Galaxy smartphone maker files for U.S. patent to unlock mobile devices when users touch-and-drag drawings that have at least one intersection point. These diagrams also can be customized to launch specific apps.
By The Way
Eileen Yu checks out industry developments across the Asia-Pacific region, discussing their relevance to the global tech business landscape.
Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently based in Singapore, she has over 16 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings.
Local merchants transacting on PayPal saw their online exports climb 38 percent in 2013, says the e-payment vendor, for whom overseas business now accounts for over half its total revenue. Mobile contributes 15 percent of its overall payment volume.
Taiwanese PC maker sets up 80:20 joint venture with e-commerce vendor, Uitox, to offer its ZenFone mobile phones via an Asus e-store targeting China and Taiwan.
But its 2017 goal will face challenges, particularly in data security, given the Chinese networking vendor's links to spying allegations.
Country's ICT regulator declares that mobile consumers must be given access to all legitimate online content and apps, and telcos shouldn't be allowed to block such access or render these apps inaccessible.
The immense popularity of over-the-top services such as WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype has been the bane of telcos angsty about their dipping voice and SMS revenues. Can QoS deals ease the frustration?
Amid increasing Chinese investment overseas, European businesses are still nervous about selling their companies to the Chinese, preferring instead to be taken over by a fellow European or U.S. company. Why?
Chinese e-commerce giant will soon launch its first U.S. online shopping platform, 11 Main, and it's looking to stand out by offering "interesting products" from "hand-picked shop owners". But will it pick the right ones and succeed in driving traffic?
The island will get its first Bitcoin ATM in March, but does it really need another currency which main appeal is the anonymity it offers, especially since Singapore is reportedly susceptible to money laundering?
Already holding the dubious honor of causing Singapore's worst network outage, the mobile operator suffers yet another outage this week, clearly indicating it seriously needs an internal review for its own survival.