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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 15, 2010

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Fair gives peek into Santa's workshop


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Michael McGinnis demonstrated the large version of a 3-D maze at yesterday's Toy Fair in New York.

CRAIG RUTTLE | Associated Press

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NEW YORK Thousands of toys were on display yesterday for the opening of the American International Toy Fair in New York, providing attendees with a peek into Santa's workshop.

Retail buyers, licensors and other industry professionals packed the trade show's galleries and showrooms to check out the latest offerings by big-name toy giants and small, independent toymakers. The four-day event is expected to draw more than 32,000 attendees and feature 100,000 products.

SAMSUNG RELEASES OWN PHONE SOFTWARE

BARCELONA, Spain Samsung Electronics Co., the largest maker of cell phones for the U.S. market, yesterday revealed the first phone running Samsung's own "smart" software system, bada.

With bada, South Korea-based Samsung is taking the TouchWiz system used on its touch-screen nonsmart phones and making it the basis of a smart-phone platform to take on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry. Samsung also makes phones based on other competing smart-phone systems: Android, created by Google Inc., and Symbian, of which Nokia Corp. is a major backer.

TOYOTA EXPECTS TO RESUME SALES SOON

ORLANDO, Fla. Toyota dealers expect to have the "vast majority" of their new cars fixed under the automaker's gas-pedal recall in the next two weeks, allowing them to fully resume sales of eight models that were taken off the market, Toyota officials said yesterday.

Some dealers are urging Toyota to offer big discounts and extended warranties to win back customers and restore faith in the brand.

Toyota ordered dealers to stop selling eight models on Jan. 26, including top-sellers Camry and Corolla. The halt came as part of its recall of 2.6 million vehicles because of sticky gas pedals that could lead to unintended acceleration.