11 December 2018

Peter Sabine

EJI contributor
  • Eric Jing, CEO of Ant Financial, speaks at a conference on Oct. 31 during the Hong Kong Fintech Week event. Photo: Bloomberg

    Some things we learnt from the FinTech Week

    - Nov 7, 2018 12:15pm
    The Hong Kong FinTech Week 2018 event, which concluded last Friday, outlined hope that financial technology has a future in this city. So what did we learn? Cryptocurrencies are finally being taken seriously in Hong Kong....
  • Lack of faith in global financial institutions post 2008 has fuelled a huge interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain, and where there’s a will, a way often emerges, notes Peter Sabine. Photo: Reuters

    HODL: A fool’s game or long-term vision?

    - Oct 18, 2018 5:14pm
    No, this is not some kind of weird spelling mistake. “HODL – Hold on for dear life” is a term that has kept investors going through hard times. If Winston Churchill was still alive (and invested...
  • ASMR technology creates a pleasant auditory environment that allows listeners to fall asleep easily. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Can ASMR help you overcome insomnia?

    - Oct 4, 2018 7:58am
    You toss and turn, wake up easily, and get up exhausted. Sometimes you just feel tired but can’t get to sleep. It’s frustrating: the angrier you become, the more you can’t sleep. It’s a cycle that...
  • The Weather Channel in the US deployed new technologies that helped its reports make much more interesting during Hurricane Florence. Photo: YouTube/Weather Channel

    Mixed immersive reality puts weather into perspective

    - Sep 20, 2018 10:55am
    Mangkhut may have been the strongest typhoon in Hong Kong in recent memory, but locals had to rely on pretty much the same resources as in the past for their weather information. Sure, there are a few new...
  • Increased prescriptions for opioid pain relievers have led to rising addiction levels. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tech offers help to fight opioid addiction

    - Sep 5, 2018 10:00am
    Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Vancouver can appear to be the perfect city. It’s shocking to find this image shattered by a drive along the city’s East Hastings Street – where hundreds of people are...
  • The opening of the West Kowloon Cultural District can provide a big boost to Cantonese opera. Photo:

    Technology to spur Cantonese opera revival

    - Aug 20, 2018 10:52am
    Cantonese opera is undoubtedly a part of the cultural landscape of Hong Kong. It’s on the streets, on TV, and in village performances, enriching the film, music and visual experiences in the city. But the art has...
  • High Times. a marijuana-focused media outlet, has declared that it will accept cryptocurrencies for its IPO. Photo: Reuters

    Marijuana gets high on digital

    - Aug 9, 2018 4:34pm
    While most Asian government positions on marijuana exists somewhere in the 20th century, the European and American experience shows the ‘Chronic’ can be a thriving economic driver.  Forbes cited market research that indicated spending on legal...
  • How about a marriage contract where the terms can be updated annually? Photo: AFP

    Forget prenup, go for blockchain marriage

    - Aug 2, 2018 3:41pm
    We want prenup! We want prenup! The line immortalized by Kanye West in Gold Digger has become a siren call for a generation who get married and don’t believe they can trust each other in the...
  • Blockchain allows people to trace back who has changed what on a record and when, and deduce what impact that action has had. Photo: Oracle

    Crying over crypto? Don’t blame the blockchain

    - Jul 24, 2018 9:14am
    If you have any type of cryptocurrency portfolio, chances are there will be plenty of tears. Unless you got in early, happen to be a market manipulating whale, can day trade a whole lot better than...
  • A Reddit user put Amazon's cloud storage plan to test by uploading 1.8 petabytes (a petabyte is one million gigabytes) of pornography to the storage service. One would need 293 and a half years to watch the entire collection. Photo: Internet

    How porn sparked an unlikely tech challenge

    - Jun 28, 2018 4:40pm
    The tech world is awash with claims from companies about their level of engagement, user numbers and revenue, but most of these go unverified, particularly for companies that don’t generate revenue. When a company says it...
  • Many younger deejays are foregoing clubs and hosting parties online, either via Facebook live on their own or through radio stations. Photo: Hong Kong Community Radio

    Yo Hong Kong DJ! The motherland is calling

    - Jun 22, 2018 5:02pm
    The problems in Hong Kong’s DJ scene are well-documented: high rents, expensive drinks, lack of support from authorities (and frequent police raids), crowds that seem to care more about looking cool than the music. We could go...
  • AI chatbot 'Antony' served as a virtual concierge during the Retail Asia Expo in 2016. Photo:

    Chatbots: ‘Say hello to my little friend’

    - Jun 5, 2018 10:02am
    Need some information quickly? Chances are if you are online typing in your request, a chatbot will be dealing with it. The industry is developing in leaps and bounds and becoming essential for customer service in...
  • There are analysts out there who say bitcoin will reach US$50,000 by the end of this year, and to the other extremes, those who believe it will be worthless. Photo: Reuters

    Bitcoin, human stupidity and the US$82 mln pizza order

    - May 25, 2018 8:13am
    How could a pizza order be worth US$82 million? The answer lies in Bitcoin pizza day, which first happened on May 22, 2010 – when Bitcoin user Laszlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas with the cryptocurrency. Our...
  • In Colombia, telecom company Tigo-Une converted 13,000 pay phones into 'payphone banks'. Photo: YouTube

    Solving the global unbanked riddle

    - May 9, 2018 11:26am
    Internet, power, and credit are some of the things people in the developing world take for granted, but for hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide, a lack of all these result in them being unbanked. The...
  • Social media works much like any other impulse addiction, such as nicotine and alcohol. We get a "like" or a message, it makes us feel good, and we want more. Photo: Bloomberg

    Striving for simplicity in the age of social media

    - Apr 27, 2018 12:09pm
    Simple lines, pure black blocks, and rounded shapes: how could these forms bring a sense of peace in the world of chaos? It’s been a question on my mind since I visited Peter Yuill’s exhibition, The...
  • Director Steven Spielberg signs autographs at the premiere of ‘Ready Player One’ in Los Angeles on March 26. Photo: Reuters

    Ready Player One: Back, just not to the future

    - Apr 17, 2018 4:57pm
    Ready Player One, the latest Steven Spielberg epic to roll off the production line, promised to offer a vision of an immersive reality enabled future, but instead gazes with longing nostalgia to the 70s, 80s and 90s...
  • DJ sets from Solar Sound System HK are powered by solar and kinetic energy. Photo: Facebook

    How to be a green DJ in Hong Kong

    - Apr 10, 2018 1:17pm
    The Fragrant Harbour is anything but at the best of times. Hong Kong’s problems with waste, landfill space, inefficient recycling systems and overconsumption are well documented. That’s not to mention air pollution and green city planning,...
  • With a reputation for low taxes and ease of business, Malta is positioning itself to become a global cryptocurrency center. Photo: Reuters

    Malta sets its sights on cryptocurrency dominance

    - Mar 28, 2018 3:51pm
    Having recently visited Malta, I can tell you not many Hongkongers are familiar with the Mediterranean island. For those who follow cryptocurrencies, it might be a different story. Following threats that cryptocurrency exchange Binance would face...
  • Taking selfies that make you look slim, vibrant and sexy is easier said than done. Photo: Reuters

    How to avoid bad selfies

    - Mar 15, 2018 3:07pm
    In the age of supposedly accepting all types of bodies, the sad truth is double chins rarely look cool. On social media, the wiser you get, the more that double chin comes out to haunt you....
  • In cryptocurrency trading as well as trail running, the start is full of hope and optimism. Photo: Reuters

    10 things amateur cryptocurrency trading and trail running share

    - Mar 9, 2018 3:41pm
    I recently participated in TransLantau100, a race of more than 100 kilometers across Lantau Island, starting at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and ending for me at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Throughout the 28 hours of hiking,...

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