DEAD REPORTER NOT SO DEAD AFTER ALL

Like straight out of a movie, Arkady Babchenko, a dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev on May 29, showed up the next day in the televised briefing about his very own murder. Turns out the 41-year-old critic of Putin was in an elaborate plot together with the Ukrainian authorities. The critic successfully […]

ROBOTS ARE LISTENING

Amazon Echo is now the creepiest technology in the market. The device’s virtual assistant, Alexa mistakenly heard a series of commands over words that were spoken while the woman was having a conversation with her husband that sent the recorded message to someone on their contacts lists without them knowing. The woman from Portland, Oregon, […]

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR

Uh-oh, what happened now? North Korea cancelled its highly anticipated talks with South Korea two hours before the two nations were scheduled to meet on May 16. The last-minute cancellation by North Korea was to protest the joint military drills between the US and South Korea. The large-scale drills, called ‘Max Thunder’ (sounds like a […]

WOULD YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE SPEAKING TO A ROBOT?

That was the question on everyone’s mind when Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed its new A.I. technology, Google Duplex. A demo was played during Google I/O on the 8th May, showcasing how Google Duplex calls and chillingly imitates a human being when scheduling an appointment with an actual person over the phone (It literally just […]

GOODBYE INUKA

Singapore’s last beloved polar bear, Inuka, was euthanized on the 25th April. Inuka was 27 years old, which translated to roughly 70 human years. He outlived a polar bear’s average lifespan of 15-18 years in the wild and 25 years in captivity. Due to his old age, Inuka had suffered from age-related ailments like arthritis, […]

GRABCAR, GRABBIKE AND NOW GRAB SCHOOL BUSES

Grab is launching its new shuttle service targeted at students and school staff, boasting it to be more efficient and personalized than traditional bus operators. Expected to have its first pick-ups in May, Grab Shuttle will crowdsource similar pick-up and drop-off points to accumulate enough demand before starting a route (this sounds like UberPool on […]