Consumer Electronics

Google to launch 8-inch Nexus tablet


Google has been developing an 8-inch tablet to avoid price competition in the 7-inch segment for launch at the end of April with initial shipments of two million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.


Global tablet market heading for fierce price competition in 2014


Price competition in the global tablet market is expected to become keener in 2014, which will not only further squeeze the profitability of first-tier vendors but also force white-box makers in China out of the market, according to industry sources.

Headphone, headset sales surge in Southeast Asia

Consumers' appetite for mobile devices is also driving the need for better quality audio.

In 2013, research form GfK estimates the headphone and headset market to reach USD77.3 million across four key Southeast Asian markets.

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia snapped up nearly 3.8 million units of headphones and headsets—a notable growth of 5 percent over the same period a year ago, expanding the overall market also by 5 percent in total worth.

China's Yosen opens two new Super Specialty Stores in Hangzhou

Yosen Group, China's wholesale distributor and retailer of 3C merchandise, said last week it has opened two new Super Specialty Stores inside of large-scaled super markets in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

One Super Specialty Store was opened on 18 January 2014 inside the Hangzhou Zhuantang branch of China Resources Vanguard, the country's leading supermarket chain, with an operational area of approximately 25 square metres.

Apple "incredibly excited" after China revenue rises 29pc

Shanghai Daily

Apple Inc's revenue in China in the first fiscal quarter totalled USD8.4 billion which made it the company's fastest growing regional market, the US technology giant said last week.

China has become a place for an "incredible start" for Apple in the coming quarters, Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, said in an earnings call conference.

JB Hi-Fi half-year profit rises by 10 pc

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Australian home entertainment retailer JB Hi-Fi's 10 percent profit increase has been welcomed by shareholders, adding more than AUD90 million (USD79.3m) to its market value.

But the electronics and DVD seller's good news is not necessarily a sign that all is well in Australia's retail space, an analyst says.

JB Hi-Fi's share price climbed by more than five percent on Tuesday after announcing that net profit had climbed by 10 percent in the six months to 31 December.

Apple exploring expansion of mobile payments

Business Standard

Apple Inc, which has more than 400 million credit cards on file with its iTunes Store, is exploring an expansion of the mobile-payments system, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

The move would expand Apple's reach into a competitive online payments field and potentially give it a new revenue source as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook looks to reignite growth. Apple hasn't entered a new product category since the 2010 debut of its iPad tablet and profit and sales growth have slowed.

Acer plans wearable device for late 2014


Taiwan's Acer Inc. is planning to get into the wearable computing game with a “distinctive” wearable device coming in the second half of this year that will stand out from the competition, a company source revealed.


Indonesia's Smartfren sets USD100m in expansion push

Jakarta Globe

Indonesian mobile-phone operator Smartfren Telecom is preparing USD100 million in funds to finance expansion this year, in a bid to add more subscribers by more than a third by bundling services with its Andromax smartphones.

The Jakarta-based company seeks to add between 4 million to 5 million subscribers this year. Smartfren was reported to have 11 million users by the end of 2013.

Smartfren, which is majority controlled by Sinar Mas Group, had 185 outlets across the country last year.

Nokia's handset sales decline

The Wall Street Journal Online

Nokia's handset sales fell 29 percent. The rare decline was a setback to Microsoft, which is acquiring the operation.

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