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Friday, March 24, 2017
  

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...

Popular Chinese selfie app Meitu prompts privacy fears

Popular Chinese photo-editing app Meitu has prompted privacy fears after it was found to be asking for more phone access permissions than seems reasonable for a photo app. The free smartphone app has been...

Hongkongers must compete with global talent at new borderzone tech park, Science Park chair...

The chairperson of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation has said it is not possible to ensure that there will be more Hongkongers than mainlanders working at the new Lok...

Facebook sees 68% rise in Hong Kong gov’t data requests in first half of...

The number of data requests the Hong Kong government made to tech giant Facebook increased by 68 per cent during first half of 2016, compared to the second half of last year. The number has...

New air traffic system malfunctions are ‘unavoidable’, says Civil Aviation Dept. head

The head of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has said that malfunctions with the new air traffic control system are unavoidable and understandable. His comments on Friday came after an expert panel meeting. “...

A year in Search: What did Hongkongers Google the most in 2016?

As 2016 draws to a close, tech giant Google has published its annual Year in Search report, revealing the most searched-for items among Hongkongers. The lists highlight spikes in traffic over sustained periods in 2016, compared...