Global Positioning System

Get ready because the chiclets are coming to Hong Kong

The STRIDE system is likely to prove a boon to computer-betting syndicates able to take best advantage of the in-race minutiae it will provide. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If you've ever watched vision of races at certain tracks in Canada, the United States, Dubai's Meydan or Singapore's Kranji and noted, either with admiration or disgust, those little screen saver-type renditions of the race at the bottom of your picture, then get ready as

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 1:42am

China's eyes in the sky need watching

Being able to pinpoint the location of an object on the earth's surface is one of the most powerful technologies a government can have. China's announcement that its Beidou satellite navigational system has become operational symbolically moves the nation forward on the world stage.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China move could call time on GMT

The hour has come. China has decided to call a truce with the United States in the fight for time.

Next month, a Chinese government delegation heads to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva to cast its vote and its influence in the 193-member organisation - on a US proposal to amend the global standard of timekeeping.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China's eyes in the sky 'go public'

China opened its home-grown satellite navigation system to civilian use yesterday, presenting the United States with a challenge to its global dominance in the field.

Though still incomplete, the Beidou system had already proven its worth in boosting China's military, technological and economic muscle, the central government said.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Watch for these - the latest wrist gadgets for runners

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Set to launch later this year, the latest incarnation from arguably the world's leading GPS watch brand is much sleeker than its predecessors. The all-in-one device not only tracks running and cycling, but also extensive swim metrics including distance, stroke identification, stroke count and pool length.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Travel gadgets

Parrot - Minikit Smart

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Here's something to look forward to this year. Last week, Sony unveiled the next generation of its portable gaming console. Launched under the codename Next Generation Portable, the next version of the PSP, or the PSP2 - as many call it - is expected to hit stores later this year.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

China satellite launch counters US dominance

China launched the sixth satellite of its Beidou-2 programme yesterday, part of an accelerated challenge to US supremacy in providing global positioning services.

It was the fourth satellite added to the system this year - the previous two took three years - with eight more expected to go into orbit next year.

2 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Government should put GPS systems in all Hong Kong taxis

I have been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and I have found that you are lucky to get a taxi driver who is more than 10 per cent competent in English.

It is amazing how taxi drivers insist on correct Cantonese pronunciation before they will understand your address instructions. Then you have to make the correct pronunciation five times.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

'Unforgettable humiliation' led to development of GPS equivalent

An 'unforgettable humiliation' the People's Liberation Army suffered during the Taiwan Strait missile crisis in 1996 prompted the mainland to build its own global navigation and positioning satellite system, a retired senior military official has disclosed.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Hidden extras

Augmented reality (AR), the physical world we can touch and feel mixed with computer-generated imagery, has been called 'mildly terrifying'.

18 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Treasure found in nature

Getting teenagers away from the computer screen or games console and out into the country parks is no easy task, as so much of their social and school life is tied to technology.

But what better way to tempt them out into the fresh air than by introducing a game that combines a treasure hunt, a healthy hike and the use of some of the latest technology?

30 May 2009 - 12:00am


Finding our way

I am writing to express my opinion on the launch of GPS taxis. I think having Global Positioning Systems on Hong Kong public transport is a good idea.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Is the Sevens ticketing system fair to everybody?

On Saturday morning I, along with thousands of other fans, proceeded to join the queue for Rugby Sevens tickets.

That was just the beginning of the problems.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


How can the smoking ban be better enforced?

The anti-smoking laws introduced in January have enjoyed some success. However, I think they could do with some improvements.

Tobacco Control Office inspectors cannot deal with all cases of people breaking the anti-smoking laws.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am