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    In the fight between Apple and FB, let users decide

    News, Stephen Carter, Published on 09/02/2019

    » Pardon me while I offer a few words in Facebook's defence. I stand by my previous column, in which I noted that the company had once more goofed on privacy with a research app that vacuumed up information from users' mobile phones. On issues concerning user data, Facebook seems unable to improve its tin ear.

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    The world knows where you've been

    Life, James Hein, Published on 16/01/2019

    » A reminder for those operating in the digital world. This includes the internet, your phone, social media and basically anything in the public sphere. You can all but guarantee that everything you post online is eventually available to everyone. It doesn't matter what promises your provider might offer -- and maybe they're even being as honest as they can be -- eventually your data will turn up on a public server somewhere. The golden rule is simple: if you don't want everyone to see something, then don't post it anywhere on public networks.

  • OPINION

    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

  • OPINION

    Burning issues and great expectations

    Life, James Hein, Published on 19/12/2018

    » Another year almost gone, another year of IT improvements, advancements and lower prices. It was a year of missing graphics cards, where Bitcoin data miners snapped up the market for a while.

  • OPINION

    Three new maxims for surviving the next era of tech

    News, Farhad Manjoo, Published on 30/11/2018

    » Nearly five years ago, in my very first "State of the Art" column, I offered a straightforward plan for how to survive what was shaping up to be a turbulent time in the tech world.

  • OPINION

    Huawei still some way behind rivals

    Life, James Hein, Published on 21/11/2018

    » I've had some feedback expressing surprise that I invested in a smartwatch. Yes, I didn't think I'd see the day either, but it does function very well as a watch with changeable faces and at a price point that's far below some of the faces it can duplicate. The always-on test was a success in that I only turned the watch off when I wasn't using it on some evenings. It also does sleep tracking, which perhaps provides a sterner test, but it still provided a week's worth of use making it usable for many. On a longer trip you would need to take the charger along. Note that for both tests, I kept Bluetooth on the whole time.

  • OPINION

    New party shows hints of cracks

    News, Published on 17/11/2018

    » The Future Forward Party (FFP) is facing stiff competition even from the ranks of parties considered to be its allies, and the reported undercurrent being whipped up within the FFP is not helping the situation.

  • OPINION

    Trump's phone tap karmic revenge?

    News, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Specific incidents can sometimes reveal much larger truths. This would seem to be the case regarding recent revelations that the Chinese have been eavesdropping on US President Donald Trump's less-than-secure phone calls and using the information gathered as part of an elaborate plot to influence the president.

  • OPINION

    Big Brother watching with cybersecurity law

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 20/10/2018

    » All our personal and business information will no longer be safe from state surveillance if the draft of a new cybersecurity bill becomes law.

  • OPINION

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls, but why

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 11/10/2018

    » Last week, the city was abuzz with a debate over a temple bell that allegedly keeps some people awake and frustrated. City authorities stepped in, instructing the temple to keep the bell noise as low as possible, to please residents of a nearby luxurious condo.

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