”: for essential information, perhaps the […]

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Personal data for sale in bankrupt ‘Shack’ shock

Personal data for sale in bankrupt ‘Shack’ shock

Written by on April 3, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The term “Radio Shack” doesn’t fit among Asian electronics retailers, but old-school geeks from North America know it well. “The Shack” was often the first (and sometimes the only) place to go for electronic supplies and products including personal computers. Whether you wanted batteries, a breadboard for your microprocessor-synth project, or a shortwave radio antenna […]

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Gartner predicts future – time to start worrying?

Gartner predicts future – time to start worrying?

Written by on November 25, 2014 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

As they usually do this time of year, Gartner has released their predictions for 2015… “and beyond.” The research firm bifurcated its predictions by putting the long-term view first, then snapping it up with a “Near-Term Flag” – something supposed to happen within the next year or two. This allows the annual list of predictions to have […]

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