Mobile apps

Apple's delay in mainland launch for CarPlay could benefit rival platforms

Apple's high-profile CarPlay launch partners are Ferrari, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, with more expected to follow. Photo: EPA

Apple's new CarPlay technology could redefine how carmakers integrate smartphones and mobile applications into their vehicles, but its debut in the world's largest car market will have to wait.

Friday, 8 May, 2015, 4:14pm 1 comment

Greedy Shanghai taxi drivers show the 'evil' side of new technology

Shanghai's municipal government issued an order forbidding taxi drivers from accepting reservations through booking apps during rush hours.

Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.

3 Mar 2014 - 12:07pm 9 comments

Apple to refund consumers US$32.5 million for in-app purchases made by their children without permission

In some mobile games, it isn't clear that a click could lead to a purchase involving real money. Photo: Reuters

Apple will refund at least US$32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that children made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the United States government announced on Wednesday.

17 Jan 2014 - 4:42am

TV consumer show exposes internet firm promoting spam ads

A member of a government consumer quality supervision team inspects jewellery in Qingdao. Photo: EPA

Some local internet service providers have been running spam adverts on major web portals and chat rooms without paying a cent, according to a nationally televised programme to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Indian women use smartphones to 'pin the creeps'

Indian girls engage with their mobile phones in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP

With virtual bodyguards, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are using their smartphones for protection after a notorious gang-rape in New Delhi.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:08pm

Apple to pay back parents for in-app purchases made by children

An iPad Mini is a window to a world of apps. Photo: Bloomberg

Parents shocked by children running up massive bills - some up to US$1,400 - by making "in-app purchases" on their Apple iPhone or iPad, will get cash or iTunes Store credit as part of a settlement that could cost the company up to US$100 million.

8 May 2015 - 4:21pm

Yahoo seeks closer Facebook ties

Marissa Mayer says Yahoo hired 120 staff with computer science degrees recently to push for product improvements. Photo: AP

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said she planned to focus on mobile applications and strengthen ties with Facebook to bolster turnaround efforts at the biggest US internet portal.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

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

App of the week: Now sit up straight and pay attention


According to Dr Jason Queiros, a chiropractor at Stamford Sports and Spine in Connecticut, you add 9kg on your back and spinal column for every 2.5cm your head tilts towards your monitor. 

8 Jan 2013 - 3:05pm

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

Allergy sufferers to benefit from mobile phone testing device

The iTube detects allergens in food as accurately as if tested in a lab.

Finding out if the food you're eating contains anything you're allergic to could soon be as easy as turning on your mobile phone.

18 Dec 2012 - 8:48am

App of the week: Hypnosis Customizable Pack

Hypnosis Customizable Pack

This has been a particularly hard app to review. The first three times I tried to use it, I fell asleep within minutes of hitting the start button. I was once told by a hypnotist that the hardest people to hypnotise, besides those who didn't want to be, are those who are exhausted. I was.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:15pm

Briefs, December 8, 2012

Glencore gets China's nod for Viterra deal

8 Dec 2012 - 3:46am

Advertising campaigns for mobile apps reach new high

Advertisers find a smart way to reach customers. Photo: NYT

Advertising spending to promote mobile applications rose to a record HK$166 million in the first nine months of this year, led by campaigns from Standard Chartered Bank and Coca-Cola.

Media-monitoring company admanGo described that expenditure as "a huge increase" from the HK$17 million invested by marketers during the same period last year.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:56am