Foxconn, Sharp talking new joint venture based on shared LCD plant
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.
Not necessarily related to rumored Apple 'iCar,' but with eye on collaboration
Two major auto manufacturers are said to be in talks with Apple about a variety of possible partnerships, from Continental's hopes that it could participate in any rumored Apple Car creation to BMW's desire to collaborate with the iPhone maker about bringing some its existing and future car technology to its auto lineup. BMW went out if its way, however, to specifically deny that its talks with Apple have anything do with developing or building a car.
Original manufacturing, design partner claims Beats mislead on contract severance
Electronics company Monster, known for its high-priced HDMI cables and car audio gear, has filed suit against now-Apple-owned Beats and its founders, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, as well as former Beats partner HTC, claiming that Beats and HTC misled the company when it bought back enough shares of itself through the HTC investment to sever its contract for headphone partnership with Monster. The lawsuit does not directly involve Apple, but does revolve around the possibility that Beats knew when it left Monster that it was going to be acquired.
Sakar, Kodak preview new photo accessories at CES
Sakar International and Eastman Kodak today announced a variety of new mobile and DSLR photography accessories at CES in Las Vegas. The partnership has produced a new Smartphone Cradle, all-in-one HDMI Smartphone Cable, and Selfie Tripod with Remote Shutter Release, aimed at those who use their smartphone for the majority of their photo taking.
Fortune's annual list of Most Powerful Women in Business released, features IBM's Ginni Rometty, App
Fortune has released its 17th annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, with Apple's Angela Ahrendts making the top 30. The list, compiled by Fortune editors, produced the list with four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of their career, and social and cultural influence. Topping the list is Chairman, CEO and President of IBM Ginni Rometty, who in an interview with Fortune described IBM's recent partnership with Apple for developing services optimized for iOS and IBM support.
TransferWise money transfer app now available for Android
London-based startup TransferWise has launched a native Android app, allowing users to transfer money between currencies. A peer-to-peer service, TransferWise facilitates direct money transfers to users in other countries. Six months earlier, TransferWise had released an iOS native app, with the "app" for Android users available on Google Play until today being only a shortcut to its website. Free to download, TransferWise for Android is compatible with Android 2.3 or later.
iFixit partners with Fairphone, aims to reduce cell phone waste
Do-it-yourself repair guide company iFixit has announced its plan to partner with Dutch social enterprise Fairphone. Fairphone's aim has been to address the wastefulness and disposability of the cell phone market; Fairphone is offering a cell phone that ships with its own set of repair guides through a preinstalled iFixit app. The Fairphone sources its parts from conflict-free manufacturers, and with a published cost breakdown available for the phone, one can know exactly what is being paid for upon purchasing.
Hints, but does not say, that 'conversations' centered around battery tech
Following reports that Apple had secretly met with officials from electric car company Tesla to discuss unspecified partnerships, the CEO Elon Musk commented on the rumors -- but phrased his replies in such a way that suggested either he was uninvolved in the talks (which seems unlikely) or didn't want to make clear what the "conversations" with Apple were actually about. Though confirming the meetings, Musk said little about them.
Hints at future wearable tech, may help provide Apple with ARM chips
During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session, new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that the chipmaker's relationship with Apple continued to be "very close," despite Apple using its own ARM-based chip designs in its most popular products, the iPhone and iPad. Intel continues to supply Apple with chips and graphics systems for most of its Mac line, however, and Krzanich said the two companies continue to "grow closer," suggesting potential future partnerships.
Telefonica Digital and Evernote announce global partnership with kick-off in Brazil
Launching in Brazil today, Telefonica Digital's Vivo brand is offering customers one year's access to top-tier features with Evernote Premium. Evernote helps users improve their productivity on Android and iOS devices, by creating written notes and to-do lists as well as photo capture, and sync this media across personal devices. The partnership is giving Vivo customers access to a 1GB upload limit and the ability to read notes offline, as well as benefitting from higher security features. It is yet to be determined whether this offer is exclusive to new customers.
Companies collaborating on smartphone components
Samsung is reportedly building new partnerships with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and several other companies to develop chips that will be used in upcoming smartphones. According to a Nikkei report (sub. required), the South Korean company is attempting to decrease its dependence on components produced by competing chip maker Qualcomm.
Target Apple partnership
Target has established a new partnership with Apple to establish a dedicated Target area on iTunes. The portal will feature a variety of exclusive albums that will only be available through Target, Target.com, iTunes and other select retailers. The special section will also include a variety of other content such as bonus tracks, videos, iPhone apps, and more.
Stanza adds Adobe content
Lexcycle has announced an agreement with Adobe that will add protected-content eBook support to its Stanza app for the iPhone. The agreement expands Stanza support into a large variety of commercially published eBooks from major publishers. As part of the the partnership, Stanza will be compatible with PDF and EPUB rendering technologies from Adobe along with the eBook content protection technology.
Akamai, Apple rumor false
Akamai, the company in charge on most of Apple’s content delivery for iTunes and most of its online services, was falsely reported to being dumped by the company, in favor of a switch to Google. Seeking Alpha writes that Swiss American subsidiary Credit Suisse, despite the fact that they are not Akamai’s financial representatives, was blamed for initiated the rumor. Swiss American later denied that they gave any information regarding Apple’s supposed plans, even though technologist Dan Rayburn received the update from several different analysts.