Rumors abound this week that Amazon is going to trial a physical retail store in its home base of Seattle, WA. The online retail giant will reportedly stock the shelves with its successful Kindle lineup. This, of course, includes the Kindle Fire tablet, which has emerged as a viable alternative to the Apple iPad. If the rumors are true, Amazon is likely responding to the success Apple has realized over the years with its dynamic retail stores, which allow potential customers to experience the latest Apple products before purchasing them. Continue Reading
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Verizon and AT&T—the dominant wireless carriers in the US—both reported strong Q4’11 results. AT&T added 2.5 million customers, with over a million being modem/mobile hotspot subscribers, and over 700 thousand prepaid mobile phone subscribers. Continue Reading
The Indian government approved a long-debated manufacturing policy on October 25. The intent of the policy is to boost the country’s manufacturing capability; to increase the share of manufacturing from the current level of around 16% of GDP to 25% by 2022; and to create 100 million new jobs in special manufacturing hubs. This could be critical for India as an expected 130 million Indians will be joining the workforce, many of whom may not be qualified to participate in India’s growing software industry.
Recent reports suggest both Samsung and LG Display are evaluating the option of moving currently installed Gen 8 equipment from their Korean fabs to the new fabs they have been planning on building in China in 2012 and 2013. As analyzed in our recent Quarterly FPD Supply/Demand and Capital Spending Report, there are a variety of potential benefits as well as negatives with this “Move to China” strategy.
Plastic Logic recently announced an electronic textbook, the Plastic Logic 100 for Education. The company said that the product will reach the market by the end of September. This would be a significant breakthrough as it would be the first plastic-based active matrix display, especially with the challenges that Plastic Logic has faced bringing this technology to market.