Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

Just one part missing from an electronics device can halts its entire production, hence the ongoing concern about supplies of components from disaster-hit Japan. Base materials, such as the availability of silicon wafers from which chips are cut, have also been a focus and analysts at IHS iSuppli on Friday even fretted about the effect of possible shortages of hydrogen peroxide (molecules pictured), better known as bleach, for cleaning purposes. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Amazon is considering introducing a service that would let consumers pay for goods using their mobile phones and near-field-communication technology, according to Bloomberg. News that the company’s Amazon Payments unit is said to be examining the service follows reports over the past few weeks that Apple, Google and Microsoft are all also planning to offer the mobile payment system.

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Too often, the photos we take get stuck on memory cards and camera phones, never to be shared with friends and family. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at apps that can give them maximum exposure like Color, Path, Picplz and Instagram, as well as Eye-Fi’s Wi-Fi solution. Read more

An unscientific survey of employees at major US technology companies found that only 50 per cent of Yahoo workers approved of chief executive Carol Bartz’ leadership during the past year, down from 77 per cent as she got started. Read more