Consumer Electronics

HTC eyes US with flagship M8 phone

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scmp.com

Taiwanese phone maker HTC said its new flagship smartphone, the One M8, was selling quicker than its predecessor, and that the strong showing would help it claw back market share in developed markets such as the United States.

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Amazon.com launches store for wearable technology

Amazon.com has launched a new Wearable Technology store where customers can discover the latest in wearable technology and research wearable devices, including activity trackers, smart watches, and wearable cameras and more.

LG Electronics profit surges 319pc, TV sales offset mobile phone losses

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Chinapost.com.tw

South Korea's LG Electronics on Tuesday posted a forecast-busting first-quarter profit that more than quadrupled from a year ago as better-than-expected sales of high-end TV offset losses in the mobile phone unit.

 

BlackBerry starts pre-order for new smartphone in Indonesia

BlackBerry has started accepting pre-orders for the new Z3 smartphohne in Indonesia leading telecommunications operators in Indosat and XL ahead of its official release on 13 May.

The company expects the device to sell at IDR2,199 (USD). An unlimited edition model, the BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition, will be made available for a limited period. This model will feature the inscription “Jakarta” on the back of the device to commemorate the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone built specifically for the Indonesia market.

HTC eyes 15pc market share in India

Source: 
Business Standard

Taiwan-based handset manufacturer HTC plans to raise its share of the Indian smartphone market to 15 percent in two years. The company recently announced its foray into the sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone segment with its HTC Desire 210 dual SIM phone for INR8,700 (USD143.6). Faisal Siddiqui, country head, HTC India, said though the launch was global, the entry level smartphone was designed for India.

Apple offers free recycling of used products in bid to go greener

Source: 
The Japan Times Online

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company's website that debuted on Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino, California, company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills.

Indonesia smartphone sales could fall 50pc under tax plan

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Jakarta Globe

The Indonesian representatives of Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics and other members of a local industry group said smartphone sales could fall by as much as 50 percent if the government imposes a tax on luxury models.

The government is considering a 20 percent tax for smartphones retailing at or above 5 million rupiah (USD430), which would make Indonesia the most expensive country in Asia to buy an Apple iPhone 5s.

iPhone sales drive Apple's record March revenue

Apple posted a revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion in the second quarter of the year on the back of strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Gross margin was up from 37.5 percent in the second of quarter of 2013 to 39.3 percent this quarter.

Microsoft sells over 5m Xbox Ones

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The Wall Street Journal Online

Microsoft said it has sold more than five million Xbox One consoles to retail shops since the product was launched in November.

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The rise to dominance of Chinese smartphones in Singapore

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Chinapost.com.tw

Singapore consumers love their low-priced China smartphones.

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