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  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp said it expects operating profit to more than quadruple this fiscal year, boosted by strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts as it seeks to turn around its loss-making mobile phone business. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will grow in the year ending March 2016 to 320...

  • Strategy Analytics declined to say how many handsets Samsung had shipped in China during the quarter, although it expected the South Korean company to return to the top three in the next one or two quarters following the launch of its flagship S6 and S6 edge models in April. It expects Apple to surpass Xiaomi to top the China market later this year on the strength...

  • As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    "In five years, when we look back, everything we see will absolutely be classified as toys, as the first very basic steps of getting this right," says Nikolaj Hviid, the man behind smart earbuds called the Dash. Developed by Munich- based Bragi GmbH, the Dash is a wireless in-ear headphone that looks like a discreet hearing aid. Nick Hunn, a consultant who lays claim to the...

  • Android apps are coming to Windows phones Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:10 PM ET
    Microsoft's Windows Lumia 640 XL smartphone. Microsoft will allow Google's Android apps on its smartphone later this year.

    Microsoft set for "radical shift:" to allow apps from rival Google's Android system onto Windows phones later this year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc's Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market. Microsoft is expected...

  • Microsoft to allow Android apps on Windows phones -sources Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc's Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, according to two sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday. The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market.

  • The best media stock buy after Netflix: Sirius? Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Sirius XM

    Can Sirius XM survive Apple and Google's in-car media play? The company's mixed track record is concerning, but the stock's holding up.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russia's second-biggest mobile phone operator Megafon confirmed guidance for flat revenues in 2015 although sales fell in the first quarter, hit by weaker demand for handsets and a one-off gain a year ago. Citing a challenging economy, Megafon also decided to split its payment of dividends with the larger part of the planned 40 billion rouble...

  • LG Electronics says 1Q profit sinks nearly 60 percent Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:48 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its quarterly profit plunged 59 percent as losses from TVs offset a modest improvement in its smartphone business. The Korean company said its January-March net profit fell to 38.4 billion won from 92.6 billion won a year earlier. Sales were flat at 14 trillion won while operating profit slumped 37 percent...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it expects earnings to rise in the second quarter after posting its highest profit in three quarters in January-March, boosted by strong demand for its new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones. Samsung's renewed focus on design after a period of stagnation in its smartphone range appears to be paying...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd overtook Apple Inc to recapture the title of world's top smartphone maker by volume in the first quarter of 2015, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday. It said Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 percent market share in the quarter, down from 31 percent a year earlier but...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said the average selling price of its handsets will likely rise in the second quarter as the firm rolls out its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones. Samsung head of investor relations Robert Yi said in a conference call that the average selling price of the firm's handsets during the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 28- Apple's large-screen iPhones are a big hit in China, taking market share from Samsung and selling at a pace that may make China a greater source of revenue than the Americas for Apple in coming years, analysts said. The world's most valuable consumer electronics company reported on Monday a 71 percent increase in sales in China to $16.8...

  • 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.

  • LG's new G4 phones will have leather backs Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    LG's mobile chief, Juno Cho, said a wireless trade show in Barcelona, Spain, last month confirmed LG's belief that smartphones have become clones of one another. "I was almost shocked," Cho told The Associated Press. Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone market, with LG Electronics Inc. and other companies vying for third place with market shares of less than 5...

  • 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 speaks during his keynote address at Facebook F8 in San Francisco, California March 25, 2015.

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