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"We installed the systems a long time ago, but seldom used them. Now we find them very convenient. After the SARS epidemic bates, we will increase our usage of such systems to improve efficiency and cut costs." Huawei Technologies, China's top telecoms equipment maker, said it provided videoconferencing systems to Shanxi Mobile, which will use the gear to provide remote online communications between SARS patients and their families in Shanxi Province. Shanxi is one of China's hardest-hit provinces. One hospital has installed the system. Six others are expected to have their systems in place within a few days. Huawei's videoconferencing systems have also been installed in hospitals in Hong Kong. The systems let patients talk with family members without face-to-face contact. Some hospitals in Beijing and Inner Mongolia are considering installing such systems, Huawei officials said. "Videoconferencing systems are playing an increasingly important role during the epidemic," a company spokesperson said. Countless people nervous about shopping in high-traffic stores and malls are making purchases online. Many people are spending the traditional, week-long Labour Day holiday - a peak travel period - inside their homes after the cancellations of their tours. They have been stocking up on books and audio and video products - from online distributors - to avoid boredom during the holiday. ...read more.


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