20 August 2017

Tech, Media & Telecom

  • Peggy Choi, co-founder and CEO of LYNK, says communication and empathy are crucial in managing a startup team. Photo: Cyberport

    Startup tips: Know your staff and show them a career path

    Aug 18, 2017 6:35pm
    Talent recruitment is generally considered one of the biggest challenges confronting startups in Hong Kong. Peggy Choi, co-founder and chief executive of LYNK, which provides expert matching services, thinks otherwise, saying that staff management is a...
  • The unparalleled client base of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent makes it hard for startups to survive and grow without support from these internet giants.  Image: 2Open

    Is BAT dominance crowding out startups?

    - Aug 18, 2017 5:29pm
    China’s three internet giants – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, or collectively known as BAT – has continued to dominate sectors such as online search, e-shopping, gaming and instant messaging. Consistently high revenue and profit growth has enabled...
  • Vishal Sikka has resigned as Infosys CEO after facing criticism from the company's founders over several key decisions. Photo: Reuters

    Infosys CEO quits, citing ‘drumbeat of distractions’

    Aug 18, 2017 4:03pm
    Vishal Sikka, the chief executive of Infosys Technologies, India’s second-largest software services firm, has resigned from his post, citing a stream of distractions and malicious personal attacks against him. “Over the last many months and quarters,...
  • A specialist monitoring a 3D printing machine at 3D printing service company Fast Radius. Photo: UPS

    Simplify your manufacturing supply chain with 3D printing

    - Aug 17, 2017 1:18pm
    With its capability and widespread use, 3D printing has evolved from being a novelty to becoming an integral part of the manufacturing process. Whether you’re developing a prototype, or seeking to create an on-demand, customizable product, it’s...
  • Visual data can help marketers gain a deeper understanding of customers. Photo: Salesforce

    A picture is worth a thousand insights

    - Aug 17, 2017 8:48am
    Visual media such as images and video content are dominating social media. People are uploading 1.8 billion photos per day that display higher levels of engagement than written content. This is driven by mobile’s ease-of-use and...
  • China Unicom hopes bringing its ownership structure more in line with 'market-oriented principles' will unleash new vibrancy in the company. Photo: Reuters

    Tencent, Alibaba in group buying stake in China Unicom

    Aug 17, 2017 8:33am
    China’s internet titans are among the companies joining in a government-encouraged plan to pump US$11.7 billion into state-owned telecommunications giant China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., the Wall Street Journal reports.  Beijing has said it wants government-owned...
  • Shenzhen-based DJI was the first to successfully turn drones into mass-market products. Photo: DJI

    Chinese drone maker DJI faces a sudden obstacle

    - Aug 16, 2017 1:04pm
    Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co. is the undisputable leader in the field, having captured 60 percent of the global market. The Shenzhen-based firm’s founder is Wang Tao, also known as Frank Wang. Born in...
  • US semiconductor-testing company Cohu Inc. says the sale of Xcerra Corp to a Chinese fund will give China access to valuable semiconductor technology. Photo: BBC

    US chip testing firm urges blocking sale of rival to China fund

    Aug 16, 2017 8:38am
    Citing national-security concerns, US semiconductor-testing company Cohu Inc. is mounting a quiet campaign to derail the planned US$580 million sale of American rival Xcerra Corp. to a Chinese state-backed group, the Wall Street Journal reports. Poway,...
  • Open floor plans at Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters complex are said to be causing unhappiness among some staff. Photo:

    Why Apple’s new campus has upset some employees

    - Aug 15, 2017 10:21am
    More than 12,000 Apple employees are moving into the company’s new US$5 billion headquarters complex in Cupertino, California. The six-year development, completed in April this year, was one of the final projects dreamed up by the...
  • is taking aim at China's high-end shoppers as part of its growth strategy. Photo: Bloomberg to open new luxury online retail platform

    Aug 15, 2017 8:40am
    Chinese e-commerce firm plans to open a luxury platform on its online retail site, competing with larger rival Alibaba Group for business from China’s high-end shoppers. CEO Richard Liu announced plans for the new platform...
  • Apple has been accused of removing apps from its App Store without detailed explanation and charging excessive fees for in-app purchases. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese app developers file antitrust complaint against Apple

    Aug 11, 2017 8:50am
    Apple Inc. has been accused by a group of 28 Chinese app developers of monopolistic behavior in the operation of its App Store, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a complaint filed with the National Development...
  • Amazon is the subject of a series of complaints relating to transgender bias filed by a former employee and her husband. Photo: Reuters

    Amazon sued by transgender woman, husband for harassment

    Aug 10, 2017 8:11am
    A transgender woman and her husband are suing Inc., accusing the company of subjecting them to severe harassment and physical threats when they both worked at the retailer’s warehouse in Kentucky, Reuters reports. A group...
  • While extraordinary physique is required for professional players in basketball, for instance, ordinary people can enjoy playing competitive video games. Photo: Reuters

    What eSports need to get into the mainstream

    - Aug 9, 2017 10:31am
    Even if you’re not a football fan, you have probably heard of Neymar’s jaw-dropping 222 million-euro transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. Record-breaking transfers of superstars are common not only in football but also in the...
  • A side effect of the increasing complexity in the internet ecosystem is more complex networks and an almost insatiable appetite for more capacity. Photo: bgr

    What net neutrality means for investors

    - Aug 9, 2017 8:00am
    The debate on “net neutrality”, the principle that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet the same, has been a broad one, ranging from regulatory concerns to freedom of speech, to economic and...
  • Walt Disney Co. is taking a calculated gamble that the company can generate more profit in the long run from its own subscription rather than renting out its movies to services like Netflix. Photo: Reuters

    Disney to pull movies from Netflix, eyes own streaming service

    Aug 9, 2017 7:57am
    Walt Disney Co. will stop providing new movies to Netflix Inc. starting in 2019 and launch its own streaming service as the world’s biggest entertainment company tries to capture digital viewers who are ditching traditional television,...
  • Huawei’s Honor Magic phones can recognize the handset owner’s face and lock in certain data when other people try to use the phone. Photo: Sohu

    AI handset that keeps your secrets safe triggers data fight

    - Aug 8, 2017 10:25am
    Shenzhen-based Iflytek (002230.CN) is not a household name yet, but MIT ranked it as the sixth smartest company in its world’s 50 smartest companies list released in June, behind global titans like Amazon (No. 3) and...
  • Al Jazeera has been accused of inciting violence in Jerusalem, including over an Old City site that is holy to both Muslims and Jews. Photo: Reuters

    Israel moves to shut down Al Jazeera amid Arab spat

    Aug 7, 2017 7:41am
    Israel plans to revoke the media credentials of Al Jazeera TV journalists, close its Jerusalem bureau and pull the Qatar-based station’s broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers, Reuters reports, citing Communications Minister Ayoub Kara. The...
  • An e-wallet is now safer to use and far more secure than the traditional leather variety, which is prone to accidental loss and pickpockets. Photo: Equinix

    Does HK have what it takes to make e-wallet popular?

    - Aug 4, 2017 11:53am
    The digital wallet trend appears to be unstoppable. According to a recent report by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the number of P2P payments in Hong Kong has grown rapidly, hitting a record HK$537 million in...
  • Lady Gaga is among several artists banned in China. Grammy's officials say they will respect curbs by Beijing on content deemed inappropriate. Photo: Billboard

    Grammys vows to respect media curbs in bid to enter China

    Aug 4, 2017 8:33am
    The organizer of the music industry’s annual Grammy Awards on Thursday said it would respect China’s media curbs and only promote artists with a “positive and healthy” image, in its bid to break into the world’s...
  • Tesla said it plans US$2 billion in capital expenses in the second half of the year, which would erode its cash cushion to about US$1 million. Photo: Reuters

    Model 3 demand, higher revenue propel Tesla shares higher

    Aug 3, 2017 8:25am
    Tesla Inc. reported quarterly revenue that doubled and a loss that was the electric car maker’s largest ever, but its shares rose after revealing more than 1,800 daily reservations for the Model 3 and predicting increased...

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