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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How you’re impacted by Windows 7 & 8 death as Microsoft winds up for Windows 10

Making way for the introduction of Widows 10, Microsoft Corp. stopped selling retail copies of Windows 7 and 8 on October 31st.   The giant software maker’s Widows Lifecycle Chart shows that from now on, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will not be able to purchase Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Home Premium […]

Prices, pros & cons: Google Drive vs. OneDrive, Dropbox and Box

The consumer cloud space just got a bit more exciting, following the recent announcement by Microsoft that Office 365 subscribers will soon have unlimited storage. Microsoft seemed quite jubilant about the move, with Chris Jones, OneDrive corporate VP quite loftily pointing out last week, “Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with […]

Office 16 due for release in second half of 2015

At a recent Tech Ed Europe conference held in Barcelona Julia White, GM of Office and Office 365, revealed that Microsoft Corp.’s Office 16 will be launched a little behind the previously planned date of Spring next year. It’s now reported that the launch will come in the latter half of the year, although no […]

Early upgrade for unlimited storage with OneDrive: Microsoft prices take on Google, Dropbox

All Office 365 subscribers will receive unlimited OneDrive storage for free, Microsoft Corp. announced this morning, putting an end to the previous 1 terabyte limit. In the coming months any home, personal or university subscribers of Office 365 will see the changes to their accounts, although if subscribers don’t feel like waiting they can go […]

Microsoft co-founder tops the bill in Ebola donations – some think it’s not enough!

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., has topped the list of the biggest donators in the computer tech industry in fighting the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. He tweeted late last week, “I’m committing at least $100M to #TackleEbola. Join me in helping those responding to this outbreak at http://TackleEbola.com.” Commenting on the donation Allen told […]

After costly summer layoffs, Microsoft’s cloud has a silver lining

The cost of Microsoft Corp.’s massive summer layoffs and a shift in focus to the mobile market has meant a dip in profits for the tech giant. Yesterday the company released its fiscal first quarter earnings, reporting a 13 percent slide in profits from 62 cents a share this time last year to 54 cents […]

These Kinect apps now available for Windows 8 and 8.1

Microsoft Corp. has just come up with a new fixture for Windows 8 and 8.1, reiterating the software giant’s desire to unify its platforms. Xbox One owners with a Kinect will now be able to connect to their PC or tablet with a new adapter, for what we think is the pretty lean price of $49.99. What’s […]

Microsoft rebrand: A sad farewell to the Nokia Lumia

Rumors that Microsoft Corp. was to ditch their Nokia brand have finally come true. This was confirmed by the Verge yesterday, and it was also stated on the Nokia France Facebook Page that within the next few days followers should expect a name change to the site; the same name changes will also be seen on […]

Landmark ruling blocks counterfeit e-tailers, and freedom of speech?

The UK high Court has made a first of its kind ruling in determining that internet service providers must crack down on websites selling fake goods. Five of the U.K.’s ISP providers, BT, EE, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin, which amounts to 95 percent of broadband users in the country, were ordered to “block or at […]

What you want: Top 10 requests for Windows 10

Prior to Microsoft.Corp’s release of Windows 10, the company has opened its ears to users by allowing the public to give feedback on what new features they would like to see. Soliciting consumer expectations on the upcoming version of Windows, Microsoft launched a suggestion forum via the Uservoice site. Users can also follow the creation of Windows […]