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  • Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others, seeking niche business opportunities to offset a downturn in demand for their consumer electronics, are touting automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields that ensure constant conditions to produce high-quality vegetables all year-round.

  • Google's biggest product hits and misses Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 AM ET
    Google co-founder Sergey Brin participates in a panel discussion in Mountain View, Calif., where Google Buzz was unveiled.

    Despite its wildly successful products, consumer feedback to Google technology has not always matched its grand ambition.

  • PlayStation 4 sales hit 10M in blow to Microsoft Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) devices, the company said on Tuesday, landing a major blow to rival Microsoft's Xbox One.

  • Smartphone 'kill switch' law passes in California Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET
    Blackphone, a security optimized smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014.

    A bill that requires all new smartphones sold in California to come loaded with a "kill switch" passed the legislature.

  • BEIJING, Aug 11- Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

  • BEIJING, Aug 11- Xiaomi Inc said it had upgraded its operating system to ensure users knew it was collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission.

  • INSIGHT-Samsung's next reinvention challenge: itself Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, Aug 7- As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself- to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.

  • BlackBerry launched the service to manage rival devices on its BES system a year ago, as part of a move to help it sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, their workers use smartphones made by competitors.

  • SEOUL/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.

  • SEOUL/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said on Wednesday they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.

  • "Micromax is leveraging its wider distribution reach, growing brand awareness not only in urban but in rural India with affordable low-cost handsets," said Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah.

  • Stanford breakthrough might triple battery life Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    Stanford researchers are working on a battery for your phone, car and other devices that could last three times longer than existing batteries.

  • Aug 1- Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business.

  • BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service.

  • Cannibalization of PC slowing: Lam CEO     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    Martin Anstice, Lam Research CEO, shares his view of the demand for consumer electronics, including the state of tablets and PC's.

  • One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Apple, Google Android and Blackberry devices, among others, have implemented an obscure industry standard that controls how everything from network connections to user identities are managed.

  • *Sony warns will just break even on smartphones this FY. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, but said restructuring will help it turn a profit in its loss-making consumer electronics division for the first time in four years.

  • TOKYO, July 30- Japan's Sony Corp said operating profit doubled in the April-June quarter, helped by a strong performance in its games and networks division, even as the firm cut smartphone and TV sales forecasts that analysts had said were too ambitious.

  • SEOUL, July 31- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on Thursday reported its worst quarterly profit in two years and was downbeat about its second-half prospects, fueling concerns about its ability to protect its smartphone turf in the face of mounting competition.

  • Samsung Elec Q2 operating profit down 24.6 pct y/y Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    SEOUL, July 31- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday reported a 24.6 percent fall in second-quarter operating profit, in line with guidance, due to disappointing returns from its smartphone business. The world's biggest smartphone maker reported an April-June operating profit of 7.2 trillion won, matching its guidance of 7.2 trillion won.