In this series, AsiaOne speaks to individuals who find themselves changing careers and steering their lives in a new direction, whether by choice or circumstance. Jon Yongfook Cockle did what many wouldn't at the peak of their career in 2018. Then 38, he quit his cushy job in Singapore as Aviva's Head of Digital Product & Design to bootstrap his own startup. He also set himself a formidable challenge: to launch one product every month for a year. By his own admission, his corporate career looked great on paper. He was drawing a good salary of about $15,000 a month and was also leading a great team. But something gnawed at him. The experienced software developer shared with AsiaOne that it was clear to him that he had "reached the peak of [his] career". "Any higher in rank and I would be looking at a much more political-style role where your job is more about influence and relationships rather than hands-on building stuff. "I'm really good at the latter, and terrible … [Read more...] about Man quits $15k Singapore job to build own startup, matches previous salary after 3-year grind
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Source: Wikimedia Commons | Nobu Tamura People have long pondered what consciousness actually is. Consciousness seems very different from other biological functions—like some sort of nonmaterial essence within our heads. Thoughts and feelings seem ethereal, untethered from anything physical. Self-awareness seems like a phenomenon utterly divorced from anything that could possibly be produced by cells comprised of physical particles. People used to think of life itself that way too, and many still do. But biologists solved the enigma of what makes things alive mid-way through the twentieth century, the foundations of that understanding having been built over the preceding century. Before that, living things were believed to possess some sort of animating essence that accounted for their difference from inanimate matter. People could not imagine how the same material particles that comprise inanimate matter could be arranged in such a way as to make something alive , without … [Read more...] about What Actually Is Consciousness, and How Did It Evolve?
Thanks to a partnership with legendary camera-maker Hasselblad , the OnePlus 9 Pro has one of the most hyped phone cameras in recent memory. It's a savvy move because the cameras on OnePlus phones have been a step behind those from Apple, Google and Samsung. The OnePlus 9 Pro is the first phone released under the Hasselblad union. Unsurprisingly, it has the best camera system on any OnePlus phone ever made. It's capable of taking great photos, and the phone's ultrawide camera goes toe-to-toe with the one on the iPhone. Aside from having its name on the camera bump, Hasselblad's biggest contribution on the 9 Pro is color calibration, which results in photos with a nice, natural, subdued look. Sometimes the iPhone and its SmartHDR can oversaturate colors. At $969 and £829, which converts roughly to AU$1,490, the OnePlus 9 Pro is $130 less than $1,099, £1,099, AU$1,849 price of Apple's impressive iPhone 12 Pro Max . Cut through the chatter Subscribe to CNET's Mobile … [Read more...] about iPhone 12 Pro Max vs. OnePlus 9 Pro camera comparison
Kindly Share This Story: Liverpool FC’s appointment of Thomas Gronnemark as the club’s ‘Throw-In’ Coach in August 2018 was derided by football fans, players, and pundits as they struggled to understand why something as basic as throw-in required a paid Coach. The club’s record-breaking, title-winning 2019-20 premier league campaign silenced sceptics as the club scored 14 of its 85 league goals from throw-in situations. Impressively, the club’s throw-in retention under pressure improved from 45.4% to 68.4% in the referenced season thereby improving the club’s ranking from 18th the previous season to 1st in the English premier league and 2nd in Europe. Liverpool’s head coach, Jurgen Kloop’s open-mindedness and courage to think outside the box gave his team an edge at winning the prestigious English premier league title that has eluded the club for 3 decades. This is not only innovative and applaudable, but it also provides an insight into what HR professional’s … [Read more...] about Human Resources: Emerging scope and critical business management
May 7, 2007 was among the most memorable days of my life — the day I met Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip , the Duke of Edinburgh. With the duke’s passing on Friday at age 99, the world lost an iconic figure — a constant for nearly a century. So, too, we lost a connection to another era and a leading example of the lessons of the “Greatest Generation,” the merits of duty and honor. In the early 2000s, I advised the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on U.K. affairs and founded the Congressional United Kingdom Caucus. In connection with these duties, I was thrilled to receive an invitation to the British Embassy Garden Party in honor of the royal couple’s 2007 State Visit . Like other attendees, I was awestruck to meet this pair, but the duke broke the ice by asking, “Young man, what is your affiliation here today?” I replied, “Sir, I founded a congressional group called the United Kingdom Caucus.” With the timing of a great comedian, Prince Philip shot back, … [Read more...] about Prince Philip exemplified a greater generation of service and duty