Technology

While my direct technology writing has subsided from dominating my work, especially in the early years, it remains important. Today understanding its principals has benefited me in reporting corporate developments, regulatory impacts on custodial services and asset managers. It has also proved critical in getting to grips with the burgeoning clean and green tech sectors. I have left these stories in other categories.
Because of a subsidiary subject in computer science during my degree, the year before Apple launched its first computer, my tech knowledge was quickly picked up by magazines including specialists like Dec and ICL Today, PC World and others. In Asia I wrote weekly for the South China Morning Post and was picked up by numerous international outlets for occasional work.

Softbank’s fuel cell move highlights upswell in Asia

The announcement of Japan’s telecom and Internet giant, Softbank, signing up with US-company Bloom Energy to distribute stationary fuel-cell technology belies a cleantech sector that is quietly flourishing in Asia. Softbank and Bloom have created Bloom Energy Japan, a 50/50 partnership in which each is investing USD10 million. While sales of the new venture...

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Disaster risk management – there’s an app for that!

Disaster risk management – there’s an app for that!

CleanBiz.Asia As CleanBiz Asia reported last week, the bodies of evidence that southeast Asian nations are facing ever-rising risks of natural disaster are again mounting.  Maplecroft’s second Natural Hazards Risk Atlas and the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012 highlight the risks that Asian cities and coastal areas...

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Technology helps Lloyd’s avoid the crooks

Technology helps Lloyd’s avoid the crooks

Finance Week, 03/09/2008 Anti-money laundering regulations are beginning to bite with more big names announcing action to stop running foul of them. In the light of research that some UK-high street banks and Companies House have suspicious clients, firms like Lloyd’s of London are taking no chances. Gerry O’Kane speaks with its investigatory expert to find out...

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If B2B is to work, watch your bottom line

Hong Kong iMail October 30, 2000 Do not be dazzled by the figures bandied about by the most respectable financial institutions – they all want to believe By Gerry O’Kane A friend cornered me last week to tell of his brave concept for doing business. He thinks it’ll make millions and he should have...

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Use the web – do not let it use your business

Hong Kong iMail October 30, 2000 Too many are caught up in Internet issues when they should mind their own business and use the Net as a helpful tool By Gerry O’Kane In 1997, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced his Digital 21 IT Strategy. His vision was for Hong Kong to retain its competitive...

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The cross-border application of straight-through processing

FT Mandate, 8 Nov 1999 Pressure from US authorities for T+1 to be implemented by 2002 is expected to have biggest global impact. Institutions unprepared for these changes are likely to become victims of consolidation. Gerry O’Kane reports The achievement of straight-through processing (STP) and trade plus one day (T+1) in the global custody...

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The Y2K Investment Bomb

Benchmark, Fourth Quarter 1999 London, Friday December 31, 1999: 17.10pm: James Bufton-Tufton, head dealer at Securities 2000, looks panicked as a call light begins flashing on his desktop satellite phone – it’s the satellite line from Jakarta. The office stops. He reaches across and flicks the switch, “Yes.” “Hidiyat, here in the Jakarta office,”...

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Indonesia’s Bakrie Targets Telecoms

Newsbytes, July 30, 1996 (NB) — By Gerry O’Kane. One of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates, PT Bakrie & Brothers, has officially announced that it will become a regional telecoms player. The statement comes as a surprise only because it has taken the company so long to publicly throw its hat into the telecommunications ring. Four...

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Hong Kong Telecom Puts On Brave PCS Face

Newsbytes, July 30, 1996 (NB) — By Gerry O’Kane. The official line from Hongkong Telecom is that it will still be in the running in providing cellular telephony despite not being included in the PCS (personal communications services) winners list. A year after the licenses were due to be awarded, the Sino-British Joint Liaison...

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Most Of Asia Suffers In Electronics Downturn

Newsbytes, July 26, 1996 (NB) — By Gerry O’Kane. Singapore’s latest trade results reflect what has been happening across Asia. The global downturn in the electronics sector has hit regional economies hard. Reports from the Lion State indicate its youthful semiconductor industry is suffering too. Singapore has reported a downturn in its balance of...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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