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    Samsung's woes continue

    Life, James Hein, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Where to start this week? Samsung's woes just keep on going. The latest versions caused fires within a day in a couple of cases, including a fire on a plane when the unit was off. The Korean giant has now recommended that all Note 7 users turn their phones off and not use them. This will mean a whole new replacement program of some kind. Not sure where this leaves Samsung though their S7 and S7 Edge units all seem to be fine and going well with customers. It will now be interesting to see what happens to the Note range and what the next version will look like. It has cost Samsung around US$2.3 billion, so far.

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    Closing the ICT gap across Asia

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 03/10/2016

    » Advances in information and communication technology have been instrumental in shaping and leading socioeconomic transformations across Asia and the Pacific. One key to this transformation is the technology bundled around the "Internet of Things" (IoT), which enables billions of devices and appliances to connect over the internet for more accurate, real time data collection and analysis on an unparalleled scale.

  • OPINION

    Reality in South fails to match government spin

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 13/09/2016

    » The appointment of the army chief's younger brother, Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, as the 4th Army Region commander, does not bring a new sense of hope for peace in the restive deep South.

  • OPINION

    Breaking barriers to bank the poor

    News, Arup Chatterjee, Published on 14/09/2016

    » Giving the poor access to financial services is accepted wisdom. What isn't appreciated is how this is undermined by a lingering lack of trust in banks among the people most in need of their services.

  • OPINION

    Regime on shaky ground as 'Pai' rebels

    Oped, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 19/08/2016

    » I don't know Jatupat Boonpattararaksa personally. Like many people, I first got to know of him from news reports when he and a group of his friends joined a villagers' protest against gold mining in the northeastern province of Loei three years ago.

  • OPINION

    The big issue: We know where you are

    Alan Dawson, Published on 14/08/2016

    » In all, the military regime in just one week came up with four new ways they intend to track people in the coming days and months.

  • OPINION

    PromptPay sows doubts

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/08/2016

    » If anyone has questions about joining the e-payment system dubbed PromptPay, they should start with Phansuthee Meeluekij. That name may not be familiar, but he is the man who hit the headlines last week for every wrong reason. Mr Phansuthee is the small-business owner from Ayutthaya whose bank account was cleaned out by cyber thieves. Both the somewhat elaborate theft and the response by everyone involved are not just unacceptable. They should cause second thoughts about the security of the entire e-payment project currently pushed by government agencies and banks.

  • OPINION

    Denials, blame game won't stop bombings

    News, Suranand Vejjajiva, Published on 16/08/2016

    » Some days after the Mother's Day blasts and arson attacks in the Upper South and Prachuap Khiri Khan, authorities still can't say with any certainty what happened at each incident, about 15 in all, who the culprits are -- though manhunts are on, and why. No group claimed responsibility or demanded any terms, making it easy for false rumours and conspiracy theories to spread, especially via social media.

  • OPINION

    Could India be the first country to get rid of cash?

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 22/07/2016

    » 'Black money" -- the colloquial name for a vast network of off-the-book cash transactions and unbanked savings -- is one of India's biggest scourges. Amounting to as much as $460 billion (16 trillion baht) a year, bigger than the GDP of Argentina, all that money lies beyond the reach of the tax authorities, creditors and anti-corruption investigators.

  • OPINION

    #Travel smart - leave your phone behind

    Life, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 06/06/2016

    » I roamed the streets in Nakano, a neighbourhood in Tokyo I'd never been to. Though only a station away from the entertainment hub of Shinjuku, the area looks different from the bustle of touristy areas in other parts of the city.

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