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Democracy on the wrong Track
Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha claims that the country's Politicians still making mischief, therefore he has to refuse calls to ease ban on political activity, Bangkok Post reports.
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Khon Kaen's Baby Soldiers won praise from a government education official and criticism from those who see the kiddy bootcamp as a sign that Thai society is becoming increasingly militaristic under the current Junta.
Thai Netizen Network warns
Thai Netizen Network warns that, if the amendment bill to the Computer Crime Act is passed, the information and communication technology minister will be able to access encrypted computer data of anyone with the help of internet service providers. For more information please read the reports published by Bangkok Post and Prachatai (English).
On May 24th Thailand's media reported that Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha's hand-picked Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon informed Thailand's citizens that Thailand gets 6 more months to tackle illegal fishing. On May 25th Bangkok Post writes that the European Union has confirmed Thailand has more time to halt illegal fishing, but was sharply critical of the country's lack of progress. But - the EU made no mention of a supposed six-month grace period to improve. Today Bangkok Post claims that the Regime must give public facts,not fiction. Also today you can read that Thailand's Military Junta has ordered a restructuring of the Command Centre to Combat Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) with Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya replacing navy chief Na Areenij as head of the centre.
Return Power, Rights, Independence and Freedom to the People!
As the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) marks the second anniversary of its seizure of power on May 22nd, 2014, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called for the junta to return power, rights, independence and freedom to the people, Bangkok Post reports.
And what Thailand had learned during the last two years? Not to believe the Junta's Promises, Khaosud English writes.
No High-Tech in Thailand
The 'clever' people from Thailand's Department of Land Transport told the people to say goodbye to UberMoto and GrabBike. They think the regimented, registered and, especially, politically intimidated motorcycle taxi business concept introduced by Thailand's Military Junta fits best the country's traditions of legacy and patronage. Thailand doesn't need a new technology. It's a threat to the country's national security: It could destroy the power of Bangkok's Elite.
1 = 2
Thais are irrational, especially their politicians, a group of Thai teenagers claim and decided to improve the logic skills of Thailand's citiziens offering online lessons in critical thinking, Bangkok Post reports. Let's hope Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his hand-picked supporters from the NCPO will read the lessons too...
No Election by September 2017
Thailand's Military Junta has indicated the general election scheduled for next year may have to be scrapped if the draft constitution is shot down in the August 7th referendum, Bangkok Post reports. On Monday Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha already announced that the charter-drafting process will go back to square one if the draft fails to pass the referendum. But will I have to resign? I am working for the sake of the country. I am not threatening to stay on if the draft charter is rejected, Thailand's self-appointed Prime Minister added.
His remarks will backfire, Thailand's Dictator claims
The Thai right-wing political elite has raged at the US Ambassador after he publicly shamed the Thai Foreign Minister last Thursday and Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha appeared angry at the US ambassador's remarks last week. Is Thailand a US colony, he asked? In the meantime The Nation reports that the People of Thailand are no longer happy with PM's weekly TV show. The PM must adjust his personality and his team must be bold to tell him that, Academic Assoc Prof Uajit Wirojtrairat told the newspaper.
The Immortal Monument of Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome
City Hall's Sandbags remain filthy reminder of Pattaya Beach woes, Pattaya Mail reports and publishes impressive and unforgettable pictures of Pattaya's glorious Beach Promenade.
The Rich and Famous play Cat & Mouse with Thailand's 'Justice'
People with wealth, influential families and political and business connections avoid facing justice for crimes they have committed. Read the facts:
Limit the Military's Power!
A recent poll conducted by Mahidol University's Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Chiang Mai University's Faculty of Law, Thammasat University's College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Rangsit University's College of Social Innovation, and People Poll Thailand show that the majority of Thai people want the size and tasks of Thai Military to be curtailed. Thailand's Military should not have any responsibility other than protecting the national sovereignty, the poll reveals. But an opinion poll published today by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, an organisation close to the junta, reveals that a majority of its respondents said the reforms should be completed before an election so that the country could move steadily forward without problems.
Therefore, never trust a poll you didn't manipulate yourself...
Prayuth goes against his Opponents
Just a day after members of the United Nation grilled Thailand's Military Junta for its human rights records, more than 100 police and military officers raided houses of Pheu Thai Party politicians, including former members of Parliament, told the people to shut down and remove the installed CCTV systems and ordered them to get out of the house(s) while they performed the search. Soldiers and police officers claim they confiscated weapons, illegal communication equipements, notebook computers and other incriminating objects like t-shirts and bags. During preparing a PM meets teachers conference, the Military Junta instructed teachers attending the event to shout simultaneously keep fighting PM Prayuth after the PM's speech ends.
Update (May 13th):
All firearms sized during the raids at locations of the Dictator's so called dark influence (read Pheu Thai politicians) turned out to be licenced.
Update (May 14th):
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) claim that Junta representatives to the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review (UPR) lied about military courts.
From Happiness to Fear & Consternation
After the failure of the Return to Happiness campaign Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his hand-picked Military Junta obviously started a Fear and Consternation game:
Two-faced Military Junta?
On April 20th Thailand's Military Junta launched a Diplomatic PR Campaign and distributed a leaflet to Diplomats around the world claiming the Junta's laws do not impinge on general freedom of expression - which we believe to be fundamental element of a democratic society - as long as such expression does not undermine public order and social harmony. But in Thailand itself, the Dictator asked the Journalists Isn't the freedom we have right now enough?, announced to get tough with 'troubelmaker' and defends the aducting of eight people accused of running anti-government Facebook pages. In the meantime Thailand's Military Court denies bail for eight abducted Junta critics and the Bankok Post writes that some of the Junta's political moves are simply stunning, so incredible that people are left dumbstruck by the effect. Academics even said that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), formal name of Thailand's Military Junta, has violated their own rule book in harassing critics of the junta-sponsored draft constitution. Moreover, Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha is also seeing not existing links between former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, his son, his family and actual protests against Prayuth's hand-picked Military Junta. Anti-Junta Activist's Mother charged with Royal Defamation Authorities to ban t-shirts campaigning against draft charter Junta to replace elected local councillors with appointed bureaucrats
Press Freedom isn't Free
Press freedom isn't free, and the price is especially high under a dictatorship, Pravit Rojanaphruk, a Senior Staff Writer from Khaosod English, writes.
'High Technology' in Thailand
A few days ago Bangkok Bank updated its software. Since than nothing works as expected: The display on ATMs suddenly switches from English to Thai and after a transaction the ATM displays absolutely wrong messages. Since many days it's also impossible to update a Passbook. Bangkok Bank is Thailand's largest financial institution. Obviously that's not a guarantee that the company is employing real professionals. TiT (This is Thailand)
Don't let your children play on Pattaya Beach!
The Rats are back!
The rats are back on Pattaya Beach and our Officials from City Hall close their eyes. According to a report published by Pattaya Mail on March 11th, the City already launched a new offensive on beachfront rats. It seems the 'offensive' was launched for publicity only. The rats still enjoy a happy life on Pattaya's Beach and its Promenade...
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Pattaya News Flash reports about the funny side(s) of this World Class Resort.
but not in Pattaya
Samran Rat Police in Bangkok have received overwhelming praise and support from the public after photos of its officers taking away objects placed on traffic surface on a Soi on their motorcycles circulated in social media, Bangkok Post reports. In full contrast to Samdan Rat Police, Pattaya Police promise new actions almost every week but without tangible results. Pattaya Police obviously still believe that parking space belongs to the City's mafia and not to the public. For additional information please click into the picture.
On May 10th, Police Major General Amphol Buarubporn, Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police chaired a opening ceremony for another zero crime campaign. Called Preventative Measure for Life and Belongings of Tourists, his new campaign is to provide comfort and safety to all tourists that visit Pattaya... On April 23rd, 2016, the chief of Chonburi's Provincial Police ordered Pattaya officers to crackdown on prostitutes loitering on Pattaya Beach. According to Police Major General Amphol Buarubporn the Coconut Ghosts are damaging the image of Pattaya. On February 15th, 2016, the very same Police Major initiated a big and so far unlimited crackdown on all kind of traffic violations, including parking vehicles in prohibited areas, ignoring traffic lights, driving in wrong directions and/or run over double or single yellow lines, but nothing changed so far... Vehicles still are parking in double rows, ignoring all kinds of yellow lines, red and pedestrian lights as well as all one way streets signs. It seems the lovely Major simply likes to speak and to see his name published in the media.
Many Expats believe that the Major's cocky but fruitless announcements are damaging the image of this city more than anything else.
Always book a Room without Balcony
During the last few weeks Pattaya Daily News, Pattaya One as well as Pattaya Mail reported almost daily about people falling to their death from a Pattaya based balcony. Therefore, we urge you to read the report published by Khaosod English to understand the reason(s) behind the dangerous Pattaya Jumping Virus.
Since General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Military Junta launched their Coup d'état on May 22nd, 2014, Thailand's Visa ground rules are constantly changing. More over, not every consulate can issue all the different Visas. Some smaller consulates even display notices to the effect that non-immigrant visas are unavailable. Our advice: Before booking your holidays please contact the Embassy in your country to obtain information about Thailand's latest regulation(s) and check the Chonburi Immigration Website or the website of Thailand's Immigration Police.
Update (March 2016):
New Overstay Regulations
Thailand's new immigration policy will take effect on March 20th of this year. Please click for details!
Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, chief of the Immigration Bureau, informed the media that between October 2015 and March 2016 Thailand's Immigration deported a total of 486'947 foreigners who overstayed their visas. Another 323'575 foreigners overstaying their visas still remain at large. If the numbers mentioned above are correct, the Immigration Bureau deported about 2'700 people a day... Congratulation! Never trust a statistic that you have not manipulated yourself!
Pattaya News Flash May 2016 - The Source
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Jomtien Beach by Night
RamaYana Water Park opened its door
Despite a Nationwide drought with an alarming water shortage the RamaYana Water Park opened on May 5th, 2016. The new water park welcomes visitors daily from 10:00 to 18:00, is built on a 184'000 sqm large area and offers 21 water rides. It is located about 25 kilometers from Pattaya City next to the Silverlake Vineyard.
What's in a Number?
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) international tourist arrivals rose 15.45% in the first three months of 2016 from a year earlier and are expected to grow 13% in the current quarter, but almost all businesses on the beautiful island of Phuket - tour companies, sailboat hires, hair & nail salons, massage shops and restaurants - they all have complained of a slow and quiet season. Same for Chiang Mai: In full contrast to previous years, Hotels were not fully booked for this year's Songkran festival. This year occupancy was only 70-80%. In Pattaya there is still an unsolved discrepancy between the 10 million tourists claimed by the TAT and the only about 6 million visitors Pattaya's hotels and bussinesses welcomed last year. According to Thailand's Board of Investment (BoI) the number of applications for BoI privileges rose by 98% year-on-year in the first quarter, with the total value of investment up by a big 234% in the period. Government data show Thailand's customs-cleared exports rose again in March from a year earlier contrary to market expectations of a contraction. But Thailand's Siam Commercial Bank has maintained Thailand's growth forecast at 2.5% but remains wary of downside risks, especially exports and fewer working hours in the private sector. Exports will likely decline further and private investment, which expands in line with public investment, may grow more slowly than expected, the bank's research unit claims.
Update (May 11th, 2016):
Today Bangkok Post reports that the average hotel occupancy rate in Prachuap Khiri Khan, mainly contributed by Hua Hin, was 55-65% in the first four months of this year compared with 67-70% in the same period the year before. In the same periode the number of trips fell 21% and tourism revenue dropped 19%.
Obviously Thailand's Government Agencies are floating in the seventh heaven. Let's hope that they can avoid a hard landing.
Read the Leaflet carefully before taking your medizin!
It is very known that you should be very careful when taking a medizin together with any kind of alcoholic beverages. But do you know that
Nutrition Consultants are Chatterboxes
One liter of classic Coke contains 7% of sugar, Nutrition Consultants are warning. But they forget to tell you that other Soft Drinks (Fanta, Sprite, 7up, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Est, BIG or A/W Root Beer to name a few only) contain between 7 and 12% of sugar. Thailand's (healthy ?) Fruit Juices and Green or Ice Teas as well as the country's popular Energy Drinks 'inject' up to 25% (250 g/l) of sugar into your body!
Fact is that almost every other drink, with the exception of Beer, contains more sugar (and calories!) than an ordinary Coke!Coke Zero and Coke Light are virtually the same and contain almost no sugar. The difference between the two lies mainly in the company's marketing strategy. But eating sugar substitutes during pregnancy is linked to overweight and obesity in kids, a newly published study finds.
On April 26th Thailand's National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) voted to table a sugar tax for cabinet consideration for larger state revenue as well as better public health. Retail prices of carbonated drinks, green tea, coffee, energy drinks, sour milk, soy milk and juices containing 6g to 10g sugar per 100ml would have to raise their retail prices by at least 20%. Those with more than 10g of sugar will have to rise their prices at least 25%. The NSRA was appointed by Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha on October 5th, 2015, to guide reforms in this country. It includes 80 military officers and 120 civilians, all hand-picked by the Dictator. On May 24th The Nation reports that Thailand's Excise Department prepares a Sugar Tax that wouldn't hurt the involved industries... Let's hope they take into account the latest studies that claim that artificial sweeteners may change our gut bacteria in dangerous ways that could lead to obesity and Sugar substitutes may cut calories, but no health benefits for individuals with obesity. Moreover there seems to be a link between the consumption of artificially sweetened drinks during pregnancy and an increase in the body mass index of their infants.
Do you know how much sugar is in your daily coffee or tea - 0 gram or more than 15 g/100 ml? Think about it, before it's too late!
Left or Right still closed
Despite the annoucement to reopen in May, Left or Right, Jomtien's A Go-Go Club at the Rompho Bar Complex, was still closed on May 4th, 2016...
Poised to continue
The Windmill Foodcourt opened
On Naklua Road, just at the entrance to Soi 29/1, the Windmill opened its small but cosy open-air Foodcourt with the first few tenants providing Thai food and all kinds of tasty drinks.
Poised to continue
O La La closed
O La La, a well-known restaurant on Soi 7, closed.
Zum Pfälzer Bier Stüble closed
Zum Pfälzer Bier Stüble, a popular meetingpoint with Bar and Restaurant dedicated to tasty and affordable German foods on Soi 7, closed the door. Its Bosses take their traditional 3-month long relaxing holidays in good old Germany.
New Thai Restaurant
On Pattaya Beach Road, between CentralFestival and the 7-eleven Minimarket at the entry to the ViewTalay skyscraper a new Restaurant with an easy to remember name opened on May 18th, 4 days behind schedule: Maesriruen, also known as Mae Sri Ruen, claims to be The Original Chicken Noodle & Thai Foods (outlet). Maesriruen isn't a newcomer to Pattaya. The original venue is located on Central Pattaya Road, between BigC Extra! and 3rd Road. But its most popular outlet was in the now defunct CentralCenter (BigC North Pattaya). A forth Maesriruen can be found at Pattaya Outlet Mall on Thepprasit Road. Maesriruen is known for its excellent food at reasonable prices.
Another Waste of Money
Pattaya's much hyped robotic car park at the Bali Hai Pier had to close. Pattaya officials canceled the concession because MP Meg, the operator, failed to run the facility. The car park opened on April 1st, 2015, nearly two years after it was originally scheduled to open. The 738-million-Baht expensive garage offered 417 parking spaces on seven floors. It was initiated by Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome and his City Hall Crew.
Another Tourist Attraction destroyed
On May 6th a blaze destroyed a new tourist attraction before it could open, media reports. The destroyed tourist attraction is owned by Khunthong Ou-ngern, a former tourist police officer, who also owns Pattaya's Poipet Market. The fire started shortly before 11:00 at Ban Phaya Mai's 15-rai compound. A dozen of big and small fire trucks rushed to the scene, but because of a narrow path, only two small fire engines could get access to the fire... Please click here for a movie of the incident. Within a few months it is the second blaze destroying a complete building before its official opening.
On February 19th, 2016, a fire destroyed Pattaya's new Max Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
Still not ready to open: The Bay
Pattaya's all new Leisure Complex called the Bay was first announced to open during the fourth quarter of 2015, later the management of Beach Road' s new Food and Drink Complex announced they will open the new building during the first quarter of 2016. It didn't happen. The shell of the building seems to be almost complete, but with the missing tourists perhaps the management is missing the tenants too... TiT (This is Thailand)
The Mood is gone...
Mood, the Blues Café located on Pratumnak Soi 6, closed at the end of April. The declining number of good tourists in Pattaya just claimed another victim.
Mityon's X-speed outlet seems to be so successful that Pattaya's largest Motorcycle Dealer opened a new and much larger shop on the Northern part of Pattaya 3rd Road, just at the entrance to the You Know Me Seafood Restaurant.
On May 1st Mityon closed down its X-speed outlet near Soi Lengkee
Poised to continue
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Poised to continue
Rolling Live closes
Rolling Live, formerly known as Rolling Stone and located on Walking Street at the entrance to Soi 16, will celebrate a Farewell Party on May 31st, 2016. Use the opportunity to recall the good old times of Pattaya when a smile was a smile and you could hear a thank you while spending a ladydrink....
Fever, a Dancing, once announced as The Heartbeat of Pattaya, collapsed. On May 9th a banner on the door said closed for 1 day, but as you can see on the picture from that day, all the neon-signs, including the one from the Russian Cafe were already removed. A few days later, the venue reopened on May 14th as The Nashaa Club, an Indian Nightclub providing (indian) food and Belly Dancers. To remain exotic - that's obviously still important here in Pattaya - the Belly Dancer comes from Russia...
The Final out for Gentlemen
The closure of Gentlemen's Club A Go-Go, located on Soi Diamond, is definite. As the photo shows, the venue is on the block.
Shark A Go-Go closed down
Shark, an A Go-Go Club located on Soi Diamond closed down its second floor business and moved its dancers into Spice A Go-Go on Soi 15. You already know that Spice is the successor of Beach Club which moved into new premise in Soi Happy, off Walking Street. But rumours claim that Spice will be renamed in a few days (or weeks) time to Shark...
Only O A Go-Go closed
Only O, an A Go-Go Club located on Soi Diamond is closed since many days.
Poised to continue
On May 2nd Stefan Sanchez, Artistic Director of Grand Opera (Thailand) and the European Chamber Opera, presented the following talented young Thai singers at the Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya: Pichaya Kemasingki (Pub), Pimluk Vessawasdi (Mai), Nattida Gumchai (Pang), Potprecha Cholvijarn (Jak), Saran Senavinin (Rain), Chalisar Jongcharoenchaikul (Belle), Ittinat Seeboonruang (Aor), Kittiphong Klabpratum (Ohm), and accompanist Morakot Cherdchoo-gnarm They performed music by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini, Lehár, Johann Strauss II, Mozart, Handel aswell as popular musical melodies.
IKEA SLADDA, the flatpack Bicycle
IKEA's Bicycle will be more expensive than the ones on sale at Tesco/Lotus, BigC and all the other outlets in this City, but you will get a much, much better quality than the Made in Thailand and/or Assembled in Thailand ones...
IKEA's award winning Bicycle (and trailer) will go onsale during August 2016.
It's hard to produce Quality with uneducated People
Ever since I can remember, I was riding on a bicycle. Therefore, when I moved to Thailand, the first thing I bought was a bicycle. It didn't take a lot more than a few days until I learned that Thailand is different from Switzerland. In my home country I used the cycle pump one or two times only a year, here I have to use it every few days. Buying a new tube or even a new bicycle didn't help. An unexpected help came from a friend running a small factory in China. On his latest journey to Thailand he had a small present for me: A pair of China made tubes. They didn't look very different from the one I had to use here - but they are really different: Since I use them I never had to use my cycle pump anymore. The explanation of my friend: It's hard - if not even impossible - to produce Quality with uneducated People.
Expats living in Thailand already know it
We all know it from our daily life: The sausage, the bread and not even the beer you will buy tomorrow will look and taste the same as the one you bought yesterday or the day before. TiT (This is Thailand).
On April 21st, 2016, Bangkok Post published a report about Vietnam and cited a shop owner saying I prefer Thai goods to Chinese goods, I don't have to worry if they are contaminated. We recommend that at leat this seller reads the warnings about Thai fruits and vegetables published recently by the European Union.
Update May 4th, 2016: More than half the fruits and vegetables awarded the government's "Q mark" for safety found to be pesticide contaminated. Organic in Thailand means contaminated with farm chemicals. Thailand's Department of Agriculture is defending its two quality labels despite lab tests showed dangerous pesticide residue in samples of vegetables and fruits. The Thai-Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-Pan) announced that it will fill a complaint with the Administrative Court early next month against the Department of Agriculture, after finding more than half the fruit and vegetables awarded a government "Q mark" for quality had harmful residue levels.
The European way of cooking destroys almost all the Vitamins
The currently much hyped evaporative coolers don't bring some cooling as advertised by their manufacturers and their distributors like BigC and Tesco/Lotus. But they bring additional humidity into your room and your clothes. Adding ice to the water can reduce the temperatur in a small room by a whopping 0.2 to 1 Cº (Degree Celcius)!
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Any resemblance to a living person is purely coincidental
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Champion A Go-Go
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Koh Samet Oil Disaster
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Beach Promenade: Paloma's Destruction
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No Alcohol Days
Thailand's National No Alcohol Days include Buddhist holidays and election days.
On all oher days alcohol can only be sold between 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-24:00. Vendors caught breaking the ban are liable to a prison sentence of up to six months, a 10'000 Baht fine or both - but local Police use their own discretion to decide which venues need to be visited and fined...
Don't start laughing:
Do not try to buy non alcoholic beers (available from Clausthaler and Oettinger in this country). The shops won't sell them during dry days. Some not even sell Soda Water, because Thais and their Police associate it with (Thai) Whisky... There's a sucker born every minute...
The Godfather's Story
Never forget: It's not your Face and not your Body that makes you sexy. It's your MONEY!
Electric Vehicles use batteries and batteries are not only a threat to our planet during manufacturing, the 'Recycling' of batteries is still an unsolved problem in most countries. If the power for charging the batteries is generated by fossil or nuclear power plants than the LCA (life cycle assessment) turns completely to the worse.
Nature destroyed by Solar Cells - Please click for a larger picture
Solar Cells are a threat to our planet: The higher the efficiency of a Solar Cell the more Cadmium it contains.
Cadmium is banned from most products in almost all countries, but it can be used without restrictions in Solar Cells. Who controls the 'Recycling' of Solar Cells?
Never forget Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Fukushima!
Never use a technology you do not master 100%!
New Chrombook integrate Google Play
Google announced that the new Chromebooks rolled out by Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung during the next few months will have an integrated platform combining Chrome OS and Google Play. Our source in China estimates that global shipments of Chrombooks will reach over 2 million units in the second quarter of 2016 and 3 million Chrombooks in the third as well as in the forth quarter of this year.
The Comeback of Nokia handsets
HMD Global Ltd., a Finnish company, and its Taiwanese partner, FIH Mobile of FoxConn Technology Group, will take over Microsoft's feature phone business for $350 million and Nokia will grant the exclusive global licence to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years. HMD Global Ltd. is a private venture in which Nokia will not hold equity, Nokia said. HMD Global Ltd. will contribute US$20 million to the deal, FIH Mobile the remaining US$330 million. The new Nokias will be entry-level feature phones targeting mainly India, Africa and other emerging markets.
Our Source in China reports that Apple tries to stop declining sales with the launch of two new iPhones at the end of the third quarter of this year. The new 4.7-inch iPhone will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn Electronics. Apple's new 5.5-inch model will be made by Wistron and Foxconn. According to sources in the chain, the new models, known as iPhone 7, will come with OLED displays. But Chip suppliers for the new iPhones are pessimistic. They estimate that the unit production will be (much) lower than for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices in 2014. It seems the hard times for Apple are just around the corner...
You're urged to run Windows 10
Because you hesitate to run (or upgrade to) Windows 10, Microsoft and Intel will urge you to change your mind... To increase demand, Intel and Microsoft have been aggressively pushing their new platforms with Intel announcing that its next-generation processors support only Windows 10. The company's new Kaby Lake processors, which are set to launch at the end of October, will support Windows 10 only, now other Operating System anymore.
No new Surface Book from Microsoft
Because of a weak demand for its existing Surface Book and some design issues Microsoft postponed a planned launch of its second-generation Surface Book. Originally the lauched of a new device featuring an Ultra HD display and Thunderbolt 3 support was announced for June 2016.
Control almost every Battery operated Gadget with your iPhone
There are plenty of battery-operated toys and tools, and they usually have very simple modes: start and stop. The Mabeee, however, can turn something as simple as an electric toothbrush into an app-controlled gadget. This little battery pack takes a single AAA battery and turns it into a Bluetooth-enabled AA battery that can be used with an iOS app to control any simple electric toy or gadget. Click here for the movie.
Cashless Payments without Mastercard and/or Visa in Thailand
Thailand's top four banks, Bangkok Bank, Krung Thai Bank, Kasikornbank and Siam Commercial Bank, announced that TPN (Thai Payment Network), Thailand's local switching network constructed based on UnionPay technical standards officially went live. Bangkok Bank is the first Thai bank to issue a microchip-based debit card under the new standard set by the Thai Payment Network, (TPN), to replace less secure magnetic-stripe cards, The Nation writes. From May 16, all banks will issue chip-based debit cards to new customers. People who now use magnetic-stripe cards can contact their banks to change to the new system without paying the normal card-replacement fee of 100 Baht. Holders of TPN debit cards will be required to use a six-digit personal identification number (PIN) when they make a payment. Update (May 16th):
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Thailand's National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department ordered that admission fees for foreigners at national parks throughout the country have to be 400 Baht. Entry charge for Thai nationals remains 40 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children. To cover the inequity the local's prices are printed in Thai script only.
No progress on Jet Ski saga: Pattaya City Hall still doesn't do anything to stop the scam! All the announcements made during last year were City Hall Blah-Blah only... As long as Jet Ski vendors - respectively their victims - fill up our officials' pockets nothing will happen!
The boats are overloaded, don't provide lifevests for all passengers, are badly maintained and aren't covered by adequate insurance policies. Pattaya's lazy and allegedly corrupt Officials promised to check owners, personnel and boats regularly, but they don't.
According to Pattaya Police, it is common in this resort that foreign tourists get drugged and robbed in their hotel rooms, apartments or houses by prostitutes or ladyboys.
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs are working almost daily on Pattaya's Beach Promenade!
Never wear Gold in Pattaya!
Between 30 to 50 snatching valuables cases are reported to Pattaya's Police every single month.
Leaders lead by example - not by words
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