24 April 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • 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...
  • Telecom and media entrepreneur Ricky Wong appears to be confident about the prospects of his group's e-commerce platform. Photo: HKEJ

    Can HKTV win Hong Kong e-commerce battle?

    - Jan 17, 2018 1:07pm
    Hong Kong has been a laggard relative to other mature markets in the region in latching onto the e-commerce trend, but the territory is now trying to catch up as consumer shopping habits change.    Thanks...
  • Members of the pro-democracy camp start counting the ballots at a polling station during Sunday's primaries for their candidates in the Legco by-elections. Photo: HKEJ

    Can democrats win back four seats in by-elections?

    - Jan 16, 2018 12:50pm
    Very much unlike her predecessor, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has enjoyed high popularity ratings since she assumed office in July last year. This bodes well for the pro-establishment camp. However, we cannot readily assume that the...
  • Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer products division, said consumers are the biggest losers in the collapse of the carrier deal with AT&T. Photo: Reuters

    What Huawei can learn from Apple in doing business overseas

    - Jan 11, 2018 1:54pm
    Today, consumers have a bewildering array of smartphone brands and models to choose from, depending on their budget and other considerations. The world’s biggest handset makers – Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, etc. – offer the latest...
  • Smartphone maker Xiaomi, led by its founder and chairman Lei Jun (seen in picture, left), is reported to have set its sights on a valuation of as much as US$200 billion. Photo: Bloomberg

    Xiaomi: What IPO valuation does it deserve?

    - Jan 10, 2018 1:37pm
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp is believed to be making preparations for an initial public offering this year, with Hong Kong as the likely listing venue. Ahead of the IPO, various figures are doing the rounds as...
  • Former superintendent Frankly Chu (middle) was found guilty in an Occupy-related case, but the police have not bothered to offer an apology to the public. Photo: HKEJ

    Why’s the police chief not apologizing after the Chu verdict?

    - Jan 9, 2018 1:14pm
    It is sad to see that Hong Kong’s police chief is still refusing to offer an apology on behalf of his force following the conviction of a now-retired officer on charges of assault in an Occupy-related...
  • Chinese companies Huawei and Ant Financial have seen their overseas expansion plans frustrated by regulators who raise national security concerns. Photo: Bloomberg/Reuters

    Why Alibaba and Huawei face hurdles in global expansion plans

    - Jan 4, 2018 2:36pm
    It may not have come as a surprise that the US government blocked the proposed merger between China’s Ant Financial and money transfer firm MoneyGram in a US$1.2 billion deal. And last week it was reported...
  • Ride-hailing platforms such as Uber offer a better alternative for passengers dissatisfied with the poor service provided by taxi operators. Photo: Reuters

    Time to open the market to ride-hailing platforms

    - Jan 3, 2018 1:01pm
    Despite their growing popularity in many countries, ride-hailing services have yet to gain official recognition from the Hong Kong government, which insists on exercising its regulatory functions in the transport industry through its licensing authority. Instead...
  • After coming under fire over slowed older handsets, Apple has offered battery replacements for iPhone 6 and later models at much lower cost. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple acts fast amid criticism over slowed older iPhones

    - Jan 2, 2018 12:58pm
    As the world was preparing to usher in 2018, senior executives of Apple, the world’s largest firm by market capitalization, were busy trying to contain a public relations crisis sparked by media reports that the company...
  • Beijing, through the SAR government, has stepped up efforts to further integrate Hong Kong into the mainland. Photo: AFP

    Goodbye and hello

    - Dec 29, 2017 2:03pm
    Looking back, 2017 has been a year of change. As the special administrative region celebrated the 20th anniversary of our return to Chinese sovereignty, Beijing stepped up its efforts to eliminate our unique character, which means...
  • Coach Kim Pan-gon (wearing cap) gives training instructions to the Hong Kong football team. Kim's passion and professionalism contributed immensely to the team's rise in global rankings. Photo: Xinhua

    Hong Kong football needs more than a good coach to excel

    - Dec 28, 2017 3:20pm
    News of coach Kim Pan-gon’s sudden resignation from the Hong Kong national team sent shock waves across the local football circuit. His departure, confirmed by the Hong Kong Football Association, presents a big setback to the...
  • Hong Kong's tourism industry remains heavily dependent on mainland visitors. Photo: Reuters

    What Hong Kong should do to boost our tourism sector

    - Dec 27, 2017 3:32pm
    People from other places may find it hard to imagine, but Hong Kong, although such a small city, can accommodate more than 50 million tourists each year. Of course, most of them are from the mainland. But the...
  • Facebook's recent moves related to demoted posts and news feeds have caused disquiet among publishers, especially the smaller players. Photo: Reuters

    Is Facebook a friend or foe for publishers?

    - Dec 21, 2017 12:40pm
    Facebook has emerged as one of the world’s biggest media platforms as many traditional media organizations as well as columnists have stepped up focus on the social network in a bid to attract more readers online....
  • Jimmy Lai will return as chairman of his media company Next Digital from February next year. Photo: Reuters, Wikimedia Commons

    What’s Jimmy Lai’s gameplan to revive Next Digital?

    - Dec 20, 2017 12:19pm
    Last Friday, Next Digital Ltd. (00282.HK) issued a stock exchange announcement that its founder Jimmy Lai will return as the media company’s chairman from February next year. Lai’s return came three years after he stepped down...
  • The Smart City Blueprint includes proposals covering various areas of city life – from trials of driverless vehicles to electronic identities for all residents to enable them to make quick and secure online transactions. Photo: AFP

    More needs to be done to make Hong Kong a smart city

    - Dec 19, 2017 11:59am
    Last Friday the Hong Kong government announced a new Smart City Blueprint to promote the use of innovative technology in the city to provide a smarter digital environment for all Hongkongers. That’s a laudable, though belated,...
  • After being off the air for more than one and half years, Hong Kong's oldest TV broadcaster ATV wants to step back into the game through an internet-based video service.

    Can ATV make a successful return with OTT service?

    - Dec 14, 2017 1:07pm
    There’s life yet in Asia Television (ATV), or so it seems. More than a year and half after going off air amid various problems, the Hong Kong-based media company is planning a second coming through the launch...
  • Shazam can prove useful for Apple as the former has several strengths, including AR capabilities. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple may be eyeing AR boost from Shazam deal

    - Dec 13, 2017 1:36pm
    As Apple strives to boost iPhone X production in China to meet strong global demand for its latest flagship smartphone, the tech giant is also focusing on another important element in its business: Apple Music. Signaling...
  • For the establishment camp, there is no better time to pass the proposed changes to Legco rules than now. Photo: AFP

    Is it time for the opposition to throw in the towel?

    - Dec 12, 2017 12:45pm
    The democrats appear to be fighting a losing battle in their effort to prevent changes to the Legislative Council rules. Public opinion is not on their side. Neither is time. The establishment camp is keen on...
  • The establishment camp wants to change the rules at the Legislative Council to prevent the opposition lawmakers from blocking government bills. Photo: AFP

    Why Legco rule changes matter to us

    - Dec 7, 2017 12:30pm
    Many Hongkongers abhor politics, but it is something that cannot be ignored as it affects our daily lives. From education to social welfare and medical care, all these issues have political dimensions. Take for example the...
  • Hong Kong's Basic Law and China's constitution are completely different and there is no such thing as one being superior to the other. Photos: HKEJ

    Can Hong Kong just adopt China’s constitution in full?

    - Dec 6, 2017 12:46pm
    China has resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong for more than two decades but it was not until this year that officials from the north started to express their ambition to rule the city completely. Given that,...

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