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Derry Chen

The two tech giants attempt to take the VR/AR space by storm, but with very different philosophies

In the nascent field of VR/AR, VR has been the center of attention in the past few years. While it probably hasn’t lived up to its initial hype, VR still attracts considerable investment from companies like Facebook (through Oculus) that see the technology as a long-term play. Facebook envisions a…


How one bird came to dominate state symbolism for millennia

For anyone who has looked at enough flags or historical symbols, one animal seems to pop up much more frequently than others. That animal is the eagle or the “King of Birds.” It exists on the coat of arms of numerous countries including Germany, Russia, Austria, Mexico, and most notably…


Frictionless collaboration, unified platform experience, and zero-weight apps are becoming the norm for modern software

What are Web Apps?

Honestly, the definition of web apps are kind of fuzzy depending on who you ask, but generally they are complex websites that function similarly to any local software you have on your desktop. Gmail, Facebook, and even the Starbucks website are common examples of web apps. …


The marvelous yet mysterious life of one of chess history’s most iconic characters

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t watched The Queen’s Gambit*

Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit has recently taken the world by storm. Based on the 1983 Walter Tevis novel of the same name, the show tells the story of Beth Harmon, a child prodigy in the 60s that quickly ascends…


An ancient example of “honey-trap” espionage, and its lasting legacy today

It was the 5th century B.C.E. during the spring and autumn periods in Chinese history. While Confucius was spreading his philosophy and Sun Tzu was writing his book on strategy, the Zhou Dynasty was slowly crumbling with dozens of states hungry to replace its hegemony. King Fuchai of Wu had…


What are the true origins of Christmas’ most important character?

When we think of Santa, most of us immediately conjure up an image of a merry, white-bearded, plump old man in a red fur robe. This depiction is almost authoritative nowadays. In fact, many can’t imagine a Santa otherwise, and the “why” is usually never questioned. The more trivia-minded may…


In late October this year, J.P. Morgan announced the formation of its blockchain business, dubbed Onyx. With around 100 employees, this new business unit serves as a testament to J.P Morgan’s continued status as a top innovator in the banking world. Similar to some of Alphabet Inc.’s constituent divisions (e.g…


How the US and China are gearing up for a prolonged confrontation in tech, and Europe watching intently.

We all read the headlines. “US Tech Firm’s New $20 Million Stake in Emerging-Market Start-up,” or “Chinese Tech Firm Expands New Offices in Southeast Asia.” Behind the backdrop of these innocuous business expansions is a complex global politics game being played by the two leading high-tech nations on earth: USA…


The Roman Empire was the largest state Europe has ever seen, with lasting legacies on its successors and the modern world. The Tang Dynasty was a golden-era of Chinese history with unique cultural and military preeminence. What do two of the most powerful empires of their times have in common…

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