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$2bn Apple life raft for Sharp rumored

$2bn Apple life raft for Sharp rumored

Apple may have quietly shored up Sharp with a $2bn display order fudge, one market analyst has suggested, in an attempt to stabilize the struggling Japanese firm and reduce reliance on arch foe Samsung. An unforeseen $2.3bn extra in Apple's capital expenditure in 2012 - the bulk of which wasn't reported as cash flow - caught the eye of Asymco's Horace Dediu, who speculates that the money could've been used to take control of an ailing Sharp production plant and pay for it by pre-purchasing displays for iPhones and iPads.

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Sharp AQUOS TAB SHT21 with IGZO screen hands-on

Sharp AQUOS TAB SHT21 with IGZO screen hands-on

What a difference a display makes: in the case of KDDI's AQUOS PAD SHT21, announced yesterday, it's the promise of more than double the runtime simply by switching to Sharp's IGZO panel technology. The new LCD screen system - which plays with chemistry to make pixels smaller and thus reduce backlighting demands - has shown up on its second device for the Japanese market, so we wasted no time in checking out the new 7-inch Android tablet. Check out our hands-on video and some first impressions after the cut.

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KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

The second mobile device to use Sharp's IGZO screen technology, the KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21, has been revealed, a 7-inch tablet promising more than double the runtime of rival slates. Following on from Sharp's SH-02E phone, announced for DoCoMo earlier this month, the AQUOS Pad SHT21 runs at 1280 x 800 resolution and, Sharp claims, will run for 2.5x as long as tablets with conventional displays thanks to IGZO's frugal nature.

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DoCoMo SH-02E ZETA first phone to use Sharp’s frugal IGZO screen

DoCoMo SH-02E ZETA first phone to use Sharp’s frugal IGZO screen

DoCoMo has launched the first smartphone to use Sharp's IGZO display technology, the AQUOS PHONE SH-02E ZETA, promising economy advantages as well as increased brightness for outdoor use. Sharp's panels were originally tipped to show up in Apple products, potentially the third-gen iPad, however it's taken a little extra time to get them market ready, with the new DoCoMo Android phone the first to benefit. Still, the SH-02E is more than just a screen trailblazer: it also packs a 16.3-megapixel camera with both optical and electronic stabilization.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: October 2nd, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: October 2nd, 2012

This morning it's time to put your guns away with a cut-down on what might be the most dangerous 3D printing effort in its short history. It's been rumored that Deutsche Telekom might be straight up buying MetroPCS. Of the 25% of Americans that own tablets right this minute, Android and the iPad are in a close race for dominance - Pew also notes that half of the adults in the USA own either a smartphone or a tablet.

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Sharp 5-inch 1080p display eyes-on: You want this in your next phone

Sharp 5-inch 1080p display eyes-on: You want this in your next phone

Forget Retina display: Sharp's new 5-inch, 1080p LCD panels have come out to wow at CEATEC, and at 443ppi they already have us looking at our current phones with disappointment and disgust. Announced yesterday, and set to hit mass production imminently, the new smartphone screens also use advanced CG-Silicon technology to cut down on how many layers are involved in the display sandwich.

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Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Anyone remember the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House? We're thinking that some of the executives at Sharp watched that movie and then decided we needed something like that in real life, as Sharp unveiled a new virtual management system called Cocorobo @ Home at Ceatec 2012 in Japan. The best way to describe Cocorobo @ Home is as a system that allows you to control all of your Sharp appliances from one simple interface.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 28, 2012

It's Friday once again folks, with most of you already enjoying the weekend. Today, the iPhone 5 launched in 22 additional regions around the world, setting Apple's plan to have it in over 100 countries by the end of the year on track. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the sad state of Apple Maps today (recommending some other Maps apps in the process), and we took a closer look at his words in a new column. Even more surprising is the fact that the iOS App Store now features a download page specifically for other Maps applications.

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