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  • Facebook tests new virtual assistant Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Facebook tests new virtual assistant

    Facebook testing a personal assistant to compete with Siri, Now, and Cortana.

  • NEW YORK— Samsung's new smartphones and tablets might not offer enough to entice current iPhone and iPad users to switch, but they keep Samsung at the head of the class among Android gadget makers. The new Galaxy devices come weeks before comparable updates from Apple are expected. In a sense, if Samsung can't beat the competition in sales, it can at least beat it to...

  • YouTube Gaming squares off against Twitch Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    Gamers discuss a tablet computer demonstrating YouTube's venture into game streaming called YouTube Gaming on the second day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Convention Center in Los Angeles on June 17, 2015.

    The Google-owned video site has planned to go to head to head with videogame streaming service Twitch for some time.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 25- Apple Inc patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany's highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the U.S. company's claims by a lower court. In a statement, the appeals court said it confirmed a ruling by the lower Federal Patent Court that cancelled Apple's German...

  • Best Buy powers up on earnings news Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Best Buy powers up on earnings news

    Best Buy beats Q3 expectations for earnings and revenue. Same-store and online sales both increase.

  • Madden kicks off the video game holiday season Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 12:08 PM ET
    Screen image from Madden NFL 16

    The video game industry is getting set to kick off its busiest three months of the year.

  • Apple responds to camera complaints Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Apple responds to camera complaints

    Apple agrees to fix iSight camera issue on iPhone 6 Plus phones.

  • Aug 24- Apple Inc's China business experienced "strong growth" in July and August, Chief Executive Tim Cook told CNBC on Monday. The comments, in an emailed response to questions about the iPhone maker's business in China, come amid concerns about the country's economic growth that have sent global stocks reeling. Smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest...

  • Samsung banking on new Galaxies Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Samsung banking on new Galaxies

    Two new Samsung phones are available today.

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japan's Nikkei fell below the 20,000 mark for a fourth consecutive day to a 3-1/ 2 month closing low on yet more signs of deceleration in the Chinese economy. As Apple lost 2 percent after a Gartner report showed falling smartphone sales in China, share prices for the tech giant's Japan suppliers followed suit. Alps Electric fell 7.1 percent while...

  • Apple is not suffering in China: Analyst Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 7:31 PM ET
    Apple is not suffering in China: Analyst

    While the latest report from Gartner showed smartphone sales recording its slowest growth in China, Apple has not been affected, says Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- InterDigital Inc has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license its technology considered essential to mobile phone communications, Microsoft Corp said in a lawsuit on Thursday. It comes as the U.S. International Trade Commission is set to rule this month on whether Microsoft smartphones should be banned from...

  • *Bernstein downgrade hits Disney, media stocks tumble. *Report of declining smartphone sales in China hits Apple. Consumer stocks led the decline on Wall Street with Disney down nearly 6 percent after a brokerage downgrade, while Apple slumped near 2 percent after a report that overall smartphone sales in China fell in the second quarter for the first time.

  • Gartner says smartphone sales growth slows Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Worldwide sales of smartphones in the second quarter grew at the slowest pace since 2013 as sales in China declined for the first time, according to research firm Gartner Inc.. Smartphone sales in China fell 4 percent year-over-year— the first such decline for the world's most populous country and biggest market for smartphones.

  • Aug 20- Smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest market for the devices, fell in the second quarter for the first time, market research firm Gartner Inc said on Thursday. Sales of smartphones in China declined 4 percent in the quarter, the first year-over-year fall, the company said. "China has reached saturation- its phone market is essentially driven by...

  • Apple bites deeper into smartphone market Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Apple bites deeper into smartphone market

    Gartner says smartphone sales growth is slowing; Apple's market share is increasing.

  • Apple gains share in global smartphone market-Gartner Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 8:47 AM ET

    Aug 20- Apple Inc increased its market share in the second quarter when global smartphone sales grew at the slowest pace since 2013, according to market research firm Gartner Inc.. The iPhone maker's share of the worldwide smartphone sales market rose to 14.6 percent in the quarter from 12.2 percent a year earlier. Rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's share fell...

  • Google rerouting wireless internet Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Google rerouting wireless internet

    Google announced a new Wi-Fi router called OnHub.

  • Where is Amazon Fire TV? Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 5:23 PM ET
    Amazon Fire TV

    The streaming device unavailable to purchase on Amazon; does that mean it's time for an upgrade?

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Google is introducing a low-priced smartphone in six African countries where most people still can't afford an Internet-connected device. It will be sold in stores in Nigeria and offered by online retailer Jumia in five other countries: Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco. Infinix worked with Google on the Hot 2 as part of a program...