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Sunday, April 23, 2017
  

Photo-sharing website Pinterest blocked in China, according to censorship watchdogs

Photo-sharing website Pinterest is now inaccessible in mainland China, according to censorship watchdog websites greatfirewallofchina.org and blockedinchina.net. Watchdog greatfire.org reported that the San Francisco-headquartered website has been inaccessible in the mainland since last Thursday.Users...

Chinese authorities order Baidu to ‘clean up’ its troubled online discussion forums

Baidu has been ordered to clean up its online discussion forums, Beijing’s internet regulator said on Monday. The forums were found to be “repeatedly spreading rumours, disrupting social order, harming the stability of society, and...

Better transparency needed to protect privacy and free speech in cyberspace

by Benjamin Zhou The Hong Kong government said on March 1 that it had sent 3,593 user information disclosure requests to communication technology (ICT) companies in 2016, a 17 per cent drop compared...

Video: The science behind the magic Hong Kong ‘hovercopter’

Last week, a curious video emerged on YouTube, appearing to show a helicopter “floating” elegantly above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.Filmmaker Chris Fay created the illusion after syncing his camera’s frame rate with the rotation...

iPhone’s high ‘failure rate’ gives Android the edge on reliability

iOS might be the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” according to Apple, but it isn’t the most reliable, according to a new study. New data shows that iPhone’s...

Beijing pushes ‘China solution’ for global cyber governance

Beijing said Thursday it will push a “China solution” to global cyber governance after releasing its first strategy paper outlining a vision of the web where individual countries control the information...

Hong Kong police made 3,448 requests for user data from internet providers last year

The police filed 3,448 disclosure requests for user information to internet service providers in 2016 – the highest number among all government departments. The government does not actively publish the statistics. They were released...

This is what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy S8.Photo: Evan Blass/Twitter Samsung’s next iPhone rival has been fully exposed ahead of its grand unveiling later this month. Thanks to notorious...

Gov’t strips tech startup of gov’t IT award amid controversy over eligibility

A government technology department has stripped a startup of its IT award following a controversy over its eligibility. Another winner under the spotlight was able to keep its award. The companies Metas and Znaps won the...

China’s ZTE launches world’s first 5G-ready smartphone

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE unveiled Sunday what it said is the world’s first smartphone compatible with the lightening-fast 5G mobile internet service that networks expect to have up and running by...

5.8-inch iPhone 8 may get baseline storage bump

Say goodbye to the home button.Photo: iDropNews Apple plans to increase the amount of storage offered on its premium iPhone model in 2017, according to the latest rumor out...

Beijing police launches app for civilians to report crime

The Beijing police have launched a smartphone application that allows citizens to report crime. Upon downloading and registering as a user of Chaoyang Masses HD, the application is tied to the user’s...

China’s weapons and military technology reaching ‘near-parity’ with the West, study finds

China is beginning to export its own weapon designs, including armed drones, worldwide and is reaching “near-parity” with the West in terms of military technology, according to a report on Tuesday. The...

In Pictures: Not just for scaffolding – Kowloon Bay’s stunning bamboo pavilion

In summer 2015, construction workers erected a new pavilion for public events in Kowloon Bay, next to the MegaBox shopping mall. The pavilion was unique in that bamboo was not only used as scaffolding material –...

Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped by the Note7 debacle

Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship...

Mainland telecom providers can no longer provide service to those who do not register...

New rules for telecommunications registration were implemented on Wednesday across China, in what represents another step to administer real-name registration across the board for telecom users. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued...

Hong Kong transport chief criticised for appearing not to understand what open data means

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung has been criticised for appearing not to understand the meaning of open data. At a session of the legislature on Monday, Cheung was confronted by IT sector...

Apple takes legal fight over royalties with chipmaker Qualcomm to China

Apple on Wednesday took its legal war with Qualcomm to China, filing lawsuits there accusing the chip-making giant of illegally wielding monopoly power. Apple confirmed the suits and referred AFP to comments...

China’s IT Ministry says VPN crackdown will not affect normal operations of foreign companies

China’s VPN crackdown will not affect the normal operations of foreign companies and multinational enterprises, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has said. The MIIT announced on Sunday a 14-month nation-wide campaign to...

China cracks down on VPNs in fresh campaign to ‘clean up’ devices used to...

China has announced a 14-month campaign to “clean up” internet service providers and crack down on devices such as virtual private networks (VPNs) used to evade strict censorship. The ruling Communist party...