12 December 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • 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...
  • Xiaomi officials have described the company's latest product, the Mi Mix 3, as “one of the first 5G smartphones in the world”. The device will have 10GB of RAM. Photo: YouTube

    Phone makers bet on 5G for growth

    - Oct 24, 2018 12:40pm
    With the advent of the fifth generation of mobile communications technology, leading chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. said at least six smartphone makers will be launching their 5G products by the end of this year. China’s Xiaomi Corp...
  • SHKP Executive Director Christopher Kwok (L) and Tencent Vice President Jim Lai shake hands after inking a strategic cooperation agreement last week for promotion of WeChat Pay in Hong Kong. Photo: SHKP

    Why Tencent’s tie-up with SHKP on WeChat Pay makes sense

    - Oct 23, 2018 1:23pm
    Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings has faced some of its worst days ever recently as mainland authorities launched a crackdown on online gaming players, accusing them of fueling video-game addiction among the youth and marketing inappropriate...
  • The new Mate 20 series boasts state-of-the-art features or black technologies, but will they convince smartphone buyers to upgrade and switch to Huawei? Photo: Reuters

    Will black technologies boost Huawei Mate 20 sales?

    - Oct 19, 2018 2:38pm
    As the shopping season approaches, leading smartphone brands have been busy launching their latest flagship models over the past few weeks. Huawei Technologies is the last of the top five players to do so. The Chinese telecommunications...
  • Watsons believes the partnership with Chinese AI-backed online platform Meitu will help bring in more customers from the millennial generation. Photo: Bloomberg

    What the CK Hutchison-Meitu partnership means for shoppers

    - Oct 18, 2018 12:58pm
    After helping tens of millions of young women in China show off themselves better online, image processing and social sharing site Meitu is now upping its game through a strategic partnership with a Hong Kong retail...
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    Why TOM is eyeing electric vehicle business in rural China

    - Oct 16, 2018 2:00pm
    TOM Group (02383.HK) has been transforming its business model from a media company to an investment platform focusing on emerging technologies and applications. WeLab could be one of its most successful investments. The Hong Kong-based financial...
  • Google is taking renewed aim at the smartphone market with its Pixel 3 devices, but achieving significant scale won’t be easy in an industry segment that is showing signs of stagnation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can Google Pixel 3 take on other Android flagships?

    - Oct 11, 2018 12:33pm
    Google has been trying to challenge Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market but never really succeeded in taking the business to a scale sufficient enough to make it a significant player in the segment. But the...
  • New devices for your living room: (clockwise, from left) Facebook's Portal, Google's Home Hub and Amazon's Echo Show. Photo: Reuters/AFP/Amazon

    Tech giants in three-cornered fight to conquer your home

    - Oct 10, 2018 1:01pm
    Facebook has launched a smart speaker that facilitates video calls at home, but it seems it has chosen the wrong time to bring such a product to the market. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal early this...
  • As Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam prepares to deliver her annual policy address, there are expectations that the Smart City plan will get a prominent mention in her speech apart from land supply and housing issues. Photo: Bloomberg

    Carrie Lam needs to push the Smart City plan further

    - Oct 9, 2018 1:34pm
    Hong Kong has been seeking to transform itself from a traditional economy into a digital city, with the government introducing various initiatives, such as huge investment in digital infrastructure and new policies to draw in talents...
  • Tencent Music Entertainment Group has filed for an initial public offering in the United States that seeks to value the company at about US$25 billion. Photo: Reuters

    Is Tencent Music’s business model sustainable?

    - Oct 5, 2018 8:31am
    Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) is implementing a corporate restructuring plan that aims to turn the internet giant into an enterprise-focused service provider. While doing so, the company is spinning off some of its valuable assets. In its latest...
  • As a partner of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma can continue to exercise his control over the company even if he has no official title. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Jack Ma lose control of Alibaba after he steps down?

    - Oct 3, 2018 1:02pm
    There may be some virtue in quitting while you’re ahead, but Jack Ma’s announcement that he will step down as chairman of Alibaba Group in September next year still caught many by surprise, and has triggered...
  • Tencent has announced a series of corporate restructuring moves, including shifting its focus to cloud computing business. Photo: HKEJ

    Tencent aims to become enterprise-focused service provider

    - Oct 2, 2018 2:18pm
    Tencent Holdings is facing a tough environment this year as its core online games business suffers from regulatory uncertainties. Chinese authorities have frozen approval of new games in a bid to curb youngsters’ addiction to online...
  • An AmazonBasics Microwave sits on display during an unveiling event in Seattle on September 20. Amazon has outlined its ambitions for the smart-homes market by announcing a slew of new Alexa-enabled products. Photo: Bloomberg

    Amazon aims high in smart-home market

    - Sep 28, 2018 2:24pm
    Amazon’s business plans have one basic underlying theme: integration of technology into people’s everyday life. After helping bring about a dramatic change in the way we shop, the Seattle-based tech giant now wants to prod us...
  • CK Hutchison co-managing director Canning Fok kin-ning (left) and WeLab founder and CEO Simon Loong announce their companies' collaboration in consumer lending services. Photo: WeLab

    How WeLab incorporates fintech into retail business

    - Sep 27, 2018 1:54pm
    Despite its reputation as a financial center and focus on technology and innovation, Hong Kong has been criticized for its slow adoption of financial technology. The city, however, is working hard to catch up in this field....
  • Following the departure of its founders, photo-sharing platform Instagram could see enhanced monetization efforts from its corporate parent. Photo: Bloomberg

    What lies in store for Instagram after exit of the founders?

    - Sep 26, 2018 1:48pm
    Six years after selling their startup to Facebook, Instagram’s founders have announced their departures from the company, setting off speculation in the tech world as to what might have prompted the exits and what could now...
  • Alibaba aims to develop customized chips and processors to support the group's push into the fast-growing cloud and Internet of Things businesses. Photo: AFP

    Why Alibaba wants to develop its own chips

    - Sep 20, 2018 12:02pm
    Alibaba chairman Jack Ma last week signaled that the group is about to enter the next stage of its development when he announced that he is stepping down as chairman next year and passing the mantle of...
  • Hong Kong has taken a significant step as part of a drive to transition to a new era of smart banking. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why HKMA’s new faster payment system is a big deal

    - Sep 19, 2018 2:07pm
    Facing criticism that it is lagging China and some other jurisdictions in Asia in adoption of mobile payments and financial technology development, Hong Kong has been seeking to enhance its financial services market. In keeping with...
  • Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing of Apple, speaks about the new iPhone XR at Apple’s product launch event in Cupertino, California, on September 12. Photo: Reuters

    Why XR may fare better than Apple’s other new iPhones

    - Sep 18, 2018 2:45pm
    With Apple unveiling its latest smartphones at its annual product event last week, we can now pose this question: of the three new iPhones, which will emerge as the bigger winner in the marketplace? Before we...
  • Jack Ma announced his decision to step down next year after the legislature passed China's first e-commerce law. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is there a political factor in Jack Ma’s decision to step down?

    - Sep 13, 2018 1:05pm
    Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma has announced that he is stepping down next year, but many people are not convinced that he is retiring because he wants to focus on philanthropy and education as has been...
  • Apart from the new product lineup, Apple's Wednesday event will be watched for comments on potential tariff issues amid a US-China trade war. Photo: Reuters

    What to expect from the Apple event

    - Sep 12, 2018 2:32pm
    After months of waiting, one of the most-anticipated events in the consumer tech industry is finally here. No prizes for guessing; we are, of course, talking about Apple’s new product curtain-raiser. On Wednesday, top Apple executives...

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