Consumer Electronics

Foxconn investors look to bright side with stock surge

Employees work at a Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province. Photo: Reuters

One negative for Foxconn is that Apple is shifting orders for its cheaper iPhones from Hon Hai to another Taiwanese manufacturer, Pegatron. Hon Hai now makes nearly all the iPads and iPhones.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

More 'game changers' are coming, says Apple chief

Tim Cook has been beset by controversies as chief. Photo: Reuters

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, addressing questions about the company's ability to keep innovating in consumer electronics, said that his staff "has several more game changers" in the pipeline.

30 May 2013 - 3:33am

Debate rages over passenger electronics affecting aircraft systems

An American Airlines ticketing counter at Miami International Airport. Photo: AP

The regional airliner was climbing past 2,700 metres when its compasses went haywire, leading pilots several kilometres off course until a flight attendant persuaded a passenger in the ninth row to switch off an iPhone.

8 May 2015 - 12:49pm

Apple learns a lesson in China

Apple was criticised for having inferior after-sales service for Chinese customers. Photo: AFP

Volkswagen recently responded to an accusation on a CCTV consumer rights programme that it sold cars with faulty gearboxes by promptly recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles. On the same show Apple was criticised for having inferior after-sales service for Chinese customers. If it had followed the VW example and acted on the complaints instead of being defensive, it would have spared itself attacks from the state, climaxing in accusations in People's Daily of dishonesty, greed and arrogance. Now it has apologised and doubled the warranty for Chinese customers to two years.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:41am 3 comments

Apple team 'developing wristwatch computer'

Apple is facing pressure from shareholders who have seen the stock slump more than 30 per cent since a September high amid slowing sales growth and competition from rivals. Photo: Reuters

The team, which had grown in the past year, included managers, members of the marketing group as well as software and hardware engineers who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad, said the people, who asked not to be named because the plans are private. The team's size suggested Apple was beyond the experimentation phase in its development, they said.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

Sony selling New York head office for US$1.1b

A shopper checks out Sony products at a Tokyo outlet. The company has been mauled by tough competition from South Korean competitors, particularly Samsung Electronics, and is selling assets to raise cash. Photo: Reuters

Sony yesterday said it was selling its US headquarters in Manhattan, New York, for US$1.1 billion as part of an overhaul aimed at rescuing the Japanese consumer electronics giant's tattered balance sheet.

New York-based commercial property firm Chetrit Group was leading a consortium that agreed to buy the Madison Avenue building in a deal expected to close in March, Sony said.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:55am

Lenovo, Sharp to partner in TV manufacturing, say reports

A shopper looks at Sharp LCD screens in a Tokyo shop. Sharp is in talks with Lenovo about selling an LCD TV plant in Nanking and tying up with the Chinese computer company. Photo: Reuters

Lenovo, the world's second-largest supplier of personal computers, may be gearing up to enter the television-manufacturing business with Japan's Sharp as partner, according to reports yesterday.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Global tech industry uneven as mobile surges

A Japanese reporter tries out the HAPIfork at a media event ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The fork tracks the number of fork servings the user takes, and warns if the user is eating too fast. The show opens on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

The global tech industry has become a tale of two sectors, with mobile devices surging at the expense of older electronics that are struggling, according to a new forecast.

7 Jan 2013 - 12:51pm

Lenovo completes strategic acquisition in Brazil

Lenovo wants to have a strong retail presence in key markets, including Brazil, where it has just finalised a deal for CCE. Photo: AFP

Chinese technology giant Lenovo marked the new year's first week by closing its acquisition of Comércio de Componentes Electrônicos (CCE), one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers and consumer electronics products in Brazil.

4 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

What's the big idea? Three products to watch

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

4 Jan 2013 - 9:57am

The tech that will trend in 2013

Illustration: Oliver Raw

If 2012 was all about tablets and smartphones, 2013 will see the technology at the core of our favourite gadgets - the touch screen - leak into a host of other products, but also get surpassed by gesture tech and even 'smart glasses' that make the web wearable.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:56am

Asian engine to drive sales boom for Dachser

Dachser Far East managing director Edoardo Podesta

China's burgeoning car and consumer electronics markets coupled with trade growth in Asia would help fuel a boom in sales revenues for logistics company Dachser, the firm's regional head in Hong Kong said yesterday.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Huawei's slowing growth, Google-Hisense tie-Up

A logo of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is seen at the 13th China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen, Guangdong province November 16, 2011. Photo: REUTERS

Hisense's new Google smart TV could have a difficult time winning over consumers, while Huawei's latest sales forecast indicates its overall growth is likely to stay below 20 per cent.

25 Sep 2012 - 10:18am

Cabin fever

Jawbone Icon HD & The Nerd headset

Wireless Bluetooth connectivity makes the Jawbone Icon HD & The Nerd headset (HK$1,118) a faux pas at 40,000 feet, but the height of convenience for anyone wanting quiet time on the ground with a laptop or iPad. Apple Store, IFC mall, Central, tel: 3972 1500

Bose QuietComfort 3

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Better, sharper, clearer

If you think high-definition and 3-D televisions are impressive, you ain't seen nothing yet. With help from Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, the BBC is to film the London 2012 summer Olympics in Super Hi-Vision, a brand new system that's 16 times more detailed than standard high-definition television.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am