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Lower Priced iPhone; First Web 4.0 Computing Tablet

This week’s tech news roundup has the latest developments at Cupertino companies.

Every week, Cupertino makes news with technology developments, discoveries and sometimes controversies.

Today, Cupertino Patch brings you Tech News Update, where we’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our backyard giants, start-ups and small businesses alike.

Apple’s Chief, Tim Cook, met Chairman of China Mobile, Xi Guohua, on Thursday, Jan. 10 to talk cooperation, according to Reuters. Though details of the discussion have not been disclosed, a deal here is set to give the tech giant access to China Mobile’s massive subscriber base. With over 700 million subscribers, China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile carrier.

In an interview with local media, Cook told reporters that he is confident that China will become Apple’s largest market in the near future.

A lower priced iPhone may well be on its way. An onslaught of lower cost rivals powered by Google’s Android operating system, and others, gaining market share have put pressure on Apple to consider more affordable options to combat competition.

Massive Dynamics announced plans of unveiling the first Web 4.0 computing tablet. The company’s management believes that the cutting edge product will give it priority access to the potential 210 million tablets expected to be sold in 2013. The product can receive information and instructions without the user needing to touch the tablet, utilize voice input or incorporate any peripheral device.

Lab126, Amazon’s secretive R&D group behind Kindle, is apparently on a hiring spree. There are currently 250 jobs listed on its website.

Cupertino-based tag management solution provider, Ensighten will be hosting its annual customer and partner conference, Agility2013 in San Francisco. The company will be offering free interactive workshops on Wednesday, Jan 30.

Kudos to Seagate Technology on winning CNET’s Best of CES 2013 Award for networking and storage. Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets, Seagate Wireless Plus will be available by the end of January 2013.

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