Date
24 August 2019

Tech

  • US President Donald Trump said Apple CEO Tim Cook “made a good case” that tariffs could hurt Apple, given that Samsung’s products would not be subject to those same tariffs. Photo: AFP

    Apple CEO warns Trump about China tariffs, Samsung competition

    Aug 19, 2019 8:44am
    US President Donald Trump said he had spoken with Apple Inc.’s chief executive Tim Cook about the impact of US tariffs on Chinese imports as well as competition from South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.,...
  • Airbnb is preparing for a stock market listing in the first half of 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photo: Bloomberg

    Airbnb records 31% booking value growth in first quarter: report

    Aug 19, 2019 8:29am
    Airbnb Inc. recorded US$9.4 billion in total booking value in the first quarter, up 31 percent from the year-ago quarter, a key number that could help pull in investors as the home-sharing company plans its foray...
  • Instagram is taking some steps to tackle misinformation on its platform. Photo: Bloomberg

    Instagram adds tool for users to flag false information

    Aug 16, 2019 9:27am
    Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, is adding an option for users to report posts they think are false, as it seeks to stem misinformation and other abuses on its platform, Reuters reports. Facebook started using image-detection...
  • Facing heat over the sale of T-shirts bearing messages related to the Hong Kong protest movement, Amazon said it will continue to respect local laws where it does business. Photo: Reuters

    Amazon faces China online backlash over T-shirts with HK slogans

    Aug 16, 2019 9:18am
    Chinese social media users directed their fury at Amazon on Thursday after discovering T-shirts on its website sporting slogans that support anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, Reuters reports. The hashtag “Amazon T-Shirts” became the fourth-top trending...
  • Tumblr is estimated to have only 20 million to 30 million active users, a far cry from its over 200 million users at its peak. Photo: Reuters

    Message from Tumblr’s decline: transform or fade into obscurity

    - Aug 15, 2019 5:27pm
    Tumblr, the second-largest microblogging platform after Twitter, was sold for US$20 million on Monday. Microblogging restricts the length of each post to no more than 140 words in order to cater for millennials who lack the...
  • Samsung's new phablet will appeal to people who need to use pen to jot down or to draw something on the go on a big screen. Photo: Reuters

    Should you buy Samsung’s new Galaxy flagship?

    - Aug 15, 2019 1:42pm
    Samsung is preparing to kick off sales of its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10, in the market after unveiling the product in New York last week. As part of the launch plans, the tech...
  • Berkshire Hathaway said it had 537,300 Amazon shares worth about US$1.02 billion as of June, up 11 percent from March. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Buffett’s Berkshire boosts Amazon bet

    Aug 15, 2019 9:41am
    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway boosted its stake in Amazon by 11 percent during the second quarter, increasing its bet on the powerful online retailer even as stocks traded near record highs, Reuters reports. Berkshire said it...
  • Next Digital aims to boost revenue with its new subscription business model. Photo: Reuters/Internet

    Next Digital looks to subscription as major revenue source

    - Aug 14, 2019 12:31pm
    After a two-month beta testing of its paid subscription business model, Next Digital has announced the official pricing for its Apple Daily online editions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The new subscription model, which will start on...
  • Microsoft and Qualcomm have collaborated with Samsung in the latter's new Galaxy Book S laptop computer. Photo: Samsung/Youtube

    Why Microsoft, Qualcomm teamed up with Samsung on new laptop

    - Aug 14, 2019 11:24am
    Samsung unveiled its long-awaited smartphone model Galaxy Note 10 in New York last week. At the same time, the Korean tech giant also introduced the Galaxy Book S laptop computer, which is powered by a Qualcomm...
  • The US aviation regulator has alerted airlines about carriage of recalled MacBook Pro laptops on board. Photo: Bloomberg

    US aviation regulator bans recalled MacBook Pros from flights

    Aug 14, 2019 10:39am
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States has banned certain models of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops on flights, after the company recalled select units which had batteries posing fire risks, Reuters reports. “The FAA...
  • Viacom's merger with CBS will create an entity with US$30 billion in market value. Photo: Reuters

    CBS, Viacom to reunite in mega merger

    Aug 14, 2019 9:22am
    CBS Corp and Viacom have reached a deal to reunite, betting that a larger company will be able to compete and partner better in a media industry dominated by giants, Reuters reports. The new company will...
  • A model displays Snap's new version of its Spectacles sunglasses. Photo: Snap/Handout via Reuters

    Snap to launch new Spectacles version in AR push

    Aug 14, 2019 9:16am
    Snap Inc. said it will launch a new version of its Spectacles sunglasses that will have the capability of capturing photos and videos and uploading them directly to its unit Snapchat, Reuters reports. Snap has struggled...
  • Huawei plans to deploy its Harmony operating system across multiple devices in the coming years, helping the firm establish itself in the IoT era. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei readies for connected device era with Harmony OS

    - Aug 13, 2019 1:34pm
    Ending months of speculation, Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies has unveiled a self-developed operating system for smartphones and other devices, claiming that it can now defend itself even in the worst-case sanctions scenario amid the...
  • Just like other Chinese search engines, ByteDance's Toutiao Search offers censored results. Photo: Reuters

    ByteDance launches new search engine in China

    Aug 13, 2019 9:52am
    ByteDance, the owner of short-video app TikTok, has launched a new search engine in China, entering a sector currently dominated by Baidu Inc., Reuters reports. Beijing-based ByteDance is moving beyond its core businesses in news and...
  • In response to the emergence of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, China's central bank has vowed to create a digital currency that is backed and managed by itself. Photo: Bloomberg/Reuters

    China ready to launch official digital currency soon

    Aug 12, 2019 1:01pm
    After five years of development, China’s official digital currency “can now be said to be ready”, says Mu Changchun, deputy director at the Payment and Settlement Department of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC). Speaking at the...
  • Cathay Pacific has succumbed to pressure from China and punished some staff who had participated in Hong Kong's ongoing protests. Photo: Bloomberg

    Cathay acts against staff after China warning over HK protests

    Aug 12, 2019 12:35pm
    Cathay Pacific Airways has suspended a pilot who was arrested during Hong Kong’s anti-government protests and also fired two airport employees for alleged misconduct. The Hong Kong flag-carrier said over the weekend that it will bar...
  • A file picture shows Tesla Model 3 electric cars. The company has stood by safety claims for the vehicles n the face of regulatory scrutiny. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla vehicle catches fire after hitting tow truck in Moscow

    Aug 12, 2019 9:36am
    A Tesla Model 3 electric car caught fire after crashing into a parked tow truck on a Moscow motorway late on Saturday, Reuters reports. The Tesla driver was quoted as saying that he had failed to...
  • People attend a rally on Saturday to demand free elections to Moscow’s city legislature.  Photo: Reuters

    Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal’ events

    Aug 12, 2019 9:35am
    Russia’s state communications watchdog has asked Google to stop advertising “illegal mass events” on its YouTube video platform, Rueters reports. Tens of thousands of Russians staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight...
  • Huawei says its Harmony OS is completely different from Google's Android and Apple's iOS systems. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei unveils Harmony operating system

    Aug 12, 2019 9:10am
    Huawei Technologies unveiled on Friday its proprietary operating system for smartphones and other devices, but said it would for now stick to using Google’s Android for smartphones. The Chinese telecoms equipment giant said the new software...
  • Corporate security service accounted for 53 percent of Symantec's revenue of US$4.2 billion last year, compared with 31 percent from the consumer side. Photo: Reuters

    Broadcom’s Symantec deal shows potential of antivirus software

    - Aug 9, 2019 4:53pm
    In recent years, mobile phones have become more vulnerable to virus attacks. At the same time, the privacy issue is becoming increasingly important. With the explosive growth of data, security software is back in the spotlight....

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