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PTT, Foxconn to make electric vehicles in Thailand

PTT, Foxconn to make electric vehicles in Thailand

FILE PHOTO: Foxconn’s computer motherboards are seen during the annual Computex computer exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan June 1, 2016. (Reuters) TAIPEI: Taiwan's Foxconn on Monday announced a partnership with state-run energy group PTT Plc to make electric cars in Thailand, adding to a string of such deals by the iPhone assembler as it makes forays […]

State mulls ID linkages for social media

People check their mobile phones while travelling on the skytrain in Bangkok. The DES Ministry is considering linking ID cards to social media registration to combat fake news and support e-commerce. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul) Security agencies and the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry are seeking ways to supervise usage of social media and are […]

Capturing Industry 4.0 trends to accelerate recovery in a post-pandemic Thailand Advances in technology and changes in society are rapidly transforming how businesses operate on every level. COVID-19 is accelerating these trends in operationally intensive companies. Developing new strategies and processes to grow the workforce is a key issue for business leaders

Confronted with the largest health and economic crisis in recent history, industrial digitization is facing its biggest test to date. COVID-19 has forced companies across sectors to take extraordinary measures to protect their people and maintain operations. Those that had scaled their Industry 4.0 deployment prior to COVID-19 are finding themselves better positioned to respond […]

A bloody Irish jaunt Assassin Creed Valhalla’s first expansion is big — seriously

You would think that a game as massive as Assassin's Creed Valhalla wouldn't need an expansion and yet here's Wrath Of The Druids, which was released earlier this month. Tagged by Ubisoft as only the first major expansion in an unknown number to come, the add-on gives the already hefty game even more stories, mysteries […]

Robinhood set to extend reach into OTA services

Thana Thienachariya, board chairman at Purple Ventures, the operator of Robinhood Online food delivery service provider Robinhood has vowed to double its investment budget to 300 million baht this year as it expands its reach into online travel agent (OTA) services. The platform still maintains no gross profit (GP) or commission fees collected from the […]

Amazon buying MGM studios, boosts streaming ambitions

The fabled Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios is an iconic name in Hollywood which has been through a series of ownership changes and bankruptcy in recent years. WASHINGTON: Amazon has agreed to buy the storied MGM studios for $8.45 billion, the companies said on Wednesday, giving the US tech giant a vast content library to further […]

Samsung’s future flex

(Photo: community.samsung.com) So whatever happened to the rollable displays we were promised some time back? Turns out companies like Samsung have been working on them, presenting a few at the recent Society for Information Display (SID) annual exhibition. The key to this technology is the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display because it doesn't need a […]

P.S.P. Specialties to tap e-commerce trend through partnership

Lubricant manufacturer P.S.P. Specialties Co is joining hands with virtual marketplace operator WhatsEGG (Thailand) to seek new business opportunities through online auto parts sales as their market value is expected to reach 7 billion baht in five years. WhatsEGG has developed “Egg Mall”, a major online marketplace facilitating trade between auto parts manufacturers and their […]

DES to mull funding options for remote study plan

The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry's efforts to provide free mobile internet packages for students to support their online study has hit a snag as it cannot draw money from the Digital Fund because this subsidy is not included in the fund's stated purpose. Therefore, the ministry is seeking an alternative source of funding […]

Outlay on IT security set to surge this year Rate reflects growth in remote working

Global spending on information technology security and risk management is expected to reach US$150 billion this year. Spending on IT security and risk management tech in Thailand is expected to surge 7.7% year-on-year to 13.7 billion baht in 2021, buoyed by the growth of remote work, cloud computing, and risk management, according to global research […]

Operating in the shadows: US Cyber Command

An aerial view of the US Cyber Command joint operations center on the NSA campus is seen on May 25, 2020, in Fort Meade, Maryland. WASHINGTON: If the Pentagon's Cyber Command launches an online attack and nobody knows about it, does it deter anyone? Many Americans are asking what the country’s army of cyber warriors […]

1.7 million affected by hack of top Japan dating app

One of Japan’s top dating apps has warned the data of over a million users may have been compromised by hackers. TOKYO: The personal data of more than a million users of one of Japan's most popular dating apps may have been exposed by a hack, its operator has warned. Net Marketing Co, which runs […]

Huawei smart board taps cloud, AI Product expected to satisfy growing demand for gamification and digital classrooms

Mr Deng appears at the launch of Huawei’s IdeaHub board, which supports online work and study as well as cloud video conferencing. Huawei Technologies Thailand, the local unit of the global tech powerhouse, has unveiled an interactive smart board that can support online work and study as well as facilitate remote healthcare in line with […]

Price of new computers on the rise High demand, chip shortages key factors

IT products recorded a sales surge in April despite the third wave of the pandemic. New computer models are seeing an uptick in price following the global shortage of semiconductors and a surge in demand for IT devices used for remote work and study, according to IT device distributors. Somsak Pejthaveeporndej, chief executive of VST […]

Price of new computers on the rise High demand, chip shortages key factors

IT products recorded a sales surge in April despite the third wave of the pandemic. New computer models are seeing an uptick in price following the global shortage of semiconductors and a surge in demand for IT devices used for remote work and study, according to IT device distributors. Somsak Pejthaveeporndej, chief executive of VST […]

Huawei smart board taps cloud, AI Product expected to satisfy growing demand for gamification and digital classrooms

Mr Deng appears at the launch of Huawei’s IdeaHub board, which supports online work and study as well as cloud video conferencing. Huawei Technologies Thailand, the local unit of the global tech powerhouse, has unveiled an interactive smart board that can support online work and study as well as facilitate remote healthcare in line with […]

Microsoft announces retirement of Internet Explorer

Microsoft says it is retiring its Internet Explorer browser. SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft said it is retiring Internet Explorer, the browser it created more than 25 years and which is now largely abandoned as people instead use competitors like Google's Chrome or Apple's Safari. “We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 […]

Fake news law nearly ready: DES

A draft law authorising the Ministry of Digital, Economy and Society (DES) to order the collection of log files from data networks to deal with fake news will be completed by next month, the minister said yesterday. DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn was commenting after meeting committees on preventing and solving the dissemination of fake news. […]

Snapchat claims 500m users amid pandemic-fueled surge

Snapchat said it now has 500 million monthly active users worldwide after surging growth over the past year. SAN FRANCISCO: Snapchat, the social network popular with young smartphone users, said Thursday it has 500 million monthly active users amid surging growth in many parts of the world. The platform, which has expanded its offerings beyond […]

Sharge upbeat on EV charger sales

Mr Peerapatr based the forecast on the state policy to increase the number of EVs. The government's electric vehicle (EV) promotion policy and pandemic-induced concerns over a degraded environment are expected to help Sharge Management Co make an exponential leap in its EV charger sales to 20,000 from 250 units within five years. Sharge managing […]

Virus bumps up the digital uptake rate

The proportion of so-called digital adopters and digital leaders in Thai businesses is expected to rise in the coming years as more than half of all businesses are gradually embracing digital transformation, according to a virtual business seminar held by the country's largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS). Digital adopters are defined as businesses […]

Samart bets on state sector for growth

SET-listed tech and ICT solutions provider Samart Corp is confident the sector will skyrocket post-pandemic, driven by digital transformation among businesses eager for tech solutions. “Our company has spent years transforming the business to enter the digital era. We are developing new solutions for opportunities in the post-Covid period,” said Watchai Vilailuck, executive vice-chairman in […]

Phone for pro-gamers Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has much to like such as speakers, cameras, batteries, touch-sensitive buttons and charging ports

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel As a long-time on-the-go gamer who started with the original Nintendo Gameboy (now a full-time Nintendo Switch user), mobile gaming was always something that I enjoyed. But would a “gaming phone” such as this Lenovo Legion Phone Duel be able to quench my thirst to game and use it as a […]

Censorship, surveillance and profits: hard bargain for Apple in China

Apple and China flags fly above the entrance to Apple’s new data center in Guiyang, China, on Oct 31, 2020. (NYT photo) GUIYANG, China: On the outskirts of this city in a poor, mountainous province in southwestern China, men in hard hats recently put the finishing touches on a white building a quarter-mile long with […]

Censorship, surveillance and profits: hard bargain for Apple in China

Apple and China flags fly above the entrance to Apple’s new data center in Guiyang, China, on Oct 31, 2020. (NYT photo) GUIYANG, China: On the outskirts of this city in a poor, mountainous province in southwestern China, men in hard hats recently put the finishing touches on a white building a quarter-mile long with […]

Chinese tech companies are at it again

A reminder on the importance of both scalable systems and load testing. The recent Philippines' attempt to expand its national ID programme had a number of issues when they introduced a two-factor authentication system. PhilSys, as it is known, started out just fine when registrations began in 2020, when paper forms were still used. This […]

Vingroup to close VinSmart electronics unit to focus on EVs

Labourers work at an assembly line to produce ventilators amid the spread of the coronavirus disease at Vsmart factory of Vingroup outside Hanoi on Aug 3, 2020. (Reuters photo) Vingroup JSC is shuttering its electronics devices unit VinSmart just months after exporting smartphones to the United States as it ramps up production of electric vehicles. […]

Vingroup to close VinSmart electronics unit to focus on EVs

Labourers work at an assembly line to produce ventilators amid the spread of the coronavirus disease at Vsmart factory of Vingroup outside Hanoi on Aug 3, 2020. (Reuters photo) Vingroup JSC is shuttering its electronics devices unit VinSmart just months after exporting smartphones to the United States as it ramps up production of electric vehicles. […]

China cracks down on app notifications Regulator proposes ‘people’s war’ to create a more orderly online environment

A traveller checks her mobile phone at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China. (Reuters Photo) BEIJING: China’s internet watchdog says it will ban some mobile app notifications and tighten regulations as the government ramps up a campaign to rein in the growing influence of internet companies over people’s daily lives. The Cyberspace Administration of China […]

Ransomware targeting Asean SMEs drops But threats have become more targeted and malicious, according to security specialist Kaspersky

The global cybersecurity company Kaspersky has reported a significant decrease in the number of ransomware attempts it detected and foiled last year among small and medium enterprise (SME) users in Southeast Asia. The company monitored 804,513 ransomware events in 2020, down 58% from the 2019 total of 1.9 million, according to the latest Kaspersky Security […]

Apple’s App Store draws developer ire and legal challenge

Apple’s App Store, the only way software apps can get onto iPhones or other Apple mobile devices, is at the heart of a trial with Epic Games opening in a federal court across the bay from San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO: While Apple chief Tim Cook touts the brand's App Store as an economic miracle, Fortnite-maker […]

Tech firms unite to help battle virus

A screen capture of a virtual conference as 36 tech organisations pledge to provide digital solutions to Bangkok’s field hospitals. Some 36 tech organisations, in coordination with the Digital Council of Thailand (DCT) and the Medical Council of Thailand (TMC), have vowed to provide digital solutions and infrastructure for three pilot field hospitals as they […]

Bangkok ranks top in Asia for digital nomads Living costs, climate provide an edge

A view of high-rise buildings in Bangkok from Mahanakhon Skywalk, one of Thailand’s tallest buildings. With affordable living costs, easy transport and warm weather, a website says Bangkok fits nomadic lifestyles. Patipat Janthong Bangkok is the most popular city in Asia for digital nomads and ranks fourth globally thanks to affordable internet and living costs, according […]

Bangkok ranks top in Asia for digital nomads Living costs, climate provide an edge

A view of high-rise buildings in Bangkok from Mahanakhon Skywalk, one of Thailand’s tallest buildings. With affordable living costs, easy transport and warm weather, a website says Bangkok fits nomadic lifestyles. Patipat Janthong Bangkok is the most popular city in Asia for digital nomads and ranks fourth globally thanks to affordable internet and living costs, according […]

Thai startup Pomelo pivots to fashion tech platform amid COVID crisis

Photo: Pomelo website JD.com-backed fashion e-commerce startup Pomelo plans to boost revenue by offering its own technology in analytics and demand forecasting to other fashion brands in the region, its chief executive said on Tuesday, amid slowing offline sales. The women’s fashion firm, which started as an online business in 2013, plans to launch its […]

Valuation mismatch slows PE, M&A deals in Thailand but local investors said to be active

The city of Bangkok. Photo from Pixabay. Asset valuation mismatch seems to have taken the wind out of the sails of private equity transactions and merger and acquisition activity in Thailand.

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