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Foxconn is said to be close to finalizing a deal to build a new iPhone manufacturing plant in India, reports The Economic Times of India. A close partner of Apple, Foxconn has been interested in opening a plant in the region for at least 12 months and has narrowed its search for suitable site in the state of Maharahstra. Once the deal is finalized, Foxconn will pour in $10 billion to build the plant, a process which will take a further 18 months after the signatures have dried on the deal.
A major leak from a law firm that suggests Foxconn has avoided paying as much as $22.86 billion in taxes has been strongly denied by the company. The major device assembler, known for putting together the iPhone along with other well-known products, has dismissed claims stemming from the "Panama Papers" leak that it was actively evading payment of taxes by making investments in Panama, an act many other prominent figures and companies have also been accused of performing.
Foxconn may be preparing to develop its first AMOLED displays that could be used in a future version of the iPhone, according to a report. The acquisition of Sharp, which completed at the end of last month for a reduced $3.5 billion, is said to have been driven by Sharp's display manufacturing capabilities, with Foxconn apparently gearing the company up to prepare for large-scale production of AMOLED panels for potential use in iPhones.
The postponed takeover of Sharp by Foxconn has prompted the heads of both companies to meet, in order to smooth out issues in the 70 billion yen ($6.2 billion) deal. Foxconn founder Terry Gou will be in a meeting with Sharp CEO Kozo Takahashi in China today, with negotiations expected to concern the suddenly-surfacing list of liabilities that halted the deal at the 11th hour, and if there is anything either side can do to salvage the purchase.
Sharp has confirmed it has accepted a deal to be taken over by Foxconn, with the agreement said to be valued at approximately 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion). The purchase announcement may have been premature, as a report claims Foxconn, a major manufacturing partner for Apple, is delaying the final takeover agreement after receiving a list of "contingent liabilities" from Sharp that is worth half the deal's value.
A fire at a Chinese factory used to manufacture iPhones has resulted in no injuries and has not affected production, according to a report. The Foxconn facility, located at Zhengzhou in Henan province, had to deal with a small fire on on the roof on Sunday night, though the manufacturer claims no employees were harmed by the incident and it was extinguished before it could affect any of the production lines underneath and nearby.
In some countries, the upgrade to iOS 9 brings with it a particular but very minor change often wished for by non-US users: the independent trash located in Mail has picked up the more common (outside the US and Canada) name of "Rubbish" rather than "Trash." The company has also posted a support page for the Apple Watch that shows a list of friends accessible on the devices whose initials add up to a "rickroll" gag.
Two Apple suppliers -- Japanese TV maker Sharp, and Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) -- are talking about a deal that would allow Sharp to spin off its display panel supplier business into a new joint venture with the China-based manufacturer. The two companies already run a LCD panel manufacturing facility in Osaka, and the new deal would like be an expansion of that existing partnership, possibly along with other companies.
US President Barack Obama, still well known for using a specially locked-down BlackBerry as his personal smartphone, used a White House Executive Office-registered iPhone to post the first tweet on Twitter from his own @POTUS account. Improvements in security made to the iPhone starting with iOS 8 have apparently made the device worthy of being used by the President. Unlike other official presidential Twitter channel, Obama himself will tweet from the @POTUS account.
Leaked schematics suggest that Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" will have a more powerful set of speakers than the iPad Air or iPad mini. A captured 3D rendering, said to come from a Foxconn factory worker, depicts the Pro as having a speaker grille next to its power button. If authentic, the image (below) indicates either that Apple is relocating the speaker, or that the Pro will have both top- and bottom-facing units -- making it the first iPad with true stereo sound. The iPad Air 2 has twin grilles, but these are both on the bottom, and connected to the same speaker.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ