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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Facebook makes changes to trending topics to reduce fake news

In an effort to address the problem of fake news that some believe swayed the U.S. presidential election, Facebook Inc. has made some major changes to its Trending Topics section. Today Facebook announced that in the U.S., at least, trending news now will be based on stories that have appeared in a number of publications, […]

First Jeopardy, then Go, and now AI is beating professional poker players

Artificial intelligence has wiped the floor with humans in games such as checkers, chess, Jeopardy! and, in perhaps its finest hour so far, beating flesh, blood and brain cells at the ancient Chinese board game of Go. But strategy games such as those cannot be compared to poker, a game that while asking players to employ logical […]

Trump appoints new FCC chairman, signaling the likely end of net neutrality

President Donald Trump’s decision to make Ajit Pai the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has provoked fears that the end of net neutrality is nigh. There has been some speculation that Trump is no fan of an open Internet and could be the catalyst in overturning what has so far been trenchant support within the […]

Samsung explains why its Note 7 phones exploded – and why it won’t happen again

Following a four-month investigation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced at a press conference on Sunday the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 overheating and explosions that led to a very costly recall. After looking at possible hardware and software issues and testing 200,000 phones, Samsung, along with three independent industry organizations, came to the conclusion that […]

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 […]