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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft is attempting to break down the walls surrounding console gaming. Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version...

  • Who's at fault in Apple Pay fraud, Apple or banks? Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 3:21 PM ET
    Apple Pay

    Apple and the banks both have some serious explaining to do.

  • Digital guard dog for finances Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:24 AM ET
    BillGuard’s “Smart Savings” alert feature displaying a coupon

    One entrepreneur says his new app promises to turn your smartphone into a digital watch dog for personal finances.

  • How YouTube thrust an obscure game to the big time Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 11:47 AM ET
    YouTube sensation PewDiePie plays Surgeon Simulator.

    Video game "Surgeon Simulator," made by a small developer has gained popularity after YouTube star PewDiePie embraced it.

  • March 3- Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple sold 74,832 smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73,032 phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner's report. Apple's smartphones sales jumped about 49...

  • March 3- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, on Tuesday reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on a strong holiday season and said it would buy back stock for the first time since 2012.. Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly said on a conference call that Best Buy planned this year to start a cost-cutting effort to save $400...

  • March 3- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by improved sales of higher-margin products such as large-screen TVs and mobile phones during the holiday shopping season. The company's shares rose 4.6 percent at $40.40 in premarket trading, after Best Buy said it would buy back $1...

  • AI and the phone of the future: ex-Google exec Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 AM ET

    Just how "smart" are smartphones going to get? Here are the technologies that excite this VC and ex-Google exec.

  • BARCELONA, Spain— BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software. CEO John Chen said at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Tuesday that since he took over a year and a half ago BlackBerry has undergone a "philosophical" shift away from...

  • BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:32 AM ET

    BARCELONA/ TORONTO, March 3- BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone on Tuesday dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario- based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World...

  • Nasdaq 5,000: Bubble or not? Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:26 PM ET

    The Nasdaq index has rallied to levels matching its dotcom boom glory days, spawning a CNBC smackdown over whether the bubble is back too.

  • NEW YORK— High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices. Here's a look at what's been unveiled so far at the Mobile World...

  • Responding to a growing market in China for low-cost handsets often priced below $100, Intel announced plans for the chip, code named Sofia, in late 2013 at a meeting with investors. As well as smartphones, the Sofia chip fills a gap in Intel's lineup of chips for tablets. In a costly strategy that elevated Intel to the No 2 spot in tablet chip market share, Intel last...

  • DETROIT, March 2- Qualcomm Inc, a maker of smartphone chips and software, unveiled on Monday fourth-generation LTE modems that will enable cars to stay better-connected wirelessly to cloud-based services via the Web. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X12 and X5 modems are designed to be embedded in cars and work with owners' mobile devices to access a variety of Internet...

  • BARCELONA, March 2- Japan's NTT DoCoMo and Finland's Nokia said on Monday they are working together to develop networks running at high frequencies for use in the 5 G wireless era- technology expected to be showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, and Nokia, the world's third biggest telecom equipment maker, said they will be...

  • *Key launch in fight to stay No.1 vs Apple. SEOUL/ BARCELONA, March 1- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker...

  • *Key launch in fight to stay No.1 vs Apple. SEOUL/ BARCELONA, March 1- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim its throne as undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker...

  • HTC Corp. also unveiled a fitness tracker, the Grip. Rather, HTC is partnering with sports clothing maker Under Armour to offer features for those with active lifestyles. The announcements come on the eve of this week's Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Netflix growth built on 'House of Cards': Analyst Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 3:04 PM ET
    Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

    Analyst Rich Greenfield says original programming like "House of Cards" is the key to Netflix's future success.

  • GE's industrial Internet: A startup on steroids Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    The industrial Internet is using software to help streamline the lives of businesses. GE is one of the major firms looking to benefit.