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  • The near-term challenges that could hurt GoPro

    GoPro’s stock may see more downside in the near term amid worries over the company's expansion plans, says Bradley Gastwirth, CEO of ABR Investment Strategy.

  • Samsung vs Apple: Who will win the smartwatch war?

    Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst at Enderle Group, says the Apple Watch is seen as a luxury item and that status gives it an edge over Samsung.

  • Berlin gadget show: Tiny PCs and high-end handsets Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 12:28 PM ET

    BERLIN— Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week. Aside from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, it sports the latest Intel Cherry Trail chip, two USB ports and an audio jack. Huawei launched its Mate S, billed as the Chinese smartphone maker's first top-range handset with...

  • The Associated Press recently tried out both systems on a 2016 Honda Accord. "Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is not something you want to engage in," said Kathy Lane, a spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to promote safety. Neither system has been tested yet by the Insurance...

  • Tizen OS: The key challenge for Samsung's smartwatch? Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 8:45 PM ET
    Tizen OS: The key challenge for Samsung's smartwatch?

    The success of Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch may be hindered by the Tizen operating system, says Bryan Ma, VP of client devices research at IDC Asia Pacific.

  • For Samsung, 'the only way is up': Olswang Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    For Samsung, 'the only way is up': Olswang

    Andrew Stott, partner at Olswang, says Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch is different from other smartwatches available in the market and has a smart-looking design.

  • We want to make uniquely Sony smartphones: CEO Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    We want to make uniquely Sony smartphones: CEO

    Sony's decision to lower a forecast for its smartphone sales in the fiscal year ending next March signals a shift away from the strategy of gaining market share at all costs, says CEO Kazuo Hirai.

  • Malware targeting Android on the rise: Report Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 5:34 PM ET
    Attendees visit the Android booth during a Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco.

    Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common.

  • *Mate S retails at 649 euros, premium version 748 euros. BERLIN, Sept 2- China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. The Mate S, launched on the sidelines of Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5- inch display, a 13 mega...

  • Huawei takes aim at Apple, Samsung with Mate S phone Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 2- China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. The Mate S, launched on the sidelines of Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5- inch display, a 13 mega pixel rear camera and fingerprint security.

  • BERLIN— Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought. A report by German security firm G DATA found that the samples containing such malware had increased by 25 percent in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

  • Best Buy gaining ground on rival Amazon: Report Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 6:40 PM ET
    People walk by a Best Buy store in New York City.

    A new report suggests Best Buy could soon win the pricing wars with Amazon.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its financially troubled mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its financially-troubled mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 28- Russian consumer electronics and white goods retailer M.video said its online sales surged in the past week as a renewed weakening in the rouble prompted some consumers to splash out on durable goods. The rouble fell sharply against the dollar on Aug. 24, approaching its 2015 low, as prices of oil, Russia's chief export, skidded.

  • Aug 27- GameStop Corp said it expected robust revenue growth in the second half, helped by a strong slate of video game releases and growth in its mobile and consumer electronics businesses. Activision Blizzard Inc's "Destiny: The Taken King", Microsoft Studios' "Halo 5: Guardians" and Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate" are set to be released in the third quarter.

  • 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...