As of 14 April, almost two million people around the world have been infected with the deadly new COVID-19 coronavirus. In Southeast Asia alone, over 20,000 confirmed cases have been reported with close to a thousand fatalities recorded. The pandemic, which first emerged in the city of Wuhan in China has negatively impacted livelihoods, local industries and the global economy in general.
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
While shopping online isn’t something new, the current health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people are now purchasing their necessities. The coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged late last year in the city of Wuhan in China, has infected more than one million people worldwide. Numerous countries have imposed drastic measures to contain the virus. These strategies include citywide lockdowns and travel curbs.
The healthcare industry in Southeast Asia is at an important juncture in its history. Demand for healthcare in the region has never been greater, especially with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Another factor for the rise in demand is the ageing population of the region.
A digital nomad is not a job, but a work-travel lifestyle. They are a breed of enterprising individuals who make their living while travelling the world. They are location-independent and use technology to perform their jobs. Technology has allowed for new forms of working environments to thrive, rendering formal workspaces a thing of the past.Professions that digital nomads usually take up are writing and blogging, web design, software development and the occasional photography.
In 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) announced that it will issue five digital bank licences to non-bank players to add value, innovation and diversity to the region’s financial hub.The five new digital bank licences will comprise of up to two digital full bank licences, which allow licensees to provide a wide range of financial services and take deposits from retail customers, and up to three digital wholesale bank licences – which allow licensees to serve small and medium en
Every 14 February, prices of chocolates and flowers will spike and restaurants tend to be fully booked by couples looking for a romantic date night. Some singles might feel left out from the celebration, but with numerous dating sites and apps – the new ‘swipe’ culture makes it easier for one to find a partner or a companion in an instant.In 1995, Match.com became the first major online dating site in existence. In 2009 and 2010 respectively, dating apps Grindr and Scruff were launched.
The retail industry has undergone multiple transformations during the past century, with those who adapt and innovate continuing to survive. It also helps if one is exceptionally unique. It seems that the world's consumers have gotten a little tired from having to explore multiple shopping locations to find what they want or need.
With major cities in full or partial lockdown, China is preparing for unprecedented market fluctuations as fear of the novel coronavirus amplifies and the death toll soars to over 560 – nearly double the death toll in mainland China from the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus that broke out in 2002.As airlines halt flights, stores close and businesses scale back their operations, China's economy is at risk of major setbacks.
Twitter unveiled a plan Tuesday to curb the spread of manipulated content including "deepfake" videos as part of a move to fight misinformation which could result in violence or other harm.The policy was announced after Twitter asked for comments last year on ways to reduce "synthetic and manipulated media" on the online platform that could deceive people during election campaigns or provoke violence or physical harm.Twitter, which along with other social platforms has bee
During the 2019 ASEAN Summit, Thailand introduced the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative to transform three Thai provinces into smart cities – which has turned out to be a success.