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  • TRAVEL

    Phuket's hidden pearl

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 09/05/2019

    » During one of last year's downhill mountain biking competitions, there was a new team participating. The group was made up of skilled riders I had never met before. They were from Phuket. I must admit I wasn't aware that the Pearl of the Andaman is home to an active community of downhillers. Where's their training ground?

  • 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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Okay phone, so-so camera

    Life, Komsan John Jandamit, Published on 09/01/2019

    » Samsung A series, with the "A" standing for "Alpha", is a line-up of phones that Samsung categorises as an upper mid-range Android phone. This series has been producing a good enough performance and above average photos. But does the latest A follow this description? No, not really.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Live thrills

    Life, Published on 25/12/2018

    » It's been an eventful year for live music. Life takes a look back at some of the highlights, and looks ahead to what 2019 has to offer.

  • TRAVEL

    Most-searched Thai destinations

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 20/12/2018

    » Khao Kho is listed as the No.1-searched destination in Thailand, according to the Google Year In Search 2018.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Narcos heads a stellar list of new Netflix shows and films

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/11/2018

    » It's 1980s. It's Mexico. And drug war is all the rage in Netflix's Narcos: Mexico, which continues the legacy of the Narcos saga with a new cast, story and country.

  • TECH

    Surprisingly, your personal data isn't safe with Facebook

    Life, James Hein, Published on 10/10/2018

    » Facebook has been in the news recently having large numbers of public profiles harvested by marketing conglomerates. Estimates from this incident alone range from 50 to 90 million users and there may be a lot more. The "more" part comes from the user search and account recovery features that may have been abused to scrape up to 2 billion or more accounts. In other words, if you are on Facebook and have any kind of public profile someone has more info on you than you might like. The feature has since been turned off but not before a lot of information went to the marketers.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Keeping wee ones entertained, safely, on YouTube

    Life, AKIN, Published on 03/10/2018

    » Another good way for parents to make it safer and simpler for kids to explore the world through online video is by installing YouTube Kids, an app built from the ground up that brings a library of content from all over the world to families.

  • LIFESTYLE

    New Gadgets

    Life, AKIN, Published on 03/10/2018

    » Razer Nari wireless gaming headset

  • TECH

    A lot of money for fairly little phone, Apple

    Life, James Hein, Published on 26/09/2018

    » So, the news of the week, or at least as I write this, is the release of the new Apple iPhone range. There are three models ranging from the 5.8 and 6.1 inch models up to the XS Max at 6.5 inches. The latter is a real departure from the early days of Apple declaring that no one needed a large-screen phone. Compared to the latest phone specs across other brands, the features in the new iPhone range are not so special. They do all have very special prices and the bottom of the line starts at US$749 (Thai prices are TBA) and goes up from there topping out at $1449, which would make the whole range easily the most expensive phones per feature on the market today. For this you get no fingerprint reader, no headphone jack, average pixel density and cameras, no expansion memory port but dual SIMs, wireless charging and face detection. Even my most ardent Apple-lover friend will not be forking out their cash for those kinds of prices. I don't expect this range to sell anywhere near as well as earlier models. Seriously, what were they thinking?

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