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AirAsia adding services in super app

AirAsia adding services in super app E-commerce, logistics for new revenue AirAsia will launch a super app to offset negative impacts from the pandemic on sales revenue. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) AirAsia Group announced on Thursday that it is building a super app off its existing mobile application and website to provide services such as e-commerce, delivery and payments. The app is to be available next month in Thailand and Asean. AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said the idea to build a super app came before the pandemic, but new revenue streams are desperately needed after most of AirAsia’s fleet has been grounded for months because of travel restrictions. The company suffered losses of US$238 million in the second quarter of this year. “This journey didn’t start during the pandemic — this journey started two years ago — but it was accelerated because of the outbreak,” Mr Fernandes said. “This is not a Plan B, this was

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JD Central steps up game

Jonathan Kang, second right, general manager of Xiaomi Thailand, and Ms Rvisra, centre, at the launch of the POCO X3 NFC smartphone in Thailand. The collaboration is part of JD Central’s 9.28 Birthday Fest. JD Central, an e-commerce joint venture between Central Group and Chinese internet giant JD.com, is sharpening its focus to customer experience, new merchants, use of technology and marketing assistance for brands as part of its strategy in the highly competitive segment. “The pandemic is speeding up Thailand’s e-commerce growth as merchants and brands are expanding to go online,” Rvisra Chirathivat, chief marketing officer of JD Central, told the Bangkok Post. Online retail accounts for 2-3% of the total retail market, but it is expected to jump to 10% by 2025. The online retail segment

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Avengers reassemble

Avengers reassemble Marvel’s Avengers puts you in the shoes of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for chaotic mayhem Marvel’s Avengers. (Photos: SQUARE ENIX) Marvel’s Avengers wasn’t exactly met with a lot of enthusiasm the first time it was revealed. To be fair, the biggest qualm everybody had was that the characters looked weird, which could just be attributed to Endgame withdrawal. Yes, Chris Evans will always bear America’s ass, we’re all agreed. As gameplay footage started to roll out, things started to look up. Not only did it promise an interesting single-player campaign but also multiplayer that players will come back to that’s updated with events and missions. Now that it’s finally here, does it dash all the criticism and live up to its promises or is it just a big mess? THE PLOT The main campaign follows Kamala Khan, the future Ms. Marvel, who starts off as a simple fangirl vying to be the winner of a fan fiction contest at a celebration known as “Avengers Day”. However, events turn disastrous, resulting in the death of Captain America, the release of something called Terrigen gas

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TOT server payload poised for launch into orbit

State telecom enterprise TOT, through collaboration with its strategic satellite business partner Mu Space and Advanced Technology, plans to send a server payload on the Blue Origin rocket, which is scheduled to launch to space from the US on Thursday. The move is part of TOT’s venture into the low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite business. The launch is scheduled at 10pm Thai time, five months after TOT signed a memorandum of understanding on LEO satellite service cooperation with Mu Space. The server payload comprises web servers, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and big data devices that have been jointly studied and tested for months through the collaboration. The move is TOT’s initial step to capitalise on the global satellite business trend, providing gateway stations for LEO satellites, space internet data centres (IDC) as well as space digital platforms in the future. TOT has spent 100 million baht to redevelop its existing satellite gateway station in Bangkok in the initial phase and plans to construct more in the future. Mr James, left, and Mr Morakot display the progress of their cooperation on LEO satellite services. LEO satellites are projected by some to have strong business potential because they can beam the

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TOT prepares to send server payload into space

State telecom enterprise TOT, through collaboration with its strategic satellite business partner Mu Space and Advanced Technology, plans to send a server payload on the Blue Origin rocket, which is scheduled to launch to space from the US on Thursday. The move is part of TOT’s venture into the low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite business. The launch is scheduled at 10pm Thai time, five months after TOT signed a memorandum of understanding on LEO satellite service cooperation with Mu Space. The server payload comprises web servers, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and big data devices that have been jointly studied and tested for months through the collaboration. The move is TOT’s initial step to capitalise on the global satellite business trend, providing gateway stations for LEO satellites, space internet data centres (IDC) as well as space digital platforms in the future. TOT has spent 100 million baht to redevelop its existing satellite gateway station in Bangkok in the initial phase and plans to construct more in the future. Mr James, left, and Mr Morakot display the progress of their cooperation on LEO satellite services. LEO satellites are projected by some to have strong business potential because they can beam the

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Tech giants face action over URLs

Twitter and YouTube should also face legal action if they continued to keep open URLs deemed inappropriate, according to the Digital Economy and Society Ministry. (Bangkok Post photo) The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry will on Thursday submit more evidence to police to take legal action against social media platforms that do not obey the law and remove URLs deemed inappropriate. “The ministry is compiling more evidence and wil give it to police at the Technology Crime Suppression Division [TCSD],” said DES Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta. Mr Buddhipongse said these social media platforms, including Facebook, were violating the Computer Related Crime Act BE 2550 by not shutting shut down their illegal URLs. He said the DES would also ask the Criminal Court to reject Facebook’s appeal not to close down its 17 URLs. Meanwhile, Putchapong Nodthaisong, deputy permanent secretary for

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Huawei invests B475m in 5G research hub at Depa

The 5G ecosystem innovation facility at Depa headquarters. Huawei Thailand is investing 475 million baht to establish a 5G ecosystem innovation centre at the Digital Economy Promotion Agency’s (Depa) headquarters to research 5G use cases and incubate 100 local small and medium-sized enterprises and startups for three years. The centre is a partnership with the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry and Depa to find new ways to use 5G across industries. “This is an important milestone demonstrating the readiness of Thailand to be a digital hub in Asean by utilising 5G technologies to improve economic and social development,” DES minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said yesterday at the opening ceremony. “The pandemic is a turning point for the digital economy globally and Thailand plays a role in the social and economic development of countries’ recovery.” Mr Buddhipongse said 5G commercial service will be available nationwide in the next few months. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also assigned the DES to make 5G services available to everyone to reduce inequality and create equal opportunity. 5G-enabled smartphones currently cost upwards of 31,000 baht. “This

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Game changer: Microsoft buys Elder Scrolls company ZeniMax for $7.5bn

Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the best-selling video game franchises The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom. The $7.5bn deal (£5.85m) will see all future releases from Bethesda’s studios included on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.Xbox chief Phil Spencer said: “Like us, Bethesda are passionate believers in building a diverse array of creative experiences, in exploring new game franchises, and in telling stories in bold ways. All of their great work will continue and grow, and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you.”The move could significantly affect the industry. Bethesda’s major franchises are some of the best-selling games in the global market: The Elder Scrolls titles have sold at least 60m units, with the Fallout series on around 35m sales. The titles have been released on a variety of platforms, and Microsoft did not immediately confirm whether future titles will be exclusive to Xbox and PC. Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda Studios said: “This [partnership] is about more than one system or one screen. We share a deep belief in the fundamental

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China's rich seek bodyguards schooled in digital dark arts

Students in matching black business suits toil from dawn until midnight at the bodyguard school in the eastern Chinese city of Tianjin. TIANJIN, China: At the “Genghis Security Academy”, which bills itself as China’s only dedicated bodyguard school, students learn that the threats to the country’s newly-rich in the tech age are more likely to emerge from a hacker than a gunman. Each day students in matching black business suits toil from dawn until midnight at the school in the eastern city of Tianjin, where digital defences are given equal pegging to the traditional close-protection skillset of combat, weapons training and high-speed driving. Around a thousand graduate each year, hoping to land jobs as guards to China’s burgeoning ranks of rich and famous, positions which can be worth up to $70,000 — several times more than an annual office wage. But the school says it can’t meet demand as China’s rapid growth

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Palantir listing may shine light on secretive Big Data firm

Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir, defends the Big Data firm’s contracts with law enforcement and national security agencies WASHINGTON – Perhaps the most secretive firm to emerge from Silicon Valley, Palantir Technologies is set for a stock market debut this month that may shed light on the Big Data firm specializing in law enforcement and national security. Created after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks with initial funding from a CIA venture-capital unit, Palantir and its predictive analytics platform reportedly have helped the US military locate Osama bin Laden and track weapons movements in the Middle East. Its platform has also been used in the controversial practice of “predictive policing” to help law enforcement, detect medical insurance fraud and fight the coronavirus pandemic. While Palantir’s data practices and algorithms are secret, the company claims it follows a roadmap which is, if anything, more ethical than its tech sector rivals. It moved its headquarters to Denver this year, partly in an

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