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  • BEIJING, Dec 24- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year, hitting pay dirt with the disruptive online-only strategy it copied from smaller upstart Xiaomi Inc.. But analysts say the low-cost strategy has fanned the price wars and thin profit margins prevalent in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp said on Tuesday it would buy patents owned by Apple Inc and other firms for $900 million, helping to further scale back lawsuits over smartphone technology. The deal puts an end to litigation started last year by Rockstar against several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google Inc's Android...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp on Tuesday announced a $900 million deal to buy most of the patents owned by Rockstar Consortium, formed by Apple Inc. and other major technology firms in 2011 following the bankruptcy of Nortel Network Corp.. The consortium last year also sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on...

  • Mexico to auction high speed mobile spectrum in 2015 Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Dec 22- Mexico said on Monday it planned to auction high-speed mobile phone spectrum in 2015 for the first time in five years as the government seeks to ramp up competition in a sector long dominated by tycoon Carlos Slim. Mexico's government completed a major telecommunications reform in 2014 designed to loosen the hold Slim's America Movil has...

  • Skullcandy plants its flag in headphone wars Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Headphone-maker Skullcandy has had a big year, and its CEO has a plan to keep the good times rolling through the holidays and beyond.

  • WATRERLOO, Ontario, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform,"...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ATLANTA— What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi for direct communication with tablets and smartphones running Nikon's free app.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- Despite a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. holiday sales may squeak by expectations if steeper and longer-running discounts lure enough shoppers. An uptick in last-minute shopping trips on the all-important weekend before Christmas is likely to benefit consumer electronics chains like Best Buy and home improvement retailers...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- A judge on Thursday said she would require consumers suing Google over its Android smartphone operating system to submit more factual details in order for an antitrust lawsuit to proceed, at a time when the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure. The lawsuit filed earlier this year says Google Inc requires Android...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities. The hearing in San Jose, California, federal court is over the lawsuit filed by two smartphone consumers who say...

  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. "The conversation about BlackBerry has changed in the last year," Chief Executive John Chen said as he launched the Classic at Manhattan's...

  • BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones— and most smartphone customers— have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. And that is true, "CEO John Chen said at the gadget's launch event, tellingly held...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic device on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Waterloo, Ontario- based mobile technology said the new device, which bears a striking similarity to its once-bestselling Bold and Curve...

  • Hard to be bullish with Russia  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    The sharp decline in the Russian ruble has led to the public's faith in the ruble evaporating, says Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, who thinks the public seem "bearish".

  • LG to introduce next-gen TVs in early 2015 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    LG will release its own line of next-generation televisions in early 2015. This according to a statement released by the company.

  • Why T-Mobile is offering data rollover: CEO Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET
    John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile at Code Mobile.

    T-Mobile's plan to allow customers to roll over unused data attacks an infuriating aspect of wireless plans, CEO John Legere said.

  • Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court handed Apple a victory by rejecting a claim from attorneys for consumers and iPod...

  • SEOUL, Dec 16- LG Electronics Inc, the world's No. 2 television maker behind South Korean compatriot Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, said on Tuesday it will launch quantum dot television sets in early 2015.. Japan's Sony Corp is so far the only major TV maker selling quantum dot models. Dow is building a factory in South Korea to make quantum dot material using...