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  • OTTAWA, Dec 19- Canada's BlackBerry Ltd plans to invest C $100 million in a new autonomous vehicle-testing hub over several years, the company's chief executive said on Monday, marking a change of direction for the smartphone pioneer. "Most of all the money will go to jobs," John Chen told reporters at an event opening the Ottawa- area facility. The company's QNX unit,...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 18- Canada's BlackBerry Ltd will open an autonomous driving research center on Monday, as it tries to make itself an indispensable under-the-hood piece of the automotive industry's weaponry in the self-driving vehicle arms race. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the launch by the Waterloo, Ontario- based smartphone pioneer, the prime...

  • JAKARTA, Dec 16- Apple Inc has committed to invest around $44 million in a research and development center in Indonesia over the next three years, a senior government official said, enabling it to start selling its latest iPhone 7 in the Southeast Asian nation. Indonesia, a promising smartphone market where Apple has trailed some rivals, has stipulated that...

  • *Toshiba last month forecast Y130 bln profit for chips division. *China's aggressive investment plans could be future concern. TOKYO, Dec 16- Toshiba Corp expects its chips and devices division, its biggest profit driver, to beat its annual earnings forecast on favorable currency rates and strong demand for flash memory chips, the head of the division said.

  • *Risk-averse Japan firms, investors slowly warm to start-ups. *Venture investment in Japan tiny relative to U.S., China. TOKYO, Dec 16- A wave of start-ups is emerging in famously risk-averse Japan as cash-rich corporations increasingly delegate the task of keeping pace with technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics to smaller, nimbler...

  • Dec 15- BlackBerry Ltd said China's TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd would make and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices globally, the Canadian smartphone pioneer's first licensing deal since its transition to a software company. The new agreement gives TCL, the fourth-largest handset maker in North America, the right to make and sell...

  • HELSINKI, Dec 13- HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones, announced its first new products on Tuesday- two basic handsets without internet access priced at $26 before local taxes and subsidies. HMD said the Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM would go on sale in selected markets early next year. The basic phone...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Japan Display Inc will pay more than $100 million to boost its stake in an organic light-emitting diode panel maker, the Nikkei business daily said- a step that would improve its position in a key technology where it lags far behind rivals. Japan Display will raise its stake in Tokyo- based Joled to more than 50 percent from 15 percent by the end of 2017...

  • Dec 9- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices had been returned as a part of...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 9- German semiconductor chipmaking machinery company Aixtron may sell off part of its business, its chief executive said in an interview published on Friday, opening the door for bidders after a deal with a Chinese company collapsed. China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund dropped its 670 million-euro bid for Aixtron earlier this week after...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 9- German semiconductor chipmaking machinery company Aixtron is considering reducing the size of the business with a partial sale, its chief executive said in an interview published on Friday, opening the door for bidders after a deal with a Chinese firm collapsed. But that would come with high development and ramp-up costs, and risks, " Martin...

  • STUTTGART, Dec 7- German auto supplier ZF has launched the sale of its Body Control Systems division, Chief Executive Stefan Sommer said, seeking to shed assets it no longer deems essential after its takeover of rival TRW. "We are at a very early stage," Sommer told journalists at the Stuttgart Economic Press Club in remarks embargoed for Wednesday.

  • TOKYO, Dec 7- Japan's Sony Corp will release as many as six smartphone games in the next financial year, hoping that its own gaming franchises can replicate the success of console rival Nintendo Co's Pokemon GO. They will be available initially in Japan and eventually in other Asian countries, Tomoki Kawaguchi, executive director of Sony's mobile gaming unit,...

  • *Statement follows SoftBank commitment to invest $50 bln in U.S. TAIPEI, Dec 7- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. On Tuesday, Masayoshi Son of Japan's SoftBank Group Corp said he would invest $50...

  • TAIPEI, Dec 7- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct...

  • BEIJING, Dec 7- Apple Inc said external factors were the likely cause of iPhone 6 battery fires detailed in a Chinese consumer protection report that featured widely in state media earlier this week and created a buzz on social media. The Shanghai Consumer Council released a report on Friday detailing battery fires in eight iPhone 6 handsets.

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to...

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to...

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to...

  • Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. Samsung had been seeking to pare back $399 million of $548 million it paid Apple in December...