NEW YORK Dec 11- Online music-streaming service Spotify on Wednesday launched a free music service for smart phones and tablets as it tries to hook a fast-growing group of users keen to stream tunes on their mobile devices.» Read More
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 22- Millions of mobile phones are shipped to Africa every month, but a South African company hopes to rival the likes of Samsung and Nokia with home-grown smartphones tailored to African needs.
*Vimpelcom signs direct sales contract with Apple. MOSCOW, Oct 22- Russian mobile phone operators MTS and Vimpelcom said they would start selling Apple Inc's new iPhone models on Oct. 25, with Vimpelcom the country's only carrier to sign a direct sales contract with the U.S. company so far.
*Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet. ABU DHABI, Oct 22- Nokia has unveiled its first tablet and large-screen smartphones, which will form part of Microsoft's global push to become a leading player in consumer devices when it takes over the Finnish company's handset business.
ABU DHABI, Oct 22- Nokia unveiled its first tablet and two large-screen smartphones, known as phablets, at the annual Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Strong demand for tablets such as Apple's iPad will help worldwide shipments of web-enabled devices rise in 2013, research company Gartner said on Monday.
NEW YORK, Oct 18- Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Friday it had agreed to pay $1.26 billion for a 57 percent stake in privately held cellphone distributor Brightstar Corp as it looks to boost its bargaining power with handset makers.
Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd has signed a nondisclosure deal to examine the books of troubled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, quoting unnamed sources.
TORONTO, Oct 17- Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd has signed a non-disclosure deal to examine the books of troubled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, quoting unnamed sources.
TAIPEI, Oct 17- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to fall as much as 11 percent from the previous quarter as demand for some high-end smartphones softens and device makers use up stocks of chips.
TAIPEI, Oct 17- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said its third-quarter net profit rose more than 5 percent from a year earlier, beating forecasts, as smartphone makers stocked up on chips for new devices launched during the period. TSMC will stage an investor conference at 0600 GMT on Thursday to give its outlook for the fourth quarter.
TOKYO, Oct 16- Japan's TDK Corp, an electronics parts maker that has struggled to make a profit while several of its peers grew rich in the smartphone boom, has found help rebuilding its fortunes with the rise of China's smartphone makers.
TAIPEI/ BEIJING, Oct 16- Apple Inc has told manufacturers of its new iPhone 5 C that it will cut orders of the smartphone for the final three months of the year, a source familiar with the supply chain situation said.
*Deal for stake would be worth more than $1 billion- Nikkei. TOKYO, Oct 16- SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a stake in U.S. wireless device distributor Brightstar Corp that media reported could be worth more than $1 billion and boost its bargaining power with hardware suppliers.
TOKYO/ HELSINKI, Oct 15- Japanese tech and telecoms group SoftBank Corp is to buy into Finnish mobile gaming company Supercell in a deal that values the three-year-old maker of hit game Clash of Clans at $3 billion.
*Vodafone tells government it will raise local unit stake. NEW DELHI, Oct 15- Vodafone Group Plc has told the Indian government it plans to invest more than $2 billion in the country, a victory for a policy change designed to boost foreign interest and thin out the crowd of a dozen players in the mobile phone market.
FRANKFURT, Oct 13- China's Huawei, one of the world's largest telecoms network infrastructure providers, is not planning any large takeovers because it would be unable to integrate them, Deputy Chairman Guo Ping was reported as saying in German paper Welt am Sonntag.
*Sony to remain focused on Europe, Japan markets. TOKYO, Oct 11- Kazuo Hirai's plan to restore Sony Corp to lasting profitability rests in large part on its smartphones leapfrogging rivals to become the world's third-biggest sellers after the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy series.
TOKYO, Oct 11- Sony Corp will move cautiously in tackling key overseas smartphone markets such as the United States and China as it strives to become the third-biggest smartphone maker in the world, CEO Kazuo Hirai told journalists on Friday.
But for BlackBerry, the embattled smartphone maker, Ottawa's decision may not make much difference as primarily North American companies appear to be interested in acquiring the parts of the company that would raise security concerns.
Wi-Lan, which has a string of patent lawsuits against smartphone makers, alleged in December last year that BlackBerry- then known as Research In Motion Ltd- had infringed a patent related to Bluetooth technologies.