Chris Chang

Chris Chang

Video Producer, Abacus

Chris Chang is a video producer with Abacus. When Chris was in high school, he set up a blog called M.I.C. Gadget to write about gadgets made in China. He reported cheap iPhone knockoffs to the rise of Chinese smartphones, and he made the world’s first Steve Jobs action figure that got banned by Apple. At his age of 20, he decided to pursue a career where all he does is filmmaking and photography. He spent seven years to work on portrait films, documentaries, and branding films. Today, he is at Abacus to use his filmmaking techniques to unbox and review the latest tech products from China.

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Shop selling traditional sugar cane juice quenching Hong Kong thirst for 70 years

A traditional summertime favourite in Hong Kong, sugar cane juice is increasingly hard to find in the city because of limited sugar cane supply. Among the few remaining local shops selling sugar cane juice is Kung Lee, which has been around for 70 years. The store uses traditional methods to peel, steam and press the sugar cane with an antique juicer. Ben Tsui, who’s a fourth-generation owner, has been reinventing the business with new products to attract new customers.
 

A traditional summertime favourite in Hong Kong, sugar cane juice is increasingly hard to find in the city because of limited sugar cane supply. Among the few remaining local shops selling sugar cane juice is Kung Lee, which has been around for 70 years. The store uses traditional methods to peel, steam and press the sugar cane with an antique juicer. Ben Tsui, who’s a fourth-generation owner, has been reinventing the business with new products to attract new customers.
 

9 May 2021 - 8:00AM
The rise of Chinese smartphones

Chinese smartphones were once thought of as cheaply made, unreliable and not very durable. But in recent years, Chinese smartphone brands have made large inroads to take a bigger share of the global market. The Chinese models have earned a reputation for being powerful yet affordable, and because they support advanced 5G networks across the budget range. Major brands from other countries have struggled to price their phones as low as their Chinese competitors do. As a result, top Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are seeing growth in worldwide smartphone shipments to the point that they now provide stiff competition to the likes of Apple and Samsung across the range of smartphone models.

Chinese smartphones were once thought of as cheaply made, unreliable and not very durable. But in recent years, Chinese smartphone brands have made large inroads to take a bigger share of the global market. The Chinese models have earned a reputation for being powerful yet affordable, and because they support advanced 5G networks across the budget range. Major brands from other countries have struggled to price their phones as low as their Chinese competitors do. As a result, top Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are seeing growth in worldwide smartphone shipments to the point that they now provide stiff competition to the likes of Apple and Samsung across the range of smartphone models.

17 May 2021 - 3:17PM
Robot restaurant: machines prepare, cook and serve all the food at eatery in China

A restaurant in China is using robots to deliver a fully automated dining and cooking experience for customers. At the Foodom restaurant in Foshan, a city in the southern province of Guangdong, robotic arms prepare fast food after they are programmed to follow recipes for making noodles or stir-fry dishes. When ready, the food is served by robot waiters and a conveyor-belt system that runs through the ceiling of the restaurant. But even in a venue where it seems all the work can be handed over to the machines, there are still some tasks that require a human touch.

A restaurant in China is using robots to deliver a fully automated dining and cooking experience for customers. At the Foodom restaurant in Foshan, a city in the southern province of Guangdong, robotic arms prepare fast food after they are programmed to follow recipes for making noodles or stir-fry dishes. When ready, the food is served by robot waiters and a conveyor-belt system that runs through the ceiling of the restaurant. But even in a venue where it seems all the work can be handed over to the machines, there are still some tasks that require a human touch.

4 Apr 2021 - 1:37PM
Inside Hong Kong's mandatory coronavirus quarantine camp at Penny's Bay

Hong Kong's quarantine laws are among the strictest in the world. Close contact cases are isolated from the community by being moved into isolation facilities. One of the largest of the camps has been built on undeveloped land at Penny's Bay, near Hong Kong Disneyland. A recent surge in infections that started with a superspreading event at a gym in the city, has forced hundreds of people into quarantine.
 

Hong Kong's quarantine laws are among the strictest in the world. Close contact cases are isolated from the community by being moved into isolation facilities. One of the largest of the camps has been built on undeveloped land at Penny's Bay, near Hong Kong Disneyland. A recent surge in infections that started with a superspreading event at a gym in the city, has forced hundreds of people into quarantine.
 

20 Mar 2021 - 8:00PM
Old-school haircut tradition lives on in the hands of Hong Kong master barber Tiger Leung

Tiger Leung has made a career out of cutting hair and giving clean shaves. For over 50 years, he has run his traditional barbershop in Hong Kong with a focus on an old-school approach to his craft. While similar shops have gradually faded away and closed over the years, Leung is determined to keep his business open for as long as he can. But today his customers are not only long-time clients who have become his good friends. Thanks to the attention his shop has received on social media, Leung's business is getting attention from a whole new generation.

Tiger Leung has made a career out of cutting hair and giving clean shaves. For over 50 years, he has run his traditional barbershop in Hong Kong with a focus on an old-school approach to his craft. While similar shops have gradually faded away and closed over the years, Leung is determined to keep his business open for as long as he can. But today his customers are not only long-time clients who have become his good friends. Thanks to the attention his shop has received on social media, Leung's business is getting attention from a whole new generation.

12 Apr 2021 - 11:12AM
Hong Kong airline caterer shifts to making hotel quarantine meals and lunchboxes during pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the global aviation industry. With many flights grounded, demand for in-flight meals has dropped significantly leaving companies that supply airlines with meals scrambling to survive. To cope, Hong Kong airline caterer Gate Gourmet has changed its business model to provide meals for people in hotel quarantines, and even to prepare “airline food” for delivery to homes.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the global aviation industry. With many flights grounded, demand for in-flight meals has dropped significantly leaving companies that supply airlines with meals scrambling to survive. To cope, Hong Kong airline caterer Gate Gourmet has changed its business model to provide meals for people in hotel quarantines, and even to prepare “airline food” for delivery to homes.

7 Mar 2021 - 5:00PM
Hong Kong unveils new temporary hospital with 816 beds for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms

Hong Kong’s new temporary Covid-19 hospital in North Lantau will go into service in February. The new facility is built to house patients with mild symptoms. It was completed in just four months, using the “modular integrated construction” (MiC) method. With the rise of Covid-19 cases in the city, this new hospital has negative pressure wards that can accommodate 816 isolation beds. It also has the latest fully automated molecular system, which can boost the city's coronavirus testing capacity by 10 to 15 per cent.

Hong Kong’s new temporary Covid-19 hospital in North Lantau will go into service in February. The new facility is built to house patients with mild symptoms. It was completed in just four months, using the “modular integrated construction” (MiC) method. With the rise of Covid-19 cases in the city, this new hospital has negative pressure wards that can accommodate 816 isolation beds. It also has the latest fully automated molecular system, which can boost the city's coronavirus testing capacity by 10 to 15 per cent.

3 Feb 2021 - 1:20AM
Sony PlayStation 5 goes on sale in Hong Kong, but most gamers need to pay double to get one

Sony’s PlayStation 5 finally went on sale in Hong Kong on November 19, 2020. Gamers who pre-ordered a console were able to pick it up, but those who weren't able to pre-order will have to wait until Sony gets stock for walk-in sales, or pay twice the price to get a console on the resale market at local game stores.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 finally went on sale in Hong Kong on November 19, 2020. Gamers who pre-ordered a console were able to pick it up, but those who weren't able to pre-order will have to wait until Sony gets stock for walk-in sales, or pay twice the price to get a console on the resale market at local game stores.

19 Nov 2020 - 10:40PM
HomePod mini: Can Apple's smart speaker handle Chinese accents and dialects?

The Apple HomePod mini is marketed as having Chinese language recognition ability that sets it apart from other smart speakers. But while the device is said to be able to support Mandarin and Cantonese dialects, we wanted to put the HomePod mini to the test to see if Siri can understand different Chinese accents as well as dialects.

The Apple HomePod mini is marketed as having Chinese language recognition ability that sets it apart from other smart speakers. But while the device is said to be able to support Mandarin and Cantonese dialects, we wanted to put the HomePod mini to the test to see if Siri can understand different Chinese accents as well as dialects.

12 Nov 2020 - 9:05PM
Road test: cycling Hong Kong’s scenic New Territories route after new section completes 60km track

The completion of a section of cycling track in Hong Kong’s New Territories has put the finishing touches on a 60km (37-mile) long path that links Tuen Mun and Ma On Shan. The new 11km (6.8-mile) Yuen Long to Sheung Shui section, which runs through a number of scenic spots such as the Kam Tin River and the Long Valley Wetland, opened to the public on September 29, 2020. South China Morning Post reporter Mark Agnew and Chan Ka-leung of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance took advantage of the autumn weather to saddle up for a road test.

The completion of a section of cycling track in Hong Kong’s New Territories has put the finishing touches on a 60km (37-mile) long path that links Tuen Mun and Ma On Shan. The new 11km (6.8-mile) Yuen Long to Sheung Shui section, which runs through a number of scenic spots such as the Kam Tin River and the Long Valley Wetland, opened to the public on September 29, 2020. South China Morning Post reporter Mark Agnew and Chan Ka-leung of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance took advantage of the autumn weather to saddle up for a road test.

7 Nov 2020 - 10:37AM
Hong Kong camera guardian David Chan spent 60 years collecting vintage gear

“They are works of art”, says David Chan as he describes the massive collection of vintage cameras he has assembled in his Hong Kong shop over about 60 years. Though Chan buys and sells some equipment, he considers himself more of a guardian of vintage photographic gear, on a mission to help future generations see the beauty of camera craftsmanship.

“They are works of art”, says David Chan as he describes the massive collection of vintage cameras he has assembled in his Hong Kong shop over about 60 years. Though Chan buys and sells some equipment, he considers himself more of a guardian of vintage photographic gear, on a mission to help future generations see the beauty of camera craftsmanship.

26 Oct 2020 - 3:29PM
Is the camera as good as Apple claims it is? Pro photographer tests the new iPhone 12 Pro

The new iPhone 12 Pro has impressive camera technology that is designed for photographers, but it comes at a premium price which costs as much as a professional camera. The Post invited a pro photographer to test the iPhone 12 Pro for shooting portraits and cityscapes in Hong Kong.

The new iPhone 12 Pro has impressive camera technology that is designed for photographers, but it comes at a premium price which costs as much as a professional camera. The Post invited a pro photographer to test the iPhone 12 Pro for shooting portraits and cityscapes in Hong Kong.

23 Oct 2020 - 7:59PM
From serving drinks to stacking shelves, robots get more jobs in Japan as workforce shrinks

Robots are increasingly getting more jobs in Japan, a nation struggling to cope with an ageing, shrinking workforce. The machines have been deployed to help with tasks such as stacking shelves, serving drinks and cleaning toilets. Some, including a shelf-stocking machine called “kangaroo robot”, are even operated remotely by humans using virtual reality interfaces.

Robots are increasingly getting more jobs in Japan, a nation struggling to cope with an ageing, shrinking workforce. The machines have been deployed to help with tasks such as stacking shelves, serving drinks and cleaning toilets. Some, including a shelf-stocking machine called “kangaroo robot”, are even operated remotely by humans using virtual reality interfaces.

6 Sep 2020 - 8:00AM
Should you buy Samsung’s ‘ultra-pricey’ Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung’s most-powerful phone yet, but is it worth the US$1,300 price tag? A large smartphone with a built-in stylus, the device comes with top-notch specs including an immersive 6.9-inch display, and a massive 50x camera zoom capability. The Post got access to one of the phones for 72 hours to put it to the test.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung’s most-powerful phone yet, but is it worth the US$1,300 price tag? A large smartphone with a built-in stylus, the device comes with top-notch specs including an immersive 6.9-inch display, and a massive 50x camera zoom capability. The Post got access to one of the phones for 72 hours to put it to the test.

28 Aug 2020 - 5:40PM
China’s new flood control solutions can help communities cope with flooded roads

China is using new flood-control methods to cope with roads being blocked by rising waters. One of the latest solutions was developed by a Chinese company, which mitigates flooding more efficiently than commonly used sandbags.

China is using new flood-control methods to cope with roads being blocked by rising waters. One of the latest solutions was developed by a Chinese company, which mitigates flooding more efficiently than commonly used sandbags.

12 Aug 2020 - 7:11PM
How hi-tech solutions are being used across Asia to cope with the coronavirus pandemic

Technology has helped some countries and regions in Asia do a better job containing the spread and coping with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. From apps to manage quarantines, to robots to spread disinfectant, the hi-tech solutions have a common goal of fighting the deadly effects of Covid-19.

Technology has helped some countries and regions in Asia do a better job containing the spread and coping with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. From apps to manage quarantines, to robots to spread disinfectant, the hi-tech solutions have a common goal of fighting the deadly effects of Covid-19.

7 Aug 2020 - 1:05PM
iPhone SE, iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro: which camera is right for you?

The number of camera lenses and low-light performance are the main differences between iPhones, so choose wisely.

The number of camera lenses and low-light performance are the main differences between iPhones, so choose wisely.

24 Jul 2020 - 12:43PM
Turn your Nintendo Switch into a retro arcade cabinet with this new gadget

The Switch Fighter lets you play classic arcade games like Street Fighter II as you would in an arcade

The Switch Fighter lets you play classic arcade games like Street Fighter II as you would in an arcade

9 Jul 2020 - 9:24PM
A guide to shooting high-end cinematic video on Apple’s cheap iPhone SE

Apple’s cheapest iPhone still gives great results for shooting high-quality videos

Apple’s cheapest iPhone still gives great results for shooting high-quality videos

30 Jun 2020 - 10:12AM
19 Jun 2020 - 5:00AM
Oppo’s wild anime phone will excite any Evangelion fan

The phone, the box and everything inside it gets some kind of Evangelion-themed design

The phone, the box and everything inside it gets some kind of Evangelion-themed design

5 Jun 2020 - 8:59PM
Zooming in 100x on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t as cool as it sounds

It’s difficult to take a good shot at 100x zoom, but other zoom levels offer better result

It’s difficult to take a good shot at 100x zoom, but other zoom levels offer better result

15 Jun 2020 - 1:04PM
The Motorola Razr is an overpriced flip phone with underperforming specs

It’s natural to compare the Razr to the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and it’s not flattering to Motorola

It’s natural to compare the Razr to the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and it’s not flattering to Motorola

7 May 2020 - 10:02PM
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is the best foldable phone you shouldn’t buy

It’s a big phone that folds up into a neat square, but it’s not worth US$1,400

It’s a big phone that folds up into a neat square, but it’s not worth US$1,400

15 Jun 2020 - 1:06PM
The iPhone SE is everything you need in a phone for US$400

Apple’s new iPhone SE offers flagship power and a good camera on a budget, making it difficult for similarly priced Android handsets to compete

Apple’s new iPhone SE offers flagship power and a good camera on a budget, making it difficult for similarly priced Android handsets to compete

15 Jun 2020 - 1:06PM
The Galaxy S20 Ultra has lots of features that look better on paper

At $1,400, Samsung’s new phone offers powerful specs and overhyped camera features

At $1,400, Samsung’s new phone offers powerful specs and overhyped camera features

15 Jun 2020 - 1:07PM
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is a feature-rich mid-range phone

Oppo’s new phone has great image stabilization and a 5x hybrid zoom for less than US$500

Oppo’s new phone has great image stabilization and a 5x hybrid zoom for less than US$500

15 Jun 2020 - 1:07PM
The TikTok phone is a solid budget handset with flagship specs

The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 offers a lot more than just having TikTok available at the swipe of a finger

The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 offers a lot more than just having TikTok available at the swipe of a finger

2 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM
What it’s like to shoot 108-megapixel photos on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi’s first phone with a 108-megapixel camera is impressive when it comes to zooming, but low-light performance leaves much to be desired

Xiaomi’s first phone with a 108-megapixel camera is impressive when it comes to zooming, but low-light performance leaves much to be desired

16 Feb 2020 - 7:01PM
DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

27 Dec 2019 - 12:10PM