Samsung Galaxy Note8 availability expands, arrives in Thailand and Malaysia

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 has been launched in a couple of more countries today. Asian markets Thailand and Malaysia are the newest regions where the device is now available for purchase. It was last week, when Samsung announced the global roll out of the flagship smartphone, releasing it in as many as 42 countries. Some of the regions that got the phone first included US, Canada, Singapore, Korea and major European markets. Recently, the Galaxy Note8 shipments began in India as well. Samsung plans to launch the phone in around 150 countries by the end of October. Via 1 2

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Xiaomi arrives in Thailand with the Mi 6 and the Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi fans in Thailand, rejoice! The Chinese manufacturer announced its official entry in the Asian country through its partner VST ECS. The first two devices that will be officially sold are the flagship Xiaomi Mi 6 and the bestseller Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. At an event in Bangkok Xiaomi announced that VST ECS sellers will take care of the online and offline distribution along with after-sales service products. Xiaomi will also sell its phones through retailers Lazada and IT City. The Xiaomi Mi 6 will be offered in Black and the 6GB RAM + 64 GB storage will go for THB13,790 or around…

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Railways and post in Thailand to benefit from IoT and blockchain

Rail and post in Thailand to benefit from IoT and blockchain

Two Thai government agencies, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Thailand Post, are looking to the IoT and blockchain technologies, respectively, to improve their logistics.

According to a report in The Bangkok Post, the Thai railway system will invest 1 billion baht (some $ 30 million) over the next three years in order to upgrade its information and communications technology, says the newspaper, quoting SRT’s CIO, Sirima Hiruncharoenvate.

The Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s approval of the 800-900 megahertz spectrum for a wireless communications system will enable the SRT to continue work on its IoT strategy, she said.

With IoT sensors attached to trains, railway stations will know the exact times that trains are expected to arrive and keep passengers on platforms informed about delays. In the event of accidents, they will communicate with the railway signalling system, enabling authorities to stop the train swiftly. “It will also improve the logistics service of goods delivery,” said Hiruncharoenvate.

Meanwhile, Thailand Post director Thitipong Nandhabiwat said that blockchain would be used to track the delivery of high-value parcels, such as luxury items, by the end of 2017 or early in 2018.

“Blockchain is secure and trusted as only authorized persons are allowed to open parcels,” he explained.

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The reports follow the announcement in early August of plans by the Thailand government to set up an IoT Institute. This will be part of the Digital Park that will be built in the eastern Chon Buri province, some 80km from Bangkok. The Park aims to attract investors and provide a centre for collaboration between domestic and foreign digital professionals. Its focus will be the development of technologies in automation and robotics, aerospace, bioenergy and biochemicals and healthcare.

Pichet Durongkaveroj, minister of Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DE), said that the plan is to submit a proposal for the IoT Institute to the cabinet for approval in September, along with an initial budget framework.

“IoT will be an outstanding part of the Digital Park, drawing investment from foreign enterprises to establish offices and exchange development in innovation with Thai tech start-ups, both in the park and through the government’s smart cities project,” he said.

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Alleged dark web drug kingpin found dead in Thailand


One of the suspected co-founders of AlphaBay hanged himself Tuesday in a Thailand jail, according to local police. He was being held at the request of US authorities on drug-related charges. AlphaBay was one of the largest illegal goods marketplaces on the dark web until nine days ago when it went offline. Suspicion quickly arose that the secretive people behind the site were engaging in an elaborate exit scam. Turns out, they may have been right: AlphaBay isn’t back up, and speculation abounds that the surviving founder(s) pulled the plug when alleged co-founder Alexander Cazes was arrested. Cazes was a…

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Three men in Thailand reportedly ran a clickfarm with over 300,000 SIM cards and 400 iPhones

Clickfarms are a dubious business people rarely get a peek inside of, but accept as part of our everyday internet existence. We know companies pay bots to shower likes, emoji, ratings, nonsensical comments, and plain traffic on content in order to artificially boost online popularity and rake in ad dollars. Now, a recent raid in Thailand is giving another look at the underbelly of the bot industry.

According to the Bangkok Post, Thai police and soldiers raided a rented home yesterday near the Cambodian border, discovering an alleged clickfarm ring run by three Chinese men. Wang Dong, Niu Bang, and Ni Wenjin are said to have had metal racks set up in the house with hundreds of 5S, 5C, and 4S iPhones wired to computer monitors. In total,…

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