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  • Appetite for new apps wanes for phone owners Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    A customer tries an Apple product at the company's Fifth Avenue store in Midtown Manhattan on April 22, 2014 in New York City.

    The trend is fueling mobile developers' concerns that their best days of growth are coming to an end.

  • Lenovo profit up 23 percent on mobile growth Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:25 PM ET

    BEIJING— Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Matt Cottle is one of a few known small business owners with autism, a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to comprehend, communicate and interact socially. NEW YORK— Amazon's new credit-card processing device and mobile app is designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

  • US indexes open higher; Amazon gains, Macy's drops Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher as global markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy. Amazon rose 3 percent after the online retailing giant introduced a credit-card processing device designed to help small businesses accept payments through smartphones and tablets.

  • PlayStation 4 sales hit 10M in blow to Microsoft Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) devices, the company said on Tuesday, landing a major blow to rival Microsoft's Xbox One.

  • Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

  • Smartphone 'kill switch' law passes in California Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET
    Blackphone, a security optimized smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014.

    A bill that requires all new smartphones sold in California to come loaded with a "kill switch" passed the legislature.

  • BEIJING, Aug 11- Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

  • BEIJING, Aug 11- Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

  • INSIGHT-Samsung's next reinvention challenge: itself Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, Aug 7- As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself- to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.

  • BlackBerry launched the service to manage rival devices on its BES system a year ago, as part of a move to help it sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, their workers use smartphones made by competitors.

  • SEOUL/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.

  • SEOUL/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said on Wednesday they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.

  • "Micromax is leveraging its wider distribution reach, growing brand awareness not only in urban but in rural India with affordable low-cost handsets," said Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah.

  • Stanford breakthrough might triple battery life Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    Stanford researchers are working on a battery for your phone, car and other devices that could last three times longer than existing batteries.

  • Aug 1- Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business.

  • BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service.

  • Cannibalization of PC slowing: Lam CEO     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    Martin Anstice, Lam Research CEO, shares his view of the demand for consumer electronics, including the state of tablets and PC's.

  • One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Apple, Google Android and Blackberry devices, among others, have implemented an obscure industry standard that controls how everything from network connections to user identities are managed.

  • *Sony warns will just break even on smartphones this FY. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, but said restructuring will help it turn a profit in its loss-making consumer electronics division for the first time in four years.