24 January 2019

Tech, Media & Telecom

  • Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is under house arrest in Canada at the request of the United States over alleged violations of US sanctions on Iran. Photo: AFP

    Canada envoy says Huawei’s Meng has strong case vs extradition

    Jan 24, 2019 7:42am
    A top executive from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd being held in Canada can make “strong arguments” against extradition to the United States, in part due to President Donald Trump’s politicization of the case, Canada’s ambassador to...
  • Baidu was accused of placing low-quality pieces from its Baijiahao service toward the top of its search results, hoping to turn users' search for content into traffic for itself. Photo: Bloomberg

    Baidu pledges to improve search service after complaint

    Jan 23, 2019 4:35pm
    China’s top search engine Baidu Inc. on Wednesday pledged to improve its media aggregating service after a complaint about the quality of the service and its search results went viral on social media, helping send its...
  • Attendees pass by a Huawei booth during the CES trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The Chinese firm has boosted its smartphone business significantly last year despite facing many challenges. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei wants one in four in Hong Kong to choose its phones

    - Jan 23, 2019 1:57pm
    It is somewhat perplexing, but definitely worth paying attention, as we hear claims that China’s Huawei may be selling one in every five mobile phones purchased in Hong Kong. That is right! The mainland tech giant...
  • ByteDance has acquired some of Smartisan's patent rights to explore business opportunities in the education sector. Photo: Reuters

    ByteDance steps into hardware business

    - Jan 23, 2019 12:08pm
    Beijing-based smartphone apps developer ByteDance enjoys a valuation of as much as US$75 billion, but one of its biggest issues is that it doesn’t have its own hardware to deliver content to users. This becomes all the...
  • A staff member walks through the hallway of Alibaba Group's futuristic FlyZoo hotel in Hangzhou on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    At Alibaba’s hotel, robots deliver towels and mix cocktails

    Jan 23, 2019 10:02am
    Gliding silently through Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s futuristic “FlyZoo” hotel, black disc-shaped robots about a meter in height deliver food and drop off fresh towels. The robots are part of a suite of high-tech tools that...
  • Technology if not handled properly, can bring huge costs, as China's Pinduoduo has just discovered. Photo: Reuters

    The lesson from Pinduoduo’s discount voucher disaster

    - Jan 23, 2019 9:03am
    In less than three-and-a-half years since its founding, social e-commerce site Pinduoduo emerged as China’s third-largest online shopping site, trailing only the Alibaba and platforms. However, problems arose recently as some people exploited a loophole on...
  • Waymo said the new facility will mass-produce Level 4 autonomous vehicles which can pilot themselves without a human driver under certain conditions. Photo: Bloomberg

    Waymo to build self-driving cars in Michigan

    Jan 23, 2019 9:01am
    Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit said on Tuesday it plans to build a plant in Michigan to transform vehicles into autonomous cars for Waymo’s ride services business, Reuters reports. Waymo has proposed private investments of...
  • IBM has been shifting toward the faster-growing segments such as cloud, software and services to lower dependence on its traditional hardware products . Photo: Reuters

    IBM shares jump on strong profit, outlook

    Jan 23, 2019 8:36am
    IBM Corp. beat analysts’ fourth-quarter earnings estimates and forecast full-year profit above expectations, sending its shares up about 7 percent, Reuters reports. The company has been shifting toward the faster-growing segments such as cloud, software and services to...
  • The arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou has soured relations between Canada and China. Photo: Bloomberg/Reuters

    US will seek extradition of Huawei CFO from Canada

    Jan 23, 2019 7:32am
    The US Justice Department said it will pursue the extradition of a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in Canada in December, Reuters reports. The United States has accused Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou of...
  • Huawei said it has so far signed more than 30 commercial contracts for 5G network deployment and shipped 25,000 5G base stations. Photo: Reuters

    China gears up for 5G launch

    - Jan 22, 2019 12:52pm
    China is frenziedly preparing for the rollout of fifth-generation mobile technology even as several western nations appear to be ganging up on Huawei Technologies to exclude the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant from their own 5G plans...
  • WhatsApp has expanded worldwide a measure put in place in India last July to limit text forwards to five recipients. Photo: Bloomberg

    WhatsApp restricts text forwards to curb rumors

    Jan 22, 2019 9:12am
    WhatsApp has begun to limit worldwide the number of times a user can forward a message to five as the popular messaging service looks to fight “misinformation and rumors”, Reuters reports. The limit of five is...
  • Tesla's Model 3, aimed at the mass market, is expected to be introduced in Europe next month. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla’s Model 3 gets green light in Europe

    Jan 22, 2019 8:18am
    Tesla’s Model 3 has been given the green light to hit the road in Europe, clearing the final hurdle for the European introduction of the battery-powered sedan expected next month, Reuters reports. The Model 3 is...
  • Google lacked transparency and clarity in the way it informs users about its handling of personal data and failed to properly obtain their consent for personalized ads, the French regulator CNIL said. Photo: AFP

    France fines Google US$57 million over privacy breach

    Jan 22, 2019 7:31am
    France’s data protection watchdog fined Alphabet’s Google 50 million euros (US$57 million) for breaching European Union online privacy rules, the biggest such penalty levied against a US tech giant, Reuters reports. The French regulator CNIL said...
  • Pinduoduo has revealed that hackers exploited a loophole on its online platform to steal tens of millions of yuan worth of discount vouchers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Pinduoduo reports theft of online discount vouchers

    Jan 21, 2019 9:13am
    Chinese social e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said on Sunday that an online collective exploited a loophole on its platform to “steal” tens of millions of yuan worth of discount vouchers. According to a statement posted on its official...
  • Like in the popular video-game SimCity, one can build a smart city by harnessing the powers of data science, which enables designs to be tested through computer simulation. Photo:

    From SimCity to smart city

    - Jan 18, 2019 6:10pm
    SimCity, a popular city-building video game, will mark its 30th anniversary this year. In the game, players scramble to build their ideal cities, but no matter how much effort you put into designing a virtual city, chances...
  • Chinese Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye warned Ottawa there will be repercussions if it bans Huawei from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks. Photo: Reuters

    China envoy to Canada issues warning on Huawei 5G ban

    Jan 18, 2019 9:13am
    China’s envoy to Canada warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, Reuters reports.  Ambassador Lu Shaye, speaking at a news conference...
  • Facebook has been under fire for its self-admitted sluggishness in developing tools to combat extremist content and propaganda operations. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook blocks accounts linked to Russian state-owned Sputnik

    Jan 18, 2019 8:39am
    Facebook Inc. said it has removed hundreds of Russia-initiated accounts, which it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on its platforms, including some linked to state-owned news agency Sputnik, Reuters reports. In a separate...
  • Netflix reported revenue of US$4.19 billion for the quarter that ended in December, slightly below the US$4.21 billion that Wall Street analysts had forecast. Photo: Bloomberg

    Netflix shares dive after revenue misses estimates

    Jan 18, 2019 7:47am
    Dystopian movie Bird Box helped Netflix Inc. draw a record 8.8 million new paid streaming customers in the fourth quarter, but the company fell slightly short of Wall Street’s revenue estimates and shares tumbled 3 percent...
  • Facebook, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is giving US$300 million in grants to various organizations that are trying to help local journalism thrive in today’s difficult media market. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook pledges US$300 mln to support local newsrooms

    - Jan 17, 2019 4:51pm
    Facebook has announced that will spend US$300 million over the next three years to provide grants to various organizations across the world that are helping the cause of local journalism. The cash commitment will be used...
  • The applications of HTC's virtual reality solutions go far beyond gaming. Photo: AFP

    HTC brings virtual reality theme park to Hong Kong

    - Jan 17, 2019 2:13pm
    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC will open a virtual reality (VR) theme park in Hong Kong on Friday, fueling market speculation that it plans to exit the smartphone market and focus on the VR business.   VIVELAND, a...

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