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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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Sharp and frog team for Feel UX Android UI

Sharp and frog team for Feel UX Android UI

When it comes to user interfaces laid over the top of the Android operating system, you're likely to get mixed feelings. A nice user interface can make things look better and could possibly even make a smartphone or tablet easier-to-use. However, often these user interfaces are also responsible for delaying Android updates because the UI has to be tweaked as well. Sharp partnered with a design company called frog on a new Android user interface called Feel UX.

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Sharp’s 90-inch Aquos is largest LED TV to date

Sharp’s 90-inch Aquos is largest LED TV to date

Videophiles know that Sharp demands quality. It may not have the largest market share in the TV business, but its range of Aquos television sets are revered, and for good reason. Now, the company is differentiating itself by offering the world's first commercially available 90-inch LED HDTV. The question is - do you live somewhere where owning a 90-inch TV would actually make sense?

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Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Apple's major manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has revealed interest in purchasing more shares in Sharp, raising speculation that the two companies are working towards supplying Apple's rumored television set. Some analysts have dubbed the anticipated Apple HDTV the "iTV" and expect manufacturing for the device to being later this year.

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Foxconn, Sharp building new iPhone display plant

Foxconn, Sharp building new iPhone display plant

Foxconn is partnering with Sharp to build a new plant in Chengdu, China for producing iPhone displays. The long-time Apple manufacturing partner recently bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp worth $808 million and already owns a 46.48 percent stake in Sharp's liquid crystal manufacturing plant in Sakai, Japan, said to be the most advanced facility in the country.

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comScore: smartphones surpass feature phones in Japan

comScore: smartphones surpass feature phones in Japan

While you may think that Japan has been ahead of the rest of the world for some time when it comes to technologically advanced phones, a new study might surprise you. comScore has put out statistics that show smartphone acquisitions surpassed feature phones for the first time in Japan during February. As for the top cellphone manufacturer, it’s a company we don’t see mentioned often in the US or Europe: Sharp.

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