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Microsoft to expand in China with 1,000 staff

A senior executive said today that Microsoft are planning to expand in China by adding another 1,000 staff. This will supplement the 4,500 already in place. The additional staff are being called in to strengthen the company position in China, a market which is seen as being a key focus …

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Samsung win Japan patent case against Apple

Samsung may have been hit hard by the American courts however a Tokyo court ruled today that they did not violate an Apple Inc patent which involves ‘syncing mobile computers and devices’. Samsung needed this victory after an American court is forcing them to pay Apple over $1 billion in …

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Foxconn workers looking for new employment

Foxconn recently announced a pay increase for their production workers, however by cutting their maximum working hours in three factories on China, they may lose some of their workforce. Foxconn have been featured in many news stories over the last 2 years, often featured because of  poor working conditions, long …

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Foxconn give staff 16% salary increase

One of Apple’s main suppliers – Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (Foxconn) said yesterday that they have increased the basic salary of their production line workers by 16 percent. Staff in Zhengzhou, Henan province of China have been offered the increase, partly as the company are having problem recruiting people. …

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Poor PC sales cause three month DRAM overflow

Last night I spoke with an industry source in Taipei who informed me that the DRAM inventory situation is growing worse. Many of the manufacturers have pulled back on DRAM production, but they are still caught with a three month surplus. The problem has occurred due to flagging PC sales …

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Korean court hits both Apple and Samsung with product ban

A court in South Korea has ruled today that both Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc have infringed on each others patents. Both companies are now facing a ‘partial’ ban of products in South Korea. The court didn’t accept accusations from Apple that Samsung copied the look and feel of their …

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Samsung investing $4bn in Texas chip plant

Samsung Electronics have announced today that they are planning to invest $4bn into their chipmaking factory in Austin. The goal? To improve logic chip production to meet rising market demands worldwide. The money is being pumped into the production output, handling primarily processors for advanced mobile applications. They said in …

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Microsoft partners likely to ditch Windows RT tablet

Following on from our report yesterday, it looks as if other Microsoft partners may ditch their plans to produce Windows RT tablet computers. Toshiba have already pulled out which has set the industry wheels in motion as other Microsoft partners analyse the potential for ‘failure’. Sources in Taipei who we …

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Foxconn agree 10 percent stake in Sharp

Electronics giant Foxconn have said that they have reached an agreement with Sharp to purchase a stake in the company. They posted a statement on the Taiwan Stock Exchange website on August 6th. Foxconn said they opened talks with Sharp on August 3rd and an agreement is now in place. …

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Elpida scale down DRAM production

Elpida Memory are scaling down production of DRAM at their factory in Hiroshima, Japan. They have also instructed their Rexchip Electronics subsidiary factory to reduce production. This will affect the global DRAM industry by around 10 percent according to reports in Taipei. Currently there is too much stock in the …

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Microsoft showcase new tablet mice and keyboards

While Microsoft are busy hyping their upcoming Surface tablet they have announced a upcoming range of mobile input devices to support their Windows 8 operating system. There are four new devices, BlueTooth powered, which are aimed at Windows 8 tablets and laptops. Microsoft said they also support iOS and Android …

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Apple plan on breaking sub $350 point for iPad Mini

The rumor mill is rife with reports that Apple are going to release a smaller iPad later this year. This new ‘Mini’ iPad is reported to drop in size to 7.85 inches and the price point has been open to debate now for many weeks. Our sources in the Far …

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Apple fork out $60 million to use iPad trademark

Apple have paid out $60 million for ownership of the iPad trademark in China. This is part of a settlement with a Chinese firm called Proview who have tried to ban sales of the tablet. The Guangdong Province Higher People’s Court have announced the settlement today, saying that the legal …

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Acer founder claims Microsoft Surface is an OS sales ploy

Microsoft’s Surface tablet has been caused a huge ripple in the industry since Microsoft officially announced it a few days ago. Industry sources claim that many Microsoft hardware partners are annoyed at the hardware release, but Acer founder Stan Shih has a different take. He spoke out to the press …

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New Macbook Pro may not get retina display

The new Macbook Pro is to be announced at WWDC 2012 tomorrow, however leaked information online from Chinese forum WeiPhone claims that the new machines will have the same design as the old models, down to the same screw placement. WeiPhone are a strong source of accurate leaked information and …

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Nokia Lumia selling well in China. Will it continue?

Nokia are enjoying a raft of sales in China thanks to the release of their Lumia smartphones. They launched two new Windows Phone 7 Lumia phones, the Lumia 610C and 800C in China, in cooperation with China Telecom. Michel van der Bel, COO of the Greater China region at Microsoft …

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Amazon planning 10.1 inch Kindle for Q3

Amazon may have been shrinking the size of their Kindle e-reading devices, but it looks as if they are planning to make the Kindle Fire tablet larger, later this year. According to the latest rumours it would appear that they are planning to release a 10.1 inch Kindle Fire in …

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Macbook Pro range to get retina and processor upgrades

We reported last week that Apple are preparing a new range of Macbook laptops, but we have received information last night that Apple will not only be upgrading the processing power, but they will be adopting Retina screens for the new range of computers. The Retina display was first introduced …

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Apple to boost iPhone screen by half an inch

A few months ago we first reported on the rumours that Apple were planning to enlarge the iPhone screen for the next release. The rumours have been persisting since we first published the details and according to sources Apple have started to place orders for new displays from suppliers in …

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Foxconn ready to build Apple TV

Manufacturing giant Foxconn are preparing to build the new Apple Television. According to China Daily company chief Terry Gou said that they are preparing to build the new Apple Television. Gou held a news conference in Shanghai regarding their plans for the future. During the chat he let it slip …

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Amazon planning colour e-reader later this year

Amazon may be planning to release new colour e-reader devices later this year according to an industry insider we spoke with yesterday. Makers in the supply chain are already preparing to ship components for the production. The new colour e-reader devices are going to be built with multi touch capacitive …

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Micron may buy struggling Elpida

Elpida Memory announced today that they are in talks with Micron Technology regarding a possible takeover. Elpida filed for bankruptcy protection in February with 448 billion yen in liabilities. Elpida have said in a statement that Micron Technology have won the right for negotiations to buy the company. The news …

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Apple ready a £749 MacBook Air for Q3

We spoke to a source this weekend in Taipei who told us that Apple are preparing a $799 Macbook Air for release in either August or September this year. This will be bad news for Intel who are intensely targeting their UltraBook platform to the enthusiast audience. The price so …

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