Appropriate Technology

Digital learning may benefit students, but it is expensive to implement

Digital learning may benefit students, but it is expensive to implement

As they get ready for the new school term starting this week, children attending Fung Kai Innovative School will be the envy of many. While others lug heavy packs laden with textbooks, all that Fung Kai pupils will be carrying is a netbook.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 4:50pm

Development of digital textbooks 'to cost millions'

Non-profit organisations will have to spend millions of dollars before they can qualify for a new government scheme to develop high-quality digital textbooks, an expert on electronic learning said yesterday.

The government has announced a push to promote e-books as a way to break the stranglehold of textbook publishers, who have been accused of pushing up prices.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Aid for e-book plan

The government has finally come up with a plan to break the monopoly in the educational textbooks market.

On Monday, Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung said that a HK$50 million subsidy would be set up to help not-for-profit publishers develop electronic textbooks. This is an attempt to rectify an industry dominated by a few big players.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am


Mainland hygiene needs improving

During visits to the mainland, you often find there aren't enough rubbish bins.

As a result, locals simply throw rubbish on the ground or dump it somewhere else.

Hygiene on the mainland is not good enough and it causes some problems.

Firstly, the lack of proper hygiene harms the image of the country.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Asus A53E

Netbooks may have taken a large chunk of the market from laptops, but Asus, the company that first introduced netbooks, has blurred the lines between the two.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Authorities criticised for seizing bicycles

A green group slammed the government for discouraging the use of environmentally friendly transport as illegally parked bicycles outside the Tai Wai MTR station were confiscated after very short notice.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Acer Iconia Tab W500

If you're not convinced that a tablet can meet all your requirements, but still want an ultra-portable computer, the Acer Iconia Tab W500 might just be what you're looking for.

With the Iconia Tab, Acer has split the screen of a netbook from its keyboard, so that you get the best of both worlds. When detached, the 10.1-inch touchscreen can be used like a tablet.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

MSI WindPad

While everyone seems to be talking about the iPad and the new Android-powered models, few know that there are also 'pads' or 'tablets' that actually run Microsoft's Windows operating systems. Featuring a 10.1-inch multi-touch display, the MSI WindPad brings the touch-enabled Windows 7 platform to a tablet form factor.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

A bargain at HK$41 but 'they don't work'

When the government seizes a bicycle, discards a computer or comes across an abandoned toaster at a housing estate, it sells them to the public by auction at the Government Logistics Centre in Chai Wan.

25 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Man in his 70s sets fire to ex-lover's flat

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hasee Q230

There might not be much that stands out in this netbook from mainland PC maker Hasee, but for just under HK$2,000, you can take one home.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Entourage Edge

It's a brand new year in gadgetland and there are lots of new gadgets already announced for a 2010 launch. Quite apart from Apple's new iTablet or iPhone upgrade, one very exciting development is the Entourage Edge, a dual-purpose PC/ e-book reader from US company Entourage.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Officers swoop, but the bicycles remain near Cheung Chau pier

More than a hundred bicycles remained illegally parked near Cheung Chau ferry pier yesterday after a clearance by government officers.

12 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

All things digital

Back-to-school gadgets need to be tough to survive the daily wear and tear of student life. Laptops are useful tools because of their flexibility and portability but net books reign supreme due to their cheaper price and smaller size.

31 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Dell Latitude 2100

Dell's new Latitude 2100 netbook is especially designed for anyone who's still at school and needs a PC that is both portable and tough enough to take the everyday wear and tear of the classroom.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am