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October 17, 2012
06:30 EDTNOK, SSNLFSamsung, HTC to price WP8 models cheaper than Nokia, DigiTimes reports
Samsung (SSNLF) and HTC are expected to price WP8 models at cheaper rates to counter comparable models from Nokia (NOK), reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the two companies are expected to price its WP8 aggressively as it focuses on more Android-based models. Reference Link
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August 28, 2015
06:19 EDTNOKNokia and China Huaxin sign MOU to create new venture
Nokia and China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center have signed a memorandum of understanding confirming their intention to combine Nokia's telecommunications infrastructure businesses in China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell into a new joint venture. As agreed under the MoU, Nokia expects to hold 50% plus one share in the new joint venture, with China Huaxin holding the remaining shares. Fair value compensation would be received for the contribution of relevant assets to the joint venture. The new joint venture is conditional on and would be formed after the closing of Nokia's planned combination with Alcatel-Lucent, at which point Nokia would own 50% plus one share of ASB. The new joint venture is expected to be a strong national asset based in China capable of delivering value for both parties.Nokia China and ASB are leaders in the Chinese telecommunications infrastructure market and both are long-standing contributors to the development of China and innovation in the country. The new joint venture would have one board of directors, one management team, unified customer and business functions, and one integrated product portfolio and R&D platform. Until the closing of the proposed combination between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia China and ASB will continue to operate as two independent companies.
05:52 EDTSSNLFTrendforcce expects global tablet shipments to reach 163M units, DigiTimes says
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August 27, 2015
14:42 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares approach historical lows as Apple Watch gains traction
Fitbit (FIT) shares are eyeing their lowest levels since their IPO in June after the IDC reported that Apple (AAPL) Watch shipments are nipping on the heels of Fitbit's market dominance in wearables. WHAT'S NEW: The International Data Corporation, or IDC, released its quarterly wearables device report on Thursday, showing that Apple reached the number two spot in the global wearables market with 3.6M shipments of the Apple Watch during Q2. Notably, Apple Watch shipments lagged just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's 4.4M units for the quarter. Total shipment volume for the space was up 223.2% year-over-year to 18.1M. Commenting on the metrics, IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said Apple's "participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem," though he also cautioned that the tech giant "forces other vendors -- especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters -- to re-evaluate their products and experiences." Rounding out the numbers, Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000, and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000. HARDWARE CHALLENGES: Aside from concerns of user churn, an oft-noted potential risk for Fitbit investors is the potential that limited-use fitness wearables will be absorbed into grander, multi-function devices. On June 21, Barron's opined that specialized devices "often get subsumed," and provided the example of iPod's music functions being largely replaced by similar features in the iPhone. Various research firms have downplayed the "absorption" issue, however. On June 25, Leerink remarked that fitness trackers "occupy a different piece" of the market, and on June 30, RBC said its studies at the time showed divergence between fitness wearables and smart watches. Leerink reiterated its bullish view of the sector as recently as August 24, commenting that "interest in the category remains deep." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Fitbit have plunged roughly 9% in intraday trading, while Apple is up about 2% amid broader market gains.
11:25 EDTSSNLFSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
08:38 EDTSSNLFApple Watch shipments total 3.6M in Q2, IDC says
Apple (AAPL) reached the number two spot in the global wearables market, having shipped a total of 3.6M units of its Apple Watch in Q2, just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's (FIT) 4.4M units, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1M units, up 223.2% from the 5.6M units shipped in 2Q14. "Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," noted Ramon Llamas, Research Manager for IDC's Wearables team. "Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher. Apple also forces other vendors - especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters - to re-evaluate their products and experiences. Fairly or not, Apple will become the stick against which other wearables are measured, and competing vendors need to stay current or ahead of Apple. Now that Apple is officially a part of the wearables market, everyone will be watching to see what other wearable devices it decides to launch, such as smart glasses or hearables." Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000 units and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000.
August 26, 2015
06:31 EDTSSNLFSamsung Note 5 S pen may have a design flaw, Android Police reports
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August 25, 2015
17:50 EDTSSNLFFormer TSMC employee may have leaked secrets to Samsung, China Post says
The Taiwanese Supreme Court has barred a former TSMC (TSM) employee from working for Samsung (SSNLF) following claims that he leaked trade secrets to the Korean firm, reports the China Post. According to evaluations of computer chips from the two companies, differences in chip technology between Samsung and TSMC have quickly decreased in recent years, the report noted. Reference Link
August 24, 2015
06:22 EDTSSNLFTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
August 21, 2015
12:18 EDTNOKMicrosoft to cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland and close Nokia's (NOK) former handset product development unit in Salo, Reuters reports. The cuts are part of Microsoft's plans to cut 7,800 jobs globally. Microsoft will keep open sites in Espoo and Tampere. Reference Link
10:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung working on Android tablet with 18.4-inch display, Sam Mobile reports
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06:01 EDTSSNLFABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung TV production capacity reduced in 1H15, DigiTimes says
Samsung reduced TV production capacity globally by 10M units in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. Citing Korea media reports in Money Today, Samsung reduced capacity to 21.36M in 1H15. It also plans to decrease production capacity by another 10M units in 2H15 for a total of 42M units. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
06:07 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTSSNLFTop electric car makers largely choosing SDI, Panasonic for batteries, WSJ says
Large auto makers in the U.S., Europe and Asia are favoring Samsung's (SSNLF) SDI unit, Panasonic (PCRFY) and LG to supply advanced batteries for their electric cars following several years of failed technology bets among suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Lux Research battery expert Cosmin Laslau, five years from now, "We are looking at Panasonic, LG and Samsung SDI making up about 80% of the market." Reference Link
05:46 EDTNOKNokia Networks expand use of WANdisco big data technology
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August 19, 2015
19:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
18:40 EDTSSNLFAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
06:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins to market Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ in Taiwan, DigiTimes reports
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August 18, 2015
05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: Global mobile DRAM revenue up 7.7% in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to $3.85B while global sales of overall DRAM decreased 4.8% to $11.4B in Q2, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Mobile DRAM prices were less affected by falling prices for PC DRAM chips when compared to other types of DRAM. Prices for PC DRAM chips, which fell 15% in July, are forecast to drop an overall 30% in the third quarter of 2015. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
06:38 EDTSSNLFApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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