Date
17 August 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • China's tightening scrutiny on online games threatens to crimp Tencent's business growth. Photo: Bloomberg

    Regulatory risk casts shadow on Tencent game business

    - Aug 16, 2018 1:35pm
    After being on a scorching growth path for many years, Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings is currently finding itself in a somewhat difficult position as Beijing authorities tighten their oversight on the online games industry. Early...
  • Some analysts think Samsung's latest flagship smartphone is not attractive enough for users to upgrade. Photo: Reuters

    Will Note 9 be able to boost Samsung smartphone sales?

    - Aug 15, 2018 12:21pm
    Samsung Electronics launched Galaxy Note 9 in the United States last week, and it will be available in Hong Kong later this month. However, some analysts said the company’s latest flagship smartphone is not attractive enough for users...
  • Loss-making Meitu wants to take advantage of its unique customer profile to help monetize its more than 400 million app users. Photo: Bloomberg

    Meitu seeks to transform app into social media platform

    - Aug 14, 2018 11:17am
    Women hold up half the sky, Mao Zedong once declared, and in this digital era, they – especially female millennials in China and other Asian countries – also hold up the fortunes of Meitu (01357.HK), a Xiamen-based...
  • Facebook is negotiating with banks for them to join the Messenger app and allow users to gain access to financial information such as credit card transactions and account balances. Photo: AFP

    Should Facebook turn to banks for growth?

    - Aug 9, 2018 12:56pm
    Despite the privacy scandal triggered by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook continues to be the main social media platform of internet users worldwide. It’s probably because Facebook is a habit that is hard to break, and most users don’t want...
  • Google has good reason to seek re-entry into China market, but should it compromise on its principles?  This is the question being raised by observers amid reports that the internet giant is preparing a censored version of its search engine. Pic: Reuters

    Is Google going too far to re-enter China?

    - Aug 8, 2018 1:20pm
    Despite the various problems in the market, China is not something that overseas technology firms can afford to ignore or let go. Given the sheer size of the country and its nearly 1.4-billion-strong population, even giant...
  • A file picture shows iPhone X phones being purchased at an Apple Store in Beijing. There is talk that the US tech giant could launch a dual-SIM smartphone in the China market soon. Photo: Reuters

    Why Apple needs to launch a dual-SIM iPhone

    - Aug 7, 2018 12:54pm
    Apple is expected to unveil new iPhone models early next month, an event that industry watchers as well as millions of ordinary consumers will watch with bated breath.   There is widespread talk that the US tech...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to be shifting the company's growth engine from hardware to services as consumers tend to delay smartphone upgrades and spend more on content and services. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple turning to services for growth

    - Aug 2, 2018 12:28pm
    Apple has once again proven its superiority in the technology business by delivering double-digit growth in revenue and earnings for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30. The pricey iPhone X was the key driver behind the figures,...
  • Samsung's new smartphones have failed to convince gadget lovers to upgrade their current models in the wake of better choices offered by Chinese brands. Photo: Reuters

    Samsung must act fast to launch innovative smartphones

    - Aug 1, 2018 12:13pm
    Samsung Electronics disappointed investors on Tuesday when it posted its first sequential profit drop in seven quarters for the three months ended June 30, citing softer sales in its display panels and smartphones. The company’s flagship Galaxy...
  • Facebook and Twitter saw their shares tumble last week after they reported sharp declines in active users and weak business prospects. Photo: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Time for Facebook and Twitter to return to basics

    - Jul 31, 2018 1:15pm
    Social media giants Facebook and Twitter saw their shares tumble last week after they reported sharp declines in active users and weak business prospects. The immediate challenge for these tech companies is to win back the...
  • Xiaomi founder and chairman Lei Jun talks about his latest smartphone models, which he is introducing to several markets in Europe. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can Xiaomi win the hearts of European users?

    - Jul 26, 2018 1:00pm
    Xiaomi is shifting its focus to expanding its exposure overseas after its mega initial public offering in Hong Kong earlier this month. On Tuesday the company teamed up with Google to unveil a new series of Android...
  • Google is seeking to extend its advantage to online shopping and cloud services in a bid to challenge Amazon’s dominance in the two businesses. Photo: Reuters

    Google set to challenge Amazon in online shopping and cloud

    - Jul 25, 2018 12:44pm
    Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. announced better than expected second-quarter earnings, despite the record 4.34 billion euro (US$5 billion) antitrust fine slapped by the European Commission against the unit. While Google continued to achieve double-digit growth in...
  • China Unicom has got a new top-level executive, a development that some observers believe could be prelude to a broad sector restructuring. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is China mulling a new round of telecom sector revamp?

    - Jul 24, 2018 2:22pm
    What is prompting the Chinese government to order management changes at some state-owned telecom carriers? And what do the moves portend for the broader industry? There are the questions being raised by observers after news broke...
  • Xiaomi is determined to tap the Korean market in a bid to boost its overseas exposure. Photo: Bloomberg

    Xiaomi eyes Korea expansion as share price rebounds

    - Jul 19, 2018 12:15pm
    Following its weak trading debut last week, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has seen its share price rise above its offer price. This came after the Hong Kong stock exchange and its mainland counterparts agreed to form a...
  • Founded in September 2015, the company plans to raise up to US$1.63 billion in a US listing. Photo: Reuters

    Pinduoduo taps social networks to challenge e-commerce giants

    - Jul 18, 2018 1:20pm
    China is now the world’s leader in e-commerce activities, with firms like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and JD.com Inc. undertaking hundreds of millions of buying and selling of products online each day. But apart of Alibaba’s...
  • A file photo shows an MTR employee assisting a customer standing near ticket machines inside a rail station. Hong Kong’s railway operator is now seeking to enhance its electronic fare payment systems. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why MTR is looking to upgrade its fare collection system

    - Jul 17, 2018 2:06pm
    Octopus cards have become an integral part of the lives of Hong Kong people after the stored-value product was launched in the city almost 21 years ago. Over the years, the smart card has seen an...
  • HTC seems to believe that blockchain technology and decentralized app ecosystem can be a game-changer for the smartphone maker. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can a blockchain-powered phone help HTC out of the woods?

    - Jul 12, 2018 2:01pm
    HTC is no longer among the top players in global smartphone shipments, but that doesn’t mean the company has halted innovation. Last year, the Taiwan firm launched the U11 device that bore a new “Edge Sense”...
  • Microsoft is launching a cheaper and lighter tablet computer as it seeks to fight Google Chromebooks and Apple's iPads in the classroom market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Microsoft find success in student market with new tablet?

    - Jul 11, 2018 2:16pm
    Apple has been a leader in the tablet computer market for a long time following the introduction of the iPad in 2010. However, the launch of Google-backed Chromebooks and Microsoft Surface devices resulted in the market...
  • A file picture of Simon Loong, the founder of online lending platform WeLab. The fintech startup is gearing up for a Hong Kong IPO. Photo: Bloomberg

    How WeLab is doing things right

    - Jul 5, 2018 1:20pm
    WeLab Holdings, a Hong Kong-based financial technology unicorn backed by big names like Li Ka-shing’s TOM Group and Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group, has filed a listing application with the Hong Kong bourse. A draft prospectus reveals...
  • HTC is pinning a lot of hopes on its Vive VR headset and related efforts, but the rewards may not come in easily. Photo: Bloomberg

    After job cuts, what HTC needs is a clear direction

    - Jul 4, 2018 1:23pm
    It was a sad day for employees of HTC as the Taiwan smartphone maker announced on July 2 — the first working day of the month — that it will slash its workforce by nearly a...
  • 5G will radically improve the bandwidth, capacity and reliability of mobile broadband, offering data transmission speed of at least 10 Gbps, which is much faster than existing home fiber broadband services. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Chinese mobile operators are preparing for 5G

    - Jul 3, 2018 2:09pm
    Under the reign of President Xi Jinping, China is aiming to become the world’s biggest economy and a leader in technology research and development. China has been at the forefront of efforts to develop the next...

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