Late News: Apple Supplier Suspends Production, Amazon Signs Publishing Deals, Nokia Windows Phone November Launch

A key supplier to Apple and HTC has confirmed that unexpected downtime in one of its factories could result in the shortage of certain products from both companies within the next few days. It all started when Chinese firm, Catcher Technology Co., was compelled to temporarily shut down one of its factories following complaints raised by nearby residents about a “strange odor” coming from the plant.

Barely a day to pass by before the much awaited Ice Cream Sandwich is finally dished out by the technology giant Google, but rumours and speculations regarding the different features included in this next version of the Android OS continues to flood the tech streets.

Nokia smartphones running on the Windows Phone 7 platform are expected to be launched in November throughout Europe. A leaked release schedule for Italy based mobile phone carrier TIM indicates that a Windows Phone 7.5 Nokia device will be released in November, Know Your Mobile reports.

Online retail giant Amazon is planning a massive push into the book publishing business, cutting out key publishers which are also the suppliers of the books and eBooks that it sells through its online portal.

U.S based multinational tech giant IBM announced last week that it is participating in a new collaborative effort, aimed at developing power grids capable of deriving power from renewable energy sources. The new initiative was kick-started by a European Union backed consortium, dubbed the EcoGrid EU project.