Date
15 October 2018

Tech, Media & Telecom

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook predicts mobile payment will soon replace plastic money as a mode of cashless transaction. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will Apple Pay become wallet killer in Hong Kong?

    - Oct 17, 2014 6:36pm
    Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said on Thursday its mobile payment service Apple Pay will be officially launched on Monday. He predicted that the new technology will soon replace plastic money as a mode of cashless transaction. But...
  • HBO's planned video streaming service will add to the challenges facing cable operators. Photo: Bloomberg

    HBO to launch stand-alone streaming service in 2015

    Oct 17, 2014 10:11am
    HBO will launch next year a streaming video service that won’t require consumers to have a cable or satellite subscription, a move that could roil the television industry. The service will be available to US subscribers...
  • In a new warning to vulnerable companies, the FBI says state-sponsored Chinese hackers have become increasingly stealthy and agile. Photo: Internet

    FBI renews warning against state-backed Chinese hackers

    Oct 17, 2014 8:05am
    Chinese hackers have heavily targeted makers of makers of microchips, computer networking equipment and data storage services to steal company secrets, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. The state-sponsored hackers  are “exceedingly...
  • Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller presents the new iMac and Macbook at an event in Cupertino, California. Photo: WSJ

    Apple unveils new iPad, iMac

    Oct 17, 2014 7:45am
    Apple Inc. has unveiled new iPads that are more powerful and thinner than their predecessors which it hopes will prod users to replace their older tablets and personal computers. The iPad Air 2 is 18 percent...
  • Google's Nexus 6 smartphones are priced slightly lower than the iPhone 6 but will compete in the same high-end market. Photo: WSJ

    New Google Nexus smartphone takes on iPhone 6

    Oct 16, 2014 7:55am
    As far as smartphones and tablets go, Google Inc. and Apple Inc. are so alike now in many different ways. With its Nexus-branded devices, announced on Wednesday, Google’s smartphones and tablets are a slightly lower-priced competitors...
  • Chinese executives said the biggest barrier to using data analytics in the decision-making process is assessing which data is useful. Photo: Internet

    Chinese CEOs using more data analytics to back up decisions: PwC

    - Oct 15, 2014 7:32pm
    Senior Chinese corporate executives are becoming increasingly receptive to the use of big data to assist them in making business decisions, according to audit and consultancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. About 40 percent of mainland chief executives said...
  • Qualcomm chief executive Steven Mollenkopf said CSR’s leadership in Bluetooth technology will bolster  growth in internet-connected devices. Photo: Bloomberg

    Qualcomm in US$2.48 bln deal to acquire CSR

    Oct 15, 2014 4:14pm
    Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to pay 1.56 billion pounds (US$2.48 billion) for British connectivity chip specialist CSR Plc. as the US wireless technology group seeks to expand in the fast-growing segment of internet-connected devices, the Wall Street Journal...
  • HP is said to have abandoned EMC merger talks after failing to agree on price. Photo: Bloomberg

    HP, EMC terminate merger talks: Reuters

    Oct 15, 2014 12:17pm
    Hewlett-Packard Co has ended merger talks with EMC Corp. after months of fruitless negotiations with the storage products maker, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. An announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, it said....
  • Alibaba's Daniel Zhang says his group will help mobile app developers by using e-commerce data gathered over 15 years. Photo: Alibaba

    Alibaba aims to lure more mobile app developers

    Oct 15, 2014 11:04am
    Alibaba Group (BABA.US) is stepping up its wireless business strategies, hoping to challenge Tencent Holdings Ltd. (00700.HK) and Baidu Inc (BIDU.US) by leveraging its huge e-commerce database and by attracting more mobile application developers onto its...
  • Apple and Facebook are stepping up the war for top talent with new and expensive benefits for women employees. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple, Facebook want employees to freeze their eggs

    Oct 15, 2014 8:12am
    Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. want women to freeze their eggs and pay for it. From January, Apple will pay female employees up to US$20,000 for procedure and storage costs to freeze their eggs, according to...
  • China Mobile plans to integrate all its digital content and products into a single platform. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Mobile to invest 10.4 bln yuan in new media arm

    Oct 14, 2014 10:42am
    China Mobile Ltd. (00941.HK) plans to inject 10.4 billion yuan (US$1.69 billion) into a new-media arm over the next three years, Tencent Tech news website reported Tuesday. Migu Culture & Technology Group Co. Ltd., expected to...
  • Samsung's vaunted super fast Wi-Fi is expected to be a key feature of its smartphones from next year. Photo: Reuters

    Samsung has just made Wi-Fi a whole lot faster

    Oct 14, 2014 10:19am
    The internet just keeps getting faster — and faster. And now this: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has created a new Wi-Fi standard that is five times faster than current technology. That means users can zip a...
  • Alibaba aims to ring up more sales during the November 11 online shopping festival this year by attracting global consumers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Alibaba to elevate ‘double 11′ into global shopping event

    Oct 14, 2014 8:25am
    E-commerce giant Alibaba Group aims to expand its reach across borders by upgrading its upcoming Nov. 11 shopping festival into a global online shopping carnival, China Daily reported Tuesday. “Globalization” is one of Alibaba’s main strategies...
  • T-Mobile US has seen another prospective buyer walk away. Photo: Bloomberg

    France’s Iliad abandons plan to buy T-Mobile US

    Oct 14, 2014 7:44am
    French telecoms firm Iliad SA has abandoned its attempt to buy T-Mobile US Inc due to resistance from majority owner Deutsche Telekom, Reuters reported on Monday. Iliad became the third bidder to walk away from the...
  • Bloomberg Asia head Mark Flatman says the company has only recently expanded its sales team and analytics desk. Photo: Bloomberg

    Bloomberg to hire in China amid industry downturn

    - Oct 13, 2014 10:37am
    Bloomberg L.P., the world’s largest financial market data and information provider, will continue to expand its Chinese business by launching more products and hiring more local talent despite an industry downturn. The company plans to hire...
  • Horizons Ventures co-founder Solina Chau says the firm is interested in projects using big data to solve financial problems. Photo: EJ Insight

    Horizons Ventures eyes investment in financial technology

    - Oct 10, 2014 11:30am
    Horizons Ventures, a private investment arm of tycoon Li Ka-shing, is likely to invest in a financial technology start-up in the near term after investing in three financial technology companies, according to a source close to the...
  • Carl Icahn says Apple to buy back as much as US$100 billion in stock. Photo: Bloomberg

    Icahn urges ‘undervalued’ Apple to buy back more shares

    Oct 10, 2014 9:42am
    American activist investor Carl Icahn has urged Apple Inc. to buy back more shares using its US$133 billion cash pile, saying the stock should double its value. “We believe Apple is dramatically undervalued in today’s market,...
  • GT Advanced was supposed to make scratch-resistant sapphire glass exclusively for Apple's devices, but which the technology giant was under no obligation to buy. Photo: Bloomberg

    GT Advanced bankruptcy offers warning to Apple suppliers

    Oct 9, 2014 10:11am
    GT Advanced Technologies’ surprise bankruptcy filing earlier this week highlights the risks taken by Apple suppliers in pursuit of financial windfall. Companies vying to supply components for hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads have often...
  • Apple, which launched the iPad Air on Oct. 22 last year, is holding a 'special event' on Oct. 16. Photo: Bloomberg

    Apple expected to unveil new iPad on Oct 16

    Oct 9, 2014 8:47am
    Apple is expected to hold a “special event” on Oct. 16 to launch its new iPads, according to technology website Re/Code. At the event, the iPhone maker could unveil the new iPads, along with updates to...
  • Drag queens (from left) Lil Miss Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, talk about their battle with Facebook. The company on Wednesday apologized to drag queens and transgenders for cracking down on pseudonyms. Photo: AP

    What a drag: Facebook makes U-turn on fake names

    Oct 8, 2014 5:56pm
    Chalk this one up for the guys in drag — and dock Facebook one point. The social networking behemoth has agreed to end its crackdown on the use of fake names after an uproar from drag queens....

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