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  • Has Samsung's strategy 'reached its limits'? Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:39 PM ET

    Samsung's profit slumped 39% in the first quarter, fueling doubts over whether the tech giant will be able to turn around its smartphone business.

  • Why Apple should eclipse $1T in a year: Analyst Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:05 AM ET
    Apple iPhone 6

    Whether Apple can continue its growth story may boil down to a couple of key factors, analysts tell CNBC.

  • BEIJING, April 28- Huawei Technologies Co Ltd launched on Tuesday the Honor 4 C smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc.. To cut on marketing costs, the Honor 4 C will be sold primarily online through outlets including Alibaba Group...

  • NEW YORK, April 27- Microsoft Corp lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Monday found that the software giant used InterDigital Inc's technology in its mobile phones without permission. The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital,...

  • Why Apple may be flying too close to the sun Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    Apple's market capitalization is greater than any other company's. Yet the consensus is that Apple is still having a growth spurt.

  • Facebook, Google apps help ease Nepal worries Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 12:05 PM ET
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

    As Nepal grapples with the aftermath of a devastating quake, technology giants are helping some breathe a sigh of relief amid the chaos.

  • Tata'a investment in Xiaomi comes against the backdrop of an aggressive push by Xiaomi in India after entering the market, which has huge growth potential with just one in 10 people using smartphones, in July 2014. Xiaomi and other Chinese smartphone makers are drafting in cricket teams and Bollywood stars to conquer India, their largest overseas market and a...

  • Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 6:59 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 13, 2015.

    White House officials said that no classified networks had been compromised, and that the hackers had collected no classified information.

  • Avoid this tech stock after earnings: Traders Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    A press conference unveiled the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system in New York, Oct. 25, 2012.

    The one tech giant the traders say you should stay away from.

  • Apple Watch is cool, but is it the most advanced? Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015, in San Francisco

    Apple CEO Tim Cook claims Apple Watch is 'the most advanced timepiece ever created.' Watchmaking experts disagree. We wind back the history.

  • TOKYO, April 25- Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen, or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the...

  • Apple Watch goes on sale, but... Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:42 AM ET
    Apple Watch

    A new SurveyMonkey poll suggests consumers are still unsure whether they should shell out hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch.

  • April 23- Google Inc reported a 12 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by a 13 percent jump in the number of ads, or paid clicks, but missed lofty Wall Street expectations. Google's ad revenue has been pressured as more consumers access its online services on mobiles devices such as smartphones and tablets, where ad rates are typically lower.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- When Dallas mom Jan Valecka's twins hit that contentious tween age, the rite of passage she dreaded most was a relatively new one: when to get them cell phones. A quarter of U.S. 8- and 9- year-olds now have them, according to the 2015 Parents, Kids& Money survey by Baltimore money managers T. Rowe Price. And a new study from Pew Research Center discovered...

  • HONG KONG, April 23- Chinese telecom gear manufacturer ZTE Corp has published a letter accusing Huawei Technologies Co Ltd of copying its camera technology and threatened legal action, a sign that smartphone patent battles have begun in earnest in China. Patent battles among Chinese smartphone manufacturers are expected to rise in the wake of Qualcomm Inc's...

  • April 22- Texas Instruments Inc forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' expectations, citing weak demand for its chips from communication equipment and consumer electronics markets and a strong dollar. TI forecast a profit of 60- 70 cents per share and revenue of $3.12 billion- $3.38 billion for the second quarter. Net income attributable to TI rose...

  • For millennials, banking is all about the apps Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    Apple Iphone sales

    A majority of the 4,371 respondents to a recent survey said a better app than the one their current bank offers would convince them to switch.

  • TORONTO, April 21- BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. The initiative is being dubbed BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence. U.S. retailer Target Corp is still recovering from a major breach in...

  • April 21- Wireless chip maker Broadcom Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by strong sales of its WiFi and broadband chips to handset makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.. Broadcom forecast revenue of $2.10 billion, plus or minus $75 million, for the second quarter ending June 30. Broadcom's net income...

  • Chipmaker Broadcom's quarterly revenue rises 4 pct Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    April 21- Wireless chip maker Broadcom Inc reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong sales of its Wifi and broadband chips to smartphone makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Broadcom's net income rose to $209 million, or 34 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $165 million, or 28 cents per share, a year...