Consumer Electronics

Apple Watch, iPhone 6 unveiled

The speculation and  frenzy surrounding the launch of Apple's iPhone6 ended on Tuesday with the unveiling of twin phones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively.

While the bigger display is expected, the audience at Flint still widely erupted when Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced "the biggest advancement in history of the iPhone."

Spike seen in sale of cradle docking, portable wireless speakers

The popularity of smart connected devices are spurring strong demand for complementary accessories such as cradle docking and wireless speakers. GfK retail audit for these products in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia reported a substantial spike in overall sales volume and value by 79 and 29 percent, respectively, in the first seven months of the year.

Apple Watch to allow mobile payments

The Wall Street Journal Online

Apple Inc. plans to include short-range wireless technology in its coming smartwatch, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling that it sees a role for the device in digital payments.

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China's Xiaomi, in first foray in Indonesia, sells out Its smartphones online

Jakarta Globe

Xiaomi's plan for world domination of the smartphone market expanded with its first foray in Indonesia, after a few thousand units of the Chinese mobile-phone maker's latest budget handset were sold online in a matter of minutes on Thursday.

Through the online shopping platform Lazada, Xiaomi sold 5,000 units of Redmi 1S in less than seven minutes, according to a statement on Xiaomi's official Facebook page.

Outlook for smartphone sales remains strong for 2014, says IDC

More than 1.25 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2014, representing a 23.8% increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013, according to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker

Looking ahead, the research firm said total volumes are forecast to reach 1.8 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 12.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2013–2018 forecast period.

Acer cooperates with retail chain Gome


Acer has partnered with Gome Electrical Appliances, an IT and consumer electronics retail chain in China, for the latter to sell Acer desktops, notebooks, AIO (all-in-one) PCs, tablets and projectors there, according to China-based


Does Samsung need crisis management?


Samsung Electronics is in dire need of crisis management, analysts say, as ineffective product differentiation sparks margin erosion and a decline in market share.

Until recently the world's largest smartphone marker was considered an unstoppable force. However, with key rival Apple getting its groove back and intensifying competition from low-end handset manufactures in emerging markets, things don't look so rosy anymore.

Flipkart launches tablets with Intel

Business Standard

Flipkart, in collaboration with Intel, launched five tablets under its in-house brand Digiflip Pro on Wednesday. The new range of next-gen tablets - ET 701, XT 811, XT 801, XT 911 and XT 901 - are powered by Intel Atom processors. Priced between Rs 5,999 and Rs 15,999, these will be available only on Flipkart.


Taiwan's niche laptop segments buck decline in sales volume

The overall 8 percent decline in notebook sales volume in Taiwan did not affect the fast rising popularity of gaming models as well as the 2-in-1 devices in the first six months of 2014 when compared with the same time period a year ago, according to research firm GfK.

Myer edging out of electronics

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

One of Myer's most senior executives, Tony Sutton, says the department store chain is likely to keep shrinking the size of its electronics departments and devote more floor space to other categories because electronics sales continue to be soft.


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