Dell expansion on mainland spells greater investments

Dell is looking for a bigger share of the mainland market, which is expected to see spending increase 11 per cent this year. Photo: Bloomberg

Dell will steadily increase its investments on the mainland, as the computer maker this year expands into the information-technology services and software business in its second-largest market after the United States.

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 4:36am

Book review: On the Map by Simon Garfield

Gordon Cheers, managing director of Millennium House, with one of only 31 copies of the 150kg world atlas, Earth Platinum. Photo: Millennium House

The largest atlas ever published was so big it required its own plane for delivery to buyers, Simon Garfield tells us in On the Map. You needed US$100,000 to buy the book and six strong lads to carry it. The atlas was amazing but user-unfriendly - a bit like this admirable but occasionally unwieldy book.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:58pm

Hotspots: QT Sydney

QT Sydney

What's a QT? It's the first new five-star hotel in Sydney, Australia, in a decade. It opened in late September in the heart of the city but boasts an architectural pedigree that extends back more than 80 years.

3 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Microsoft opens up Windows to the mobile cloud

Microsoft will today release a new version of its flagship Windows operating system tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets.

26 Oct 2012 - 5:17pm

Game: 'Dishonored'

Game: 'Dishonored'


Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks


In steampunk fantasy game Dishonored, the player takes on the role of a deadly assassin who dishes out justice from the shadows while clearing himself of involvement in a royal murder conspiracy.

21 Oct 2012 - 11:04am

Microsoft asks Beijing to stop piracy at state-owned firms

Microsoft has alleged that China CNPC has used unlicensed software. Photo: Reuters

Software giant Microsoft Corp has asked China to stop the alleged use of pirated versions of its Office software by China National Petroleum Corp and three other state-owned companies, three people familiar with the situation said.

29 Jan 2013 - 12:34pm

Should old acquaintance be forgot?

Should old acquaintance be forgot?

As social media platforms swell our circles of friends to unmanageable levels, why are we still so reluctant to let go of defunct relationships, asks Oliver Burkeman.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:25pm

Toybox 3-D televisions

Toybox 3-D televisions

Sony KDL-55HX850 It's always a case of bigger is better if you want a 3-D fim to envelop your senses, and the Sony KDL-55HX850 (HK$34,880) is a good value way of doing just that. Its 55-inch LED panel offers convincing, clean 3-D thrills and spills - although you need to wear 3-D glasses - and it has an unusual, stylish design that appears completely frameless.

7 Sep 2012 - 10:58am

German lifestyle brand focuses on its unique style

Unique offerings are chosen to represent the individual's taste.

Tapping into more than three decades of European furniture and interior know-how, German brand Fink - The Art of Living brings a slice of overseas sophistication to Horizon Plaza.

For more than six years, the company has showcased collections of exclusive and original designs, valuable materials and superior craftsmanship across Hong Kong.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:04am

Google's and Apple's digital maps blur with real world

A joystick permits three-dimensional "flight". Photo: SCMP

Google has a fabulous contraption called Liquid Galaxy, which it uses to amuse and impress guests at conferences for the cyber elite. It consists of eight large LCD screens, turned on their ends and arranged in a circle, with a joystick at the centre.

2 Sep 2012 - 4:08am

Apps can be an aid to teachers

Students often change phones and become emotionally attached to them. Educators can use this to get them to do their homework.Photo: Dickson Lee

Bryan Tang has just completed his IGCSE examination at an international school. Since joining the secondary section, he has changed his smartphone five times. Starting with the iPhone 3, he went on to the iPhone 4, then the Xperia Play and the Galaxy Note. Bryan now uses the Galaxy S3.

27 Aug 2012 - 11:03am

Clean software for all counties

Beijing has ordered thousands of county-level governments on the mainland to only use genuine and authorised computer software by the end of next year.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


I use an Apple Mac mini, so I back up data to an external disk drive. I want to use a 'hot standby drive' so I can work without a break if my active drive fails. What is the easiest, most economical way to synchronise these drives? Eric Spain, Mui Wo

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Software firm's profits slip

Automated Systems has reported a 20.59 per cent drop in interim profits to HK$18.9 million in the first half to September 30. The software developer declared a dividend of 1.6 HK cents a share. Turnover fell 16.78 per cent to HK$523.1 million, while it had net cash of HK$167 million.

9 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Data entry kick-starts engineer's career

Siu Tong had his start in business because entering numbers into a computer was too boring.

This was back in 1979, he explains.

The Hong Kong-born student was hired by General Electric, where he worked alongside several thousand engineers simulating the performance of aircraft engines.

7 Oct 2002 - 12:00am