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What's new in business news: May 8, 2014 (video)

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World's first self-cleaning car, new 500-baht banknote & AIS says 3G network covers 95% of the nation. 

AUTOMOBILES 

World's first self-cleaning car

8/05/2014 

At right, Nissan's new anti-dirt nano-effect paint, at left, traditional dirt-prone paint after a muddy drive. (Nissan photo)

Japanese carmaker Nissan has come up with what it claims to be the world's first self-cleaning paintwork which can repel mud and everyday dirt. Tests using a white Nissan Note compact showed the car emerging from a test run along mud-streaked tracks with pristine paintwork and no dirt particles clinging to the shiny surfaces. The repellant coating when applied to the paint surface creates a microscopic layer of air between the paint and the environment. Trials in all types of weather have proved promising

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

AIS says 3G network covers 95% of the nation 

Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country's largest mobile operator, currently has a network covering 95% of the population. With 17,000 3G base stations, after investing 60 billion baht, the company claims to have the most 3G base stations of any mobile phone operator. The company also plans to spend another 1 billion baht installing thousands of small mobile cell sites to increase network capacity in high-density usage areas in major cities. AIS plans to rely on its network strength and after-sales service to sustain its leading position in the local mobile market.

Since the company started 3G mobile broadband service last year, mobile data usage has surged by almost 300% thanks to the popularity of social networks and video content services. Average revenue per 3G user is 20-30% higher than a 2G customer. AIS expects 75% of its 42 million subscribers to have 3G service this year. As of March 31, AIS had 26 million 3G customers.  AIS has 14 million mobile internet users. Thailand expects over 30 million mobile internet users this year, up from 24 million last year. 

The company is preparing to launch its own 3G-enabled mobile phone priced below 800 baht to attract low-end prepaid customers migrating to 3G service. AIS is spending 350 million baht to give away free smartphones to its customers, plus free data tariff plans and mobile applications. AIS customers who want these privileges can dial *00333# tomorrow only from 9am to noon.

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CURRENCY 

New 500-baht banknote 

dpa News agency

The Central Bank has issued a new, modernised 500-baht banknote with new safeguards to make forgery more difficult. The new banknote is the same size as the old one and its overall colour remains  purple.  The new note also has features that make it easier for blind people to differentiate it from other denominations

The new banknote will enter circulation next Monday. The old banknote, which has been used over the past 12 years, remains valid and the new 500-baht notes will gradually replace the older notes over the next two years. Thailand has a low level of fake banknotes in circulation,  at five to one million, fewer than US dollars and the euro at 40 to one million.

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Vocabulary:

anti: against - ตรงกันข้าม, ต้าน

application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์

attract: to cause someone to be interested in something - ดึงดูดความสนใจ

average: an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย

banknote: paper money - ธนบัตร

blind: unable to see (Note: Nowadays we often use the term "visually-impaired" instead of "blind") - ตาบอด

capacity: the amount of something that can be produced or done - ความสามารถในการ (ระบาย, ผลิต etc.)

central bank: the main government bank in a country that controls the supply of loans (credit) and the supply of money in the country and provides financial services to the government and other banks - ธนาคารแห่งชาติ

circulation: the passing of money from one person to another - การหมุนเวียนของเงินสด, กระแสเงิน

claim: saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา

cling: to hold on to something tightly - ติดแน่น

coat: to cover something with a layer of a substance - ทา, เคลือบ

come up with: to suggest or think of an idea or plan - คิดขึ้นมา

content: the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ

currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน

data: the use of a mobile phone or device for "data" to view web pages or content or to send photos or video -

denomination: a unit of value, especially of money - หน่วยเงิน

density: the amount of something in a place - ความหนาแน่น

differentiate: to see or show a difference between things - แยกแยะระหว่าง

emerge: to come out of - ออกจาก

enabled: that can be used with a particular system or technology, especially the Internet -

environment: the natural world including plants and animals, land, water, air, especially as it is affected by human activities - สิ่งแวดล้อม

fake: made to look like something real in order to trick people - ที่ทำปลอม

feature: something important, interesting or typical of a place or thing - จุดเด่น, คุณสมบัติ

forgery: the crime of making illegal copies of something valuable, especially in order to earn money - การปลอมแปลงเอกสาร

gradually: slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย

install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง

invest: to spend money on something in order to make it better or more successful - ลงทุน

issue: to officially announce or give out - ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง

launch: to start selling a new product or service to the public - เริ่มวางขาย

layer: a thin sheet of a substance; a level of material, such as a type of rock or gas, which is different from the material above or below it - ชั้น

leading: among the first and most important in a group - ชั้นหนึ่ง, ชั้นแนวหน้า, ชั้นนำ

local: in the country being discussed -

low-end: cheap goods or people buying cheap goods, people not spending a lot of money - low-end consumer goods, cheap consumer goods

migrate: moving from one place to another or from an old technology to a new technology - อพยพ

mobile (technology): of devices, especially telecommunication devices, that can easily be moved around, e.g., mobile phones, tablets, notebook computers - อุปกรณ์ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

modernise: to make a system, methods, etc. more modern and more suitable for use at the present time - ทำให้ทันสมัย

mud: dirt mixed with water - โคลน

network: telecommunications network, a telephone or cable TV network -

operator: a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ

overall: total; including all the things or people that are involved in a particular situation; general - ทั้งหมด, โดยทั่วไป

paintwork: the paint on something such as a car -

particle: an extremely small piece or amount of something - ฝุ่นละอองขนาดเล็ก

popularity: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - ความเป็นที่นิยม, ความเป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

population: a particular group of people or animals living in a particular area - กลุ่มที่อาศัยอยู่ในที่เดียวกัน

position: the place where somebody/something is located - ตำแหน่ง, สถานที่

prepaid: paying for a service before you receive - พรีเพด, จ่ายล่วงหน้า,ชำระก่อนแล้ว

prepare: put in order, get ready - เตรียม, เตรียมตัว, เตรียมพร้อม, จัดเตรียม, ตระเตรียม

pristine: in very good condition; unspoiled - บริสุทธิ,ดั้งเดิม

privilege: a special benefit that is available only to a particular person or group - เอกสิทธิ์

promising: likely to be successful or very good - มีอนาคตดี,มีความหวัง

prone: to likely to experience a particular problem more often than is usual - ที่มีแนวโน้ม

prove: to show to be true, i.e., to have a particular quality - ปรากฎความจริง

rely on: to depend on or trust - พึ่งพา  เชื่อถือ ไว้ใจ

remain: to still be present after the other parts have been removed, used, etc; to continue to exist - ยังเหลืออยู่

repel: to keep something away, or to prevent it from entering something - ขับไล่

revenue: income from taxes or business activities - รายได้

safeguard: something which protects something/somebody from loss, harm or damage; something which keeps something/somebody safe - สิ่งป้องกัน, สิ่งคุ้มกัน

social network: websites or other services on the internet for communication with people who share your interests - เครือข่ายสังคม

subscriber: someone who pays money to an organization in order to receive a product, use a service regularly or support the organisation - ผู้ใช้บริการ

surface: the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก

surge: a sudden increase in something - การเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว

sustain: to keep someone alive; to give someone strength, energy, or hope - ทำให้มีชีวิตต่อไป, ทำให้มีต่อไป

tariff: a list of fixed prices that are charged by a company for services or a hotel or restaurant for rooms, meals, etc - ราคา

thanks to: because of - ด้วยเหตุ, เพราะ

track: a mark or line of marks showing the direction that something has moved - ร่องรอย

traditional: of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา

valid: legally accepted or in force - ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย, อย่างมีเหตุผล

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