New HMV owner sets his ambitions beyond music

After emigrating to Hong Kong as a child with his family and living in slums in Kwun Tong, Kelvin Wu rose to become a principal partner of AID Partners. Photo: Nora Tam

The new owner of the Hong Kong and Singapore outlets of the iconic British music retail chain HMV has two targets: to acquire more local rivals and to compete with Apple's iTunes store on the internet.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 12:11pm

Briefs, December 6, 2012

Apple iTunes gift cards on sale at 7-Eleven

250b yuan in daily trading on HK system

6 Dec 2012 - 3:16am

Apple’s iTunes to sell Sony's Japanese songs

Misia is a superstar singer who records for Sony. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Sony says that music by its Japanese artists will now be available on Apple’s iTunes store – an apparent move by the Japanese firm to cash in on soaring demand for online music.

Sony, which competes with Apple’s iPod and iPhone in the portable music player market, said its copyrighted Japanese-language songs had been made available for sale on iTunes from this week.

8 Nov 2012 - 5:26pm

Apple, Hon Hai improve labour conditions at key mainland plants

Apple and its primary manufacturing contractor, Hon Hai Precision Industry, have made "steady progress" in trimming working hours and boosting safety measures at their three biggest mainland factories since more than 50 violations were uncovered by a comprehensive audit in February.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:13am

Apple dragged back to court

It appears to be open season on Apple as a target of lawsuits on the mainland.

The world's largest technology company now faces what is believed to be a third case filed against it in a mainland court, more than four weeks after the iPhone maker settled a dispute over its domestic iPad trademarks with a US$60 million payout to a Chinese firm.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Celestial closer to a bite of Apple's online market

Celestial Pictures aims to open the doors of Apple's digital media store for a vast global audience of smartphone and media tablet users to download Shaw Brothers' iconic martial arts movies onto their devices.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Get a kick out of net happenings

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Living Things, Linkin Park

2 Wild Ones (Deluxe Version), Flo Rida

3 Cornerstone (Deluxe Version) [Live], Hillsong Live

4 Believe (Deluxe Edition), Justin Bieber

5 Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

6 Periphery II, Periphery

7 Lideres, Wisin & Yandel

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Audiophiles and audio files

For those who prefer CDs to MP3, the one-piece Bose Acoustic Wave music system II (HK$9,200) offers a five-disc changer and Bose's waveguide speaker system for room-filling sound. Bose, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2836 3181

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sharks at a mall and other curios

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Believe (Deluxe Edition), Justin Bieber

2 Rock of Ages (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

3 Journey: Greatest Hits, Journey

4 Welcome to the Fishbowl, Kenny Chesney

5 Oceania, Smashing Pumpkins

6 Looking 4 Myself (Deluxe Version), Usher

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Apple sweetens features for Chinese consumers

Apple's sales in China could be poised for sharper growth this year after the technology giant unveiled new features for Chinese users in the updated versions of its desktop and mobile operating systems.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

All that's going down a storm

Top app


Going to an unknown place can be quite difficult. You don't know what the area looks like, which street is the right street, which bus stop is the right one, and so on. Now imagine how much harder that would be if you were a blind or visually impaired person. But a brand new iPhone/iPad app called Blindsquare hopes to give them a break.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Motorola Razr Maxx

We all want bigger screens and more functions on our smartphones, especially on those latest, super-fast 4G models. But usually that means having to charge your phone every day, and sometimes, even twice a day.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Falling into the app trap

My husband and I caved in recently and bought our younger daughter an iPad for her 10th birthday. That's in addition to her laptop (which I bought her at the age of eight, when her older sister needed to have one for school) and an iPod touch, which she hardly uses now. But what did I expect when she now has her own iPad?

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Apple's obligation is to its shareholders, not society

It used to be said that what was good for General Motors was good for the America.

The implication was clear: the health of the United States economy as a whole depended on the success of the country's biggest corporations.

Over recent years GM has faded to a shadow of its former self, eclipsed in its home market by Asian rivals such as Toyota.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Angry Birds Space

If there are pigs in space, the Angry Birds can't be far behind.

Angry Birds Space was launched at the dizzyingly high Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck recently - the highest celebration to publicise the new game, which also staged events in Beijing, Helsinki, Seattle and Tokyo.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am