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How Technology Is Changing Tourism

Southeast Asia’s rapid growth has led to a rise in income which has enabled its citizens to enjoy leisure travel in the form of long-haul destinations and micro-trips. The region’s budget travel market, including low-cost flights, is also expected to grow exponentially.

25 July 2020
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Fast-Changing E-Commerce Trends In A Pandemic

Based on a 2019 study by Facebook and Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, digital consumers in ASEAN will be spending three times as much in 2025.The joint study found that while consumers in Southeast Asia spent US$125 on average on online purchases in 2018, that sum is expected to more than triple to US$390 in 2025.Highlighting increasing choices, better internet access and rising affluence as factors that will continue to drive more spending online, the report also

24 May 2020
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Apple & Google Work On Virus 'Contact Tracing'

Google and Apple unveiled a joint initiative Friday to develop a coronavirus smartphone "contact tracing" tool that could potentially alert people when they have crossed paths with an infected person.The move brings together the largest mobile operating systems in an effort to use smartphone location technology to track and potentially contain the global COVID-19 outbreak.The initiative would allow apps to be created enabling smartphones powered by Apple software and Google-backed A

12 April 2020
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Fake News A Concern Amid Pandemic

As of 10 April 2020, over one million people have been infected with the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus. The global pandemic has brought chaos into the world with numerous countries implementing lockdowns or movement control orders over virus fears.

11 April 2020
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Advertisers targeting children online

Advertisements targeted at young children in today’s digital world are becoming increasingly invasive and prevalent.Research on 135 of the most popular free and paid apps for children between the ages of one to five in Google’s Play Store in 2019 – some of which were posted under the guise of educational tools – found that 95 percent of the apps contained some form of advertising.Among the ill-effects of advertising on young children include materialism, obesity and low self-esteem.

23 January 2020
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Google bans political ads in Singapore

Google has banned political ads in Singapore ahead of elections, an opposition party said Wednesday, sparking accusations the tech giant was "kowtowing" to the tightly-controlled city's government.The ban was imposed under controversial new rules aimed at fighting disinformation in the city-state, which critics fear could be used to stifle dissent.General elections are widely expected within months and weak opposition parties are relying on social media to reach voters in a cou

5 December 2019
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E-commerce spending expected to triple in ASEAN

Digital consumers in ASEAN will be spending three times as much in 2025 according to a new study from Facebook and Bain & Company.The joint study by the social media giant and global management consultants released this week found that while consumers in Southeast Asia spent US$125 on average on online purchases in 2018, that sum is expected to more than triple to US$390 in 2025.Highlighting increasing choices, better internet access and rising affluence as factors that will continue

22 October 2019
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Singapore leads in cloud tech

The adoption of cloud computing across Southeast Asia has expanded in terms of services offered and the number of industry competitors entering the market.

26 September 2019
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Fake news a big worry for ASEAN millennials

Fake news is the biggest concern for millennials in ASEAN when consuming online content, and their reliance on social media is only making matters worse.International communications consultants Ruder Finn surveyed 1,648 people between the ages of 18 to 35 in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam recently, and the research offers valuable insight into consumer preferences across the region with regards to online content.An even mix of male and female participant

19 September 2019
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Google says YouTube targeted Hong Kong protests

Google on Thursday said it disabled a series of YouTube channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.The announcement by YouTube's parent company came after Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's protest movement and sow political discord in the city.Google disabled 210 YouTube channels that it found behaved in a coordinated manner while uploa

23 August 2019
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Online travel agents facing disruption

Southeast Asia’s rapid growth has led to a rise in income which enables its citizens to enjoy leisure travel in the form of long-haul destinations and micro-trips. The region’s budget travel market, including low-cost flights, is also expected to grow exponentially.

3 July 2019
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Vietnam warns advertisers over anti-state channels

YouTube advertisers should stop posting on channels that feature "toxic" anti-state content, a Vietnamese official said Tuesday at a meeting with major brands including Yamaha and Grab. The communist country has tightened its grip on online dissent as critics turn to social media to air grievances about the one-party state. A controversial cybersecurity law passed last year calls for global tech giants such as Google and Facebook to scrub "toxic" content

26 June 2019
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