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Asian American Commercial Watch: Day in the Life with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Asian American Commercial Watch: Day in the Life with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

If you own a high-end Android smartphone, it most likely has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Recently, Qualcomm announced their latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 845, and highlights some of the benefits in their corporate video (okay, so not really a broadcasted television commercial): “Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor is about to transform flagship mobile devices. New architectures will deliver immersive AR and artificial intelligence. VR meetings and 360-degree video over LTE will revolutionize collaboration, while […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note8’s “I Love You”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note8's "I Love You"

I haven’t seen this television commercial yet, but a friend sent me this link after he saw this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 commercial while watching an NFL football game on a Sunday evening on NBC: “There’s a new way to share how you feel with Live Message on the new Samsung Galaxy Note8.” After some research, I discovered this commercial debuted during the most recent Emmy Awards. This is one of the rare commercials that […] Continue »

8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Dr. Ravi Chandra, author of ‘Facebuddha’

8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Dr. Ravi Chandra, author of 'Facebuddha'

Recently, I interviewed my friend Dr. Ravi Chandra, who recently published his book, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks: Facebuddha is a rich memoir of relationships, online and off, and an exploration of the psychology of social networks through a Buddhist lens. In the brief interview, Dr. Chandra discusses his observations, thoughts and experiences regarding the use of social media. I also asked him about his thoughts on President Trump and his use of social media, primarily […] Continue »

Wired: It’s Time For ‘Silicon Valley’ to Disrupt Its Toxic Asian Stereotypes

Wired: It’s Time For 'Silicon Valley' to Disrupt Its Toxic Asian Stereotypes

Note: this discusses a little bit of the current season – so possible spoilers if you haven’t been watching. When I saw this headline on Facebook, I wondered why no one had written about this yet. I’m a fan of HBO’s Silicon Valley, but not a fan of the character Jian-Yang. I find Jian-Yang’s accent a bit extreme and his behavior a bit too bizarre and weird. He kind of makes me feel the same way […] Continue »

Priscilla Chan, in rare interview, tells how her goals with Mark Zuckerberg are shaped by personal story

Priscilla Chan, in rare interview, tells how her goals with Mark Zuckerberg are shaped by personal story

In the local Silicon Valley newspaper, The San Jose Mercury News recently did an interview with Priscilla Chan. She’s most well known for being the wife of founder & CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and she rarely gives interviews. In this particular interview, Chan talks about how her personal story and background has helped shaped the her and Zuckerberg’s donations to schools and hospitals. I was kind of surprised to learn about Chan’s background, and just assumed she […] Continue »

ICYMI: SVVR 2016 – Virtual Reality (VR) in China

ICYMI: SVVR 2016 - Virtual Reality (VR) in China

I work in Silicon Valley and in the “tech” industry and one of the hottest topics this past year, especially with the commercial release of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in April, is Virtual Reality. I happened to attend the 3rd  annual Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference & Expo in San Jose, California this past April and attended a few sessions. One of a lot of interest to me was a session on […] Continue »

60 Minutes Hacks Congressman Ted Lieu’s Lent iPhone

60 Minutes Hacks Congressman Ted Lieu's Lent iPhone

The other night, CBS News’s 60 Minutes did a segment on cell phone security (or the lack thereof), titled “Hacking Your Phone”: “We wanted to see whether Nohl’s group could actually do what they claimed — so we sent an off-the-shelf iPhone from 60 Minutes in New York to Representative Ted Lieu, a [Taiwanese American] congressman from California. He has a computer science degree from Stanford [’91] and is a member of the House committee […] Continue »

ICYMI: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 – Recap & Review

ICYMI: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 - Recap & Review

Back this March – Friday, March 18th to Sunday, March 20th, I had the good fortune of being able to attend the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con. I’ve always wanted to go to Comic Con in San Diego, but it seems that year-after-year, tickets for the conference get harder and harder to get. I had only heard about the event a few weeks prior to the show – applied for a press pass online, and […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Google’s Android: Monotune

Asian American Commercial Watch: Google's Android: Monotune

During this year’s Grammys, Google debuted a new Android commercial called “Monotune”: “A piano has 88 keys. Each one is different. But what if they were all the same? To find out, we took apart a piano and reengineered it so that it only plays one note: Middle C. Be together. #NotTheSame” Ji-Yong Kim is the pianist in the commercial: “The commercial features Ji playing two pianos, one of which has been tuned entirely to […] Continue »

‘Hello Ed Lee,’ a video by singer-performance artist Candace Roberts

'Hello Ed Lee,' a video by singer-performance artist Candace Roberts

Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, made history by being the first Asian American to be mayor of San Francisco (through appointment) as well as first Asian American to be elected (and re-elected) mayor of the city. San Francisco, having the largest percentage of Asian Americans of any major city in the continental U.S., these were historic milestones. Before becoming mayor, Lee worked as the City Administrator of San Francisco for many years. Lee came to the Bay […] Continue »

Jeremy Lin’s TAG Heuer Connected Watch

Jeremy Lin's TAG Heuer Connected Watch

Working in Silicon Valley and as part of my job, I’ve checked out and played around with a few smartwatches. Personally, I can’t say that I’m a big fan of them – having to charge an extra device, and most of the watches are a bit bulky and not very stylish (there’s a reason why I love my Skagen watch – thin and stylish). However, what is interesting is that traditional premium watch manufacturers are launching […] Continue »

The Today Show: Love with Food’s Aihui Ong – After divorce, woman turns love of food into booming business

The Today Show: Love with Food's Aihui Ong - After divorce, woman turns love of food into booming business

I met Aihui Ong, Founder & CEO of Love with Food (“Snack Smart. Do Good.”), a subscription box snack business at some Silicon Valley networking event probably back in 2011 when she was first starting her business. I’ve always had a fascination with Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew, so I’m always interested in meeting Singaporeans, and have kept in touch with Ong by bumping into her at various Silicon Valley events or seeing her on […] Continue »