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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Acer reveals 2-in-1, convertible laptops ahead of school year
Taiwan's Acer Inc. has released a full range of new devices, including 2-in-1 and convertible notebooks, to meet consumer demand during the back-to-school season in the United States.
The Taiwan stock futures index touched the 10,000-point mark for the first time in 15 years at one point Friday before pulling back, but it still ended above its previous close.
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The Grand Hotel's new rooms fuse tradition with the future
The Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店) recently reopened a large number of rooms that underwent renovations in the last year, showing its guests that the new rooms retain the beauty and artistry of the hotel's renowned traditional Chinese architecture with state-of-the-art utilities to combine tradition with the future.
Google's latest Internet revolution this week saw the Web giant modify its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites, in a bid to upstage Apple that U.S. media branded a "mobilegeddon."
Starbucks extracts more money with pricier drinks, food
Starbucks is extracting more money from customers with offerings like a "Flat White" espresso drink and revamped baked goods that cost a little more.
German business confidence rose to its highest level in 10 months in April, as recovery in Europe's biggest economy continues apace, but optimism could soon begin to stall, the Ifo economic institute said Friday.
One of Greece's largest banks is to wipe away the debts of clients who owe up to 20,000 euros (US$21,600) in a one-off gesture to ease the burden on its crisis-hit customers.
Reports say Comcast to drop US$45 bil. Time Warner Cable bid
Comcast is abandoning its US$45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, according to media reports.
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it's laying off 700 workers at a Michigan assembly plant because of slow sales of the small cars and hybrids it makes.
Shanghai and Tokyo shares were hit by profit-taking Friday but most other Asian markets rose after a positive U.S. lead as the Nasdaq broke a 15-year-old record high.
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