Ralph JenningsIDG News Service

Ralph Jennings is Taipei correspondent at IDG News Service and reports on contract manufacturers and component industries in Taiwan.

Apple orders spur growth for Taiwanese parts makers

Two Taiwanese firms that make touchscreen panels for Apple have reported sharp first-quarter revenue gains, which analysts said came from soaring demand for iPhones and iPads.

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Samsung sues Apple, alleging patent infringements

Samsung Electronics has hit back at Apple with lawsuits in three countries alleging infringement of patents on smartphone technologies.

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Google says Microsoft patent lawsuit threatens innovation

Google took a slap at Microsoft on Tuesday, saying the software giant's patent lawsuit against bookseller Barnes & Noble's Android-based e-reader stifles innovation.

Analysts: Flash-hard disk hybrids in wide use by 2016

A quarter of new laptops and half of new desktop PCs will adopt an emerging data storage method by 2016, pairing flash memory with traditional hard disk drives.

Analyst: Market for 3D TVs, portables to grow in 2011

Sales of 3D television sets and handheld devices will surge this year after a weak start in 2010 as manufacturers step up production and marketing, industry research firm Ovum says.

Phones with Facebook buttons: Too friendly?

HTC's announcement of two smartphones linked closer than ever to Facebook will lead an industry trend, analysts say, but despite the social network's popularity, most users will ultimately prefer handhelds without the special feature

Report: Rivals nibble into Apple's app store revenue

Apple held on to its huge lead in global mobile phone applications last year due to its simple billing system but will give up much of that ground by 2014, a market research firm claims.