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  • TOKYO, March 3- Embattled Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp is preparing to seek aid from its main lenders, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, as it expects losses to mount this year. Osaka- based Sharp last month warned it would slip into its third annual net loss in four years, saying a supply glut squeezed sales of smartphone displays in China,...

  • NEW YORK— High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices. Here's a look at what's been unveiled so far at the Mobile World...

  • Responding to a growing market in China for low-cost handsets often priced below $100, Intel announced plans for the chip, code named Sofia, in late 2013 at a meeting with investors. As well as smartphones, the Sofia chip fills a gap in Intel's lineup of chips for tablets. In a costly strategy that elevated Intel to the No 2 spot in tablet chip market share, Intel last...

  • DETROIT, March 2- Qualcomm Inc, a maker of smartphone chips and software, unveiled on Monday fourth-generation LTE modems that will enable cars to stay better-connected wirelessly to cloud-based services via the Web. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X12 and X5 modems are designed to be embedded in cars and work with owners' mobile devices to access a variety of Internet...

  • BARCELONA, March 2- Japan's NTT DoCoMo and Finland's Nokia said on Monday they are working together to develop networks running at high frequencies for use in the 5 G wireless era- technology expected to be showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, and Nokia, the world's third biggest telecom equipment maker, said they will be...

  • *Key launch in fight to stay No.1 vs Apple. SEOUL/ BARCELONA, March 2- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.. "We listen to our customers and we learn from our missteps," J.K. Shin,...

  • *Key launch in fight to stay No.1 vs Apple. SEOUL/ BARCELONA, March 1- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker...

  • *Key launch in fight to stay No.1 vs Apple. SEOUL/ BARCELONA, March 1- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim its throne as undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker...

  • HTC Corp. also unveiled a fitness tracker, the Grip. Rather, HTC is partnering with sports clothing maker Under Armour to offer features for those with active lifestyles. The announcements come on the eve of this week's Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26- Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm wants wireless carriers to set up new technology that would offer cellphone users better reception in places like subway tunnels and shopping malls. Qualcomm sees the addition of new technologies like LTE-U to its smartphone chips as key to staying competitive and giving consumers reasons to upgrade their...

  • Feb 26- 3 D printer maker 3 D Systems Corp reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as the company invested heavily in research and development and acquisitions. 3 D Systems' operating expenses jumped about 38 percent in the fourth quarter as the company spent on increasing production capacity and enhancing its technology infrastructure.

  • SEOUL, Feb 26- Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition. The cost-cutting move is the latest by Samsung Electronics, which in January reported its first annual profit decline since 2011, as it lost market...

  • SEOUL, Feb 26- Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it will freeze its South Korean employees' wages in 2015 for the first time in six years, after the world's top smartphone maker suffered a fall in profits in the face of rising competition. The last time Samsung Electronics froze salaries was 2009 when the company reeled from the global financial crisis.

  • 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..

  • Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. The 4 G model will cost $150 in the U.S., while the 3 G will go for $120, both without contract requirements. Motorola, which Lenovo Group bought from Google Inc. in October, has been trying to set itself apart from other phone makers by selling...

  • 'Forza' creators revving up 'Fast & Furious' video game Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    The hugely successful movie franchise is teaming up with the critically acclaimed "Forza" racing series for a video game featuring cars and missions inspired by Universal Pictures' "Fast& Furious" film series. "Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast& Furious" will launch March 27 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The stand-alone title will not require "Forza Horizon 2" and will be...

  • NEW YORK— For this week's "Modern Family," producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices. The Associated Press spoke with series co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan about the thinking behind shooting with a smartphone and lessons learned. The episode, "Connection Lost," airs on ABC...

  • 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...

  • TOKYO, Feb 23- Japan Inc sees no need for an aggressive pursuit of a 2 percent inflation goal or additional monetary easing, a Reuters poll showed- a stance that supports the central bank's recent softer tone on achieving its consumer price target in the near future. Analysts, however, expect the Bank of Japan to embark on more stimulus later this year, topping up its...