24 April 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • China Unicom says its 5G network will feature several new applications including 8K VR streaming, 5G cloud gaming, high-definition video streaming and Internet of Things. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Unicom makes its 5G ambitions clear

    - Apr 24, 2019 2:13pm
    China Unicom may be smaller in size compared to the other state-owned telecoms operators, China Mobile and China Telecom, but that has not stopped the firm from aiming for a leadership role in the nation’s 5G...
  • As it investigates reports of screen-related problems, Samsung has deferred the launch of its Galaxy Fold smartphone. Photo: Bloomberg

    Samsung had no choice but to delay Galaxy Fold launch

    - Apr 23, 2019 4:46pm
    Samsung has suffered a major embarrassment as it has been forced to walk back plans for a rollout of the Galaxy Fold smartphone in the market. Just days before a scheduled launch in the US, the...
  • A file picture shows a Qualcomm baseband modem integrated circuit chip embedded in the hardware of an Apple iPhone 6 device. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple needs Qualcomm for 5G modem chips, but for how long?

    - Apr 18, 2019 12:23pm
    Apple and Qualcomm have settled their two-year legal battle in relation to patent and licensing issues, with the firms announcing on Tuesday that they agreed to drop all lawsuits against each other. Under the deal, the...
  • Next Digital's Apple Daily saw its subscription surge after it published a video of actress Jacqueline Wong in a compromising scene with pop singer Andy Hui, who is married to Sammi Cheng (left). Photo: CNSA/screen grab from Apple Daily video

    How Apple Daily acquired 380,000 new subscribers in one day

    - Apr 17, 2019 11:30am
    Many media experts have pooh-poohed the move by Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s Next Digital to implement a subscription model for its flagship Apple Daily’s online edition, arguing that readers simply won’t pay for content and they are...
  • A decline on ad revenues has prompted Apple Daily to work toward a subscription model for the online business. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Apple Daily succeed in its digital subscription move?

    - Apr 11, 2019 2:51pm
    After months of planning, Apple Daily on Wednesday officially kicked off a subscription model for the online editions of its Hong Kong and Taiwan newspapers, marking the first step in the efforts by the paper’s corporate parent,...
  • Morgan Stanley estimates that Apple's sales from healthcare-related products and services could reach US$313 billion by 2027. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple eyes healthcare as growth engine

    - Apr 10, 2019 12:12pm
    On Monday, shares of Apple returned to the US$200 level for the first time since November last year, after Morgan Stanley predicted that the technology giant could become an important player in the healthcare sector and...
  • As China prepares for the 5G era, authorities appear keen to induce more competition in the sector. Photo: Bloomberg

    China cable network reform: what it means for telecom industry

    - Apr 9, 2019 3:02pm
    As state-owned telecom carriers gear up for launch of 5G services, Beijing is supporting the creation of a new full-service telco by upgrading the nation’s cable network giant, China Broadcasting Network Corp. This is evident from...
  • Xioami has announced some initiatives in a bid to speed up development of new chips and give a boost to the so-called Artificial Intelligence of Things business. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Xiaomi is retooling its semiconductor business

    - Apr 4, 2019 1:13pm
    Xiaomi Corp has kicked off its Mi Fans Festival, an annual event that coincides with the company anniversary, offering customers a host of special deals on flagship products. The Chinese firm certainly has good reason to...
  • Huawei only ranked fourth in market share of expected shipments of 5G equipment. Photo: Reuters

    Why Huawei lags behind rivals in 5G network deployment

    - Apr 3, 2019 12:47pm
    Last week, Huawei Technologies announced its annual revenue topped US$100 billion for the first time in 2018 despite a campaign by the United States to ban the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker. The company has been...
  • Facebook is rolling out a new function that allows users to tap on posts on their News Feed to understand why they appear and take action to further personalize what they can see. Photo: AFP

    Can Facebook win back users’ trust with new News Feed function?

    - Apr 2, 2019 1:02pm
    What has been conceived as an innocuous platform for friends and loved ones to connect to each other by sharing information and snapshots has grown into a gargantuan enterprise and spawned problems affecting individuals and nations....
  • Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, unveils the firm’s new P30 and P30 Pro smartphones during an event in Paris on March 26. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei needs to learn soft-selling skills

    - Mar 28, 2019 1:54pm
    As Huawei tries to boost its position in the global smartphone arena, the company doesn’t miss a chance to brag about the advanced hardware and features that it is putting into its new devices. During product...
  • Chief executive Tim Cook introduces the Apple Card during a special event at the company headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Apple Card seen bolstering iPhone user loyalty

    - Mar 27, 2019 11:50am
    Apple has unveiled its plan to boost its service offerings amid slowing growth in iPhone sales.  On Monday company officials led by chief executive Tim Cook, along with top media and entertainment personalities, used half of...
  • Top Tencent executives pose for photographs ahead of a news conference in Hong Kong on March 21 to discuss the firm’s 2018 financial results and the business strategy going forward. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Tencent will focus more on mobile payments and cloud

    - Mar 26, 2019 1:36pm
    Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent has suffered in the past year as Beijing froze approvals for new online games amid a crackdown on “inappropriate” content. Facing regulatory hurdles in a major business segment, the...
  • Xiaomi has been unable to get enough units of its new Mi 9 smartphone onto the market due to supply chain issues. Photo: Reuters

    Xiaomi needs to improve its supply chain management

    - Mar 21, 2019 11:46am
    Xiaomi Corp has been struggling to get its act together in relation to supply of its newly-launched flagship Mi 9 smartphone. Unable to get enough devices onto the market, the firm was recently forced to backtrack...
  • Apple has launched the new versions of iPad mini (left) and iPad Air. Photo: Apple

    Apple unveils new iPad series in bid to stay competitive

    - Mar 20, 2019 10:58am
    Prior to a special event scheduled for March 25, Apple surprised the market on Tuesday with the launch of two updated versions of the iPad. The unveiling of the new iPad Air and iPad mini demonstrates...
  • Facebook is transforming itself into a platform that is focused on messaging service. It could turn into a WeChat-like app outside of China. Photo: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Facebook can learn valuable lessons from WeChat

    - Mar 19, 2019 12:32pm
    Facebook is the world’s largest social media network, and aside from the Facebook platform, it controls some of the leading internet communication apps – WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. The company is facing increasing regulatory scrutiny over...
  • Google appears to be scaling down its hardware group, including the staff involved in the Pixelbook laptop computer operation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Google takes a relook at its hardware business

    - Mar 14, 2019 1:59pm
    Despite being a relatively insignificant player in the hardware arena, Internet giant Google has never hidden its ambition to carve out a place for itself in the fiercely competitive segment. In the past few years, the...
  • Ahead of Apple's March 25 media event, expectations are building up for some big announcements related to new content service offerings. Photo: Reuters

    Why Apple seems to be regaining investors’ favor

    - Mar 13, 2019 2:20pm
    After hitting a low of around US$142 in early January, Apple’s share price has been on a recovery path, currently changing hands at a little above US$180. The bounce came despite no positive news on the...
  • The emergence of new mobile payment methods has put a lot of pressure on the Hong Kong-born Octopus to defend its market share. Photo: HKEJ

    Octopus needs to review its overall strategy

    - Mar 12, 2019 12:12pm
    Hongkongers now have various ways to pay for goods and services – cash, credit card or Octopus card. But when they shop online at Alibaba’s Taobao or Tmall, they prefer to use the Alipay mobile wallet...
  • A Samsung employee presents four models of the S10 series – the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and S10 5G smartphones – during a press event in London last month. Photo: Reuters

    Can Samsung win back customers with S10 series?

    - Mar 7, 2019 1:08pm
    Samsung Electronics has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10, in key markets such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. In Taiwan, loyal fans of the brand had formed long queues at retail outlets from...

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