James Farrell

James Farrell is the former editor-in-chief of Chiang Mai CityNews, where he wrote and managed daily news, features, op-eds and blogs on a diverse range of topics. Prior to this, in the same city of Northern Thailand where he lives, he was the longstanding deputy editor of the monthly magazine Citylife. He has written on culture, politics, travel, tech, business, human rights, for local, national, and international news services and magazines. He has a keen interest in the role technology is playing in the transformation of society, culture and politics, especially in developing nations. This is reflected in his not-so-successful first novel.

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Slack cleans up conversations with long-awaited threaded messaging

One of the most sought-after features for customers of Slack Technologies Inc.’s team messaging app was something to simplify public conversations by bundling messages with related replies. Slack today debuted its solution: threaded messaging, a feature well-known to email, Twitter and Facebook users that allows anyone to follow up on a conversation topic within a channel […]

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty lays out guidelines for ethical AI development

With great power comes great responsibility: That was the gist of a set of principles for artificial intelligence development laid forth by IBM Corp. Chief Executive Ginni Rometty on Tuesday. Rometty (pictured) has made AI, or what IBM calls cognitive computing, the centerpiece of the tech giant’s attempt to recharge its growth. In a panel discussion at […]

Could this be Microsoft’s long-awaited Surface Phone?

Time and again in recent years, rumors have, ahem, surfaced regarding Microsoft Corp. merging at least the designs in its embattled phone division and its successful Surface line of two-in-one personal computer-tablet hybrid devices. The potential outcome: a Surface phone. As Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela put it, the device would be a “breakthrough” product, the […]

Facebook will crack down on fake news in Germany ahead of election 

Facebook Inc. said Sunday that it will filter fake news stories in Germany in coming weeks, following reports that some politicians in Germany are worried about the influence alleged disinformation might have on the upcoming elections. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (above), who is running for a fourth term, has been the most prominent voice regarding […]

How Stanford researchers are using deep learning AI to fight blindness

Microsoft Corp. announced last year that it was intent on curing cancer, using artificial intelligence to do such things as tracking a patient’s tumor. The year before that, IBM Corp. chose healthcare as a prime market for Watson, saying the AI-driven cognitive system would “revolutionize” the industry. It’s clear that AI of various kinds will play […]

Wearables can actually predict illnesses, says Stanford study

If there’s one overriding reason people are using wearable devices such as Fitbits and Apple Watches, it’s to track their vital signs during exercise in the hope that they can improve their health. Now there’s evidence that some wearables, at least, have the potential to prevent illness and disease. That’s according to a new Stanford University […]

Apple, Google and Facebook lead, Amazon trails in Greenpeace’s clean energy report

Most major tech companies have been boasting about how green their energy is, hoping to ward off critics that point out how much power their ever-growing network of huge data centers use. But there’s an independent report card, and it shows that not all of them are getting good grades. A report from Greenpeace called “Clicking Clean: Who […]

‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli gets suspended from Twitter

The man who made a name for himself for repelling the vast majority of the world’s media consumers after he significantly raised the price of a HIV drug has been suspended from Twitter. Martin Shkreli, the outwardly smug entrepreneur who raised the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim in 2015 from $13.50 a pill to $750 […]

The man who says he invented email sues owner of tech site that doubted his claim

Indian-born American scientist Shiva Ayyadurai has taken umbrage with the tech media site TechDirt over a series of stories that attempted to debunk Ayyadurai’s claim that he invented email. Ayyadurai is suing TechDirt’s founder, Mike Masnick, for defamation to the tune of $15 million. One of Ayyadurai’s websites, theinventorofemail.com, explains how, at the age of […]

Privacy advocate foils facial recognition technology with patterned clothing

A Berlin-based artist and privacy advocate, Adam Harvey, is fighting back against what he considers intrusive and oppressive facial recognition technology. Harvey, who melds art with his contention that data collection on the individual is at extreme levels, has come up with a novel way of making sure that facial recognition software can’t ascertain who […]