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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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Sharp’s new 32-inch screens possibly for Apple iTV

Sharp’s new 32-inch screens possibly for Apple iTV

Sharp announced today that it began production of 32-inch HI-DPI LCD panels last month at its Kameyama Plant No. 2, which has long been manufacturing advanced LCDs for TVs. These pixel-dense high-performance displays are the world's first to incorporate IGZO oxide semiconductors and could be used for Apple's much rumored iTV, if perhaps over-enthusiastic analysts are to be believed.

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Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Long-standing rumors of a standalone Apple TV set continue to percolate, with suggestions that Foxconn parent Hon Hai's display deal with Sharp, along with fresh Apple panel patents, lend weight to the HDTV whispers. The Cupertino company is apparently working on an advancement of Fringe Field Switching (FSS) systems suitable for HDTV-scale panels, with Patently Apple flagging up a recently granted patent for the TFT LCD display technology. FSS is currently used in Apple's smaller devices, and relies on IPS display technology of which Sharp is a notable patent holder.

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Sharp inks Foxconn deal to rescue diving profits

Sharp inks Foxconn deal to rescue diving profits

Sharp has announced a deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai Production that will see the Japanese company increase its use of third-party components, while Hon Hai takes shares in its new partner's LCD business. Described by Sharp as a necessary step given the continuing price slump in the electronics business, stronger global competition, and a response to environmental changes, the deal will see Hon Hai grab 50-percent of the Japanese firm's holding in the Sakai LCD plant.

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Sharp reveals 2012 AQUOS TV lineup

Sharp reveals 2012 AQUOS TV lineup

The folks at Sharp are this week revealing their 2012 lineup for televisions and it's the AQUOS brand they'll be sticking with for units ranging from a modest 42-inches all the way up to the gigantic 80-inch flagships. This lineup will bring the 5 and 6-series AQUOS LCD TVs with the relatively small 42-inch LC-42LE540U at $900 up to the 70-inch LC-70LE640U which will ring in at $3,000. Up on the higher end side of things you'll see the flagship 80-inch LC-80LE844U 3D TV for just a bit more: $6,000 MSRP.

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Two AU Optronics executives convicted of LCD panel price fixing

Two AU Optronics executives convicted of LCD panel price fixing

In December 2006, various LCD suppliers were found guilty of anti-competitive practices, and eventually paid $890 million in fines for being caught out. A similar payout happened in December 2011, with five companies, including Samsung and Sharp, having to pay $553 million due to their involvment in price fixing display panels for computer monitors, TVs, and laptops. Now, two executives from AU Optronics have been found guilty of price fixing displays over a five-year period.

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New iPad stock shortage fueled by Sharp display delay

New iPad stock shortage fueled by Sharp display delay

Apple's new iPad will launch using only LG Display and Samsung Retina Display panels this Friday, it's claimed, with Sharp's LCD production unable to meet the Cupertino company's demand. In fact, according to the WSJ's source, Sharp is yet to deliver a single panel to Apple's third-gen iPad production lines, after encountering unforeseen problems meeting the tightly managed hardware requirements in place. Launch-day stock of the new iPad is already constrained, with current online pre-orders listing a 2-3 week delay before delivery can be expected.

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Sharp AQUOS Freestyle battery-powered HDTV is truly wireless

Sharp AQUOS Freestyle battery-powered HDTV is truly wireless

Normally when thinking about portable TVs, you think about tiny screens and bulky plastic - not so in the case of Sharp's AQUOS Freestyle line. All three televisions can display full 1080p video via a wireless base station, but the smallest - and in this case, the most interesting - can run even without a power cable. The 20-inch HDTV includes a built-in battery.

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Apple rejects Sharp from iPad 3 screen supply shortlist tip insiders

Apple rejects Sharp from iPad 3 screen supply shortlist tip insiders

Apple has reportedly rejected Sharp from its iPad 3 display supply chain, insiders suggest, because the company's panels for the third-gen iOS tablet simply weren't up to scratch. Samsung and LG Display have taken the lead roles in supplying Apple with what are expected to be high-resolution 2048 x 1536 screens for its imminent tablet, ETNews reports, after Sharp failed to secure approval from the Cupertino company for mass production.

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