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  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Environment loses as rays of hope dim

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Mysterious deaths of giant freshwater stingrays in the Mae Klong River. Lead contamination at Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi. The pollution of the Pong River in Khon Kaen.

  • OPINION

    Condolences for HM

    News, Postbag, Published on 19/10/2016

    » With deep sorrow, I have learned about the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • OPINION

    Can Jack Ma spur global job rise?

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Alibaba's Jack Ma has big dreams. Having transformed Chinese retail, he's now determined to reinvigorate globalisation.

  • OPINION

    National sovereignty concerns in cyberspace

    News, Sutapa Amornvivat, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Recently, I was called upon to write a short memo for a policy-letter collection to the would-be 45th president of the United States; the piece would be framed as a policy suggestion in response to shifts in the strategic outlook and value of Asia's rising generation. Clouded in the harsh political rhetoric of personal characterisation and domestic focus during year-long presidential campaigning, one issue with immense global impact in the age of connectivity has yet to receive sufficient spotlight: cyber-security.

  • OPINION

    NLA's new green stripe

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's decision to enlarge the National Legislative Assembly with mostly men in uniform was another key turning point in Thai politics manoeuvred by the military regime.

  • OPINION

    Leaks aren't always good for politics or journalism

    News, Published on 19/10/2016

    » Editor's note: This column contains language that some readers may find offensive Both journalism and politics now live in the leak culture, and both professions will be forever changed by it. Both have always benefited from leaks of some kind, from the officially authorised to the criminally filched. But today's ability to download and disseminate vast banks of information constitutes a new chapter in journalistic and political practice. Wikileaks has put US diplomatic cables in the public domain, followed by the much riskier leaking of sensitive files from the National Security Agency and that followed by the leaking of the Panama Papers, which showed how the rich secretly contrive to get richer.

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