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EVs could trigger huge disruption in the car industry

EVs could trigger huge disruption in the car industry

Written by on September 18, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

EVs could trigger a huge decline in vehicle demand. Vehicle makers are queuing up to announce their commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) but at the same they may be cheering for their own demise. Volvo began it by committing to an EV line-up in 2019 followed by Chinese plans to ban all sales of fossil fuel […]

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Guy Kawasaki has some lessons on real digital transformation

Guy Kawasaki has some lessons on real digital transformation

Written by on September 15, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The ACC2017 conference kicked off in Cebu on Tuesday with a pep talk from Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley guru and chief evangelist for online graphic design platform Canva, who outlined key points that telcos should keep in mind as they plot their path to digital transformation. Drawing from his own experience working for Apple  – […]

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Will AI deliver us to heaven or hell?

Will AI deliver us to heaven or hell?

Written by on September 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

AI, not the baby, fast look up kind, but the one that is just beginning to emerge and worry people like Elon Musk (hashtag ‘next stop Mars’) is at a crossroads. Between the many, many lines of hype about AI (generally the baby, fast look up, variety) the evolving technology is getting some very serious […]

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Putting the digital into digital transformation

Putting the digital into digital transformation

Written by on September 13, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In case you hadn’t noticed, the word digital is everywhere. We’re all digitally transforming or digitally enabling or embracing the digital economy (or not). There are those of us who hate the word because it seems oddly out of date – telecoms having ‘gone digital’ decades ago. We remember when digitalisation simply meant making information […]

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The humble database is not so humble; it must drive digital transformation

The humble database is not so humble; it must drive digital transformation

Written by on September 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Long gone are the days where a relational database supported the telco business. It is over a decade since the comfortable, post-paid world of telecoms faced the first wave of digital service providers. Digital service providers, whose business is not only internet based, but is completely real-time require a different breed of database. Massive amounts […]

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Huawei needs its own algorithms to succeed in AI

Huawei needs its own algorithms to succeed in AI

Written by on September 11, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Huawei abandoned its habit of launching a new phone at IFA 2017 and instead focused on a new chipset called the Kirin 970 that promises all usual the bells and whistles as well as artificial intelligence. Huawei made some bold claims regarding its hardware performance as well as power efficiency thanks to its 10nm geometry […]

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Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You may have noticed that we are being quite nice and quite quiet about our friend Facebook, the anti-social network. In the past we have wondered how investors continued to pile in to a business based on a one-sided business model – advertising. We marvelled at the metrics not only Facebook, but other platforms, used […]

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Interview with Robert Scobie: how AR will transform everything

Interview with Robert Scobie: how AR will transform everything

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Robert Scoble – entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR and co-author with Shel Israel of The Fourth Transformation: Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence – talks to Disruptive.Asia about the impact of coming mixed reality era Disruptive.Asia: You’ve co-written a book describing VR/AR as “the Fourth Transformation”. Before we get to that, take us through the first three […]

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Siri moves into the heart of the machine – for better or worse?

Siri moves into the heart of the machine – for better or worse?

Written by on September 6, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

There are very good reasons to launch SiriKit. Apple has made some changes to executive responsibility for Siri that I see as a sign that things are not going very well and that changes are required. Given Siri’s weakness, I don’t see much downside for Apple in allowing third parties to implement the digital assistant in […]

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Disruption: FinTech is simplifying financing options everywhere

Disruption: FinTech is simplifying financing options everywhere

Written by on September 5, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In many industries – such as airlines, retail, and media – disruption has been linked to new low-cost, almost commodity-type services. Southwest Airlines and Ryanair paved the way for low-cost flights, online news has become a commodity, and retail chains like Walmart, Aldi and Lidl have created a new cheap-prices-always category. The common theme is: […]

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