Asian chat services KakaoTalk, Line and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Amazon.com Facebook and telecommunications carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 12:56am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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