The Financial Times of London is reporting that Huawei has said it is open to the idea of acquiring Nokia. These comments were reportedly made by chairman of Huawei’s consumer business group, Richard Yu, at the Huawei Ascend P6 launch event. Richard says that the company is considering acquisitions of this sort, but it all depends on the “willingness” of Nokia. Having the Finnish manufacturer under its belt would greatly improve Huawei’s chances of making a dent in the European and North American market.
Obviously an acquisition can not go through unless the other party is interested as well, there’s no chatter about Nokia taking part in talks related to this topic, and Nokia denies commenting on market speculation. So we don’t know if Nokia is even sitting at the table with Huawei. Last year it was speculated that Nokia was going to be acquired, possible candidates were rumored to be Microsoft, Intel and even Lenovo, but nothing of the sort materialized. The market seems to have responded well to these rumors, analysts report that Nokia’s stock has risen by almost 11% on the back of these acquisition rumors. Would Nokia willingly consider being acquired by a Chinese company or would Huawei do a hostile takeover by making this offer directly to Nokia’s shareholders? To bit too soon to say that for sure.
Toshiba today announced the Canvio Slim II portable external hardware. Measuring only 12.5 mm thick and with storage capacity of up to 1 terabyte, Toshiba claims that the Canvio Slim II is one of the thinnest and smallest portable hard drives available on the market. Users will also have the ability to access and share data straight from the device itself.
The Canvio Slim II supports both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, and as long as it is active and connected to an internet enabled PC, users will be able to access all of their music, movies, files and photos from any device in any where on the planet. Toshiba is also giving away 10GB of free cloud storage with each portable hard drive for storing “always available” copies of important files, as well as quick sharing of large folders and files. The Canvio Slim II also allows users to directly back up their photos and videos from their smartphones and tablets through the dedicated iOS and Android apps. The drive is pre-formatted NTFS for Windows and comes with a NTFS driver for Mac. The 500GB model is priced at $114.99 and the 1TB model at $149.99. Both models will be available from select retailers and on Toshiba’s website later this month.