■ Music Players
Mini iPod release delayed
Apple Computer Inc said Thursday it had postponed the overseas launch of the smaller version of its iPod music player, citing unexpectedly strong US demand since the product's launch last month. The Cupertino, California-based company said it pushed back the international release of the iPod mini from April to July because it needs more time to meet expected demand. "The iPod Mini is a huge hit with customers in the US and we're sure it will be the same worldwide once we can ramp up our supply in the July quarter," said Tim Cook, Apple's executive vice president of worldwide sales and operations, in a prepared statement.
Bread machine invented
Two Singapore inventors announced yesterday that they had developed a vending machine capable of dispensing enough bread to feed an army. The BreadPod -- the brainchild of Tan Suan Loke, 36, and Cheo Meng Soon, 49 -- is believed to be the first that can hold 156 loaves. "The machine can be customized to hold bagels, buns and French loaves," Cheo told the newspaper Streats. "All are sealed and changed daily so it's fresh." Tan, an engineer, and Cheo, who works in electronics and communications, formed VendPod, which specializes in vending machines.
AMD in China venture
US semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has formed a strategic alliance with Beijing University Founder Group Corp in a bid to increase its market share in China, state press said yesterday. Under the agreement, Founder Group will make and sell computers based on AMD's 64-bit microprocessors, which allows processors to manage thousands of gigabytes in memory, the China Daily reported. "The partnership with Founder Group will enable us to integrate AMD's technological advantage with Founder's local resources and it will become a new start for our business in China," the newspaper quoted AMD corporate vice-president and China general manager Karen Guo as saying.
Sales to peak this year
Growth in global television shipments will peak this year as the increase in demand for flat-panel screens begins to slow, starting next year, technology industry researcher Isuppli Corp said. Global shipments will rise 7.5 percent to 173 million units this year, the highest annual percentage increase until 2008, Isuppli said. Growth will slow to 5.3 percent next year and 4.4 percent in 2006, it said. By type, shipments of liquid crystal display TVs will more than double to 8.7 million units this year from 3.6 million last year and growth will begin to slow next year, rising 58 percent, it said.
Economy grew strongly
Economic growth in the US was 4.1 percent in annual terms during the final quarter of last year, according to figures released Thursday by the US Commerce Department. GDP grew at an annualized 8.2. percent in the third quarter. Combined, the two quarters produced the strongest half-year US growth in almost 20 years. "The economy grew solidly in the fourth quarter and appears to be doing so in the first quarter," Steven Wood, principal economist at Insight Economics in Danville, California, told the Bloomberg financial news agency. "
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PENGHU INSPECTION: Taiwan cannot let its enemies strut around in its airspace, Tsai said, one day after a Chinese spokesman denied a median line exists in the Taiwan Strait Following China’s assertion on Monday that there is no “median line” in the Taiwan Strait, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to defend the nation’s airspace during a visit to an air force base in Penghu, saying that Taiwan cannot allow others to flex their military muscle in its territorial airspace. Tsai praised the “heroic performance” of the pilots of the Indigenous Defense Fighters who have been intercepting Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes in recent days. “I have a lot of confidence in you. As soldiers of the Republic of China [ROC], how could we let enemies strut
Swedish Member of Parliament Hampus Hagman is pushing for changing the name of the nation’s trade office in Taipei to signal improved relations with “Asia’s perhaps foremost democracy.” Hagman on Wednesday last week proposed renaming the Swedish Trade and Invest Council to “Sweden’s Office in Taipei,” following similar changes by other nations. The Swedish Trade and Invest Council, part of Business Sweden, is owned by the Swedish government and Swedish industry. Taiwan and Sweden share important values such as respect for democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom of speech, Hagman said in the motion, adding that the two nations
EFFICIENCY: The rules for Philippine arrivals were revised after 17.6% of arrivals with symptoms tested positive, compared with 0.7% of those with no symptoms Starting today, Chinese spouses who hold a reunion permit can apply to enter Taiwan and travelers without symptoms from the Philippines do not need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, but are to be tested after a 14-day quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that from today, Chinese who are married to a Taiwanese citizen and hold a reunion permit can apply to the National Immigration Agency for entry into Taiwan. Chinese who are married to a foreign national and hold an accompanied reunion permit