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15-09-2017
创科创投基金

政府已于2017年9月15日推出「创科创投基金」。该计划现正接受风险投资基金申请成为共同投资伙伴(截止日期:2018年1月15日)。简介会将于2017年10月3日于香港科学园举行,欢迎风险投资基金出席。

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08-12-2018
Online payment fraud losses to reach US$48 billion by 2023

The Juniper Research report, Online Payment Fraud: Emerging Threats, Segment Analysis & Market Forecasts 2018-2023, revealed that annual online payment fraud losses from e-Commerce, airline ticketing, money transfer, and banking services, will reach US$48 billion by 2023; up from the US$22 billion in losses projected for 2018.Juniper claimed that a critical driver behind these losses will be the continued high level of data breaches resulting in the theft of sensitive personal information.Peaks of lossesThe Juniper whitepaper, Future Fraud ~ 3 Dynamics Changing Fraud in 2019, noted that fraudulent activities are directly linked to e-commerce and other activities that involved online payment. Juniper says fraudsters are actually the first to exploit new systems for their own benefits.Drawing from ACI Worldwide data that maps e-commerce growth against fraud attempt growth, the data shows that fraudulent activity is actually outpacing the growth of overall e-commerce transactions. This suggests that fraudsters are attempting to leverage peak shopping periods as a means to obscure their activity. Such a high volume of transactions running through merchant systems leaves little or no time for manual reviews unless merchants are willing to accept lost revenue.Identity theft is also on the rise stemming from the combination of a proliferation of digital services, rising cases of spear phishing and data breaches.Rise of synthetic identityJuniper claimed that fraudsters are using information gleaned from these breaches to move away from pure identity theft, instead using fragments of real data to create new, synthetic identities.With the global rise in instant payment schemes and a focus on transactional rather than behavioral risk, Juniper forecasts that money transfer would be particularly vulnerable, with fraud losses increasing by over 20% per annum to US$10 billion in 2023.“Synthetic identity is currently the low-hanging fruit because, even though it takes time for fraudsters to establish, many of their targets are not set up to detect the behavioral giveaways that indicate this type of fraud. Fraud management providers have solutions on the market to combat this, but the industry as a whole is playing catch-up,” noted research author Steffen Sorrell.Stopping the lossesJuniper predicted that techniques practiced by the Magecart and Fin7 groups would become more common as fraudsters seek to create products from their knowledge. The groups used a combination of malware and cross-channel approaches for criminal gain. The research noted, as a result, more complex fraud would only become more common as, in effect, a ‘fraud-as-a-service’ economy emerges.The report recommended a holistic approach to fraud prevention. The procurement of omni-channel fraud prevention services and a strategy to assess and mitigate risk from a cybersecurity perspective will be critical for effective fraud prevention in the near to medium-term. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/Duncan_Andison

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07-12-2018
Shared experiences preferred over material goods, says YouGov

Shared experiences are valued over material goods, according to a new global study conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Priority Pass, an airport experience program. This trend is also typically manifested in the form of holidays, though it also includes attending sports and live events.As part of its research, YouGov surveyed over 3,000 people in Australia, China and South Korea, and more than 10,000 globally.The APAC findingsIn the Asia Pacific (APAC), travel topped the table of their favorite activities with nearly a fifth (17%) of people here saying they most enjoyed a cultural trip abroad.This was reflected in spending, with people splashing out an average of US$1,437 a year on getting away from it all. This was higher than any other activity and almost more than 50% on what they spent on luxury items, which rung up an average of US$942 annually. Only 18% enjoy buying luxury itemsThe majority people in APAC enjoy long-stay holiday overseas, with 39% saying they enjoy exploring other cultures abroad. 18% enjoy solo travel, 15% enjoy overseas wellness and spa holidays, and 11% enjoy overseas sporting trips.Interestingly, the research found that people liked taking domestic short breaks, too. Nearly half of South Koreans and Australians particularly enjoy them at 47% and 49%, respectively. In China, 41% of Chinese people also ranked domestic short breaks as their favorite activity.Shared experiencesTo be clear, holidays are not the only experiences respondents say they enjoy. A majority in the APAC say they enjoy activities such as going out for a meal and trips to the cinema.However, the results suggest that a shared social experience is key to people’s enjoyment, and social media use also adds to the perception of value of an experience, says YouGov.“One of the biggest shifts has been the demand from travelers for a more personalized and customer-centric experience, and they expect that experience starts even before they get to their holiday destination,” said Kevin Goldmintz, the APAC executive vice president at Collinson – the operator of Priority Pass.“Consumer behavior is changing. Those companies that are able to offer products and services which respond to the growing investment in the currency of experience will reap the rewards when it comes to customer loyalty,” he summed up. Caption: Image credit: iStockphoto by Getty Images

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07-12-2018
Accenture: Open banking gaining traction in Hong Kong

Half of commercial bank customers in Hong Kong already participate in open banking platforms, with another 27% planning to do so in 2019, according to research from Accenture.The study found that most large banks in Asia-Pacific are moving towards providing open banking services for their commercial clients as part of their digital transformation programs.One in two banks in the region expect that open banking will help them grow their revenues by up to 10%, with a further third anticipating growth of up to 20%.Interest among Hong Kong corporate banking customers is also high, with 63% of SMEs and large corporates interested in joining an open banking ecosystem with their banks.But Hong Kong respondents were also the most willing among the 11 countries studied to access open banking services through a non-bank Fintech or third party service provider.The top expected benefits of open banking among Hong Kong commercial bank customers include enabling banks to reach more clients and partners (23%) and reduce the cost of client acquisition (22%).The business areas commercial bank customers in the city believe can be most improved through open banking partnerships with their banks include finance, cash management, payments, treasury and liquidity management.“The opportunities around Open Banking and other innovative solutions emerging from Hong Kong’s smart banking initiative are huge,” said Fergus Gordon, a managing director at Accenture and banking practice lead for Asia-Pacific.“A lot of the focus so far has been in the retail market, but value-creation can be just as big, if not bigger, in the commercial banking side.”First published on Computerworld Hong Kong Caption: Image from iStockPhoto

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07-12-2018
Institute of Big Data Governance established in HK

Former HKSAR GCIO Allen Yeung and representatives from major tech companies and organizations have established the Institute of Big Data Governance

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07-12-2018
OneAsia teams with Megaport to offer multi-cloud capabilities

OneAsia and Megaport have jointly launched a service offering Hong Kong customers on-demand managed connectivity to more than 100 public clouds

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07-12-2018
APAC CEOs emphasize need for workers to be agile, adaptable

Business leaders are demanding employees tap into their more human skills as AI reorients the world of work

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07-12-2018
Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code

Microsoft is overhauling its Edge browser in a move that holds major implications for the world wide web

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06-12-2018
BlackBerry to help improve digital infrastructure for healthcare

BlackBerry Limited announced on 30 November 2018 it has become a HIMSS Analytics Certified Consultant to help address the digital infrastructure needs of healthcare organizations around the world.As a Certified Consultant, BlackBerry will be able to guide healthcare organizations through the stages of the Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM), HIMSS Analytics’ newest Maturity Model. Professionally trained on the INFRAM, BlackBerry’s cybersecurity experts can assess a healthcare organization’s infrastructure architecture and help them achieve their desired INFRAM score.Similar to the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), the INFRAM is an eight stage model (0 – 7) that allows healthcare IT leaders to map the technology infrastructure capabilities required to reach their facility’s clinical and operational goals, while meeting industry benchmarks and standards.“While EMRAM focused on the effective adoption and implementation of EMR technology, hospitals can now look to INFRAM as the model to help solidify their digital infrastructure,” said Blain Newton, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “With BlackBerry’s deep cybersecurity expertise and strong footprint in highly regulated industries we’re confident that having BlackBerry at the table will ensure the INFRAM is the gold standard for running a scalable and secure organization.”“Securing communication between doctors, patients, medical devices, and infrastructure is BlackBerry’s strength,” said Sara Jost, Global Healthcare Industry Lead, BlackBerry. “We’re extremely proud to work with HIMSS Analytics to arm healthcare providers with the critical information they need to provide a higher, more secure, level of care.”Reinforcing BlackBerry’s momentum in healthcare, the news comes a month after the company announced several major healthcare developments, including the introduction of a secure blockchain solution to store and share medical data, an ultra-secure operating system for medical devices, and partnerships with Mackenzie Innovation Institute and Melanoma Institute Australia.

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06-12-2018
Healthcare chatbot interactions to reach 2.8 billion by 2023

New findings from Juniper Research forecast that AI-powered chatbots will soon become the first responders for citizens’ engagements with healthcare providers, as the number of chatbot interactions exceeds 2.8 billion annually by 2023. This is up from an estimated 21 million in 2018, an average annual growth of 167%.Hospitals turn to AI & chatbots to make cost savings of $4 billion by 2023The new research, Digital Health: Disruptor Analysis, Country Readiness & Technology Forecasts 2018-2023, found that the adoption of chatbots will ramp up in the future, due to:Citizens becoming more comfortable using chatbots to discuss their healthcare requirements. Chatbots becoming an important component of healthcare providers’ customer experience strategies. Shortages of medical practitioners to support ageing populations; for example, the German government expects that it will need 3 million more nurses by 2060. Increased sophistication of conversational AI platforms leading to a greater percentage of enquiries being completed entirely via chatbots; freeing up the medical staff time and saving countries’ healthcare systems around $3.7 billion by 2023.Chatbot adoption will shake up the healthcare value chainThe research found that the first priority for healthcare providers will be to ensure that the information collected is transferred to a person’s medical record and other applications, such as appointment scheduling or for those for dispensing prescriptions. This means that providers of medical records and line of business applications will need to make their existing systems interoperable with chatbot providers. Research author Michael Larner explained: “Chatbots have the potential to transform the way in which patients engage with their healthcare systems and go some way to take the pressure off overstretched staff. But if deployments are not backed up by investment in record keeping, then financial and time savings will evaporate”.

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06-12-2018
Health and hospital systems leveraging defined benefit plans to recruit and retain talent

Global research and consulting firm, Cerulli Associates, finds that certain health and hospital systems employers struggle to attract and retain talent.“While corporations are generally moving toward defined contribution (DC) plan offerings, health and hospital systems frequently use defined benefit (DB) plans as a recruiting tool, allowing for them to attract talent to more rural areas,” states James Tamposi, analyst at Cerulli. Compared with the broader corporate DB landscape, however, health and hospital system DB plans’ funded statuses are generally lower, so derisking and liability-driven investing is less common. Managers seeking corporate DB assets in this space should adjust their sales and marketing approaches accordingly.The largest investment pools held by health and hospital systems generally include board-designated/long-term unrestricted pools, DC plans, and DB plans. Health and hospital organizations surveyed by Cerulli report frequent use of consultants for DB and DC plans, while they mostly (77%) oversee their short-term investment pools internally. Hospitals overseeing multiple investment pools frequently face challenges viewing their investment portfolios in aggregate; consultants can help these institutions look at their investment pools holistically and manage risk at the enterprise level.“Asset managers looking to go directly to health and hospital institutions should target investment pools for which their products can add value. If an institution only maintains short-term investments and DC pools, an index manager may be a better fit to market its strategies to this clientele. For institutions that have endowment and foundation pools, or DB pools, active managers may have a better chance of attracting attention,” adds Tamposi.Cerulli’s latest report, North American Institutional Markets 2018: Asset Owners and the New Regulatory Environment, provides insight into the increasingly multifaceted institutional landscape. The report explores insurance general accounts, public DB plans, single- and multi-employer corporate DB plans, foundations, endowments, and health and hospital systems.

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06-12-2018
Allblanc introduces social exercise to Korea

One of the big trends in offline fitness is that it is becoming an option for networking with fellow fitness enthusiasts. Allblanc, which develops Korean videos on social media, launched “Allblanc fit,” an advanced concept fitness program which grafted networking onto exercise for young adults in their 20s and 30s.“Allblanc fit” is a group workout program in which one can choose a place to exercise and an exercise routine online to work out as a member of a team of eight men and eight women. It runs for four-to-seven week periods. On weekends, members can network with one another through social interaction programs. Allblanc fit is called an SX (social exercise) program as it adds socializing to an existing GX (group exercise) program.On why he developed the Allblanc fit program, Allblanc CEO Ryo Chuh Yeop said: “These days, young adults in their 20s and 30s find it so daunting to exercise or make new friends because they are compelled to search jobs, handle heavy workloads or often work late into the night. Considering they are active on social networking sites, I figured out a new service useful to them, which combines exercise for health with networking.”Allblanc developed Allblanc fit, Korea’s first social exercise program, and runs a YouTube channel called “Allblanc fit TV”. Operational in 10 fitness centers around Seoul, the brand has attracted more than 2,000 members within 10 months of its launch.Allblanc plans to expand its market to the US and China in 2019, while extending its reach to other age groups. Other 2019 plans include exhibiting an in-home fitness mirror and display in development in the CES in January and the MWC in February.

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06-12-2018
Artificial intelligence takes shape

Artificial intelligence and machine learning revolutionize modern businesses. Companies across vertical sectors in Hong Kong embrace AI to derive business value

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06-12-2018
Artificial intelligence takes shape

Artificial intelligence and machine learning revolutionize modern businesses. Companies across vertical sectors in Hong Kong embrace AI to derive business value

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06-12-2018
Get smarter with apps and data analytics

Intelligent apps and data analytics transform the workplace, empowering companies to make better business decisions

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06-12-2018
Get smarter with apps and data analytics

Intelligent apps and data analytics transform the workplace, empowering companies to make better business decisions

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CyberLink Vol.122 November 2018

CVCF 2018 celebrated HK$234M fund raised on Cyberport Investors Network's anniversary

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CyberLink Vol.121 October 2018

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development met with start-ups at Smart-Space 8

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CyberLink Vol.120 September 2018

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF) to bring top investors’ insights and foster match-making opportunities this November

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