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.

Latest from James Farrell

Will Lyft’s new fixed-route service Shuttle work where Uber’s Smart Routes didn’t?

Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. is looking at making its service a little more attractive to people wanting to share a ride from the same pick-up point each day, rather than take a bus. In an effort to cut down on costs for the consumer and reduce traffic congestion, Lyft has introduced Lyft Shuttle to its […]

Uber’s unsurprising diversity report: Top execs and tech staff are almost all white men

After taking considerable flak recently for all manner of transgressions, Uber Technologies Inc. has maintained that one thing it’s going to sort out is its reputation as a “bro” workplace hostile to women. That may be why it’s the right time to release a diversity report. The surprise, for some, is that Uber’s numbers especially for […]

Half of America’s population is on the FBI’s facial recognition database

Some 117 million Americans are on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s facial recognition database without their knowledge or consent, and 80 percent of them are stored as non-criminal entries. A review by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week presented some worrying facts on the FBI’s use of the database, which is mostly […]

Advertiser exodus from YouTube catches fire as Google stands to lose millions

Google Inc. stands to lose millions of dollars as more companies boycott advertising on the site after ads appeared next to content promoting hate speech. The U.K. government pulled all of its ads from YouTube last week because some of them appeared on extremist channels, and now a slew of companies around the world has gotten on […]

Instagram explains why it has started censoring ‘sensitive’ content

Facebook Inc.-owned Instagram said Thursday it will take more precautions to protect people from content that has the potential to upset. The company will now start censoring certain images and videos and leave it up to the viewer if they want to see the content in its original form. Instagram will begin blurring content deemed “sensitive,” […]

Apple acquires WorkFlow app, a popular automation tool for iPhone and iPad

Apple Inc. has acquired WorkFlow, a utility app that Apple called the “most innovative” app of 2015, for an undisclosed sum. The app, which had cost $2.99, was made free in the App Store Wednesday. Released in 2014 by Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer and Nick Frey, WorkFlow soon gained plaudits as the “Swiss Army Knife of […]

Uber’s female board members say the company is cleaning up its act, but will it be enough?

Bad news seems to be following Uber Technologies Inc. around like a stray puppy these days, but on Tuesday Uber’s female board members turned toward the growing angry mob of Uber critics in an attempt to calm things down. In a conference call, Uber board members Arianna Huffington (pictured), Liane Hornsey and Rachel Holt talked […]

Report: Apple making big bet on augmented reality for iPhone and even smart glasses

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook hasn’t been shy about hinting that augmented reality is going to be the next big thing, the omnipresent consumer technology that we can’t and won’t live without. Now, it’s becoming a little clearer how Cook’s vision may manifest itself in Apple products. A report in Bloomberg Monday provides a glimpse of […]

Amid numerous controversies at Uber, disillusioned President Jeff Jones steps down

After serving less than a year as Uber Technologies Inc.’s president, Jeff Jones is quitting, reportedly deciding the ride-hailing giant’s many problems were worse than he realized. The resignation and the reasons for it were first reported by Recode Sunday afternoon, but later Uber confirmed that Jones had decided to step down. According to Recode’s […]

Leaked documents show Uber’s self-driving car fleet is prone to accidents

Despite all the experiments with autonomous vehicles, most experts think it will be quite a few years before they’re common on the street. Recently leaked documents on Uber Technologies Inc.’s tests of self-driving cars starkly reveal a big reason why. The documents, obtained by Recode, state that while being tested in Pennsylvania, Arizona and California, […]