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    Google Android refreshes itself

    Life, James Hein, Published on 07/06/2017

    » Android 8 -- or O -- will be coming out soon, with the beta already available for lucky Nexus and Pixel users. Google is introducing "Fluid Experiences" that include picture in picture, Notification Dots, autofill and smart-text selection. The first will allow you to have an app open but with also, say, a small window running a YouTube video, just like TVs can do. Notification dots show that you have an app notification. A long press will bring up the item, which is useful. You have all seen autofill on forms and for passwords; this is finally appearing in Android. As has been the case for the last few versions, Google is also focusing on maximising security, optimising boot times and app performance, and intelligently limiting background activity for apps to save battery life. These are all welcome enhancements.


    Fingerprint plan dodgy

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/05/2017

    » The secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has escalated his threats to gather a private collection of citizens' fingerprints. Takorn Tantasith began by touting a "touch your smartphone" project for mobile banking, based on fingerprints. That sold poorly, and the NBTC chief then pronounced an effort whereby all mobile phone owners could give their fingerprints voluntarily for vague promises of benefits. Now he says every phone owner must give him their fingerprints, no exceptions.


    Don't count on innovation to overcome stagnation

    News, Satyajit Das, Published on 30/05/2017

    » Innovation, everybody hopes, will rescue the world from economic stagnation. I'm not so sure.


    Comical drive to rein in FB turns sinister

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 23/05/2017

    » Having failed to force Facebook to shut down more than 100 lese majeste pages, Thai authorities are going after small-fish users and viewers in the country in what appears to be another comical campaign of intimidation.


    South Korea's next leader must focus on growth

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 10/05/2017

    » So much attention is being lavished on the nuclear-edged tantrums of Kim Jong-un in North Korea that the presidential election on the southern half of the Korean peninsula has gone practically unnoticed. But the outcome may be nearly as critical for the region's future as the fate of Mr Kim's weapons programme.


    Is Myanmar ready for major change?

    Asia focus, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Business opportunities seem to be booming in Myanmar but are the people ready? It's the first thought that came to my mind as my taxi took me through the evening rush-hour traffic in Yangon.


    Easy on the eyes

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/03/2017

    » Despite its negative effects, especially on the eyes, smartphone addiction is not easy to quit. The digital devices and their light-emitting screens have become essential to our lives, so much so that saying goodbye to them is plainly impractical. But is it possible to continue using them every day without sacrificing our eye health?


    Driving a soft bargain

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/03/2017

    » The cabinet's approval of transport authorities' proposal to enhance the compulsory driving training course, by tripling the learning hours from five to 15 for would-be drivers, is a positive step forward.


    Fingerprint plan flawed

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/03/2017

    » The well-intentioned, indeed necessary military campaign to prevent bomb attacks in the deep South has taken a curious turn. The 4th Army for years has taken a variety of steps, some more effective than others, to stop separatist bombs. The most common terrorist-type bomb is one detonated from a distance by a mobile phone call.


    'Working out' a good policy

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/11/2016

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's sweat may not be in vain. In making an effort to don an exercise outfit and working out at Government House last Wednesday, the premier has successfully included the need to keep fit on the public agenda.

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