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Amendment to One Fixed Day off and One Flexible Rest Day Policy Leaves Allowable Overtime Hours Unsolved

20 Jan shutterstock_378600328-624x416

Most of the amendments to the “one fixed day off and one flexible rest day” policy have taken effect in late 2016 and early 2017. (more…)

One More Captain To Jump The Ship; Shang-Yi Chiang, Former TSMC COO, To Join SMIC As Independent Director

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It was rumored on the 20th of December that Rick Tsai, the former CEO of TSMC and Chairman of Chunghwa Telecom, would join China’s Tsinghua Unigroup, which caused a sensation, yet later got denied by Tsai himself. Just a day after that, SMIC, one of China’s leading wafer OEMs, announced that it had recruited Shang-yi Chiang, the former COO of TSMC, to serve as Independent Non-executive Director. This is the second bombshell that has hit the industry this month.

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Mix Taiwan Creativity x Techniques : Share As You Live, Build Upon What You Share

20 Dec shutterstock_526820656-624x416

The startup environment in Taiwan has been thriving over the past few years. Business incubators and accelerators are sprouting fast; young entrepreneurs long for funding, while investment companies seek future sparks. Apart from matching startups with investors, it is crucial for startups to gain enough funding as the first step. Yet, before all starts, the core is to visualize their creativity and the right technique is the key. (more…)

MediaTek Dedicates IoT Platform to Dengue Fever Prevention in Southern Taiwan

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Taiwanese IC designer MediaTek announced Dec. 15 to dedicate its Internet of Things (IoT) platform to public health in jointly establishing a dengue fever prevention lab with the Tainan City government and the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). (more…)

Xiaomi’s Mi Box Gains a Following in Taiwan

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Xiaomi announced it has sold more than 15,000 units of its Mix Box TV streaming device in Taiwan since launching the device on November 10. The Mi Box uses the Android TV system, a big-screen operating system that Google launched. (more…)

ASUS Remains Most Valuable Taiwanese Brand in 2016

1 Dec asus_zenbook-600x353

For the fourth straight year, ASUS retains the title as Taiwan’s most valuable brand in 2016, according to a study on the value of Taiwan’s international brands, conducted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. (more…)

China’s Unigroup May Drop Deals with Taiwanese Companies as Government Approval Deemed Unlikely

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As the government of Taiwan is seen unlikely to approve Beijing-backed Tsinghua Unigroup’s plan to acquire stakes in Powertech Technology Inc. (PTI) and ChipMos Technologies Inc. (ChipMos), two major IC packaging and testing companies, the Chinese company does not rule out the possibility to drop the deals and seek other channels of cooperation, Chinese media reported. (more…)

Taiwanese IC Firms Should Record Strong Sales This Year: IC Insights

21 Nov money 2

In a new report, research firm IC Insights forecasts Taiwan’s top IC firms will record strong annual sales growth this year. MediaTek’s sales are expected to increase 29% to US$8.61 billion, while TSMC’s sales should rise 11% to US$29.32 billion. UMC’s sales, meanwhile, are expected to stay relatively flat at US$4.46 billion. (more…)

Uber’s Open Letter to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Avoids Taxation Issues

21 Nov uber-new-600x400

Uber is resisted by countries across the world as each government set rules to limit Uber’s operation. Transport authorities asked Apple Inc. and Alphabe Inc’s Google to pull Uber app in Taiwan from app stores. In response to the government’s act, Uber published an open letter to President Tsai Ing-wen, to legalize carsharing and turning Taiwan into an innovation-friendly environment. (more…)

IBM Helps Taiwan CDC Create Predictive Model to Simulate Effects of Using Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes for Dengue Prevention

16 Nov ibm-cdc-t-shirt-624x415

Data-driven decision making has become a trend for enterprises today, and there is no exception for government agencies. On November 11, Taiwan CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and IBM Health Corps unveiled the result of a collaborative pro bono program which focused on the research of dengue fever, a critical problem in southern Taiwan every summer. (more…)