Windows media player tested
Microsoft took an important step on Wednesday in its bid to dominate sales of online music when it released the public test version of its new Windows Media Player, one that for the first time will work with a variety of online music stores and subscription services. Microsoft said that it would release the final version of Windows Media Player 10 later this year. It will compete against rival media platforms from Real Networks and Apple, but Microsoft is hoping to make the new media player the standard online platform for playing and purchasing both music and movies over the Internet. "We are testing a new concept currently called the `Digital Media Mall' that offers a selection of online music stores and video services that work seamlessly in the player," Microsoft said.
Sky-high advertising offer
Brand new Australian budget carrier Jetstar is offering to paint its fleet of 14 Boeing 717 aircraft with the logo of any advertiser willing to pay handsomely for airborne promotions, news reports said yesterday. The Qantas offshoot would also accept advertising on overhead lockers, tray-tables and even sick bags, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. It quoted airline officials as saying "tip to tail" branding would bring "considerable PR exposure for your brand." Jetstar was launched on May 25 and operates at 14 airports.
Indian firms' revenues soar
Indian software revenues jumped 30.5 percent to US$12.5 billion in the year ended in March and a similar rise is expected this year, the country's leading industry group NASSCOM said yesterday. The National Association of Software and Service Companies forecast that revenue would increase 30 percent to 32 percent in the current financial year to around US$16.3 billion. "Despite the challenges such as low growth of IT spending globally, a jobless recovery in major markets and appreciation of the rupee, the Indian software services industry has been able to maintain its growth momentum," association chairman Jerry Rao said.
Farm talks stumble on
The WTO's 147 member states locked horns on Wednesday to discuss the thorny issue of farm trade, with three groups offering their own answers on how to move talks forward by an end of next month deadline. Tim Groser, New Zealand's ambassador to the WTO who is chairing the three days of consultations, said there were signs of a desire to devise a framework for agriculture negotiations by July 31. But Groser warned participants against holding back until the last minute. Many countries feel that market access for farm products is the hardest hurdle to overcome.
Beijing ups IPR protection
China yesterday unveiled a national strategy aimed at beefing up intellectual pro-perty rights (IPR) protec-tions even as pirated ver-sions of latest Hollywood blockbusters like Troy and Shrek 2 were available in Beijing stores. The govern-ment has put in place a new national stra-tegy which will begin with an education campaign, the deputy commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office told the China Daily. The strategy will include "an educational program to deepen IPR knowledge among officials," the paper said.
Dignitaries from 47 countries yesterday congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on the commencement of her second term and highlighted Taiwan’s achievements in democracy and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations a day earlier. As of noon yesterday, 263 high-ranking officials from 47 countries and global organizations had congratulated Tsai via statements, letters, social media posts or recorded footage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, while releasing a collection of footage sent by selected dignitaries. The governments of Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies sent their congratulations, as did the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy,
REASSURING NUMBERS: Taiwan’s test capacity ranks sixth or seventh among 91 nations, and is not low compared with other nations, Chen Shih-chung said The quarantine period for foreigners visiting Taiwan for business would vary based on the COVID-19 situation of the nation or territory that they are coming from, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported the 13th consecutive day of no new cases. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, told reporters at the center’s daily briefing that modified rules covering foreign business visitors had been completed and were ready for him to sign. The complete details of the new rules would be released later this week, he said. Foreigners on long business trips would have
The Czech Republic’s Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that supports a possible visit by the senate president to Taiwan. The resolution, initiated by Czech Senator Pavel Fischer, was passed with 50 votes in favor, one against and one abstention. The resolution blasts Beijing for having its Prague embassy send a letter to former Czech Senate president Jaroslav Kubera earlier this year threatening repercussions for Czech businesses if he visited Taiwan. The resolution shows the Senate’s support for a visit to Taiwan by Senate President Milos Vystrcil, accompanied by Czech business representatives, as the visit would be in the diplomatic long-term interests
The government and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday both spoke out against plans by the Chinese government to enact a national security law in Hong Kong. Chinese officials yesterday confirmed that the National People’s Congress would review a bill “on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.” The Presidential Office said that the announcement was evidence that the “one country, two systems” framework fundamentally clashes with democratic freedoms. The de-escalation of tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing relies on the Chinese government’s willingness to respond to Hong Kongers’ demands,