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  • National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, revealed that the surveillance programme, codenamed Optic Nerve, saved one image every five minutes from randomly selected Yahoo Inc webcam chats and stored them on agency databases. It was not clear, however, whether the NSA had access to the actual database of Yahoo webcam images, the Guardian reported.

  • Boeing to launch secure 'black phone' Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 1:31 PM ET
    Boeing Black Smartphone front and back view.

    Boeing has begun offering a specialized phone aimed at government agencies and contractors who need to keep communication and data secure.

  • Boeing offering 'black phone' for secure communications Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    The Boeing Black Smartphone is based on Google Inc's Android operating system and built into a black, tamper-proof handset capable of accessing multiple cell networks instead of a single network like a normal cellphone, according to Boeing and filings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

  • Smartphone wars shift from gadgetry to price Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    BARCELONA, Feb 26- The mobile phone industry is now looking to the fast-growing demand for smartphones priced at $100 or below as the market for fancier high-end devices has become saturated, but not all handset makers are able or willing to trade down.

  • Global smartphone growth to fall sharply in 2014 - IDC Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26- Growth in global smartphone shipments will fall sharply this year and keep slowing through 2018, with average prices dropping significantly as demand shifts to China and other developing countries, according to market research firm IDC.

  • Feb 25- Chipmaker Avago Technologies Limited said it expects current-quarter sales to decline 3-6 percent from the first quarter as it lost revenue from a smartphone maker, which analysts said could be Apple Inc.

  • BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 24- Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.

  • BARCELONA, Feb 24- Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it will make a partial return to the smartphone market with two high-cost models, marketed at business customers as counterparts to its hard-wearing Toughbook laptops and Toughpad tablets.

  • BARCELONA, Feb 24- Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.

  • BEIJING, Feb 13- The explosive growth of smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, has come to a halt as unit shipments declined for the first time in more than two years, data firm IDC said on Thursday.

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12- Nvidia Corp on Wednesday posted higher fourth-quarter revenue that beat expectations, fueled by the graphics chipmaker's PC gaming components, even as it grapples with an expansion beyond computers and into mobile devices. With the personal computer industry losing steam, Nvidia has expanded its graphics chips into mobile devices.

  • IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LAGOS, Feb 6- IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research. The world's biggest technology service provider said "Project Lucy" would take 10 years and cost $100 million.

  • Feb 5- 3 D Systems Corp slashed its profit estimate for 2013, reviving fears of a bubble in the 3 D printing industry and sending its shares down as much as 28 percent. 3 D Systems cut its 2013 adjusted profit estimate to 83- 87 cents per share from 93 cents- $1.03, citing higher spending on research, manufacturing and marketing.

  • LONDON, Feb 4- British chip designer ARM Holdings missed fourth-quarter expectations for royalty revenue from the use of its processors in smartphones because of slower growth in sales by Apple and Samsung.

  • The world's biggest smartphone maker is bracing for its weakest mobile annual profit growth in seven years amid fierce competition from Apple Inc and Chinese vendors, and as growth for high-end smartphones eases due to near saturation in many markets.

  • Samsung fights Apple's efforts to ban its phones Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 8:58 AM ET
    A man holds a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S4 smartphone, left, next to an Apple Inc. iPhone 5.

    Samsung is fighting Apple's bid for a permanent sales ban on some Samsung smartphones, which Apple claims infringe on its patents.

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan 30- Samsung sought to defeat Apple's bid for a permanent sales ban against some Samsung smartphones, arguing in court on Thursday that Apple's request was an attempt to instill fear among telecom carriers and retailers that carry Samsung's products.

  • *Lenovo says will buy Motorola smartphone unit from Google. BEIJING, Jan 30- Lenovo Group, the Chinese technology company that earns about 80 percent of its revenue from personal computers, is betting it can also be a challenger to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc in the smartphone market.

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