23 January 2018

Francis Fong

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation honorary chairman
  • Even tech giants like Google are jumping on the internet television bandwagon. Google launched its YouTube TV in the US market last year. Photo: Youtube

    Internet television is an irreversible trend

    - Jan 16, 2018 10:28am
    Hong Kong’s traditional TV industry is feeling growing pressure from internet-based over-the-top (OTT) services. Television Broadcasts (TVB), the city’s largest broadcaster, has launched TVB Anywhere OTT service to tap the international market. PCCW-backed Viu has also...
  • If you see a static QR code in a shop, you can still request the seller to scan the dynamic QR code generated on your smartphone to ensure security of the payment process. Photo: sina

    QR code payments: How to beat the scammers

    - Jan 11, 2018 9:36am
    QR code payment systems have become increasingly popular in China. People use them in everyday life to pay for small purchases or even red packets in banquets or donations at temples. But the People’s Bank of...
  • WhatsApp said the old operating systems don't offer the kind of capabilities it needs to expand the app's features. Photo: Bloomberg

    WhatsApp ends support for old operating systems

    - Jan 4, 2018 9:54am
    Instant messaging service WhatsApp said it has ended support for older operating systems including Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. It will also stop support for Nokia S40 by the end of this year...
  • EFT Solutions is a top player in Hong Kong's electronic fund transfer at point of sale market. Photo: EFT Solutions

    LeTV’s former Asia-Pacific chief moves into fintech

    - Dec 28, 2017 2:28pm
    I ran into an old friend at a fintech product launch the other day. He is Mok Chui-tin, LeTV’s former chief executive for the Asia-Pacific region. He moved to the United States to develop internet electric...
  • Octopus Cards Ltd. has joined hands with Samsung Electronics to launch an e-wallet service. Photo: Octopus

    Samsung Pay partners with Octopus: will Apple follow suit?

    - Dec 21, 2017 12:33pm
    Octopus Cards Ltd., operator of Hong Kong’s leading smartcard payment system, joined hands with Samsung Electronics to launch an e-wallet service last week. A physical Octopus card can be used to pay for goods at stores and...
  • As online shopping festivals become big events, traditional retailers have no choice but to follow. Photo: China Daily.

    Online retail boom brings more shopping festivals

    - Dec 14, 2017 11:00am
    Alipay, the mobile payments unit of China’s Ant Financial Services Group, launched a major shopping event on Dec. 12, called the “Double 12” International Festival. More than 10,000 shops in Hong Kong and Macau are participating...
  • Following successful application, merchants will get a QR code from Octopus for customers to scan and make payment. Photo: Octopus

    Octopus steps up e-payment push

    - Dec 7, 2017 10:51am
    Hong Kong cashless payment operator Octopus launched QR code services last week targeting small merchants. Merchants only need to download the Octopus app and upload the required documents to set up a O! ePay account. Following...
  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma says government policy is sometimes too slow to help drive technology that often opportunities are lost. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong should vie to become R&D hub

    - Nov 28, 2017 8:42am
    The Hong Kong government will step up efforts to promote innovation and technology. This was the message from Chief Executive Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor at the grand final of Alibaba’s startup competition Jumpstarter 2017 held in Hong...
  • QR code payments are expected to become more popular in future, given the benefits they offer to merchants as well as consumers. Photo: Bloomberg

    QR code payment is the way to go

    - Nov 24, 2017 9:17am
    Which payment tool is safer, physical credit card, mobile NFC (near-field communication) or QR code? That was a widely-discussed topic in Hong Kong recently. Owning a platinum or black credit card used to be a status...
  • An information booklet of China Literature, the online reading unit of Tencent. Its IPO locked in investor capital of more than HK$520 billion, making it the 10th hottest IPO in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    Market bubble may burst soon

    - Nov 16, 2017 11:34am
    The biggest news in the technology space lately was the US$103 billion bid by Broadcom to acquire Qualcomm. If it succeeds, that would mark the biggest ever deal in the technology industry since Dell paid US$65...
  • Razer IPO will not only raise fresh funds to support its research and expansion, but also raise the  profile for the gaming equipment maker. Photo: Razer

    Will Razer Phone be as popular as the gaming play’s HK IPO?

    - Nov 9, 2017 9:37am
    Last week I was asked by friends whether I would bid for Razer’s (01337.HK) hugely oversubscribed initial public offering. The US gaming equipment maker, backed by Intel Corp. and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, intends to...
  • Alipay has partnered with CK Hutchison and some wet markets in promoting its e-payment service in Hong Kong. Photo:

    Octopus card or Alipay?

    - Oct 31, 2017 10:28am
    As some wet markets in Hong Kong prepare to accept Alipay for their daily transactions, there has been a heated debate in online forums as to which is a better choice for the merchants — Alipay...
  • To avoid being hacked, phone users should cut off Wi-Fi connection and switch back to a 4G network when they handle sensitive information. Photo: Bloomberg

    Wi-Fi vulnerability can be fixed

    - Oct 25, 2017 11:05am
    WiFi Protected Access 2 (WAP2), the current industry standard that encrypts traffic on Wi-Fi networks, is vulnerable to hackers using a technique called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) due to a flaw in the cryptographic protocols, according...
  • Sharing economy firms like Uber have introduced  many disruptive innovations, which may fall into gray areas legally. Photo: Reuters

    HK should embrace opportunities thrown up by sharing economy

    - Oct 23, 2017 10:05am
    InvestHK, the government vehicle designed to attract foreign investment, introduced car-hailing app Uber into Hong Kong in 2014. But Uber’s expansion in the city has been stalled after police raids on the company’s offices and arrest...
  • To foster FinTech development, the HKMA will step up collaboration efforts with entities like the Hong Kong Science Park. Photo: HKSTP

    How HK aims to catch up in FinTech development

    - Oct 9, 2017 4:52pm
    Hong Kong has been lagging far behind in technology development. This has prompted authorities to unveil various measures to help the territory catch up. Among the raft of initiatives are seven measures from the Hong Kong...
  • If properly regulated, car-sharing and bike-sharing industries can add to Hong Kong’s economic strength. 

    HK govt should be more open to new technologies

    - Oct 3, 2017 4:33pm
    Legislator Charles Mok, who represents the IT sector, has arranged a meeting between technology industry players and Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan. Automobile manufacturers, car and bike sharing operators, e-payment firms, scholars and...

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