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Apple’s main assembly partner for iOS devices, Foxconn, is looking to increase its presence in Apple’s supply chain as it considers constructing a new plant to provide display’s for the popular devices, according to The Wall Street Journal. Total investment in the project could reach $5.7 billion.

Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. , is discussing a possible investment with the government of Zhengzhou, about 750 kilometers south of Beijing, according to people familiar with the talks. The two sides are discussing terms such as how to divide the investment, which could reach as much as 35 billion yuan ($5.7 billion), the people said.

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The display is typically the most expensive single component in Apple’s iOS devices, and the company has long sourced the parts from a variety of vendors including Samsung, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. Foxconn has been seeking to improve its display expertise in recent years, pursuing a troubled partnership with Sharp as it has tried to position itself to win orders for iPhone and iPad displays.



Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed in a Bloomberg interview that actor Christian Bale will indeed star as Steve Jobs in Sorkin’s upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder. Bale, who was said last week to be in talks for the role, met with Sorkin but did not have to audition for the part.


“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

Shooting for the film will begin in the coming months in what will be a challenging role for the established actor. Bale reportedly will appear in every frame of the movie with speaking parts that exceed three movies combined. The movie will focus on three 30-minute scenes that detail three different product launches.

The movie will be released by Sony, with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame associated with the project.



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Joshua Jackson‘s new series, The Affair, recently premiered on Showtime and we couldn’t help ourselves — we had to take a trip down memory lane. We had to remember JJ as the teen heartthrob whose posters we once plastered on our walls. Don’t get us wrong — Josh is still a super hottie, but the baby-faced Pacey Witter we used to love is now all grown up. Given that our favorite Joshua Jackson role was, DUH, Pacey, we decided to revisit all our biggest Dawson’s Creek crushes, and see how the creek-dwelling babes have evolved since the late 1990s.

From being mainstays of the `90s to becoming modern babes, you’ll be shocked at how much these heartthrobs and throbettes have changed. From a pre-Tom and Suri Katie Holmes (who was, hint, adorable) to Joshua Jackson’s Eminem hair, these guys looked like the `90s. From Michelle Williams‘ rosy, full cheeks to James Van Der Beek‘s flippy, surfer dude hair, their `90s glory was prime perfection.

And it’s not just the main stars. We’ve taken a look back on all the hotties from Capeside, including Kerr Smith, Busy Philipps, Chad Michael Murray and Michael Pitt. So prepare for a Dawson’s Creek blast from the past and click though our gallery to see how different, and how `90s, your faves once were.

The NHS in England needs extra money and drastic changes to the way services are organised if patient care is not to suffer, health bosses say.

Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72 after recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.

Fiona Woolf, head of the public inquiry into historical sex abuse, faces more questions from MPs over her suitability for the post.

Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released after more than 45 years – a Parole Board decision described as “scandalous”.

Readers’ photos on the theme of “steps”

The funeral for murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross has taken place in west London.

Dozens of women and girls are abducted from two villages in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants, despite an alleged truce, residents say.

Google revamps email with a mobile app that categorises messages and allows users to add their own reminders.

US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, including 464 IS fighters, activists say.

How West Africans are rallying against Ebola stigma

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is hoping to resolve the dispute threatening the future of the Caterham team.

Daily life and trade is continuing in Kashmir despite the recent violence being the worst in a decade, as BBC Urdu’s Shumaila Jaffery reports.

Why musician Kenny G deleted his Hong Kong protest tweet

A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his brain injury in a skiing accident says the F1 champion has made “some progress”.

The mayor of the Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing last month, is wanted for allegedly ordering police to confront them.

A man who jumped the White House fence was attacked by dogs before being arrested, in the latest security incident at the president’s residence in Washington.

An online exhibition of cats

Apple will open 25 new Apple Stores in China over the next two years, according to CEO Tim Cook who spoke to Chinese news outlet Sina (via Reuters). The news comes as Cook was reported yesterday to be meeting with China’s Vice Minister Ma Kai to discuss the security of user data. The CEO also tweeted a picture of himself in Zhengzhou, where he visited a Foxconn assembly factory.

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The Apple Store at the Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai

Apple opened its first location in China in 2008 with a store in Beijing, and has since built a number of other stores in other major areas like Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Chongqing. The company has also greatly expanded its presence in the region throughout the past few years, striking a deal with the country’s biggest carrier China Mobile and meeting with government officials to discuss market growth.

Later this week, Cook will reportedly attend meetings at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, where he is a part of the advisory board to the university’s School of Economics and Management. The CEO is said also to be meeting with Chinese firms Baidu and Alibaba over the next week to discuss collaboration.



Police in London are appealing for help to trace stolen murals by an artist known as “the female Banksy”, estimated to be worth at least £20,000.

Rwanda’s parliament condemns the BBC for broadcasting a TV documentary which questions official accounts of the 1994 genocide in the country.

Spencer Kelly discovers how technology can ensure you don’t have to be alone in a city full of strangers.

The chief executive of Russia’s Vnukovo airport and his deputy resign after a plane crash this week that killed the head of France’s Total, Christophe de Margerie.