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Just wave your toll goodbye at tunnels

The plan will do away with the need to stop and pay. Photo: Robert Ng

Contactless electronic payments may be accepted at toll tunnels and roads by 2016, under a new government proposal. However, there are fears the cost of the HK$45.5 million project to enable payment by Octopus and other smart cards will be passed on to the public.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 4:23am

Motor skills

Cuter scooter

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

iPhone's new tentacles

The Octopus card is set to end up attached to iPhones thanks to the company that makes the smart cards it has already combined with watches and key chains.

The new sticker, which has been designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S models, blends communication, travel and shopping into one convenient package.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Octopus expands into worthy causes

In a landmark deal between Octopus Cards and the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, up to 30 charities could be giving you a 'doot'' as well as a thank you when you shell out to help the needy. The first flag-selling event using the Octopus card will be led by the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service on December 17. A swipe of the card will charge the donor a fixed amount of HK$5.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dood, that's one catchy iPhone app

The hottest iPhone app in town isn't a game or a fancy new way to play music. It's a program that produces just a single beep.

The reason for its popularity is that the noise is identical to the one made when an Octopus card is tapped on a reader.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cards on the table

Government proposals:

Make the sale of personal data an offence carrying a maximum fine of HK$1 million and five years in jail.

Raise the penalty for misuse of personal data in direct marketing from HK$10,000 to HK$500,000 and three years in jail.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Caught out

The octopus with its eight tentacles has the legendary ability to grab many things at the same time. But it might have grabbed one too many this time. I am, of course, referring to the controversy that has engulfed the Octopus card company over its practice of selling customers' personal data to other companies for marketing purposes.

11 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Octopus isn't the only predator out there

I don't suppose Prudence Chan Bik-wah is paying too much attention to the newspapers these days but, just in case she is, here are a few words in a more sympathetic tone than others she has been hearing lately.

10 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Octopus saga offers lesson on privacy, ethics

Octopus apologised for selling cardholders' personal information and will donate the HK$44 million it made to charity. Prudence Chan Bik-wah, who resigned as chief executive after not being open about the deals, was replaced by a senior official of the parent company, the MTR Corporation.

9 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Movie to cash in on Paul the oracle octopus

The story of Paul the psychic octopus will be made into a film scheduled to hit the big screens around China next month, a mainland movie producer announced yesterday.

23 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Lai See

Mainland companies see fortune in psychic octopus

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Psychic octopus grips the nation

The soccer World Cup may be over, but China has not lost its fascination with Paul the psychic octopus, who helped make this year's sporting spectacle even more entertaining by correctly predicting many results.

The iconic soothsaying mollusc has become a pop-culture sensation on the mainland, and businessmen are also seeking to profit from his unique talent.

16 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Meeting over Octopus complaints

Privacy Commissioner Roderick Woo Bun (pictured) will meet representatives of Octopus Cards Ltd and lawmakers over complaints regarding the company's policy of transferring or selling cardholders' information to its partners. Lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing yesterday said the legislature's complaints division received complaints and the division would meet the parties involved.

14 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Get a wiggle on if you want to win a ticket to 'The Beatles for children'

We hear one of the world's most popular children's entertainment groups, The Wiggles, will be in town for two shows at Star Hall in Kowloon Bay on June 1 and June 2.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

This week's question: If you could change the Octopus' trademark 'doot' sound, what would you change it to?

Benjamin Allen, 16, La Salle College

In our fast-paced city, the Octopus bleep we are all so familiar with adds to the stress and tension of a working day. It is a constant reminder of how packed our schedules are, and how we rush through life.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am