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  • TECH

    Let it all go with Pokémon

    Life, James Hein, Published on 20/07/2016

    » The Pokémon Go game is taking the smartphone world by storm. Like Ingress before it, it is a real world location based game so you physically have to get out of the house to play it. Unlike Ingress, it has a cartoon character so kids love it but mums and dads don't so much because they have to drive their kids around to out of the way places to get the next Pokémon. This is another game by Niantic, a group within Google and the ones who built Ingress. The game was also quite insecure on iOS phones but that was apparently fixed with a patch. There have been no issues reported by Android phone users.

  • OPINION

    Words don't come easy to millennials

    Life, James Hein, Published on 23/05/2018

    » Next time you're in a restaurant or where people gather in small groups, sit and watch for a while. Note how many of the groups are silent, all doing something on their phones. When you find such a group, note how long they go without saying a word to each other. There is an interesting behavioural shift occurring in the phone-enabled world where casual conversation skills are being replaced by surfing, messaging and instant posting. It won't be too long before the best way to find out what the person next to you is thinking is to live feed their Facebook, send them an SMS or Line message, or heaven forbid a tweet.

  • OPINION

    A techie Xmas to one and all

    Life, James Hein, Published on 20/12/2017

    » Another year has passed, and it is time to take a look back.

  • OPINION

    VPNs outlawed in Russia

    Life, James Hein, Published on 08/11/2017

    » By the time you read this a new law in Russia will have banned the use or provision of virtual private networks (VPNs). ISPs will be required to block websites that offer VPNs and similar proxy services, currently used by millions of Russians to bypass state-imposed internet censorship. President Putin justified this draconian step as a measure to prevent the spread of extremism online. Its real purpose is to restrict the population to information approved by Russian regulator Roskomnadzor, being the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, or more simply censorship.

  • OPINION

    The problem with KRACK

    Life, James Hein, Published on 25/10/2017

    » I decided to start this week's article by exposing a secret typically only held by IT Experts and specialists. I'll likely lose my secret decoder ring over this but the big secret is, read the pop-ups. As any IT person knows when they are called over to their parent's, friend's or work computer, the first thing to do is read the pop-up messages.

  • TECH

    iPhone fans may need to temper expectations

    Life, James Hein, Published on 14/09/2016

    » So the iPhone 7 is announced and is basically as expected. Still the small 4.7-inch screen, a 12MP camera, tiny 2GB of RAM average pixel density, reasonable CPU and 4K video recording. All yawn-worthy by comparison to other brands. The model will be somewhat waterproof with the IP67 rating but still no removable battery or microSD support. The 7MP selfie camera is a little bit of an upgrade. While I'm sure the Apple lovers will be over the moon with the new phone, taking a more rational approach there is certainly no wow factor in any of the specs. So apart from the usual upgrades, what is the real attraction with this new model? I do not expect there to be a huge number of sales outside of the usual purchasers for this version.

  • TECH

    Smartphone slowdown is inevitable

    Life, James Hein, Published on 10/02/2016

    » The big duo of mobile phones Apple and Samsung are wondering how 2016 will be in terms of sales and they are not super confident. Apple did have a great year posting US$18.4 billion (654 billion baht) in profit, the most of any company ever. They did this by selling a tiny number more devices than last year, over 74 million of them. What they didn’t do was sell a lot more than the same time last year and shareholders are asking why. The latest versions are similar to the previous ones at least in design but Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that global economic conditions are not good, currencies are dropping in key markets so that less can afford the newest top end units. I think that the top end of the smartphone market is saturated and a slowdown is inevitable.

  • TECH

    The Cloud is thinner than we think

    Life, James Hein, Published on 28/05/2014

    » The world is currently enamoured with the Cloud, which is more of a concept than a reality. The recent two-day crash of the Adobe Cloud highlights just how fragile this technology is. The Cloud is definitely spectacular, and the usual suspects jumped onto the bandwagon — unfortunately so did certain CEOs captivated by glossy handouts and presentations, as usual not bothering to first check in with their system administrators. This is new, bleeding-edge technology that should typically be something from which an organisation steers clear until it has matured.

  • TECH

    Windows 8 not foolproof after all

    Life, James Hein, Published on 21/11/2012

    » With all the marketing in full force across the planet it is hard to avoid talking about Windows 8. This also means that different types of people are looking closely at the new operating system and finding issues. You may remember a few weeks back that Windows 8 was going to be the new bastion of security.

  • OPINION

    Remembering life before the fall

    Life, James Hein, Published on 03/10/2012

    » If you remember the days of floppy disks or putting something on a CD a while back then you know about the problems of data retention.

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