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  • May 5- Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc, known for titles such as "FIFA" and "Madden NFL," posted better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by strong digital sales and the release of "Battlefield Hardline." Total revenue rose 5.5 percent to $1.19 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 31 from $1.12 billion a year earlier.

  • May 5- Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc, known for titles such as "FIFA" and "Madden NFL", posted a 5.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by growth in its digital business, which includes software distributed through direct downloads. EA's net income rose to $395 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter ended March 31, from $367 million, or $1.15...

  • *Players reduce market exposure ahead of Japan's "Golden Week" Uncertainty on global economic outlook saps risk appetite. TOKYO, May 1- Japanese stocks on Friday fell to its lowest level in almost a month as traders reduced their exposure ahead of Golden Week holidays in Japan and as uncertainty around corporate earnings and global economic growth sapped...

  • MEMLO PARK, Calif., April 30- In the 1980 s when Sony and Toshiba were setting the agenda in the global TV and memory chip markets Japan was bristling with confidence as a hub of technological innovation. Three decades later, with Japan's electronics industry in decline, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come to Silicon Valley- the first sitting Japanese leader to do so-...

  • Solar panel maker SunPower reports quarterly loss Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    April 30- SunPower Corp, the second-largest maker of solar panels in the United States, reported a quarterly loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, as it sold fewer power plants. The company reported a net loss of $9.6 million, or 7 cents per shares, attributable to shareholders for the first quarter ended March 29 compared with a profit of $65 million, or 42 cents...

  • *Cash-and-stock deal valued at $85 million. April 30- Audio-chip maker Audience Inc, which has struggled since losing Apple Inc as its No. 1 customer in 2012, agreed to a distress sale to hearing-aid component maker Knowles Corp in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $85 million. Knowles, which supplies microphones to Apple, will pay $2.50 in cash and $2.50 in stock for...

  • April 30- Audio-chip maker Audience Inc, which has struggled since losing Apple Inc as its No. 1 customer in 2012, agreed to a distress sale to hearing-aid component maker Knowles Corp in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $85 million. Itasca, Illinois- based Knowles will pay $2.50 in cash and $2.50 in stock for each Audience share- a discount of 9 percent to Audience's...

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp expects operating profit to more than quadruple this year, as strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts anchor a long-awaited turnaround after years of losses on TVs and mobile phones. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will jump in the year ending March 2016 to 320 billion yen.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp said it expects operating profit to more than quadruple this fiscal year, boosted by strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts as it seeks to turn around its loss-making mobile phone business. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will grow in the year ending March 2016 to 320...

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp said it expects operating profit to more than quadruple this fiscal year, boosted by strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts in its ailing mobile phone business. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will grow in the year ending March 2016 to 320 billion yen from 68.5 billion in the...

  • Strategy Analytics declined to say how many handsets Samsung had shipped in China during the quarter, although it expected the South Korean company to return to the top three in the next one or two quarters following the launch of its flagship S6 and S6 edge models in April. It expects Apple to surpass Xiaomi to top the China market later this year on the strength...

  • As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    "In five years, when we look back, everything we see will absolutely be classified as toys, as the first very basic steps of getting this right," says Nikolaj Hviid, the man behind smart earbuds called the Dash. Developed by Munich- based Bragi GmbH, the Dash is a wireless in-ear headphone that looks like a discreet hearing aid. Nick Hunn, a consultant who lays claim to the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc's Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market. Microsoft is expected...

  • Microsoft to allow Android apps on Windows phones -sources Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc's Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, according to two sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday. The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russia's second-biggest mobile phone operator Megafon confirmed guidance for flat revenues in 2015 although sales fell in the first quarter, hit by weaker demand for handsets and a one-off gain a year ago. Citing a challenging economy, Megafon also decided to split its payment of dividends with the larger part of the planned 40 billion rouble...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it expects earnings to rise in the second quarter after posting its highest profit in three quarters in January-March, boosted by strong demand for its new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones. Samsung's renewed focus on design after a period of stagnation in its smartphone range appears to be paying...

  • MELBOURNE, April 29- London copper edged lower on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that may offer new clues on the timing of a rate rise, though the prospect of further economic support in top metals user China cushioned falls. Measures to shore up China's property sector should be positive, as developers fit out properties to clear inventories,...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd overtook Apple Inc to recapture the title of world's top smartphone maker by volume in the first quarter of 2015, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday. It said Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 percent market share in the quarter, down from 31 percent a year earlier but...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said the average selling price of its handsets will likely rise in the second quarter as the firm rolls out its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones. Samsung head of investor relations Robert Yi said in a conference call that the average selling price of the firm's handsets during the...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday tipped further earnings improvement in the second quarter after confirming its highest profit in three quarters in January-March, but voiced some caution about the second-half outlook. The South Korean giant reported a first-quarter operating profit of 6 trillion won, in line with the 5.9 trillion won...