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  • TEL AVIV, Jan 22- Israeli technology firms catering to the country's disabled war veterans are exploring ways to bring their innovations to the mass market with applications that make mobile phones easier to use. Israel, with its thriving start-up scene and large number of military veterans, is a natural incubator of technology for the disabled, some of which is...

  • SEOUL, Jan 22- South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday that it encountered no overheating problems with Qualcomm Inc's new Snapdragon processor that is powering a curved-screen device going on sale later this month. The comment came after Bloomberg reported a day earlier that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's top smartphone...

  • Jan 21- Google Inc is preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, The Information reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Google is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint and T-Mobile mobile voice and data networks, making it a mobile virtual network...

  • SEOUL, Jan 21- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will not use Qualcomm Inc's processors for the next version of the South Korean technology giant's flagship Galaxy S smartphone, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. The report said Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, tested the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip and decided not to use it,...

  • MUMBAI, Jan 21- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's first smartphone to run on its own operating system received a frosty welcome after its launch in India, with reviewers and consumers criticising its low-resolution cameras and dearth of software applications. But the initial reaction of analysts and consumers after its Jan. 14 launch suggests the Z1 will struggle...

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Jan 21- Alibaba and Tencent spent more than $8 billion last year alone backing often strikingly similar ventures, as the Chinese Internet giants race to create online one-stop-shops to win the digital loyalty of a tenth of the world's population. Before China became the biggest smartphone market, there was little overlap between the...

  • But focusing too hard on the pipeline, a frequent tactic of technology firms seeking to change their workforce, will benefit the chipmaker less than working on what happens inside Intel, diversity advocates say. Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich surprised a mostly male crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by unveiling a 2020 goal for Intel...

  • Why investors are not overweight Apple: O’Leary Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET
    People entering an Apple store in New York

    Investors are growing concerned as smartphones and other consumer electrics become commodities, Kevin O'Leary told CNBC.

  • *India lawsuit has no effect on operations- Barra. BEIJING, Jan 16- China's Xiaomi Inc plans to invest in Indian tech start-ups and overseas media content, as the world's No.3 smartphone maker looks to dominate homes with its own TVs and appliances. "One area that we are also looking to make some investments in is start-ups in India.

  • BEIJING, Jan 16- China's Xiaomi Inc, the world's third-biggest smartphone maker, will invest in Indian start-ups and overseas media content, Hugo Barra, vice president of the company's global division, said in an interview on Friday. India is already the largest market for us outside of mainland China, "Barra said. The privately held company has risen to become the...

  • Jan 15- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, said it expects same-store sales growth to be flat to negative in the first two quarters of its fiscal year, citing low demand for computers and tablets. Best Buy's shares fell as much as 16 percent during trading hours as the forecast put paid to investor's hopes that same-store sales growth in two...

  • Video games spring back on strong console sales Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 6:30 PM ET
    A customer poses with three new Xbox One video games after purchasing them in Los Angeles.

    The multiyear losing streak by the video game industry finally came to an end in 2014, though any celebrations may be muted.

  • Mark Cohen, former Sears Canada CEO, and CNBC's Courtney Reagan, remark on the challenges facing RadioShack.

  • Best Buy skids after weak same-store sales outlook Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:54 PM ET
    An employee helps a shopper at a Best Buy store in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Best Buy said it expects flat to negative same-store sales growth in the first two quarters of its fiscal year starting February.

  • SAYS EXPORTS OF SOFTWARE, COMMUNICATIONS HARDWARE AND DEVICES, INCLUDING MOBILE PHONES, COMPUTERS AND TELEVISIONS, WILL NOT NEED A LICENSE.

  • Jan 15- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, said it expects same-store sales growth to be flat to negative in the first two quarters of its fiscal year starting February, citing low demand for computers and tablets. Best Buy's shares fell 8 percent to $36.74 in premarket trading on Thursday. The Alliance for Main Street Fairness, which...

  • China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with new phone Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 6:18 AM ET

    BEIJING— Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The new Xiaomi could add to competition for Apple Inc. in China, a market CEO Tim Cook has said is expected to become its biggest. Xiaomi "is a respected brand that already has an Apple- like following" in China, said analyst Brian Blair, who tracks mobile device makers at...

  • *Books record net profit, revenue in 2014 on Apple strength. TAIPEI, Jan 15- Apple Inc chip supplier TSMC reported record net profit on Thursday and said the proliferation of low-priced, chip-hungry smartphones in China could see the company expand production in the world's biggest handset market. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, whose chips company...

  • 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,...