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Cher Wang to donate tablets to women in Southeast Asia

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- HTC Corp. Chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) yesterday announced plans to donate over 100,000 tablet computers for the benefit of girls in Southeast Asia, while attending a World Bank open forum event in Washington.

The forum, entitled "Equal Futures Partnership: From Promise to Progress," represents a continuation of Wang's presence in endeavors toward gender equality, following her appearance at a 2011 APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) event. Reports stated that throughout the events, Wang urged women to utilize technology and online communication and knowledge bases to achieve gender equality by pursuing education.

During the World Bank forum, in which HTC was the only Asian business participant, Wang announced that 100,000 tablet computers would be donated and distributed to schools in Southeast Asia, in an effort to establish a technology-enabled learning platform to aid education among young women throughout the region.

According to the company, the tablet computer selected for distribution is the Flyer tablet computer model. The device features an all-metal chassis, and is equipped with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen rated at 1024x600 pixels of display resolution. The model debuted in May 2011 and was discontinued in December of 2011.

Meanwhile, in response to the ongoing row between HTC and Samsung over an alleged online smear campaign, Wang stated in Washington that "One can only hope that all forms of competition in the market are conducted under the principles of fairness."

In the alleged smear campaign, Samsung is suspected of having hired a team of Internet writers, who posted disparaging remarks and critical reviews of the New HTC One on major Taiwanese online community discussion forums. According to experienced users, in the forums a question would be posted in which people, now thought to have been fake posters, would complain about the phone. Another shill-poster would then immediately answer.

Samsung has denied all allegations via its official Facebook account, while pledging to re-evaluate internal control and training of its employees. However, Samsung spoke out against resulting forum threads which it said disclosed the personal information of its employees. In addition, Samsung Taiwan said the promotional campaign for its upcoming Galaxy S IV handset will be experience-based, urging the public to assess the merits of its products personally.

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