Operating System

Chinese software pioneer Red Flag bites the dust

A lack of brand awareness and sustained investments for Red Flag, coupled with the rise of rival programs led to its downfall. Photo: Red Flag website

China's best hope for a home-grown computer operating system to compete with global giants like Microsoft lay in tatters after state-backed Red Flag Software was forced to close its doors.

Saturday, 15 February, 2014, 1:16am

Apple's revamped iOS receives mixed reception from consumers

Apple's Craig Federighi introduces new Apple iOS7 features during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Photo: Xinhua

Apple’s “minor” overhaul to its mobile operating system, the most major re-design since the iPhone’s first release in 2007, was met with mixed reviews on Tuesday.

12 Jun 2013 - 5:35pm

Nokia targets BlackBerry in battle for business mobile phone users

Nokia's newest Lumia smartphones run on Microsoft's operating system and come with Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Photo: Reuters

Nokia is betting its partnership with corporate computing giant Microsoft will help it win business users, targeting BlackBerry's stronghold. Nokia's newest Lumia smartphones, including two introduced this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, run on Microsoft's operating system and come with Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Mozilla jumps into smartphone OS fray

ZTE will release smartphones running the Firefox OS. Photo: Bloomberg

Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox internet browser, will today launch its first smartphone operating platform and the handsets on which it will run in an attempt to shake up the way the mobile world does business.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:35am

BlackBerry seeks past prowess, woos China

Rory O'Neill, BlackBerry vice-president of product and channel marketing. Photo: Edmond So

BlackBerry, once lauded as a boardroom status symbol, is banking on its new operating system and two new smartphones to woo back users who have switched to trendier competitors.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

WooW! Digital i-7U

Pads, or tablets, are all the rage these days. Since Apple first introduced the iPad, many companies have released similar devices based on Google's Android operating system.

The latest of these is the i-7U from WooW! Digital, a sleek, seven-inch touch pad that runs on the Android 2.1 operating system.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Customs raid cyber cafe using pirate software

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


I was using Apple's Disk Utility when I received this message: 'Group differs on 'private/etc/cups', should be 0, group is 26.' What does that mean?

Samantha, Mid-Levels

26 Oct 2008 - 12:00am


I notice the top auction houses have programs that allow them to store text and thumbnail images, as in a filing-card system. Do you know where I can get a similar program?

Tony Miller, Tai Po

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

In answer to those questions caused by lack of column space

Each week I receive a number of letters from readers asking me to expand on a previous column or explain how my comments might apply to their special circumstances. Logistics demand that I keep the length of my column to something that can be published in a newspaper, but it is not always easy.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Rare opportunity for a systems administrator

Shaw Studios is looking for a systems administrator to work at its new 1.1 million sq ft advanced film and digital production facility in Tseung Kwan O, which is in the final stages of construction.

Reporting directly to the IT manager, the systems administrator will be involved in hardware and software installation as well as development.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

A smooth transition from overfriendly PC to simplicity of a Mac

I am in the process of shopping for a new notebook. I've had two notebooks in the past, an Acer and a Dell Latitude, which both crashed and burned after three years. Now I'm eyeing Apple's new iBook. As a woman with little tech knowledge, I'm attracted to the design, colour and simplicity. Is the iBook a worthwhile choice?

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

With Windows, it pays to watch your language

I am a computer illiterate. I need a system which is reasonably fast on e-mail with comfortable room for both English and Chinese Windows together with a couple of Chinese input methods, and no pirated software. Can I expect a system to last for at least 5 years? What is your recommendation?



3 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Linux needs key to Office

Imagine an operating system (OS) that runs like a train, hardly ever crashes and costs nothing to install. Come the day, you may say. But such an OS is already with us - Linux OS - which has grabbed headlines for the past year.

14 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

After-school project looms as nightmare for Microsoft

The rise of Linux from a university student's after-school project to the fastest-growing operating system has been like a fairy tale, although the people at Microsoft may soon be wishing it was just a bad dream.

21 Jan 1999 - 12:00am