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The iPhone of 1939 helped liberate Europe. And women

LAST week marked the 80th anniversary of one of the most successful and consequential product introductions ever. On Oct. 24, 1939, nylon stockings went on sale to the public for the first time. The frenzied reception was comparable to the one that greeted the original iPhone, and so were the long-term consequences.

Bringing back the National Conference of Architects

MORE than a decade ago, the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and the Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects by the Professional Regulations Commission ended their National Conference of Architects (NCA) which gathered architects from around the country.

Nike’s risky stand on Kaepernick was a win

A YEAR AGO last week, Nike Inc. inserted itself into a smoldering cultural and political controversy: It unveiled an advertising campaign celebrating Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL player who had protested police treatment of African-Americans by kneeling during the national anthem.

Why Gucci and Dior want to rebuild Notre Dame

IF THE fire at Notre Dame cathedral had happened 20 or 50 years ago, France’s luxury fashion houses would surely have rushed to support its reconstruction as quickly as they did in 2019.

The ROI of a digital mind-set

GLOBAL SPENDING in digital transformation is expected to reach $1.7 trillion at the end of this year or a 42% increase from 2017, as data from research firm IDC show. While this figure illustrates how serious organizations are in adopting technology, it is alarming to note that companies still fail in the venture.

These K-beauty products work nicely

AT THE tail end of 2018, Korean skincare cult favorite Dear, Klairs, officially launched in the Philippines with the presence of its brick-and-mortar shelves in select Watsons and BeautyBar stores in the country.

Digital transformation requires digital talent — here’s how to get some

DIGITALIZATION OFFERS almost endless possibilities to communicate faster, work more efficiently, and be more creative -- in real-time. Groundbreaking digital business models also need pioneers: creators, forward-looking thinkers, and inventors.

I want to pay more for a Spotify subscription

SPOTIFY executives like to say they manage for growth rather than profitability. It was the growth, however, that disappointed investors in the latest earnings, released Thursday. As a user, I also worry that the music-streaming service’s ideas about growth are wrong.

How emerging technologies are creating a race for insights

IN AN INCREASINGLY digital world, a common denominator for successful organizations is the ability to empower its workforce and customers with the right information at breakneck speeds. With IDC forecasting that at least 50% of global GDP will be digitized by 2021, putting data to good use is no longer merely important, but a genuine prerequisite in order to compete.

Revelations In Hong Kong

By Jonee C. Bilasano Trying to follow a packed schedule is akin to riding a car on full throttle. Every stop seems to be a...

Get smart: Are you equipped for the next workplace revolution?

AS MANY business leaders know, the workplace of today looks radically different than it used to be a mere five to 10 years ago. After all, today’s growth in technological capabilities, the exponential increase in computing power, and almost ubiquitous Internet connectivity, are changing the way employees and enterprises operate.

Simplifying fiber deployment in the Philippines with smaller fiber cables

MOST of the world’s fiber subscriptions come from developed Asia. In 2017, 73% of the world’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers and 48% of the world’s fixed broadband were in the Asia-Pacific region.

Man vs machine: Will AI put our humanity at stake?

THE VISION of an all-knowing, omni-present intelligent being that forms the backbone of our everyday lives has been portrayed in movies that captivate the...

Driving the future of manufacturing in the Philippines through automation

By Shermine Gotfredsen CHINA has long been the world’s factory, but as labor costs rise, manufacturers in the Philippines have the opportunity to establish themselves...

How Mickey Mouse and friends conquered China

By Adam Minter, Bloomberg View TWO YEARS AGO, Wang Jianlin, once China’s richest man, referred to his network of theme parks as a “wolf pack”...

Spies on your phone? Don’t get shocked

By Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg View THE PRESS has been in a lather of late over reports that the US Department of Homeland Security had discovered...

Don’t worry: AI won’t soon replace your brain

By Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg View NECTOME promises to preserve the brains of terminally ill people in order to turn them into computer simulations -- at some...

Why Facebook’s new move is not going to last

By Shira Ovide It’s easy to imagine that powerful technology companies are all-knowing geniuses. Often, though, technology superpowers are merely a collection of mortals making...

The Chinese digital giants — coming to a store near you!

By Professor Michael R. Wade with Jialu Shan BACK in 2010, almost all unicorn start-ups came out of North America or Europe, whereas Chinese success...

Family matters at the ASEAN Business Summit

We are in the Solaire Resort and Casino, on Aseana Avenue just beyond Roxas Boulevard on the reclaimed coast of Manila Bay. Banish any...

ASEAN: More than meetings

Now that Manila is gearing up for the series of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meetings that will all but shut down the...

How is ASEAN Integration coming along?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded on Aug. 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, its...

ASEAN and returning to Internal Security

Could Southeast Asia be turning the page on its inter-state disputes to focus on its internal ones? This is one theme that emerged from...

Breaking the barriers in ASEAN Finance

Tun Dato Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia was keynote speaker at the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) 49th...

ASEAN — What’s in it for you?

Still many people think ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is about traffic, cancellation of work and classes, and just like the flak APEC...

‘Ascend beyond the Bar Exam’

By Rafael Conejos THE bus ride going to UST felt as though we were paratroopers in World War II. Some of us were dizzy from...

ASEAN Expansion for small businesses

By Andrew J. Masigan Quietly and beneath our noses, the influx of retail brands from ASEAN, Europe, and America have caused a bloodbath among small-...

Lack of empathy in Philippine business

By Rafael Lorenzo G. Conejos “SIR, you need to wait for your replacement.” The sales lady said. And I couldn’t have any of the dozen or...

On being a Filipino-American in Europe

If you’re Pinoys traveling through Europe with US passports, you invariably get asked interesting questions by locals, like this casual conversation with a fellow...

AWEN and its role in ASEAN

It is a tall order to gather the needs of over 300 million women in ASEAN so that policy changes may be suggested to...

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Grassroots & Governance By Teresa S. Abesamis After one year, it is time for stock taking on the Duterte administration. I see its impact...

Time for Pacquiao to retire?

Ad Lib By Greg B. Macabenta There is no doubt in my mind that Manny Pacquiao won against Australian Jeff Horn. The CompuBox statistics showed Pacquiao...

Getting to bottom line

Fence Sitter By A. R. Samson Of course life is more complicated than an income statement, if only because so much of it is unquantifiable and...

Japan’s proactive approach to maritime security: The case of supporting the...

Thinking Beyond Politics By Renato Cruz De Castro In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague announced its long-awaited ruling on the...

Our transport system, communal pride, and united future

Introspective By Raul V. Fabella I allowed myself a moment of elation at the announcement of the railway link between Clark and Metro Manila. Such moments...

A tribute to Tita Saling

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III Her full name is Rizalina Bautista Boncan. Friends call her Saling. We call her Tita Saling -- the...

Dealing with Duterte

Streetwise By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo We have been getting “I-told-you-so” and “why-do-you-still-put-up-with-him” reactions from quite a number of well-meaning people here and abroad after President...

Keep saving HK, China’s coming for your best land

HONG KONG -- It takes around 35 years for a median-income household to buy a 90-square meter (970-square foot) apartment in Hong Kong. So,...

Feeding the PHL’s growing appetite for connectivity

TODAY, there are at least 3.6 billion Internet users in the world and more than 54 million are located in the archipelagic Philippines. In...

Killing me softly

Killing me softly Fourteen years ago, my mother succumbed to cancer. She died eight days short of her 60th birthday. That was more than a...