NEW YORK— Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the device could be due out this year. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone, and it isn't clear what such a device might offer in the way of distinctive features.» Read More
SEOUL, Nov 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pledged to double its dividend yield, invest in new technology and boost marketing to topple Apple Inc in the mobile sector as it sought to ease investors' concerns over its sagging share price. Samsung trades at seven times projected earnings, while Apple trades at a premium of 12..
SEOUL, Nov 6- Investors are likely to press Samsung Electronics Co on dividends and plans to sustain growth as the world's biggest smartphone maker holds its first analysts' briefing in eight years on Wednesday.
Nov 4- John Chen, the man charged with breathing life into struggling BlackBerry Ltd, says he has no intention of killing the money-losing BlackBerry handset as he looks to turn around the smartphone maker.
Nov 4- BlackBerry Ltd has no plans to shut down its loss-making handset business, said its incoming interim Chief Executive John Chen on Monday, adding that the smartphone maker has enough in its stable to stage a turnaround. "I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business," said Chen in a telephone interview with Reuters on Monday.
*BlackBerry abandons sale plans, to replace CEO. Still, U.S.-listed shares of Blackberry tumbled 21.1 percent to $6.13 in premarket trade after the smartphone maker said it was abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead, would replace its chief executive officer.
Nov 4- BlackBerry Ltd is abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead will replace its chief executive officer and raise about $1 billion from institutional investors, including its largest shareholder, the smartphone maker said on Monday. Shares of BlackBerry dropped 19 percent to $6.33 in premarket trading.
Nov 4- BlackBerry Ltd is abandoning a plan to sell itself and will instead raise some $1 billion and replace its chief executive, the Globe and Mail newspaper said on Monday, citing sources. The Globe said the smartphone maker plans to raise the $1 billion by selling convertible notes. BlackBerry couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
SUNNYVALE, California, Nov 3- Tucked away in an air conditioned data center in Silicon Valley is a hodgepodge of black boxes, circuit boards and cooling fans owned by 27- year-old Aaron Jackson-Wilde, a modern-day prospector looking for Bitcoins.
*Sony tumbles 10 pct after slashing guidance. TOKYO, Nov 1- Japanese stocks inched higher on Friday morning, helped by solid earnings from the likes of Panasonic and mobile operator SoftBank Corp, but the mood was somewhat dimmed by a plunge in Sony Corp shares on a profit-warning.
*Sees Q4 adj loss of $0.12- $0.16/ shr vs est loss of $0.03. Oct 31- Audio-chipmaker Audience Inc forecast fourth-quarter results largely below analysts' estimates, hurt by weak demand from its biggest customer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd..
WASHINGTON, Oct 31- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it will allow airlines to expand the use of portable electronic devices in flight to include smartphones, tablets and e-readers, ending a long-standing ban.
*Sony cuts full-year profit forecast after Q2 net loss. *Weak numbers stir doubts over Sony CEO Hirai's strategy. TOKYO, Oct 31- Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai's determination to stick to the consumer electronics that made the company's fame will be put to the test in the months ahead as domestic rivals step up a shift to more profitable industrial technology.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Sony Corp cut its full-year profit targets after slipping to a quarterly net loss as its recovering TV operation relapsed into the red.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Sony Corp cut its full-year profit targets and posted a net loss for the September quarter as its struggling TV operation fell back into the red, highlighting the difficulties it faces restoring its electronic hardware operation to profit. Sony posted a net loss of 19.3 billion yen for its second quarter.
*Expects 1st- quarter adj earnings $0.66/ shr vs est $0.65. Oct 30- Chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc forecast current-quarter results above analysts' estimates as it sells more analog chips used to connect machines to the Internet, sending its shares up 5 percent in extended trading.
HELSINKI, Oct 30- Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC said it would appeal a British court's judgment earlier on Wednesday that it had infringed on a patent belonging to rival Nokia.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Motorola wants to let consumers design their own smartphones. The Google- owned manufacturer has launched Project Ara to create a free, open and standardized platform to let people pick and choose the components they want in their phones, Motorola said in a blogpost this week.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Motorola wants to let consumers design their own smarpthones. The Google- owned manufacturer has launched Project Ara to create a free, open and standardized platform to let people pick and choose the components they want in their phones, Motorola said in a blogpost this week.
Oct 29- Johnson Controls Inc said on Tuesday that it will curtail its large automotive interiors business, which lost money in the most recent quarter, and focus under its new chief executive on the company's faster-growing segments.
TORONTO, Oct 29- BlackBerry Ltd executives flew to California to meet with Facebook Inc last week to gauge its interest in a potential bid for the struggling smartphone-maker, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing people familiar with the matter. It remains unclear if Facebook is interested in placing a bid.