Saturday, 25 October 2014

Science & Technology

US Satellites to Help Mekong River Region Deal with Climate Change

FILE - The remnants of a house built on the Mekong river banks is pictured after a portion of it collapsed when the soil underneath gave way, in Kandal province.

08 October 2014
US-led project will provide satellite imagery to the region's governments documenting changing conditions to help communities more effectively deal with natural disasters. More

Japanese, American Win Nobel Physics Prize for LED Invention

Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura win for inventing a new energy efficient , environmentally friendly light source, the LED.

Activists Fear a Curtailing of Online Freedom

Cambodia has nearly 3 million Internet users, most of whom go online via their mobile phones.

World’s Rich Get Their Own Facebook

Netropolitan, described by some as an on-line country club, is a space where folks who can afford a $6,000 initiation fee and a $3,000 annual membership can mingle, privately.

Apple Faithful Line Up for Latest, Larger iPhones

Even the night before phones' Friday debut, nearly 70 people were waiting in line in front of the Apple store in downtown San Francisco.

Video 'Electronic Heroin' Spawns Chinese Internet Addiction Camps

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

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.

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Demonstrators Call on Government To Fulfill Principles of Peace Accordsi
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24 October 2014
Hundreds of activists demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Thursday, gathering to protest the government’s failure to fulfill the promises of the Paris Peace Accords, which were signed in 1991 and brought liberal democracy and a constitution to a country that had been shattered by war. The demonstrators submitted a petition to the US and other embassies, calling for international pressure on the Cambodian government to follow the accords. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)i
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20 October 2014
You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." 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 Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." 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 Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
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Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." 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 Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)

You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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