Acer appoints co-founder George Huang as board chairman

AcerTaipei: Taiwan`s Acer Inc on Wednesday said it has appointed co-founder and board member George Huang as new chairman, tasked with overseeing the recovery of the PC maker`s near-dominant position in a shrinking industry.

The appointment was announced after Acer`s annual general investor meeting. It followed the retirement of co-founder Stan Shih, who returned to the company in November to lead a restructuring effort that welcomed a new chief executive and chief financial officer.

TB recurrence risk increases with smoking

TB recurrence risk increases with smokingReports have stated that a study distributed on Monday gives basic new knowledge into the destructive connections between smoking tobacco and creating TB.

"More than at any time in the past, we see how tobacco damages individuals who have as of recently been effectively treated for TB," said Chung-Yeh Deng of National Yang-Ming University in Taipei and a creator of the study.

Sleep apnea can lead to pneumonia

Sleep apnea can lead to pneumoniaAccording to a group of analysts from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan, a study demonstrates that individuals who have sleep apnea could be at a higher danger of pneumonia.

"This study indicated that sleep apnea is an autonomous danger variable for occurrence of pneumonia," composed Dr. Vincent Yi-Fong Su and Dr. Kun-Ta Chou of the branch of midsection medication at Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan.

HTC expands desire series with three new smartphones

New-HTC-Desire-SeriesTaiwanese smartphone maker, HTC has expanded its desire series with the launch of three smartphones to attract new customers in the market.

The company announced the launch of Desire 501, Desire 700 and Desire 601 in the market in the mid-high range price category. All of the three devices come with Dual SIM and Dual Standby feature. HTC desire 501 is priced at Rs. 16,890 while the other two devices, Desire 700 and Desire 601 are priced at Rs. 33,050 and Rs. 24,190, respectively. The devices run on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and feature HTC Sense UI.

MediaTek introduces octa-core mobile processor

MediaTek introduces octa-core mobile processorTaiwanese integrated circuit producer MediaTek has introduced the world to its eight-core processor, elevating the bar for the competition.

MediaTek claimed that all the eight cores of its new octa-core processor run all together unlike existing eight-core solutions available in the market that activate only half of their cores at once.

Asus boosts sales following tie up with Google

Asus boosts sales following tie up with GoogleTaiwanese technology giant, Asus has been able to boost sales and following its partnership with internet giant, Google in the previous year.

Asus started partnering with Google with the launch of first-generation Nexus 7 and has been benefitting from the increased sales in the global market. Strong sales of Nexus 7 allowed the company to record higher tablet sales than Amazon. com, making it the third largest player behind Apple and Samsung.

Acer launches new Liquid E2 smartphone

Acer launches new Liquid E2 smartphoneTaiwanese electronics giant, Acer is planning to launch a new affordable quad-core smartphone called, Liquid E2.

The Liquid E2 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display with a resolution of 960x540 pixels and will be powered by a strong quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz with1GB of RAM. It will also come with MediaTek MT6589 chipset for enhanced performance and will be only 9.9mm thick and weighs 140 grams including the battery.

Shuttler Sindhu beats former World No.1, in quarters

P-V-SindhuTaipei, April 18 : Rising Indian shuttler P. V. Sindhu added another feather to her cap after defeating former World No. 1 Shixian Wang of China at the Badminton Asia Championships here Thursday.

In the process, the 17-year-old progressed to the women's singles quarter-finals of the continental event.

It took Sindhu a marathon effort to beat the third seeded Chinese 15-21, 21-14, 22-20 in their first ever encounter which lasted one hour and two minutes at the Taipei Arena. The Hyderabadi will next face Japanese seventh seed Eriko Hirose, who has beaten Sindhu in their only meeting so far.

Kashyap, Sindhu advance in Badminton Asia Championships

BadmintonTaipei, April 17 : Parupalli Kashyap and P. V. Sindhu led the Indian charge at the Badminton Asia Championships winning the opening rounds of their respective categories here at the Taipei Arena Wednesday.

Seeded fourth, Kashyap had a tough match against South Korean Ji Hoon Hong which went right down to the wire. The Indian, however, held on to his nerves to pick the last two points and win the match 18-21, 21-15, 22-20 in one hour and nine minutes. This was Kashyap's second victory in as many outings against the World No. 106 Korean, who had also lost the last match at the same tourney in 2009.

Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission probing Samsung over 'fake web reviews'

Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission probing Samsung over 'fake web reviews'According to an AFP report, an investigation into Samsung's practices has been launched by the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission on the basis of the allegations that the bigwig device manufacturer was making payments to students for posting negative online comments about the devices manufactured by its closest rival HTC.

Acer to unveil its first phablet at Computex

Acer to unveil its first phablet at ComputexTaiwanese mobile device and computer manufacturer, Acer has indicated that it is planning to showcase its first phablet at the upcoming Computex Tech fair in Taiwan in June.

Acer will join the likes of Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Sony and some smaller players, who are already offering devices in the category. The company has not announced information about the hardware makeup of the device. S T Liew, Smartphone Business Group President at Acer had hinted that the company might release the new phablet Liquid S series at the technology event, which is set to be organised in Taipei in June.

Taiwan tomb raider steals jewellery worth $500,000

Taiwan tomb raider steals jewellery worth $500,000Moscow, Feb 24 : A suspected robber has been arrested in Taiwan for stealing gold jewellery worth more than $500,000 by cutting holes in coffins.

The Central News Agency said the man, identified only by his surname Cheng, was arrested in western Yunlin county after his car was caught on a surveillance camera at a cemetery last month.

Police said Cheng stole jewellery from about 500 graves starting from 2009.

He dug up graves at night and cut holes in coffins above the wrists of the deceased to remove gold rings and bracelets.

China-Taiwan financial platform to hold first meeting in Taipei

China-Taiwan financial platform to hold first meeting in TaipeiThe Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) has said that the financial supervisory platform for securities and futures between China and Taiwan is expected to hold its first meeting in Taiwanese capital, Taipei tomorrow.

Fishery talks ''important first step'' toward peace in East China Sea: Taiwan President

Ma-Ying-jeouTaipei (Taiwan), Jan 2 : Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has said in his New Year''s address that the ongoing fishery talks between Taiwan and Japan are an "important first step" for tackling territorial and maritime boundary disputes in the East China Sea and turning it into a "sea of peace and cooperation."

Ma said the principle of his "East China Sea Peace Initiative," which he unveiled last August, is "to shelve disputes over sovereignty and promote the joint exploration of resources."

Taiwan dollar touches its highest level in 15 months

Taiwan dollar touches its highest level in 15 monthsThe Taiwan dollar has touched its highest level in 15 months as investors poured in investment into Taiwan amid continuing global economic uncertainty.

Global investors bought $1.7 billion more Taiwanese stocks during the month and net purchase for the year stood at about $4.9 billion. The Taiwan dollar was trading at NT$29.100 against its US Dollar, according to the latest figures released by Taipei Forex Inc. The Taiwan dollar had touched NT$28.959 on Nov. 12, which is its strongest level since September 2011.

Next Media agrees to sell for NT$17.5 billion

Next Media agrees to sell for NT$17.5 billionNext Media Ltd has agreed to sell its print and television businesses in Taiwan to a consortium in a deal valued at NT$17.5 billion or about $601 million.

Company spokesman Mark Simon said that the company will sell the print business to four investors including Want Want Chinatimes Group President Tsai Shao-Chung, William Wong of the Formosa Plastics Group, Chinatrust Charity Foundation Chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr. and Lee Shih-tsung, who is the Chairman of Lung Yen Life Service Corp. Chairman Lee Shih-tsung.

Google planning $99 Nexus tablet; 32GB Nexus 7 may launch in time for holidays

Google planning $99 Nexus tablet; 32GB Nexus 7 may launch in time for holidaysAccording to a new Digitimes report, citing the information shared by "Taiwan-based supply chain makers," Internet search giant Google is planning to take the wraps off a $99-priced version of its Nexus tablet in the 2012 fourth quarter.

Going by the Digitimes sources, $99 Nexus tablet version will feature a HUVA TN panel from Taiwan's HannStar Display, and will be powered by a single-core processor from China-based WonderMedia Technologies.

HTC launches new ‘Rhyme’ smartphone in New York

HTC launches new ‘Rhyme’ smartphone in New York Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC has launched a new thinner and sleeker smartphone called, the HTC Rhyme in New York aiming to improve sales in the US market.

The HTC Rhyme smartphone features a 3.7-inch screen and will be powered by Google' Android software. HTC said in a statement that the device will come with several complementary accessories such as a docking station, sports armband and tangle-free headphones. It will come in a unibody design in a total of three colors.

HTC shares drop in Taiwaan after unfavorable ITC ruling

HTC shares drop in Taiwaan after unfavorable ITC rulingThe shares of smartphone maker, HTC crashed in the Taiwanese market after the U. S. International Trade Commission said in an initial ruling that the company had violated two patents belonging to Apple.

HTC’s shares were trading 4.1 percent down at NT$870. The shares had earlier dropped to NT$848, the lowest since January 14 and the company’s shares have fallen 11 percent since Apple filed its second complaint on July 11.

Consuming Dietary Supplements Doesn’t Guarantee Good Physical Condition

Consuming Dietary Supplements Doesn’t Guarantee Good Physical ConditionA new research has revealed that consuming dietary supplements does not promise good health.

Wen-Bin Chiou of National Sun Yat-Sen University decided to examine if regular utilization of dietary supplements had ironic consequences for subsequent health linked behaviours after detecting a fellow worker selected an unhealthful meal over an organic meal simply because the fellow worker had consumed a multivitamin earlier in the day.

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