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Dec 16, 2011

“Angry Birds” maker eyes Hong Kong IPO

HELSINKI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The company which created
“Angry Birds,” the world’s most popular computer game, is
considering a stock market flotation in Hong Kong, joining the
many foreign firms who have gone public there.

“In Asia there are growing markets — the people and the
money,” Peter Vesterbacka, marketing chief of Finnish company
Rovio, told Reuters.

Dec 16, 2011

Galaxy and iPhone to top smartphone holiday sales

HELSINKI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 4S
and Samsung Electronics’ fresh, broad offering are likely to
stand out in this holiday season’s smartphone sales which will
otherwise be clouded by global economic uncertainty.

Apple, which lost its position as the world’s
largest smartphone maker to Samsung last quarter,
could regain top spot as consumers rush to buy the latest iPhone
after waiting 16 months since the previous model went on sale.

Dec 14, 2011

TDF mulls sale of Finnish broadcast arm Digita -sources

LONDON/HELSINKI, Dec 14 (Reuters) – TDF is considering
the sale its Finnish business Digita as the private
equity-backed French broadcasting group prepares the ground for
its stock market listing, people familiar with the situation
said.

Digita could fetch about 400 million euros ($520 million)
and could appeal to rival broadcast network operators and
private equity firms, some of those people said on Wednesday.

Dec 13, 2011

Nokia Siemens to ramp down Iran operations

HELSINKI (Reuters) – The world No. 2 mobile telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks will start to gradually ramp down its business in Iran, pressured by tightening international sanctions.

Nokia Siemens — one of the key suppliers to Iranian telecom operators along with Ericsson and Huawei — has decided to refrain from seeking new business and gradually reduce its commitments in Iran, it said in a letter to its staff in the country.

Dec 8, 2011

Metaio opens AR platform to chipmakers, developers

Dec 8 (Reuters) – Metaio, one of the leaders in augmented
reality (AR) technology, on Thursday opened its platform to
chipset vendors and software developers for free, hoping to
boost its position in the emerging sector.

The closely held German firm said it had also reached the
first milestone in its collaboration with two major mobile
chipset vendors, making its AR platform work on chipsets of
Texas Instruments and ST-Ericsson .

Dec 6, 2011

German patent firm asks retailers to halt HTC sales

Dec 6 (Reuters) – Patent firm IPCom said on Tuesday it had
asked top German cellphone retailers to stop selling phones of
HTC, threatening them with legal action, as HTC has
not complied with a court ruling on injunction of it sales.

IPCcom also turned to the Mannheim court, asking it to start
fining HTC for not following the ruling from 2009.

Dec 1, 2011

Ireland/Iceland Atlantic cable aims for data jobs

By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent

(Reuters) – Ireland and Iceland are seeking to fuel their hard-hit economies and exploit their position on the western edge of Europe with new data centers to be connected via a new, $300 million transatlantic telecoms cable by 2013.

Demand for remote data centers is increasing, boosted by the rising trend of so-called cloud computing, where information is stored and processed at massive remote data centers.

Dec 1, 2011

Augmented reality enters the real world

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Augmented reality (AR), used for deadly effect by the movie character The Terminator, is poised to move into the mainstream as large companies build the technology into devices, according to a pioneer in the sector.

AR overlays text, graphics and sound on images viewed on smartphone or tablet screens, on PCs or through dedicated glasses. The latter has been a feature of science fiction books and movies for decades.

Nov 30, 2011

Intel, Total Immersion working on augmented reality chipsets

By Paul Sandle and Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Total Immersion, a pioneer in emerging field of augmented reality (AR), is working with Intel to bring AR features, like gesture recognition, into Intel’s chipsets, an executive of the privately held firm said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Reuters Global Media Summit, Total Immersion’s marketing chief Antoine Brachet said consumer acceptance will decide when products would reach the market, but he thinks this could happen in 2-3 years.

Nov 30, 2011

Intel, Total Immersion working on AR chipsets

By Paul Sandle and Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Total Immersion, a pioneer in emerging field of augmented reality (AR), is working with Intel (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to bring AR features, like gesture recognition, into Intel’s chipsets, an executive of the privately held firm said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Reuters Global Media Summit, Total Immersion’s marketing chief Antoine Brachet said consumer acceptance will decide when products would reach the market, but he thinks this could happen in 2-3 years.