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November 13, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Nov. 13, 2013

iPhone 5S Production to Begin in December

Apple will start production on its iPhone 5S next month, according to DigiTimes.

Preliminary production volumes are rumored to surpass 50,000-100,000 units, the site said.

“Facing low yield rates in the production of iPhone 5, Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components for the iPhone 5S,” the site reads, quoting a Chinese newspaper.

The iPhone 5S is to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2013, the site said, adding Apple is apt to release an updated version of the iPad a quarter later than the iPhone 5S because the “display resolution of its latest version of iPad has come out lower than expected.”

 Samsung Raises Processor Price 20 Percent, Apple Forced to Pay

The feud between Samsung and Apple continues.

Samsung has raised the price of its A6 processors by 20 per cent, which could be a bid to simply get more money out of rival Apple, according to news reports.

Apple has been forced to pay the inflated bill because its iDevices require the processor made exclusively by Samsung.

Samsung also supplies Apple with liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. Apple, sources have said, has been ordering fewer Samsung-manufactured displays for use in its iPhones and tablets because it is doing business with some of Samsung’s rivals, attracted by lower prices.

The relationship between the two companies soured last year when the iPhone maker launched a lawsuit against the Korean company, claiming it had infringed on Apple’s copyright by copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has since responded in kind.

The companies are now embroiled in a patent fracas in 10 countries as each accuses the other of copying one another’s mobile devices.

Preview of Skype for Windows 8 Available for Download

Microsoft’s Skype division has made a preview form of its Skype for Windows 8 app available for download.

The company is dumping its instant message chat tool and replacing it with Skype. Microsoft announced via its Skype blog that Windows Live Messenger (WLM) would be disabled globally, except in China, by March 2013.

Microsoft will offer a tool to ease the transition for WLM messenger users to Skype — WLM users can sign in to Skype and bring over their contacts.

The company has billed the new version as “simpler, faster and easier to use” because it takes advantage of some of the new features offered by Windows 8.

People Hub, ability to pin favorite contacts as a tile for easy access and the Skype Live Tile that displays messages and notifications on the start screen are all new features.

 Spotify Reportedly Worth More Than $3B

Spotify’s latest round of financing will value the online music service at more than $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

The music-streaming firm is said to be raising $100 million from multiple investors such as Goldman Sachs. No other investors were named by the WSJ report.

Previous reports indicated Spotify had hoped to secure a capital boost of about $200 million, at a valuation of about $4 billion.

The U.K. company has more than 15 million active users and 4 million paying subscribers. Its on-demand service offers unlimited music streaming of roughly 18 million tracks.