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.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 12:07pm 9 comments

Trade-off between productivity gains and job losses isn't so simple

The cost of job protection

A popular view these days is that robots and labour-saving technologies are destroying jobs and creating a growing group of disillusioned people who harbour a deepening sense of alienation from society.

If true, the future indeed looks bleak.

20 Feb 2014 - 5:00am

Hong Kong courtrooms now permit tweeting, texting

Professor Doreen Weisenhaus

Legal and media scholars have praised the judiciary’s decision to allow live text-based communication from court – paving the way for journalists and members of the public to tweet and send e-mail messages.

29 Jan 2014 - 12:31pm 1 comment

Panasonic to halve chip business workforce: reports

The Panasonic logo outside the company's showroom in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Technology multinational Panasonic is set to cut its chip division workforce in half, axing thousands of jobs as the electronics giant overhauls its battered balance sheet following record losses, Japanese media reports said on Thursday.

24 Oct 2013 - 12:36pm

Ex-Apple CEO Sculley mulling BlackBerry bid

A Canadian flag waves at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo, Ontario. Photo: Reuters

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley is exploring a joint bid for smartphone maker BlackBerry with Canadian partners, the Globe and Mail reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

The report said Sculley declined to comment on the matter, but told the Canadian newspaper that he has been a long-time BlackBerry fan and user.

24 Oct 2013 - 12:02pm

Google shares soar past US$1,000 on strong earnings

A view of the Google offices in New York. Photo: EPA

Shares in internet search and advertising titan Google soared more than 13 per cent on Friday to pass the US$1,000 mark for the first time after a strong earnings report.

The earnings demonstrated Google was smoothly building its presence in the mobile sector while advertising earnings rose all around, with particular help from Google’s YouTube website.

19 Oct 2013 - 3:25pm

Lenovo bid for BlackBerry could collapse under pressure

China's Lenovo is investigating a bid for ailing Canadian smartphone operator BlackBerry. Photo: Reuters

Lenovo is wading into the BlackBerry jam. The Chinese technology group has gained access to the books of the Canadian smartphone seller, which is already considering a US$4.7 billion approach from shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings. If it chose to bid, Lenovo would have to do better than the current offer of US$9 per share, and overcome more obstacles.

18 Oct 2013 - 3:45pm

China to invest 2 trillion yuan to expand broadband

Internet users in China look forward to faster download rates. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China plans to invest 2 trillion yuan (US$323 billion) to improve its broadband infrastructure by 2020 with the aim of taking the nearly entire population online, a vice-minister said on Wednesday.

19 Sep 2013 - 7:35am 1 comment

China's LCD maker BOE plans US$7.5b offering to expand production

Shenzhen-listed BOE Technology will offer 9.5 to 22.4 billion shares with an issue price of 2.10 yuan per share in a private placement.

The world’s fifth-largest LCD panel maker, BOE Technology, said on Thursday it planned to raise 46 billion yuan (HK$356.84 billion) in the biggest Chinese equity offering this year.

The funds will be used in the construction of high-generation panel production lines and the acquisition of shares in an existing joint venture called BOE Display Technology.

25 Jul 2013 - 7:20pm

Hong Kong keeps innovation lead in Asia

Best known for its banking and trading prowess, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most innovative markets, according to a new report. Photo: AP

Despite lingering weakness in the economy, Hong Kong has retained its position in the top-10 global rankings of leading markets for innovation, sitting alongiside China, Korea, Japan and Singapore in Asia.

17 Jul 2013 - 5:57pm

BlackBerry investors to turn up the heat on management

BlackBerry Chief Executive Thorsten Heins shows off the company’s latest smartphone at a news conference earlier this year, has said the company is on the right track and just needs more time. Photo: AP

BlackBerry will likely face tough questions about its future at its annual meeting on Tuesday after dismal quarterly results last week triggered a 28 per cent plunge in the Canadian smartphone maker’s share price.

8 Jul 2013 - 12:01pm 2 comments

Google making videogame console and smart watch: report

Google makes no secret of its ambitions to have its free Android operating software powering a range of devices. Photo: AP

Google is working on a videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software that has been a hit in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that the technology giant is out to expand its hardware line-up to include a new version of a Nexus Q digital media device introduced last year but never brought to market.

28 Jun 2013 - 12:52pm

Biomimicry pushes science forward

A bee on a web of camera lenses that mimics its own ocular system. Photos: AFP

In 1941, Georges de Mestral was in a Swiss forest walking his dog when he noticed his socks were dotted with small burrs. Looking under the microscope, he saw the barbed covering of the seeds had hooked onto the looped fibres in his clothes.

24 Jun 2013 - 10:55am

Google's 'loony' way of granting remote web access gets off ground

Project Loon workers prepare to float as many as 30 balloons above Christchurch in New Zealand, in this photo from Google. Photo: EPA

Google revealed top-secret plans yesterday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing the internet to the two-thirds of the global population now without web access.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:33am 1 comment

Short Science, June 9, 2013

A reproduction of Archimedes' designs on show. Photo: AFP

Genomics and particle physics - offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos - are the two hottest areas of scientific research.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am