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    Land of smiles redux

    Alan Dawson, Published on 08/06/2014

    » And the word went out, and there was happiness everywhere. Or there soon will be. Or else.


    OnePlus One is new

    Life, James Hein, Published on 04/06/2014

    » The OnePlus One is a new Android phone from Oppo Electronics out of China. It sells for US$299 (about 10,000 baht), which puts it under half the price of the big models like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. For that price you get the latest Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS screen, 13MP camera, 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4 and a 3100mAh battery. You also get Gorilla Glass 3 in a polycarbonate shell.


    Protect your photographs from spies

    Life, James Hein, Published on 21/05/2014

    » Beware the Cloud, or at least Google+. I took a picture with my phone recently, something I don’t do all that often, and happened to visit Google+ soon after. The first thing I saw was the photo I’d just taken. This was the first time I discovered that any photos I take are by default sent immediately to my Google+ area. You would think this was a setting in the Android G+ app but it is instead in the Photos apps. Google’s default push is to fully open up everything you do to Google, so be careful what setting you have and how you use your camera. To be fair the photo was in a “protected” area but we all know how well that kind of protection remains in the open-to-the-world-plus-their-dog environment we live in.


    The cutting edge of conservation

    News, Published on 13/05/2014

    » A small aeroplane makes its final approach to land. But there is no airport, no landing strip, nor even a pilot to guide it down. This is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle returning from its mission: not hunting terrorists or spying on foreign lands, but monitoring populations of rhinos and scouting for tiger poachers.


    Happy birthday, Gmail

    Life, James Hein, Published on 30/04/2014

    » This month Gmail turned 10. According to legend, it was created in the free time of Google engineers, who were allocated 20% of their time for personal projects. In those days there was Microsoft (who managed to lose all of my Hotmail emails one year; I’ve never touched it since), Yahoo! and AOL, making Gmail’s rise from nothing quite an achievement. Gmail introduced threaded mail, more data storage and allowed users to send larger emails. They also introduced an “undo send” option, long-term storage of emails, better searching and didn’t delete your account if you remained inactive for a while. It handled spam decently and worked on almost every browser. Microsoft responded by charging for extra space. No wonder it is now the top free email service, at least according to some measures.


    Fresh hope for the world’s forests

    News, Published on 09/04/2014

    » Global trends are reshaping how businesses approach sustainability. On one hand, consumers and investors are pushing businesses to raise their standards. On the other, technological shifts are generating more and better information faster, enabling unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability.


    How not to be a Glasshole

    Life, James Hein, Published on 26/02/2014

    » The growing use of smart glasses technology has led organisations like Google to issue a list of do’s and don’ts when using the devices so as to avoid being a “Glasshole”.


    Shedding light on bringing power to the poorest

    News, Published on 25/02/2014

    » An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide, including 550 million in Africa and 400 million in India, have no access to electricity. Most live in rural areas where the population is sparse and incomes are low, making it uneconomical to connect homes and businesses to a grid. Nor is it feasible to generate power locally with a diesel unit, owing to high fuel costs and the need for substantial initial investment.


    Modern religion, old vices

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 21/02/2014

    » Label me a sinner, insensible or harsh as you wish. I’ve been thinking recently that making merit at most urban temples is quite an absurdity, especially in this hideous, blackhole moment of Buddhist history.


    The road from thirst to health

    News, Published on 17/02/2014

    » Millions of the world’s poorest people face serious water-related challenges — from lack of access and shortages to disputes over supplies — with profound implications for security, economic development, and environmental sustainability. As world leaders design a development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, addressing these issues should be a top priority.

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