“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” wrote William Shakespeare in As You Like It. Substitute “screen” for stage and that quote remains as apt four centuries after the play’s first performance.
From a colour‑changing car to a finger‑nibbling cat robot (the Amagami Ham Ham, courtesy of Yukai Engineering and the Liv Heart Corporation, main picture), the recent CES 2022 brought the latest tech ideas from around the world to Las Vegas for a combined in‑person and digital event.
From virtual masterpieces to immersive escape rooms, the licensing industry, for one, has been quick to adapt to the new post‑COVID-19 pandemic reality. This was the key message underlined time and again at the recent 2021 virtual edition of the Licensing Expo, an annual event traditionally held in Las Vegas.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended economic activity across the globe over the past one and a half years, but one obvious beneficiary has been e-commerce which has grown in leaps and bounds as customers stay away from shops and restaurants. This change has been marked in the United States, home of the shopping mall.
The United States Department of Commerce’s suspension of preferential treatment of Hong Kong in comparison to Mainland China – on such issues as the availability of export licence exceptions for items subject to Export Administration Regulations – has created a great deal of uncertainty among exporters.
Bangkok-based American architect and hotelier Bill Bensley, Creative Director at Bensley Design Studios, made waves in the hospitality industry with his white paper, Sensible Sustainable Solutions, launched at the Thailand Tourism Forum in Bangkok in January.
As enterprises in Asia adapt to the global digital transformation, United States technology services company Rackspace has strengthened its commitment to Hong Kong in a bid to leverage the “significant” resultant opportunities.
One option when faced with high import tariffs imposed by the United States is to return high-value manufacturing to Hong Kong, delegates at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's research seminar “Sino-US Trade Dispute − Relocation and Domestic Sales” heard.