21 April 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • E-payment service providers in Hong Kong are stepping up efforts to break into the taxi market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can mobile payment take off in Hong Kong taxis?

    - Mar 6, 2018 2:45pm
    With the mobile payment battle heating up in Hong Kong, the taxi market has come under renewed focus with almost all key players seeking to tap into the largely unoccupied segment.  The e-payment systems operators are,...
  • Apart from 5G, Artificial Intelligence was also a key talking point among phone industry players at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why the AI buzz will get louder in mobile device industry

    - Mar 1, 2018 1:48pm
    While 5G has dominated the discussions at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the industry has also been highlighting the growing importance of another technology — Artificial Intelligence (AI), in relation to the future...
  • Some market regulators have raised security concerns as Huawei aggressively expands its business overseas. Photos: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Will Huawei become the global market leader in 5G era?

    - Feb 28, 2018 3:27pm
    For telecommunications operators and equipment makers, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is a battlefield of sorts where they show off their latest products and services and announce their business plans for the year. China’s...
  • Florian Seiche, CEO of HMD Global, presents new Nokia devices during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25. Photo: Reuters

    How Nokia sparked more buzz than Samsung in new launch

    - Feb 27, 2018 2:21pm
    The Mobile World Congress, the biggest annual event for the wireless telecoms industry, is underway in the Spanish city of Barcelona, drawing almost all the big names in the sector. Top executives of various firms are using...
  • Oppo and Vivo have to improve their brand image by coming up with higher-quality offerings. Photo: AFP/Bloomberg

    Why Oppo and Vivo are losing steam in Chinese smartphone market

    - Feb 22, 2018 12:29pm
    China’s smartphone market has seen intense competition over the past few years with four local brands capturing more than 60 percent of sales in 2017. Huawei Technologies, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi Technology recorded strong shipment growth on...
  • The mobile industry is betting on 5G technology to convince users to upgrade their devices. But 5G is more than providing faster internet speed but also about connecting devices to the internet. Photo: AFP

    Can Qualcomm maintain its leadership in 5G era?

    - Feb 21, 2018 12:34pm
    Qualcomm has been the leader in the mobile broadband modem market over the past decade as it transitioned from 3G to 4G mobile network technology. However, the world’s top three smartphone makers have refused to join the...
  • A Google executive speaks about the Pixel phone during a launch event in San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2017. With the second generation of its own devices, Google hopes to establish itself as a serious player in the consumer hardware market. Photo: Bloomberg

    What can Google do to narrow the hardware gap with Apple?

    - Feb 20, 2018 2:11pm
    It’s a fact that almost 80 percent of the smartphones in the world are currently on the Android operating platform which has been developed by Google. iPhone maker Apple, notwithstanding all the buzz surrounding its brand,...
  • Many millennials now see Facebook as an information hub rather than a place for friends to share intimate moments and experiences in private. Photo: AFP

    Why many young people are no longer using Facebook

    - Feb 15, 2018 11:21am
    Facebook is in the middle of a soul-searching exercise. In a little more than a decade, a website launched by a group of Harvard students in their college dorm has become a global leviathan in social...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to have made the right bet on Apple Watch, the company's first new product after the death of founder Steve Jobs. Photo: Reuters

    What’s the next bright spot for Apple after iPhone?

    - Feb 14, 2018 1:31pm
    Apple Inc.’s iPhone is showing signs of decline in the tech giant’s latest results. Shipments of the company’s flagship product during the shopping season at the end of last year recorded a year-on-year decline. But the...
  • China Unicom's strategic partnership with four internet firms offers a chance for the telecoms firm to develop a new business model. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can China Unicom be reborn through its BATJ partnership?

    - Feb 13, 2018 3:29pm
    Though China’s telecommunications sector remains under strict government control, the country’s No. 2 operator, China Unicom, has been stepping up efforts to move to a mixed ownership structure. As part of the program, Unicom has forged...
  • China's Xiaomi Technology enjoys tremendous support from local mobile phone users, especially for the low-end and mid-range categories. Photo: Reuters

    Xiaomi gains HK users’ trust ahead of potential IPO

    - Feb 8, 2018 2:13pm
    Smartphone competition in Hong Kong is quite intense, although the city is already a highly saturated market. Three foreign brands – Apple, Samsung and Sony Mobile – dominate the sector. But surprisingly, China’s Xiaomi Technology enjoys tremendous...
  • It is becoming increasingly difficult for mobile operators to attract new subscribers through handset sales as most people simply hate being locked up to  long-term contracts. Photo: AFP

    Why mobile operators want your second SIM card slot

    - Feb 7, 2018 1:13pm
    Hong Kong is one of the world’s most competitive mobile communications markets with four mobile operators and more than 10 mobile virtual network operators competing in a city with a population of just above seven million....
  • Weaker-than-anticipated demand has prompted Apple to scale back iPhone X production target for the current quarter, according reports. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Apple can learn from tepid iPhone X sales

    - Feb 6, 2018 2:10pm
    Apple reported last week another record quarter in terms of revenue and profits, but the markets were not too impressed, causing the share price to head south and slip into correction territory. Key reason for the...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to address several issues if he wants his company to sustain its growth momentum. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Facebook needs to do to boost user engagement

    - Feb 1, 2018 3:08pm
    Facebook has faced growing criticism in the recent past about its platform becoming a key channel for spread of misinformation and propaganda by vested interests, and for also not doing enough to curb abuse and hate...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam suggested that Agnes Chow was disqualified because her party Demosistō is advocating "self-determination", an ideology that does not fit the legal requirements for a candidate. Photo: Reuters, GovHK

    Ideology seeping into Hong Kong way of life

    - Jan 31, 2018 2:26pm
    The government is on the defensive amid local and international outcry over the disqualification of pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow from running in the March 11 Legislative Council by-elections.  Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday stressed that neither her...
  • Edward Yiu was given the chance to clarify his political stance and thus was able to avoid being disqualified, while Agnes Chow was not allowed to explain her position. Photo: HKEJ

    Why was Agnes Chow disqualified and Edward Yiu allowed to run?

    - Jan 30, 2018 1:15pm
    Article 26 of the Basic Law expressly provides that “permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall have the right to vote and the right to stand for election in accordance with law”. Following the...
  • Baptist University students are opposing a Putonghua proficiency test that they have to pass in order to be exempted from a mandatory course on the language. Photo: HKEJ

    Baptist University student protest touches raw nerve

    - Jan 25, 2018 2:04pm
    A student protest over a school policy is turning into another powder keg of cross-border animosity. Two students of the Hong Kong Baptist University were suspended after they participated in a protest at the school’s language...
  • Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng is under pressure not only from the opposition but also from her pro-establishment allies. Photo: HKEJ

    How long can Teresa Cheng hold on to her post?

    - Jan 24, 2018 12:15pm
    Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng’s insistence on holding on to her job has become even more untenable after she announced that illegal structures have also been found in three more of her properties. Even members of...
  • Google is looking for ways to capture revenue from hundreds of millions of Android phone users in China. Photo: Reuters

    Why is Google seeking ties with Chinese tech firms?

    - Jan 23, 2018 2:03pm
    In March 2010, Google shut down its Chinese search engine and began redirecting traffic to its web servers in Hong Kong following a standoff with Chinese authorities over Internet censorship. Nearly eight years after that move,...
  • Ant Financial, the operator of mobile payment platform Alipay, has taken a 20 percent stake in Hong Kong-based food and restaurant review website OpenRice. Photo: Bloomberg/OpenRice

    What Alibaba should keep in mind when doing business in HK

    - Jan 18, 2018 12:10pm
    Alibaba Group’s digital payments unit Ant Financial has been aggressively expanding its business outside mainland China. It recently suffered a setback in the United States, where regulators shot down its US$1.2 billion bid to acquire MoneyGram...

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