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An arbitrator has ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor and VW has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in Suzuki.

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Das One: HTC stellt neues Smartphone vor

Und da dachten alle, Spaß gäbe es nur auf dem Mobile World Congress in Barcelona…

In New York hat der taiwanesische Mobiltelefonhersteller HTC am Dienstag sein neues Flaggschiff-Smartphone, das HTC One vorgestellt. Wie zuvor bereits spekuliert worden war, arbeitet im Inneren des Geräts der neue Snapdragon 600-Prozessor mit vier Kernen und 1,7 GHz Taktfrequenz. Dazu gibt es zwei GB Arbeitsspeicher und 32 GB internen Speicher (in den USA auch 64 GB). Beim Betriebssystem verlässt sich HTC auch weiterhin auf Google. Android 4.1.2 steht bereit – bis das Smartphone in den Handel kommt könnte auch noch ein Update auf 4.2 erfolgen. Das Display ist 4,7 Zoll groß, verfügt über eine Auflösung von 468 Pixel pro Zoll und wird von extrem stabilem Gorilla Glass geschützt. Ungewöhnlich für ein Mobiltelefon: Die Lautsprecher sind nach vorne gerichtet.

Bei der Präsentation war zu erkennen, dass HTC die Nutzeroberfläche – bekannt als HTC Sense – überarbeitet hat. Das neue One verfügt nun über eine Funktion namens „Blink Feed“. Damit verwandelt sich der Startbildschirm in eine Mitteilungszentrale, in der ständig die neuesten Updates aus sozialen Netzwerken, eingegangene E-Mails und Nachrichten angezeigt werden. Auch Inhalte des Sportsenders ESPN sollen dank einer neuen Partnerschaft zur Verfügung stehen.

Viel Zeit widmete HTC bei der Vorstellung des neuen Smartphones der „UltraPixel“-Kamera. UltraPixel bedeute, dass die einzelnen Pixel größer seien, erklärte das Unternehmen und versuchte wieder einmal die Legende von „Je mehr Megapixel, desto besser“ zu zerstreuen. Stattdessen käme es auf die Größe der einzelnen Pixel an. Darum beschreitet das Unternehmen einen ungewöhnlichen Weg. Nur vier Megapixel löst das neue HTC-Flaggschiff aus. Dabei ist die Fläche des Bildsensors vergleichbar groß wie bei Konkurrenzsmartphones mit bis zu 13 Megapixeln. Ob sich diese Entscheidung auszahlen wird, muss sich erst noch zeigen. In ersten Tests werden die Bilder jedoch gelobt. Das One verfügt außerdem über verschiedene Kamera-Modi und soll – dank „UltraPixel“ – bei wenig Licht bessere Fotos als der Vorgänger machen können. Auch ein Videoschnittprogramm mit Namen „Zoe“ haben die Macher dem Gerät spendiert.

Das HTC One soll ab Mitte März auch in Deutschland in den Handel kommen. Die unverbindliche Preisempfehlung liegt bei 679 Euro. In den USA werden AT&T, Sprint und T-Mobile das Gerät anbieten, in Deutschland sind alle großen Mobilfunkanbieter im Boot.

HTC-Präsident Jason Mackenzie sagte, man erhoffe sich viel vom neuen Smartphone: „Das sind nicht einfach nur ein paar grundlegende Verbesserungen.“ Vielmehr wolle man das Angebot von HTC auf ein neues Level heben.

Und tatsächlich steht für HTC einiges auf dem Spiel. Nachdem das Unternehmen zu Beginn schnell Erfolge mit dem Android-Betriebssystem von Google feiern konnte, wurde es bald von der Konkurrenz aus Südkorea überholt. Mittlerweile dominiert Samsung den Markt, HTC hat eine Außenseiterrolle.

Laut einer Analyse von Gartner Research ist der weltweite Marktanteil von HTC im vergangenen Jahr auf 4,7 Prozent gefallen. 2011 waren es noch 9,1 Prozent. An der Spitze liegt Samsung mit nun 30,3 Prozent vor Apple und Nokia.

 

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Tribunal Finds Suzuki-VW Alliance Has Terminated

An arbitrator has ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor and VW has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in Suzuki.

Fifth Person Detained Over Migrant Deaths

Hungarian police said that a fifth person had been detained for alleged human trafficking in connection with the death of 71 migrants found earlier this week in a truck abandoned in neighboring Austria.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong King Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Thousands March Against Lebanon Government

A demonstration in Beirut against poor waste management blossomed into full-throated demands that Lebanon’s long-standing political class step down from power.

Volunteer Melinda McRostie speaks to migrants who just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Volunteer Melinda McRostie speaks to migrants who just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Financially Strapped Greece Struggles With a Flood of Refugees

On the island of Lesbos, volunteers shore up efforts to house and feed tens of thousands of migrants.

China Places Cap on Local Government Debt

Chinese lawmakers have placed a $2.5 trillion cap on local government debt as Beijing looks for ways to address one of the major impediments to its economy.

Fed’s Fischer: ‘Good Reason’ to Think U.S. Inflation Will Move Higher

The Fed‘s Stanley Fischer said there is “good reason” to think sluggish U.S. inflation will firm and move back toward the U.S. central bank’s 2% annual target, touching on a significant assessment facing the Fed ahead of its September policy meeting. 77

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

Malaysia Protesters Face Uphill Battle to Dislodge Najib

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Malaysia’s capital over the weekend to rally against Prime Minister Najib Razak, but analysts say the leader of the resource-rich nation is still in a strong position.

France, Germany Warn Putin on Ukraine Separatist Elections

Leaders of France and Germany told Russian President Vladimir Putin that rebel-run elections conducted in the separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine would endanger the so-called Minsk peace process. 54

Rice to Press Pakistan on Antiterror Vigilance

National security adviser Susan Rice is set to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday to press the country’s government to do more to prevent terrorists from using its territory as a base for attacks on neighboring states.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

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Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 60

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

Disenchantment with the business climate, especially among American companies, comes as concerns are spreading about Myanmar’s political future.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

U.S.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), right, listens to Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) last month in Washington, D.C.

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Book Reviews

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David Lagercrantz’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” revives Lisbeth Salander in fitting style.

World War II’s Greatest Escape

Allied prisoners broke out of a German camp using ladders inspired by medieval siege tools.

Video

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1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

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