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Apple Maps Begins Surveying Hong Kong for 'Look Around'

Monday May 10, 2021 6:29 am PDT by
As part of its continued push to expand the availability of features to more locations worldwide, Apple has begun to survey Hong Kong for Apple Maps' "Look Around" feature, which offers users a 360-degree immersive panoramic look of a city or location. Apple says that it is surveying all of Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong islands, Kowloon, New Territories, and the Macao Bridge. Image...
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Apple Applies for Trademark of 'iPhone for Life' in Hong Kong

Thursday October 8, 2020 5:45 am PDT by
Apple has applied for a trademark on the phrase "iPhone for Life" in Hong Kong, according to a partly-private filing discovered by Patently Apple. The phrase "‌iPhone‌ for Life" is reportedly associated with telecoms providers and third-party Apple resellers, including U.S. carrier Sprint, to advertise ‌iPhone‌ rental programs. Apple itself has never used the expression. The application ...

Apple 'Assessing' Hong Kong National Security Law as Other Tech Companies Pause Data Requests

Monday July 6, 2020 5:15 pm PDT by
Apple is assessing a new Hong Kong security law that makes "subversion" of the government illegal and raises concerns about the criminalization of protests, reports Bloomberg. China last week implemented legislation allowing local authorities to supervise and regulate internet access in Hong Kong. The new measures criminalize acts that were previously considered protected speech under Hong...

WhatsApp Stops Processing Requests for User Data From Hong Kong Authorities

Monday July 6, 2020 6:30 am PDT by
WhatsApp has suspended its processing of requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies, in response to China's imposition of a new national security law on the city, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is "pausing" such reviews "pending further assessment of the impact of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with...
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Apple Maps Transit Directions Now Live for Hong Kong Residents, Apple Pay Octopus Officially Launches

Tuesday June 2, 2020 2:56 am PDT by
Apple has updated its Maps app to include real time transit directions and data for Hong Kong residents. Image credit: @HappyETwmc From today, local Apple Maps users can search for metro train stations, bus routes and ferry piers, and get real time transit information for services. The only limitation appears to be a lack of indoor station mapping. The metropolitan area is one location in ...

Tim Cook Defends Removal of Hong Kong Mapping App From App Store in Leaked Memo

Friday October 11, 2019 3:06 am PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to employees defending the company's controversial decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors to coordinate gatherings and avoid large concentrations of police. Apple removed HKMap Live from the App Store on Thursday following the app's approval last week, which itself only came after an internal review of the company's original decision to reject it....
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Apple Pulls Hong Kong Protest App From App Store Following Chinese Criticism [Updated]

Thursday October 10, 2019 2:01 am PDT by
Apple has pulled an app from the App Store that Hong Kong protestors have been using to track police movements, saying it violates the company's guidelines and local laws. Apple approved HKmap Live last week after reviewing its decision to initially reject the app from the ‌App Store‌. However, on Wednesday Apple was criticized by Chinese state media for its decision to make the app...
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China Accuses Apple of 'Protecting Rioters' After Approving HKmap Live for the App Store

Wednesday October 9, 2019 4:39 am PDT by
Apple has come under attack from China for allowing an app in its App Store that is being used by Hong Kong protestors to track protests and police movements in the city state (via The Guardian). Last week we reported that Apple was reviewing its decision to reject the HKmap Live app from the ‌App Store‌ while it investigated whether the software violates local laws. HKmap Live has been used...
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Apple Bans App That Allowed Hong Kong Protestors to Track Police Movements [Updated x2]

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:03 am PDT by
Apple has reportedly banned an app that allows Hong Kong protestors to track protests and police movements in the city state, despite increasing international condemnation against the violence used by the authorities. According to The Register, Apple has told the makers of the HKmap Live app that it can't be allowed in the App Store because it helps protestors to evade the police. "Your app ...

Hong Kong's Octopus Transit Card to Support Apple Pay Later This Year [Updated]

Thursday July 11, 2019 5:00 am PDT by
Update - Jul 11: Octopus Cards Limited has now confirmed that customers will be able to use their Octopus cards on their iPhone or Apple Watch for transit and retail payment with Apple Pay later this year. Original story below. (Hong Kong,11 Jul 2019) Octopus Cards Limited is excited to announce that customers will be able to use their Octopus on their iPhone or Apple Watch for transit and ...
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Citibank Now Offers Apple Pay in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:56 am PDT by
Citi today announced that its credit cards issued in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong can now be used with Apple Pay, followed by Taiwan later this year. Citi cardholders can activate Apple Pay by opening the Wallet app, tapping the plus sign in the top-right corner, tapping the continue button, and positioning the credit card into the on-screen frame or entering the card details...
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Apple Stops Accepting Returns and Exchanges in Hong Kong Ahead of New iPhones

Tuesday August 15, 2017 5:25 am PDT by
Apple today updated its sales policy in Hong Kong to indicate all products purchased at Apple's online and retail stores in the country on and after August 15, 2017 cannot be returned or exchanged indefinitely. As an exception to the rule, Apple will still honor exchanges for defective products in Hong Kong at its sole discretion. Apple didn't provide a reason for the policy change, but...
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You Can Now Pay For iTunes and App Store Purchases With Your Phone Bill in Three More Countries

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:22 am PDT by
Apple has expanded mobile phone billing to Denmark, Hong Kong, and Sweden, according to an updated support document on its website. The feature is now supported by the carrier Three in each of the countries, in addition to SmarTone in Hong Kong and Telenor in Sweden. The payment method enables customers to pay for iTunes Store content, App Store apps, iBooks, and Apple Music subscriptions ...
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Apple Not Accepting Returns or Exchanges in Hong Kong

Thursday September 15, 2016 11:57 pm PDT by
Apple updated its purchase policy for Hong Kong today to reflect that all Apple and Beats products purchased at its retail stores in the region cannot be returned or exchanged. The exact reason for Apple suddenly disallowing returns and exchanges at its five Hong Kong retail locations, and whether it is a temporary move, remains unclear at this time. Apple previously allowed customers in...
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Apple's First Mexican Store and Sixth Hong Kong Store Open Next Week

Thursday September 15, 2016 9:55 am PDT by
Apple has announced that its first retail store in Mexico, located at the Centro Santa Fe shopping mall in Mexico City, will open on Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Apple's sixth retail store in Hong Kong, located at the apm shopping mall, also opens on Thursday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Reforma Gadgets via Twitter Apple is celebrating the opening of its first...
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BEA and Tap & Go Now Support Apple Pay in Hong Kong

Tuesday August 16, 2016 7:08 am PDT by
Nearly one month after Apple Pay launched in Hong Kong, the iPhone-based contactless payments service has expanded to The Bank of East Asia (BEA) and Hong Kong Telekom (HKT)'s Tap & Go contactless payments network. BEA customers can add eligible MasterCard and Visa credit cards to Apple Pay and receive 5,000 bonus points between now and August 22, while the first 30,000 customers that...
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Apple's Fifth Retail Store in Hong Kong Opens on June 30

Thursday June 23, 2016 5:25 am PDT by
Apple has announced that its fifth retail store in Hong Kong opens on Thursday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store will be located inside the New Town Plaza shopping mall at 18 Sha Tin Centre Street. The store will be open seven days a week between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time, providing customers in the northern Sha Tin District with access to the Genius Bar and other...
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Apple Pay Expanding to France, Hong Kong, and Switzerland

Tuesday June 14, 2016 6:13 am PDT by
Apple confirmed during its WWDC 2016 keynote that Apple Pay will be expanding to France, Hong Kong, and Switzerland over the next few months in partnership with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Visa and MasterCard will be supported in all three countries, while American Express will also be available in Hong Kong. The specific credit, debit, and prepaid cards that can be used in each...
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iOS 9 Now Supports Spotlight Suggestions in 7 More Countries

Tuesday May 24, 2016 11:47 am PDT by
Apple this month has expanded Spotlight Suggestions to seven additional regions for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models running iOS 9 or later. The localized feature is now supported in Hong Kong, India, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Spotlight Suggestions, such as popular contacts, frequently opened apps, nearby amenities, and local...
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MasterCard May Support Apple Pay in Canada, Brazil and Asia This Year

Monday February 29, 2016 1:12 pm PST by
Apple Pay is supported by large financial institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, and China, but the mobile payments service can only be used with non-bank-issued American Express credit cards in Australia and Canada. Apple Pay does not support big banks in either country. That could soon change in at least Canada, as MacRumors has learned that MasterCard has Apple Pay support in...