Highlighted business news in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong for Nov. 28, 2014.
A misaligned post-secondary sector, industry lagging in innovation, and China’s unethical state-capitalism all worry Taiwan’s Minister of Science and Technology.
A misaligned post-secondary sector, industry lagging in innovation, and China’s unethical state capitalism all worry Taiwan’s Minister of Science and Technology.
The anchor of South Korea’s high-tech sector is rife with internal problems, giving Taiwanese firms a leg up.
The tiny Taiwan market is proving tough for Chinese smartphone brands, Matthew Fulco reports.
Futuremark, the world famous and respected benchmarking company has been acquired by world renowned safety certification company Underwriters Laboratories
Taipei-based Bitcoin entrepreneurs have found a way around Taiwan’s Bitcoin ban, thereby making Taiwan’s ultra-convenient convenience stores even better for those in the market for some BTC.
State support is helping Chinese firms catch up fast to their Taiwanese rivals in the China technology market, Matthew Fulco reports
Authorities in Taiwan are investigating whether China’s Xiaomi poses a cyber security risk, according to reports. A spokesperson for the Taiwan government has been quoted in the press saying that recent reports of Xiaomi phones sending back user data to Xiaomi servers in China prompted the investigation. The spokesperson said that the Taiwanese government would release the findings from its investigation in three months time. This isn’t the first time Xiaomi, the low-cost high-performance smartphone brand from China, has caught the ire of a government. This past August, Singapore’s government said it would investigate Xiaomi after complaints from users in-country that Xiaomi phones were copying
Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) is on the verge of releasing a new iPhone, and once again it has been targeted by labour groups over allegations of unsafe labor practices by one of its suppliers. According to a report co-authored by China Labor Watch and Green America, employees at a Suqian, China based factory owned by Catcher Technology, a Taiwan-headquartered company, were forced to work excessive overtime and were working in an environment that had excessive aluminum shavings on its floor, no respirator equipment, and improper ventilation. In addition, the groups say that during their undercover investigations they have discovered that workers have not received any safety training.
The “comeback” of the PC sector and steady demand for mobile devices means a solid year of economic growth for Taiwan, a new report says. Taiwan’s economy is expected to grow at 3.27% in 2014, according to a report released by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics in July. This comes just over official government goals of 2.8% annual growth. These numbers were recently corroborated by data from a report by the Institute for Economic Research (Ifo) World Economic Survey released earlier this month. The group was optimistic about Taiwan’s prospects in the second half of the year. In addition, Taiwan’s industrial economic
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