Consumer Electronics


  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 25- Google Inc launched an initiative on Wednesday to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet company's reach into workplaces. Google said it is partnering with more than two dozen companies including Blackberry Ltd, Citrix Systems Inc, Box Inc..

  • What's different with the new feature, called Opera Max with App Pass, is that it is no longer confined solely to Opera browser users. Instead, App Pass works with any browser or mobile app that an Android phone user may choose to use. European and Asian operator Telenor will be the first partner with Opera and launch Opera Max with App Pass, testing it in some of the...

  • JAKARTA/ WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world's last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off. "The United States shares these concerns, and strongly supports ensuring that...

  • Feb 20- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Google Inc of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers that use its Android operating system to make the search engine company's own applications the default option. Consumers claimed that Google required companies such as Samsung Electronics Co to favor Google apps such as YouTube...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan Display Inc is considering building a plant to supply smartphone screens for Apple Inc, which may shoulder much of the 200 billion yen investment, Japanese media said on Friday. Japan Display, formed in a government-backed deal in 2012 from the ailing display units of Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, has endured a rocky spell since its...

  • UPDATE 1-InterDigital loses another round in patent fight Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    InterDigital had sued phone maker Nokia and ZTE Corp over patents used in the phones. Since the suit was filed, Nokia's handset business was purchased by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft was pleased with the decision, said spokesman David Cuddy.

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Sony Corp aims to boost operating profit 25- fold within three years by growing its camera sensors and PlayStation units, its chief executive said, outlining a strategy that could see the company exit the cut-throat TV and smartphone sectors. Sony would instead focus its spending on more profitable businesses such as camera sensors, videogames...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Sony Corp aims to boost its operating profit 25- fold within three years by focusing on its more profitable image sensors, videogame and entertainment businesses, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Outlining his strategy for the loss-making Japanese consumer electronics icon to 2018, CEO Kazuo Hirai said Sony wanted to give its...

  • Should you bet on Taiwanese firm Quanta?   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET
    Should you bet on Taiwanese firm Quanta?

    Charles Sizemore, CIO at Sizemore Capital Management, calls the firm "an interesting leveraged play on the Apple Watch," seeing as it's the sole assembler.

  • Sony updates future roadmap: What to expect   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    Sony updates future roadmap: What to expect

    Sony's CEO Kazuo Hirai is set to present the company's business strategy on Tuesday. Damian Thong, senior analyst at Macquarie Securities Japan, outlines his expectations.

  • Why the new Walkman isn't Sony's savior   Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 | 8:33 PM ET
    Why the new Walkman isn't Sony's savior

    Considering its niche target market, the Walkman NW-ZX2 won't be the product that will change the fortunes of Sony, says Melissa Chau, senior research manager, Client Devices at IDC.

  • Don't be surprised if Apple is making a car: Pro   Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 | 5:37 PM ET
    Don't be surprised if Apple is making a car: Pro

    Ray Wang, principal analyst & founder at Constellation Research, says news about Apple creating an automobile could be the "next stage in Apple's plan to build a digital lifestyle."

  • ZTE's efforts to collect patent royalties- months ahead of Qualcomm Inc's China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter- shows how that deal has already changed the way China's booming smartphone industry does business. As anticipated by ZTE, a key term in the settlement dissolved Qualcomm's cross-licensing...

  • Will you buy Sony's high-end Walkman ZX2?   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 5:52 PM ET
    Will you buy Sony's high-end Walkman ZX2?

    Mark Hung, research VP of Gartner, says Sony's new Walkman seeks to tap into the high-end niche market and explains why it fills the market gap left behind by Apple's discontinued iPod Classic.

  • *Baidu Q4 revenue 14.05 bln yuan vs. 14.12 bln estimate. BEIJING/ BENGALURU, Feb 12- Baidu Inc's shift to smartphones has come at a cost: the Chinese internet firm forecast lower-than-expected revenue growth for the first quarter as its share from less profitable mobile browsing grows at the expense of PC searches. Baidu shares fell more than 9 percent in...

  • Baidu sales fall short as customers go mobile Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 9:25 PM ET

    Baidu reported a 47.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue as users switched from PCs to mobile devices, which have less lucrative forms of advertising.

  • 'Love Apple, but not buying the stock': Luskin   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 9:18 PM ET
    'Love Apple, but not buying the stock': Luskin

    Don Luskin, chief investment officer at Trend Macro, explains his view on Apple's valuation after the tech giant became the first U.S. company worth more than $700 billion.

  • *Russia's Yota signs first big distribution deal in China. FRANKFURT, Feb 11- Russia's Yota Devices, the maker of a dual-screen smartphone which has so far proved a flop with consumers, has reached its first mass market distribution deal with an agreement to sell phones in China through state-backed Potevio Co.. The YotaPhone has enjoyed the high-profile...

  • Price target of $155 for Apple: Expert   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 10:09 PM ET
    Price target of $155 for Apple: NationsShares

    Scott Nations, chief Investment Officer & President at NationsShares, expects Apple's stock to hit $155 on the back of free cash flow and expectations for more share buybacks.

  • Growth drivers aplenty for Apple: Expert   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 7:24 PM ET
    Growth drivers aplenty for Apple: Expert

    Bradley Gastwirth, chief executive officer at ABR Investment Strategy, says iPhone sales and Apple Pay will be significant for Apple's profits in the long run and discusses the firm's partnership with First Solar.