Saturday, 31 January 2015

Science & Technology

Twitter Targets Islamic State

Jihadists have reacted angrily to US-led airstrikes on locations in Syria. (Twitter)

29 January 2015
New research shows suspending Twitter accounts of Islamic State, its supporters has been effective; group, its backers are facing 'significant pressure,' says terrorism expert. More

Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked

Malaysia Airlines is trying to recover from twin disasters last year.

Video Researchers Create Artificial Skin With Sense of Touch

Stretchable synthetic skin that can register heat, pressure and moisture is designed for prosthetic limbs and humanoid robots.

Chinese Brands Little Recognized in US, but Innovation Helping

Recent surveys reveal positive trends that some analysts say could lead to broader American acceptance of Chinese-branded goods.

Gmail Blocked in China

The grip on Internet freedom in China has tightened once again, with Google's Gmail largely inaccessible for a fourth day.

2014 Year of Space Technology Benchmarks, Setbacks

Biggest achievement of 2014 came in later half of year, when Rosetta launched a probe named Philae that made the first soft landing on a comet.

Beijing Not Sure if Chinese Facilities Used in Cyberattack

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Beijing would not reach any conclusions without having 'enough facts'.

Vietnam Detains Another Blogger for Anti-state Posts

For second time in less than two weeks, country arrests another prominent blogger as part of what critics see as an ongoing crackdown on dissent.

Photogallery NASA's Orion Test Mission a Success

Orion capsule, intended to take US astronauts back to the moon and beyond, splashed down in Pacific Ocean

Video Report: Internet Freedom Declines Worldwide

A new survey shows that Internet freedom has declined around the world for the fourth consecutive year, as a growing number of countries impose various forms of online censorship and monitoring practices. Rights group Freedom House on Thursday issued an annual report that says more people are being

Vietnam Detains Blogger for 'Bad' Content

Detention of Hong Le Tho, better known as blogger 'Nguoi Lot Gach,' follows a sharp increase in arrests and prison terms for government critics in past few years.

Social Media a Potential New Tool for Good Governance, Expert Says

Cambodia currently has more than 1 million Facebook subscribers, who share news on politics, the economy and entertainment, contributing to vibrant online debates.

Report Cites Human Error in 2013 Lao Air Tragedy

Aviation experts call for more emphasis on pilot training after crash that killed 49 passengers and crew.

US Ambassador’s Column Popular, Though Not With Everyone

The ambassador has proven willing to tackle tough topics in Cambodia’s fractious political climate.

Pilot Actions Examined in US Crash of Virgin Galactic Spacecraft

Human-factors expert to probe why co-pilot prematurely unlocked a pivoting tail section of the ship during a test flight.

Original Apple Computer Could Fetch $600,000 at Auction

So-called Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Steve Jobs.

US Satellites to Help Mekong River Region Deal with Climate Change

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

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.

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Cambodia Reduces Western Influence, Tilts Towards Locali
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30 January 2015
Cambodia tilts towards China and its acceptance of more and more Chinese aid helps the impoverished nation to reduce influence of international donors who had sought to push Cambodia towards more democratic form of governance. Sebastian Strangio, the author of “Hun Sen’s Cambodia,” told a gathering in Washington that the balance between local interest and international interest in Cambodia is beginning to tilt much more in the directions of the local. VOA’s Men Kimseng reports from Washington.

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