AUO Corp starts mass production of 6 inch 2K WQHD display panels
We expect to see plenty of smartphones with a 2K display in the near future with reports of Samsung, LG and even little known manufacturers launching devices with a 2K display. We are now hearing of a manufacturer named AUO Corp beginning to mass produce 2K WQHD panels in a 6 inch configuration, for potential implementation with phablets in the future. Frankly, a 2K phablet would be ideal in this day and age as all those pixels will make sense on a larger panel. These 6 inch panels come with a relatively narrow 0.9mm bezel space, which is ideal for a modern device. AUO also brags of using Low-Temperature Poly-Silicon method of production with features like Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle for its panels, giving it a considerable advantage over the competition.
There’s still no word on which manufacturers will team up with AUO to bring these 6 inch 2K panels to the market in the form of a smartphone, but it is quite clear that quite a few Chinese manufacturers will be included in that list. We can expect devices with this panel to hit markets by mid-2014 or slightly later.
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101 to ring in 2014 with expanded fireworks show
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei 101, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and a landmark in Taipei, is planning to embrace the arrival of 2014 with a 218-second fireworks display, the tower’s spokesperson Michael Liu (劉家豪) said yesterday.
Taipei 101 management said 2014 will mark the 10th year that the skyscraper will have held New Year’s Eve events, noting that not only will the fireworks display last 30 seconds longer than this year’s show, but also that the number of fireworks will also increase from 20,000 to 24,000.
Liu went on to say that the firework display will again be designed by the French pyrotechnic design company Group F, and the show will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the completion of Taipei 101. Apart from the fireworks, Taipei 101 also wrote a song to mark its anniversary, and the song is available for download, Liu added.
The theme color of the display will be aureate, together with some brighter colors such as light green and purple, Liu explained, predicting that the show will be more spectacular than ever before.
This year, not only will the show hold an even greater level of surprise and beauty for spectators — Taipei 101 will also adopt advanced methods in setting up the fireworks show, Liu said. The construction team will use no scaffolds while setting up the show, making the working environment safer for workers and reduce the chance of damages caused by scaffold construction and disassembly, Liu explained.
In collaboration with Nu Skin, Taiwan, Taipei 101 will display the words “Happy NU Year” in lights on the building to celebrate the arrival of the new year.
Charlene Chiang (姜惠琳), president of Nu Skin, Taiwan, explained that the words are meant to let the world see Taiwan’s power to improve.
The Taipei 101 management team said that aside from viewing the firework show from ground level, there is an alternative choice to view the city and show from another vantage point — the Taipei 101 Observatory. The management added that Taipei 101 released only 300 package-deal tickets for couples seeking to enter the observatory on New Year’s Eve.
Health liaison centers hoped to boost medical tourism
Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) Eyeing the increasing number of visiting foreign tourists, Taiwan has launched five “health liaison centers,” including four at airports, with the aim of boosting medical tourism. The “International Health Liaison Centers,” located at Taipei (Songshan) International Airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taichung International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport, with an additional one in Taoyuan County, will provide health consultations and enhance Taiwan’s medical care image, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. “The launch of the health liaison centers marks a historic moment and we would like to let more people enjoy our services,” President Ma Ying-jeou said at an unveiling ceremony at Taipei Airport. “Good quality, inexpensive prices and kind services are the advantages and strengths of Taiwan’s medical care system,” he added. With the number of foreign visitors reaching nearly eight million this year, Taiwan has great potential for developing medical tourism, Ma said. Taiwan has seen a growing number of foreign visitors getting medical treatment or health checkups here. The number hit 170,000 last year, and will likely reach 200,000 by the end of 2013, the president said. Although the output of Taiwan’s medical treatment industry is likely to total NT$13 billion (US$433.47 million) this year, “there’s still room for improvement,” Ma said, adding that the growing tourism sector can also boost business. The Tourism Bureau is making a final push to achieve its goal of recording 8 million overseas visitors to Taiwan by the end of this year, up from some 7.31 million in 2012. The establishment of such health centers is part of a free economic pilot zone project, which opens free trade districts at harbors and international airports to foreign investment (including those from China), Ma said. Aiming to join regional economic blocs such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the government “will continue doing the right things, allowing Taiwan to become a `free economic island’ step by step,” the president said. The ministry said it has selected 45 qualified local medical institutes to provide quality services to meet the needs of foreign visitors, and the five centers will give advice to help match visitors with the most suitable medical institutes. A total of 25 staff speaking Mandarin and English will work at the liaison centers in accordance with flight timetables, seven days a week, to help travelers, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which is helping to execute the project. In addition to participating in shows and fairs worldwide to promote Taiwan’s medical care industry, the country’s main trade promotion body will also provide guidance and introduction to Taiwan’s services at its 60 offices around the world, said TAITRA Chairman Wang Chih-kang. He added that Taiwan’s quality treatment will also be widely promoted via word-of-mouth. Local hospitals also held an optimistic view of the government’s efforts, saying that it is the first step the country has taken to build a brand image for its medical services on the international stage. “We’re cautiously optimistic and look forward to great results,” Alex Hung, president of Shin Kong Medical Club, told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony. Once Taiwan’s brand image is built, Hung said, “there will be more room for us to make more profits.” Prices for cosmetic surgery, for example, could be raised by 20 percent to 30 percent, he added. However, Hung also said that the health liaison centers are not enough and he urged the government to run advertisements in in-flight magazines and promotional banners at local and foreign airports. (By James Lee)