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Too Ugly to Be Saved? Singapore Weighs Fate of Its Brutalist Buildings - The New York Times
Singapore’s own take on the Brutalist style, Mr. Ho said, evolved to reflect local sensibilities and a tropical climate, so he said a better term for it would be “Singapore modernist.”
brutalism  architecture  design  Singapore  history  NYTimes  2019 
12 weeks ago by inspiral
Trump and Kim Can Learn a Thing or Two From Singapore - Bloomberg
It values public service highly, lets the market solve problems and has fans across the political spectrum.
government  publicsector  review  Singapore  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
How Capitalist Is Singapore Really? – People's Policy Project
The case of Singapore is more than just a funny gotcha to use against right-wingers. It actually raises an interesting question about what it is people care about when it comes to “capitalism” and “socialism.” Is capitalism primarily about markets or private ownership? Relatedly, is socialism primarily about ending markets or promoting collective ownership? Often these things are bundled together, but they are logically and practically separable. Singapore (and Norway, among others) shows that it is quite possible to collectively own the means of production while also using price systems to assist in the allocation of productive factors. This is what market socialists have been saying for a hundred years.
capitalism  socialism  housing  review  critique  Singapore  PeoplesPolicyProject  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
Which colonies fared best under British rule? - Marginal REVOLUTION
If you are looking for the upside of British colonialism, you are more likely to find it in the wealthier and better-treated Singapore or Malaysia.
colonialism  comparison  India  Singapore  history  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Instagram stops users from pretending to be in Singapore to go viral
Instragram has released an update that prevents users from tagging themselves in Singapore when they're not there in a bid to go viral. 

The update to its algorithm comes after a swathe of users realised geo-tagging their posts with Singapore gave them an increased chance of being on the Explore page, which helps boost likes on a post and follower numbers. 
Instagram  Singapore  locationbasedservices  critique  influencer  Telegraph  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Digital in APAC 2016 - We Are Social UK
Since our last APAC report in March last year, the reported number of internet users has jumped 27%, while the number of people using social media from mobile devices is up a staggering 50%. This compares to average global growth of 19% and 39% respectively for the same measures.

Here are the headline numbers for digital connectivity in APAC:

Internet users in APAC: 1.83 Billion
Social media users in APAC: 1.43 Billion*
Mobile connections in APAC: 3.86 Billion**
Mobile social media users in APAC: 1.36 Billion*
mobile  socialmedia  mobilesocial  mobilemessaging  internet  statistics  penetration  growth  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  QQ  WeChat  QZone  Tumblr  Instagram  Twitter  Skype  Baidu  Weibo  Line  Snapchat  YY  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Telegram  Viber  VKontakte  Australia  Bangladesh  Bhutan  Brunei  Cambodia  China  Fiji  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Japan  Laos  Macau  Malaysia  Maldives  Mongolia  Myanmar  Nepal  NewZealand  NorthKorea  Pakistan  PapuaNewGuinea  Philippines  Singapore  SouthKorea  SriLanka  Taiwan  Thailand  EastTimor  Vietnam  WeAreSocial  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Nations Can Be Startups, Too - Bloomberg View
Israel, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Estonia, and South Korea could also be thought of as startup nations. Most emerged from war, civil war, the evolution or dissolution of a prior imperial or colonial relationship, or some combination of those factors. In each case there was a chance to start anew and to have founders impose a distinct vision on a new political unit. Just as we doubt that Bill Gates could have founded and grown Microsoft within the confines of the older IBM, so did the success of Estonia require freedom from the Soviet Union and Russia.

The world today seems to have lower potential for startup nations. This is in part because international relations are more peaceful and also because most colonial relationships have receded into the more distant past. Those are both positive developments, but the corresponding downside is not always recognized, namely fewer chances for reshuffling the pieces.
country  startup  review  Estonia  Israel  Singapore  UAE  SouthKorea  CaymanIslands  HongKong  Taiwan  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Driverless taxis coming to Singapore - Marginal REVOLUTION
Delphi Automotive Plc, the vehicle-electronics supplier that last year conducted the first coast-to-coast U.S. demonstration of a self-driving car, will begin testing autonomous autos in Singapore this year that may lead to robot taxis by the end of the decade.

The test will involve six autonomous autos, starting with the modified Audi Q5 the supplier used last year to travel from San Francisco to New York in self-driving mode. In Singapore, the cars initially will follow three predetermined routes and by 2019 will range freely based on customer requests, without a driver or a human minder, according to Glen DeVos, a Delphi senior vice president.

“We actually will have point-to-point automated mobility on demand with no driver in the car,” he said at a briefing with reporters at Delphi’s Troy, Michigan, operations base. “It’s one of the first, if not the very first, pilot programs where we’ll demonstrate mobility-on-demand systems.”
selfdrivingvehicles  automotive  DelphiAutomotive  creativeshowcase  trial  Singapore  author:KeithNaughton  MarginalRevolution  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Swiss Fintech Report 2016: The role of Switzerland as a fintech hub
This report thus looks at Switzerland as one of the main global financial centers, and its evolution in response to recent changes, such as the introduction of automatic information exchange. Furthermore, the report outlines the main criteria and reasons that speak in favor of starting ventures in Switzerland compared with the other financial centers, New York City, London and Singapore. The report is backed by several interviews we had the privilege to conduct with extraordinary entrepreneurs at different stages of their respective ventures, as well as one of the biggest reinsurance companies globally.

Overall, the report indicates that Switzerland is making good progress on the journey to become an excellent place to start a venture. Widely recognized for its excellent education and world-class universities, together with a deep knowledge in the field of financial services, Switzerland remains attractive despite the high cost of living and the corresponding high salaries needed to attract the right talent. When it comes to financing, Switzerland is facing some challenges despite being one of the richest countries in the world. Because of its location at the heart of Europe, pan-European business models are typically expected from the outset of a venture, which can prove a tough proposition depending on the circumstances. As a result, venture financing can sometimes be more difficult to find in Switzerland compared with other countries with large domestic markets that allow operations to be scaled up more easily.
Switzerland  startup  fintech  financialservices  review  employment  education  government  cost  support  investment  comparison  London  NewYork  Singapore  EY  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
My worries about Singapore - Marginal REVOLUTION
Singapore is a well-run place by world standards, and has perhaps the world’s highest quality bureaucracy, yet right now the country faces a somewhat menacing constellation of silent risks, none of their own making:
Singapore  economy  forecast  internationalrelations  China  climatechange  SouthChinaSea  review  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Public Opinion Toward Internet Freedom in Asia: A Survey of Internet Users from 11 Jurisdictions by Fei Shen, Lokman Tsui :: SSRN
It is important to note that cross-country variation is substantial in Asia. Respondents in Japan and Korea express low to moderate support for Internet freedom, low support for Internet censorship, low volume of circumvention and anonymization technology use, low privacy protection behavior, and low levels of online censorship. In contrast, respondents in India and Vietnam show an opposite pattern. Respondents in Singapore and Thailand are in the “moderate” group. In both Hong Kong and Malaysia, people are more supportive of Internet freedom than censorship, and they adopt many non-technical (but not technical) privacy protection measures. Indonesia, Pakistan, and Taiwan comprise the last group: in all three jurisdictions, respondents indicate high levels of support for Internet censorship but relatively low levels of support for Internet freedom.
internet  freedom  censorship  consumer  research  Asia  Singapore  Vietnam  India  Thailand  Japan  Korea  review  SocialScienceResearchNetwork  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Financial Secrecy Index
The Financial Secrecy Index ranks jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities. A politically neutral ranking, it is a tool for understanding global financial secrecy, tax havens or secrecy jurisdictions, and illicit financial flows or capital flight.
finance  offshore  taxation  secrecy  ranking  banking  Switzerland  HongKong  USA  Singapore  CaymanIslands  Luxembourg  Lebanon  Germany  Bahrain  UAE  Macao  Japan  Panama  MarshallIslands  UK  TaxJusticeNetwork 
april 2016 by inspiral
Singapore’s Midlife Crisis |
“No amount of analysis and forward planning,” says longtime government advisor Peter Ho, “will eliminate volatility and uncertainty in a complex world.” The old managerial model, he concedes, has become outdated. To thrive in the future, Singapore will have to find its way without a predrawn map. As Asia modernizes and develops a modern infrastructure, Singaporeans cannot remain competitive merely by being more efficient or better educated. The city-state will have to rediscover the boldness of its founding generation, even while discarding many of its methods. “We will have to be pioneers again,” notes Calvin Soh, “and recognize that we don’t have the same strategic advantages that we used to have. We have to start planning for the next ten years from that viewpoint. And that plan has to come from the grassroots, not from above.”
Singapore  history  evolution  politics  LeeKwanYew  PAP  immigration  gambling  ageingpopulation  economy  government  review  author:JoelKotkin  NewGeography  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Location, location, location: Global house prices | The Economist
THE Economist tracks the health of housing in 26 markets around the world, encompassing a population of over 3 billion. Prices are now rising in 21 of these markets at a median pace of 4.7% a year. China’s housing market is one of only five countries in our index where prices are falling, joining Singapore and a trio of euro-zone countries—France, Greece and Italy. The government has been trying to boost the market over the past ten months which is now slowly responding.

To assess whether house prices are at sustainable levels, we use two yardsticks. One is affordability, measured by the ratio of prices to income per person after tax. The other is the case for investing in housing, based on the ratio of house prices to rents, much as stockmarket investors look at the ratio of equity prices to earnings. If these gauges are higher than their historical averages then property is deemed overvalued; if they are lower, it is undervalued. According to our measure, property is more than 30% overvalued in six of the markets we track, notably in Australia, Britain and Canada.

Explore the data in our interactive chart above (updated on October 6th 2015) and try to spot which market is looking most vulnerable. See full the article on global house prices
housing  prices  realestate  country  comparison  interactiveinfographic  Australia  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  India  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Mexico  Netherlands  Russia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Turkey  UnitedStates  UK  Economist  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Digital in 2016
We Are Social's comprehensive new Digital in 2016 report presents internet, social media, and mobile usage statistics and trends from all over the world. It contains more than 500 infographics, including global data snapshots, regional overviews, and in-depth profiles of the digital landscapes in 30 of the world's key economies. For a more insightful analysis of the numbers contained in this report, please visit
internet  mobile  mobileinternet  ecommerce  socialcommerce  socialmedia  mobilemessaging  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  Google+  Twitter  Instagram  Skype  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Viber  smartphones  PCs  tablets  gaming  ereader  wearables  mobilevideo  mobilegaming  mobilebanking  maps  Africa  Europe  Americas  Asia  MiddleEast  Argentina  Australia  Brazil  Canada  China  Egypt  France  Germany  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Italy  Japan  Malaysia  Mexico  Nigeria  Philippines  Poland  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  USA  Vietnam  statistics  penetration  WeAreSocial  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Digital, Social & Mobile in Southeast Asia in 2015
All the numbers you need to understand the state of the digital landscape in Southeast Asia in Q4 2015, including overviews of Internet, Social Media, and Mobile usage around the region, as well as in-depth analysis of each nation's individual digital landscape, and Facebook usage by country, broken down by gender and age group. This is the latest in We Are Social's on going series of studies into digital behaviour around the world; to access the rest of our free reports, visit
socialmedia  mobile  smartphones  mobileinternet  internet  Facebook  WhatsApp  QQ  FacebookMessenger  WeChat  Instagram  Twitter  Skype  Viber  Tumblr  Line  Snapchat  YY  penetration  statistics  Thailand  Laos  Vietnam  Cambodia  Myanmar  Burma  Brunei  Indonesia  Singapore  Malaysia  WeAreSocial  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Google Asia Pacific Blog: Asia’s mobile-first world
What’s clear from the data is that Asia is leading a mobile revolution. To put it another way, Asia has gone mobile-first. This is no longer a future trend, on some dim and distant horizon—it’s already happened in the past year. What do we mean by “mobile-first”? Well, for starters, Asia takes gold and silver for top smartphone adoption—Singapore is now #1 in the world at 85%, and Korea is just behind at 80%. This might not come as a surprise since these are both, after all, advanced economies.
mobile  smartphones  PCs  mobilefirst  mobileinternet  USA  China  HongKong  SouthKorea  Malaysia  Singapore  Australia  Google  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
Housing Affordability in China |
Finally, there is credible housing affordability data from China. For years, analysts have produced "back of the envelope" anecdotal calculations that have been often as inconsistent as they have been wrong. The Economist has compiled an index of housing affordability in 40 cities, which uses an "average multiple" (average house price divided by average household income) (China Index of Housing Affordability). This is in contrast to the "median multiple," which is the median house price divided by the median household income (used in the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey and other affordability indexes). The Demographia Survey rates affordability in 9 geographies, including Hong Kong (a special administrative region of China). The average multiple for a metropolitan market is generally similar to the median multiple.
property  prices  comparison  affordability  HongKong  China  NewZealand  Australia  Singapore  UK  Canada  Japan  Ireland  USA  Shenzen  Beijing  Shanghai  Vancouver  Sydney  SanFrancisco  Melbourne  Nanjing  Auckland  Chengdu  London  Chongqing  Changsha  Hohhot  Tokyo  Dublin  Chicago  Atlanta  Economist  NewGeography  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
GlobalWebIndex: WhatsApp Messenger Use Ranks Highest in Latin America, Middle East, and North Africa | TruTower
While Snapchat may be dominating against WhatsApp among teens overall, there’s still quite a large market for WhatsApp Messenger in areas outside North America.
WhatsApp in South America, WhatsApp in Middle East, Messaging in North Africa
That’s according to GlobalWebIndex, whose latest figures shed a little light on the logic behind Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition earlier this year. Globally, WhatsApp has risen just 8 percent from the beginning of 2013 to now among mobile internet users.
Regionally, though, is where you really start to see the numbers tell a different story. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), for instance, usage is as high as 68 percent, while usage in Latin America is as high as 61 percent. Malaysia stands at a very high 77 percent. This contrasts sharply to North America, where usage is only 7 percent. North America is also one of Snapchat‘s hotspots and one of the places where WhatsApp usage has actually gone down.
WhatsApp  mobilemessaging  penetration  global  Malaysia  SouthAfrica  Singapore  Spain  HongKong  Argentina  Mexico  India  Italy  UAE  Netherlands  SaudiArabia  Germany  Indonesia  Brazil  Turkey  Ireland  UK  Australia  Taiwan  Philippines  Russia  Thailand  Canada  Sweden  USA  Vietnam  France  Poland  China  SouthKorea  Japan  infographic  GlobalWebIndex  TruTower  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
The World's Most Influential Cities |
In order to quantify cities’ global influence, we looked at eight factors: the amount of foreign direct investment they have attracted; the concentration of corporate headquarters; how many particular business niches they dominate; air connectivity (ease of travel to other global cities); strength of producer services; financial services; technology and media power; and racial diversity. (Click here for a more detailed description of our methodology.) We found those factors particularly important in identifying rising stars that, someday, might challenge the current hegemony of our two top-ranked global cities, London and New York.
cities  ranking  influence  global  London  NewYork  Paris  Singapore  Tokyo  HongKong  Dubai  Beijing  Sydney  LosAngeles  SanFrancisco  Toronto  Zurich  Frankfurt  Houston  Amsterdam  Seoul  Washington  Shanghai  AbuDhabi  Chicago  Moscow  Boston  Brussels  Dallas  Madrid  Melbourne  SaoPaulo  Istanbul  Miami  Johannesburg  KualaLumpur  Mumbai  Bangkok  Delhi  Geneva  Atlanta  Berlin  Seattle  TelAviv  MexicoCity  Milan  Montreal  BuenosAires  Jakarta  Philadelphia  Cairo  Guangzhou  HoChiMinhCity  Lagos  Osaka  NewGeography  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Which Cities Get the Most Sleep? - The Numbers - WSJ
People in Melbourne sleep the most, people in Tokyo sleep the least, and Americans just need more sleep overall. Those are some of the findings from a vast new dataset released to The Wall Street Journal by Jawbone, the makers of the UP, a digitized wristband that tracks how its users move and sleep.
sleep  data  quantifiedself  cities  comparison  NewYork  Orlando  SanFrancisco  Beijing  Melbourne  London  Denver  Brisbane  Paris  Tokyo  Seoul  Dubai  Singapore  MexicoCity  Jawbone  WallStreetJournal  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Our Mobile Planet
Learn about smartphone adoption and usage across 48 countries. Create custom charts to deepen your understanding of the mobile consumer and get the data you need to guide your mobile strategy.
mobile  smartphones  mobileapps  mobileinternet  mobilecommerce  mobileadvertising  locationbasedservices  demographics  penetration  Argentina  Australia  Austria  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  CzechRepublic  Denmark  Egypr  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  Hungary  India  Indonesia  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Korea  Malaysia  Mexico  Netherlands  NewZealand  Norway  Philippines  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  Slovakia  SouthAfrica  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Taiwan  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  Ukraine  USA  Vietnam  Google  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Forget London and Hong Kong—the most expensive cities for expats are in Africa - Quartz
Mercer, a human resources consultancy, compared the prices of 200 items from blue jeans to movie tickets to an apartment in a secure area that would appeal to an expat in different cities worldwide. It then calculated the cost of living using New York City (which got pricier and rose from 24th to 16th place since last year) as the baseline.
costofliving  expatriates  global  comparison  Luanda  N'Djamena  HongKong  Singapore  Zurich  Geneva  Tokyo  Bern  Moscow  Shanghai  Mercer  Quartz  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral

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