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  • OPINION

    A sexy new way to pay

    Life, James Hein, Published on 05/02/2014

    » Forget PayPal, what you really need is at least as The Register in the UK quaintly puts it "pay by bonk". Using the system, you knock your smartphone against another smartphone or device in a store to transfer funds from one account to another. A new payment system is also being planned at Apple, who wants to lead the near field communications (NFC) race. It will no doubt heavily feature the iTunes store (i.e. you pay money into your iTunes account and then use that to purchase items in the real world). This could essentially work like an iTunes-based debit card. Remember, however, that these NFC payment systems are also subject to those of a more unsavoury nature passing close to you and grabbing some cash for themselves. It is early days yet, but I expect that this will turn into a real issue. As for me, I bought myself a woven stainless steel wallet that acts as a Faraday cage. You could also just wrap it in tin foil, I suppose.

  • OPINION

    Goodies galore unveiled at Nevada show

    Life, James Hein, Published on 15/01/2014

    » As I write this, CES _ the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas _ is under way with its displays of awesome gadgets. Nvidia announced a 192-core mobile processor that comes in 32-bit ARM format, or a 64-bit version. Yes, you read that correctly: 192-core. There's lots more from all the usual suspects, but so far the release of the Galaxy S5 hasn't been announced. That's expected next month.

  • OPINION

    Will IT firms tighten their belts in 2014?

    Life, James Hein, Published on 08/01/2014

    » It is just after New Year and things are quiet in the IT world as people reflect on the past and try to work out what is coming in the future. One of the stories that caught my eye was that Hewlett-Packard is planning to make 34,000 positions redundant by the middle of the year. The problem is that HP is not selling its products _ at least not in the volumes required to keep the positions active. They blame this on a contraction of the PC market, poor enterprise demand as companies tighten their belts, competitive pricing pressures and poor currency exchange rates. I suspect that HP will not be the only company to tighten its belt in 2014.

  • OPINION

    Hands off our lunches

    News, Published on 08/01/2014

    » Faced with probably the most serious political crisis of this generation, the caretaker government has turned its attention to a different problem. The Internal Trade Department (ITD) announced last weekend it will try again to fix and then extend price controls on Thai fast food. It has been seven months since the minister of economy announced firmly there will never be price controls on the khao gaeng (literally, curry on rice) dishes that tens of millions consume every day. But the ITD says it will move immediately against food and noodle outlets.

  • OPINION

    Drones target US shoppers

    Life, James Hein, Published on 11/12/2013

    » Duck, because that buzzing sound you hear might be the new delivery drones from Amazon. OK, here in Thailand they are unlikely to ever be seen, but in the US Amazon has plans to deliver packages up to 2.4kg within a 10km range of their distribution centres. Dubbed "Prime Air", this is still in the concept stage with all kinds of hurdles to pass before implementation. First off they need a reliable, cost-effective delivery drone. Another group is doing a similar thing in Haiti but in this case they are delivering medicine. This trial has had problems with mechanical failures due to humidity, dust and temperature. The next hurdle is the requirement for navigation ground stations, licenses to fly drones in a metro area, power line avoidance systems and crazy bird attacks. Yes, I did make that last one up. Given the current restrictions in all likelihood any realised solution will be deployed in a non-US country first.

  • OPINION

    Spies like us

    Life, James Hein, Published on 20/11/2013

    » Does anyone else find the current rhetoric around countries spying on each other hypocritical? Everyone does it, either officially or unofficially, and every country spies on its neighbours, enemies and even allies in the name of national interest. History shows us that neighbours _ and Thailand is well aware of this _ can turn on you at any time so you have to keep tabs on them. In the past the only way to do this was using human intelligence, reading letters and intercepting telegrams. These days emails are read, phones are tapped and servers are hacked in addition to using regular human intelligence. To pretend otherwise is just plain silly. For the moment the US National Security Agency just happens to have the biggest and fastest computers to do this with.

  • OPINION

    Technology unplugged

    Guru, Sumati Sivasiamphai, Published on 15/11/2013

    » Among the attendees was Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, who offered his expertise on the power of the internet and its boundless future potential (operating under Android, of course). Besides highlighting Google's vision of a world with total connectivity, Schmidt commented on how technology has enhanced Thai politics in recent years.

  • OPINION

    News in the mobile world

    Life, James Hein, Published on 06/11/2013

    » Apple has outperformed the financial projections of Wall Street moneymen but income is still down. Earlier in the year, things were not looking so good but Apple had a strong finish on the back of the sale of their latest products and claimed that 340 million iPhones were sold. They also sold 14.1 million iPads last quarter and more than 4.6 million iMacs.

  • OPINION

    Decisive leadership from Democrats is needed

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 04/11/2013

    » It was a gross miscalculation by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, aka the Man in Dubai, that the protesting crowd at Samsen railway station would number at most 10,000. Apparently, the Man in Dubai and his cronies at home have underestimated the strength of public resistance to the blanket amnesty bill and to the man himself.

  • OPINION

    The shape, and size, of things to come

    Life, James Hein, Published on 09/10/2013

    » When someone uses the word smartphone, most people these days probably automatically think of Apple or Samsung. This makes sense because between them they account for over half the world's devices in this category. Apple started the trend and in recent times Samsung has taken over and been leading ever since. Beyond the United States, Australia and Europe, the fastest growing markets are China, India and Brazil, all of which have their own increasingly popular brands. In China, for example, Samsung is the current leader, but numbers two and three are Lenovo and Yulong Coolpad _ I've never heard of the latter either although they released 48 models last year. Apple isn't even fourth with ZTE, Huawei and Xiaomi coming next on the list.

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