Alison Choa

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Acer's Cloudbooks are Chromebooks with Windows 10

What is a Chromebook if it doesn't run Chrome OS? A Cloudbook, apparently. That's what Acer's calling its latest Windows 10 laptops, two inexpensive machines with the kind of minimal storage space and modest hardware you'd normally associate with Chromebooks.<p>The Aspire One Cloudbook comes in …

Action women

JUST over a decade ago Samantha Power, a journalist aghast at American inaction over genocide in Rwanda, confronted dozens of high-ranking officials …

Tiananmen Square: Duck Memes Posted To Get Past Chinese Censors On 24th Anniversary

Chinese authorities have imposed a traditional social media blackout on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests - but China's "netizens" …

Turkey protests: how activists stay one step ahead with social media

Turkish activists are evading the authorities thanks to innovative use of the internet, while hacker group Anonymous announces further attacks on government assets. Jennifer O'Mahony reports on the battle for information in Turkey.<p>Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Twitter as …

The appetite for cigarettes continues to rise. Smokers lit up 5.9 trillion times last year compared with 5.1 trillion in 1990. Population growth accounts for much of the increase. But the numbers would be higher still if they included black-market ciggies. Temperance in some countries is matched with growing addiction elsewhere http://econ.st/ZHlUen

Asia's Week: All Currencies Fall Down--Except One

Most of Asia’s economies wrapped up May in full retreat on their currency values in what might be viewed as a spring defensive.<p>Now, whether this has always been volitional or is in many cases merely the flip side of a US dollar that is rebounding with the American housing market is subject to …

Experience: I had a worm in my brain 'I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that there was a foreign body inside me, feeding off my ability to write and speak' http://bit.ly/138anmv Photograph: Mark Chilvers for the Guardian

Towards the end of poverty

IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the …

Developing Countries

Gays welcome

WHEN Robert Baden-Powell, the chief scout of the British empire, wrote the scout oath in 1908, he did not include a promise to be “morally straight”. …

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Anger stored up

IN MAY 2008 a spate of violence against black foreigners in Johannesburg’s townships claimed at least 62 lives and displaced tens of thousands. Five …

Japan Halts Some U.S. Wheat Imports on Gene-Altered Crops

Japan, Asia’s second-largest wheat buyer, suspended some imports of the grain from the U.S. after the discovery in an Oregon field of gene-altered …

Billionaire Advice For 2013 College Grads: Oprah, Melinda Gates, Steve Case And More

The world’s billionaires are, by definition, some of the most successful people on the planet — often building their own companies and changing the world with a new product or a huge philanthropic endeavor. This makes them natural candidates to give advice to young college graduates who are just …

Unusual suspects

BIG firms that lose data to cyber-spies normally know whom to blame. “It’s always the Chinese”, says Snorre Fagerland of Norman Shark, a security …

Human Rights

Is the integration of immigrants failing?

HUNDREDS of cars set on fire, a school in flames and angry youths hurling stones at the police. This is not the <i>banlieue</i> in France but suburbs in …

Latest Asia News & Headlines, Top Stories Today - The Straits Times

PEOPLE<p>SYDNEY (AFP) - Evangelical Christian Scott Morrison, who emerged as prime minister after a bun fight in Australia's ruling party on Friday (Aug …

Asia

N. Korea to build 'world-class' ski resort before 2018 Winter Olympics: State Media

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected work on a "world class" ski resort being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the …

Skiing

China province to abolish teacher HIV tests: Report

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese province is likely to abolish mandatory HIV tests for teachers, the first region on the mainland to do so, state media said …

China

Demonstrators Lock Lips in Turkey to Protest Public-Kissing Ban

Sometimes, all you need is love.<p>That’s what a group of protesters are using in the Turkish capital of Ankara, where dozens of people congregated …

Nigerian Smartphone Boom Challenges Nokia Africa Dominance

Agbaje Olushola stares longingly at the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Tecno N7 smartphones on display in the Banex Plaza technology market in Nigeria’s …

Hay Festival 2013: Leading neuroscientist warns against 'smart drugs'

Professor of Neuroscience Barbara Sahakian warned against 'smart drugs' in an enthralling talk about the brain and decision-making at Hay Festival.<p>Barbara Sahakian has warned about the dangers of buying cognitive-enhancing medicine - the so-called 'smart drugs - from the internet. Talking at the …

Leading scientist attacks university over 'outrageous' IVF treatment patent

A fresh international row has erupted over granting US patents to processes which many scientists believe are basic aspects of human …

Shifty mantle may skew sea level estimates

<b>SYRACUSE U. / U. CHICAGO (US) —</b> Changes in a prehistoric shoreline stretching from Virginia to Florida suggest that estimates of past sea levels …

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Walking the talk

EVERY economy, like every story, has two sides: supply and demand. The supply side of China’s economy is the stuff of legend: 767m workers, perhaps …

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