Ikea gets into electronics with the help of TCL
Swedish assembly-required furniture maker Ikea has now gotten into electronics with the Uppleva, which translates to Experience. The design is a home theater system with the HDTV, Blu-ray player/audio receiver, and sound system integrated into a stand that can be customized to a buyer's taste. The electronics come from China's TCL Multimedia, though specs are thin.
Lenovo and ZTE may lead Chinese patent defense
Chinese smartphone designers are quietly forming a pact to fend off patent lawsuits from Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia, a rumor maintained Friday. Lenovo and ZTE, as well as smaller firms like Coolpad, Konka, and TCL, were said by Digitimes to be forming a collective. The details weren't given, although a patent defense would most likely involve pooling patent resources together and sharing resources on how to work around other companies' patents.