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 »
The National Science Foundation has decided to fund an extensive research survey on Asian Americans. The survey project, lead by Political Science Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan of UC Riverside, Law Professor Taeku Lee of UC Berkeley (shown here), Sociology Professor Jennifer Lee of UC Irvine, and American Studies Professor Janelle Wong of the University of Maryland, will expand on the National Asian American Survey. This study aims to differentiate its data from other surveys by getting […] Continue »
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 »
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 »
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 »
When I saw this IBM TV commercial about Watson (“… a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.”), Annabelle reminded me of my niece – who is a few years younger, but fortunately never has had cancer: “IBM Watson is helping doctors identify cancer treatments to outthink cancer, one patient at a time. Learn more at http://ibm.co/1LnZHX7“ In the commercial, Annabelle is about […] Continue »
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 »
A lot of people today still don’t know that Microsoft has a large “cloud” business, and with a series of commercials, Microsoft is trying to change that perception. In this commercial, Microsoft highlights Virginia Tech computer science Professor Wu Feng’s work utilizing Microsoft Cloud to sequence and analyze the genome of a cancer. I’m really optimistic that with increasing computational power, a lot of genetic based illness can be solved and treated in my lifetime.
Just like ‘Fresh Off The Boat,’ it’s always nice to see an Asian American family being viewed on television. In this particular case, a young couple with a recent newborn looking to purchase a new Windows-based 2-in-1 laptop. We see in the commercial all the usefulness of a 2-in-1 flexible laptop / tablet convertible for busy parents raising a child. I really like these family commercials because any Asian American family is able to convey […] Continue »
Unless you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the events of the past month or so, alleged North Korean hackers hacked Sony’s computer networks – threatening to do more damage beyond releasing leaked emails and copies of unreleased hack, unless Sony blocked the release of comedy The Interview about an assassination plot of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, to be released on Christmas day. “North Korean” hackers then hinted that there […] Continue »
Congrats to 8Asians Founder, Ernie Hsiung for being recognized for his work in Miami to facilitate civic engagement through technology. From Miami Herald: Ernie Hsiung is on a mission to build Miami’s tech community by creating networking opportunities for software developers and programmers. Hsiung admits that when he first moved to the area from San Francisco, he experienced culture shock. Miami was a less mature tech community than he had come from, but he felt […] Continue »
Carrying an Asian name would seem to be a liability in the many countries – actress Chloe Bennet says that changing her Asian last name resulted in her getting more acting work. Former Apple Employee Sam Sung thought his old business card, which showed the humorous juxtaposition of a “Sam Sung” working at Apple, might be worth something. So when he put it up for bid on eBay (with proceeds going to the charity Children’s […] Continue »
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