Thursday, December 13, 2007

2017? acceptable? Tsang tells Beijing

SCMP: "The government has told Beijing more than half the Hong Kong people want universal suffrage by 2012 but that delaying its introduction until 2017 was more likely to win the support of a majority in the city. It was also more likely to receive the necessary support in the Legislative Council, the chief secretary Donald Tsang said......"

FF: "Well, I think 2022 is more likely to win the support of majority in HK, hahaha~"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What the Nintendo DS 2 Might Look Like

TechEBlog: "Though Nintendo hasn't made an official announcement, this Nintendo DS 2 mockup by Jesus Diaz definitely looks very sleek, and the color should be black, getting back to the old-style Nintendo GameWatch two-color scheme but updated to 2008. On the top part, the new 3.5-inch widescreen-capable to display both games and movies played from the SD flash card- will maintain the quality of the current version but with a slightly higher resolution (480 x 272)"

FF: "Lovely, a MUST have gadget"

Monday, December 10, 2007

A remote you can kick around

crave: "HK Football Association, take note: If you want the sport to be as popular here as it is in the rest of the world, start marketing more products like this.

We know as much about futbol as we do about figure skating, but we'd be the first in line to get one of these soccer ball remotes that are sold in the U.K. And it can actually be used as a ball to play with, according to Gizmodo, though we wouldn't recommend that if it was the only remote in the house.

It supposedly can be used for all brands of various devices, including TVs, DVD players, and satellite boxes. The ball has a range of 7.6 meters, or about 25 feet to us Yanks--but, as the product listing says, "you can kick it much farther."

FF: "Yes, HKFA sud marketing more products like that, its fun~ hahaha~"

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Aston University pays £65,000 for new logo

icBirmingham: "Aston University has unveiled a new brand to help it to compete better in the increasingly competitive higher education market.

The change will see the university's new logo - an orange triangle representing the shape of the campus - on buildings, signs and stationery at the city centre site later this month.

The rebranding exercise cost Aston a reported £65,000. But it stressed the change would not be paid for from teaching or research funds, as it was part of the university's business plan.

With universities battling for students and funding, vice chancellor Professor Julia King said a new brand had always been a priority for her since she started at Aston last year.

The new logo, which was designed with the help of leading London image company Spencer Dubois, will first be seen later this month, and will eventually be introduced across the whole campus.

A university spokesman defended the cost of the rebranding exercise and said there were very sound business reasons for the amount of money and research that had gone into it.

"A project of this nature is a massive undertaking," he said. "It is time-consuming, complex and due to the subjective nature of design, sometimes controversial.

"But we identified five very good reasons why we needed to create a new brand and why we settled on the final designs.

"Firstly, Aston University's new strategy provides a very clear set of objectives, challenges and targets up to 2012 and many of these rely heavily on us having a strong reputation, a high profile and a solid brand identity which will continue to take us forward.

"It is also vital that Aston has a brand that is flexible and can be adapted for the diverse audiences we need to attract regionally, nationally and internationally.

"We need to respond to changes in the higher education sector too, we need to show we offer value for money to our students first and foremost but also increasingly to our corporate partners as well.

"As we operate in what is a rapidly changing environment, Aston needs to be able to anticipate future changes and ensure our continued success.

"Finally, and most fundamentally, we must have a brand that reflects the personality, values and aspirations of Aston, from the logo to the key messages we tell people about the university. Most people would agree that the previous identity did not reflect Aston's dynamic, progressive, modern attitude and so it is only right that we took the opportunity to update our 'look'."

Graham Hooley, the senior pro-vice-chancellor at Aston and a professor of marketing, said the rebranding was crucial in a sector as competitive as higher education.

"I believe it represents a significant improvement on the previous one and will prove to be an invaluable asset in raising

Aston's profile," he said. "A good brand defines what that organisation is and what it wants to be. It does so visually, but more than that it lays out a set of values for us all to follow, in the way we work and interact with our contacts."

Aston University was founded in 1895 as Birmingham Municipal Technical School. It changed its name when it was given university status in 1966, but kept a strong focus on technology-related courses.

It was ranked 13th on this year's Good University Guide league table, 20 places above Birmingham University.

Its decision to rebrand itself comes at a time when universities across the region are looking at ways to improve their image to attract in lucrative students. Last month the Perry Barr-based University of Central England became Birmingham City University in a £200,000 rebranding exercised designed to link it more closely to the city's image."

FF: "They should give me a call... I can help them to design for FREE, :P"

DSvision bringing downloadable content to Nintendo's DS

Engadget: "If you're still teetering on the edge of picking up a DS Lite for yourself, here's yet another reason to go ahead and pull the trigger. Dai Nippon Printing has partnered with AM3 in order to offer up a new way to get content / media onto Nintendo's handheld. The system, dubbed DSvision, will enable DS / DS Lite owners to purchase a variety of material through the web, including books, comics, movies, music, etc., and then transfer the files over to the DS for on-the-go enjoyment. The product package will reportedly include a 512MB microSD card, a DS cartridge adapter and a USB adapter (shown after the jump) for use with one's PC. It looks as though the hardware will hit Japanese shelves in January for ¥3,980 ($37), but the web-based content delivery system won't go live until March."

FF: "Nintendo's R4?"