In a recent statement, Foxconn (Hon Hai) announced plans to increase its work force numbers by 15,000 in Taiwan, a move that will help bolster its business growth efforts. Though the number pales in comparison to its Chinese employee numbers, it will be a significant increase to the company's 46,000 workers in Taiwan.
With the HTC Desire 816, the company brings on a smartphone that aims to be the king of the middle tier. This does not mean it’s a price leader - nor does it cut the most corners. Here HTC aims to be the king of the middle with a smartphone that has many of the features that are present on the HTC One, here on a phone that’s aimed at the international and mid-tier market.
For reasons never made clear, Dropbox was given the banhammer by the Chinese government a few years ago, blocking users in the country from accessing the cloud-storage service. Now, again for reasons that aren't entirely clear, it seems the service is available again in China, according to Tech in Asia.
According to US officials that spoke with The Wall Street Journal, South Korea has fallen in line with US requests that sensitive communications be routed to bypass Huawei network equipment. The reason, as with similar movements that have happened elsewhere, revolves around US concern about possible spying.
The public is grieving this week as China's Yuta moon rover appears to have kicked the bucket once and for all. While Space.com confirms that China's moon lander Chang'e 3 is running just fine after a brutal battle with a lunar night cycle, its closest relative Yuta seems to be down for the count.
A new report published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at China's Nanjing University reveals the myriad of fossils found in northern China are, in all likelihood, the result of multiple volcanic eruptions that took place in excess of 120 million years ago. As a result of these, says the researchers, a Pompeii-like blanket of ash resulted in both encased and preserved carcasses.
There are a couple of reports out this week on the state of the mobile smart device industry, both of them centered on shipment and both of them suggesting that Android is doing exceedingly well. The first comes from Strategy Analytics and focuses on the entire year in smartphone shipments, suggesting that Android has "captured 79 percent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide." Meanwhile ABI Research has suggested that the fourth quarter of the 2013 season has also shown itself to belong to Android, ringing in a cool 77% market share for the Google-made mobile operating system in smartphone shipments.