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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Tizen TV no substitute for Samsung's answer to Android Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics is planning a new product launch next year based on its own operating system as it tries to free itself from Android.

  • SEOUL, Dec 26- Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant's strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path. While that may impress designers of smart homes, Samsung's failure to release a handset based on its own...

  • BEIJING, Dec 24- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year, hitting pay dirt with the disruptive online-only strategy it copied from smaller upstart Xiaomi Inc.. But analysts say the low-cost strategy has fanned the price wars and thin profit margins prevalent in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp said on Tuesday it would buy patents owned by Apple Inc and other firms for $900 million, helping to further scale back lawsuits over smartphone technology. The deal puts an end to litigation started last year by Rockstar against several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google Inc's Android...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp on Tuesday announced a $900 million deal to buy most of the patents owned by Rockstar Consortium, formed by Apple Inc. and other major technology firms in 2011 following the bankruptcy of Nortel Network Corp.. The consortium last year also sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on...

  • Mexico to auction high speed mobile spectrum in 2015 Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Dec 22- Mexico said on Monday it planned to auction high-speed mobile phone spectrum in 2015 for the first time in five years as the government seeks to ramp up competition in a sector long dominated by tycoon Carlos Slim. Mexico's government completed a major telecommunications reform in 2014 designed to loosen the hold Slim's America Movil has...

  • Apple may score on watch...someday: Munster Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    A man takes a picture of an Apple Watch window display in Paris.

    "2016 is where it gets more exciting," Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says. Here's why.