Date
15 October 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Apple is preparing to unveil the successors to the iPhone X, among other products, during an upcoming launch event. Photo: Reuters

    Will Apple’s upcoming iPhones prove a big hit?

    - Aug 28, 2018 2:01pm
    After Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 9 flagship device earlier this month, smartphone and gadget fans are now turning their attention to Apple, waiting to see what the US tech giant will unveil in its upgraded...
  • Jai Mani, head of product for Poco Global at Xiaomi Corp., speaks at the launch of the Poco F1 smartphone in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

    Xiaomi unveils new brand to pursue global expansion

    - Aug 23, 2018 12:39pm
    Xiaomi Corp delivered a set of strong financial results for the first half of this year with both revenue and adjusted profit recording double-digit growth from a year earlier. And the company is on track to boost...
  • JD.com hopes to secure a steady flow of rental revenue from its logistics facilities across the nation. Photo: Reuters

    JD.com turns to warehouses for growth

    - Aug 22, 2018 1:11pm
    JD.com is the country’s second-largest e-commerce platform after Alibaba Group. It has collaborated with internet giants such as Tencent Holdings and Google as well as with US retail major Walmart as part of its efforts to narrow its gap...
  • Tencent-backed Qutoutiao is seeking to raise up to US$300 million in a US initial public offering. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Qutoutiao spends millions to lure users

    - Aug 21, 2018 1:37pm
    In China, most of the news content is produced by state-owned media companies such as China Central Television, People’s Daily and Xinhua News Agency. The private sector can only participate in the news industry by way of distribution,...
  • 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”...

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