For the longest time, we've been waiting for Google to bring its Assistant to devices with a screen. After all, voice assistants are great - until you need some visual information to go with their answers. To address this, Amazon launched the Echo Show and Spot last year and now it's Google's turn. But it's not launching a Google Home with a screen. Instead, the company today announced it is working with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony to launch new smart displays later this year.
The world's largest supplier of LCD screens suffered a more than 10% decrease in its stock price in the last two months, according to the Korea Exchange (KRX), as growing concerns over the industry's imbalance between supply and demand led to price cuts in display screens.
The Korea Times
Corning has announced it has entered into agreements with 3M to purchase substantially all of 3M's Communication Markets Division in a cash transaction valued at approximately US$900 million. The acquisition is expected to close during 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
Innolux's 100-inch high brightness PID module was given the 26th Taiwan Excellence Silver Award 2017. Five other products - the 50-inch Mega-Zone display module, 21.5-inch adjustable privacy display, 15.6-inch zero color cast and low blue light display, 10.1-inch all-in-one smart touch display and 6-inch high brightness, bezel-less full-screen display module - were also awarded the Taiwan Excellence Award.
Apple is likely to release another new iPhone model with LCD next year, said a source privy to the company's product designs, and it also has tentative plans for two new handsets that use OLED screens.
Nikkei Asian Review
Corning has announced an investment in its Valor Glass that will create 185 new jobs and support more than 380 jobs overall in the Southern Tier of New York.
BOE has set a plan to use its B11 line, which is located in Sichuan, and B12 line that is currently in an investment process as production lines exclusively for Apple.
The country's largest consumer electronics maker, LG Electronics India, reported 11% sales growth last fiscal year, even as the white goods market grappled with a slowdown in demand post demonetization.
The Economic Times
Corning is adding manufacturing capacity in Strykow, Poland, driven by strong demand for its fiber optic products and solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. To accommodate the expansion, a second manufacturing facility is under construction adjacent to the existing Corning Optical Communications operation in Strykow. The new plant is expected to open in 2018.
On Thanksgiving 2017 the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a possible foldable iPhone model.
Applied Materials reported better-than-expected quarterly results and gave a strong current-quarter forecast as the world's largest supplier of tools to make semiconductors enjoys strong demand in its chip and display businesses.
Embattled Japanese electronics-maker Toshiba said on Tuesday it has agreed to sell its television subsidiary to Hisense Group, a major Chinese electronics manufacturer.
Nikkei Asian Review
South Korean tech giants said Wednesday no damage has been reported at production plants following the magnitude 5.4 earthquake which struck the southeastern city of Pohang earlier in the day.
Now Chinese regulators are cracking down on companies that share attributes with LeEco, including the promotion of the "sharing ecosystem" - a once-popular term in China.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Foxconn chairman Terry Gou have signed a contract for the biggest development deal in Wisconsin history, which provides a once-unimaginable level of state financial aid for a manufacturing complex that backers say will transform the state's economy.
Government Technology - online magazine
Spurred by Foxconn Technology Group and its plans for a mega-factory in Racine County, state highway planners are studying the possibility of including special lanes for driverless vehicles on I-94.
Foxconn plans to make approximately US$1.4 billion in supply purchases in Wisconsin annually once its LCD panel campus is fully operational, a figure more than three times the combined in-state supply purchases made by Marinette Marine Corp., Quad/Graphics Inc. and Oshkosh Corp.
In India, a country that is emerging as a mobile manufacturing hub, Asahi Glass is looking to tap growing demand for advanced glass products to be used in smartphones and other electronic devices, according to company officials.
The Japan Times
Idemitsu Kosan and Toray Industries will together develop technologies to improve the efficiency and durability of OLED panels, the pair said Tuesday.
Nikkei Electronics Asia
LG Display and Huawei are expected to sign an agreement for the long-term and stable supply of small- and medium-size OLED panels at the top management meeting in Korea on Oct. 3.
Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi will launch their flagship smartphone models featuring LG Display's OLED panels in 2018.
A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung's billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption.
Apple is planning to unveil a renewed focus on the living room with an upgraded Apple TV set-top box that can stream 4K video and highlight live television content such as news and sports, according to people familiar with the matter.
In an internal memo, a male software engineer at Google argued the lack of women in top tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women.
Wall Street is braced for delays to the launch of the next iPhone, as supply shortages and manufacturing problems threaten to push the smartphone's release later than Apple's usual September debut.
A new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says LG will soon join the fray and supply Apple with OLED displays for the iPhone 8.
Valor Glass is a breakthrough glass container engineered for the storage and delivery of 21st century injectable drugs.
Last summer LeEco announced it intended to purchase the US-based TV maker Vizio for US$2 billion. The deal fell through in March amid myriad problems surrounding LeEco, including a major cash crunch. Allegedly the deal included a US$100 million buyer-termination fee and now Vizio has filed suit in a California court to collect payment.
GE, a conglomerate cofounded by Edison, told employees on Thursday it has put the iconic lighting business up for sale.
Samsung Electronics' flourishing components business helped the South Korean technology giant notch up its highest quarterly profit in more than three years, as the company said that it would not adopt a holding company structure after a monthslong internal review.
Wall Street Journal
A big concern is a potential over-supply situation in display glass, as China slams on the gas for OLED capacity.
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced that it will conduct an investigation on certain graphics systems and computing products imported into the country as they allegedly infringe patents owned by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and ATI Technologies. The companies filed a complaint with the USITC and the federal agency has identified a number of respondents in the investigation, including LG Electronics, VIZIO, MediaTek, and Sigma Designs.
There's a lot of pressure on Apple's next iPhone to deliver, both in product quality and sales.
Apple is developing a new camera with "3D sensing and modeling capabilities" that could "reinvent the user experience" to be included in a redesigned iPhone expected to launch later this year, according to new research from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by Business Insider.
How will this affect Samsung's businesses? For the time being, they seem to flourish or flounder no matter who the company's titular leader is.
Apple's widely expected 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will feature a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition, corroborating previous rumors, according to JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall.
Apple is in discussions with China's BOE Technology to supply next-generation displays for future iPhones, a key component that's being provided by a Samsung Electronics unit, people familiar with the matter said.
Samsung Electronics may build a US plant for its home appliances business, a person familiar with the matter said, the latest global firm to consider a response to criticism about imports from new US President Donald Trump.