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Thailand held "Digital Big Bang 2017"

Thailand just recently staged "Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017" as part of what is termed Digital Transformation Thailand. It is part of a broader plan to reform the Thai economy and society called Thailand 4.0
Thailand 4.0 is anambitious visioninvolving the fourth stage of economic development that is meant to transform Thailand's economy and society by technological innovation. In Stage 4.0 the economy is to be transformed from an industry-driven economy to one driven by innovation. For example agriculture must become more modern, adopting new technologies which are expected to enrich farmers. Small and medium enterprises must transform themselves into smart enterprises and startups making use of new technologies. The service sector should concentrate upon high value services rather than the low value services prevalent at present. The 4.0 program intends to use public-private partnerships as a model. To achieve this Thailand must have quality communications and telecom…

Danish company uses high tech solution to save water

Peter Nartoft, Chief Executive Office (CEO), of Aqubig heads a company that makes a smart water sensor solution that not only can tell you when your water consumption increases or decreases but also how it compares with the consumption of others.
Aqubig produces the smart water sensor solution for private households. There are three elements. One sensor measures the amount of water that is entering the house from the main water pipe. The second component is the "cloud" where the data is both stored and analyzed. The analyzed data can be seen on the third element which is an app for a smart phone. The app allows you to monitor your water consumption by use. You can see how much you use when washing up, showering, or any other activities. You can also compare your use with the average use of Danes. This allows you to locate areas where you could use improvement. Aqubig has joined a project with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) designed to promote small business develo…

French automaker Peugeot offers folding electric bicycle to fit in auto trunk

Driving a car through the central parts of large cities is becoming more of a problem with difficulties parking, traffic jams, noise and pollution. Peugeot the French auto maker offers one solution in that you can drive in to the outskirts, park your car, open the trunk and take out the eF01 an electrically assisted folding bicycle that will fit in most auto trunks. The bike features disk brakes on both the front and rear so that one should have no difficulty braking. The electrically assisted bicycle has a lithium-ion battery that has a range of up to 30km. but can go further depending on your willingness to pedal. Some vehicles such as the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 have outlets in the trunk and the e-bike can recharge in two and a half hours when the car is running. There is a special app that allows you to see how far the bike can go on the charge that is left. The eF01 can reach a speed of 20 km/hour. The use of the e-bike is an eco-friendly way of getting around the city and saves mo…

Dealing with diabetic children in school

Scientists from the University of Wellington in New Zealand suggest glucose testing meters be more stylish so that children with type I diabetes are not embarrassed when they use the meters in school.
A student with Type I is quite likely to be the only student using medical equipment in class in checking blood glucose levels. They may feel self-conscious when they pull out the meter--plus a test strip and a lancet device. A recent article claims that this is especially true for girls although no studies are cited to confirm this view. The scientists think that this problem can be helped by having glucose meters with jewelery-inspired design. What the kids want The scientists interviewed some girls aged 13-24 with type 1 diabetes to find out what sort of design requirements they wished in a meter. One would think there might be interviews with females who are all children. However, their responses were interesting in that they wanted such things as a well-functioning meter, one that b…

Obamacare enrollment plagued by funding cuts and technical problems

Open enrollment in Obamacare (ACA) is just about a month from now. However, the White House is cutting back on funding but also those states who use the federal market place are facing technical difficulties. Non-profit groups, workers who receive federal funding and state health workers, all of whom advise consumers or organize educational events about getting coverage, must first complete a mandatory certification course. There are technical problems with the training that has always involved software that is not very user-friendly and often involves bugs. However, it is said to be worse this year as they are receiving no help from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which are tasked to support them.Randal Serr, director of Take Care Utah said: “It used to be … you got the impression they were trying to help you. Now it seems, passively, this is not their priority.” Serr claims he personally has experienced the lack of response to complaints about technical issues. Many …

Special tattoo ink being used to measure blood glucose level and Ph.

- The Dermal Abyss project is a collaboration between researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers Katia Vega, Xin Liu,. Viirj Kan, and Nick Barry with Ali Yetisen and Nan Jiang from the Harvard Medical School. Dermal Abyss research involves a novel approachin which the surface of the body is rendered as an interactive display. Instead of using regular tattoo inks biosensors are used whose colour changes in response to variations in the interstitial fluid. The project will blend traditional tatoo artistry with advanced biotechnology. At present there are no plans to develop a product or even pursue clinical trials but just to pursue proof-of-concept. Any commercial use of the technology will no doubt be some time in the future. The biosensors would not only reflect the glucose level in the blood but its pH level as well. PH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the blood. There is one Ph sensor that changes between purple and pink and a second one …

High-tech equipment often standard on 2017 model cars

As shoppers consider purchasing a new car they most notice some changes in this year's models. Many boast excellent gas mileage, have high-rise views of the road and some have smaller interiors.

 1 of 2 The most noticeable change may be that cars are often jammed with high-tech equipment often found in luxury cars if available at all but now standard equipment or available in less expensive packages. This article notes some examples of these high tech additions in 20017 models. A prime example are 2017 models of the Toyota Prius which was named one of 10 cars with the best technology by U.S. News and World Report. All lift-back models include the Toyota Safety Sense as standard whereas last year the technology was only part of an option package. Safety Sense includes technology for vehicle stability, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, anti-lock brake system, smart stop technology and traction control.
There is also available a wireless smartphone charging system wit…

Three main US stock indices end September on a positive note

Indices of major exchanges in the U.S. and Canada closed up at the end of September. Several new highs were reached during the month on U.S. exchanges.
 1 of 2 (September 30)In the U.S., theS& P 500, the Nasdaq Composite and the Russell 2000 all posted record highs on Friday. The S & P 500 closed up 9.30 points or 0.4 percent. This was its 39th record this year. It gained 0.7 percent over the week and 1.9 percent over the entire month of September. Since July it has risen 3.9 percent. It has risen now for eight consecutive quarters. The Nasdaq rose 42.51 percent or 0.7 percent to 6,495.96. For the week it was up 1.1 percent and for the month just 1 percent but its quarterly gain was 5.8 percent. Its close was another record its 50th this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average(DJI) rose 23.89 points or 0.1 percent to 22,405.9 just missing a new record by about seven points. Over the week the index rose only a marginal 0.3 percent but over the month it gained 2.1 percent and a s…

South Korea bans initial coin offerings (ICOs)

(Sept. 29)The South Korean Financial Services Commission announced it will ban raising money for all forms of cryptocurrencies through initial coin offerings (ICOs). The Commission said that trading in the currencies needs to be tightly controlled and monitored.
China banned ICO's some time ago but also has closed downcrtypocurrency exchanges in the country although it still allows over the counter trades between individuals. It remains to be seen whether South Korea will follow China further and also close down cryptocurrency exchanges at least temporarily. South Korea has several exchanges active in trading including bicoin. After meeting with the Finance Ministry, the Bank of Korea and the National Tax Service, the regulator said: “Raising funds through ICOs seem to be on the rise globally, and our assessment is that ICOs are increasing in South Korea as well." He said that there would be stern penalties for financial institutions or others who try to issue ICOs. However, …

Old style AM radio keeps broadcasting through Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Luis Penchi has slept about three hours a night since Hurricane Maria turned his analogue AM radio station WAPA 680 into one of the few sources of information about the situation in San Juan and the rest of Puerto Rico.
Penchi, a lay Franciscan friar worked more than 25 hours straight during the hurricane. The storm knocked out electricity, Internet, television and cell service for the 3.4 million U.S. citizens living on the island. With a backup generator, Penchi was able to stay on the air and was able to deliver a 24-hour stream of advice, news, messages and pleas for aid. Penchi credited retro technology along with the help of God saying that the station was chosen by God and its staying on the air was an act of God. However, the 62-year-old said this with a laugh. Since the storm the station has carried on as a source of news, bulletins, stories about the relief efforts, information about road conditions and missing people. Many people are arriving at the station to have messages …

US Homeland Security claims that 21 states' election systems were targeted by hackers in 2016 election

The United States Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states that hackers had targeted their election systems in 2016 but none of the systems were used for recording votes. Only a small number of networks were actually breached.

Scott McConnell spokesperson for Homeland Security said: "As part of our ongoing information sharing efforts, today DHS notified the Secretary of State or other chief election officer in each state of any potential targeting we were aware of in their state leading up to the 2016 election." The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the US federal government. Its responsibilities include public security and its mission involves counter-terrorism, border security, immigration, customs, cybersecurity and disaster prevention and management. It was created as a response to the 9/11 terror attacks. As of 2017 it had 229,000 employees and an annual budget of $40.6 billion.
The vote counting systems were unaffected sinc…

Boeing and Chinese company ink joint deal to build completion and delivery center in China

The giant US aircraft manufacturing company Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China(COMAC) signed a joint venture agreement and also unveiled Boeing's first overseas completion and delivery center. The facility will be in Zhoushan in the east of China in Zhejiang province. The joint venture will have registered capital of $55 million with Boeing having a 60 percent share through its investment of $33 million. COMAC has a 40 percent with an investment of $22 million. The project will oversee Boeing's new 737 completion plant in China. Construction began in early May and will include a delivery center that will be owned by Boeing. The facility will be able to carry out tasks such as cabin installation, painting, flight testing and maintenance. Boeing Corp. is a U.S.-based global corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites throughout the world. It also leases items and provides product support. It is the second larges…

Infomercials, advertorials, and native advertising, can help disguise ads

As well as traditional advertisements which clearly indicate they are such the advertising industry has used other formats that make it less obvious that they are promoting their products.

This article describes three different formats: infomercials, advertorials, and native advertising. The three types have similarities among them and some might even question whether advertorials are not just a type of native advertising. Infomercials
The infomercial also known as paid programming is a type of television commercial. Generally it will include a no-charge telephone number or link to a website. The commercials are often long almost a half hour or hour. Infomercials began in the US where often they aired overnight from 2 in the morning to 6 taking advantage of low rates for programming that was off peak times. Some TV stations actually used them instead of signing off. However, the ads have been so successful that some infomercials run at other times as well. The infomercial industry is s…

New technology empowers diabetics to control the disease

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, 30.3 Americans or 9.4 percent of the population had diabetes. Diabetics need to control their blood sugar, exercise, and eat properly to manage the disease and prevent complications.

However, new technology provides more tools for helping diabetics control the disease. Diabetes is a condition that results from lack of insulin in the blood or the person's body cannot properly utilize insulin--insulin resistance. There are three basic types of diabetes. Type I diabetes is described by the American Diabetes Association as follows: Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose fr…

Just as shipments begin Apple Watch Series 3 experiences connectivity problems

As shipments of Apple's new Series 3 smart watch begin the watch is experiencing difficulties in certain situations with connecting to cellular.
One of the key differences between the Series 3 and earlier models are itsbuilt-in cellular capabilities as the iPad and iPhone have. If a Wi-fi network is not available the watch should be able to connect to a cellular network. A reviewer in the Verge reports: "While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues. The new Watch appeared to try to connect to unknown WiFi networks instead of connecting to cellular, when I was out and about without my phone. " The reviewer again had problems when he made a second review. Eventually Apple acknowledged there was a problem and released a statement saying: “We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We …