News Scan: Amazon catches Fire; Apple to build 2nd sapphire plant; more

>> Amazon hopes to set smartphone world on 'Fire'

Amazon unveiled its much anticipated smartphone on Wednesday. The 4.7-inch Fire smartphone provides 3D images and advanced mobile shopping capabilities. "Users can press a button and point the phone at an object such as a can of soup or work of art, or direct it to listen to a song. If the device recognizes it, the user can buy it on Amazon, if it's sold there," a report by Reuters explains. The Fire phone is expected to be available next month. Read more

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>> Apple to set up a second sapphire plant

Apple is setting up a second sapphire plant, this one in Salem, Mass. Apple is teaming with GT Advanced Technologies to retrofit GTAT's existing plant there. The first plant is being built at GTAT's plant in Mesa, Ariz. Sapphire has potential uses in cover glass for iPhones and the expected iWatch, says AppleInsider. Read more

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>> Chipotle upgrades in mobile strategy

Chipotle is upgrading its mobile strategy with a new text-to-win mobile marketing campaign, Mobile Marketer reports. The restaurant chain is tying the new campaign to its partnership with Major League Soccer and its sponsorship of the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game being held in conjunction with the MLS All-Star Game in Portland this August.  Customers can enter to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the MLS All-Star Game by texting "Homegrown" to 888222. Read more

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>> BMS implements mobile work order management apps

Boston Medical Center (BMS) has implemented new mobile facility and work order management apps supplied by Magic Software Enterprises. The hospital's new iOS and Android apps increase the efficiency of technicians who repair equipment and enable rerouting of employees to respond to malfunctions in real time. The apps also enable staff to place and monitor service calls and check on the status of incidents, Magic explains in a release. Read more

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>> Knowles, Infineon are top MEMS microphone component suppliers

Knowles and Infineon are the top suppliers of packaged microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone chips and bare microphone dies used in smartphones, according to the latest stats from IHS Technology. U.S.-based Knowles was the biggest supplier of packaged MEMS microphones ready for assembly on printed circuit boards last year. Germany's Infineon was the leader one layer below, supplying bare MEMS dies to MEMS microphone makers, explains IHS. Read more

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