Ralph JenningsIDG News Service

Ralph Jennings is Taipei correspondent at IDG News Service and reports on contract manufacturers and component industries in Taiwan.

Google Says Microsoft Patent Lawsuit Threatens Innovation

Google took a slap at Microsoft on Tuesday, saying the software giant's patent lawsuit against bookseller Barnes & Noble's Android-based e-reader stifles...

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Taiwan Team Designs New Way to Protect Touchscreens

Researchers in Taiwan have obtained patents for a method of making diamond film to resist scratches and fingerprint smudges on the touchscreens of handheld...

Asustek Tablet With Honeycomb Goes on Sale Friday in Taiwan

Asustek Computer said it would start selling its first tablet PCs with the speedy Android 3.0 operating system this week, spicing it up with USB ports and...

Experts See Wide Use of Flash-hard Disk Hybrids by 2016

A quarter of new laptops and half of new desktop PCs will adopt an emerging data storage method by 2016, pairing flash memory with traditional hard disk drives...

Taiwan Expects Multiple Impacts on Tech From Japan Quake

Taiwan's economic ministry expects semiconductor and display panel industries on the island to take a hit from the earthquake in Japan last week as supplies are...

Analyst: Nearly Half of All PCs to Use Graphics Processors

Half the notebook computers and a growing number of desktops shipped in 2011 will run on graphics-enabled microprocessors as designers Intel and Advanced Micro...

Quake May Affect Tech Industry for Six Months, Says Analyst

World technology hardware supplies will take as long as six months to resume normal flows following disruptions from last week's massive earthquake in Japan, a...

Taiwan Professor Releases One-touch Disaster Alert App

University researchers in Taiwan have released a mobile phone application that with one touch can transmit to any number of people the location of users trapped...

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Flat Panel Makers Face Shortages After Japanese Quake

Major display panel manufacturers face a shortage of materials from Japan as the powerful earthquake on Friday has hit their suppliers, companies and analysts...

Taiwan to Deploy First Seabed Quake Sensor

Taiwan will soon install its first system to sense undersea seismic movements that may herald earthquakes or tsunamis, it said Monday. The island is vulnerable...

Taiwanese Semiconductor Firms Face Supply Shortages in Japan

Taiwan's major semiconductor manufacturers, a crucial link in the global tech supply chain, scrambled on Monday to gauge how their access to raw materials from...

3M and Quanta to Process Touch Panels in Singapore

Contract manufacturing giant Quanta Computer has joined with 3M to form a new company that will produce advanced touch-screen displays for tablet PCs, netbooks...

Taiwan Airport Opens E-library for Transit Passengers

Taiwan's international airport has opened what it calls the world's first in-transit e-library, offering 400 e-book titles to ease waiting-hall boredom while...

Taiwan Researchers Seek to Perfect LED Backlights, MEMS

A government-funded research institute in Taiwan have kicked off a three-year effort to develop cheaper, longer-lasting LED backlights in mobile phones, notebook...

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Taiwan Researchers Turn to Silk for Flexible E-devices

Researchers at a Taiwan university said on Thursday they had found a way to use silk membranes in flexible electronic devices and started talks with...

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