Consumer Electronics

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

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.

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.

Indonesia smartphone sales could fall 50pc under tax plan

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.

Microsoft sells over 5m Xbox Ones

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


Singapore consumers love their low-priced China smartphones.

Canon India shifts focus to store sales

The Hindu Business Line

Canon India’s head Kazutada Kobayashi feels that online retailing in India is unavoidable, however, it cannot conquer the offline retail market. Canon had stopped selling on Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon a few months ago. It will focus on increasing sales at the physical stores.


Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan


Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7 percent of Japan's tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the Windows tablet's share of 2 percent in the worldwide tablet market, according to figures from Japan-based BCN.


Taiwan's high-tech companies bet future on emerging wearable devices market


Amid the increasing proof of the promising future of wearable devices, Taiwan's high-tech industry has stepped up investments in the area and is likely to see a good start this year.


Amazon preparing to release smartphone

The Wall Street Journal Online Inc. is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of this year, according to people briefed on the company's plans, part of a broad push into hardware that would pit it against Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

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Samsung banks on Galaxy S5 sales

Shanghai Daily

Samsung Electronics Co’s latest flagship model, the Galaxy S5, started selling yesterday in China as the company aims to raise market share before HTC and Apple start to sell their flagship models.


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