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    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.

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    Human override here to stay

    Life, James Hein, Published on 10/04/2019

    » Computers are useful tools and they will emotionlessly churn through thousands of operations in the blink of an eye to produce whatever results they were programmed to do. Most of the time the results are welcomed. When it comes to malware the results generate a different reaction, and then there are those spaces in the middle. The situation surrounding the Boeing 737 Max MCAS aircraft and the recent crash is an excellent example. The latest analysis would seem to indicate that the computer engineers made some choices that have had unintended consequences. In this case overriding the wishes of the pilots by assuming the plane was crashing, when it wasn't, and not allowing the human pilots to correct the computer's decisions.

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    Meet your maker

    Life, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 24/01/2018

    » Maker Faire Bangkok 2018, which took place over the past weekend, was inspiring for six-year-old Champ, who accidentally dropped by with his parents in the late afternoon. While everything looked exciting to him, he said the highlights were when he rode on an electric three-wheeled vehicle and designed his own one-of-a-kind key ring.

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    Glimpse into the future

    Life, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 17/01/2018

    » How will the world evolve from now on? The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2018, which recently wrapped up in Las Vegas last week, is one of the markers. Every year, life-changing technologies created by big and small brands across the world are revealed at this event before entering the global market.

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    AI will have biggest impact on us, say youths

    Life, Published on 21/06/2017

    » Youth in Thailand rank artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) as the most exciting technology innovations that will affect their lives, according to recent survey findings by Microsoft.

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    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.

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    A visit to Samsung headquarters

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 29/06/2016

    » 'Smartphones aren't something very special anymore," said Lee Young-Hee, Samsung's executive vice-president of Global Marketing for IT and Mobile.

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    Looking forward to WWDC in June

    Life, Graham K. Rogers, Published on 18/05/2016

    » To read some of the press in the last few days, one would think that Apple is about to go bust. Again. Display rumours were exciting; a new iPhone shape was expected. Now Nikkei claims that the iPhone 7 will not have enough that is new, so Apple will die or something. That caused another drop in Apple shares, which may be the point: what goes down, will go up; then look at all the profits.

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    Roll out the electric cars

    Life, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT)'s Centre for Research and Development Collaboration (CRDC) is out to prove that technology can help save energy and lead to a healthy environment.

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    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.

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