Subscription Fatigue: A New Economy, or a Bubble?

By | October 16, 2019

At what point do we tire of the subscription model — or at least pare back that chunk of our income we set aside for subscriptions? I’m of course not the first person to ask this, and the term ‘subscription fatigue’ is already a common one. But with the launches of HBO Max, Apple TV+, Disney+ and Peacock… Read More »

Soft Robots: Has Their Time Come?

By | October 13, 2019

image: University of Toronto When I first saw a room full of soft robots I was a little freaked out. A bunch of guys standing over what looked like colostomy bags or oversized centipedes as they navigated an obstacle course. It was hard to see the potential in it, but when I took a closer look I realised… Read More »

Big, or Bigger: Southeast Asia’s Tech Economy in 2025

By | October 11, 2019

Google and Temasek have been taking a crack at estimating and predicting the size of Southeast Asia’s ecommerce economy for the past four years, starting in 2016 (yes, I know that’s three years but they’ve put out four reports, the latest this week, so there.)  I’ve not had a close look at this report, there’s obviously some good… Read More »

A New Form Factor for the Phone?

By | October 9, 2019

photo @arubin via twitter The smartphone hasn’t changed much, at least in terms of proportions, since the first iPhone (the iPhone belatedly adopted the 16:9 aspect ratio most other phones had long assumed in 2012 with the iPhone 5). Yes, Samsung made it bigger, an idea considered dumb at the time but one which has largely become the… Read More »

Smart cities without digging

By | October 8, 2019

Smart cities sound like a great idea — who wouldn’t want your city to be smart, or at least smarter? — but it usually involves lots of digging. What if we could have the sensors that make cities smart, without the holes? Sensors need to be lain in the ground, or on street furniture, and often cables lain… Read More »