Super Apps, Asia's new innovation, to change cities, economies

SINGAPORE (Nov 7): The ability to communicate, shop online, order rides, read books, play games, get food delivery and pay for anything within a single, unified smartphone app is Asia’s defining innovation, technology leaders said at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Singapore.

OCBC customers can now ask Siri to show them the money

SINGAPORE (Feb 23): OCBC Bank’s retail customers can now verbally ask Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri to help check their bank balances, credit card overview and make e-payments via the latest version of the OCBC Mobile Banking app and OCBC Pay Anyone app.

The e-payments can be made instantly to any bank account in Singapore, including bank accounts not linked to the PayNow service that that enables funds transfers using mobile or NRIC numbers.

M1 remains a takeover target following unravelling of strategic review: UOB

SINGAPORE (Aug 18): UOB Kay Hian has resumed coverage on M1, Singapore’s smallest telco, with a “buy” rating and lower price of $1.98 compared to $2.52 previously, assuming that M1 and StarHub will embark on network sharing now that negotiations have resumed.

Should network sharing with StarHub fail to materialise, UOB’s target price would drop to $1.55.

Apple is working with Hertz to manage its self-driving car fleet

SAN FRANCISCO (June 27): Apple Inc. is leasing a small fleet of cars from Hertz Global Holdings Inc. to test self-driving technology, an agreement that echoes a larger deal between competitors Alphabet Inc. and Avis Budget Group Inc. Hertz shares soared the most in almost two years.

Secretive billionaire reveals how he toppled Apple in China

BEIJING (March 20): Duan Yongping is convinced Tim Cook didn’t have a clue who he was when they first met a couple years ago. The Apple boss probably does now.

Duan is the reclusive billionaire who founded Oppo and Vivo, the twin smartphone brands that dealt the world’s largest company a stinging defeat in China last year. Once derided as cheap iPhone knockoffs, they leapfrogged the rankings and shoved Apple Inc. out of the top three in 2016 -- when iPhone shipments fell in China for the first time.

WikiLeaks says CIA hacks into devices from iPhones to smart TVs

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WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (March 8): The Central Intelligence Agency’s hackers have developed tools letting them break into devices from iPhones and Android phones to Samsung “smart” televisions to monitor conversations and messages, according to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks, which specializes in disclosing government secrets, posted 8,761 documents and files Tuesday that it said came from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.

Apple's search for better iPhone screens leads to Japan's rice fields

TOKYO (Dec 22): Apple Inc.'s quest to adopt advanced displays for its next-generation iPhone hinges on a single supplier in the Japanese countryside.

Canon Tokki Corp., surrounded by rice fields in the city of Mitsuke in Niigata prefecture, has a near monopoly on the machines capable of making screens with organic light-emitting diodes, which enable sharp, vibrant displays that use less energy. A unit of Canon Inc., the company of 343 employees has spent more than two decades perfecting the manufacturing equipment used by OLED screen makers.

How Apple lost China to two unknown local smartphone makers

Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China

BEIJING (Nov 23): Two years ago, Oppo and Vivo couldn’t crack the top five in China’s smartphone market. Now they outrank everyone after elbowing Apple aside, thanks to people like Cheng Xiaoning.

Cheng runs a thriving electronics store in the rural town of Miaoxia, tapping into her WeChat social media account to promote the brands that pay the biggest commission, and in her case that’s Oppo and Vivo. While such payments start at about 40 yuan ($8.30), they escalate for more expensive handsets and reach almost 200 yuan for Oppo’s high-end smartphones.


Apple, Deloitte team up in mobile enterprise partnership

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SINGAPORE (Sept 30): Tech giant Apple Inc and professional consultancy Deloitte have entered into a partnership to collaborate on the development of Deloitte Consulting’s new service offering, EnterpriseNext.

EnterpriseNext will provide businesses with expertise spanning more than 20 industries, says Deloitte in a Thursday press release.


Taiwan is Asia’s hottest investment as China, tech concerns fade

(Aug 4): Global investors can’t get enough of Taiwan.

Overseas funds poured US$5.4 billion ($7.2 billion) into the island’s equities last month, taking inflows for the year to US$11.6 billion and making Taiwan the most popular destination for investors among nine Asian markets tracked by Bloomberg. That’s helped send both the benchmark stock gauge and the currency to one-year highs.

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