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Eliminating time and location constraints in fitness industry

2020-02-14

Fitness industry is flourishing in the global market. In Hong Kong, the number of fitness centres has significantly grown in recent years, and some of them even provide 24-hour service. In addition, the introduction of online platforms can help members make class reservation of multiple fitness centres in one go. How have these trends changed the fitness industry?


Can drug tests catch gene-edited athletes?

2020-01-13

The use of banned drugs by athletes is rife in sports. Although international sports organisations have been actively contributing to the fight against doping, the development of biotechnology has theoretically made it possible for athletes to enhance performance by applying gene-editing technology. Can the current screening mechanism cope with this kind of hidden cheating?


Providing youth friendly parks in Hong Kong

2019-11-29

It is not uncommon to find park facilities and physical environment tailor-made for children and the elderly in Hong Kong. Would this kind of thoughtful design make some young people feel left out? The Government suggests modifying a large number of public play spaces in its latest Policy Address, and thus it may take this opportunity to offer customised design that meets young people’s needs.


Subscription fatigue: A hurdle facing the booming subscription economy?

2019-08-28

A growing number of businesses has switched to a subscription model, providing products or services to consumers in the form of charging regularly, instead of one-time transactions. However, some subscription model markets like video streaming services have been fragmented, causing consumers to be frustrated by thousands of choices and even suffer from ‘subscription fatigue’. What is ‘subscription fatigue’? Is there any way to combat it?


The formula for success of BL dramas

2019-07-29

Several BL (Boy’s Love) TV dramas which feature male-male romance, such as ‘Ossan’s Love’ and ‘Addicted’, have gone viral in Asia in recent years and have attracted a lot of ‘Fujoshi’, i.e. female audiences who enjoy fictional gay content. Why has BL culture become popular among ‘Fujoshi’? As Hong Kong TV dramas are not as impactful as before, how does the success of BL dramas inspire the industry?


Pros and cons of different monetisation models to sustain creators

2019-06-27

Many locals in the creative industries worry about earning a living. However, the rapid development of technology in recent years gives them a hope by providing a variety of content monetisation models, such as subscription, reward and donation. Can it help creators to get rid of a precarious financial position? What are the advantages and limitations of different monetisation models?


How to ensure amateur athletes run safely during the races?

2019-02-19

People are increasingly concerned about the risks of long distance running races and the adequacy of emergency services followed by sudden cardiac deaths occurred in local running events. What measures should the organisers implement to ensure the smooth running of the events and the safety of all participants?


Cultural challenges on social media

2019-02-04

Some white key opinion leaders have been pretending to be black on social media to gain advantages in recent years. However, they are being accused of ‘blackfishing’ and disrespectful to black cultures. How can internet users strike a balance between freedom of expression and respect for cultural diversity?


Audiobooks provide new opportunities for the publishing industry

2019-01-24

Audiobooks not only provide a different experience to reading a book, but also bring about new business and job opportunities. For example, audiobooks are marketed to dog owners and have brought fame and wealth to certain audiobook narrators. For publishers and authors, what do they need to be aware of when entering the audiobook business?


Listening is the new trend of reading

2019-01-18

We can now read a book not only with our eyes, but also our ears. Digital audiobooks are getting more and more popular in the United States and mainland China. How are audiobooks different from traditional books? What makes them so widely accepted?