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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56- year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. More than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps, built with software Apple Inc. developed to help turn the...

  • U.S. consumer electronics firm Vizio files for IPO Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:57 PM ET

    July 24- Consumer electronics company Vizio Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $172.5 million in an initial public offering of Class A common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Securities and Citigroup are among the underwriters of the IPO, Vizio told the U. S Securities and Exchange Commission in a preliminary prospectus.

  • MUMBAI, July 23- With only a tiny share of the world's fastest-growing major smartphone market, Apple Inc is stepping up its push into India, with a first targeted TV advertising campaign, expanded retail network and promotional financing schemes. For years, India has been a low priority for Apple as spending power is weaker than in China, where the company's...

  • UPDATE 1-Qualcomm says may split itself, cut jobs Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    Qualcomm's shares fell about 1 percent at $63.50 in after-market trading on Wednesday. The chipmaker, which has about 30,000 employees worldwide, also said it had agreed with Jana Partners to add two of the hedge fund's nominees to Qualcomm's board. Qualcomm, which makes software and chips used in smartphones, tablets and gaming devices, is known for its...

  • *H1 handset revenue up 69 pct globally, 124 pct in China. HONG KONG/ BEIJING, July 22- Huawei Technologies Co Ltd more than doubled its China smartphone revenue in the first half of 2015, defying a slowdown in the world's biggest handset market that is enveloping rivals Xiaomi Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.. "There's that buzz going around Huawei in China right...

  • Shenzhen- based Huawei, which competes with Chinese smartphone makers Lenovo Group Ltd and ZTE Corp, recorded a 69 percent increase in its consumer business group revenue to $9.09 billion thanks to strong sales from high-end smartphone models, the company said in a statement.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, July 22- Huawei Technologies Co Ltd doubled its China smartphone revenue in the first half of this year, defying a slowdown in the world's biggest handset market that is enveloping rivals Xiaomi Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.. In contrast to Huawei, overall smartphone shipments in China shrank for the first time in six years in the first...

  • Smart jewelry to match that little black dress Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Models walk the runway during the Rebecca Minkoff fashion show in New York.

    Rebecca Minkoff is an accessories and apparel designer who recently launched a 'smart jewelry' collection for the fashion-forward.

  • 10 inventors turning bright ideas into big cash Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Invention innovation light bulb

    While Quirky has yet to crown a millionaire, some have still made some serious money. Here's a look at the site's top-selling products.

  • BEIJING, July 17- Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the U.S. market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, without offering a time table. Former Google Inc executive Barra told Bloomberg TV in San Francisco that Xiaomi phones would not...

  • How China's stock rout disrupted online funds Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 7:37 PM ET

    China's market selloff may have decked traders but one group is benefitting: the country's home-grown online finance companies.

  • *Microsoft to close Nokia unit, 1,100 jobs at risk. HELSINKI, July 16- When U.S. software giant Microsoft bought Nokia's struggling mobile phone business last year, the inhabitants of Salo- a town of 54,000 in southern Finland- thought the move would revive the local economy. But their hopes were crushed last week when Microsoft announced it would close Nokia's...

  • TSMC Q3 outlook dragged down by macroeconomic weakness Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 4:58 AM ET

    TAIPEI, July 16- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, the world's No.1 contract chipmaker, said macroeconomic headwinds will dampen its prospects in the third quarter, even if its main client Apple Inc releases a new iPhone. This is largely due to weak demand in emerging markets, particularly China, for inexpensive smartphones. Pricey new iPhones and...

  • As China gets pricey, Foxconn plans big move in India Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 1:30 AM ET

    Foxconn plans to expand in India, building 12 factories and employing 1M workers amid rising costs and labor disputes in China, the FT reports.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, July 14- The call of the world's biggest smartphone market is proving irresistible for entrepreneurs in China, where even purveyors of concrete mixers, refrigerators and rock music are mimicking local trailblazer Xiaomi Inc with their own handsets. China had 155 smartphone brands selling over 1,000 handsets a month as at end-March, from 110...

  • TORONTO, July 13- BlackBerry Ltd named Carl Wiese as head of global sales on Monday, an appointment that comes at a critical juncture for the smartphone industry pioneer, which needs to spur top-line growth in order for its turnaround efforts to succeed. Wiese has spent the past 12 years at Cisco Systems, first heading advanced technology sales and later its...

  • The Apple upgrade that reads like a downgrade Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | 11:14 AM ET
    Shoppers at an Apple store in Beijing, China

    Societe Generale lifted Apple's stock Monday with an upgrade, but for a supposedly cheery note, it sure reads negative.

  • Selling Apple would be a 'sin': Technician Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | 3:15 PM ET
    Apple iPhone's on the T-Mobile network have had reports of the "blue screen of death".

    Richard Ross of Evercore ISI says the recent decline in Apple shouldn't be alarming. In fact, it's an opportunity to buy the stock.

  • Taiwan courts tech start-ups to drive economic growth Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | 9:59 PM ET

    TAIPEI, July 12- Companies such as electric motor scooter firm Gogoro could hold the key to Taiwan's economic growth. In just three years, the start-up, which counts Japan's Panasonic Corp as a strategic partner and Cher Wang, the founder of local smartphone maker HTC Corp as a key investor, raised $150 million to develop the smartphone-synched bike, and a charging...

  • Is the search for immortality a rich man's game? Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie “Self/less”

    Technology and medicine are probing the boundaries of mortality. So can only the rich afford to drink from the fountain of youth?