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  • *Q3 op profit 202 bln yen vs market consensus 175 bln yen. TOKYO, Jan 29- Sony Corp, widely regarded as a key supplier of image sensors for Apple Inc's iPhones, said on Friday it was bracing for a slowdown in the premium smartphone market after sales of its sensors fell in the third quarter. "Demand for image sensors from a specific customer has slowed since November due...

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Jan 27- China's smartphone boom may be over, as even Apple Inc grapples with a slowing economy and investor darling Xiaomi Inc struggles to stand out amid intense competition in low-margin handsets. Xiaomi, China's most valuable start-up with a $45 billion pricetag, is under threat, after it missed targets for $1 billion in Internet service...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 27- Smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc, China's most valuable startup, more than doubled Internet services revenue in 2015 to about $564 million, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters, but still fell well short of an internal target of $1 billion. Xiaomi founder and chief executive Lei Jun had set the $1 billion target last year.

  • *To ship 58 mln handsets via China retailers- source. *To raise China own-stores to 50 from 20 this year- source. HONG KONG, Jan 21- Xiaomi Inc aims to sell double the number of handsets offline in China this year than analysts estimated it sold offline globally last year, an internal document showed, signalling a shift away from an online-focused strategy copied by...

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, Jan 15- Smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Friday it had shipped more than 70 million handsets in 2015, undershooting its own target and casting doubts about the growth prospects of China's most valuable tech startup in a cut-throat market. A spokeswoman for the company once pipped as Apple Inc's biggest rival in China declined to say why...

  • *2016 capex likely $9 bln to $10 bln. Demand for high-end smartphones has started the year weak, while in other segments there are already signs of upward demand momentum in emerging markets including China, the world's biggest for smartphones, TSMC said. Last year's total capex of $8.12 billion came as a slump in the global technology sector and slowing economic...

  • TAIPEI, Jan 14- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd on Thursday estimated capital expenditure for this year of $9 billion to $10 billion, at least 10 percent more than the four-year low of 2015.. Last year's total of $8.12 billion came as a slump in the global technology sector and slowing economic growth in China, the world's largest smartphone market,...

  • *Huawei 1st China firm to ship over 100 mln smartphones in a yr. HONG KONG, Jan 6- Huawei Technologies Co became the first Chinese handset vendor to ship more than 100 million smartphones in a year when its 2015 shipments defied a market slowdown and jumped 44 percent, thanks to strong sales domestically and in Western Europe. Huawei's upbeat performance comes at a...

  • UPDATE 1-Huawei smartphone shipments soar 44 pct in 2015 Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016 | 12:06 AM ET

    *Strong sales in China and Western Europe. HONG KONG, Jan 6- Huawei Technologies Co has become the first Chinese handset vendor to ship more than 100 million smartphones annually, defying a market slowdown to challenge leaders such as Samsung Electronics Co and Apple Inc.. The Shenzhen- based company said on Wednesday its smartphone shipments rose 44 percent...

  • Samsung plans to expand mobile payments in US Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 6:10 AM ET
    Injong Rhee, head of Samsung Pay, speaks at the Samsung Unpacked Phone Launch last August in New York City.

    Samsung plans to expand its fledgling mobile payment service in the United States next year, allowing users to shop online.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 28- Samsung Electronics Co plans to expand its fledgling mobile payment service in the United States next year, allowing users to shop online and with more smartphones that support the electronic wallet. By accepting payments online, Samsung Pay will compete with established rival PayPal Holdings Inc, as well as newcomers such as Visa Inc's Visa...

  • SINGAPORE/ SEOUL Dec 22- Efforts to revive its once stellar smartphone fortunes may be doomed if Samsung Electronics cannot overcome its dominant engineering culture, according to serving and former executives and those who have dealt with the company. This culture, they say, has stymied many previous efforts to develop software and service platforms to...

  • Dec 14- Dell Inc said in a filing on Monday that it has the flexibility to buy back at least $3 billion in VMWare Inc tracking stock, the special class of shares the computer maker plans to issue to help finance its acquisition of EMC Corp.. The disclosure could prove important as Dell seeks ways to boost the value of VMware, a virtualization software maker...

  • Dec 8- Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will miss its target of selling 1 million handsets in India in 2015- its first year in the country- but not by much, a company executive said. "In the initial two months, we weren't able to get stock, due to which we lost almost 6-8 weeks of sales," Vikas Agarwal, general manager of the company's India operations, told Reuters.

  • *Jay Y. Lee under pressure to fix smartphone decline, find growth. SEOUL, Dec 4- Nearly 19 months after becoming de facto leader of Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee is running out of time to show he has a plan to fix crown jewel Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as it stumbles toward possibly its first annual fall in smartphone sales. "We have yet to get a clear blueprint on how Samsung...

  • KKR, Thoma Bravo, Vista eye $4B Dell assets: Sources Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 7:44 AM ET

    Buyout firms KKR, Thoma Bravo, and Vista Equity Partners Management are competing for Dell's assets, people familiar with the matter said.

  • Dec 1- Buyout firms KKR& Co LP, Thoma Bravo LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC are competing for $4 billion worth of Dell Inc's assets, people familiar with the matter said, as the computer maker steps up asset sales. Divesting these assets would help Dell bolster its balance sheet after it agreed in October to buy data storage company EMC Corp for $67...

  • SEOUL, Dec 1- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's long-time handset division chief is ceding day-to-day management of the struggling smartphone business in the biggest leadership change yet under the Samsung conglomerate's heir-apparent, Jay Y. Lee. Samsung Group said 54- year-old Dongjin Koh will take over as president of the mobile communications...

  • Nov 24- HP Inc, which houses former Hewlett-Packard Co's legacy printer and PC business, cut its full-year adjusted profit forecast, hurt by weak PC and printer sales. HP Inc said it now expected an adjusted profit of $1.59- $1.69 per share for 2016, compared with its previous forecast $1.67- $1.77 per share. The results are the last for Hewlett-Packard, the tech...

  • TORONTO, Nov 6- BlackBerry Ltd launched its first Android-based device on Friday, with the future of the company's hardware business riding on a slick smartphone called Priv that boasts an impressive array of features and a hefty price tag. "You will be blown away by some of the apps you use and how much data they actually access of yours," said BlackBerry's head of...