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  • OPINION

    Hidden 'treasure' in mobile phones is worth millions

    News, Published on 19/08/2013

    » Would you throw gold, silver or other precious metals into the trash? Probably not intentionally. But if you have thrown away an old mobile phone, not realising that it contains a host of recyclable metals, you are not alone; the average US citizen disposes of a mobile phone every two years, with only one out of 10 dismantled and recycled.

  • OPINION

    Smuggled mobile phones become lifeline to outside world

    News, New York Times, Published on 28/03/2016

    » The man drove Ju Chan-yang to a mountain overlooking North Korea's border with China. He looked around, making sure they were alone. Then he dialled his Chinese cellphone and handed it to her.

  • OPINION

    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

    Why Thailand Won't be 4.0 Anytime Soon

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/08/2017

    » We all have already heard the much-touted "Thailand 4.0" vision -- an aspiration for our beloved country to become an advanced version of itself -- but it seems all recent evidence points to the contrary. Here are some reasons why I believe the chances of Thailand reaching 4.0 are, unfortunately, very slim.

  • OPINION

    Get phones in the fast lane

    News, Published on 11/12/2012

    » The Administrative Court's decision last week to dismiss the Ombudsman's objection to the 3G spectrum auction was welcome. What is needed now is decisive and strong leadership to implement high-speed, mobile phone networks. When the judges waved off the Ombudsman, it was a clear signal that the time is past to consider more delaying tactics. Thailand is behind its neighbours and the world, and it is necessary to catch up.

  • OPINION

    Free your mind and the rest will follow

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 03/09/2018

    » Last week I came across an interesting news item about a small temple in Chiang Mai having come up with a cool idea to get visitors to ponder their lives. It has erected many large timetables around the premises, each detailing the number of days people at each age have left to live if they are to die at 75, the average lifespan for Thais.

  • OPINION

    Tapping into prison phones

    News, Published on 06/02/2012

    » It is probably impossible to imagine a more complicated proposal to fight drug traffickers than the one put forward by authorities during the weekend. Certainly, it could serve as the plot for a movie or Sunday evening soap opera comedy. The source of the plot is Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, but there are numerous other players.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

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