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  • Foxconn Freezes Hiring in China as Apple Cuts Orders Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 5:53 AM ET
    iPhone 5

    Foxconn has imposed a recruitment freeze across most of its factories in China as it slows production of Apple's iPhone 5.

  • Dell CEO Agrees to Lower Shares' Value to Push Buyout Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 1:50 PM ET

    Dell Chief Executive Michael Dell, aiming to clinch a $24.4 billion deal to take the No. 3 PC maker private, has agreed to value his 16 percent stake about 2 percent below the offer price.

  • Samsung Emerges as a Potent Rival to Apple’s Cool Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 5:58 AM ET

    The South Korean manufacturer's Galaxy S III smartphone is the first device to run neck and neck with Apple's iPhone in sales. The NYT Reports.

  • Apple and Samsung, Frenemies for Life Sunday, 10 Feb 2013 | 9:11 AM ET
    An Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S smartphone, left, and a Samsung Electronics Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer and Galaxy S III smartphone.

    Samsung starts gaining market share, hurting Apple Inc's margins and stock price and threatening its reign as the king of cool in consumer electronics.

  • Weak Yen Yet to Reach Corporate Japan's Bottom Line Saturday, 2 Feb 2013 | 8:50 PM ET

    Currency hedging cost Japanese companies such as Honda Motor the chance to fully cash in on a weak yen last quarter, raising the risk that investor expectations could outrun earnings.

  • RIM in Day of Reckoning as BlackBerry 10 Launches Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 6:53 AM ET
    BlackBerry 10

    The innovative line of BlackBerry smartphones that Research In Motion will formally unveil on Wednesday has already succeeded on one crucial count - getting RIM back in the conversation.

  • Hynix Returns to Profit, but Misses on Sales Forecast Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 7:10 PM ET

    South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix returned to a quarterly profit on Wednesday on demand from mobile device makers such as Apple, but it fell far short of forecasts on weak sales of computer chips and a strong won.

  • RIM Preps Clients to Run BlackBerry 10 Devices Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 10:54 AM ET

    RIM shares rose two percent in pre-market trading after releasing a new system to allow its biggest customers to use its new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones on their own networks.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Phablet

    A new trend has begun to sweep the digital world, bearing witness to tablets shrinking at the same time that smartphones are getting bigger.

  • Apple Cuts Orders for iPhone 5 Parts: Reports Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 6:19 AM ET

    Apple has cut orders for LCD screens and other parts for the iPhone 5 this quarter due to weak demand, the Nikkei reported.

  • HTC Seeks Myanmar Edge with Local Font Phones Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 | 6:41 PM ET

    Peter Chou, CEO of Taiwan smartphone company HTC, will on Monday launch what he hopes will be a major boost to both a backward tech sector in Myanmar, his country of birth, and to his company's share of one of the few untapped mobile markets: a phone that locals can use out of the box.

  • How Samsung Is Dealing With Apple Dropping Chips Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 10:49 AM ET

    Samsung Electronics is looking to supply chips to more Chinese and other emerging smartphone makers to counter any fall-off in demand from Apple.

  • Samsung Seeks Broader Chip Base as Apple Cuts Loose Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 6:45 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics is looking to supply chips to more Chinese and other emerging smartphone makers, the head of its system chip business said, to counter any fall-off in demand from Apple, which is weaning itself off Samsung chips used in its iPhones and iPads.

  • Apple Working on Cheaper iPhone: Report Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 5:29 AM ET

    Apple is working on a cheaper version of its popular iPhone that could be released this year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

  • As firms like Foxconn shift factories away from higher-cost centers, they are discovering that workers in new locations across China are not as abundant as they had expected, prompting multinationals and their suppliers to use millions of teenage students from vocational and technical schools on assembly lines.

  • Handset Makers Scurry to Join Year of the Phablet Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 | 6:58 PM ET
    Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Note Phablet

    Call it phablet, phonelet, tweener or super smartphone, but the clunky mobile phone - closer in size to a tablet than the smartphone of a couple of years back - is here to stay.

  • Panasonic's Toughbook 53 model.

    Two thirds of the 420,000 patrol cars in the United States are equipped with Panasonic's rugged Toughbook computers, and chief Kazuhiro Tsuga sees the niche product as a model for how the sprawling conglomerate can make money beyond a gadget mass market increasingly dominated by Samsung Electronics and Apple.

  • Samsung to Widen Lead Over Apple in Smartphones Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 12:07 AM ET

    Samsung is expected to widen its lead over Apple in global smartphone sales, helped by a broad product lineup, a market researcher firm said Friday.

  • RIM to Pay Nokia to Settle Patent Dispute Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 4:29 AM ET
    Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop stands with Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, during the introduction of the new Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows smartphones.

    Struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has settled its patent dispute with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in return for payments, as it tries to exploit its trove of technology patents to boost its finances.

  • Ericsson to Take $1.2 Billion Charge on STMicro Venture Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 5:58 AM ET

    Ericsson, the world's biggest telecom network equipment maker, will take an 8 billion crown($1.2 billion)charge on its ST-Ericsson venture.