Microsoft to unveil latest Windows adjustments

Speculation is mounting that Microsoft could show off a new, smaller version of its Surface tablet computers at its developers’ conference, which starts in a few hours. Photo: SCMP

Microsoft will use its annual developers conference to release a preview of Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company’s flagship operating system.

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 12:38pm

More glass falls from luxury high-rises

Scaffolding surrounds the Soho38 window. Photo: Nora Tam

Panes of glass from two more luxury high-rise blocks have fallen off, with one crashing down onto the alfresco dining area of a SoHo restaurant, injuring one of its staff.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:27am

Huawei, Microsoft expand in Africa with launch of low-cost Windows smartphone

The headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Photo: Reuters

The product's launch yesterday marked the start of the "Microsoft 4Africa Initiative", a new effort through which the software giant will actively engage in helping the continent improve its global competitiveness.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:43am

Rocking the cradle

Rocking the cradle

Elegant minimalism in a child-friendly interior.

3 Nov 2012 - 11:30pm

Sun Hung Kai to replace Arch windows after breakages

The Arch, where nearly 60 glass panels have shattered or fallen out since 2008 and more than 1,000 will be replaced. Photo: Felix Wong

Developer Sun Hung Kai Properties will spend tens of millions of dollars replacing tempered-glass windows in more than 1,000 flats at its luxury estate The Arch. Nearly 60 glass panels have shattered or fallen out there since 2008.

24 Oct 2012 - 7:07am

Larvotto, The Arch residents unhappy with response to window falls

A white cover masks a broken window at The Arch in West Kowloon. Residents fear the breakages will reduce the value of their flats. Photo: Felix Wong

Residents living in fear of breaking windows in two luxury high-rise apartment complexes say the Buildings Department and developers have ignored their concerns about safety and depreciating property values.

24 Oct 2012 - 5:38am

Glass needs stringent testing to prevent it falling from buildings

Cracked glass was caused by an impurity. Photo: Yu Wai-kin

Glass panels that have fallen from the walls of two luxury estates have been diagnosed with "glass cancer", which is caused by an impurity common in tempered glass and which can be prevented only by stringent quality control.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Hip of the old block

Hip of the old block

A lovingly restored SoHo walk-up is an elegant art deco refuge that allows its tenant to time travel away from the party scene below.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:55pm

Be cool and stay safe

One of the ways to improve protection of homes during the summer - whether from seasonal typhoons or strong ultraviolet (UV) light - is by the use of window films.

They are easy to install and recommended by many architects.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Residents wonder why their windows fell out

After Typhoon Vicente cut a swathe through the Island Resort private housing estate, residents were left wondering what had happened to their windows.

Windows and glass panels shattered and fell from at least 30 flats up to the 30th floors in two of the 12-year-old Siu Sai Wan development's five towers.

The hardest hit were the flats facing the podium garden.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Insulate against bills

Energy-conscious homeowners who want to minimise the cost of heating and cooling their homes use efficient windows. But the key is knowing what upgrades are the best value for money.

Interior designer Gary Lai renovated a Mid-Levels home in which he installed double-glazed windows in the living area to buffer noise from the street.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Wood Architecture Now!

Wood Architecture Now! Houses 2 Architecture Now! by Philip Jodidio Taschen

What is it that so intrigues us about looking inside someone else's house? Most coffee table books on the subject focus on the more extravagant constructions, giving the reader the voyeuristic thrill of seeing how the rich and famous live.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Structures crackdown official under fire

The top official with the job of cracking down on illegal structures on buildings is embroiled in a row over possible conflict of interest after approving the sliding windows on a balcony at his home without going through the formal procedure.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Positions with 'sharp' energy

If you are easily distracted at work, review your seating arrangement. Your failure to concentrate may be due to the presence of fast-flowing, distracting energy that may be transformed into shar chi, or sharp energy, if it is not addressed.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Late bloomer

Food writer Fox Daniels and her financial-consultant husband spent a year living out of boxes, looking at the bare walls of their half-finished 800 sq ft Central apartment, before her eye lit on a certain flower and she had her eureka moment.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am