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  • May 21- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, helped by strong demand for smartphones and large-screen TVs. Best Buy said its revenue growth in the United States was driven by sales of mobile phones bundled with billing plans by telecom carriers. Best Buy's revenue from the United...

  • WILMINGTON, Del.— A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday refused to reopen a disputed auction for the sale of RadioShack's intellectual property, including trademarks and data on some 67 million customers of the electronics retailer. While certain issues remain to be resolved, Shannon said he was prepared to approve the sale of the RadioShack brand and...

  • LG unveils 'wallpaper' TV, as thin as a sticker Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    LG Wallpaper screen

    LG Display unveiled its 'wallpaper' TV that is no thicker than a sticker at an event in South Korea, reports NBC news.

  • Welcome to ‘The Matrix’? Theme park with VR twist Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:49 AM ET
    The Void

    Put your headsets on and get ready! A startup called “The Void” plans on taking video-gaming junkies to a whole new dimension.

  • Review: Curves and 'self-healing' in super-premium phones Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— For those not satisfied with just a premium phone, Samsung and LG are offering two models best described as the Lamborghinis of smartphones. You're already getting a lot with flagship phones from those two companies. For about $100 more, you can get a super-charged experience.

  • SEATTLE, May 20- Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with...

  • Apple updates MacBook Pro, cuts high-end iMac price Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:26 AM ET
    The new MacBook designed for a wireless world unveiled at the Apple event in Cupertino, Calif. on March 8, 2015.

    Apple is introducing an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac.

  • Sector Snap: Taser and Digital Ally fall Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is showcasing a new wearable camera for police officers, and shares of rival body camera makers Digital Ally and Taser slumped. Panasonic's Arbitrator Body-Worn Camera weighs 4.6 ounces, is water-resistant and has eight hours of battery life. Panasonic announced the new camera on Wednesday and began showing it...

  • Will China’s Xiaomi make it in the US and Europe? Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Xiaomi headquarters in Beijing, China

    Chinese smartphone giant, Xiaomi, is set to open its doors to U.S. and European consumers shortly.

  • COPENHAGEN, Denmark— Danish industrial designer Jacob Jensen, who gave ultramodern, minimalist forms to high-end products including consumer electronics and kitchenware, has died. Jensen belongs to Danish designers' golden era of the 1940 s and' 50 s, alongside Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjaerholm. Some of his works are now part of the...

  • Is your kid playing with your capex? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    Companies – even new ones – appear to be skipping out on capex, but that spending may just not get counted because your kid is playing with it, UBS said.

  • *Car companies use Nvidia's "supercomputer on a chip". DETROIT, May 14- It took Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia Corp the better part of a decade to gain acceptance as a global automotive supplier, a lesson for other technology firms hoping to make a similar transition from consumer electronics to car components. Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying...

  • In auction for RadioShack name, bid stands at $15M Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:57 PM ET
    Radio Shack

    The auction for bankrupt electronic retailer RadioShack's name and customer data will resume, despite objections.

  • Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion in mobile video bet Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too. As its phone business slows down, the nation's largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it can find growth in mobile video and advertising by buying AOL, one of the Internet's oldest brands, which has been through its own share of...

  • Disruptor 50: No. 15 Quirky Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    This 6-year-old company culls ideas submitted to its website, and the best ones get made and sold in some of the world's biggest retailers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 6 Dropbox Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Arash Ferdowsi (left) and Drew Houston, co-founders of Dropbox

    An MIT grad invented this cloud file-sharing technology that has become a ubiquitous tool used by more than 300 million people worldwide.

  • Travel hubs hitch a ride on Apple Watch bandwagon Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Apple Watch apps

    Wearable technology, most notably in the form of Apple's pricy new watch, offers the promise of new tools for travel.

  • Navigating Web dating's rough shoals: eHarmony CEO Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Internet dating

    Online daters, beware. The founder and CEO of the eHarmony online dating site has some warnings for would-be spouses.

  • STOCKHOLM, May 8- Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands against Apple over technology licence payments, Ericsson said on Friday. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner, "he added. Last year, smartphone maker...

  • MUMBAI, May 8- Alibaba Group Holding is in talks with India's Micromax Informatics to buy an about 20 percent stake in the smartphone maker, helping the Chinese e-commerce giant expand in one of the world's fastest growing markets for the devices, several people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The deal, if completed, would see Alibaba investing as much as...