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  1. Business - Economy

    Trade-off between productivity gains and job losses isn't so simple

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 02:06pm by PATRICK LOW

    ... these days is that robots and labour-saving technologies are destroying jobs and creating a growing group of disillusioned people who harbour a deepening sense of alienation from society. If true, ... and employment growth can be traced back to 2000. When one looks at national data over a slightly longer period, however, the relationship between labour-saving efficiency gains and jobs can be murky. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1431062/trade-between-productivity-gains-and-job-losses-isnt-so-simple
  2. Business - Companies - AVIATION

    Cathay Pacific eyes hi-tech 'self-boarding' gates in Hong Kong

    Posted May 09th 2013, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... hi-tech 'self-boarding' gates in HK Cathay Pacific Airways is considering installing "self-boarding" gates at the airport, which would speed up boarding procedures and improve its on-time performance. The automatic boarding gate, an advanced version of the gates used at MTR stations, will allow passengers to board without having to undergo a manual document check ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1233286/cathay-pacific-mulls-self-boarding-gates-hong-kong-airport
  3. News - Asia - AIRPORT SECURITY

    Hitachi unveils airport boarding gate that can detect bombs in seconds

    Posted Oct 04th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... passengers could soon be scanned for bombs as they swipe their boarding pass, a Japanese company said, unveiling the world's first explosive-detecting departure gate. Yesterday engineers from ... stringent … This boarding gate should serve as an important tool to scan particles on all passengers," Sakairi said. Explosive materials are highly adhesive and can stay for some time on anyone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1053274/hitachi-unveils-airport-boarding-gate-can-detect-bombs-seconds
  4. Business - Money - AVIATION

    Time to rewrite Hong Kong's on-board rules on tablets?

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So charlotte.so@scmp.com American aviation authorities are taking another look at on-board use of electronic devices, a lead that Hong Kong might follow Time to rewrite HK's ... Administration's (FAA) decision to allow greater on-board use of the devices. The widespread availability of tablet computers has made existing guidelines on the matter outdated, passengers complain. Most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1028922/time-rewrite-hong-kongs-board-rules-tablets
  5. Business - Companies

    BlackBerry investors to turn up the heat on management

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00pm by Reuters

    ... and it is course that the board has accepted,” he said. A source close to BlackBerry said the sharp drop in the company’s share price could trigger pressure on the board to re-examine its options, in spite of reluctance to do a deal. “It is the board’s job to deal with this objectively, and we hope they would be objective enough to do the best thing for the shareholders,” said Don Yacktman of Yacktman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1277829/blackberry-investors-turn-heat-management
  6. Business - Companies - TECHNOLOGY

    Apple price pressure as profit margin declines to levels after iPhone launch

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... the board and management were discussing the return of more money to shareholders, after a proposal by Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn to pay out more of its US$137.1 billion in cash ... for raw materials, labour and production to build its products, is projected to decline this financial year, the company said last month. Falling prices hit Apple's margins ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1148211/apple-price-pressure-profit-margin-declines-levels-after-iphone
  7. Ofta sees advisory role for HK in mainland 3G push

    Posted Jul 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Frederick Yeung Hong Kong mobile operators could play an important role in helping their mainland counterparts deploy third-generation networks, according to Marion Lai Chan Chi-kuen, the new director-general of the Office of the Telecommunications Author ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/600795/ofta-sees-advisory-role-hk-mainland-3g-push
  8. Business - Commodities - MINING

    Gold miners let down by size and equipment

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Many operators do not have the machinery and efficiency and they rely on cheap labour, which is not sustainable, say mainland producers China has been the world's largest gold ... of less than 100 tonnes be closed by the end of last year, those mining less than 150 tonnes be shut by the end of next year, and mines digging less than 200 tonnes a day be boarded up by the end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1080279/gold-miners-let-down-size-and-equipment
  9. Top chipmaker to cut labour costs in China

    Posted Jun 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Bien Perez bien.perez@scmp.com STMicroelectronics, one of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers, plans to step up automation and other cost-saving processes at its mainland factories amid rising labour costs. 'We see extensive cost escalation and salaries are not going in the right direction,' chief operating officer Didier Lamouche said yesterday. 'What ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/969596/top-chipmaker-cut-labour-costs-china
  10. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Facebook keeps world guessing over first smartphone

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... inside of which a display envelops the chips and circuit board. This allows "functionality to extend to more than one surface of the device", the filing said. Facebook keeps world ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1203481/facebook-keeps-world-guessing-over-first-smartphone

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