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New York (AirGuide - Travel Technology News Asia / Pacific) Aug 28, 2011

China Telecom gains in mobile The phone company said first-half 2011 profit rose 8% vs. last year to $1.5 bil. China Telecom's (NYSE:CHA - News) sales rose 11.5% to $18.8 bil. Mobile phone revenue rose 28% despite competition from rivals China Mobile (NYSE:CHL - News) and China Unicom (NYSE:CHU - News), while fixed-line revenue fell. China Telecom was long the country's dominant carrier, but fell behind as demand shifted from landlines to wireless. China Telecom also is in talks with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL - News) about carrying the iPhone. It rose 2% to 51.07. Aug 23, 2011

Acer Acer records its first quarterly loss. Acer, the world's second-largest PC maker, reported a loss of $234.3 million in the second quarter -- the first in the history of the Taiwanese company -- and said it expects to report a loss for the year as demand for tablets and mobile devices cuts into the company's notebook sales. Aug 24, 2011

China Telecom China Telecom says profit up 8 percent. China Telecom Ltd. said Tuesday that first-half profit rose 8 percent as its mobile phone business grew despite strong competition. Profit for the six months ending June 30 was 9.8 billion yuan ($1.5 billion), or 0.12 yuan (1.8 U.S. cents) a share, the Beijing-based carrier said. Revenue rose 11.5 percent to 120.2 billion yuan ($18.8 billion). Mobile phone revenue rose 28 percent to 18 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) despite competition from rivals China Mobile Ltd. and China Unicom Ltd. while revenue for traditional fixed-line services declined. China Telecom was long the country's dominant phone carrier but fell behind China Mobile as customer demand shifted to wireless services. That prompted Beijing to restructure the industry into three groups in 2008, each with mobile and fixed-line assets, to revive competition and speed industry development. The three rivals have focused on mobile phones and nontraditional services such as wireless Internet access to drive revenue growth as demand for traditional fixed-line services declines. China Telecom said its number of mobile subscribers rose 19.7 percent over a year earlier to 108 million. The number of third-generation subscribers rose 75.3 percent to 21.5 million. The company expects "valuable opportunities" from 3G service, chairman and CEO Wang Xiaochu said in a statement. But he acknowledged that "intensified competition" was creating "new challenges." Revenue from fixed-line voice services fell 19.6 percent from the same period of 2010 and accounted for just 22 percent of total revenue. Aug 23, 2011

China Unicom China Unicom Profit Falls 9.2%. China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. reported a 9.2% drop in first-half earnings, though Apple Inc.'s iPhone helped fuel growth in mobile services. China UnicomNChina's only carrier officially offering the iPhoneNis racing China Telecom Corp. and China Mobile Ltd. to boost revenue by adding users of third-generation mobile services, which offer faster data speeds at a higher price than second-generation services. Aug 24, 2011

Microsoft Microsoft to market cloud solutions in China through partnership. Microsoft says it has partnered with a Chinese developer of operating systems -- China Standard Software -- to create and market cloud-computing solutions for businesses, banks and government offices in the country, a move that could serve as a model for similar initiatives in other developing markets. Aug 23, 2011

Samsung German court to rule on ban of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. A German judge is scheduled to decide on Sept. 9 whether Samsung will be permanently prohibited from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC in the country, and possibly elsewhere in the European Union, amid charges from lawyers for Apple that the device copies the iPad's design and therefore violates European intellectual property laws. Aug 26, 2011

Samsung Samsung to work with Universal Display on OLED technology. Samsung Mobile Display will work with Universal Display under a new agreement between the companies. They have previously cooperated on developing active-matrix organic light-emitting diode materials; the new deal involves patent sharing and technology development, according to Samsung. Aug 24, 2011

Samsung Samsung doesn't want to acquire HP's PC business. Samsung Electronics is making it clear that it does not have any plans to purchase the PC business of Hewlett-Packard, which HP may sell. "I would like to definitively state that Samsung Electronics will not acquire Hewlett-Packard's PC Business," Samsung chief executive Choi Gee-sung said in a statement. Aug 25, 2011

Samsung, Nokia, Apple, Symbian Samsung, Nokia plan low-cost smartphones. Samsung and Nokia have announced new low-cost smartphones as they seek to defend their turf against top rival Apple. Samsung will offer four new models in its Galaxy line aimed at emerging cellphone markets in China and India. The move comes as Apple is reported to be working on a release of a cheaper version of the iPhone 4 in Asian markets. Nokia, meanwhile, has unveiled three new mass-market smartphone models that will run on its Symbian software. Aug 24, 2011

Sharp Flat-screen TVs add features to boost sales. Flat-screen television sets are increasingly featuring new elements to make them more attractive to consumers. Sharp, for instance, has introduced the Freestyle Aquos LCD TV, which involves a tuner that can wirelessly send a signal to the TV anywhere in the house. Samsung Electronics, meanwhile, has brought out light-emitting diode backlit TVs, and Sony offers Internet-enabled TVs that run on Google's Android mobile operating system. Aug 26, 2011

Sony Sony adds 2D/3D recording to digital binoculars. Sony has added the capability for 2D and 3D recording to its DEV-3 and DEV-5 series of digital binoculars. The binocular models will record using AVCHD 2.0. Aug 22, 2011

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