Panasonic, the makers of the famous Toughbook line of rugged and semi-rugged mobile computers, has announced the availability of three new models for the Malaysian market. The company also opened a new Toughbook configuration centre in Johor, which will serve the entire South East Asian region.
When news about it was made public, the idea has received plenty of reactions from all parts of the spectrum. Nevertheless, it seems like “Low Yat 2” is going to be a reality soon and it also seems that its development has been fast tracked as the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob expects that the establishment to be operational in 3 months’ time.
We are already aware of the deal for quite some time and today, it is finally official: Nokia’s well-known HERE mapping and locations services have been purchased by a consortium of German automakers that consisted of Audi, BMW and Daimler. According to the official announcement by Nokia, the consortium agreed to purchase HERE for EUR 2.8 billion which is around RM 11.76 billion.
Samsung announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2015 with a net profit drop of eight percent year on year. Low smartphone shipment counts and increased marketing expenses hampered growth; which has lead the Korean company to revise pricing for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge to maintain sales numbers.
The AIMS Group has announced a successful bid for Jaring’s data centre and network related customer assets. The acquisition will see AIMS take control of Jaring’s IPv4 addresses and all existing customers related to data dentre, broadband and access, cloud and managed services. The estimated value of the unexpired contracts is at RM50 million.
Qualcomm’s recent troubles appear to continue as the company has announced that it plans to cut its current workforce by about 10-percent. Complicating matters is talk that the company is contemplating splitting in two; separating the manufacturing and licensing divisions into different entities.
BlackBerry will be bringing BES12 to Android Lollipop, as well as integrating its features with Google Play for Work. The move was made public in a joint announcement with Google, and marks another step for the company as it expands its suite of enterprise solutions to other platforms.
A word of warning before clicking play on the video: it may be uncomfortable to some people. Logitech has just rebranded itself with a brand new (sorry for the bad pun) logo and a “colourful new attitude”. The company will start identifying itself as “Logi” in some of its new product categories that will have a few “twists and surprises”.
Finnish mobile maker Jolla has decided to split its efforts between its Sailfish OS and its devices division. The announcement did not go into detail about what would happen to the hardware side of things, but the existing Jolla ltd will focus mainly on the development of Sailfish.
Sony Mobile CEO and President, Hiroki Totoki, has decided to put an end to the rumour that Sony is planning to sell its mobile division. In an interview, he was quoted as saying “we will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business,” which says a lot about the Japanese company’s resolve to stay in the market.