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  1. Business - Companies - TECHNOLOGY

    Microsoft’s man in China defects to search powerhouse Baidu

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:12am by BIEN PEREZ, SUE SU XINQI

    ... as head of Microsoft Research China. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates promoted the mainland facility into a regional research and development unit, Microsoft Research Asia, in November 2001. ... research and development facility on the mainland. On Zhang's watch, Microsoft was convinced to invest US$300 million in this infrastructure. At present, the budget for Microsoft's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1587457/zhang-yaqin-microsofts-man-china-joins-search-powerhouse-baidu
  2. Lifestyle - Fashion & Watches - BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

    Charlotte Chen, Spottly app co-founder

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 10:46am by Jing Zhang

    ... Jing Zhang jing.zhang@scmp.com A regular on the Hong Kong style scene, "It" girl and ex-banker Charlotte Chen's innovative travel-social media app Spottly combines all her ... as a business development/brand strategist for a mainland fine jewellery company. I really enjoyed it, and started looking into opportunities that would allow me to use my finance and my ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-watches/article/1590213/charlotte-chen-spottly-app-co-founder
  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Cantonese or Putonghua in schools? Hongkongers fear culture and identity 'waning'

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:05am by Elaine Yau

    ... language development. As a cognitive science student at the University of Hong Kong, he studied how the brain processes languages, spent three years compiling a glossary of spoken Cantonese ... of 360 students over five years. Half were taught in Cantonese and the rest in Putonghua, and for fair comparison every participating teacher would teach one class in each dialect. "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1583037/argument-continues-over-using-cantonese-or-putonghua
  4. Lifestyle

    Smartphone app that measures air pollution being developed

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:39am by ALAN YU

    ... Alan Yu alan.yu@scmp.com It may soon be possible to avoid the worst-affected streets Haze of our lives App developers worldwide are working on technology that will inform users which ... databases. The data was also difficult to understand, says Ziv Lautman, a fellow environmental engineer who partnered with Korber to develop a solution. The duo wanted to know which districts had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1581750/smartphone-app-measures-air-pollution
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education - RACISM

    Racial stereotyping in Hong Kong's textbooks undermines harmony

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:17pm by Bernice Chan

    ... engaged in the community. Yip cites a Chinese-language textbook, approved by the Education Bureau, which led with a chapter entitled "China is my motherland, I am a Chinese person". ... who has worked at Pearson Longman and Educational Publishing, says educational publishers often provide detailed guidelines to authors commissioned to develop textbooks, and take ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1595406/textbooks-fail-promote-racial-harmony
  6. Lifestyle - Technology

    Hopes high for gadgets of tomorrow

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 11:20am by FIONA TAN

    ... from the US and Europe are accomplished in turning products into a brand and developing their unique business models. Silicon Valley has a mature infrastructure for start-ups, from mentorship ... start-ups developing smart devices. This trend is driven in part by accelerators such as Highway1 and HAXLR8R (pronounced Hack-celerator), which have been running so-called boot camps to help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1585135/hopes-high-gadgets-tomorrow
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Cost limits expansion of small-class teaching

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:16pm by Linda Yeung

    ... principal of Wah Yan College Hong Kong, is convinced of the value of small classes, which he says create an environment conducive to learning. Closer interaction between teachers and students ... to adjust to a bigger class environment if there is no change in policy." Overseas studies have long associated positive outcomes with small classes, such as increased attentiveness ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1596126/cost-limits-expansion-small-class-teaching
  8. Lifestyle - Health

    Taking the fight to liver disease

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:08pm by David Wilson

    ... of a person developing a liver disease such as cirrhosis or fatty liver, and cancer. According to the University of Hong Kong, Asia has a high incidence of liver cancer, with more than 80 per cent of the world's cases occurring in the region. One in four sufferers of hepatitis B, for example, with half a million carriers in Hong Kong, dies from liver cancer, cirrhosis or other complications, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1596123/taking-fight-liver-disease
  9. Lifestyle - Interiors & Living - DESIGN

    How to renovate your home without blowing the budget

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:41am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... around HK$70 per square foot, compared with laminate at HK$16 to HK$20," says Lehar. A laminate floor can also be installed in less than half the time of regular wooden floors. "Some ... and revarnishing it to look brand new with a more modern matt finish is cheaper and better for the environment." Recycled chipboard is another option. Invest in good paint, he advises, because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/interiors-living/article/1593983/renovating-without-blowing-budget
  10. News - World - SCIENCE

    The science of slipping on a banana skin, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 11:43pm by AFP

    ... a person steps on the discarded fruit peel. Scientists in China and Canada won a neuroscience prize for trying to understand what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1596197/science-slipping-banana-skin-and-other-ig-nobel-prize-winners

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