Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Science & Technology

'Electronic Heroin' Spawns Chinese Internet Addiction Camps

A Chinese teen receives treatment at an Internet addiction camp in a still from the new documentary "Web Junkie."

27 August 2014
Some Chinese teenagers are so addicted to online games that they wear diapers to avoid bathroom breaks. More

Many Empty Seats as New Bus System Rolls On

The service starts early in the morning and ends at 8:30 pm, charging passengers 1,500 riel per ticket.

For One Farmer at Least, Crops Without Soil

Mann Sophal says hydroponic farming is easier than traditional farming, but it does require some know-how about the equipment and the water.

Wildlife Trade Endangering Cambodia’s Fauna

Wildlife conservation officials say the practice of serving wild meat in Cambodia is endangering many of its animals, along with other forms of trafficking.

Cambodia's Draft Cybercrime Law Worrying, Say Critics

The draft law, on which work started two years ago, has assumed increasing relevance since July's general election.

More Funding of Media a Good Investment, Experts Say

In interviews with VOA Khmer, media experts said more funding of that sector could help prevent such errors in the future.

Technology Adviser Calls Process in Cybercrime Law ‘Completely Wrong’

The law will affect many of Cambodia’s younger generation, who go online often and use social media as a major means of communication.

Multimedia Global Airline Industry Begins Study to Prevent MH370 Repeat

A panel will focus on real-time tracking of aircraft, rather than streaming of flight performance data for aircraft systems.

Cyber-Crime Law Could Engender Self-Censorship, Group Warns

The draft law, which was leaked to the public recently, imposes major fines and jail time for vague offenses and has many online users concerned.

Cyber Security Draft Law Has Tech Community Worried

Online, Internet users complained of the draft this week, saying it could censor their comments and information sharing, especially on Facebook, which has become widely popular in recent years.

Video Google Launches Digital Tour of Angkor Wat

Cambodia's Angkor Wat has been digitally mapped for the first time, allowing people to visit the World Heritage Site from the comfort of their armchair using Google Street View.

Virtual Google Tours of Angkor Wat Comes Online

Street View users can now visit 100 temples and sculptures around Angkor Wat, via a 360-degree perspective.

US Official Urges Strong Protection of Intellectual Property

Fake goods and pirated media cost companies billions of dollars each year, and are especially prevalent in Cambodia.

Cambodia To Host Open Source Tech Conference

FossAsia, a conference on open source and free software, will be held in the capital Feb. 28 to March 2—a free event open to students, developers and entrepreneurs.

Flappy Bird: A Game Changer for Vietnam’s Developers

Vietnam is the largest online games market by value in South-East Asia, with revenue of over $250 million in 2013.

Carbon Credits Ready for Sale in Oddar Meanchey Forest

The Oddary Meanchey project was the first to be implemented, and seeks to safeguard 13 different communities across 64,000 hectares of forest.

Facebook Launches Acting Career for One Young Entrepreneur

Speaking via Skype with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, the 21-year-old said she was discovered by a producer at the Women’s Media Center.

Expert Touts Rise of Citizen Journalists

Ngeth Moses, ICT coordinator for the Community Legal Education Center, told “Hello VOA” Monday that new tools are making it easier for so-called citizen journalists to emerge.

Telecom Minister Defends Minimum Cell Phone Tariffs

The new floor for prices is $4.50 per minute for calls made within the same network, and $5.95 per minute for calls across different networks.

Education Lagging in Science, Technology, Experts Say

Only about 27 percent of Cambodian students in higher education are pursuing these sciences, while the rest pursue degrees in social science, according to research by the Cambodian Development Research Institute.

China Donates 12 Military Helicopters to Cambodia

The donation underscores Cambodia’s ongoing military relationship with China, which has emerged as a top donor to the country.

'Sweetie' Snares Cyber Predators

In a very short period of time, over 20,000 people from over 65 countries approached virtual 10-year-old.

Cambodia’s Internet Only ‘Partly Free,’ US Watchdog Says

The Freedom House report comes at a time when experts and rights workers in Cambodia say civil society as a whole is also under duress from government officials.

Video Bribespot: Fighting Corruption in Thailand One Click at a Time

Local version of Bribespot allows anyone with access to smartphone or computer to pinpoint where, to whom, how much they paid a bribe.

Opposition Looks To Facebook for Election Push

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy last week claimed he has become the most popular Cambodian politician on Facebook leading into the July elections.

How Google Figured Out Khmer Translation

Divon Lan, product manager of Google’s Next Wave Emerging Markets program, recently spoke to VOA Khmer about what the new service means for the average Cambodian.

Video Local Developers Add to Mobile App Popularity

Applications for mobile phones and mobile devices—from games to maps navigation—are becoming increasingly popular in Cambodia. Bun Tharum, a technology reporter and VOA Khmer contributor, says that in Cambodia, applications like Angry Birds, Google Maps, and Facebook are popular—but developers are also building local apps. VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat reports for “Digital Voices.”

Experts See Opening for Citizen Journalism in Cambodia

Cambodia is in the beginning stages of citizen journalism, US Embassy spokesman Sean McIntosh said.

Nine Injured in Balloon Crash Near Angkor Wat

The air balloon had reached an altitude of 300 meters when a strong wind pushed it down and into a palm tree.

Cheap Data, Better Tech Putting More Cambodians Online

Total revenue for Internet use is now worth about $1.4 million, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

Audio Youth Activist Says Social Media Has ‘Power’ in Cambodia

Social media has the power to help Cambodia correct some of its social ills, including corruption and the abuse of power, a youth activist says.

80 Chinese Arrested in Alleged Extortion Racket

This is the fifth such scheme to be broken up in Cambodia in recent years, with cooperation from Chinese authorities, who are having to track extortion operations outside the country after a crackdown within it.

Social Media Changing Cambodia’s Information Landscape

With the increased used of social media, consumers in this new generation can access media anywhere, any time, through laptops and smartphones.

Internet Users Fear Online Suppression With Draft of Cyber Law

Some 200 bloggers and technology experts from 15 countries hotly debated the issue at a five-day conference, called BlogFest, in Siem Reap earlier this month.

Photogallery Despite High Price Tag, iPhone 5 a Hit in Cambodia

The iPhone 5 has been on sale in Cambodia since Sept. 22, a day after Apple’s public sales began in other countries.

Video At Barcamp, Cambodian Techies Test New Gear, Apps

The students, many from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, say smartphone-controlled robots and electronics are operated via Bluetooth technology.

Video Solar Energy Lighting up Rural Areas of Cambodia (Cambodia news in Khmer)

With lots of sunshine and an underdeveloped electrical grid, Cambodia is well suited to solar power. But overcoming challenges like poverty and a lack of solar knowledge are major challenges. The power of the sun could be the key to provide energy in rural areas of Cambodia. Social enterprise Kamworks brings solar energy to the population cut off from the national grid. (AP Cambodia)

Video Cambodia Joins Major HIV/AIDS Conference in Washington (Cambodia news in Khmer)

More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world are meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference, including Cambodian officials who want to share their experience fighting the disease. Mean Chhivun, chairman of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, said Cambodia still needs to provide better access to treatment and prevention services, while people need to advise their sexual partners of their activities and encourage blood tests. “These are the two main points,” he told VOA Khmer. “We have to do more.” (Men Kimseng, Washington)

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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Saysi
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29 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel, the State Department’s top diplomat for Asia and the Pacific, said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea. “The whole world has an interest in a peaceful South China Sea and in seeing these disputes resolved peacefully and diplomatically,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh. “So we’ll continue to make that point.” (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

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Twist Someone's Arm (Movie: Cinderella Man)i
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02 September 2014
You can say, "Every time I want my sister to clean her room, I always have to 'twist her arm' to get her to do it." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Twist Someone's Arm (Movie: Cinderella Man)

You can say, "Every time I want my sister to clean her room, I always have to 'twist her arm' to get her to do it." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
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Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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