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    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Reuter site - Google developing Android videogame console: report

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    Google developing Android videogame console: report

    Thu, Jun 27 19:06 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is developing a videogame console and a wristwatch based on its Android operating system, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

    The devices could be available as soon as this Fall, the report, which cited anonymous sources, said.

    Google, the world's No.1 Web search engine, is also working on a revamped version of the Nexus Q music-streaming device, the report said. Google unveiled the Nexus Q in June 2012, but never released the product, which received critical reviews.

    Google is increasingly involved in the hardware business as it seeks to better compete against iPhone-maker Apple Inc. It acquired mobile phone company Motorola Mobility last year and Google is currently testing a wearable computing device known as Google Glass.

    Google's Android operating system is the world's most popular mobile software, featured on three out of every four smartphones sold. A video game console could provide a significant opportunity for Google to expand Android's reach beyond its stronghold in smartphones and tablets.

    Google was not immediately available for comment.

    (Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Reuter site - Pen still mightier than the tablet

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    Pen still mightier than the tablet

    Fri, Jun 14 13:09 PM EDT

    By Jens Hack

    MUNICH (Reuters) - Computers, tablets and smartphones have not yet managed to crowd out pens and pencils, says Faber-Castell, German maker of high-end writing instruments.

    The family-run group, famous for its forest-green pencils, says its production is still running at top speed thanks to rising levels of education in emerging markets on the one hand and demand for stylish writing tools in developed countries on the other.

    "People are writing less, but when they do, they like to do so with a nice writing utensil," Chief Executive Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell told Reuters in an interview.

    He said that hand-written missives were experiencing a renaissance, especially if a signature was required.

    "Yes, modern technology is becoming more and more prevalent, but our products are still in demand."

    In countries like South America or Asia, demand for pencils is growing as more and more children go to school. Although Faber-Castell sells products at the higher end of the price range, the company has managed to fend off low-cost competition thanks to its established name.

    Faber-Castell traces its roots back to the 18th century, when cabinet-maker Kaspar Faber was born. In his spare time Faber made pencils for himself but soon became so successful that he set up his own business.

    Its current blue-blooded CEO took over in 1978, having returned home from a life as an investment banker in London and putting a family member at the head of the company for an eighth generation.

    The 72-year-old Faber-Castell, whom the tabloids called Germany's most eligible bachelor in his younger years, said production at the company's site in the southern German town of Stein was running well, with Saturday shifts often required to keep up with orders.

    "I will do everything to ensure we can still keep the Made in Germany tag," he said.

    The company last year reported sales of around 600 million euros ($798 million). It doesn't provide further financial details but says it turned a profit.

    ($1 = 0.7519 euros)

    (Reporting by Jens Hack; Writing by Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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