TAIPEI: Days after posting a revenue increase of 67 per cent, Taiwanese handset maker HTC is mulling to make a comeback with new 4G smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 5G devices in 2020. HTC will continue to strengthen its deployment in Taiwan's handset market with a more prudent positioning strategy as rival brands have been launching new models rampantly into the already crowded market, according to HTC Taiwan President Darren Chen, DigiTimes reported on Monday. The once iconic smartphone player is also working to integrate its virtual reality (VR) solutions with handsets and 5G networks as a means to differentiate its smartphones from competitions and will also strengthen its cooperation with telecom operators to promote its Viveport VR content platform, according to Chen. The handset maker announced last week it has made $23.5 million revenue in August, which is a significant increase compared to July. However, while everything seems to be positive for the company, … [Read more...] about HTC planning comeback with new 4G, 5G handsets: Report
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Chen Rong-yu died in two places at once. At 10pm on Tuesday, 31 January 2012, the 23-year-old took a seat in a corner of an internet cafe on the outskirts of New Taipei City, Taiwan. He lit a cigarette and logged on to an online video game. He played almost continuously for 23 hours, stopping occasionally only to rest his head on the table in front of his monitor and sleep for a little while. Each time that he woke he picked up his game where he had left off. Then, one time, he did not raise his head. It was nine hours before a member of the cafe’s staff tried to rouse the motionless man, in order to tell him that his time was up, only to find his body stiff and cold. Chen died there in the Taiwanese cafe, with its peeling paint and cloying heat. And he died in Summoner’s Rift, a forest blanketed by perpetual gloom. Summoner’s Rift has the appearance of a remote, unvisited place, but each day it is frequented by hundreds of thousands of people, players of the … [Read more...] about The sometimes fatal attraction of video games
Kuheli Sen, a 45-year-old mother of two, loved dolls as a child. “My prized possession was a dolls house,” she recalls. “I wanted a Barbie, but never got one. Later , when I had access to the doll as a grown-up, I realised I hadn’t missed much,” she says.For decades, Barbie – who turned 60 last month – has drawn mixed reactions from children and adults. While the doll – with its perfect limbs, tiny waist and enviable wardrobe – has been a favourite with kids, adults have worried about the kind of body goals it was giving little girls. Barbie came to India in the late ’80s- early ’90s, and the reason for her popularity, feels John Baby, CEO Funskool, was that “it was the only branded fashion doll available then.” Today children have a wider range to choose from – Moxie Girlz, a range of fashion dolls by the US-based MGA Entertainment and the Baby Alive dolls who eat, pee, … [Read more...] about The all-new toy story
Perhaps it was that fateful coupling in 1993, when Miramax started waving Disney's money around like a triumphant footballer's wife. Perhaps it was when Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avery publicly dissolved their video-store friendship on the 1994 Oscars podium with one ill-timed toilet joke too many. Or perhaps it was the day Richard Linklater said yes to School Of Rock and goodbye to his hard-earned credibility. However you define the death knell of the American indie film, its wave of revival was only ever a chorus of approval away. And by wave, read lackadaisical ripple. And for chorus, read awkward silence followed by a slightly hesitant mumbling. For this is Mumblecore - hear it yawn. After what famed American essayist Susan Sontag disdainfully declared the "ignominious, irreversible decline" in 1995, the true spirit of independent American film is back. A slew of film school alumni dubbed the "mumblecore" movement have, both separately and collectively, produced a body of work … [Read more...] about Speak up!