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  • Google unveils two Nexus smartphones Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 12:58 PM ET

    Sept 29- Google Inc unveiled its new Nexus smartphones on Tuesday, the Nexus 6 P and the Nexus 5 X. The Nexus 5 X 16 GB model will be priced at $379, while the Nexus 6 P's 32 GB handset will cost $499, Google said at an event. Google also said that its new version of Android, Marshmallow, will roll out to existing Nexus customers from next week.

  • Google unveils Nexus phones with 'Marshmallow' flavor Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 12:49 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google is countering the release of Apple's latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed to steer and document even more of its users' lives. The Nexus 6 P and Nexus 5 X unveiled Tuesday are the first smartphones sold with an Android upgrade called "Marshmallow." "In a multiscreen world, it is even more important...

  • WATERLOO, Ontario, Sept 25- BlackBerry Ltd's decision to roll out a smartphone powered by Google's Android platform was hotly debated internally but the gamble is necessary to test whether the company's handset business is viable, Chief Executive John Chen said on Friday. Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry confirmed it planned to introduce an Android...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 25- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has opened a preliminary investigation into whether Google Inc uses its Android operating system to dominate competitors as more consumers go mobile, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Reuters reported in April that some technology companies had complained to the U.S. Department of...

  • TORONTO, Sept 25- Smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results on Friday but forecast higher revenue and said it might replace its operating system with Google Inc's Android platform. The Waterloo, Ontario- based company, which is pursuing a turnaround plan based on selling more software, said it expected modest revenue...

  • Sept 25- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Google Inc is using its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. Reuters reported in April that some technology companies had complained to the U.S. Department of Justice about Google's anti-competitive practices and urged the...

  • TORONTO, Sept 25- BlackBerry Ltd reported a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss on Friday, as revenue from its once-iconic smartphone slid further, sending shares down nearly 4 percent in premarket trading. The Waterloo, Ontario- based company said it expects "modest" sequential revenue growth in the remaining two quarters of this fiscal year and a...

  • Will sales of iPhone 6S be a boost for Apple? Friday, 25 Sep 2015 | 12:46 AM ET
    Will sales of iPhone 6S be a boost for Apple?

    Clement Teo, senior analyst at Forrester, expects the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to outperform due to factors such as disappointing products from rival Samsung.

  • Fake watch, yes, but an entire fake Apple store? Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 11:58 PM ET
    A general view of a 'Apple Store' is seen on July 21, 2011 in Kunming, Yunnan Province of China. Kunming has three unofficial 'Apple Stores', which are not on Apple's retail store locations list on Apple's official website.

    On a street in Shenzhen, more than 30 stores carrying Apple's logo peddle iPhone 6S pre-orders. The phones are real but the stores are not.

  • TORONTO, Sept 21- Tech giants such as Google Inc and upstarts like Shopify Inc are rapidly expanding their presence in and around BlackBerry's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, even as the smartphone maker further pares back some of its teams. Canada's newest tech darling Shopify, which went public this year and is valued at $2.75 billion, will soon announce a major...

  • Taiwan's Hon Hai has offered to buy Sharp's struggling liquid panel display business and plans to seek funding from Apple.

  • Revisions to Apple TV most impressive: Analyst Sunday, 20 Sep 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    Revisions to Apple TV most impressive: Analyst

    Brian Colello, senior analyst at Morningstar, says the recently unveiled hardware and software updates for the Apple TV are impressive.

  • UPDATE 1-Amazon announces low-cost tablet, new Fire TV Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17- Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced a $50 tablet, a price tag analysts said was low enough to set it apart in a crowded market and draw more customers to its online services. "The lesson we learned from consumer electronics is that when the market matures, consumers go cheaper," said Forrester principal analyst James McQuivey.

  • AMZN throws cold water on 'Fire' phone Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    AMZN throws cold water on 'Fire' phone

    Amazon recognizes its first smartphone flop, deciding to stop production of its Fire phone.

  • Google won't have easy ride back into China Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 2:02 AM ET

    *Google largely quit China five years ago. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Sept 10- Google Inc CEO Sundar Pichai has made no secret that he wants to get back into China via Google Play, the app store for its Android mobile operating system. Google largely pulled its services out of China five years ago after refusing to continue self-censoring its search results.

  • Apple introduces 3D Touch to new iPhones Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 12:42 AM ET
    Apple introduces 3D Touch to new iPhones

    Mark Hung, vice president for Wireless Technologies at Gartner Research, says the 3D Touch technology, which first appeared on the Apple Watch as "Force Touch," will work better on the iPhone.

  • Are consumers having unrealistic expectations of Apple? Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 11:48 PM ET
    Are consumers having unrealistic expectations of Apple?

    Manoj Menon, partner & managing director at Frost & Sullivan, says it is not feasible for Apple to launch new products every year because it needs to maximize the value of existing products.

  • UPDATE 1-iPhone 3D Touch suppliers and haptics companies Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 10:20 PM ET

    *NextInput Inc: Atlanta, Georgia spin-off from Georgia Tech, maker of force-sensitive technology. *Immersion Corp numbers among its customers mobile handset makers Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics Inc, Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Meizu Technology Co and Gionee. *Synaptics Inc: Senseg, Finland- based company, whose investors include NXP Semiconductors.

  • *New iPhone includes 3 D Touch technology. SINGAPORE/ TAIPEI, Sept 10- By adding a more realistic sense of touch to its iPhone, Apple Inc may have conquered a technology that has long promised to take us beyond merely feeling the cold glass of our mobile device screens. "Force Touch is going to push the envelope of how we interact with our screens," says Joel Evans, vice...

  • Why Apple shares fell after product launch Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 10:10 PM ET
    Why Apple shares fell after product launch

    John Petrides, MD & portfolio manager at Point View Wealth Management, attributes the negative reaction in Apple shares overnight to the pricing of the new devices.