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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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 […]

Microsoft smartwatch bets on 2-day battery life as speculation, rivals circle

Microsoft Corp. is gearing up to launch its smartwatch in a matter of weeks, according to a recent Forbes report. Not only will the device connect to your smartphone – Microsoft’s own Windows phones, Google Inc.’s Android phones and Apple Inc.’s iPhone, but it will act as a fitness tracker. The smartwatch will measure users’ heart rates throughout […]

Xbox One outselling Playstation 4 with its free games strategy?

In a bid to attract customers before the holidays and solidify a recent Xbox One sales boom that won’t go unnoticed by rivals, Microsoft Corp. is giving away two different special editions of the game Assassin’s Creed: Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, when purchasing the new Xbox One, with or without Kinect […]

How to alienate women (and karma): Microsoft CEO’s sexist comment spotlights industry inequality

Following Microsoft Corp. Satya Nadella’s comment at last week’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, that women shouldn’t sweat it if there is vast inequality of man-to-woman pay scales within the tech industry because “karma” will put things right, a media furor lambasting Nadella has taken place. The comment that sparked the controversy – following […]

Should Facebook cave to the growing need for online anonymity?

Considering the avalanche of customers choosing anonymous mobile chat apps these days, from WhisperText, LLC to Yik Yak, Inc., it may not come as a shock to hear that Facebook, Inc. plans to offer its users something similar in the way of anonymous interaction. A report in the New York Times revealed that the public could […]