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Talking points

Cathay reveals extent of profit slump

Cathay Pacific Airways releases its annual results, with the figures expected to show profits plunging by almost 90 per cent to HK$570 million. Chief executive John Slosar warned in November that the airline had experienced a "difficult" year.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 3:00am

Antarctic telescopes a Sino-US icebreaker

A Chinese expedition to the coldest place on earth is taking along evidence of a possible thaw in Sino-US trade relationships.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Olympus SZ-30MR

You might not be able to change the lens on the Olympus SZ-30MR, but a jaw-dropping 24x (25mm to 600mm) wide-angle zoom lens should cover the bases for most photo enthusiasts.

From wide landscapes to super close-ups, the SZ-30MR is more than capable of doing the job.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Kodak Playsport ZX3

High definition used to mean big, expensive cameras that cost thousands of dollars. But today you can get HD performance in smaller, more affordable packages like the Kodak Playsport ZX3.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Canon Powershot SX210 IS

Compact digital cameras used to come with a standard 3x optical zoom. If you wanted to get a closer shot of anything, you either had to move or buy a much bigger camera with a larger zoom.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Favourable impressions

Vicenta Valenciano Exhibition opening cocktail party

Where: Sofia Gaspar Gallery

When: October 30

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Reaching for the stars will be at your fingertips after HK$76.3m space museum renovation

Hongkongers will be able to control a space telescope by remote control over the internet, under a HK$76.3 million improvement scheme, the Space Museum's curator said yesterday.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Stars to be just a few clicks away

Hongkongers will be able to control a space telescope by remote control over the internet after a HK$76.3 million Space Museum improvement scheme, its curator said yesterday.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Small can be big

Quick Facts

Find synonyms for the following words:

twist, enlarge, transformation

One of the easiest ways to make small objects look bigger is to look at them through a lens, or curved piece of glass.

Nobody is sure who first discovered this device. Archaeologists have found lenses in the Middle East that are 2,600 years old.

10 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Zooming in on the universe

Star Gazers

Fill in the gaps with the following words:

observatories, astrology, constellations

Watching the skies is an ancient occupation. The Sumerians who lived in the Middle East began studying the movements of stars and planets about 3500BC.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am

Sharing the joy of star-gazing with passers-by

When did you first discover an interest in astronomy?

My dad was a car mechanic and I grew up in a house full of nuts and bolts. I have always liked playing with them, taking things apart and putting them back together.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Peer behind the celestial veil without opening your door

In a first for Hong Kong, armchair stargazers will soon be able to look beyond the solar system from their homes using a telescope they can control via the internet. But they may have to wait a few years.

The $850,000 telescope, with a 60cm diameter, will be part of an Interactive Astronomical Observatory in Sai Kung.

22 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Built to withstand harsh conditions, the new Sports Miniket from Samsung Electronics is a rugged companion worthy of an Indiana Jones-type adventure or a weekend hike in the hills. The six-in-one device provides video camera, still camera, MP3 player, web camera, portable storage and voice recorder functions. It is packed in a weather-resistant, moisture proof and shock-absorbent rubber case.

2 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Point-and-shoot's zoom is lightning fast off the trigger

The Casio QV-R51 is so new even the big digital camera websites have not heard of it yet. Hong Kong is the first place it has been launched outside Japan.

A month ago, I raved about the Casio QV-R40, the R51's predecessor, priced at just $2,460.

13 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Bugs, bladders and binoculars

CONCEALED ZOOM LENSES? Avalanche-proof backpacks? Listening devices and sabotage by software? If you want to be James Bond, we have the technology.

9 Feb 2003 - 12:00am