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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Respected hedge fund loses faith in Apple and bets on Microsoft

Bridgewater Associates, a huge hedge fund – largest in the world says Institutional Investor – based in Westport, Connecticut, has revealed that it has diminished its holdings in Apple by almost 50 percent, according to its regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This comes at a time when Apple’s shares have gone up by […]

Microsoft patches lingering bug that affects all versions of Windows

Microsoft has announced that it has taken care of a bug that may have been around for some 15 years, and could have put millions of PC users running all version of Windows at risk of giving attackers complete control of their machine. The vulnerability, codenamed Jasburg, which Microsoft says took a year to clean-up, still remains a critical […]

Cloud freebie wars: Microsoft OneDrive giveaway overshadows Google Drive’s free 2 Gigabytes

Microsoft has announced that it is now giving away 100 GB of OneDrive cloud storage for free, for two years. This was announced on the same day that Google let it be known that it was giving away 2 GBs of Google Drive storage, forever. Both freebies come with small stipulations, but nothing to be […]

Microsoft and Samsung end dispute over Android patent-licensing

After Microsoft filed a patent-royalty suit in August last year that alleged that the South Korea-based Samsung had not made Android royalty payments on time resulting in $6.9 million in interest fees, the two companies have settled the issue after months of attempted reconciliation. A joint statement from the two companies read, “Samsung and Microsoft are pleased […]

Supporting marriage equality at work is the ‘right thing’, says Microsoft, and also good for the bottom line

Following last month’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where diversity and inclusion in the workplace was a key issue under discussion, Microsoft has said it wants to share the company ethos that supports the rights of the LGBT community. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs […]

Microsoft claims we can all take and create stellar snaps with its updated Image Composite Editor (ICE)

Since the inception of digital photography and the ongoing advances in smartphone photographic technology even the most haphazard and ill-framed shot can end up looking like it was shot by a professional. Microsoft has just promised to make the amateur’s snaps even more appealing with its updated ICE 2.0 software, that will use computer vision […]

Microsoft releases first part of preview for Universal Office apps for Windows 10

Microsoft has just released a technical preview for Word, Excel and PowerPoint available on PCs, laptops and tablets, as part of the Windows Insider Program. Users who are already part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview can access the new apps by searching for them in the Windows Store Beta. Microsoft also mentions that the […]

Bing blocking Google? Microsoft’s new Android app could divert Google lovers

Coming straight outta Microsoft’s Garage, a creative nexus in which the company’s hackers, makers, artists, tinkerers, musicians, inventors get together and throw around ideas, is a new Android app that goes by the name of Picturesque Lock Screen. The app basically functions as a time-saving feature to bring up important information when your screen is still […]

Microsoft appeals to developers in announcing Windows 10 will run on Raspberry Pi

Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Windows 10 OS will run on the Raspberry Pi 2 single board computer, the next generation of the Raspberry PI board whose new specs – a quad-core ARM7 based Broadcom CPU running at 900MHz and 1GB of RAM – will have six times the processing power of the first […]

High praise and a big security ‘Warning’ for Microsoft’s Outlook for iOS

Following last week’s release of Microsoft’s preview version of Outlook for Android and a new version of Outlook for iOS, there have been mostly positive reviews popping up over the last few days, as well as Microsoft’s flattering statement that Outlook for iOS was already ahead of Gmail in the App Store charts. The Verge went […]