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  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Germany's Daimler AG wants to reset consumers' expectations about self-driving cars with its futuristic Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept, unveiled Monday evening at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society," said Daimler Chief...

  • Samsung hopes for reboot with new TVs Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 8:29 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics launched a lineup of high-tech premium TVs, calling on its original mainstay devices to help avert a second year of profit decline.

  • Facebook acquires voice recognition firm Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 5:44 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 5- Facebook Inc acquired a company that makes voice recognition technology for wearable devices and Internet- connected appliances, the latest sign of its ambition to extend its reach beyond computers and smartphones. The 18- month old company, based in Palo Alto, California, makes software that can understand spoken words as well as written...

  • SEOUL, Jan 6- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched a lineup of high-tech premium TVs on Tuesday, calling on its original mainstay devices to help avert a second consecutive year of profit decline. The world's biggest smartphone maker likely ended 2014 with its global handset market share reduced by Chinese upstarts such as Xiaomi Inc. With its...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Apple's forthcoming smartwatch poses a conundrum for advertisers: How to tap the enticing possibilities of the tiny gadget without overwhelming consumers with messages. At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, mobile-marketing firm TapSense plans to release an Apple Watch ad-buying service. At issue: the same qualities that...

  • Why LG and Samsung are going old school next year Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 2:21 PM ET
    Samsung Electronics curved Ultra High Definition televisions are displayed at a media event in Seoul, South Korea, last February.

    South Korea's top tech-heavyweights, LG Electronics and Samsung, are going after PC gamers' hearts with new super-wide curved monitors.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BEIJING, Dec 29- The settlement of China's anti-trust probe into Qualcomm Inc is likely to intensify global scrutiny of the firm's highly profitable patent licensing business, and may even call into question its worldwide contracts with smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung. Any deal is likely to include a record-breaking fine, as well as...

  • Prosecutors raid LG headquarters over washer row Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    Prosecutors raided LG Electronics' headquarters amid a probe of whether LG damaged rival Samsung Electronics' washing machines at German retail stores, LG said.

  • SEOUL, Dec 26- Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant's strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path. While that may impress designers of smart homes, Samsung's failure to release a handset based on its own...

  • US retailers may only just meet holiday sales forecasts Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:03 PM ET
    A woman pushes a shopping cart past Christmas decorations displayed for sale at a Wal-Mart.

    Consumers slacked off on the final holiday shopping days, suggesting traditional retailers will just meet sales forecasts amid deep discounts.

  • Video gamers rejoice after Sony, Samsung hookup Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    Samsung and Sony agreed to provide the latter's PlayStation Now system on some Samsung Smart TVs in 2015.

  • 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...

  • 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...