Consumer Electronics

Apple to mass produce 12-inch MacBook Air in 3Q


Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter, filling the gap between the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs as well as enhancing Apple's leadership in the small-to-medium-size ultra-thin notebook market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Wearable device shipments to surge in 3Q


Wearable device shipments are expected to surge in the third quarter as most vendors have decided to launch devices during the quarter. Vendors which originally planned to release products in the first half, have also postponed their plans as they wait for the market or product designs to mature, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.


JB Hi-Fi weathers the retail storm

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

JB Hi-Fi is proving more resilient to slumping consumer confidence than other retailers.

The electronics retailer remains on track to lift annual profit by about 10 percent, despite winding back its sales expectations since the end of March.

Analysts say JB Hi-Fi is performing better than other retailers as it is not exposed to seasonal factors such as unusually warm weather, and due to its expansion into new product areas.

Amazon introduces first smartphone

Amazon unveiled on Wednesday its first smartphone - Fire.

The brand new gadget features two new technologies - Dynamic perspective, which it said uses a new sensor system to respond to the way users hold, view, and move the gadget; and Firefly, which recognizes things in the real world like web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and products.

BlackBerry confirms deal with Amazon to gain access to Appstore

The Wall Street Journal Online

BlackBerry Ltd. confirmed a deal Wednesday with Inc. to gain access to the e-commerce giant's Appstore for mobile devices, a move the Canadian company hopes will boost sales of its latest smartphones. 

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China's Xiaomi finds first overseas e-commerce partner in Taiwan


Xiaomi Corp., a fast-growing Chinese maker of cheap smartphones, took a first step in building an overseas network of e-commerce partners on Monday when it teamed up with Taiwan based Web portal PChome Online Inc. Becoming Xiaomi's first official e-commerce partner to promote its phones, PChome will begin selling an initial allocation of 10,000 units of the enhanced version of the Redmi Note budget handset later this month.

Vietnam remains indifferent to high-end phones

Aggressive shipments of low-cost smartphones negatively impacted feature phone shipments in Vietnam, IDC’s Asia-Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows.

The research firm reported that 6.6 million mobile phones were shipped to the country in the first quarter of 2014, down by 4.9 percent quarter on quarter and 0.7 percent year on year.

Smartphones, however, accounted for 38.6 percent of total mobile phone shipments in the first quarter, a noticeable increase from 21.8 percent in the same period last year.

Local vendors drive Philippines tablet market

Tablet sales in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2014 posted the highest year-on-year growth among countries in Southeast Asia at 110 percent. Total shipments for the quarter reached 598,375.

China handset maker OPPO taps Taiwan market


OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. made its Taiwan debut Wednesday with the launch of its flagship smartphone, the Find 7, as part of the Chinese handset maker's overseas expansion program.

The 4G device will be available locally in the third quarter of this year through Chunghwa Telecom Co., the country's biggest wireless carrier, at a cost of NT$16,990 (US$566).

Emerging markets see rising notebook demand


Notebook demand in emerging markets has started recovering recently as international funds return to emerging markets after seeing a weak return on investment in the US and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.


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