The digital landscape has ushered in revisions to virtually every aspect of modern living. In Rogue’s inaugural tech issue, we highlight the innovations, astute personalities, false starts, and disruptive forces that have all ridden on the new rules of the wired age.
From business moguls to social media-savvy politicos, we line up the top 50 Filipinos whose online following is a safe measure of their leverage—because these days, your audience doubles as your megaphone. Headlining the list is cover girl Kim Jones, who has set the standard for translating command of social media into the foundations of personal brand value.
In light of the looming energy crisis, we explore the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to inquire into whether it will ever serve its purpose or remain as it has for the last three decades: an immensely expensive representation of government indecision, politicking, and unchecked fear.
We also introduce the unseen hand that has engineered the public perception of the most talked about people in the country: Tony Ahn, the pioneer of Philippine online reputation management who has spent years refining the art of saving face. His exclusive tell-all also touches on Janet Lim Napoles and how her case in the court of public opinion might have turned out differently had she taken his advice.
In the last decade, it’s become apparent that entire industries can be threatened by the simplest of mobile apps. From Netflix’s Reed Hastings to Uber’s Travis Kalanick, we highlight the men behind the six insurgent tech services that are swiftly and unapologetically rewriting all the rules of the digital age.
However, every advantage allowed for by today’s connectivity can be matched one for one by the potential for its misuse. We look into Brazil’s most feared gang, whose expanding criminal empire is rooted in violence, impressive organization, and smuggled mobile phones—all taking place within the walls of prison.
In Agenda, we provide an overview of the characters, plotlines, and continuity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as the much-anticipated release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens draws nearer; we look back at the sci-fi books that are looking a lot less like fiction these days, tackling increasingly relevant topics like cryopreservation and virtual reality; and we walk you through the revamped second season of Halt and Catch Fire, the AMC drama that looks back on the onset of the age of digital innovation.
In Space, we highlight the Scandinavian hotel that served as the futuristic mansion setting of Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller Ex Machina; we explore the past and future innovations tied to the smartphone, which has evolved from a nifty gadget to the most essential device of the century; and we examine the DBX Concept, Aston Martin’s stunning new grand tourer.
Featured in The Eye are the12 one-of-a-kind timepieces by Hermès, which combine intricate French porcelain methods and the Japanese art of aka-e; strategic statement pieces that allow you to completely alter your look without throwing out your style staples; and a look into the rich history of German legwear manufacturer Falke, dating back to the 19th century.
The Slant examines the problems and potential solutions to online anonymity and analyzes the revamped and tech-savvy campaign of US presidentiable Hillary Clinton; a telecom policy researcher breaks down the state of the country’s Internet and exposes the flaws of the Fair Use Policies; and an Apple employee offers a look at how the company has defied all expectations of failure following the passing of Steve Jobs.
All this and more are available in the June 2015 issue of Rogue magazine, out on newsstands now.