China state media attacks on Apple inspire apology

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says the company 'has much to learn about operating and communicating in China'. Photo: Reuters

After the successful launches of the iPhone, iPad and iTunes, Apple this week responded to weeks of Chinese criticism with an ignominious new product: the iKowtow.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 5:14am

Apple's apology to customers reflects importance of China market

A man strolls on a walkway past an Apple logo on a shopping mall in Beijing. The company has apologised to mainland customers. Photo: AFP

Two weeks after CCTV, the national television station, criticised Apple's after-sales service, followed by other state-controlled media, the US firm posted an apology on its website on Monday and said it would double the warranty for Chinese consumers to two years, which is what mainland law requires.

3 Apr 2013 - 10:07am 1 comment

Is Leung fit to lead? That's the only question really answered by Legco grilling

Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had previously denied any wrongdoing over claims about illegal structures at his homes. But in the end, he still had to admit that it was his fault.

14 Dec 2012 - 1:58am 11 comments

Britain apologises for 'state collusion' in lawyer Pat Finucane's murder

Patrick Finucane was murdered. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday there was a "shocking" level of British state collusion in the 1989 paramilitary murder of Northern Ireland lawyer Pat Finucane.

But a year-long, 500-page review found there was no "over-arching state conspiracy" to murder Finucane, who defended high-profile members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

13 Dec 2012 - 5:13am

Australia’s apology for military abuse rapped as rushed

Defence Minister Stephen Smith. Photo: AFP

 Australia’s apology to sex abuse victims in the military was criticised on Tuesday as too rushed to allow the victims to witness it, even as it was welcomed as a necessary step.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:05pm

Australian government apologises to abuse victims in military

The Australian government made a parliamentary apology to victims of abuse in the military and will set up a compensation fund. Photo: AFP

The Australian government has made a parliamentary apology to victims of abuse in the military and set up a compensation fund after hundreds of claims of rape and sexual assault.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith also established an independent task force to individually assess each allegation uncovered by a report commissioned by the government last year.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:01am

Baptist University institute apologises for 'Blue Book' negligence

Chinese University received an unexpected apology yesterday from academics who were responsible for a contentious report on Hong Kong which called for the city's top civil servants to be appointed by Beijing.

The report claimed that Chinese University's liberal studies course was being "influenced" by an unnamed foundation in the United States.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:47am