GLOBAL

Alibaba backs decision to add video games to 'Asia Olympics'

Online retail giant Alibaba on Thursday batted down criticism over a decision to add e-sports to the lineup of the 2022 Asia Games in China, responding to scepticism about an event it will play a major role in promoting.

21 Apr 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

SA mobile data costs among world's most expensive

Local data package experts, Tariffic, released information comparing the price that South Africans pay for 'data only' packages to comparative countries...

5 Oct 2016

CHINA

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

BEIJING, CHINA: Internet giant Google's unwillingness to obey Chinese law is to blame for the shutdown of its hugely popular email service, state-run media said on Tuesday...

31 Dec 2014

CHINA

Alibaba creates Alitrip for online travel arrangements

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, which completed the world's biggest stock offering last month, is tapping into the country's growing online travel business with an independent platform, know as Alitrip.

29 Oct 2014

CHINA

China's Baidu buys mobile app firm for USD1.9bn

BEIJING, CHINA: China's leading Internet search engine is to buy a smartphone app distribution firm for US$1.9bn, it said yesterday, in what is said to be the largest takeover deal in the country's internet industry.

17 Jul 2013

CHINA

Authorities block Tiananmen commemoration

BEIJING, CHINA: Chinese police blocked the gate of a cemetery housing victims of the Tiananmen crackdown on its 24th anniversary on Tuesday (4 June), part of a sweeping annual effort to bar commemorations of the event.

4 Jun 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

China is largest single Android market with the US in second place

LONDON, UK: According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, almost two-thirds of the handsets sold in China this year are powered by the Android OS: China is its largest single market, a third of the Android devices sold in 2012 were sold in China.

27 Dec 2012

CHINA

China's online censors on the prowl ahead of power handover

BEIJING, CHINA: Author Jin Song is relishing the challenge of beating China's army of censors and posting comments online about the country's impending leadership change, the first in the social media era.

6 Nov 2012

CHINA

Latest Apple iPhone to hit China on 13 January

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Apple has announced that the latest version of its hot-selling iPhones will be released in China and 21 other countries on 13 January. It is already available in South Africa.

6 Jan 2012

CHINA

China cuts entertainment TV by two-thirds

BEIJING, CHINA: China's satellite broadcasters have cut the number of prime time entertainment shows they air by more than two-thirds, the state Xinhua news agency said, as Beijing seeks to stem Western influences.

6 Jan 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

Leading telecoms operators outperform broader economy 2011

LONDON, UK: The 40 leading telecoms operating groups out-performed the global economy by 5.0 ppt (percentage points), according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media. Based on data taken from the recently published World Telecoms Financial Benchmarks (WTFB) service, the largest operators, as measured by consolidated total revenues, increased revenues for the second quarter of 2011 by 6.8% year-on-year to reach US$327.6 billion*.

1 Dec 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Loyalty to smartphone brand increases with greater use of digital content

LONDON, UK: Nearly one in five consumers, who own both an iPad and an iPhone, say switching smartphone is more difficult than changing bank accounts. A simple, integrated user experience is driving consumers' brand loyalty to their smartphone and they are less likely to switch brands the more applications and services they use on the device, new research from GfK finds.

30 Nov 2011

CHINA

Asian digital leaders share strategies

HONG KONG, CHINA: Leading Asian publishers ended a three-day examination of online, mobile, tablet and social media on Friday, 25 November 2011, with part of their deliberations looking at content strategies. The real focus, however, was on how to profit from all their good content.

28 Nov 2011

CHINA

New Straits Times joins Digital Media Asia

HONG KONG, CHINA: Cheryl Goh, head of e-media at Malaysia's New Straits Times, has joined the programme for Digital Media Asia, which will be held in Hong Kong from 23 to 25 November next. The New Straits Times, which has increased its profits 100% between 2009 and 2011, has been undergoing a radical transformation, and Goh's presentation will look at the goals and outcomes of the change.

17 Nov 2011

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