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  • 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.

  • Bringing virtual reality to Burning Man Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 3:46 PM ET
    A file photo from The Burning Man festival in Blackrock City, Nevada

    The VR camp at the festival will boast demo stations showcasing the latest technology, animated narrative films and 360-degree music videos.

  • Next iPhone to have ultra HD camera: Report Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 PM ET
    iPhone 6

    The iPhone 6S' and 6S Plus' revamped hardware reportedly supports 12-megapixel images and 4K video, with a front-facing flash.

  • 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.

  • North Dakota police can legally use taser drones Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    A drone armed with a taser subdues an individual.

    Supporters of North Dakota's police union introduced an amendment to House Bill 1328 that permits less-than-lethal weapons mounted on drones.

  • 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.

  • Carnage made these tech stocks cheap, says analyst Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 3:47 PM ET
    Netflix app on a mobile phone

    Facebook, Amazon and Google are in the top 5 tech stocks to buy, but instead of Netflix, he's eyeing Alibaba and Priceline.

  • 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...

  • A future where iPhones stay charged for a week Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 4:52 PM ET
    Apple iPhone 6.

    You could soon have a week of battery life, thanks to a rechargeable hydrogen fuel cell that fits directly in your iPhone 6.

  • Goldman: Look at Google like a biotech start-up Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    Google and Alphabet.

    Google's new structure under Alphabet could be the first of changes that would simplify investing in its verticals.

  • Best Buy ups bet on Apple Watch Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    Best Buy

    Beginning Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be sold in more than 900 stores, and by the end of September it will be in all 1,050 locations.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • China's mobile sales report first decline: Report Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:32 AM ET
    Apple Store employees fill orders of the new iPhone 6 in Palo Alto, California.

    Chinese smartphone sales saw the first year-on-year decline in the second quarter, a report says, and global growth is slowing.