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  • Jan 27- Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones in the holiday shopping season and strong sales in China, although the United States remained the top iPhone market. Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters in an interview that the company did not sell more iPhones in China...

  • Sony to cut 1,000 jobs in smartphone business - Nikkei Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 2:28 PM ET

    Jan 27- Sony Corp plans to cut another 1,000 jobs in its smartphone division, mainly in Europe and China, the Nikkei business daily reported. The cuts are in addition to the 1,000 jobs Sony said it would eliminate in its mobile unit in October, the Nikkei said. Overall, Sony's mobile division workforce will shrink by about 30 percent to 5,000 by the end of the fiscal...

  • Orange County, Ca. Jan 27- Welcome to the utility industry's future- or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500- square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar...

  • Jan 27- Apple Inc has shipped the most number of smartphones in China in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and homegrown companies such as Xiaomi for the first time, according to data firm Canalys. Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched last September have proved to be popular in Asia despite being costlier than most handsets.

  • Orange County, Ca. Jan 27- Welcome to the utility industry's future- or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500- square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar...

  • Motorola unveils 3 smart phones for return to China Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:34 AM ET

    BEIJING— Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market. Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in 2013 after its acquisition by Google Inc. Computer maker Lenovo Group bought Motorola last year as part of its effort to become a global...

  • Should the euro zone really fear demon deflation? Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    *Euro zone inflation negative in Dec for first time in 5 years. BRUSSELS, Jan 25- If the multi-billion dollar consumer electronics industry can function fine with constantly falling prices, why is deflation in the broader economy such a threat? European Central Bank policymakers have repeatedly warned of the risk of being drawn into a prolonged downward price...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 23- Richard Ji, whose little-known fund was the biggest investor in leading Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc's $1.1 billion fundraising last month, is a numbers man looking to spot' category killers'- start-ups with the power to disrupt. Last year's record $25 billion IPO from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd injected new life into Chinese tech...

  • Analyst-turned-fund manager basks in Xiaomi glow Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 3:59 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Jan 23- Richard Ji, whose little-known fund was the biggest investor in leading Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc's $1.1 billion fundraising last month, is a numbers man looking to spot' category killers'- start-ups with the power to disrupt. Last year's record $25 billion IPO from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd injected new life into Chinese tech...

  • Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford- Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. Two billion mobile phones were shipped worldwide in 2014, 75 percent of...

  • 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...