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Sharp and Foxconn enter into manufacturing partnership

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Sharp on Tuesday announced that is has entered into an manufacturing partnership with Foxconn that will see the manufacturing giant take a 10% stake in the Japanese electronics company. Hon Hai has invested nearly 67 billion yen ($809 million) in Sharp in exchange for roughly 121.65 million new shares, which will be spread out between four Foxconn companies. Sharp CEO Takashi Okuda said, “Until now we have handled all of our R&D and manufacturing, but going forward we will need to include partnerships in our approach,” pledging to leverage both companies’ strengths to get products to market efficiently. Each company will hold a 46.5% stake in Sharp’s Sakai plant in western Japan, with the remaining 7% owned by Sony.

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TV isn’t the only remaining market Steve Jobs planned to tackle; iPad textbooks due this week

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

As revealed in his authorized biography, Steve Jobs figured out the secret to making a truly user friendly television ahead of his untimely passing. But a reimagined TV wasn’t the only revolutionary product Jobs had a hand in that we have yet to see come to fruition. According to several reports, Apple plans to unveil a new product at a press conference on Thursday that it hopes will change the way students use textbook. Read on for more.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with the plans, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will reveal a new digital textbook product on Thursday that will give publishers a platform with which to create interactive educational materials optimized for the iPad. The announcement will include partnerships with multiple publishers according to the report, and at least one, McGraw-Hill, has been working with Apple on its new iPad textbook product since June.

According to Walter Isaacsson’s authorized biography, Steve Jobs had been meeting with a number of publishers and he thought all textbooks should be “digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time.”

Apple will not be the first company to introduce digital textbooks to the market, but it is perhaps in the best position to deliver a product with the potential to succeed on a wide scale. Multiple universities have already begun to test programs that involve distributing iPads to students, and Apple’s tablet is by far the most popular slate on the market today. Additionally, a less expensive iPad 2 model expected to be released when Apple launches its next-generation iPad 3 will make the iOS tablet line even more accessible.

“Who better than Apple to revolutionize textbooks?” IDC analyst Al Hilwa told The Journal. “Everyone, including the industry and universities, have to come together, and this is the kind of thing Apple does really well.”

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Ford to open R&D lab in Silicon Valley come 2012, wants to be closer to the action

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Following in the footsteps of Verizon and AT&T, it’s now Ford’s turn to open up its very own research center here in Silicon Valley. A prudent choice too, as Dearborn’s become more invested in advanced infotainment, not to mention bonafide smartphone apps. Slated to open in the first quarter of 2012, it reckons the center will help “prepare [Ford] for the next 100 years” as it scouts out new technologies and partnerships with local startups and universities alike. Mum’s the word on exactly where the new R&D lab will reside, but those interested can learn more about it and its sister facilities — whom Ford lovingly dubs its “innovation network” — in the PR after the break.

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Ford to open R&D lab in Silicon Valley come 2012, wants to be closer to the action originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Jan 2012 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft bumps Windows Phone head Andy Lees to new role

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Microsoft has moved Andy Lees, the head of its Windows Phone division, to a new position within the firm. AllThingsD broke the news but did not name Lees’s successor. Instead, several of Lees’s responsibilities, including marketing and business development, will be handled by Microsoft corporate vice president Terry Myerson. Lees will remain a president within Microsoft and will still report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer. “I have asked Andy Lees to move to a new role working for me on a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8,” Ballmer said in a purported internal memo that was obtained by AllThingsD. “We have tremendous potential with Windows Phone and Windows 8, and this move sets us up to really deliver against that potential. In the three years Andy has been leading the phone group, we’ve come a long way,” he added. “We reset our strategy, built a strong team that delivered [Windows Phone 7] and [Windows Phone 7.5 Mango] and created critical new partnerships and ecosystem around Windows Phone. That is a ton of progress in a brief period of time, and I’m excited for Terry and team to keep driving forward and for Andy to dig into a new challenge.”

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Nokia to target teenage market with ‘rejuvenated brand’

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Nokia will aggressively pursue the teenage market with its next batch of phones, head of marketing for U.K. and Ireland John Nichols said recently. The Finnish smartphone maker will join forces with celebrities and increase its social media presence in an effort to catch the attention of a younger, tech savvy crowd, MarketingWeek explained following an interview with the executive. “This isn’t a standing start, we already have a huge youth market but for teenagers we need to ensure that we create the content and partnerships that matter,” Nichols said. “As a teenager, the brands I loved had an opinion and told me whether to engage with them or not. The trick is to remember not to just wade in; otherwise our personality could look like the drunken uncle dancing at the wedding.” Nokia will further discuss its strategy during its October 26th Nokia World press conference, when it is also expected to unveil its first Windows Phone-powered devices.

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Alibaba to launch English version of Aliyun OS this month, tablet by November

Friday, September 9th, 2011
Alibaba is just beginning its long and arduous journey into the field of mobile domination, but it’s already looking to expand its sphere of influence beyond China to tackle the OS giants. Merely a few weeks after announcing its Aliyun OS, the company has spilled the beans on its plans for the immediate future, which include launching an English version of the platform this month and pushing a tablet to the market within the next two. Details on pricing, release time frame and partnerships are scarce — the K-Touch W700 wasn’t specifically mentioned, either — but Alibaba confirmed it’s currently in talks with global hardware vendors. Baidu, care to offer another rebuttal? You’ve got a slot at seventh place to protect.

Alibaba to launch English version of Aliyun OS this month, tablet by November originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Live transit updates in Google Maps help you plan your romantic bus-catching sprint

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Brooklynites on their way to the latest Reggie Watts show have long had real-time bus-tracking information, but public-transit aficionados in six other cities now have one less reason for BK envy. With the latest version of Google Maps, even the least cool citizens of Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin can see not just when their bus or train is scheduled to arrive, but when it actually will. Selecting a stop on the map displays “live departure times” and service alerts, thanks to Google’s data-sharing partnerships with city transit operators. That won’t always guarantee fewer delays or less waiting, but will help riders budget their time, and maybe find those precious seconds necessary to post more Tumblr pictures of “ironic” Hitler-kittens.

Live transit updates in Google Maps help you plan your romantic bus-catching sprint originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ZTE’s Style S and LTE tablet coming to the US during the second half of the year

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

We’ve long covered ZTE products at Engadget, but hardly ever do we see the company’s phones touch down on a US carrier. Well, that’s all going to change very soon. While the Chinese company isn’t sharing exact carrier partnerships, it did reveal that its new Style S and LTE tablet will be coming stateside in the second half of 2011. The first of those two is that 4.3-inch Android 2.3 handset up there. Unfortunately, the Style on display at ZTE’s booth was just a mockup, but we’re certainly digging the large screen and soft back of the device. According to the placard, it will have dual cameras (a .3 megapixel shooter on the front and a 5 megapixel cam around back) and a 1350mAH battery. That aforementioned LTE tablet was also on display on the showfloor, albeit behind glass. The Honeycomb slab, which we hear will be aggressively marketed, has a 1280×800-resolution 10-inch display, two cameras, a 6800mAH battery, and an 1.2GHz processor. Unfortunately, that’s all we’ve got for now, but check out the gallery below and expect to hear more during the second half of the year.

ZTE’s Style S and LTE tablet coming to the US during the second half of the year originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Mar 2011 07:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bigfoot Networks intros Killer E2100-powered motherboards from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Looks like that tease was more than just a tease. It’s a truism. Back at Computex, Bigfoot Networks’ CEO told us that his next major target was motherboards. The company already infused its Killer E2100 gaming network card into a GPU, and here at CES, it’s formally announcing three partnerships with major mainboard makers. MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte are all onboard, with the latter to offer a new line of G1-Killer mobos later in the year. ASUS will be dishing out a ROG Rampage III Black Edition (shown above) which will feature the E2100 on a combined LAN / audio called dubbed ThunderBolt, but your guess is as good as ours when it comes to specifications and CPU compatibility. Pricing and release information remain a mystery across the range, but it’s practically a guarantee that we’ll see more of these tie-ups in the coming months.

Bigfoot Networks intros Killer E2100-powered motherboards from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 Jan 2011 04:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia developed Foursquare app due out in the next week

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sure, Nokia added social check-ins to their Ovi Maps application today, but that doesn’t mean that the geolocation fun has to stop there! Today at Nokia World, Foursquare’s VP of mobile and partnerships,Holger Luedorf, gave the Nokia developed iteration of his company’s application the proverbial thumbs up. The Nokia offering looks just like the native Foursquare apps available for the iPhone and Android and adds some great new functionality (including the ability to edit a places details right on the device). The app is compatible with Symbian^3, 5.0, and 3.2 devices and is due out sometime next week.

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Kno receives new funding for its humongous dual-screened tablet, still hoping to ship this year

Friday, September 10th, 2010
Kno receives new funding for its humongous dual-screened tablet, still hoping to ship this year

If you need a tablet with presence you need the Kno. Its dual capacitive 14-inch IPS displays, each clocking in at 1,440 x 990, make this thing closer to a Surface than a Courier and surely present some unique challenges when it comes to pricing. Kno, the company, plans to sell it by the end of the year for an MSRP of under $1,000, and a new $46 million injection in financing should go a long way toward making that happen. Kno’s primary market is education, offering partnerships with various textbook publishers and functionality that’s focused more on research and less on quelling the rage of disgruntled birds. But, will the college kids want to make room in their organic hemp messenger bags for this monster? And, will their parents pay a grand for the thing?

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IDC: Symbian should keep dominating the market, Android to take second

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

We have absolutely no idea what kind of voodoo, pseudoscience, and black magic goes into making an analyst-grade industry forecast, but considering that our local weather dude can barely tell us whether it’ll be raining in a few hours — much less a year or two from now — you’ve got to take these sorts of things with a healthy dose of skepticism. That said, we’re finding it pretty notable here that IDC’s latest worldwide smartphone shipment forecast through 2013 has Symbian continuing to dominate the field of ever-stronger competitors thanks “primarily to the strength of Nokia in markets outside of the United States,” while Android will surge past Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and iPhone to become number two in the world on shipments of some 68 million devices. Falling back a bit in IDC’s Utopian vision are generic Linux devices along with webOS, which — while “growing steadily” — will be held back by a wee number of carrier partnerships. Everything that IDC’s saying seems plausible enough, and we’ve got every reason to believe that Android’s going to continue to heat up — particularly with four of the top five mobile players (Nokia notably excluded) devoting significant portions of their smartphone lineups to the platform over the coming months. As for Symbian, it’s an absolute juggernaut by any measure, so we can see it staying king for a while even in a complete vacuum of serious innovation — it’ll just be interesting whether to see Nokia and the Foundation can keep these hungry upstarts firmly in their rear-view mirror for much of the decade.

IDC: Symbian should keep dominating the market, Android to take second originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 26 Jan 2010 06:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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