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  • TOKYO, Oct 7- Sony Corp's chief executive flagged next year as a make-or-break year for its struggling smartphones, saying it could consider other options for the business if it failed to turn profitable. After years of losses, Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has engineered a successful restructuring drive at Sony, with recent results showing improvement thanks...

  • TOKYO, Oct 7- Sony Corp's chief executive flagged next year as a make-or-break year for its struggling smartphones, saying it could consider other options for the unit if it failed to turn profitable. After years of losses, Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has engineered a successful restructuring drive at Sony, with recent results showing improvement thanks to...

  • TOKYO, Oct 7- Sony Corp Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said on Wednesday the company would consider options for its smartphone unit if it failed to turn a profit in the next business year. But he told a group of reporters that if the unit, which makes Xperia-branded handsets, was profitable as planned in the year starting next April, Sony would continue with the...

  • *Sees global smartphone market slowing on weaker China demand. CHIBA, Japan, Oct 7- Global demand for smartphones is likely to slow in the next fiscal year due to weaker demand from the world's biggest market China, the head of Japanese smartphone component maker Murata Manufacturing Co told Reuters on Wednesday. Weakness in China's smartphone market had...

  • SEOUL, Oct 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd forecast a sharp jump in quarterly profit, trumping expectations and sending its shares surging as favorable currency rates and robust component sales appeared have to offset weakness in smartphones. Samsung Electronics estimated July-September operating profit would leap 80 percent from a year earlier to 7.3...

  • TOKYO, Oct 7- Asian stocks hit a seven-week high on Wednesday as a pick up in oil prices boosted resource shares and emerging economy currencies, with sentiment also helped by South Korea's Samsung Electronics issuing better than expected profit guidance. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 1.6 percent, to reach its highest...

  • SEOUL, Oct 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it would post its first quarterly profit gain in two years, beating expectations as strong sales of chips and displays probably offset weakness in its smartphone division. "There were worries that overall earnings will continue falling as mobile profits declined, but now the numbers make the case that...

  • SEOUL, Oct 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday its July-September operating profit likely leapt 79.8 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and pushing the South Korean tech giant's share price sharply higher. Samsung, in a regulatory filing, estimated its third-quarter profit at 7.3 trillion won, its first quarterly profit gain in two...

  • Oct 6- Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday its first laptop, a line of Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro tablet and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, all running on Windows 10, its latest operating system. Windows 10, launched in July, is part of Microsoft's push to win a bigger share of the market for tablets and smartphones, now...

  • Oct 6- Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday a new line of Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro tablet and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, that will run on Windows 10, its latest operating system. Windows 10, launched in July, is part of Microsoft's push to win a bigger share of the market for tablets and smartphones, now dominated by...

  • Oct 6- Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday a new line of Lumia smartphones and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, that will run on Windows 10, its latest operating system. Windows 10, launched in July, is part of Microsoft's push to win a bigger share of the market for tablets and smartphones, now dominated by Apple Inc and South...

  • *Sony sensors used in smartphones such as iPhone. TOKYO, Oct 6- Sony Corp said it will split off its semiconductors operations in a bid to bolster growth in devices such as image sensors, which have helped lead a turnaround at the Japanese electronics maker. Sony said the move was part of the company's push to give autonomy to its business units to accelerate...

  • SEOUL, Oct 6- More than a year into the overhaul of its smartphone lineup, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has yet to find a way to reverse a slide in market share or margins, clouding its growth outlook and fueling investor impatience. At the lower end it launched new products targeting markets such as India, while at the high end it switched from plastic to metal,...

  • Taiwan stocks up; HTC drops after Q3 net loss Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 10:33 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 6- Taiwan stocks gained on Tuesday, in line with other regional share markets bolstered by the prospect of a delay in the U.S. But smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp lost 2.6 percent after posting an unaudited net loss of $137.63 million in the third quarter. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.291 to T $32.711 per U.S. dollar.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russia's anti-monopoly agency said on Monday that Google Inc had until Nov. 18 to address charges that it was abusing its market position in the country. Yandex is ahead of Google in Russia but has seen competition stiffen in mobile phones as consumers have adopted Android-based handsets that come pre-loaded with Google products that compete...

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 5- Australia said on Monday it would buy 1,100 light armoured vehicles from French defence and electronics firm Thales SA for A $1.3 billion. Thales Australia won a competitive international tender with its locally designed and built Hawkei patrol vehicle, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement, a boon for the struggling...

  • SEOUL, Oct 2- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will use Qualcomm Inc's mobile processors for some of its upcoming flagship Galaxy S smartphones, South Korea's Electronic Times reported on Friday citing unnamed industry sources. The paper said Samsung will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chips for the Galaxy S7 phones, which is expected to launch early next year and...

  • New TiVo DVR will skip through commercials Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    With one press of a button on the remote, TiVo's new digital video recorder will skip the entire commercial break.

  • TAIPEI, Sept 30- Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday, but losses were limited following overseas markets and helped by gains in local chip makers. Taiwan financial markets were closed Monday and Tuesday due to a holiday and a typhoon. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.342 to T $32.950 per U.S. dollar.

  • Sept 29- Google Inc unveiled its new Nexus smartphones on Tuesday in its latest attempt to take a bite out of Apple's dominating share of the smartphone market. The Nexus 5 X 16 GB model will be priced at $379, while the Nexus 6 P 32 GB will cost $499, Google said at an event live-streamed on YouTube. The Nexus 5 X is made by South Korea's LG Electronics Inc and the Nexus 6 P...