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  1. News - China

    Pandora's Xbox of security fears

    Posted Jun 10th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Microsoft's new super-sensitive console takes gaming to a new level, but critics say it has all the features of a covert surveillance device ... in homes around the world. To some young-but-ambitious mainland hackers who earn less than 3,000 yuan (HK$3,700) a month, share a small apartment with a dozen roommates and spend many evenings ...

  2. News - World - TELEVISION

    New David Letterman role out of character for Stephen Colbert

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:10pm by Reuters

    ... of Stephen Colbert, sans persona, who succeeds CBS' Late Show host David Letterman next year, a move that will cap the generational shift in the late-night American TV landscape across networks ... among young viewers, a coveted group CBS is surely eyeing with its choice of Colbert. "A lot of his audience has never seen him as himself," said TV analyst David Bianculli. ...

  3. News - China - SCIENCE

    Military scientists Wang Xiaomo and Zheng Zhemin win prestigious award

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Prestigious science award given to two key pioneers in defence technologies signals a shift of focus towards military research, expert says Military ... Zheng called for encouraging the sprit of free exploration in China, as well as cutting red tape to allow young scientists to focus on their research. Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said ...

  4. News - China - DOOMSDAY

    In China, panic buyers prepare for the end of the world

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com As December 21 approaches people make their final preparations for the 'end of the world' by stockpiling essentials and building shelters Run ... province bought 15 of the devices. Orders came from as far away as New Zealand. One young woman attracted thousands of followers to her Sina Weibo account with a so-called doomsday diary ...

  5. Symptoms of a regime that has lost the plot

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Sometimes the smallest things reveal more about government malaise than the big issues, and matters can be said to have reached a stage somewhere beyond malaise when even ... over plans to locate a student drug rehabilitation centre in Mui Wo. The government must be given the benefit of the doubt in its sincerity to help young people battle drug addiction. Indeed, ...

  6. Donald's black hole

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Now that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen finds himself unfavourably compared to his hapless predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, he appears to be trapped in the vortex which ... As a young and minor political party official employed to buzz around the corridors of Parliament in London, it was drummed into me that politicians in personal trouble have but two alternatives. ...

  7. Citizen bane

    Posted Mar 08th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... The mainland seems to have a deliberately vague policy for Hong Kong permanent residents, writes Stephen Vines What, exactly, is the status of permanent residents in Hong Kong? Legislator Howard Young has provided a timely reminder of this question by tabling a motion at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to give permanent residents the same ease of access ...

  8. 'Twin'-edged sword

    Posted Feb 15th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Celebrities are being naive if they think the public's obsession can be stage-managed, writes Stephen Vines Does anyone come out well from this enormous celebrity nude picture ... by the mock alarm of some Hong Kong people who claim to be shocked by the fact that young nubile pop stars have sex with each other and engage in the voyeuristic practice of photographing their acts. ...

  9. Plying high

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Stephen Lacey

    ... Humble plywood is enjoying a renaissance as architects and designers rediscover its versatility and elegance, writes Stephen Lacey Step inside an Egyptian pyramid and the last thing ... Christiansen of manufacturer Woodmark says there are many reasons for the plywood renaissance. 'You can make a lot of interesting shapes from plywood and this is definitely appealing to young ...

  10. News - China - POLITICS

    Former premier Zhu Rongji lifts lid on talks with CY Leung

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 12:00am by Zhang Hong, STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Zhang Hong and Stephen Chen Former premier reveals meetings with chief executive over 20 years ago as book on his time as mayor of Shanghai is launched in Beijing Zhu Rongji lifts lid ... of Leung Chun-ying, now Hong Kong's chief executive, on the core reform issues of land ownership and housing. Leung, then a young surveyor at British real estate firm Jones Lang Wootton, ...




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