Sony expects its recovery to continue, projecting a $505 million profit for the 2013 fiscal year, a 16 percent increase. The electronics giant swings to a profit on sale of assets while demand continues to deteriorate for products in its core electronics business. Sony returned to the black for the first time in five years, thanks largely to one-time gains from the sale of assets rather than its core consumer electronics products. The Japanese electronics giant on Thursday reported a net profit of $458 million in the 2012 financial year ending March 31 compared with a loss of $5.7 billion the year earlier (PDF). It also recorded an operating profit of $2.45 billion in 2012 compared with a loss of $820 million last year.
Nokia has thrown the curtain open to reveal the latest addition to its bargain-basement Asha line, The Asha 501 boasts a 3-inch touchscreen, iphone 6 plus/6s plus mother of pearl karat case comes in a variety of garish hues and will be heading to the UK in the latter half of the year for 75 Euros, It will only use 2G data networks though, Having 2G only means you won't be able to take advantage of 3G data speeds and the super-fast 4G will be strictly limited to your fevered dreams, Posting a photo to Facebook will require significant amounts of patience, There are other sacrifices you'll have to make for the price, too, The 3-inch touchscreen has a low 320x240-pixel resolution and the phone runs on Nokia's Asha software, rather than Windows Phone 8 you'll find on its more premium Lumia range..
In my hands-on tests though, it felt quite sturdy and the swappable cases make it fun and colourful, allowing you to replace the back when it becomes grubby. The Asha software is far from feature-packed, but it's easy to use and has neat additions like a timeline bar, showing recently used apps and recently called contacts. The app store is miserably understocked, but does have a few essentials like Facebook, Twitter and Plants vs. Zombies. Keen app addicts among you will still want to look towards Android for a real selection though. Other phone features include a 3-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and dual SIM card slots in case you want to keep an international SIM on board.
With their basic features and low price, the Asha range is primarily aimed at emerging markets like India and Latin America, Nokia reckons 2G is still dominant in these areas so 3G won't be missed much, It'll really need it on board when it comes to the UK though -- you'll be in for a long wait posting photos to Facebook without it, Flick through the photo gallery above to see more of the phone and head over to CNET.com to read my iphone 6 plus/6s plus mother of pearl karat case full hands on impressions, Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below or over on our Facebook page..
"Multiple new iPhone SKUs begin production in Jun/Jul, on track with the Sept launch we model," she wrote in a note sent to investors and obtained by CNET. That's not exactly breaking news -- as speculation of new iPhones has been rife -- but the fact the Huberty is in Asia talking to suppliers lends credence to the September launch of new iPhones, such as the rumored iPhone 5S. This follows a report out of Japan on Tuesday saying that Sharp will begin volume production in June of displays for the "next" iPhone model at its Kameyama plant in Mie prefecture.