This week we find out that Apple is likely to invest in Japan Display, the bastard child of Sony’s, Toshiba’s, and Hitachi’s floppy failed display businesses that, post-amputation, did a Wonder Triplets: ACTIVATE! move into profitability, and, entirely kinda unrelated, the de-displayed Hitachi has unveiled the world’s most powerful microscope and Sony’s commissioned it to look for their fiscal 2014 profit margin!
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:: JTFF – February 20, 2015 ::
• Confirmed: Apple and Japan Display Looking to Cozy Up and Make Mobile Device Screens
Longtime readers of Anthrobotic and/or fans of the JTFF – of which there statistically 6.82 individuals (who are heroes, one might add) – might remember this coming up here before: basically, back in 2012, the display-making units of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi – all of whom were spectacularly flailing and failing – were amputated from their parents, and, with a bit of J-governmental rubber cement, force-congealed into a company called Japan Display. Though not explicitly described as such, everybody knows that this was done with the expectation that the three-as-one would be able to shed their top-heavy, overly vertical, business-retarding Confucian management structure, pool their tech and know-how, and like, you know, just in general get their shit together and start making with the capitalism. The company did quite well for a while, then slumped a bit, and now that Reuters has confirmed that Japan Display is romancing Apple to get some new factory investment cash, which is looking quite promising, it seems like the patchwork company is going to kick some ass as long as Apple keeps kicking ass and by everyone’s best estimate Apple’s got a whooooole lotta ass to kick now and for the foreseeable future.
[CONFIRMED: JAPAN DISPLAY TALKING TO APPLE ABOUT CASH – REUTERS]
• Hitachi Unveils World’s Most Powerful Microscope, Five Years in the Making
A lot of the best human tech of any size comes from looking at the really super components of the physical world and then using math and chemistry and stuff to extrapolate to practical sizes and make new materials and then one day…BOOM! Space elevator! Invisibility cloak! A robot lover with an aggregate mindfile of the best parts of all my ex-girlfriends! You know, the important shit. The smaller the stuff we can see, the better we understand how the world around us works – kinda the same but the opposite of the Hubble Space Telescope & Friends who are doing the same thing, but different. Oh yeah, and it’s funny how this source says “A Japanese Company has…” in their headline. As if they’re going to introduce us to Hitachi, a company with over $90 billion in revenue last year, in the course of their cursory 200 words. Get it together, totally unknown La Prensa! You’re lucky to be here! …says the JTFF, projecting with almost no sense of irony. But come on, what’s La Prensa mean in Hungarian, “burying the lead and castrating your SEO?” Okay, maybe that’s not fair – SEO has proven to be largely bullshit, and anyone who disagrees with that is an unemployable SEO expert. Seriously. Anyway, props to that tiny little Japanese corporation and their shiny new transmission electron microscope.
[MYSTERIOUS JAPANESE COMPANY THE WHOLE GODDAMN WORLD KNOWS ABOUT UNVEILED THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL TELESCOPE – LA PRENSA]