Date
23 February 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • A screen shows the value of goods being transacted at Alibaba Group's Singles' Day global shopping festival last Sunday. Apple was reportedly the top-selling brand in the mobile phone category. Photo: Reuters

    Apple gets some good news from China

    - Nov 14, 2018 1:22pm
    After a spate of negative reports recently, featuring topics such as rumored cuts in iPhone orders and fading luster in the Indian market, there is finally some good news for Apple. In China, Apple’s second largest...
  • A screen shows Alibaba Group's sales surpassing 213.5 billion yuan for this year's Singles Day global shopping event in Shanghai on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    What Alibaba’s Double 11 event tells us about China’s economy

    - Nov 13, 2018 12:15pm
    Alibaba Group established a new record for its “Double 11″ global shopping festival on Sunday with sales surging 27 percent from the previous year to 213.5 billion yuan (US$30.66 billion). The e-commerce giant’s top honchos along...
  • A file picture shows Alibaba employees working on computers while a monitor displays live updates of sales figures during the Nov. 11 online shopping event in 2016. Alibaba has said the Singles’ Day event will be bigger than ever this year. Photo: Bloombe

    Why ‘Double 11′ is important, and not just for Alibaba

    - Nov 8, 2018 2:19pm
    As Singles’ Day nears, all eyes are once again on the mega online shopping festival of Chinese tech behemoth Alibaba Group. The e-commerce firm hasn’t given any specific number for the expected sales during the November...
  • OnePlus CEO Pete Lau attends a launch event for the OnePlus 6T model in Manhattan, New York, on Oct. 29. Photo: Reuters

    OnePlus paves way for Chinese peers to break into US market

    - Nov 7, 2018 12:31pm
    Chinese smartphone makers are doing well in their home market. Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO and Vivo have outsold popular foreign brands such as Apple and Samsung in China with models that are relatively cheaper while offering advanced features and...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, seen here during a product launch event in New York on Oct. 30, says the focus should be on the iPhone’s huge installed base, rather than quarterly sales numbers. Photo: Reuters

    Decoding Apple’s move to halt unit sales data

    - Nov 6, 2018 12:56pm
    Apple has disappointed with its business outlook for the holiday season, with the company warning last week that sales in the December quarter could fall short of Wall Street expectations. The US tech giant blamed weakness...
  • Attendees try out the new iPad Pro during an Apple launch event in New York on October 30. Photo: Reuters

    Will Apple iPad Pro replace the Macbook series?

    - Nov 1, 2018 1:00pm
    Apple unveiled revamped versions of some gadgets at an event in New York City on Tuesday. The tech giant took the lid off a new line of iPad pros and also announced a refresh for its...
  • Dominic Lai of AS Watson Group, Zhang Xuanning of Yonghui Superstores and Tian Jiangxue of Tencent Smart Retail pose for a picture following the launch of a new China retail joint venture. Photo: AS Watson Group

    What Tencent aims to gain from ParknShop-Yonghui tie-up

    - Oct 31, 2018 1:47pm
    Tencent has been boosting investments in Internet and mobile-related ventures in recent years in a bid to expand usage of the firm’s applications such as WeChat. But the Chinese firm has been lagging behind in retail...
  • Xiaomi, which unveiled its latest full-screen flagship phone -- the Mi Mix 3 -- last week, needs to reassure investors that it can grow shipments at a faster pace than rival Chinese phone makers. Photo: Reuters

    What Xiaomi can do to lift its sagging stock price

    - Oct 30, 2018 2:34pm
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp has seen its shares fall more than 30 percent in Hong Kong since an initial public offering in early July. The stock remains weak even now despite news that the firm...
  • 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...

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