Date
24 June 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • ViuTV is broadcasting select matches from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for free, luring more than a million viewers. Photo: Reuters

    ViuTV should build on World Cup ratings to challenge TVB

    - Jun 21, 2018 12:33pm
    Over the past five decades, Television Broadcasts (TVB) has dominated local television, enjoying more than half of the viewership market during prime time. But here comes PCCW’s ViuTV, which recently broke the norm by broadcasting select...
  • Adopting 5G technology will benefit the entire society, not just the four mobile operators. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Why mobile operators oppose Hong Kong’s 5G policy

    - Jun 20, 2018 1:51pm
    Hong Kong has one of the world most competitive telecommunications markets with the highest penetration and cheapest service fees, thanks to the government’s free-market policy. In line with such a policy, the government is keen on holding auctions...
  • A strategic alliance among Google, Tencent and JD.com would strengthen their position against major rivals and allow them to expand faster. Photo: AFP/Reuters/Bloomberg

    Why Google, JD.com and Tencent are coming together

    - Jun 19, 2018 3:05pm
    Some might say that China’s e-commerce market has really no impact on the global market. But if that is true, why would internet giant Google spend US$550 million for a stake in China’s No. 2 e-commerce platform...
  • ZTE will be monitored by the US government over a period of 10 years with regard to its compliance with the terms of the settlement. Photo: Reuters

    An expensive and humiliating lesson for ZTE

    - Jun 14, 2018 1:17pm
    Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. resumed trading on Wednesday following a deal with the US government for the lifting of a ban on its business dealings with US suppliers. Among other provisions of the settlement,...
  • Xiaomi is preparing for an IPO in Hong Kong and a CDR issue in China at lofty valuation. Photo: Reuters

    Can Xiaomi justify an extremely high valuation?

    - Jun 13, 2018 2:52pm
    Xiaomi Corp, which is readying for a blockbuster initial public offering in Hong Kong, has unnerved some investors as it revealed a loss of nearly US$1.1 billion for the first quarter of 2018. In a filing...
  • Octopus needs to expand the scope of its card business, as well as move into other financial activities, to keep competitors at bay in Hong Kong's e-payments market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Octopus Cards needs new business initiatives

    - Jun 12, 2018 12:47pm
    As competition heats up in Hong Kong’s e-payments market, the city’s dominant smart-card operator, Octopus Cards Ltd., is seeking to expand into a new business segment: online shopping payments. The company, whose stored-value cards are used...
  • Twitter appears to be regaining the confidence of investors as its financial performance improves. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is Twitter a better investment option than Facebook?

    - Jun 7, 2018 12:03pm
    While Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is facing tremendous pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its handling of users’ personal data, Twitter has seen its shares recovering from earlier losses. Twitter on Wednesday said it...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    How Apple’s new iOS 12 will change the digital ecosystem

    - Jun 6, 2018 12:34pm
    During its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple Inc. unveiled updates to its operating systems for iPhones, Mac computers and watches. While focusing on boosting the efficiency of its operating systems to improve user experience,...
  • Hong Kong does not appear to be very enthusiastic in preparing for the commercial launch of the 5G mobile service. Photo: Reuters

    Why Hong Kong is lagging behind in 5G rollout

    - Jun 5, 2018 1:36pm
    Hong Kong used to be a leader in the global telecommunications sector. It was the first to launch a mobile service in subway train tunnels, the first to launch video-based 3G mobile services as well as...
  • A Xiaomi store in Shenyang in Chona’s Liaoning province. Xiaomi and its bigger Chinese smartphone rival Huawei are gearing up for new product launches as they seek to enhance their market shares. Photo: Reuters

    How China’s top smartphone makers are trying to boost sales

    - May 31, 2018 1:43pm
    The smartphone market has entered a slow-growth stage, with research from Gartner showing that worldwide sales were up just 1.3 percent in the first quarter this year compared to the same period in 2017. Chinese phone...
  • Apple wants its flagship gadget to be used for more contactless functions beyond Apple Pay transactions, according to reports. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Apple may expand NFC-capabilities of the iPhone

    - May 30, 2018 12:44pm
    Apple will host its annual developer conference next week when it is expected to unveil its latest operating systems for its mobile devices and computers. There is buzz that, among other things, the tech giant will...
  • Andrea Jelinek, the head of the European Data Protection Board, speaks at a news conference in Brussels on May 25, the day the region’s new data privacy regulation went into effect. Photo: Reuters

    What does GDPR mean for Internet users?

    - May 29, 2018 1:56pm
    The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, was put in place by the European Union on May 25, laying out new rules on commercial firms and organizations with regard to handling of online user data. The...
  • JD.com is using augmented reality and 3D technologies to create multiple interactive experiences for shoppers to find the right products online. Photo: Bloomberg

    How JD.com is using AR to boost sales

    - May 24, 2018 11:39am
    JD.com, one of the leading e-commerce platforms in China, is leveraging on augmented reality (AR) technology to integrate online and offline shopping experience. It will introduce three AR-powered products: a makeup mirror, a dressing mirror, and...
  • HTC is betting on the blockchain technology to boost its image as an innovative smartphone maker. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can a blockchain smartphone save HTC?

    - May 23, 2018 12:08pm
    For Taiwan smartphone maker HTC, this year is crucial for its business development as it needs to demonstrate its capability as a stand-alone smartphone maker after it sold its ODM business to Google for US$1.1 billion....
  • Taiwan e-commerce companies are looking overseas as more new players enter the market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Taiwan e-commerce firms are eyeing overseas expansion

    - May 17, 2018 1:36pm
    E-commerce is gaining strong momentum around the world. Amazon.com has become one of the world’s most valuable companies. In China, Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall platforms are towering leviathans in their field. And in Taiwan, the market is dominated...
  • Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun is reportedly setting up an in-house division to oversee research and development on phone cameras. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Xiaomi is focusing on camera development

    - May 16, 2018 12:23pm
    The camera has become a key selling point for smartphones as people now use their phones, instead of the traditional camera, to take pictures of every aspect of their daily lives. As such, the quality of a...
  • Hong Kong needs 5G to boost its network capacity as more users are using their smartphones for work and entertainment. Photo: AFP

    Is Hong Kong lagging behind in 5G development?

    - May 15, 2018 12:19pm
    Hong Kong has always been among the earliest to adopt the latest mobile technology in view of its sophisticated, if saturated, market. Mobile users in the city demand the fastest and highest quality of service, embracing state-of-the-art devices...
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the firm’s I/O Developers Conference in Mountain View, California, on May 8. Photo: Bloomberg

    Google addresses a key issue as it unveils Android P

    - May 10, 2018 1:22pm
    Smartphones have made our lives easier, helping us stay connected always and also enabling all sorts of transactional activities and fulfilling our entertainment needs. But they have also brought on a serious problem: device addiction. Psychologists...
  • Tencent chairman Ma Huateng said the company would like to be a digital assistant across multiple industries to drive their digital transformation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Has Tencent lost its way?

    - May 9, 2018 12:11pm
    Tencent Holdings, one of the biggest internet companies in China, appears to be drifting out of favor among investors. Its share price has fallen around 20 percent from its peak in January, a signal that the...
  • Lenovo needs to reinvest itself by steeping up focus on enterprise business and initiatives such as Ai and data analytics. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can Lenovo regain its blue-chip status?

    - May 8, 2018 12:32pm
    It’s not surprising that Lenovo Group is being dropped from Hong Kong’s benchmark stock index, given the Chinese firm’s vastly reduced market capitalization over the past three years. The tech firm, which is currently the world’s...

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