Instant Messaging

Asian messaging apps moving in on global tech giants' turf

WeChat has emerged as an alternative distribution channel for advertisements, software applications and goods and services. Photo: Reuters

Asian chat services KakaoTalk, Line and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Facebook and telecommunications carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.

Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 12:56am

300 million and clicking - Tencent's web chat service a hit

A billboard claiming WeChat the No 1 application. Photo: Thomas Yau

Launched just two years ago, mobile instant-message application WeChat, developed by mainland internet giant Tencent, now has 300 million registered users, according to the company.

Ahead of its second anniversary on Monday, WeChat says its user base has far outpaced its competitors on the mainland.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Tencent's 'WeChat' instant-message app will challenge Sina

WeChat's user base could double to 400 million within three years. Photo: Thomas Yau

Just two years ago next month, Tencent Holdings introduced a mobile instant-message application called WeChat. It already has 200 million users, including Lai Jingkui, a teacher in Zhuhai in the south, who uses the "Drift Bottle" function to find friends.

While Lai, 23, is still looking, Tencent has found a hit.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Alibaba celebrates 1.2 million users on Taobao in Hong Kong

Alibaba wants to drive more HK shoppers online. Photo: Reuters

Mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said its customer-to-customer online trading platform Taobao has been growing robustly in Hong Kong.

Group spokeswoman Florence Shih said: "With more than 800 million product listings at any given time, consumers can select and purchase products they may be unable to find in their local markets."

11 Dec 2012 - 3:38am

High cost of 'free' illegal downloading

Downloading music and films online has become very popular, but some people are doing it illegally.

People can now access entertainment with just a few clicks, and at a very low cost, or even free.

However, unauthorised downloaders may be violating copyrights, which could constitute a criminal offence. Therefore, they face jail or large fines.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fighting piracy that hurts film, music industries

Proposed changes to internet copyright laws come in the light of a rapidly changing digital environment.

The proposals are the product of two rounds of public consultations held since December 2006, aimed at strengthening regulations on copyright material.

26 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Police rocked by further online leaks

Internal police documents have again been found on the internet, exposing personal details of officers, suspects and others who helped in investigations, and adding to the force's embarrassment over a string of data leaks.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Expanding channels of communication

One of the defining characteristics of Generation Y (people in their 20s) is their expectation of faster communication. Gen Y people communicate differently because they grew up with mobile phones and the internet so they are comfortable with using different channels of communication. They use e-mail for less urgent messages.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Text messaging - boon or bane?

Messaging is a very popular method of communication in the 21st century. Everyone sends messages from their mobile phones to friends, or to celebrate special festivals.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Internal communication revolution

Instant messaging (IM) has become an indispensable communication tool for many office workers around the world, but whether it becomes a boon or a bane depends on how it is used.

Karen Kwan, director at Hudson Singapore, a specialist in executive search, said it could be useful depending on the culture within a company.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Best behaviour

Office workers must mind their manners when using IM

Just as with other forms of communication such as e-mails and the telephone, there is some etiquette involved in using instant messaging (IM).

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Youth ignore online ethics, surveyreveals

Awareness of intellectual property rights among young computer users is low, a survey has found.

The survey, conducted by Jockey Club TeenGuard Valley of the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong, interviewed 1,719 students aged nine to 17 from 22 primary and secondary schools.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Movius expects sales in Asia to reach 30pc

Movius Interactive Corp, a provider of messaging, collaboration and mobile media services, expects rising mainland sales to boost its Asia-Pacific revenue to about 30 per cent of total sales within two years from the current 10 per cent.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Content filtering can curb slackers

A feature dominating the world of online computer usage is content filtering, which imposes determined policy on access to restricted content.

This can stop young children from viewing adult content and prevent employees from making use of non-work related online activities.

8 May 2007 - 12:00am

Skype's the limit

I could be accused of courting disaster. I don't bother about upgrading my antiviral software. Worse, sometimes just for kicks, I click on a received .exe file - don't try that unless you love solving problems.

In my latest reckless manoeuvre, I've opened my computer to all-comers via 'Skype Me'.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am