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  • Disruptor 50: No. 15 Quirky Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    This 6-year-old company culls ideas submitted to its website, and the best ones get made and sold in some of the world's biggest retailers.

  • Sharp says may cut its capital, shares dive 20% Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 10:17 PM ET
    Toshiyuki Osawa, president of Sharp Electronics, unveils the company's new televisions, including one with Corning’s Iris Glass, at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2015.

    Sharp said it was considering a capital reduction and preferred share issuance as part of its restructuring plan, sending stocks sliding.

  • STOCKHOLM, May 8- Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands against Apple over technology licence payments, Ericsson said on Friday. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner, "he added. Last year, smartphone maker...

  • MUMBAI, May 8- Alibaba Group Holding is in talks with India's Micromax Informatics to buy an about 20 percent stake in the smartphone maker, helping the Chinese e-commerce giant expand in one of the world's fastest growing markets for the devices, several people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The deal, if completed, would see Alibaba investing as much as...

  • Is it game on for Nintendo? Friday, 8 May 2015 | 12:53 AM ET
    Is it game on for Nintendo?

    Bob O'Donnell, founder & chief analyst at Technalysis Research, says the expansion into mobile and theme parks makes Nintendo more of a "content company" which is where opportunities lie.

  • How to market kids in the mobile age: Toca Boca Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:20 AM ET
    Toca Kitchen 2

    App developer, Toca Boca, known for popular digital toys like 'Toca Hair Salon', is looking to build on its 85 million downloads with online video.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp expects operating profit to more than quadruple this year, as strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts anchor a long-awaited turnaround after years of losses on TVs and mobile phones. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will jump in the year ending March 2016 to 320 billion yen.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp said it expects operating profit to more than quadruple this fiscal year, boosted by strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts as it seeks to turn around its loss-making mobile phone business. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will grow in the year ending March 2016 to 320...

  • Strategy Analytics declined to say how many handsets Samsung had shipped in China during the quarter, although it expected the South Korean company to return to the top three in the next one or two quarters following the launch of its flagship S6 and S6 edge models in April. It expects Apple to surpass Xiaomi to top the China market later this year on the strength...

  • Why Sony may over-deliver on full-year results Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:33 PM ET
    Why Sony may over-deliver on full-year results

    Atul Goyal, senior analyst at Jefferies, explains why Sony's full-year operating profit, due late Thursday, could beat its guided forecast of 300 billion yen announced last week.

  • As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    "In five years, when we look back, everything we see will absolutely be classified as toys, as the first very basic steps of getting this right," says Nikolaj Hviid, the man behind smart earbuds called the Dash. Developed by Munich- based Bragi GmbH, the Dash is a wireless in-ear headphone that looks like a discreet hearing aid. Nick Hunn, a consultant who lays claim to the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc's Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market. Microsoft is expected...

  • Microsoft to allow Android apps on Windows phones -sources Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc's Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, according to two sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday. The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russia's second-biggest mobile phone operator Megafon confirmed guidance for flat revenues in 2015 although sales fell in the first quarter, hit by weaker demand for handsets and a one-off gain a year ago. Citing a challenging economy, Megafon also decided to split its payment of dividends with the larger part of the planned 40 billion rouble...

  • Samsung earnings: The good and the bad Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:19 AM ET
    Samsung earnings: The good and the bad

    Manoj Menon, partner & MD at Frost & Sullivan, says Samsung's first-quarter results exemplify its successful diversification, but it will need to rework its strategy in the wearable space.

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it expects earnings to rise in the second quarter after posting its highest profit in three quarters in January-March, boosted by strong demand for its new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones. Samsung's renewed focus on design after a period of stagnation in its smartphone range appears to be paying...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd overtook Apple Inc to recapture the title of world's top smartphone maker by volume in the first quarter of 2015, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday. It said Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 percent market share in the quarter, down from 31 percent a year earlier but...

  • SEOUL, April 29- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said the average selling price of its handsets will likely rise in the second quarter as the firm rolls out its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones. Samsung head of investor relations Robert Yi said in a conference call that the average selling price of the firm's handsets during the...

  • Samsung mobile turnaround is 'remarkable': Pro Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:33 PM ET
    Samsung mobile turnaround is 'remarkable': Pro

    Nam Hyung Kim, managing director of Arete Research Asia, says first-quarter earnings for Samsung's mobile division staged a turnaround before the launch of the Galaxy S6.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 28- Apple's large-screen iPhones are a big hit in China, taking market share from Samsung and selling at a pace that may make China a greater source of revenue than the Americas for Apple in coming years, analysts said. The world's most valuable consumer electronics company reported on Monday a 71 percent increase in sales in China to $16.8...