More than 50 global retail brands set up shop in Hong Kong in 2012

Hong Kong provides a world-class shopping experience to suit any taste and budget. Photo: AFP

Fifty-one retail brands set up shop in the city, according to a study by CBRE Global Research & Consulting, which monitored more than 300 new retail openings across Asia-Pacific in 2012.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 2:33am

Brands invest HK$40 billion in campaigns to boost sales

Total advertising expenditure in Hong Kong rose 13 per cent last year from HK$36.03 billion in 2011, despite weak market sentiment caused by the sluggish economy. Photo: AFP

Media-monitoring firm admanGo reported that total advertising expenditure in the city rose 13 per cent from HK$36.03 billion in 2011, despite weak market sentiment caused by the sluggish economy.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Brands grow fast but face piracy woes

The mainland is the world's fastest-growing market for licensing, such as from Disney, having grown to US$4.7 billion in 2011. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland is the world's fastest-growing brand licensing market and exports of branded products are rising rapidly. But the industry faces severe problems of piracy, said speakers at a recent licensing conference.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:01am

Proenza Schouler lights the way

Lazaro Hernandez (left) and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler.

The creative duo behind Proenza Schouler are leading anew generation of American design, writes Tessa Chan.

26 Oct 2012 - 11:11pm

The adventures of a strange and fascinating Strange girl

Emily the Strange: Piece of Mind By Rob Rener and Jessica Gruner Published by HarperCollins Children's Books ISBN 978 0 00 7454006

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Meizu seeks to rival majors on smartphone list

Meizu Technology, one of the world's fastest-growing mobile-phone manufacturers, aims to become the third-largest Chinese smartphone brand by the end of this year and start its foray into international markets next year.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ainol V8000 HDS

There are many portable media players (PMPs) on the market, but there are a few challenges when it comes to playing videos. For example, high-definition videos will not play smoothly on most models without some kind of conversion on a PC.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Some MP3 players at full volume can damage ears in 7.5 minutes

Be warned. Listening to some MP3 players at full volume - as loud as standing near a jet engine - can damage one's hearing in a little more than seven minutes.

The Consumer Council tested 27 MP3 players and found that in eight, the maximum volume exceeded 100 decibels. Two iPod models were among the loudest.

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

iriver D50

Portable media player (PMP) maker iriver is entering the portable computing market with its new D50 model, a device that combines multimedia capabilities, wireless connectivity and a full Qwerty keyboard.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Creative Zen Moo Plus

What better way to start the Year of the Ox than with cow merchandise?

Launched just in time for the Lunar New Year, the Creative Zen Moo Plus is a cute little toy if you're bored of more hi-tech devices from brands like Apple.

25 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Chameleon MP3

Life is never black or white, so why should your MP3 player be any different? Singapore-based Creative Technology wants you to infuse some colour with its Zen Neeon player. Thanks to Creative Stik-On skins available at, the Zen Neeon can change its looks easily when the inclination for a new design strikes you.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Gadget gang...

Jessica Ng Ting-yiu, 16, St Paul's Convent School


Brand/Model: Nokia 6610

How much? $1,500

Ringtones: 'The theme music from the Japanese animation Kiki's Delivery Service. I like Hayao Miyazaki's animations. My previous ringtone was the music from his film Laputa: Castle in the Sky.'

21 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Take it away

Forget fast food. Enjoy your favourite takeaway movie on the new Archos AV 740 mobile digital video recorder.

The device enables direct recording from your television or DVD player without using a computer. It comes with a docking pad that connects directly to your video source for easy recording using its TV docking pad.

15 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


Samsung Digimax i5: Like many super-thin digital cameras, the Digimax i5 features

3 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Quality music at a stroke

Apple's iPod is almost synonymous with the hard disk-drive MP3 player, and with good reason: it got there first, looks hip and delivers quality sound.

But it is no longer alone. Competitors challenging its default status have emerged and multiplied like optical mouses.

Samsung now makes them. So too do Aiwa, Rio and iRiver.

12 Oct 2004 - 12:00am