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Monday, February 27, 2017
  

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...

Five Chinese mobile payment apps record users’ sensitive information

Five Chinese mobile payment apps record sensitive information users store in their mobile devices, which can be used to track and monitor personal activities, FactWire can reveal. The five popular Chinese mobile...

China users complain of iPhone 6s Plus catching fire or exploding, consumer watchdog says

Several Chinese iPhone users have claimed that their handsets caught fire or exploded, according to a Shanghai consumer watchdog which called on tech giant Apple to address the complaints. Fresh on the...

‘One app, two systems’ for WeChat censorship, researchers find

China‘s hugely popular social media app WeChat operates different censorship systems for Chinese – and overseas-based users, a research group found, applying the Communist country’s rules to mainland-registered accounts even when...

Facebook builds a censorship tool to seek a path back into China – report

Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The New York...

3 billion phone numbers and identities exposed by mobile apps, investigation finds

Three Smartphone apps with the “Caller ID & Blocking” feature are collecting and integrating users’ phone address books into a publicly available database. Around 3 billion such numbers and identities are...

Chinese astronauts return to earth after longest-ever orbital mission

China‘s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power’s longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. China‘s state broadcaster CCTV showed the return...

Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn and others must resist China’s Orwellian vision of the internet

By Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International. Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn are among the tech firms expected to be on a charm offensive with Chinese officials at the World...

Rare supermoon event will be visible from Hong Kong on Monday night

Hongkongers may witness a rare supermoon event on Monday, which occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth. Photo: Wikicommons. Prime viewing time will be at around 9:52pm, according to...

China is the obstacle to Google’s plan to end internet censorship

By Charlie Smith It’s been three years since Eric Schmidt proclaimed that Google would chart a course to ending online censorship within ten years. Now is a great time to check on...

Google tackles ‘captcha’ search issue affecting Hongkongers

Hongkongers are being required to type in a string of characters when they use Google, owing to a possible glitch in the search engine. The characters, known as a CAPTCHA mechanism, are used...

China passes controversial cybersecurity law as online freedoms tighten further

China Monday passed a controversial cybersecurity bill further tightening restrictions on online freedom of speech, raising concerns that it could intensify already wide-ranging  Internet censorship. The ruling Communist Party oversees a vast...

Move over Pokemon Go – play GovHK’s fiscal planning game to avoid a structural...

Why play Pokemon Go and bother yourself with Zubats when you can rescue Hong Kong from a fiscal deficit? The government is hosting a treasure trove of online games on topics...