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  • FRANKFURT/ HELSINKI, Aug 10- Nokia is hiring software experts, testing new products and seeking sales partners as it plots its return to the mobile phone and consumer tech arena it abandoned with the sale of its handset business. It sold its handset business to Microsoft in late 2013 and has since focused squarely on making telecoms network equipment.

  • LAS VEGAS, Aug 6- Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world's most popular mobile operating system. The change came after security researcher Joshua Drake unveiled what he called Stagefright, hacking software that allows...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Aug 5- Africa's top mobile phone operator, MTN Group, gave a downbeat outlook for Nigeria, its biggest market, on Wednesday after losing high-end users to Gulf rival Etisalat. South Africa- based MTN, which reported a 10 percent decline in first-half earnings, is fighting to maintain its lead in Nigeria ahead of competitors such as Etisalat and...

  • FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Aug 4- Apple Inc, the world's most profitable mobile phone maker, has denied working on a plan to market communications services directly to consumers and bypass the telecom companies on which it has long relied to sell its products. Business Insider had on Monday reported that the iPhone maker was testing a so-called mobile virtual network...

  • FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Aug 4- Apple Inc, the world's most profitable mobile phone maker, has denied a report that it is working on a plan to market communications services directly to consumers that would bypass telecom operators on which it now relies to deliver services. Since it first launched the iPhone in 2007, carriers ranging from AT&T Inc and Deutsche Telekom...

  • SEOUL, Aug 4- For four years Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has basked in the success of its Galaxy smartphones, making billions of dollars competing with Apple Inc in the premium mobile market. The coming years are set to be more sombre for the South Korean tech giant, as it is forced to slash prices and accept lower margins at its mobile division in order to see off...

  • BEIJING, Aug 3- China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting the most in two years as new orders fell and dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying, a private survey showed on Monday. Fears of a full-blown market crash have added a new sense of urgency for policymakers in Beijing, with many...

  • BEIJING, Aug 3- China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell and dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying, a private survey showed on Monday. Fears of a full-blown market crash have added a new sense of urgency for policymakers in Beijing, with many...

  • July 31- Electronic Arts Inc is back from the "dark side". EA said on Thursday that "extremely strong" preorders for "Star Wars: Battlefront" were behind its decision to raise its full-year revenue forecast to $4.45 billion from $4.40 billion. "is merely trying to rein in runaway expectations for Star Wars, during a highly competitive holiday window for first-person...

  • July 31- Nvidia Corp said it was recalling its Shield 8- inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Nvidia, better known for its graphics chips, said it would replace all 83,000 tablets it sold in the United States since the product's launch in July 2014. Nvidia did not disclose Shield tablet sales in other...

  • Western companies look hard at China as growth slows Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    *China equities rout dashes hopes of return to growth. Double digit growth rates during the first decade of the millennium lured scores of Western companies to invest heavily in China. Currently, in China we had negative order intake, "said Frans van Houten, chief executive of Dutch electronics group Philips NV, on a call with analysts on Monday.

  • *To sell TV plant, license Aquos brand to China's Hisense. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Sharp Corp on Friday announced it was exiting the TV business in the Americas to shore up its finances, after booking a deeper-than-expected quarterly loss on weak smartphone display sales. The company, which sought a bank-led bailout in May, said it would sell its TV manufacturing...

  • Sultans of shrink pack more chips into smart wearables Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 5:59 PM ET

    Packagers like Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc receive chips from manufacturers and prepare them for device assemblers by, for instance, encasing them in metal and resin. To serve this market, which researcher IDC expects to grow 173 percent to $17.1 billion in 2015, ASE and rivals like Taiwan's Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 30- Oracle Corp's long-running legal battle with Google Inc over Google's Android operating system for smartphones and other devices probably will not proceed to another trial until the middle of 2016, a U.S. judge said on Thursday. Oracle is seeking royalties for Google's use of some of the Java language, while Google argues it should be...

  • *Concerns about China's economy create uncertainty. FRANKFURT, July 30- Results from Europe's big chipmakers show business conditions have deteriorated quickly in previously healthy markets for auto electronics and industrial components, adding to concerns over the industry's traditional drivers- computers and phones. Europe's market leaders...

  • SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday offered a downbeat outlook for the second half of the year as smartphone market growth slows and ahead of the expected release of new iPhones from arch rival Apple Inc.. Samsung's dominance is being chipped away at the low-to-mid end by Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and in the premium...

  • Samsung Elec says Q2 Galaxy S6 sales below expectations Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 9:10 PM ET

    SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that sales of its premium Galaxy S6 smartphones fell short of expectations during the second quarter due to firm's inability to meet demand for the curved-screen model.

  • SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant. Second-quarter operating profit fell 4 percent to 6.9 trillion won, matching an estimate issued by the company early this...

  • SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its April-June operating profit fell 4 percent from a year earlier, in line with its earnings guidance, hurt by a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models. Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, reported a 6.9 trillion won profit for the second quarter, matching a preliminary estimate...

  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan's Panasonic Corp on Wednesday reported a 7 percent decline in first-quarter operating profit, missing analyst estimates, as sales fell in its appliances and housing technology businesses. While still known as a consumer electronics maker, Panasonic in recent years has turned its attention to new businesses such as high-tech auto parts...