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Apple: Apple is reportedly planning a major push into home automation with a new software platform. The software will turn iPhones into remote controls for lights, security systems and other household appliance. It is expected to be announced in the upcoming conference.
Bitcoin: Veteran investor Jim Rogers says “If I were smart, I would have bought it(bitcoin) in the early days when people first told me about it.”
Foxconn: The world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods Foxconn will buy a stake in Taiwanese mobile telecoms operator Asia Pacific Telecom for $390 million. Asia Pacific and a unit of Foxconn are then expected to merge fully via a share swap.
Google: Google is to launch Chromecast in Japan on 28 May. The device costs 4,200 yen (just over $40) and will be available from the Google Play store, Amazon and selected retailers.
Google: There is a rumour that Google is looking to buy Dropcam, a company that makes WiFi cameras that can show you a live stream of what’s happening in your home. No numbers were given.
LG: LG is expected to launch its flagship smartphone G3 today, but the web has already circulated everything you need to know about the phone. It is worth noting that LG G3 is slightly broader than the HTC One (M8).
Research Study: Analysts from Kantar WorldPanel says that Chinese smartphone makers are picking up traction in Europe. Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer, saw the number of smartphones it sold jump 123% in the big five European markets over the past year.
Samsung: There is a leaked image for Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The 10.5-inch tablet will be equipped with AMOLED display, 8MP rear camera with a 2.1MP camera upfront, IR blasters, Android 4.4 out of the box.
Twitter: Bloomberg reports that the microblogging service Twitter is getting bigger in Asia. Japan, India and Indonesia are the key growth countries. Interesting data point, People outside the U.S. accounted for 78 percent of Twitter’s active users in the first quarter, yet only 28 percent of its revenue was from international sources.
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