Five must-have travel innovations from the Mobile World Congress

Although it is mostly known for its announcements about new smartphones, Barcelona’s annual Mobile World Congress is also a great place to find travel technology. It didn’t disappoint this year, with cutting-edge products on show promising easier and cheaper roaming, foreign language translation, an impressive new laptop for business travel, and perhaps the ultimate tablet […]


China’s top smartphone brands narrow the gap with Samsung in Southeast Asia

If there seems to be more people using Chinese smartphones in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or Manila, that is because these brands now collectively outsell Samsung Electronics, the long-standing market leader in Southeast Asia. Oppo, Vivo and Huawei Technologies shipped a total of 29.8 million smartphones across the emerging markets of Southeast Asia […]


Huawei counts on badge of Honor to lead race with Samsung, Apple for global smartphone crown

Honor, the mobile sub-brand of Huawei Technologies that helped it become the world’s third-largest smartphone supplier, is likely to double its overseas shipments this year, underscoring the Chinese company’s dual-brand strategy with handsets available in a range of prices. The Honor brand, now available in 74 countries since it began operating as an independent operation […]


Baidu invests US$158m in Skyworth’s smart TV unit

Baidu, operator of China’s largest online search service, is investing more than 1 billion yuan (US$158 million) in the smart television unit of Chinese consumer electronic major Skyworth Digital Holdings, escalating competition in the growing market for smart home devices in the country. Nasdaq-listed Baidu, through subsidiary Dagze Bairuixiang Venture Investment Management Co, has agreed […]


Trump election consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users ‘to target people’s demons’

Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users without permission to develop techniques to support President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, it has emerged. In a Saturday report, London’s Observer quoted whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who helped set up Cambridge Analytica and worked with an academic at Cambridge University to […]


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Are smartphones making us smarter or more stupid?

Underwhelmed seems to be the most appropriate adjective for describing the response to the usually much-hyped Mobile World Congress which ended last week. As a dedicated sceptic of all things joining the words smart and phone I cannot pretend to be experiencing much else besides schadenfreude. The pleasure intensified on learning that one of the […]

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