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Notebook shipments to drop further in Q1

Sources in the Taipei channel spoke to me last night and the consensus is  that notebook shipments will drop in Q1 2013. The figures should drop around 11% sequentially with a global market share around 89%. Digitimes have more detailed research on the matter than they claim “Of the first-quarter …

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Apple iPad still dominating China market

Apple are facing stiff competition worldwide by many Android and Windows tablets, however they are still the dominant force in China where they are claiming over 71 percent share. Analysys International figures show that the tablet market in China is very strong, and growing – with 2.6 million devices sold …

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Android takes 90% smartphone market in China

Google’s Android platform is dominating the Chinese market, taking 90 percent share. Analysts expect this figure will drop however when the iPhone 5 and Windows Phone 8 models will be introduced to the China market at the end of the year. Market Research as shown that Android has already taken …

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Texas Instruments to axe 1,700 jobs

Texas Instruments have announced that they are axing 1,700 jobs worldwide in a strategy of reducing costs and to focus investments in their wireless business on embedded markets. They previously said they were going to focus OMAP processors and wireless connectivity solutions on a wider set of embedded applications with …

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ASUStek October revenue growth

Asustek reported non consolidated revenue growth on November 8th. They quoted NT£35.555 billion (US$1.213 billion) for October, a growth of 5.31% on month and 13.60% on year. Their revenue for January-October was NT$305.002 billion, rising 15.86% on year. The growth in October has been attributed to larger expected demand for …

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ProMOS selling fab, to become fabless

ProMOS Technologies have announced their plans to sell its 12 inch wafer plant and other facilities through an open bidding scheme by the end of the year. They want to become a fabless memory-IC company. The starting bid for ownership is NT$19.5billion ($666.9 million US). The company have said that …

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Playstation 3 may go on sale in China

For a Westerner it may seem bizarre, but unless you get hold of a grey market import, Consoles are banned from sale in China, since 2000. Sony however may be about to make a landmark move. A report on TechInAsia has highlighted that Sony have received approval for the China …

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ASUS reduce motherboard shipment targets

ASUStek, one of the world’s largest technology companies have had to reduce their motherboard shipments from the original plan of 25 million units in 2012 to 22.2 million units. CEO Jerry Shen acknowledged the reduction in shipments and the final figure is a reduction from the 23.2 million shipped in …

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Foxconn Q3 profit jumps by 140%

Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported impressive revenues of US$24.33 billion for third quarter 2012, with net profit rising 139.94% to $30.256 billion. The results are very positive for the company who make many components for leading brands such as Apple. Although the profit figures are very high, the …

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Counterfeit ‘iPad Mini’ tablets already available

In the run up to Christmas there is never a better (or worse) time to get lumbered with a ‘fake’ item, produced in some underground lab in the Far East. Andy Churley, the market director at brand protection specialists NetNames has informed us this morning that there are already dodgy …

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Amazon in talks to buy Texas mobile chip business

Amazon.com – the world’s largest Internet retailer are in talks to buy the mobile chip business of Texas Instruments according to Calcalist, the Israeli financial newspaper. The newspaper reported today that the move would be very beneficial for the giant retailing chain, as they would make their own chips for …

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Foxconn workers strike over iPhone 5 working conditions

Thousands of workers at a Foxconn factory went on strike this weekend to protest over working conditions on the iPhone 5 production lines. The report comes from an independent workers rights organisation. New York based China Labor Watch works closely with sources in China. The Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, China …

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Samsung face labour violation concerns in China

A report issued today has detailed a series of investigations into eight factories in China, six of which are directly controlled by Samsung. The organisation, China Labor Watch has said that staff are being forced to work 100 hours of overtime every month, and have to accept unpaid hours and …

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iPad Mini may suffer from shortages at launch

Apple are planning a new iPad Mini, a smaller 7.85 inch version of their hugely successful tablet. Rumors of this device would indicate that it may actually launch as early as next week. The smaller, cheaper tablet is designed to target a different audience, and to ensure that competitors can’t …

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Macbook Air set to claim 40% of slim notebook market

I had a chat with several industry insiders associated with the notebook market in Taipei a couple of hours ago and they are suggesting that Apple could claim up to 40% of the global ‘super slim notebook’ market this year. Ultrabooks in general are selling more units in recent months …

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LG sue Samsung over OLED patents

There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes past without some company seeking legal action on another, and today LG have decided to target Samsung, over claims of patent infringement. The news which hit a couple of hours ago suggested that Samsung are infringing on an LG Display patents …

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Intel Haswell to force motherboard companies out of market

Digitimes in the Far East are claiming that the upcoming Haswell based processor range may have a negative impact on some of the second tier motherboard players. This may even force some of them out of the market completely. Haswell is set to integrate functions such as power phase control …

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Foxconn facing new criticism for ‘thuggish’ security

Foxconn are facing a new wave of criticism, as the latest fight at one of their factories has placed the spotlight on their security team. Reports are coming in that the heavy handed security team and the regimented dormitory life may have been the tipping point for the brawl which …

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NAND Flash memory may see price increase

I spoke with an industry insider a couple of hours ago and it may be the case that NAND flash memory prices will increase soon. The four largest NAND flash chip supplies, Toshiba, Samsung Electronics, SanDisk and SK Hynix are discussing the options for raising prices soon due to the …

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Alibaba buy back half of Yahoo stake for $7.6 Billion

Alibaba, the Chinese web organisation has bought back half of the stake Yahoo had in the company for $7.6 billion. They are moving to their initial public offering (IPO). Alibaba paid $6.3 billion in cash and $800 million in shares of the Alibaba group. They also paid $550 million which …

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Mini iPad will drive down competitor tablet prices

When Apple release their upcoming 7.8 inch ‘Mini iPad’, competitors will be forced to drop their prices to snag a percentage of the market. Industry rumours circulating in Taipei today have indicated that many companies will drop the prices of their tablets by up to 40%-50%. Apple will have a …

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4 inch displays to become smartphone standard

Local companies in China have been making upgrades to the specifications of their entry level smartphones for the US $150-$240 sector. The plans are to make dual core 1GHZ processors and 4 inch screens the new industry ‘standard’. The news is circulating in the Far East over the weekend and …

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Undercover reporter works in Foxconn iPhone plant

The Shanghai Evening Post published a very interesting insider report detailing what it is like to work at the Foxconn Tai Yuan factory to assemble the device. It certainly doesn’t look to be a dream job for anyone, thats our views on it. The report was published by a Chinese …

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Big delay for iPhone 5 accessories

With a big launch almost upon us, stores across the planet would normally also prepare to sell a range of accessories to the lucky new owners of the iPhone 5. Checking with our Far East sources, there seems to be something of a delay. KitGuru checks the calendar for accessory …

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