Google plans to use high altitude balloons to bring Wi-fi to remote Africa

Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit Wi-fi signals across hundreds of square kilometres.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 2:51am

China Mobile hit by bad Wi-fi bet

China Mobile complains that Tencent's popular WeChat mobile instant messaging service is hogging up capacity on its network. Photo: Reuters

I was a bit surprised by the latest quarterly results from cellular crybaby China Mobile, which I expected to contain abundant evidence supporting its grievances in an ongoing battle with Internet giant Tencent.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:15am

Letters to the Editor, March 11, 2013

Limited Wi-fi coverage and complicated login procedures hinder the use of wireless internet technology. Photo: Jonathan Wong

My Wi-fi device at home has become a standard household fixture, but Wi-fi networks outside are still unsatisfactory. Hot spots pop up in shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants and the MTR. But complicated log-ins with terms and conditions and procedures are frustrating.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment

HKBN fires up city Wi-fi hot spot spree

HKBN chief executive William Yeung (right) and Billy Yeung, founder and director of Y5Zone, seal their deal. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) plans to spend HK$200 million to expand its Wi-fi coverage across the city to 15,000 hot spots over the next 18 months.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Passenger Wi-fi freezes third Shenzhen Metro train in a week

Passenger Wi-fi freezes third Shenzhen Metro train in a week

The Shenzhen Metro is facing mounting calls to resolve questions about its wireless control system, after a train came to a halt in between stations for the third time in a week.

9 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Briefs, November 8, 2012

No to Metro's call to cut subway phone Wi-fi

8 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

Public Wi-fi signal may have caused Shenzhen subway train stoppage

People use their mobile inside the metro in Luohu, Shenzhen.

Service on a Shenzhen subway line was halted this week, reportedly because the system had been compromised by a Wi-fi signal operating on the same frequency.

The signal may have caused interference that interrupted services and possibly made the subway system vulnerable to cyberattacks, one expert said.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:09am 1 comment

New Yorkers queue at banks, shops to charge phones, use Wi-fi

A food cart provides the only light in a New York neighbourhood on Wednesday night. Photo: Reuters

There was a post-hurricane run on New York banks, but the panic was to withdraw electricity, not cash. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and thousands of tourists trapped in the great Sandy blackout are desperate to charge cellphones and laptops.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

China Digest, November 1, 2012


Car curb

Beijing is likely to rein in car purchases by requiring people who buy a car to also buy a space to park it, the Beijing Daily reports, citing comments from an official. The measure would help address a parking shortage. It was unclear when the policy would be implemented or if it would affect people who have already bought cars.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:36am

Sky-high Wi-fi club prepares for liftoff

On-board Wi-fi plus a captive audience equals advertising revenue. It's a formula that airlines hope will turn what has always been a cost centre - their in-flight entertainment systems - into a profit generator.

More airlines in Asia plan to install wireless systems on aircraft that will be able to broadcast commercials in addition to entertainment such as music and movies.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:29pm

Seeing is believing for the new ipad

The best high-definition display on the market today will not be found on any large, expensive flat-panel television. It is on the third-generation iPad, which starts selling in Hong Kong and nine other markets from today.

People, however, will need to see the device in the store to fully appreciate the 9.7-inch HD display.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Power 2.0 pulls plug on cables

Wireless gadgets are built on a big lie. Smartphones, game consoles, laptops and tablets are fast making homes hotspots where Wi-fi rules, and within a generation virtually every appliance could be networked and exchanging data, but all these gadgets and gear still need power.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wireless web access made 100 times better

Local computer scientists have developed software that improves wireless internet connectivity by 100 times and halves the cost.

The software is part of a dynamic wireless access infrastructure network called LAviNet, which uses a set of innovative channel selection and routing algorithms to avoid traffic congestion and reduce signal interference.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Absolute child's play

1 Comme Ca Kids' cotton snow pattern coverall for infants (HK$1,090).

2 Honey Berrie's seven-piece pastel toy baby covering set, including mattress, fitted sheet, pillow and quilts, made from cotton and polyester (HK$4,200).

3 Ralph Lauren's dress made from cotton, wool and cashmere (For age 6; HK$2,530).

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Treat for delegates

Taiwan has expanded its Meet Taiwan Card campaign and plans to issue 6,000 to 7,000 cards to delegates at international conferences until November 15.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am