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India Woos Apple Expansion, Offers Tax Concessions

May 24, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
India Woos Apple Expansion, Offers Tax Concessions

India has proposed letting Apple Inc import mobile handset components intended for use in local manufacturing tax free, a top government official said. The tax concessions will be subject to the condition of increasing local value addition over a period of time. Apple Inc wants to expand its contract manufacturer’s facility in the southern Indian tech hub of Bengaluru, a federal minister said , as the iPhone maker seeks a bigger share in one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets. Cupertino,... 

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Samsung On The Hunt For Acquisitions

May 23, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung On The Hunt For Acquisitions

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to continue their hunt for acquisition opportunities, a company executive said on Monday, as the firm seeks to build software and services to further differentiate its products. “We are going to be bullish on finding companies that fit our strategy,” Peter Koo, a senior vice president for Samsung’s mobile division, said during an investor event in Hong Kong. He did not elaborate on specific targets or technologies that Samsung is looking... 

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Is Netflix On The Verge Of Another Price Hike?

May 17, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is Netflix On The Verge Of Another Price Hike?

Would you be willing to shell out more money to get your Netflix fix? A price hike could may well be coming as the streaming giant quietly testing out changes to the cost of plans in Australia. The Australian reports that Netflix has tested upping Australian prices by as much as AU$3 over weekends, increasing its Basic plan from AU$8.99 to AU$9.99 a month, its Standard plan from AU$11.99 to AU$13.99 a month, and its Premium plan from AU$14.99 to AU$17.99 a month. Netflix confirmed that it has tested... 

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Western Digital Files Legal Challenge To Block Sale of Toshiba’s Chip Unit

May 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Western Digital Files Legal Challenge To Block Sale of Toshiba’s Chip Unit

Western Digital Corp has sought international arbitration to halt its partner Toshiba Corp from selling its chips division without its consent, potentially derailing a much-needed capital injection for the Japanese conglomerate. The two companies jointly operate Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant but Western Digital is not a favored bidder for the world’s second biggest NAND chip producer, having put in a much lower offer than other suitors, a source with knowledge of the matter has... 

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Amazon Unveils Echo Show, To Go On Sale In June

May 11, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Unveils Echo Show, To Go On Sale In June

Amazon.com Inc has unveiled Echo Show, a touchscreen device that will allow users to make video calls and watch clips from CNN, the latest in the company’s series of popular Echo voice-controlled speakers. The device, which will go on sale in June for about $230, will feature Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled aide, that can be used to play music, order an Uber or turn on the house lights. Echo Show will allow video conferencing between users having an Echo device or the Alexa app. It... 

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Toshiba, Western Digital Clash Heat Up Over Chip Unit Sale

May 10, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba, Western Digital Clash Heat Up Over Chip Unit Sale

Toshiba Corp warned Western Digital Corp not to interfere in the sale of its prized chip unit, refuting claims it has breached a joint venture contract and threatening legal action. The clash between Toshiba and Western Digital – both its business partner and one of the bidders for the chip unit – risks delaying or even quashing an auction that the Japanese conglomerate is depending on to plug a $9 billion hole in its accounts. Although the two companies jointly operate Toshiba’s... 

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Amazon’s Alexa Dominates Voice-controlled Speaker Market

May 9, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon’s Alexa Dominates Voice-controlled Speaker Market

Amazon.com Inc is dominating the niche market for voice-controlled speakers, according to data from research firm eMarketer. The e-commerce giant’s Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices will claim a 70.6 percent share of the U.S. market this year, the study found. The speakers feature Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled aide, which users can tell to play music, order an Uber or turn on the house lights. That puts it far ahead of Alphabet Inc’s Google Home, a similar gadget that has a 23.8... 

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Facebook’s Oculus’ Story Studio Closing Down

May 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook’s Oculus’ Story Studio Closing Down

Facebook Inc’s virtual reality content production unit, Oculus’ Story Studio, is shutting down and will pivot towards supporting external content makers, two years after the in-house studio launched. Oculus, which makes virtual reality headsets Rift and Gear VR, will allocate $50 million to directly fund creators of non-gaming VR content, Jason Rubin, the company’s vice president of content, said in a blog post. Rubin added that Oculus is “still absolutely committed to growing... 

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Are eBooks Losing Steam In The U.K.?

May 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are eBooks Losing Steam In The U.K.?

Ebooks are dying out and are being replaced by the good old fashioned non-digital versions with a bit of spine. Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17 percent in the UK in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by seven percent over the same period, while children’s books surged 16 percent. The same trend is on display in the US, where ebook sales declined 18.7 percent over the first nine months of 2016. According to the Association of American... 

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Microsoft’s Surface Sales Take A Deep Dive

May 2, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft’s Surface Sales Take A Deep Dive

Revenue generated by Microsoft’s Surface hardware during the March quarter fell by 26% from the same period the year before, the company said in a Wall Street briefing. For the quarter, Surface produced $831 million, some $285 million less than the March quarter of 2016, for the largest year-over-year dollar decline ever. Microsoft blamed the portfolio’s age and increased competition from hardware partners for the fall-off. “Our Surface results fell short of expectations impacted... 

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Netflix Gains Entry Into China With iQiyi.com Deal

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Netflix Gains Entry Into China With iQiyi.com Deal

Netflix will finally be able to introduce original content in China in a licensing deal with local video streaming service iQiyi.com, the U.S. company said on Tuesday. Netflix has struggled to break into the Chinese market, where streaming services are subject to strict data storage regulations and foreign films and television are routinely censored. Content air times will parallel other regions, a spokeswoman said, who declined to say comment further on the tie-up. Netflix has played down the possibility... 

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Nikon Files Patent Lawsuit Against Carl Zeiss And ASML

April 25, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nikon Files Patent Lawsuit Against Carl Zeiss And ASML

Japan’s Nikon Corp announced that it has taken legal action against ASML Holding NV and Carl Zeiss AG, saying the Dutch and Germany companies used its lithography technology without its permission. Nikon, the world’s eighth-largest chip equipment maker, said it had filed patent infringement cases in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan against ASML, which makes semiconductor lithography machines, and Carl Zeiss, ASML’s optical supplier. “ASML and Zeiss employ Nikon’s... 

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Bose Headphones Accused Of Spying On Users

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bose Headphones Accused Of Spying On Users

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone owners by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling such data without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose’s “wholesale disregard” for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones. “People... 

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Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Inc is wants to capitalize off of the technology known as augmented reality, a mix of the real and digital worlds best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. Speaking at F8, the company’s annual conference for software developers, Zuckerberg said Facebook was an obvious hub for businesses to reach people and experiment with augmented reality, although he did not suggest the company was planning to make similar games itself. Pokemon Go,... 

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Roomba Maker Sues Rivals Over Robotic Vacuum Patent

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roomba Maker Sues Rivals Over Robotic Vacuum Patent

IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, has filed a slew of lawsuits alleging that its rivals including The Hoover Co and Black & Decker Corp have been using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot filed lawsuits in federal court in Boston against Hoover, Black & Decker, Bobsweep Inc and Bissell Homecare Inc. IRobot said they infringe on several of its patents covering the idea of an autonomous floor-cleaning robot. “iRobot will... 

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