Date
24 April 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • ZTE has no one to blame but itself for the US export ban that is now threatening to wreak havoc on its supply chain. Photo: Reuters

    ZTE owes its investors an apology

    - Apr 24, 2018 11:31am
    ZTE Corp. could be going through an existential crisis at the moment after the US Commerce Department barred American companies from selling technologies and components to the Shenzhen-based telecommunications equipment maker for seven years. The export...
  • ZTE and its fellow Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei have been facing the brunt of US sanctions on Chinese firms. Photo: Bloomberg

    What can ZTE and Huawei do amid US sanctions?

    - Apr 19, 2018 2:37pm
    With Sino-US trade frictions escalating and the Trump administration seemingly bent on reining in China’s technology companies, telecom equipment players ZTE and Huawei are facing mounting challenges.  Targeted on the grounds that they pose a risk...
  • HomePod has seen sluggish sales since its launch in January at the price of US$349. Photo: AFP

    Why Apple’s HomePod has failed to make waves in tech market

    - Apr 18, 2018 12:45pm
    Apple is a market leader when it comes to smartphones, tablets and wearables, generating tremendous market response from consumers. However, HomePod, the smart speaker it launched early this year, has so failed to make waves in...
  • Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, launches the P20 Series in Paris on March 27. Photo: Reuters

    Why Huawei is opening a retail store in Hong Kong

    - Apr 17, 2018 1:38pm
    Huawei Technologies, China’s biggest smartphone maker, will open its first retail store in Hong Kong by the end of July as part of its bid to narrow the gap with market leaders Apple and Samsung Electronics...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under pressure to rethink his company's business model that relies of advertising revenue in exchange for the personal data of users of the social network. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Can we not just pay to protect the privacy of our data?

    - Apr 12, 2018 1:12pm
    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is said to have passed satisfactorily two days of intense grilling by US lawmakers, who invited him to shed light on the data privacy scandal that has beset his global social network....
  • China's censors have ordered four popular new providers, including Toutiao, to remove their mobile apps from smartphone stores in a bid to tighten its control over the internet. Photo: Reuters/Xinhua

    Why China is cracking down on popular news apps

    - Apr 11, 2018 12:47pm
    In his speech at the annual Boao Forum in Hainan province on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping reiterated his pledge to further open up China’s economy. But just a day before, his censors ordered four popular new...
  • Facebook's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to face grilling from US lawmakers this week over the firm's data and advertising practices. Photo: Reuters

    Would you boycott Facebook platforms for 24 hours?

    - Apr 10, 2018 2:00pm
    As Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg prepares for testimony before US lawmakers on the firm’s data privacy scandal, a group calling itself Faceblock has called on netizens to send a strong message to the CEO that it can’t...
  • HTC continued to incur losses amid stiff competition from  leading smartphone makers. Photo: Bloomberg

    HTC must make tough decisions to turn business around

    - Apr 6, 2018 3:05pm
    Taiwan’s HTC has reported a net loss of NT$9.8 billion (US$334.4 million) in the three months to December last year, the 11th consecutive quarter that the smartphone and virtual reality (VR) maker was swimming in red ink. The...
  • For Apple, the decision to develop its own chips for Mac computers aligns with its product roadmap as it could help Mac and iOS devices to work more seamlessly together. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Apple should develop its own chips for Mac

    - Apr 4, 2018 5:20pm
    The news that Apple plans to develop its own chips for its Mac computers, instead of relying on external parties, is not so surprising.  The technology giant has done the same thing on its iPhone, iPad...
  • Alibaba Group will acquire all outstanding shares it does not already own in online food delivery company Ele.me, in a deal valuing the target company at US$9.5 billion. Photo: Reuters

    What Ele.me acquisition means for Alibaba

    - Apr 3, 2018 3:19pm
    Alibaba Group announced on Monday that it will acquire all outstanding shares it does not already own in online food delivery company Ele.me, in a deal valuing the target company at US$9.5 billion. The valuation is...
  • Huawei's P20 series and Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2S boast elements that could be found in Apple's iPhone X plus AI and camera features that are said to be the best in the market. Photo: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Huawei and Xiaomi challenge Apple with latest offerings

    - Mar 29, 2018 5:30pm
    Chinese smartphone makers have unveiled their flagship models for this year amid weak market response to the latest offerings of Apple and Samsung Electronics. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series has failed to make a big splash since...
  • Having given up his TV business ambitions, Ricky Wong can now devote all his energies to boosting the prospects of his e-commerce operation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Ricky Wong eliminates a distraction from his HKTVmall venture

    - Mar 28, 2018 2:37pm
    Telecoms and media entrepreneur Ricky Wong has finally abandoned his pursuit of a free-to-air TV broadcast license in Hong Kong, a decision that will allow him to step up focus on his e-commerce business.   Wong, the...
  • After burning a lot of cash on international expansion, Uber appears to be focusing more now on improving its financials. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Uber exit Hong Kong market?

    - Mar 27, 2018 2:39pm
    Uber Technologies has taken another significant step to cut its losses in Asia after facing bruising competition and regulatory challenges in the region. The ride-hailing services company announced Monday that it is selling its Southeast Asia...
  • Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have come under fire for failing to prevent misuse of user data for political purposes. Photo: Bloomberg

    Facebook scandal: What’s next after admission of ‘mistakes’?

    - Mar 22, 2018 2:48pm
    Social media giant Facebook is facing its biggest crisis ever as it struggles to contain the damage from the latest data privacy scandal. Following revelations that a consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, had improperly accessed information on about...
  • TVMost's online entertainment show and its mascot TVMost Buddy. Most Kwai Chung, producer of the show, is set for a record-breaking initial public offering in Hong Kong. Photo: TVMost

    Most Kwai Chung can offer more than just quick IPO profit

    - Mar 21, 2018 12:05pm
    Most Kwai Chung, operator of the online satirical media platform TVMost and magazine 100Most, is set for a record-breaking initial public offering in Hong Kong. As of Tuesday, market sources said margin financing for subscription of the company’s...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook may have to rely on the MacBook to make up for the sluggish iPhone sales. Photo: AFP

    Why Apple’s Macbook is set to outsell iPhones

    - Mar 20, 2018 12:54pm
    Apple will host a media event on March 27 at Lane Tech College in Chicago with a teaser of an invitation:  “Let’s take a field trip.” The event will focus on “new creative ideas for teachers...
  • Google and Facebook are working hard to partner with news publishers to build a sustainable revenue model that benefits the entire news industry. Photos: AFP/Reuters

    Google takes lead in driving traffic for news publishers

    - Mar 15, 2018 1:31pm
    Over the years, Facebook has gained a dominant position in the global internet market as users relied on the platform not only to keep in touch with families and friends but also to access the latest news...
  • Acquisition of a digital magazine platform will help Apple scale up its existing News app with more content from trusted sources. Photo: Reuters

    Why Apple is acquiring a digital magazine platform

    - Mar 14, 2018 2:55pm
    With iPhone sales growth slowing, Apple is seeking to bolster its content and services business to expand the revenue opportunities. In line with this strategy, the company unveiled a fresh initiative this week.   The US tech...
  • A Samsung Galaxy S9 is displayed with an AR emoji at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month.  Photo: Reuters

    Can Samsung Galaxy S9 convince smartphone users to upgrade?

    - Mar 13, 2018 12:26pm
    Samsung Electronics has high hopes for its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S9 series. But while the South Korean company calls its new product a game changer, particularly its camera, fans may be a bit disappointed because...
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 5. During the speech, he reiterated the ‘Digital China’ goal. Photo: Reuters

    Why China wants to step up rural digitalization

    - Mar 8, 2018 1:40pm
    China has announced plans to abolish domestic data roaming fees and bring down rates for mobile internet services as part of efforts to promote a digital economy. It is good news for mobile phone users and internet...

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