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Technology is just a touch away

Near-field communication (NFC) is making life easier and more convenient by making it simpler to conduct transactions, exchange digital content and connect electronic devices with a touch.

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012, 12:00am

Technology is just a touch away

Near-field communication (NFC) is making life easier and more convenient by making it simpler to conduct transactions, exchange digital content and connect electronic devices with a touch.

NFC is a technology standard that harmonises and extends existing contactless standards. Developed in the West, NFC is gradually taking off in Asia.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Smart way to deal with new cards

A decade ago, it was still common to carry lose coins for a bus ride or small purchases around the city. But since 1997, the launch of the Octopus stored-value smart card for electronic payment has quickly revolutionised our daily lives. Nowadays, leaving home without the piece of plastic is like forgetting your wallet and keys.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Glitch leaves Henry Tang red-faced, but 'all will be right on the night'

Gremlins rained on Hong Kong's parade yesterday when Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen paid a visit to the city's HK$346 million presence at the World Expo in Shanghai.

The two pavilions are intended to show Hong Kong off as a world leader in hi-tech lifestyle solutions and innovations. Tang was visiting the sites ahead of the May 1 opening.

20 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Last week's Technology article 'China Digital bets on product replacement' misquoted the company's chief financial officer about the estimated physical life of a smart card on the mainland. It should have said: 'Every five years you are going to see smart cards need to be changed because of the constant upgrade, like a cellphone business.'

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Expo panel hails long reach of Octopus card

Octopus, the rechargeable e-payment smart card, has won the heart of the World Expo panel and landed Hong Kong a chance to showcase the city's efficiency at the 2010 extravaganza in Shanghai.

Deputy director of the Shanghai World Expo, Zhou Hanmin, spoke highly of the Octopus system yesterday when announcing the firms to be showcased in the expo's urban best practices area.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Mistaken Octopus deductions revealed

A total of HK$35,000 was incorrectly deducted from Octopus smart cards on 837 occasions over the past two years.

Octopus Card said yesterday this was a tiny portion of more than 10 million transactions handled daily by the company on 16 million cards - amounting to 7.3 billion transactions in two years. The wrongly deducted amounts were all refunded.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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