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  • Dwindling growth options push Samsung Elec to M&A Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:22 AM ET

    SEOUL, Jan 15- With a bid for Blackberry Ltd, South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics may be signalling that it has run out of internal options to reverse its sliding profits and protect its shrinking lead in the global smartphone market. Earnings from its mobile division, once a reliable cash cow, shrank rapidly last year, outsold by Apple Inc's iPhones in the...

  • BEIJING, Jan 15- China's Xiaomi Inc staked its claim to Apple Inc's crown on Thursday as the world's third-biggest smartphone maker and most valuable tech start-up unveiled the flagship Mi Note, its challenger to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. Chief Executive Lei Jun introduced the Mi Note in Beijing with a breakdown of the large-screen phone's technical features,...

  • Samsung starts sales of $90 Tizen smartphone in India Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. started selling a $90 smartphone in India on Wednesday that runs on the company's Tizen software, its first major break from Google's Android operating system in the mobile phone market. The Samsung Z1 went on sale for 5,700 rupees, one of the cheapest phones that Samsung has launched. The Z1 smartphone was unveiled in...

  • SEOUL/ NEW DELHI, Jan 14- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched the first smartphone powered by its Tizen operating system, a major development in the tech giant's aim to build a software ecosystem to rival Google Inc's Android. The Z1 device went on sale in India in Wednesday for 5,700 rupees each, targeting first-time smartphone buyers, the...

  • SEOUL/ NEW DEHLI, Jan 14- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched the first smartphone powered by its Tizen operating system, a major development in the tech giant's ambition to build a software ecosystem to rival Android. The Z1 went on sale in India for 5,700 rupees each, targeting users looking for their first smartphone, the world's No.1...

  • Great Scott! Movie-inspired inventions come alive Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 1:29 AM ET

    From James Bond’s gadgets to the self-driving cars in “Total Recall,” CNBC looks at how the movie industry has influenced tech.

  • Apple camera patent gives GoPro stock jitters Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 6:06 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple has patented a new design for a digital video camera that could potentially compete with the rugged portable cameras made by GoPro, a move that sent GoPro's stock tumbling. Patent and Trademark Office says Apple's design improves on aspects of GoPro's camera. Representatives for Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, California, and GoPro Inc.,...

  • LCD firm to pay Washington $13M to resolve price claim Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 3:06 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A company that manufactures LCD panels has agreed to pay the state of Washington $13 million to resolve claims it participated in a price-fixing scheme. LG Display will pay the amount to resolve claims that it violated Washington antitrust laws in the manufacture of LCD panels used in televisions, cellphones and computer monitors, Attorney General...

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Jan 12- Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialised, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The discussions, at a private dinner when Zuckerberg visited Beijing in...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. government to weigh in on whether the justices should hear a closely watched copyright dispute between Google Inc and Oracle Corp over software used to design Google's Android smartphone operating system. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming Google had improperly incorporated parts of its Java...

  • Think tank: Study AI before letting it take over Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | 7:57 PM ET

    A think tank that champions A.I. is calling for more research to avoid "potential pitfalls" of the technology.

  • Gyms feel the burn of wearable tech, high rents Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 | 1:00 PM ET

    Fitness club operators shouldn't look at wearables as a threat, but an opportunity, said Equinox Fitness CEO Harvey Spevak.

  • Monster sues Beats over alleged ‘fraud and deceit’ Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 6:46 AM ET
    Beats headphones and iPod Touch.

    Monster sued Beats Electronics over alleged "fraud and deceit" in the way it acquired control of the rights to the "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones.

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Germany's Daimler AG wants to reset consumers' expectations about self-driving cars with its futuristic Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept, unveiled Monday evening at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society," said Daimler Chief...

  • Facebook acquires voice recognition firm Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 5:44 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 5- Facebook Inc acquired a company that makes voice recognition technology for wearable devices and Internet- connected appliances, the latest sign of its ambition to extend its reach beyond computers and smartphones. The 18- month old company, based in Palo Alto, California, makes software that can understand spoken words as well as written...

  • SEOUL, Jan 6- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched a lineup of high-tech premium TVs on Tuesday, calling on its original mainstay devices to help avert a second consecutive year of profit decline. The world's biggest smartphone maker likely ended 2014 with its global handset market share reduced by Chinese upstarts such as Xiaomi Inc. With its...

  • Why Apple smartwatch poses challenge to advertisers Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 7:26 AM ET
    The Apple logo is illuminated in red at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York.

    Apple’s smartwatch poses a conundrum for advertisers: How to tap the possibilities of the tiny gadget without overwhelming consumers with messages.

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Apple's forthcoming smartwatch poses a conundrum for advertisers: How to tap the enticing possibilities of the tiny gadget without overwhelming consumers with messages. At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, mobile-marketing firm TapSense plans to release an Apple Watch ad-buying service. At issue: the same qualities that...

  • Apple to make history this year—not the good kind Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
    An Apple Inc. employee scans the price of an iPad Air at the 5th Avenue Apple store in New York.

    As 2014 comes to a close, full-year Apple iPad sales are expected to decline for the first time in the tablet's five-year history.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BEIJING, Dec 29- The settlement of China's anti-trust probe into Qualcomm Inc is likely to intensify global scrutiny of the firm's highly profitable patent licensing business, and may even call into question its worldwide contracts with smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung. Any deal is likely to include a record-breaking fine, as well as...