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  • 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...

  • This sensor lets you avoid crowds and long lines Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 1:21 PM ET
    Density sensors that track population/foot traffic.

    A sensor by a start-up called Density can send data to your phone, telling you when a restaurant or gym is too crowded.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Report: Microsoft to debut hardware at October event Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 4:56 PM ET
    Visitors look at Windows-enabled smartphones, including the Nokia Lumia series, at the Microsoft stand at the 2015 CeBIT trade fair on March 16, 2015 in Hanover, Germany.

    Microsoft will hold an October launch event to debut new hardware, including phones and tablets, sources told The Verge.

  • *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.

  • Man jailed for thwarting drone on the beach Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 2:07 PM ET
    An octocopter photographic drone, equipped with a video camera, hovers over a beach.

    He spent a night in jail for damaging a drone he felt was "violating" beach goers.

  • 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 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...

  • Toyota prepares to unveil redesigned Prius hybrid Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 7:17 PM ET
    Toyota Motor Corp dealership in Richmond, California.

    Toyota has sent out invitations for journalists to attend a preview of the fourth-generation in Las Vegas on Sept. 8, NBC reports.

  • Apple disputes numbers on Music users Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    An advertisement for Apple Music is posted on a street in New York.

    Apple said 21 percent of Apple Music trial users dumped the service, in contrast to a study which puts that number at 48 percent.

  • A Blackberry-Android phone? Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 5:44 PM ET

    Rumors of a new Blackberry mobile phone running the Android operating system persist amidst new leaked photos.

  • Tencent invests $50 million in messaging app Kik Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    WeChat commercial promoting it's app.

    Messaging bubble? Kik just gained some steam in the competitive mobile messenger space.

  • Will high-profile outsiders help reform Toshiba? Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 10:18 PM ET

    Japan's Toshiba has proposed a new board dominated by outsiders in a reform push after a $1.2B accounting scandal.

  • Tencent invests $50M in 'Canadian WeChat' Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 8:21 PM ET

    Tencent has picked up a $50 million stake in Canadian chat app Kik, an investment that values Kik at more than $1 billion.

  • 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?

  • What we know about Apple's new TV Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 1:06 PM ET
    Apple TV

    Apple TV may run on a TV-optimized version of iOS 9, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Phishing scam targets Washington E-ZPass holders Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 4:24 PM ET
    E-Z Pass toll booth

    Phony emails warn drivers they are "indebted for driving on toll roads," with a link to a fake website, says NBC 4.

  • Will iPhone sales decline in 2016 for first time? Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 3:44 PM ET
    An iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple store

    One firm is predicting the first year-on-year decline in iPhone sales for 2016.

  • NYT doesn't describe the Amazon I know: Bezos Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 7:49 AM ET
    Jeff Bezos

    Jeff Bezos writes to staff defending Amazon's human resources policy following a New York Times story claiming back-stabbing practices.