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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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Sharp expected to sell shares to Foxconn for less amid decline in value

Sharp expected to sell shares to Foxconn for less amid decline in value

It's hard to believe that amid such huge demand for smartphones and tablets, Sharp Corp. is seeing its stock prices declined. The main market categories that Sharp operates in are liquid crystal displays, LCD television sets, and solar panels. All of its main markets are unprofitable at this time. Sharp is expected to post a loss of ¥250 billion for its fiscal year ending in March of next year.

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Shipments of iPhone 5 screens will start in August tips Sharp

Shipments of iPhone 5 screens will start in August tips Sharp

Rumors of the next-generation iPhone continue to surface. One of the latest rumors is that Apple will have a press event on September 12 to unveil the next-generation iPhone. That event is still firmly in rumor land at this point, and it will be weeks before any press invites go out confirming the September 12 event. Typically invites to Apple events show up about seven days before the event is held.

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Sharp and Hydis announce LCD license agreement

Sharp and Hydis announce LCD license agreement

There have been rumblings in the past that Hydis’ FFS LCD technology would make its way into certain tablets, and now the Korean manufacturer has signed a license agreement with Sharp that will see the two companies using each other's technology. The agreement will allow Sharp to make use of Hydis’ Fringe Field Switching LCD technology, which is similar to IPS technology but allows for higher brightness and a superior color gamut.

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Sharp agrees to pay $198.5M to settle LCD price-fixing lawsuit

Sharp agrees to pay $198.5M to settle LCD price-fixing lawsuit

Japan’s Sharp Corp has agreed to pay Dell and two other companies $198.5 million for an out of court settlement over a lawsuit dealing with fixed LCD panel prices in North America and Europe. It was initially filed in November of 2009 against Sharp and several other companies including Epson, Hitachi and Toshiba. A spokesperson for Sharp said that the company came decide upon the settlement agreement independently from the other companies that are also involved.

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Does an iPad Mini add up, Retina style?

Does an iPad Mini add up, Retina style?

Apple's iPad Mini is the rumor that refuses to die, with several high-profile sites lending their support to speculation that a "tweener" iOS tablet is indeed in the pipeline. Such a slate would presumably instantly help Apple better compete with the Kindle Fire juggernaut, as well as the freshly announced Nexus 7, but that's assuming it can keep up its end of the bargain. Namely, does Apple - and its suppliers - have the technical capabilities to deliver a screen good enough to bear the Retina Display branding?

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iPad mini to take on Nexus 7 at $100 premium this fall claim sources

iPad mini to take on Nexus 7 at $100 premium this fall claim sources

The iPad mini rumor-mill was cranked back into action by Google's Nexus 7, and now further leaks suggest the compact slate is on track for a sub-$300 release this coming fall. The oft-mentioned 7.85-inch display size is supposedly confirmed, Chinese site MyDrivers claims, with Sharp supposedly doing the honors supplying the panel and using its IGZO technology for speedier response rates and/or greater pixel density.

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