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Since it’s targeted mostly at emerging markets (parts of Europe, Asia, South America), Nokia’s Lumia 1320 was never expected stateside in subsidized flavors. And it still isn’t. After all, due to its large footprint and premium looks, it could mess with Lumia 1520’s chances of becoming a blockbuster.

Sony stated in the past that it expected to have the PlayStation Network up and running at full capacity by the end of this month. The bad news is that PSN may not be back to normal by the end of today. The good news is that Sony will fully restore PSN and Qriocity services by the end of the week in several regions around the world. North America, South America, Europe and some parts of Asia will see the return of the PlayStation Store and other services first.

LG Electronics Inc. plans to set up a new plant in Brazil to ramp up home appliance production, as the manufacturer seeks expansion in South America. The company is planning to "utilize the land offered free of charge by a Brazilian city to expand home appliance sales in Brazil," company spokesman Cho Joong-kwon said. He declined to give further details on the amount of investment and the starting date of the plant's operation. On Saturday, Brazilian media reported that LG plans to funnel at least US$320 million to build a new plant in Paulinia, about 100 kilometers north of

Last week, CEA and president and CEO Gary Shapiro was named a “Titan of Technology” by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Here’s the speech he gave to the group

Eight in 10 remote controls are made in Greater China. Driven by the home entertainment and home automation sectors, the remote control industry in Greater China continues to post gains with export growth expected at 38 percent in 2006, or $138 million from $100 million in 2005, based on data gathered by Global Sources. The Greater China region, which covers mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accounts for about 80 percent of the global production of remote controls. To date, there are about 120 remote control manufacturers in the region, a quarter of which were surveyed by Global Sources. Based on the data furnished

In 2005, mainland China and Taiwan shipped a combined export volume of 223 million mobile phones worldwide. This figure accounts for 29 percent of the estimated worldwide shipments of 760 million units by the IDC. Mainland China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) and the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) of Taiwan’s Industrial and Technology and Research Institute (ITRI) place aggregate output from mainland China and Taiwan at 326.10 million units in 2005. Compared to the 2004 figures, production volume from Greater China is expected to grow by 31 percent in 2005. Export volume will grow by as much as 71 percent. At present,

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