Τρίτη, 2 Αυγούστου 2011

Fwd: Technology Report: Foxconn to rely more on robots; could use 1 million in 3 years

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Google's Android platform has taken almost 50 percent of the global smartphone market, dominating in the Asia-Pacific region, research firm Canalys said. It was the number one platform in 35 of the 56 countries Canalys tracks, resulting in a market share of 48 percent, the research firm said. By comparison, Apple, which shipped 20.3 million iPhones, is a distant second with a market share of 19 percent but it overtook ailing handset maker Nokia as the world's largest individual smartphone vendor.

Apple's next generation iPhone will be unveiled in October, not September, according to a source, writes John Paczkowski at All Things Digital. Other sources said it will be later in the month, rather than earlier, Paczkowski added.

Samsung has agreed to halt sales of the newest version of its Galaxy tablet in Australia until a patent lawsuit brought by Apple in the country is resolved, Bloomberg reported. Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so the U.S. company can review it, Bloomberg said, citing Australian court documents.

A British teenager charged with hacking offenses and believed to be a leading member of the Anonymous and LulzSec online activist groups was released on bail in a London court on Monday on condition he did not use the Internet. Jake Davis, 18, who goes by the online nickname of "Topiary," was charged with computer attacks on Sony, UK crime and health authorities and Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper arm News International. Davis, who has no previous criminal convictions, is due to appear for his first trial hearing on August 30 in London.

Google bought The Dealmap, expanding further into a potentially lucrative daily deals market now dominated by the likes of Groupon and LivingSocial. Terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed. The daily deals sector has exploded in recent years. There are more than 400 providers now and the industry may generate as much as $6.1 billion in annual gross revenue by 2015, according to BIA/Kelsey, which tracks local advertising.

Google's Chrome overtook Mozilla Firefox in July to become Britain's second-most popular Web browser after Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Web analytics firm StatCounter said.
Foxconn to rely more on robots; could use 1 million in 3 years
August 01, 2011 08:48 AM ET
HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, known for assembling Apple's iPhones and iPads in China, plans to use more robots, with one report saying the company will use one million of them in the next three years, to cope with rising labor costs. | Full Article
Tech firm says News International deleted emails
August 01, 2011 03:51 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A technology firm has told British legislators it was aware of the deletion of hundreds of thousands of emails at the request of News Corp unit News International between April 2010 and last month, parliamentarian Keith Vaz said on Monday. | Full Article
Sony to reform TV segment: report
August 01, 2011 03:18 PM ET
(Reuters) - Sony Corp will devise plans this month to reform its poor-performing television segment and even consider teaming up with other firms, the Nikkei business daily reported. | Full Article
Robot seals help heal Japan's tsunami victims
August 01, 2011 09:46 AM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - For some elderly survivors of Japan's March earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal named Paro. | Full Article
Anonymous says hacked U.S. government cyber supplier
July 29, 2011 05:24 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers with the loose-knit group Anonymous said on Friday they had broken into the network of U.S. government contractor Mantech International Corp and posted some NATO-related correspondence online. | Full Article
Wall St. cuts losses, ends down as debt vote looms
August 01, 2011 04:52 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 fell for a sixth day on Monday as time runs out for the government to pass a deal to avoid default and the economy showed further signs of stalling. | Full Article
Factory growth slows, casts shadow on economy
August 01, 2011 01:23 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in two years in July as new orders contracted, a troubling development for the faltering economy. | Full Article
U.S. business hopes debt deal clears way for trade
August 01, 2011 04:42 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling after weeks of tough talks between the White House and Congress has raised hope leaders will now turn their attention to resolving difference blocking three long-delayed trade deals, U.S. business groups said on Monday. | Full Article
Juncker says a U.S. downgrade would hit whole world
August 01, 2011 02:28 PM ET
PARIS (Reuters) - Euro group chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday it would be surprising if the rest of the world, and the euro zone in particular, avoided repercussions were the United States to lose its AAA credit rating. | Full Article
HSBC sheds 30,000 jobs, posts surprise profit rise
August 01, 2011 10:58 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC will shed 30,000 jobs as it retreats from countries where it is struggling to compete, Europe's biggest bank said on Monday after it reported a surprise rise in first-half profit. | Full Article
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