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BMW, Chitralada drive Dual Excellence Program forward

Published June 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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BMW, Chitralada drive Dual Excellence Program forward

Tech June 14, 2019 17:56

By The Nation

BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand and Chitralada Technology Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the BMW Dual Excellence Program.

The company said in a press release on Friday that the partnership aims to lay a solid foundation of Mechatronics, a multidisciplinary branch of engineering that focuses on the engineering of both electrical and mechanical systems. It also includes a combination of robotics, electronics, computer and telecommunications, for higher vocational students to strengthen their theoretical and practical knowledge to international standards.

Uwe Quaas, managing director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, said: “We are delighted to continue this BMW Dual Excellence Program with Chitralada Technology Institute as it resonates well with our joint commitment to strengthen the potential of higher vocational students in Mechatronics.

“The program also provides the students with hands-on experience at Plant Rayong and by the end of this year, we will have 6 graduates from the institute starting their careers with the plant. This is another important milestone of the program and potentially increases our local competitiveness in the global automotive arena.”

Chitralada Vocational School, Chitralada Technology Institute offers vocational education and higher vocational education in various fields including electrical power, electronics, mechanical, automotive, mechatronics and embedded technology programs.

The school aims to develop students’ skills and capabilities in the related industrial fields while also emphasising ethics and morality in their professions as a basis for sustainable career development.


Huawei, agencies ready to turn Thailand’s 5G Testbed into reality

Published June 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Huawei, agencies ready to turn Thailand’s 5G Testbed into reality

Tech June 11, 2019 19:31

By The Nation

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China-based information and communications technology giant Huawei, in collaboration with Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Ministry, other government offices, private agencies and leading universities, is now ready to turn the much-awaited 5G Testbed into a reality.

As the first and only vendor so far to deliver the 5G network to the 5G Testbed in the Eastern Economic Corridor, Huawei is providing a platform that will be used for end-to-end tests and trials of applications in a real-world setting.

It will also be a venue to research and develop new services and products using new ICT technology to serve industry development.

The collaboration aims to test and bring the 5G experience to millions of consumers in all vertical industries, including education, automotive, manufacturing and industry, and health, who will benefit greatly from next-generation technologies.

There are many advantages to 5G, including a very powerful wireless networking technology that is suitable for all industrial applications and innovations, the company said on Tuesday.

The first 5G presentation will demonstrate use cases on Multi-UHD Video Live and 360 Wireless VR.

This will give a glimpse into how 5G will power the UHD video industry, based on high bandwidth, low latency and a highly reliable network, enabling the new connectivity, new architecture and new media of the future, Huawei said, adding that other partners would also be welcome to test their applications on its 5G platform.

“The 5G Testbed project in Kasetsart University, Sri Racha campus, is in line with the government’s policy to accelerate Thailand’s digital-economy transformation,” said Deng Feng, deputy managing director of Huawei Thailand.

“This 5G Testbed will incite all industries to take their development to the next level. We look forward to collaborating with other vendors and various partners in an open and concerted manner to achieve 5G service innovation for Thailand and incubate a healthy 5G ecosystem.

“Together, we can all cooperate to bring the best 5G network to Thailand in order to build a solid foundation, help the transition to 5G technology and transform the industry, so we can connect people for a better quality of life.”

The complete core platform for the 5G network includes the 5G base station, access network, use-case products, and other 5G-related equipment to be used at the Testbed site.

Huawei has invested a total of US$5 million (Bt156 million) for the 5G Testbed in Sri Racha.

Sauce of START-UP inspiration

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Oranuch Lerdsuwankij
  • Techsauce Global Summit
  • Oranuch Lerdsuwankij

Sauce of START-UP inspiration

Tech June 08, 2019 11:54

By Asina Pornwasin
The Nation Weekend

By drawing on her business and technical expertise, tireless  Oranuch Lerdsuwankij is building bridges between founders and investors

With the dream to see Thailand emerge as a leading start-up country in Asia, entrepreneur Oranuch Lerdsuwankij, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Techsauce Media, has embarked on this challenge by launching the Techsauce Global Summit.

Upon graduating in telecommunications engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang almost 20 years ago, Oranuch, now 40, began her working life as an employee to earn enough to support her family which had been bankrupted when she was a first-year student at KMITL.

Student Oranuch, known as Mimee, was told by her father that he had no property to give her, other than to ensure she had an education so that she might be able to build a home for herself. Her first dream after graduating was to buy a house for her family and support her younger sister’s studies.

Her first job was in DTAC’s product development team. Her role, which lasted three years, involved communication between the marketing and engineering teams. Though only 22, and needing to communicate technical messages to the senior marketing team, she heeded the advice that a smart person is one who can explain difficult things in an easy way.

Oranuch then moved to TA Orange to take on similar work, but also getting involved in OPEX/CAPEX so that she could practice evaluating operational costs – a skill that she now says helped her a lot when she began her own business.

After five years, she left to work for a technology vending company as a solutions manager for a short while, before returning to work for True Corporation for another three years. She was a part of the launch of 3G and BlackBerry in Thailand at that time and expanded her domain to cover more marketing work.

“I was lucky to be given a chance in which all of my past opportunities and experiences were connected and I could at that moment become who I am,” said Oranuch.

While working at True Corp, she started her media business journey by joining with friends to establish Thumbsup, a news website that provided online content, initially about digital marketing. She loved writing a blog and sharing her knowledge with others.

Her turning point came when she began reading startup stories and found that Thai start-ups were not widely recognised in Southeast Asia. She created a new area on Thumbsup to publish and promote start-ups.

“Startups were very new in Thailand at that time, around 2010 and 2011,” recalled Oranuch.

It helped her to discover herself and to realise that her interest was not in digital marketing but rather about start-ups. It was the important dot that connected her to Techsauce. She loved start-ups because of her love for the innovation aspect of businesses in which they can solve social and other problems for people. To achieve that requires creativity and a deep understanding of customers. She devoted a lot of time to learn more about start-ups around the world.

At this time, Oranuch was partnered with Computerology, and that exposed her to a lot about start-ups, such as the concepts of “building from zero” and “pain points”. She blended her knowledge from working at corporates with her understanding of start-ups.

“I am not a journalist. But I am in between the two sides – startups and corporates. I realised that’s how we can help them both,” said Oranuch.

Around this time, she quit her employee life to fully become an entrepreneur. She resolved to do anything she could to get things done immediately without getting approval from the others, and learned that she enjoyed to have things “in my control”.

In 2014, she separated the startup content from Thumbsup and established Techsauce Media after having since 2012 worked to build a start-up community under Thumbsup. Her first startup community event was called “Start It Up”.

Techsauce Media set out to be a content generator that developed quality informative content for startups and corporates. She said good content does not need to be in a media format; it can be presented in an event format such as the Techsauce Global Summit in which content is created to get people to learn more about start-ups and corporate innovations at an event and conference.

Moreover, “good content” in her meaning turned to be an accelerator programme that her company worked on for the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa). It also included an annual start-up economy report.

After launching the “Start It Up” local startup event in 2015, she took on the challenge of turning it into a global start-up event under the name “Techsauce Global Summit” starting in 2016.

“It needed to bet, to choose to go big – or to go home,” said Oranuch.

She decided to take on that scaling risk, and expanded it by 10 times in terms of the number of start-ups, investors, partners, speakers and attendees. The move was aimed to place a pin-point on Thailand’s presence on the world’s global start-up map. In that first year, many sponsors did not believe in her dream but she refused to be discouraged.

“I did not have 10 times the confidence. I just realised that I had to get it done, and if it failed that was still better than doing nothing,” said Oranuch.

In the last five years, Techsauce Media has played the role of a platform that helps Thai start-ups to meet investors and partners at the event. It serves as a connecting runway for Thai startups to move forward, and also as the bridge between overseas investors, start-ups, and partners on one side and Thai startups on the other.

In her entrepreneurial life, Oranuch has every day worked hard, 10 times the hard work of being an employee. Yet she insists that she is not tired because she very much enjoys her work.

The success of Techsauce is the success of her team, she said. Her success is to do what she loves. However, she remains unsatisfied over the accomplishments of Techsauce Media, and even though the branding of Techsauce Global Summit has been acknowledged among those in the global start-up community, Oranuch said there is room for improvement. The summit is only half way to success, she said.

And yet, her confidence has strengthened as Techsauce Global Summit grew to be the biggest and most qualified start-up event in Southeast Asia, based on evaluations from those who participated in this paid event. Charging for the event is intended to screen people, so those who attend are genuinely there in search of business matching and partnerships. She said there were more than 500 deals pursued at the event.

In 2018, Techsauce Global Summit has attendance of around 10,000 people. Her next challenging chapter is to drive attendance at Techsauce Global Summit 2019 to about 20,000 people, and establish it as the largest start-up event in Asia region.

“I set the goal so high to challenge myself and our team,” she explained.

This year’s theme for Techsauce Global Summit is “technology for life”, as technology creates the tools for reaching a better life. People do not need to be afraid of the coming of artificial intelligence, she said, but can take advantage of new kinds of technology. The event will educate people about this, she said, adding that people need to reskill and upskill. Technology is engaged with all people, no matter who they are and how old they are.

“This event is not for start-ups and corporates – it is for everyone as an individual person. We adjust content to align with the mass of people,” said Oranuch.

In her management role, she sees communication and trust as most important. She always manages transparently in order to ensure good communication with her staff, who are mostly generations Y and Z. She said it is important to understand their life values as well as to listen to and respect them.

“I am not born to be an entrepreneur. I am a content creator who turned to business. It is like other start-ups that find they need to scale their business, while they also need to have good coaching for the employees,” she said. Being female is a factor that has no effect on her working life or her business, she said.

“We each need to find our goal for life; my most important value is to be grateful to my family and to others.”

How Apple became a headline act for journalists at work and play

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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How Apple became a headline act for journalists at work and play

Tech June 08, 2019 11:52

By Asina Pornwasin
The Nation Weekend

FOR Apple fans, the iPhone XS, the new MacBook Air and AirPods 2 can come together to help them get the most out of their work-life integration features.

After having gained experience with these three devices for a period of time, I have found that they are helping to me to create a lot of professional content in any format, including voice recording, video and photos. And they help to enhance the lifestyle experience as well.

In daily working life, the iPhone XS is not just a device for a phone call or email checking. It is crucial for a journalist’s job, with the device being both a voice recorder and a camera capable of taking high-resolution photos suitable for use as the main picture in a lead story on a broadsheet newspaper. This is thanks to the dual-camera system, smart HDR, adjustable depth of field, and enhanced portrait mode selfies.

The iPhone XS comes with a 5.8-inch super retina custom OLED display with all-screen design. The OLED panels allow for an HDR display with the industry’s best colour accuracy, true blacks, and remarkable brightness and contrast. They are the sharpest displays, with the highest pixel density, on any Apple device.

When needed, the device can be turned into a video camera for Facebook Live sessions with high-definition quality. And sometimes, it helps out when recording videos at press events – again, with high quality.

The iPhone XS shoots the highest-quality video of any smartphone and it comes with better low-light performance and extended dynamic range in videos of up to 30 frames per second. It also has stereo recording and stereo playback with wider sound separation. It also entertains us with the good quality selfies it lets you take of you and your journalist friends when meeting at press conferences and interview sessions.

The advanced Face ID makes the personal security side simple. It is easy to unlock the iPhone and log into the apps, and pay for things with convenience.

With 512 gigabytes of storage, the device enables me to shoot HD photos and video for use on the newspaper and the website without having to worry about storage space.

The 13-inch new MacBook Air comes with an 8-generation Intel Core i5 processor in a beautiful gold colour, and facilitates my routine content creation for work with ease and speed.

I really love the thinner and lighter feel of the MacBook Air and its design is very suitable for journalists’ routine tasks that require it to be carried to many places within a single day. Meanwhile, its battery lasts up to 12 hours, and confirms that MacBook Air is the best companion device for all-day use. This can facilitate me to sit down and write a news story anywhere, anytime – without the need to sit in a coffee shop to keep the machine plugged in.

With the Touch ID feature, it helps me to access any Web application instantly. Its 1.6GHz dual-core processor with turbo boost of up to 3.6GHz lets me type a news story as smoothly as my thoughts come out. Its storage capacity of 128 gigabytes lets me keep a lot of media content without having to worry about carrying an external hard disk on work trips abroad.

Another thing I love is that MacBook Air comes with the Thunderbolt 3, which combines ultra-high bandwidth with the ultra-versatility of the USB-C industry standard to create one revved-up universal port. MacBook Air has two of them. Thunderbolt 3 is reversible, so no matter how I plug it in, it is always the right side up.

One more feature that I like is the Messages function. Since I usually exchange text messages with sources and PR, I can send and receive text messages on MacBook Air as well. All the messages that appear on iPhone appear on the Mac too, so all conversations are always up to date.

The AirPods are not just earphones. They are the best facilitator for work and life activities over a long day. I can even use them as a wireless microphone when doing video interviews with sources. They are very easy to use. I can record video at a suitable distance form the subject and use the iPhone XS as video camera, without worrying about the sound quality. This feature I really appreciate.

AirPods can go seamlessly with iPhone XS, iPhone XR, MacBook Air, and the Apple Watch 4 – and that means work and life activities go together smoothly. I can wear AirPods connected to the iPhoneXR to listen to a voice recording while typing a news story on MacBook Air. Once a phone call comes in, I can switch the AirPods to connect with iPhoneXS to pick up the call instantly and then switch back after call ends.

AirPods are really useful when I am driving. Calling in shown on the Apple Watch 4, so I can pick up that call instantly, even while the iPhoneXS is still in the bag.

Last but not least, I really love the Fine AirPods application that helps me to not miss either one of AirPods. If I dropped the AirPods in the room in my house, I can find them instantly by getting each side of AirPods ringing and then go to where they are instantly.


Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tech June 07, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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The rules for awarding the 700MHz spectrum licences were published in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will put up for sale three 700MHz spectrum slots, each priced at Bt17.584 billion. Each slot will have a 10MHz bandwidth. The licence term will be 15 years and the payments can be divided into 10 instalments.

The sale of the three slots is related to the junta’s recent approval of relief measures to ease the financial burden of Thailand’s three 900MHz telecom operators, Advanced Info Service, Total Access Communication (DTAC), and True Corp.

Under the relief measures, the NBTC will split the total upfront 900MHz spectrum licence fee to be paid by each of the three licence holders into 10 instalments, up from the current four instalments, giving each provider more time to make payments.

However, the junta’s relief measures also included a condition that makes it mandatory for any 900MHz licence holder taking the relief measures to also purchase a slot for the NBTC’s 700MHz spectrum.

The licence holders are allowed to sign for the relief measures by informing the NBTC and then later opt not to buy the 700MHz licence slots. In that event, however, they would lose the option to spread their 900MHz payments over a longer period and pay as per the original schedule.

All three operators have informed the NBTC of their interest to take the junta’s relief measures, but first want to see the terms and conditions of the 700MHz licence sales prior to making a final decision on purchasing licences for that spectrum.

WB urges measures to increase affordability of internet, implement

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pichet Durongkaveroj, the Minister of Digital Economy and Society, outlines the government’s plans to develop the digital economy at a World Bank seminar yesterday. 
Pichet Durongkaveroj, the Minister of Digital Economy and Society, outlines the government’s plans to develop the digital economy at a World Bank seminar yesterday.

  WB urges measures to increase affordability of internet, implement

Tech June 07, 2019 01:00


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THAILAND is closing in on two milestones marking its advancement in digital technology – the extension of internet coverage to all villages and the final testing for a national digital ID scheme.

Although these tasks are set to be completed this year, the World Bank has warned that more needs to be done if Thailand is to catch up with its neighbours such as Malaysia and Singapore. The multilateral lender noted the country’s shortcomings in a report on the digital economy in the Asean region.

“Our goal is to provide internet access to all Thai villages by the end of this year through the Village Broadband Internet Project (Net Pracharat),” the Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Pichet Durongkaveroj, said yesterday at a World bank seminar on Asean’s digital economy.

The project in 2017 identified 75,000 villages in the Kingdom that lacked high-speed internet. So far, 57,000 have been provided with such access and the remaining 18,000 villages will be connected by the end of this year, the minister said in an interview amid the event’s proceedings.

As much as half of Asean’s people lack access to affordable high-speed internet, according to a report titled “The Digital Economy in Southeast Asia: Strengthening the Foundations for Future Growth”, which was published at the beginning of this year by the World Bank.

Natasha Beschorner, the World Bank’s senior ICT policy specialist, commended the Thai government’s efforts to increase internet access in rural areas. However, she said that more needed to be done to make sure that the internet access points in these villages are accessible to those living there.

“The key obstacles for increasing internet access to rural areas are not only availability, but also affordability. One way Thailand can make access to the internet more affordable is through making internet providers share the relevant digital infrastructure to reduce costs,” she said.

The report found that Thailand’s broadband remains much less affordable when compared with the services offered in its Asean neighbours such as Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – accounting for around 1.7 per cent of gross national income per capita in 2016. The World Bank is urging the incoming government to pass regulatory reforms to promote competition and lower the price of broadband.

Meanwhile, the development of the national digital ID scheme is in the final testing stages, Pichet told reporters. The platform will allow businesses and government agencies to cross-reference their data and verify the identity of their customers and clients online.

As has become standard practice for Thailand’s digital transformation, the implementation of National Digital ID (NDID) will start with the financial sector. The Finance Ministry, Pichet said, is working with 10 banks to allow customers to open their bank accounts online without having to visit a physical branch.

Boonsun Prasitsumrit, chief executive officer of the National Digital ID company, said that the initial testing of the NDID platform had been completed, and the system has now moved on to the sandbox stage, which is expected to be wrapped up by the end of this year.

The World Bank, however, urges more regional cooperation on this issue. In particular, its report contends that without a shared digital ID system throughout the Asean region, the integration of the Asean Economic Community will continue to face barriers that hinder the growth of the e-commerce market.

“This is because the lack of cross-border interoperability can delay shipments in the region, increasing transportation cost for businesses,” Beschorner said.

Governments in the region should work together to pass laws that increase the ease of doing business between borders. This would, in turn, entice small and medium-sized enterprises that are starting to use e-commerce to ship their products abroad, she said. Only Singapore has realised a digital ID system that facilitates online transactions, and it is being upgraded.

Singapore’s digital ID system (SingPass) is limited the accessing of government services, but a new National Digital Identity (NDI) system – built on top of the existing foundational ID system – is being developed for public and private-sector transactions, the report said.

PRIVATE FUNDING MoU opens access to platform, exchange

Published June 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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PRIVATE FUNDING  MoU opens access to  platform, exchange

Tech June 05, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

CIMB Bank Berhad (CIMB) and CapBridge Pte Ltd recently signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate capital raising and the trading of shares for private companies through the CapBridge investment platform and the 1exchange (“1X”) private securities exchange.

The MoU will see CIMB Bank and CapBridge collaborate to offer the bank’s customers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia access to private capital and liquidity through the holistic CapBridge private capital ecosystem, Victor Lee Meng Teck, CEO of group commercial banking for CIMB Group, said yesterday.

The CapBridge Investment platform is a private capital-raising platform for companies needing funding for growth and pre-IPO companies. Meanwhile, 1X is a trading platform which facilitates a buyer-seller match for private securities listed on the exchange by using blockchain to register and track the shareholdings of investors who trade on the platform.

The wide-ranging partnership provides a unique value proposition to CIMB’s SME and mid-sized corporates looking to raise capital |and have part of their shares traded, while also remaining private and in full control of the operations.

Play to win using gamification to rejig staff engagement

Published June 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Play to win using  gamification to rejig staff engagement

Tech June 04, 2019 01:00

By Nontawat Poomchusri,
Sharon Chu
Special to The Nation

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It wasn’t that long ago that the Pokemon Go craze brought millions of people to the streets, parks and public spaces in Bangkok and around the world, allowing many adults and children alike to enjoy the outdoors for hours on end while chasing virtual monsters.

By making the whole experience fun and interactive, Nintendo actually got people active, something many might not otherwise have done so willingly. Now, banks, insurers and asset managers are using similar gamification techniques in the business environment in a variety of ways to motivate employees, recruit new workers and strengthen their engagement with the overall corporate culture.

The idea that gaming elements can be useful in the workplace is not new, with sales groups for years making use of leaderboards and other gamification-like mechanisms to foster friendly competition and an increase in revenue. What is new is that more and more workers are familiar with and enjoy gaming on their phones, tablets or laptops. As gaming concepts and terminology gain prominence among young employees, it’s probably not surprising that companies eager to attract, engage, incentivise and retain this new generation of digitally-savvy workers are taking games seriously.

The unique selling point of gamification is the potential to learn from games, to draw on what makes them so engaging and to apply those principles to achieve concrete outcomes in a business environment. Of course, there are some challenges and issues to consider when deciding whether and how to use gamification in internal processes. Clearly, it’s not a silver bullet for all situations, so you’ll need to define the specific objectives, desired outcomes and metrics to evaluate its success, while also understanding that not everyone will be motivated by the same gaming techniques.

Gamification can certainly be leveraged to embed behaviours that drive a meaningful culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing across any organisation. And that in turn drives productivity, creativity, innovation, professional development, job satisfaction and, most importantly, decreased turnover and increased profitability.

There are many different ways companies can implement gamification creatively. Instead of asking employees to answer an online survey, companies could launch apps with games to combine social with gaming aspects to make it fun and engaging. Instead of making workers go through a series of lengthy videos to learn new compliance requirements, firms could create an online game that would assess the staff’s knowledge and guide them through areas in need of improvement, setting up incentives that would give high scorers recognition and prizes.

Here are three processes that could benefit from gamification, with specific examples:

1. Recruiting. A financial services firm looking for engineering talent for its new mobile lending service could post coding challenges in its banking app as users log in to check their account balance, with particularly high-scoring users receiving an invitation to submit their CVs for tech jobs at the institution.

Hackathons, where groups of computer programmers and graphic designers get together to collaborate on software projects, could also be a popular way to find new talent with a particular set of skills within a gamified environment. At the end of the pre-determined time for the hackathon, sponsors could offer job interviews or placements to the teams with winning project ideas, while also gaining valuable insight into their skills or how they would perform on the job.

2. Training. Given the increase in cybersecurity threats and data protection issues, an insurance firm wants to make sure its calls centres, which employ a younger workforce handling sensitive information, are aware of the information security policies and guidelines and implement them vigorously. The company could use techniques like classroom games, online games and in-person simulations to keep the audience engaged throughout its revamped “Information Security” programme. One of the games would include an online mission-based quiz game with different levels of progressive difficulty that can be played on both a desktop computer and mobile device.

3. Performance management. Gamification techniques could be very valuable to the whole process of performance management, serving not only to better and more accurately recognise certain achievements and behaviour, but also to build engagement as employees can also recognise their peers in a more public and social way internally. Managers could give an award or badge each time employees complete certain tasks or reach a certain goal, helping to build a timeline of achievements that would then help with the employee feedback process and evaluation at the end of the year.

Gamification of human resources has developed a lot in recent years, but it’s still in its early days. Games and gamification have begun to alter the way HR professionals and employees experience various HR processes. That is certain to grow further in the years ahead with more widespread use of new technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality, and increased use of analytics on the data generated from gamification processes.

Nontawat Poomchusri is country managing director and the financial services practice lead for Accenture Thailand.

Sharon Chu is a managing director at Accenture and the greater China talent and organisation practice lead.

US preparing antitrust probe of Google: report

Published June 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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In this file photo taken on May 16, 2019 A man takes a picture with his mobile phone of the logo of the US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google as he visits the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris./AFP
In this file photo taken on May 16, 2019 A man takes a picture with his mobile phone of the logo of the US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google as he visits the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris./AFP

US preparing antitrust probe of Google: report

business June 01, 2019 15:42

By Agence France-Presse
San Francisco

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The US Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust investigation of Internet titan Google, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Journal cited unnamed sources close to the matter as saying the department would look into Google practices related to web search and other businesses.

Justice department officials share antitrust oversight with the Federal Trade Commission, which conducted a wide-ranging investigation of its own into Alphabet-owned Google that ended in 2013 with no action taken.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A new investigation would come as backlash grows against major tech companies that dominate key segments of the online economy.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has argued that big firms such as Facebook, Google and Apple should be broken up through antitrust enforcement.

Alphabet’s profit in the first three months of this year sagged under the weight of a hefty antitrust fine in the European Union.

Alphabet said profit in the first-quarter fell 29 percent to $6.7 billion on revenue that climbed 17 percent to $36.3 billion.

The earnings took a hit from a European Commission fine that amounted to $1.7 billion at the end of March, according to the quarterly update.

Google’s lucrative advertising platform remained the largest revenue driver for Alphabet, delivering more than $30 billion in revenue, but costs rose sharply as well.

But Google continues to face pressure around the world from regulators, notably in Europe amid multiple investigations over alleged abuse of its dominance in internet search, advertising and its mobile system.

The latest fine imposed by Brussels cited Google’s AdSense advertising service, saying it illegally restricted client websites from displaying messages from ad service rivals.

Google is separately working to satisfy EU regulators investigating its hugely popular Android devices following a $5 billion fine last year.

Google earlier this year said it would offer smartphone users five browsers and search engines as part of the company’s effort to meet EU competition concerns.

Brussels accused Google of using the Android system’s dominance of smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and Chrome browser and shut out rivals.

In the United States, Google has been a target of President Donald Trump and his allies who have accused the search giant of “bias” and silencing conservative voices, claims denied by the Silicon Valley firm.

Cybercrime targets finance sector

Published June 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Cybercrime targets finance sector

Tech June 01, 2019 15:34

By Viet Nam News/ANN

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HANOI – Vietnam’s cybersecurity was being compromised, posing new challenges in ensuring information safety, especially in the finance-banking sector, State agencies and organisations.

The information was released by deputy head of the Government Information Security Commission Nguyen Dang Dao at an international conference themed “Security World 2019” held in Hanoi on Wednesday.

At the conference, participants focused on Vietnam’s cybersecurity and solutions to strengthen data protection in the public and finance-banking sectors.

Major General Dao said that cyber-attacks, espionage and cybercrime had been on the increase resulting in the theft of state secrets and the destruction of information systems.

“There is an increasing number of cyber-crime and reactionary organisations operating in a sophisticated manner, causing serious consequences and threatening social order, safety, political stability and national security,” said Dao.

This situation was set to become even more complicated and the finance-banking sector would continue to be a target for hackers, he added.

Dao also pointed out five risks the country was facing: malware; attacks on e-commerce and finance-banking systems with the aim of extorting, stealing information of organisations and individuals; attacks on infrastructure and IoT equipment; attacks on state agencies and organisations in order to steal state secrets; and distributing harmful and false information online.

Do Anh Tuan, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Cyber Security and High-tech Crime Prevention, said in recent years, cybercriminals had attacked banks around the world, including ATMs, causing serious consequences.

In Vietnam, he said stealing card information and counterfeiting cards (Skimming) was becoming complicated.

“Vietnam has about 70 million domestic cards. If it is slow to switch from bank cards to chip cards, it could become the focus of card fraud. Skimming is increasing in Vietnam,” Tuan said.

For example, Tuan said in 2018 and early 2019 foreigners had arrived in Vietnam on the pretext of travelling. “They rented houses and installed broadband to conduct fraudulent transactions and make fake bank cards to withdraw money or pay bills/services via point-of-sale (POS) machines, stealing hundreds of millions of dollars.”

From the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Public Security had arrested more than 120 foreigners for this crime, he added.

He also said that groups organising online gambling via bank accounts was common, with millions of dollars per day changing hands. At the end of April, police broke up a gambling ring worth more than VND30 trillion (US$1.28 billion), and arrested 29 people.

According to statistics from the State Bank of Vietnam, there were 26 organisations providing e-wallet services for about 10,000 units in Vietnam. By the end of last year, there were 4.2 million e-wallets linked to bank accounts. The whole banking system handled VND73 quadrillion in 2018, up 25 per cent compared to 2017, averaging VND300 trillion each day.

A report from the Ministry of Public Security showed that there were thousands of Vietnamese websites attacked by hackers annually. In the first months of this year, over 2,500 websites with Vietnamese domain names were attacked and hundreds of thousands of computers were infected with malware.

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