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Sharp to cut LCD production in Osaka plant by half

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Sharp to cut LCD production in Osaka plant by half

Remember that brand-spanking new production facility in Sakai City, Osaka that Sharp just christened a few years back? Japan’s Nikkei business daily reports that Sharp will be cutting output at that factory by a whopping half for a month or maybe longer — its second major reduction in a year. The Sakai factory typically makes 1.3 million 40-inch panels per month but was running at 80-90 percent capacity after being idled in April. Sharp continues to be impacted by the same cutthroat competition in the LCD market that has affected Japanese rivals like Hitachi and Sony as the high yen continues to push up pricing for domestically produced goods while dragging down overseas revenues. Sharp, which recently announced its 2012 lineup, is now thinking about reconfiguring the plant to make panels with higher resolutions and other features during the slowdown.

Sharp to cut LCD production in Osaka plant by half originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 02:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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KDDI’s INFOBAR C01 coming soon: ten keys and very Japanese (video)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Many Japanese thumbs still love that classic ten-button keypad, so they should feel right at home on the newest model in KDDI’s designer INFOBAR range. The 3.2-inch, 854 x 480 touchscreen shows off the same tile-based custom UI as last year’s A01, once again running on top of Gingerbread and a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor. The rear camera captures eight megapixel stills and HD video, while dual-mode GSM / CDMA connectivity makes it worth taking abroad — if only so foreigners can remark on its checkerboard aesthetics (available in three different color schemes) and 1Seg TV tuner. Just make sure you’re still in Japan on February 3rd, or you’ll miss the release. Click onwards for a video tour.

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KDDI’s INFOBAR C01 coming soon: ten keys and very Japanese (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 02:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget HD Podcast 284 – 01.31.2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It’s earnings season, which adds a businessy angle to this week’s Engadget HD podcast but that’s not dimming our spirits when we’ve got new Harmony remotes from Logitech on the (distant) horizon. Verizon, Netflix and Apple also have numbers to talk about, but if spreadsheets aren’t your thing we’ve also got our impressions of the Boxee Box Live TV dongle and advice ahead of Super Bowl XLVI this weekend.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc)

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00:02:10 – Logitech’s Q3 2012 report confirms Revue is sold out, Harmony remote refresh ‘in the coming months’
00:05:43 – Verizon releases Q4 results, sees jump in revenue, broadband subscribers, net loss

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Engadget HD Podcast 284 – 01.31.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mr. Beer Home Beer Kit Is Your Grown Up Deal of the Day [Dealzmodo]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

FurniGadget: N+ew freezes your e-waste into a stool

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
This is one of Rodrigo Alonso’s stools. It’s part of a series of furniture called N+ew, which stands for “No More Electronic Waste,” the Chilean artist felt the best way to dispose of electronic gadgetry that had fallen by the wayside, was to encase it in epoxy resin and sell it to aesthetes worldwide. As you can see, the collection has a rare, distinct beauty that recalls Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair and Arne Jacobsen’s No. 7 seat. If you find yourself unable to resist a purchase, bespoke editions can be ordered from the sculptor’s website as the perfect conversation starter — as long as you enjoy every conversation beginning with “What on earth possessed you to buy one of those things?”

FurniGadget: N+ew freezes your e-waste into a stool originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Folding Bike Helmet Is an Urban Cyclist’s Dream Come True [Cycling]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

RIM: It’s okay, we have superheroes

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It’s a common human trait that, when faced with a series of calamities, the brain will retreat into a fantasy world in which everything is the exact opposite of reality. Could this be the inspiration for RIM’s four new cartoon characters, which the company hopes will spread its “Be Bold” marketing message? The pattern certainly seems to fit. From left to right: there’s GoGo Girl, who “saves the day with a brilliant strategy” (translation: we don’t have a strategy). Then comes Justin Steele, who’s “always ready to stick up for his friends” (translation: we don’t have friends). Trudy Foreal “isn’t afraid to call it as she sees it” (translation: our shareholders are complaining). Finally, the adventurous Max Stone is “able to jump out of a plane” (translation: we’re going to crash).

RIM: It’s okay, we have superheroes originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Firefox 10 Is Now Live [Firefox]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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