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  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon welcomed the voluntary agreement but said it fell short of what they have advocated to prevent theft.

  • Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Meanwhile, Windows Phone's lack of a central hub for checking notifications from Facebook and other services has been addressed with a new Action Center. The Windows store is getting better and has many popular apps such as Facebook and Netflix.

  • BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry, a pioneer in the smartphone industry, has fallen on hard times as its market share has waned in recent years.

  • What's behind Sharp's 9% tumble?     Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 11:23 PM ET

    Amir Anvarzadeh, Director of Japan Equity Sales at BGC Securities Singapore, discusses reports that Sharp may be considering a new round of share issues.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 11- Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Amazon has made great strides into the hardware arena as it seeks to boost sales of digital content and puts its online store in front of more users.

  • Review: S5 features useful, less about gimmicks Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK— There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone— among them, its relative lack of features. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes.

  • Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:41 AM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

  • HELSINKI, April 8- Nokia has received approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp, it said on Tuesday, and added there had been no request for it to change its patent practices. Nokia agreed in September to sell the business to Microsoft in a 5.4 billion euro deal.

  • SEOUL, April 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it is on track to post its second straight quarter of profit decline, as margins in the key smartphone business come under growing pressure from cheaper Chinese rivals.

  • SEOUL, April 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it is on track to post its second straight quarter of profit decline, as slowing smartphone sales growth continued to weigh on earnings.

  • Samsung's profit falls as smartphones get cheaper Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The average price of a Samsung smartphone this year will likely be $275, down 9 percent from 2013, according to Chung Chang- won, an analyst at Nomura Financial Investment.

  • SEOUL, April 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated that its January-March operating profit fell by 4.3 percent to 8.4 trillion won as easing smartphone sales growth continued to weigh earnings down.

  • SEOUL, April 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to report its second straight quarter of profit decline as its high-end smartphone business loses steam, a trend likely to sharpen the firm's focus on costs and the cheaper phone market.

  • Qualcomm talks up future top-tier smartphone chip Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 7- Qualcomm gave details on Monday about a future high-end smartphone chip, including faster download speeds as well as 64- bit technology, which is quickly becoming standard.

  • Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, April 2- Amazon.com Inc made a play for the increasingly crowded home entertainment arena by unveiling the $99 "Fire TV" video and game streaming device on Wednesday, with hopes of boosting its main online retail business over the longer term.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 2- Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets as it seeks to grab a toehold in those fast-growing markets.

  • BlackBerry severs sales ties with T-Mobile US Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    BlackBerry Z30

    BlackBerry said it would not renew a deal allowing T-Mobile US Inc to sell its products.

  • TOKYO, April 2- The future of Apple Inc's supply chain for its flagship smartphones has come under industry scrutiny as people familiar with the matter said Apple is in talks to buy control of a Japanese venture that makes key semiconductors for its iPhone screens.

  • UPDATE 1-BlackBerry severs sales ties with T-Mobile US Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    The move comes just six weeks after a public spat between the two companies, as T-Mobile offered its customers the Apple iPhone 5 s for free in February and touted the promotion as "great offer for BlackBerry customers."

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