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  • *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...

  • 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...

  • 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...