11 December 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Nokia was the fastest growing smartphone brand in the third quarter, posting a 71 percent year-on-year growth. Photo: Reuters

    Can Nokia recover lost glory in smartphone market?

    - Dec 11, 2018 1:56pm
    While Apple and Samsung Electronics are battling for the top position in the global smartphone market, Nokia, one of the oldest players in the business, is making a relatively low-key comeback with a series of Android...
  • Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 chip will add fuel to the 5G race in the global smartphone industry. Photo: Bloomberg

    What to expect in 2019 flagship smartphones

    - Dec 6, 2018 12:48pm
    Chipmaker Qualcomm has unveiled new mobile phone processor chips as it aims to cater to the needs of leading global smartphone makers which are preparing for the 5G era. The Snapdragon 855 chip, showcased at a...
  • Huawei Technologies is targeting a 25 percent shipment growth to 200 million units next year as the industry prepares for the coming of the 5G mobile technology. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei and Xiaomi upbeat on shipments as 5G era dawns

    - Dec 5, 2018 1:25pm
    Chinese smartphone makers have managed to maintain the industry’s growth momentum this year, although this means grabbing some of the market share of leading players such as Samsung Electronics and Apple in various markets. Chinese players...
  • The new KKBox Music Awards app is designed to encourage users to interact with its music library and increase their usage of the app. Photo: KKBOX

    How KKBox uses big data to change music streaming service

    - Dec 4, 2018 12:45pm
    Music streaming has emerged as a lucrative business with big names such as Apple, Amazon and Google offering their own digital music platforms in a bid to establish new revenue streams. In Taiwan, regional digital music platform...
  • IKEA wants to tap Xiaomi's massive user base in China to drive its growth. Photo: Reuters

    IKEA taps Xiaomi for China expansion, digital transformation

    - Nov 29, 2018 1:14pm
    Swedish furniture giant IKEA has teamed up with  Xiaomi Corp. to integrate its smart lighting products into the Chinese smartphone maker’s Internet of Things platform. This is not the first time IKEA is partnering with a...
  • Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has refocused on enterprise and cloud business, helping it gain market share in the fast-growing industry segment. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Microsoft looks set to capture title of most valuable firm

    - Nov 28, 2018 2:21pm
    In the tech world, no company can take its market position or leadership title for granted. For proof, just take a look at the changing fortunes of Apple and Microsoft in relation to their valuations. After...
  • Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang is restructuring the company's Tmall e-commerce business and upgrading its Alibaba Cloud business unit. Photo: Reuters

    Alibaba bets on retail and cloud for growth

    - Nov 27, 2018 11:57am
    Alibaba Group Holding is betting on its retail and cloud computing businesses to secure its future amid intensifying competition in the technology sector. In an internal circular issued on Monday, chief executive Daniel Zhang announced that Alibaba...
  • Chinese telecommunications equipment makers are competing with their European peers for the lucrative business of 5G mobile networks. Photo: Reuters

    Let’s prepare ourselves for the coming of 5G

    - Nov 22, 2018 1:47pm
    While investors worry about the slow growth of shipments of Apple and other smartphone makers this year, the sector is busy testing the next-generation mobile communications technology. Several countries, including South Korea, China, the United States and...
  • Smartphone firm Xiaomi and selfie apps maker Meitu have forged a strategic alliance that promises to be a "win-win" arrangement for both. Photo: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Why Xiaomi needs Meitu brand to boost market share

    - Nov 21, 2018 2:07pm
    Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi and selfie apps maker Meitu have entered into a strategic partnership that promises to be a “win-win” arrangement for both. The agreement effectively allows Xiaomi to take over Meitu’s smartphone business. Xiaomi will design...
  • It is said that HTC may not release its next flagship model by spring next year, as earlier expected, amid the sluggish demand and intense competition in the smartphone market. Photo: Bloomberg

    No more new flagship smartphone for HTC?

    - Nov 20, 2018 2:01pm
    A stubborn malaise is afflicting the global smartphone market as customers delay upgrading their handsets. With the sluggish market demand, Taiwan’s HTC appears to have decided to take a break from the intense competition and suspend the...
  • Tencent plans to channel more resources into the so-called industrial internet to help Chinese enterprises upgrade themselves for a digital future. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Tencent is trying to protect its future

    - Nov 15, 2018 1:14pm
    Tencent has reported better-than-expected financial and operational results for the third quarter, prompting investors in the Chinese social media and gaming giant to heave a huge sigh of relief. Looking at the numbers, one can assume...
  • A screen shows the value of goods being transacted at Alibaba Group's Singles' Day global shopping festival last Sunday. Apple was reportedly the top-selling brand in the mobile phone category. Photo: Reuters

    Apple gets some good news from China

    - Nov 14, 2018 1:22pm
    After a spate of negative reports recently, featuring topics such as rumored cuts in iPhone orders and fading luster in the Indian market, there is finally some good news for Apple. In China, Apple’s second largest...
  • A screen shows Alibaba Group's sales surpassing 213.5 billion yuan for this year's Singles Day global shopping event in Shanghai on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    What Alibaba’s Double 11 event tells us about China’s economy

    - Nov 13, 2018 12:15pm
    Alibaba Group established a new record for its “Double 11″ global shopping festival on Sunday with sales surging 27 percent from the previous year to 213.5 billion yuan (US$30.66 billion). The e-commerce giant’s top honchos along...
  • A file picture shows Alibaba employees working on computers while a monitor displays live updates of sales figures during the Nov. 11 online shopping event in 2016. Alibaba has said the Singles’ Day event will be bigger than ever this year. Photo: Bloombe

    Why ‘Double 11′ is important, and not just for Alibaba

    - Nov 8, 2018 2:19pm
    As Singles’ Day nears, all eyes are once again on the mega online shopping festival of Chinese tech behemoth Alibaba Group. The e-commerce firm hasn’t given any specific number for the expected sales during the November...
  • OnePlus CEO Pete Lau attends a launch event for the OnePlus 6T model in Manhattan, New York, on Oct. 29. Photo: Reuters

    OnePlus paves way for Chinese peers to break into US market

    - Nov 7, 2018 12:31pm
    Chinese smartphone makers are doing well in their home market. Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO and Vivo have outsold popular foreign brands such as Apple and Samsung in China with models that are relatively cheaper while offering advanced features and...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, seen here during a product launch event in New York on Oct. 30, says the focus should be on the iPhone’s huge installed base, rather than quarterly sales numbers. Photo: Reuters

    Decoding Apple’s move to halt unit sales data

    - Nov 6, 2018 12:56pm
    Apple has disappointed with its business outlook for the holiday season, with the company warning last week that sales in the December quarter could fall short of Wall Street expectations. The US tech giant blamed weakness...
  • Attendees try out the new iPad Pro during an Apple launch event in New York on October 30. Photo: Reuters

    Will Apple iPad Pro replace the Macbook series?

    - Nov 1, 2018 1:00pm
    Apple unveiled revamped versions of some gadgets at an event in New York City on Tuesday. The tech giant took the lid off a new line of iPad pros and also announced a refresh for its...
  • Dominic Lai of AS Watson Group, Zhang Xuanning of Yonghui Superstores and Tian Jiangxue of Tencent Smart Retail pose for a picture following the launch of a new China retail joint venture. Photo: AS Watson Group

    What Tencent aims to gain from ParknShop-Yonghui tie-up

    - Oct 31, 2018 1:47pm
    Tencent has been boosting investments in Internet and mobile-related ventures in recent years in a bid to expand usage of the firm’s applications such as WeChat. But the Chinese firm has been lagging behind in retail...
  • Xiaomi, which unveiled its latest full-screen flagship phone -- the Mi Mix 3 -- last week, needs to reassure investors that it can grow shipments at a faster pace than rival Chinese phone makers. Photo: Reuters

    What Xiaomi can do to lift its sagging stock price

    - Oct 30, 2018 2:34pm
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp has seen its shares fall more than 30 percent in Hong Kong since an initial public offering in early July. The stock remains weak even now despite news that the firm...
  • When Apple releases its latest quarterly results on Nov. 1, investors are likely to focus on its sales growth following the launch of several new products. Photo: AFP

    Will iPhone XR help Apple boost sales growth?

    - Oct 25, 2018 2:33pm
    Apple will announce its latest quarterly results on Nov. 1. Investors are likely to focus their attention on the year-on-year sales growth for the three months to September as several new products, including the flagship iPhone XS...

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