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    Cyber security laws - in flux, but set to flex

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 10/08/2016

    » Eight new cyber stability and security bills continue to go through various stages of deliberation. Of particular note to the Thai public are the Cyber Stability and Computer Crimes act, both of which have raised concerns among many activists and watchdog groups who continue to speak out against many specific sections in both bills, which they interpret will potentially allow the government to control civil and privacy rights, and which Life reported on last month.

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    Communication breakdown

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 20/06/2016

    » It has been an uncomfortable several months for internet users the Kingdom over, as the government released the drafts of its eight new digital-related bills. The bills immediately became the source of much controversy, as many critics and pundits criticised the new regulations and laws included in the drafts to be a step back into the days before the 1997 media reforms, giving government agencies absolute control over the surveillance, management and oversight of digital data.

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    Wall street staggers but set powers past 1,600

    Business, Published on 29/09/2014

    » Recap: Wall Street pulled back last week after disappointing US durable goods orders suggested the recovery might be weaker than thought. However, the Thai stock market continued to march up and finally passed 1,600 points — a level not seen since May last year — on Friday on investor hopes that economic stimulus measures will soon take hold. Window-dressing as the quarter-end approaches also lent support.

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    Of hacking and international cyber affairs

    Life, James Hein, Published on 21/12/2016

    » According to some reports Russia was the one that hacked into the Clinton servers and arranged the email leaks to get Trump elected. Many of the US security agencies don't agree with this latest assessment. So what do we know? We don't know for example if the servers are running Microsoft or Linux operating systems, if the emails were grabbed in a single block or slowly over time. There is very little info. This is a classic case of one side blaming the other for a result they didn't want, and I suspect that the real story won't come out for some time.

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    Microsoft and the Europeans

    Life, James Hein, Published on 14/12/2016

    » For those upset by Brexit and the election of Trump, Microsoft has an answer -- LinkedIn. In a statement to the EU after the recent acquisition, Microsoft indicated as much after the EU expressed concern that Microsoft would do its usual trick of integrating LinkedIn into Office and combine the databases. There were also concerns that only MS CRM users would have access but, given the take-up of the MS CRM system, that was soon dismissed as a concern. Microsoft has agreed to a number of EU conditions, including third-party access to Office, keeping Office customisable, allowing for separate installation of LinkedIn, and allowing it to be uninstalled. The EU has always been tough on organisations like Microsoft that try to set up any kind of monopoly, but this time it might be a bit of a storm in a teacup.

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    Google wants your Android

    Life, James Hein, Published on 15/06/2016

    » Which is the world's most valuable brand? A number of them should pop into mind like Coca-Cola, Apple and Cartier. The new leader of the pack however is Google taking the slot from Apple based on the recent BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study. With a 32% increase in brand value they were a big mover since last year, while Apple dropped in value over the same period. Other IT names are in the top 10 like Microsoft at third, Facebook at fifth and Amazon at seventh place.

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    A smooth watch with Android

    Life, James Hein, Published on 20/04/2016

    » I just took delivery of the Android based Neo X8-H Plus media player from Minix. Plugged it in, booted it up and I was up and running. The first thing I noted was that unlike all the Linux based devices I have used in the past, LAN access was simpler. All I needed to do was provide the base IP address and all shared directories were available. You can run the device as a pure Android 4.4 device or use the Minix shell. This means that once you plug in your Google password, you can install Android apps and use them while sitting in front of your TV.

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    What does Cupertino have up its sleeve?

    Life, Published on 09/03/2016

    » Rumours are circulating about an upcoming Apple event. The event (should it happen) will be about hardware. In three months, Apple's World Wide Developers Conference will focus on software, with maybe some hardware too.

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    Coining it in

    Life, James Hein, Published on 03/02/2016

    » So the People's Bank of China (PBOC) is planning to set up a virtual currency for China. The stated purpose sounds reasonable, reduce the cost of paper currency and allow the country to have greater control over the currency supply. Apparently this would also help with money laundering, tax cheats and allow for greater transparency.

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    The world may not be enough for FB

    Life, James Hein, Published on 27/01/2016

    » No more browsing or phone calls. This is the latest Facebook aim for a full social media replacement based, of course, on Messenger. Facebook claims 800 million installations primarily located near the lower end of the marketplace. To meet their goal they will need to not only convince organisations, governments and enterprises big and small to adopt a Messenger-like technology but also give up all of their privacy. They will also need to do this before someone else jumps in with their current technology equivalent. Add in the job of convincing countries like China to adopt US-based technology to replace their equivalents and you have an impossible target.

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