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    No more games

    Life, James Hein, Published on 10/06/2015

    » Official Windows 10 will be available on July 29, this year. By the time you read this, legal software owners should have received their notification from Microsoft to register for the free upgrade. Yes, there are indeed some nice new features that may or nor be available to you at release but there are what some will consider negatives to the product as well.

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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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    Caution is the internet watchword

    News, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 26/11/2016

    » Like a coin with two sides, there is more to digital media than meets the eye as it penetrates our privacy and is prone to abuse if handled carelessly and irresponsibly. The potential dangers transcend just about every age bracket.

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    Virus free and quids in after upgrade

    Life, James Hein, Published on 16/11/2016

    » After some years, I moved from Vipre anti-virus across to BitDefender. Part of the reason was base pricing and the rest was that Vipre still charges a premium for Android device protection, something included in the BitDefender family plan. Changing was as simple as uninstalling one and installing the other. The new product has already flagged a number of infection attempts and also a port scanning incident. Around the same time I started having problems with web browsing. Some sites would be fine and others would not appear for a long time or error out. I changed the SSL validation setting in BitDefender which fixed one issue but the remainder stayed. Doing some research, I found the product NetBalancer which when installed immediately cleared up the problem by taking control over what processes could access the network at specific priorities. I still don't know what was causing the initial problem but if you are having similar problems try NetBalancer, there is a free version for basic functionality.

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    Samsung fires up new chips

    Life, James Hein, Published on 26/10/2016

    » The jokes just keep coming at Samsung's expense with labels like "pocket explosive maker" and "next year's exploding phones". To be fair other manufacturers have had similar problems, although not quite to the same extent and usually due to third party batteries. Ignoring all of this for the moment, Samsung has announced that they have started mass production of the world's first 10nm FinFET (Fin-Shaped Field Effect Transistor) system on a chip.

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    The perils of an electronic voting system

    Life, James Hein, Published on 13/07/2016

    » I was talking to some friends in Australia about the recent election and by the time you read this, a week-and-a-half later, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared victory for his conservative coalition. The reason it has taken so long besides it being very close is that the process is still a manual one. People put numbers in boxes with a pencil and other people then count all of the numbers entered on the ballots to eventually work out how many people voted for which people in what order. To make it more complicated Australia has a preferential voting system that can see someone with 0.5% of the vote get a Senate seat due to redistribution rules. The discussion was around how difficult it would be to set up an electronic voting system.

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    At the NBTC, 'Heads must roll'

    Business, Published on 13/08/2014

    » The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is another regulatory body that has recently come under fire amid all the changes and restructuring proposed by the military regime.

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    Top 10 ICT trends for 2014

    Business, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 16/12/2013

    » Thailand's information and communications technology (ICT) market will grow slightly less than expected this year on the ongoing political conflict and high-level of household debt.

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    TrueVisions scores with TPL rights

    Business, Saengwit Kewaleewongsatorn, Published on 21/08/2013

    » TrueVisions, the pay-TV operator, has won the broadcast rights to football's Toyota Thai Premier League (TPL) for another three seasons from 2014-16 at a cost of 1.8 billion baht.

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    A Cyberocracy of Dunces

    Business, Published on 13/02/2013

    » Cybercrime has emerged as a critical threat to the modern world. But legislation to control it has lagged far behind the technology.

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