Hong Kong, Singapore bubble delay highlights hurdles to travel recovery

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A delay to Asia’s first travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has hit the shares of their flag carriers and highlighted the challenges facing the global travel industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: Cathay Pacific employees, wearing masks against COVID-19, are seen behind counters with glass dividers at Hong Kong International Airport, China October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik

The arrangement was postponed on Saturday, one day before it was due to launch, after Hong Kong reported a jump in coronavirus cases. Authorities and aviation experts have said the bubble would provide a blueprint for quarantine-free travel before a vaccine is widely available.

“There is no doubt that there are many challenges around it,” said Singapore hotelier Marcus Hanna, who had taken bookings from Hong Kong tourists and hopes for similar arrangements with major markets like mainland

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Apple Trashes Facebook After Groups Lament App Privacy Delay

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Earlier this year, human rights and privacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch wrote to Apple, asking why it was delaying the introduction of a feature that would force apps to receive explicit opt-in from iPhone users before tracking them. Apple responded, according to Bloomberg, with a letter slamming Facebook.

Apple rolled out the privacy-enhancing feature in iOS 14 in September but hasn’t made it mandatory for developers to enable yet. The groups wrote in a letter to the tech giant stating the delay was ill-advised in the “critical weeks leading up to and following the 2020 U.S. elections, when people’s data can be used to target them with personalized political ads.”

In the letter, Apple’s global head of privacy, Jane Horvath, responded to the groups by trashing Facebook and its business model.


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Phil Spencer Says Halo Infinite Delay Didn’t Affect The Series X Launch Sales Much

The long-awaited Halo Infinite was supposed to release on November 10 as a launch title for the Xbox Series X/S consoles, but due in part to complications related to COVID-19, Microsoft elected to push the game out to 2021. It was a big loss for the Xbox Series X/S, as it would have marked the first time since 2001 that a Halo game launched with new Xbox hardware. As it turned out, Microsoft did not need Halo Infinite at launch for the new consoles to sell exceptionally well, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now reflected on the delay and its impact on the new systems and the brand overall.

“I wanted Halo Infinite at launch; there was no doubt about that,” Spencer told Shacknews. “And we thought there would have been a special seminal moment because the last time we shipped a Halo and a console at the same

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Virgin Galactic Falls After Space-Flight Delay Due to Covid

Virgin Galactic (SPCE) shares fell on Monday after the space-travel company said that a scheduled flight from New Mexico would be delayed due to the pandemic.

“Virgin, in accordance with new guidelines from the New Mexico Department of Health to disrupt the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the state, today announced that it will be minimizing its operational footprint at its New Mexico facilities,” the company, founded and partly owned by the U.K. entrepreneur Richard Branson, said in a statement.

“In consultation with government officials, and as a result of these new operations restrictions, the space flight that was planned to occur between November 19-23 will be rescheduled.” The company said it will reschedule a new test-flight window as soon as it can.

Virgin’s operations base sits at Spaceport America in south-central New Mexico, north of Las Cruces, while its manufacturing and development activity is in California’s Mojave Desert.

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Weather and technical problems further delay SLS Green Run test

WASHINGTON — A critical test of the core stage of the Space Launch System is facing another delay, this time because of a combination of weather and technical issues that may push back the test to the end of the year.

NASA announced late Nov. 6 that it was delaying the final phases of the Green Run test of the SLS core stage, including a full-duration static-fire test of its four engines. That test had been scheduled for mid-November, a date confirmed by officials with NASA and Boeing, the SLS prime contractor, less than a month earlier.

One reason for this slip was Hurricane Zeta, which passed near the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where the Green Run tests are taking place, Oct. 28. While the hurricane did not damage the core stage or its test stand, it did cause damage elsewhere at the center and in the community. Some

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Ant’s IPO delay represents a bigger concern than U.S. election uncertainty, says investor

  • The abrupt suspension of Ant Group’s initial public offering in Shanghai and Hong Kong has greater impact for Asia than the U.S. election result, according to the CIO of Reyl Singapore, Daryl Liew.
  • Liew’s comments came after the Ant’s record-setting public listing was suspended just days before the stock was set to begin trading in Shanghai and Hong Kong, due to regulatory concerns.

a group of people standing in front of a window: An Alipay logo is seen next to Shanghai office building of Ant Group in Shanghai on November 3, 2020.

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An Alipay logo is seen next to Shanghai office building of Ant Group in Shanghai on November 3, 2020.

SINGAPORE — The abrupt suspension of Ant Group’s initial public offering has a greater immediate impact for Asia than the U.S. election result, according to the chief investment officer of Reyl Singapore, Daryl Liew.

That’s because it might represent a new global trend of tech companies coming under increased regulatory scrutiny, Liew told CNBC on Wednesday. As a result, investors may reevaluate the

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Aya Neo handheld gaming PC pre-orders begin in Nov (after slight delay)

The Aya Neo is a handheld computer that looks more like a game console than a PC. But with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor, Radeon Vega 6 graphics, 16GB of DDR4-4266 memory, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD under the hood, it’s a full-fledged computer designed to be held in your hands.

First announced earlier this year, the Aya Neo has a 7 inch display surrounded by game controllers. And while a “Founder Edition” was supposed to be available for order in October, it’s been delayed a bit.

But the developer of the Aya Neo has posted a new video showing the near-final hardware in action and promises that pre-orders will begin on November 7th.

A few Aya Neo prototypes will also be on display at the WePlay gaming exhibition in Shanghai on November 14th and 15th.

At this point the hardware is still beta and nobody outside of

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CD Projekt Red Developers Are Getting Death Threats After ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Delay

Yesterday, developer CD Projekt Red once again delayed the hotly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 from its original November release date to December 10, 2020. It was the smallest of the multiple delays the game has seen so far, it’s caused an inflamed response from the internet nonetheless. According to Senior Game Designer Andrzej Zawadzki, already-overworked members of the team have begun receiving death threats.

Death threats and harassment of all stripes have been an endemic problem in the industry for years, triggered by all sorts of different parts of the development process. Zawadzki goes on to show some example of what he says are the milder messages developers have received. Having seen some of the more extreme examples of this sort of behavior elsewhere on the Internet, I can only guess at what some of the less mild examples look like.

It goes without saying that

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