■ Cell phones
South Korea's satellite-based "TV-on-your-palm" service went into commercial operation yesterday after a four-month trial run, its operator TU Media Corp said. The service, which allows cell phones to be tuned to TV programming or other digital content via satellites, began with seven video and 20 audio channels available, TU Media said. South Korea in January became the world's second country to launch the satellite-based DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting), although it was on a test run. Japan has been offering the services since last year using its own satellite-based DMB technology. TU Media, affiliated with South Korea's largest mobile carrier SK Telecom, plans to expand the service to some 40 channels. By the year 2012, the global market for DMB phones alone is expected to be US$3 billion, according to the institute.
New Intel CPUs to ship soon
Intel's first dual core processors are expected on the market by next month. The new CPUs with two processor cores will be called Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition, reports the Munich-based computer magazine PC Professionell. The chips will offer 2.8 to 3.2 gigahertz of processing speed. The upcoming processors represent Intel's shift to a new technology that will allow several operating systems to exist simultaneously on virtually divided machines, the magazine claims. The systems would then be able to work completely separately from one another. Intel competitor AMD is working on a similar technology, under the working title Pacifica.
Beijing sets up task force
China has confirmed its intention to set up a special task force to deal with its two-year-old energy crisis, state media reported yesterday. The task force, or "leading group," will be in charge of creating a uniform plan for the country's energy policies, but will try to avoid interfering in the business of the nation's oil companies, the Xinhua news agency reported. The new leading group will be based on an existing energy bureau at the commission, according to Xinhua, which did not indicate when the group would be formally set up. Reflecting the importance attached to energy issues, the task force will be headed by Ma Kai (馬凱), the minister in charge of the commission. Economic growth in China reached an eight-year high of 9.5 percent last year, with the unwelcome side effect that two thirds of the country's provinces reported energy shortages.
Hyundai shares could fall
Shares of Hyundai Motor Co. may fall as the Korean automaker suffers from rising raw material costs, a rising Korean won and "short-term labor trouble," Barron's reported. A gain in the won against the US dollar and the euro made Korean exports, including autos from Hyundai, less competitive, which cut the value of Hyundai's overseas profit in its most recent quarter, Barron's said. A turnaround in Korea's domestic auto market, which accounts for a third of the company's total sales, shows no sign of materializing, the weekly newspaper reported. Hyundai is also "entering a season of labor disputes," Barron's said. Still, those weaknesses may present a buying opportunity, Barron's said, citing Wendy Trevisani, a money manager at Thornburg Investment Management.
‘HERO OF THE ERA’: President Tsai Ing-wen expressed deep sadness at Lee’s passing, and told the government to assist his family with all their needs Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) passed away at 7:24pm yesterday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 97 years old. The hospital stated the cause of death as septic shock and multiple organ failure. Lee had been hospitalized there since February, when he choked on a mouthful of milk at home. He was later diagnosed with pulmonary infiltrates and aspiration pneumonia. The hospital said that Lee had been treated with antibiotics, but that his health had not improved, as his advanced age and diabetes had inhibited his immune system and led to recurring infections. During his hospitalization, Lee underwent daily kidney dialysis, which removed
‘WEAK POSITIVE’: The man arrived in Taiwan in May and was quarantined for two weeks, Chen Shih-chung said, adding that he might be infected a long time ago The government is considering tightening mask-wearing rules again in light of a potential domestic COVID-19 infection, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases, six of which are imported. The other case involves a Belgian engineer who entered Taiwan on May 3 and remained in quarantine until May 17, said Chen, who heads the CECC. Although the source of infection has yet to be identified, the case could end the nation’s record of not having any domestic cases in the previous 110 days. The Belgian, in his 20s, is a technician
RECEIVING TREATMENT: President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang visited former president Lee Teng-hui yesterday morning Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday rebutted speculation that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had died a day earlier, saying that he was weak, but receiving treatment. The hospital said the 97-year-old Lee was not in good condition and needed ongoing care, adding that if there are any changes in his condition, it would make those public. The comments came after rumors emerged online on Tuesday that Lee had died after being hospitalized since early February. Soon after the unsubstantiated rumors emerged, reporters started flocking to the hospital seeking confirmation. Lee was admitted to Taipei Veterans General Hospital on Feb. 8 after choking while drinking
THAI CASE UPDATE: Twenty-nine close contacts of the worker have been tested with two types of tests, including 18 dorm mates, with 28 negative results so far Five imported cases of COVID-19, four from the Philippines and one from Hong Kong, were reported yesterday, bringing the total confirmed cases in Taiwan to 467, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. The four returning from the Philippines were on the same flight, and the local health department has identified 15 people who had direct contact with them — including 10 passengers in the two rows in front or behind them, who have been put under 14-day home isolation, and five crew members, who will practice 14-day self-health management, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang