Date
24 February 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun introduces the latest flagship phone Mi 9 at a launching ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Xiaomi’s Mi 9 beats iPhone in camera performance

    - Feb 21, 2019 11:21am
    Chinese smartphone makers have been making lots of improvement in the design and application of their products over the past few years. While many believe that Samsung Electronics and Apple are still the frontrunners in the...
  • Huawei is working hard to fend off US moves to ease it out of the market. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei bets on P30 series to boost market share amid US moves

    - Feb 20, 2019 11:32am
    In its trade conflict with China, the United States has been asking allies to ban Huawei Technologies from taking part in their efforts to introduce 5G technology into their telecommunications networks, alleging that the Chinese company...
  • Poor performance of Siri voice assistant is believed to be among the reasons why sales of Apple's HomePod speakers have been tepid. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Apple needs to enhance its Siri voice tool

    - Feb 19, 2019 1:29pm
    With iPhone sales slowing, Apple is taking a fresh look at its business and realigning its priorities in a bid to enhance the services income and catch up on rivals in aspects such as artificial intelligence...
  • After the successful spinoff of its Redmi brand, Xiaomi wants to reposition its Mi brand to get a slice of the premium market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Xiaomi seeks to tap premium market with Mi 9 launch

    - Feb 14, 2019 12:16pm
    Shares of Xiaomi Corp. (01810.HK) jumped more than 7 percent on Wednesday as investors cheered positive news concerning the company, including the upcoming launch of its latest smartphone model, the Mi 9, the successful rebranding of...
  • A deconstructed Echo Plus device sits on display during an Amazon product reveal launch event in Seattle on Sept. 27, 2017. The tech giant on Monday announced the acquisition of an internet router firm to aid its smart home push. Photo: Bloomberg

    Amazon bets on mesh Wi-Fi for smart home push

    - Feb 13, 2019 1:09pm
    With smart homes seen as a big growth opportunity, tech behemoths are focusing on networking hardware that would ensure optimal distribution of Wi-Fi signals in people’s homes. Routers that can help eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots are...
  • JD.com plans to transform the hotel into a technology research and development hub, business offices as well as a key venue for its industrial development in the district. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why JD.com acquired a hotel in Beijing

    - Feb 12, 2019 12:43pm
    JD.com has snapped up a hotel in Beijing for 2.7 billion yuan (US$398 million) as part of efforts to fuel its growth in China’s highly competitive e-commerce market. A subsidiary of JD.com has acquired a 100...
  • The resignation of Angela Ahrendts as Apple's retail chief came after the technology giant suffered a decline in sales and earnings during the holiday season quarter. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Will Apple change its strategy after retail leadership revamp?

    - Feb 8, 2019 1:00pm
    Apple Inc. has reclaimed its position as the world’s most valuable listed firm earlier this week as the company’s share price returned to the US$170 level, bringing its market capitalization to more than US$820 billion as...
  • Apple believes its huge installed base of active devices will help the firm derive more services income, which can help offset the impact of slowing hardware sales. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Apple is touting its active installed device base

    - Jan 31, 2019 1:36pm
    Announcing its results for the three months to December, which marks the firm’s fiscal first quarter, Apple on Tuesday revealed a 15 percent slide in iPhone revenue compared to the year-ago period. With device sales slowing...
  • A ‘5G is Now’ sign sits on a bouquet of flowers at a Huawei Technologies event in Beijing on Jan 24. China aims to speed up issuance of licenses for commercial use of 5G technologies. Photo: Bloomberg

    China bets on 5G technology to boost consumption

    - Jan 30, 2019 1:08pm
    Facing severe economic challenges amid the US trade war, China is launching a fresh effort to boost domestic consumption and reduce the nation’s reliance on the external sector. A key aspect of the path to more...
  • Facebook is seeking to integrate its three messaging apps – WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger – into a single platform, a move that will enable users to send messages between those three apps. Photo: AFP

    Why Facebook wants to integrate its messaging apps

    - Jan 29, 2019 1:29pm
    Facebook has yet to recover from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the personal data of millions of its users were harvested by a political consultancy without their consent, but it is now moving forward on...
  • In the Xiaomi prototype, the two sides can be folded back, making it a regular-sized phone with screens on both the back and the front. Photo: Lin Bin/Weibo

    Will foldable screens convince smartphone users to upgrade?

    - Jan 24, 2019 1:02pm
    Global smartphone shipments have been slowing since last year as many of the latest models have failed to convince consumers to upgrade. This year, however, the market may see some signs of recovery as smartphone makers...
  • ByteDance has acquired some of Smartisan's patent rights to explore business opportunities in the education sector. Photo: Reuters

    ByteDance steps into hardware business

    - Jan 23, 2019 12:08pm
    Beijing-based smartphone apps developer ByteDance enjoys a valuation of as much as US$75 billion, but one of its biggest issues is that it doesn’t have its own hardware to deliver content to users. This becomes all the...
  • Huawei said it has so far signed more than 30 commercial contracts for 5G network deployment and shipped 25,000 5G base stations. Photo: Reuters

    China gears up for 5G launch

    - Jan 22, 2019 12:52pm
    China is frenziedly preparing for the rollout of fifth-generation mobile technology even as several western nations appear to be ganging up on Huawei Technologies to exclude the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant from their own 5G plans...
  • The applications of HTC's virtual reality solutions go far beyond gaming. Photo: AFP

    HTC brings virtual reality theme park to Hong Kong

    - Jan 17, 2019 2:13pm
    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC will open a virtual reality (VR) theme park in Hong Kong on Friday, fueling market speculation that it plans to exit the smartphone market and focus on the VR business.   VIVELAND, a...
  • Chinese startup ByteDance has unveiled a new video messaging app, raising the prospect of a faceoff with Tencent's WeChat messenger. Photo: Reuters

    Can ByteDance’s new app challenge WeChat in China?

    - Jan 16, 2019 1:28pm
    After scoring huge success with the short-video clip sharing service Tik Tok, China’s ByteDance is stepping up its game and pushing into social media, an arena long dominated by Tencent’s WeChat.  On Tuesday, the Beijing-based startup,...
  • Apple must make a quick decision on the modem chip supplier for its latest iPhone models in order to catch up with the market's frenzied preparations for the advent of 5G technology. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple must ride 5G wave to revive its iPhone fortunes

    - Jan 15, 2019 12:50pm
    Apple is under severe pressure amid the weak sales performance of its latest iPhone series, particularly in the Greater China market, and this has led the company to issue a profit warning to investors. In order to stimulate...
  • Apple chief executive Tim Cook has been providing an upbeat assessment of the company's outlook since its shares plunged after a profit warning last week. Photo: AFP

    How Tim Cook could win back investors’ hearts and minds

    - Jan 10, 2019 1:21pm
    After Apple’s shares sank following a profit warning about worse-than-expected quarterly revenue last week, chief executive Tim Cook has been trying to put a positive spin to the company’s outlook. Cook told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on...
  • A Samsung executive shows off a new television during the 2019 CES industry event in Las Vegas on Jan 7. The Korean firm will offer direct access to Apple’s iTunes content via smart TVs. Photo: Reuters

    Why Apple is altering its OTT strategy

    - Jan 9, 2019 2:51pm
    Apple may not be participating in the Consumer Electronics Show that is underway in Las Vegas, but the company has still found itself grabbing the news headlines, thanks to a key announcement. The US tech giant...
  • Xiaomi and TCL agreed to cooperate in the development of smart products and electronic devices. Photo: Bloomberg/AFP

    Why Xiaomi and TCL forged an alliance

    - Jan 8, 2019 1:02pm
    Xiaomi Corp. (01810.HK) continues to explore new business partnerships to boost its business. After Xiaomi announced that its Redmi smartphone brand will start operating independently, it was revealed that the Chinese technology firm had bought a...
  • Xiaomi will transform its second-tier brand Redmi into an independent brand offering low-cost smartphones via an online channel. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Xiaomi is relaunching Redmi brand in sluggish market

    - Jan 4, 2019 2:46pm
    While Apple chief executive Tim Cook blamed weak China sales for the company’s poor holiday season performance, Xiaomi Corp., one of the country’s leading smartphone makers, announced on Thursday that it will transform its second-tier brand...

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