Date
15 October 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Microsoft is launching a cheaper and lighter tablet computer as it seeks to fight Google Chromebooks and Apple's iPads in the classroom market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Microsoft find success in student market with new tablet?

    - Jul 11, 2018 2:16pm
    Apple has been a leader in the tablet computer market for a long time following the introduction of the iPad in 2010. However, the launch of Google-backed Chromebooks and Microsoft Surface devices resulted in the market...
  • A file picture of Simon Loong, the founder of online lending platform WeLab. The fintech startup is gearing up for a Hong Kong IPO. Photo: Bloomberg

    How WeLab is doing things right

    - Jul 5, 2018 1:20pm
    WeLab Holdings, a Hong Kong-based financial technology unicorn backed by big names like Li Ka-shing’s TOM Group and Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group, has filed a listing application with the Hong Kong bourse. A draft prospectus reveals...
  • HTC is pinning a lot of hopes on its Vive VR headset and related efforts, but the rewards may not come in easily. Photo: Bloomberg

    After job cuts, what HTC needs is a clear direction

    - Jul 4, 2018 1:23pm
    It was a sad day for employees of HTC as the Taiwan smartphone maker announced on July 2 — the first working day of the month — that it will slash its workforce by nearly a...
  • 5G will radically improve the bandwidth, capacity and reliability of mobile broadband, offering data transmission speed of at least 10 Gbps, which is much faster than existing home fiber broadband services. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Chinese mobile operators are preparing for 5G

    - Jul 3, 2018 2:09pm
    Under the reign of President Xi Jinping, China is aiming to become the world’s biggest economy and a leader in technology research and development. China has been at the forefront of efforts to develop the next...
  • Xiaomi IPO brochures are displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong on June 23. The Chinese firm’s offering is said to have drawn relatively muted response from retail investors. Photo: Reuters

    Are investors sitting out Xiaomi IPO for China Tower?

    - Jun 28, 2018 1:25pm
    Xiaomi Corp is reported to have drawn muted interest from Hong Kong investors as the Chinese smartphone maker prepares to close the retail book for its IPO of up to US$6.1 billion.  Although the offering has...
  • A file picture of Cher Wang, co-founder and chairperson of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. Wang said on Tuesday that she is hopeful her firm will record a profit this year. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can HTC turn things around quickly?

    - Jun 27, 2018 1:06pm
    Taiwan’s HTC Corp, which once figured among the largest smartphone makers in the world, has been losing money in the past few years, causing anxiety among its shareholders. With the troubles seeming to persist, stockholders have...
  • Meituan Dianping application icons are displayed on a smartphone screen. The Chinese tech startup is planning a Hong Kong listing with a dual-class share structure. Photo: Bloomberg

    Should you invest in Meituan-Dianping?

    - Jun 26, 2018 1:45pm
    Online services platform Meituan-Dianping has lodged an application for a Hong Kong IPO as it seeks to bolster its capital and expand its business amid escalating competition in the China market. The Beijing-based firm, which was...
  • ViuTV is broadcasting select matches from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for free, luring more than a million viewers. Photo: Reuters

    ViuTV should build on World Cup ratings to challenge TVB

    - Jun 21, 2018 12:33pm
    Over the past five decades, Television Broadcasts (TVB) has dominated local television, enjoying more than half of the viewership market during prime time. But here comes PCCW’s ViuTV, which recently broke the norm by broadcasting select...
  • Adopting 5G technology will benefit the entire society, not just the four mobile operators. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Why mobile operators oppose Hong Kong’s 5G policy

    - Jun 20, 2018 1:51pm
    Hong Kong has one of the world most competitive telecommunications markets with the highest penetration and cheapest service fees, thanks to the government’s free-market policy. In line with such a policy, the government is keen on holding auctions...
  • A strategic alliance among Google, Tencent and JD.com would strengthen their position against major rivals and allow them to expand faster. Photo: AFP/Reuters/Bloomberg

    Why Google, JD.com and Tencent are coming together

    - Jun 19, 2018 3:05pm
    Some might say that China’s e-commerce market has really no impact on the global market. But if that is true, why would internet giant Google spend US$550 million for a stake in China’s No. 2 e-commerce platform...
  • ZTE will be monitored by the US government over a period of 10 years with regard to its compliance with the terms of the settlement. Photo: Reuters

    An expensive and humiliating lesson for ZTE

    - Jun 14, 2018 1:17pm
    Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. resumed trading on Wednesday following a deal with the US government for the lifting of a ban on its business dealings with US suppliers. Among other provisions of the settlement,...
  • Xiaomi is preparing for an IPO in Hong Kong and a CDR issue in China at lofty valuation. Photo: Reuters

    Can Xiaomi justify an extremely high valuation?

    - Jun 13, 2018 2:52pm
    Xiaomi Corp, which is readying for a blockbuster initial public offering in Hong Kong, has unnerved some investors as it revealed a loss of nearly US$1.1 billion for the first quarter of 2018. In a filing...
  • Octopus needs to expand the scope of its card business, as well as move into other financial activities, to keep competitors at bay in Hong Kong's e-payments market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Octopus Cards needs new business initiatives

    - Jun 12, 2018 12:47pm
    As competition heats up in Hong Kong’s e-payments market, the city’s dominant smart-card operator, Octopus Cards Ltd., is seeking to expand into a new business segment: online shopping payments. The company, whose stored-value cards are used...
  • Twitter appears to be regaining the confidence of investors as its financial performance improves. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is Twitter a better investment option than Facebook?

    - Jun 7, 2018 12:03pm
    While Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is facing tremendous pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its handling of users’ personal data, Twitter has seen its shares recovering from earlier losses. Twitter on Wednesday said it...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    How Apple’s new iOS 12 will change the digital ecosystem

    - Jun 6, 2018 12:34pm
    During its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple Inc. unveiled updates to its operating systems for iPhones, Mac computers and watches. While focusing on boosting the efficiency of its operating systems to improve user experience,...
  • Hong Kong does not appear to be very enthusiastic in preparing for the commercial launch of the 5G mobile service. Photo: Reuters

    Why Hong Kong is lagging behind in 5G rollout

    - Jun 5, 2018 1:36pm
    Hong Kong used to be a leader in the global telecommunications sector. It was the first to launch a mobile service in subway train tunnels, the first to launch video-based 3G mobile services as well as...
  • A Xiaomi store in Shenyang in Chona’s Liaoning province. Xiaomi and its bigger Chinese smartphone rival Huawei are gearing up for new product launches as they seek to enhance their market shares. Photo: Reuters

    How China’s top smartphone makers are trying to boost sales

    - May 31, 2018 1:43pm
    The smartphone market has entered a slow-growth stage, with research from Gartner showing that worldwide sales were up just 1.3 percent in the first quarter this year compared to the same period in 2017. Chinese phone...
  • Apple wants its flagship gadget to be used for more contactless functions beyond Apple Pay transactions, according to reports. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Apple may expand NFC-capabilities of the iPhone

    - May 30, 2018 12:44pm
    Apple will host its annual developer conference next week when it is expected to unveil its latest operating systems for its mobile devices and computers. There is buzz that, among other things, the tech giant will...
  • Andrea Jelinek, the head of the European Data Protection Board, speaks at a news conference in Brussels on May 25, the day the region’s new data privacy regulation went into effect. Photo: Reuters

    What does GDPR mean for Internet users?

    - May 29, 2018 1:56pm
    The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, was put in place by the European Union on May 25, laying out new rules on commercial firms and organizations with regard to handling of online user data. The...
  • JD.com is using augmented reality and 3D technologies to create multiple interactive experiences for shoppers to find the right products online. Photo: Bloomberg

    How JD.com is using AR to boost sales

    - May 24, 2018 11:39am
    JD.com, one of the leading e-commerce platforms in China, is leveraging on augmented reality (AR) technology to integrate online and offline shopping experience. It will introduce three AR-powered products: a makeup mirror, a dressing mirror, and...

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