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For the past four months, Taiwanese regulators have been conducting an investigation into Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone brands for being in breach of local data protection laws. On Tuesday, the National Communications Commissions announced that all accused companies were innocent, according to its findings. A report released by the NCC revealed that the investigation into 12 brands, which also included Chinese company Xiaomi, concluded that these companies and their products did not violate the law. However, NCC official James Lou added that the commissions would request that... Read more...
It seems that smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, and other companies have violated Taiwan’s privacy laws by collecting and sending back user data to company servers. Back in September, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission launched an investigation regarding cyber security threat concerns over products from foreign manufacturers. NCC vice chairman Yu Hsiao-Cheng spoke at a legislative session held on Thursday, revealing that the commission had discovered problems with 12 phone models. “Almost every one of them will register with their company’s server," he said, but didn’t expand... Read more...
Samsung found itself in a little bit of trouble for its role in an Internet campaign in which marketing firms were compensated for posting positive reviews of its products and negative write-ups for handsets belonging to rival HTC. Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) began investigating the claims earlier this year and has now concluded the South Korean company ran afoul of Taiwan's fair trade rules. As a result, Taiwan's FTC slapped Samsung with a 10 million Taiwan dollar fine, Phys.org reports. That may sound like a lot, but it only works out to around $340,000 in U.S. currency, or barely a... Read more...
Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's CEO, is a canny and intelligent leader who has capably helmed the company through both rough patches and successes, not least of which is the recently launched GTX 680. He's known for strong opinions, but not crazy, off-the-wall statements, which is why his recent remarks regarding Intel are so surprising. Speaking to a group of analysts last week, Jen-Hsun casually suggested that Intel, one of Nvidia's chief rivals and competitors, ought to open up its foundries and manufacture hardware for the ARM SoC ecosystem. "Why not be a foundry for all the mobile companies?" Huang... Read more...
Late Friday Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest wireless carrier, signed an agreement to become the sole distributor of the iPhone in Taiwan. While this in and of itself is great for Apple, which continues to want to expand its iPhone 3G presence across the globe, the more interesting question is: will this mean a possible iPhone expansion to China soon? In a brief emailed press release, Chunghwa Telecom said that it "has signed a contract with Apple, and will provide third- generation iPhone services in Taiwan before the end of the year." The company said that it will be part of Phase Three of... Read more...
Follow along closely, here. Gateway formally tendered a binding offer to acquire Packard Bell.  At this point, you and three friends could afford to buy Packard Bell; a 75 percent stake in its holding company was only worth $41 million. But Gateway was just acquired by Taiwan based Acer for the very large sum, comparatively, of $710 million, and one of Gateway's few worthwhile assets was the right of first refusal to purchase Packard Bell if it was sold. Would Acer pay a premium price for Gateway to get their hands on lowly Packard Bell? Yes, to keep it away from Lenovo. The move is expected... Read more...
Digitimes is reporting that a batch of about NT$20 million (US$306,000) worth of DDR chips from Hynix Semiconductor was stolen yesterday in Taoyuan, Taiwan. "The 20 boxes filled with DDR chips were robbed while in transit, with sources saying most of the chips were 400MHz frequency parts. This DDR chips were being delivered to distributors, though ownership of the chips is still unknown." Luckily, the shipment was small enough that DDR prices didn't spike after the news broke.... Read more...
AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES MERGER CONTROL CLEARANCE IN TAIWAN SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 2, 2006 -Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the Fair Trade Commission of Taiwan has cleared the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24, 2006, still remains subject to the approval of ATI shareholders, court approval of the plan of arrangement, approval by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada Act and other customary closing conditions.... Read more...
If you're hungry for new tech, this is a good snack. TweakTown has some good shots of some upcoming products from ABIT, and a little bit on AMD's new AM2 technology(no surprises though). "ABIT's upcoming AM2 motherboards are pretty much complete and ready to go. ABIT will release their "Fatal1ty" AN9 32X motherboard in June and boards should be shipping at the same time. On the other hand, ABIT are still working hard on Intel Conroe based motherboards. From what we have learned so far, Intel won't be releasing any new high-end chipsets till the end of the year and the Conroe processor will... Read more...
Anandtech has posted an article which outlines the current status of ATI's upcoming RD580 with motherboard vendors in Taiwan. With the launch of this chipset, ATI will have single-chip answer to NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI x16 chipset allowing its Crossfire technology ample bandwidth. With a launch pending in the near future, it appears as though ATI is pushing for a hard-launch with products available immediately. Our conversations with Taiwan motherboard manufacturers indicate that the launch of the RD580 chipset on March 1 will also be accompanied... Read more...
Taiwan LCD manufacturers to see large growth in 2006 1H06 mild oversupply to make way for large returns in 2H06 Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 7, 2005 – Taiwan, the world's largest manufacturing country of LCD panels, is expected to weather a mild oversupply in the first half of 2006 to see tremendous growth in during the second half on strengthened demand for LCD TVs. According to its Asia Display Quarterly 4Q05, investment bank Lehman Brothers predicts that the LCD industry will experience stable volume growth throughout 2006. Lehman Brothers expects LCD monitor shipments to rise 23 percent to 126... Read more...