Conventional motorbike taxi drivers have long been able to secure a stable living by providing their services to travelers at airports, railway and bus stations, and residential areas in the southern city.But their way of life is quickly changing as a new wave of motorbike cabbies moves onto the scene, with ride-hailing applications making securing a fare as easy as tapping a smartphone screen.Thanks to a user-friendly interface, convenience, cheap fares, and attractive promotions, the apps have rapidly become local residents’ first choice for transportation and a driving force behind the extinction of traditional drivers.Aside from Grab and Uber, the two major players in the ride-hailing industry, GO-IXE, GOGOX, EASYGO, also operate in the southern city. These transport applications charge their customers an average of VND12,000 (US$0.54) for the first two kilometers and approximately VND3,800 (US$0.17) for each additional kilometer.Meanwhile, conventional motorbike taxi … [Read more...] about Traditional motorbike taxi drivers grapple with technology invasion
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The Internet of Things (IoT), voice recognition/speech processing, and smart homes are trending around the world. In your opinion, which emerging technology showcased at CES Asia 2017 do you think will be the next big hit?CES Asia introduced many emerging technologies to the burgeoning and influential Asian marketplace. Key product trends at the 2017 show included IoT, AI, smart home solutions, drones, AR/VR, wearable tech, and automotive technology. IoT may open a new era for humanity and change the way we do things. What are your thought about this technology trend?Again, recall that IoT represents a connected revolution that is changing the way we live, work and play, with 88 per cent of global consumer technology spending attributable to connected devices. The last time we saw such change was the industrial revolution in the mid-19th century. This era of innovation gave rise to new materials like steel and new industries like ship-building that created new jobs and improved the … [Read more...] about Connected Revolution: technology trends to watch out for
Today LG announced the launch of the Optimus G, a new premium flagship device offering a unique User Experience (UX) supported by innovative hardware performance. The powerful hardware included in the Optimus G allows for the possibility of such a creative and engaging UX which will enable Optimus G users to “live without boundaries.” With a powerful quad-core processor, Snapdragon™ S4 Pro, as its base and industry best technologies for enhanced viewing and longer battery life, LG adds the finishing touches on the Optimus G with a beautiful sleek design and innovative UX features. The offerings in the Optimus G will provide users an experience currently unavailable on any other smartphone. “The Optimus G is a groundbreaking premium device not only in the history of LG but also in the smartphone industry,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the Optimus G, users will be able to experience … [Read more...] about LG to change market dynamics with Optimus G by focusing on differentiated user experience
The rainyseason has started in the central region. In Huong Hoa district in thecentral province of Quang Tri, the roads are scattered with thick basaltmud. Farmer Nguyen Van Tuan and his wife drivecarefully across the sludge on their old Honda motorbike, heading formarket. On the bike's luggage rack sit bunches and bunches of bananas.Tuan, 52, comes to Tan Long market - known as one ofthe biggest banana market in the central region and along the borderwith Laos - every day to sell his products. Today,Tuan completes his business quickly by negotiating with a wholesaleagent to sell six bunches of bananas for 400,000 VND (19 USD). He says that this is a very fair price and he often makes a lot more.During the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays, he can capitalise on theincreased demand for the fruit and make as much as 30 million VND (1,400USD) from his bananas. "We have been living wellover recent years thanks to banana farming. It has changed our lives. Ican earn 10 million VND … [Read more...] about Switching to banana, farming bears fruit for commune
Banana boat: The bustling market of Tan Long is a magnet for the region's banana sellers who travel there from far and wide. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Huy Hai Residents of a remote commune in the central province of Quang Tri have spent the last decade investing heavily in banana plantations. The result has been a whirlwind success, with the dreams of once-poor farmers finally coming to fruition. Cong Thanh reports.The rainy season has started in the central region. In Huong Hoa District in the central province of Quang Tri, the roads are scattered with thick basalt mud.Farmer Nguyen Van Tuan and his wife drive carefully across the sludge on their old Honda motorbike, heading for market. On the bike's luggage rack sit bunches and bunches of bananas.Tuan, 52, comes to Tan Long market - known as one of the biggest banana market in the central region and along the border with Laos - every day to sell his products.Today, Tuan completes his business quickly by negotiating with a … [Read more...] about Switch to banana farming bears fruit for commune
The report was released at the World Economic Forum on Monday.JLL is a financial and professional services firm specialising in commercial real estate services and investment management.HCM City ranks second while Ha Noi is in eighth place. The two are “high potential” cities as they have low costs and rapid consumer market expansion. The cities also actively continue in attracting capital from foreign investors betting on their transition from low-wage manufacturing to high-value activities.HCM City was reported to have attracted US$3.7 billion from foreign direct investment in 2016, bringing the total to $40.99 billion. Meanwhile, Ha Noi absorbed 445 new projects with registered capital of $2.8 billion last year.Other cities in the top 10 include Bangalore and Hyderabad in India; Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin in the United States; Shanghai in China; London; and Nairobi of Kenya. Bangalore, India’s tech centre, took the number one spot.“With more than half … [Read more...] about Ha Noi, HCM City world’s most dynamic cities
Since winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1996, Stanford University Professor Douglas Osheroff has traveled the world promoting the importance of science. Viet Nam News reporter Le Quynh Anh spoke with him. You have visited Viet Nam to deliver a lecture on the topic "How science changes our lives" as a keynote speaker in the fourth ASEAN event series "Bridges - Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace" facilitated by the International Peace Foundation. What is the main message you wanted to put across, especially to young and aspiring science students? I am here to share my excitement for science and explain how to make fresh discoveries as well as how to make use of them to improve our lives. The first thing I want to emphasise is that there are both positive and negative features with almost every contribution that science makes. You don't get anything from nothing. In an ideal world, we want everything to have the desired impact, but sometimes there are undesirable secondary … [Read more...] about Nobel laureate inspires youth
Multiskilled: Nguyen Thi Thuy Kieu (right) has many strings to her bow. Training in research enables her to read books on other subject of interest to farmers and to branch out into many fields. Here she introduce a farmer to new techniques in raising snakes. Practised eye: Kieu spends most of her time in the field. — VNS Photo Thanh Xuan The answer lies in the soil for at least one farming graduate who turned down a career as a university lecturer and researcher to work on the land, helping farmers lift production. Thanh Xuan reports.Nguyen Thi Thuy Kieu, an … [Read more...] about Agriculture graduate prefers work in the field
Fragile beauty: Residential areas and restaurants routinely discard wastewater and rubbish into picturesque Truc Bach Lake. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh Birds of a feather: Storks have once again begun to flock to Linh Dam Lake in Ha Noi's Hoang Mai District after it was cleaned. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc Clean and green: Thanh Cong Lake in Ba Dinh District after it was cleaned by the authorities. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Dong … [Read more...] about Are Ha Noi’s lakes doomed to decay?
by Nguyen Thu HienRecently a 20-year-old girl had her image and profile splashed across the country's multi-media services for two weeks, inspiring millions of young Vietnamese people to become fans and followers. Le Thi Huyen Anh is not a heroine, a singer or a film star but simply someone who posted a one-minute video of herself dancing around her bedroom without wearing a bra on her Facebook page. For this, she has been hunted down by the mass media. Unfortunately, she is not the only star to be created by the mass media. My young sister, a former high-school student, once said: "this is a popular way for girls and boys to become famous. They do something weird and post it on a social network. If they're lucky, they will be spotted by the mass media and earn lots of money."When I looked at a number of websites for teenagers the other day, I found that 80 per cent of the content is about the lives of stars, the latest fashion trends, cute girls and boys, entertainments and violent or … [Read more...] about Is mass media brainwashing our youth?