UPDATE: Embedded above and online here: a video I recorded with WSJ Live about the story. The story begins: Global technology firms are pitching in on earthquake rescue efforts in Nepal with services such as free calls to and from the country to functions that track survivors and relay the news to worried relatives and […]
Archives for April 2015
Embedded above and on YouTube here: a new trailer for “Tomorrowland,” a cool-looking film directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney. Due to be released May 22.
Adam Gopnik, writing in the The New Yorker: There’s this: The account of a richly complex foreign culture, based on a two- or three-day trip–beginning with the taxi from the airport, including the meeting with the minister of economics (always surprisingly young, and always with a degree from Harvard or Stanford)—is one of the least […]
The story begins: Access to Google Inc.’s Malaysia website was disrupted Tuesday, the company said, with some users redirected to a website saying “Google Malaysia Hacked.” “We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website,” a Google spokesman said. “We’ve reached out to the organization […]
The story begins: SINGAPORE—State-sponsored hackers in China are likely behind a sophisticated, decadelong cyberespionage campaign targeting governments, companies and journalists in Southeast Asia, India and other countries, a U.S. cybersecurity company said in a report released Monday. FireEye Inc. says the attacks have been designed to glean intelligence, likely from classified government networks and other […]
I don’t know the context, but it looks like the people who built this pedestrian flyover in Thailand simply worked around the existing overhead cables. The remarkable video, which I first spotted on Facebook here, is embedded above and available on YouTube. Gets interesting about a minute in.
The story begins: Southeast Asia-focused Taxi booking app GrabTaxi says it’s about to splash the cash, mostly on new hires. The Singapore-based company said Wednesday it will spend $100 million over the next five years on a new research and development center in the city-state, with a “significant portion” of that sum going to lure […]
The story begins: Spending to defend against cyberattacks is picking up speed in Asia, and the growth rate could outpace the global average this year. The latest development underscoring the trend: the US$810 million acquisition of U.S.-based cybersecurity provider Trustwave Holdings Inc. by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Southeast Asia’s biggest telecom company by revenue. The deal, […]
Worth a watch: “Going Clear,” a new documentary about Scientology that recently aired on HBO. There’s more about the film on Wikipedia. A WSJ review of the documentary begins: Watching “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” can be a depressing experience, and not just for the two hours in which the HBO documentary […]
I wish every tech firm didn’t feel the need to create an April Fools’ Day gag. But this one, from Motorola, made me smile. Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Introducing #MotoSelfieStick.”