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The focus should be on usage and not ownership.

Rethink Taxes on Motor Vehicles in Singapore

[caption id="attachment_5195" align="aligncenter" width="615"] The focus should be on usage and not ownership.[/caption] LTA's evaluation of a change in ERP system this week peaked my interest. They are looking move from a single charge entry

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How the West perceives the rise of Asia.

Addressing Concerns on the Rise of Asia

[caption id="attachment_4893" align="aligncenter" width="615"] How the West perceives the rise of Asia.[/caption] Asia's rise to prominence in the past two decades has yielded a flurry of discussions by economists, international relations scholars and even historians.

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Groupon: Needs a rethink.

Why Groupon is Flawed

[caption id="attachment_4037" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Groupon: Needs a rethink.[/caption] Groupon's stock plunged after news of a poor earnings call. After a 25% plunge, the sacking of Andrew Mason leveled things off a little but questions should be asked

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Google: Exciting future needs some work.

The Year Ahead: Google

[caption id="attachment_3983" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Google: Exciting future needs some work.[/caption] Google is the one unique tech company that can claim to have the largest user base in the world. You can break things down in

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The longest lived intermediary conduit will inevitably fall. (Credit: Madiba127 on DeviantArt)

The Inevitable Fall of Nations

[caption id="attachment_3824" align="aligncenter" width="615"] The longest lived intermediary conduit will inevitably fall. (Credit: Madiba127 on DeviantArt)[/caption] For thousands of years, nations were important building blocks of civilizations. As human beings, we found the need to

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A cramp Singapore can be better managed.

How to Support 6.9 Million in Singapore

[caption id="attachment_3738" align="aligncenter" width="615"] A cramp Singapore can be better managed.[/caption] Singapore's population is going to grow and there's no stopping it. We can slow down the growth rate but we cannot turn back. With

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Apple needs to regain momentum in 2013

The Year Ahead: Apple

[caption id="attachment_3531" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Apple needs to regain momentum in 2013[/caption] Apple did not enjoy usual warm coverage by the press this year with more negative pieces being churned out against what is usually the

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Aaron Swartz: 1986 - 2013

Aaron Swartz – The Tragic Misunderstanding of Public Goods

[caption id="attachment_3061" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Aaron Swartz: 1986 - 2013[/caption] The death of Aaron Swartz, a renowned 26 year old computer genius, has brought the spotlight back on the problem of public goods. Before delving briefly

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Christmas in the eyes of an Economist

Is Gift Giving an Economic Nightmare?

[caption id="attachment_2718" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Unwanted Consumption: Christmas in the eyes of an Economist.[/caption] Gifts. You're going to hear, see and hopefully receive lots of them in this coming month. Consumerism has turned Christmas into a

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Times Square: Ads everywhere you go. Plenty of them.

The Economic Value of Advertisements

[caption id="attachment_2518" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Times Square: Ads everywhere you go. Plenty of them. (That performance is also an ad.)[/caption] I remember a section on advertising being placed at the end of a chapter in my

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The iPad Mini will shake up the consumer tablet market.

iPad Mini: Sweet Spot Challenges Google & Apple

[caption id="attachment_2208" align="aligncenter" width="615"] The iPad Mini will shake up the consumer tablet market.[/caption] The key takeaway from Apple's event was the iPad Mini. The interesting part of the Mini's launch was its size and

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R&D Benefits: More than just guts

Record Breaking Space Jump Seals New R&D Model

[caption id="attachment_2098" align="aligncenter" width="615"] R&D Benefits: More than just guts[/caption] Today's record breaking jump from the stratosphere is yet another entry in both history books and the continual desire of mankind to break limits. Felix

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Tanking: Traditional desktops and laptops, both Windows and Macs, are failing to hit sales targets.

Common Sense, Future Tense: PC Sales Crawl

[caption id="attachment_2065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tanking: Traditional desktops and laptops, both Windows and Macs, are failing to hit sales targets.[/caption] Personal computer sales are limping along. These include both Windows and Macs. Manufacturers affected range from

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Opportunity Lost: Adobe's Creative Suite is one of the most pirated pieces of software.

Profits, Not Piracy: Reducing Barriers to Revenue

Piracy is illegal but I'm willing to bet you've done it before. Music piracy was all rage during the IRC, Napster and KaZaA days. Then software piracy took over with shady shops in Sim Lim

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I turned my new iPhone 5 into something more practical

iPhone 5 Resale Experience: Exploiting Shortages

Within 4 hours, I queued, received, sold and banked $1,240 from the sale of Apple's new flagship - its iPhone 5. The following account is an experience that I hope people in the market hoping

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Chrome started its version-less model from the beginning

Subscriptions: The Death of Version Numbers

Geeks love updates. Mainstream users and enterprise technicians hate it. It is no surprise that we have been and will continue to move head first into digital world without version numbers and visible updates. The

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Le Prof

A Tribute to Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger celebrated his 16th anniversary at Arsenal yesterday. I am not an 'Arsene Knows' type of fan and many a times a critic of his methods but there are multiple areas I admire this

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Sony - Sharp, clean and high contrast.

The 3 Technological Giants in Product Design

With the court rooms often filled with design based technology patents, it seems to be a good time to break down where the main schools of design are and how technology has made way for

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Not yet a Nation. Not even close.

Time to Decide between Nation and Economy

This might sound strange to most Singaporeans. For decades, everything Singapore was tied to its economy. Incredible growth, one of the four proud Asian Tigers / Dragons, an economy that weathered the Asian Financial Crisis

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The Joke of Economic Sanctions

The reliance on economic sanctions to solve everyday international problems is ridiculous. While I believe in a free market economy, the reckless use of this mechanism as the first alternative is baffling. It has been

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Reducing Frictional Unemployment

When we built the internet, there were high hopes surrounding this superior and extensively collaborative network. Economists saw that as a pathway to the holy grail - Perfect Information. The internet has been around for

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