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  • Financial planning gets a dose of virtual reality Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Financial planning usually involves lots of spreadsheets, pie charts and eyes glazing over. Fidelity Investments is trying to change that equation with an experiment in 3- D technology designed to make money management seem more like a mesmerizing video game than a mundane exercise in number crunching. StockCity's architecture changes with...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 21- Smartphone users won't recognise the name B2X, but if your battery dies or your screen breaks, the odds are that the company will be working behind the scenes when you seek a repair. "B2X is doing a nice job of stitching together what are all the very disparate processes that go into the aftermarket for mobile phone repair," said Michael Dominy,...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc's faster, slimmer iPads come with modest improvements, such as a fingerprint sensor, but some analysts say it offers few other features to wow consumers ahead of a holiday shopping season expected to be swamped by mobile devices. At a launch event on Thursday, Chief Executive Tim Cook called Apple's new line-up, which includes a...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices. Apple may struggle, however, to arouse the same passion for tablets as in past years, among consumers faced...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices. Apple may struggle, however, to arouse the same passion for tablets as in past years, among consumers faced...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc's new electronic payments service will launch on Monday, after the iPhone maker signed up another 500 banks to support a feature that competes with eBay Inc's PayPal and other online systems. Chief Executive Tim Cook, speaking at a Thursday event at which Apple is expected to unveil holiday-season tablets, also said developers...

  • Apple looks to rev up fading tablet growth Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 15- Apple Inc is expected to unveil thinner and more powerful iPads on Thursday ahead of the holiday season but may struggle to arouse passion for tablets among consumers already over-supplied with hand-held, touch-screen devices. Tablet sales for Apple, which defined the category with the iPad just four years ago, have fallen for two straight...

  • PC shipments dip 1.7 pct, less than expected Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 8- Personal computer shipments fell 1.7 percent in the July to September period from a year ago, tech research firm IDC said on Wednesday, marking the 10th straight quarter of declines but beating IDC's forecast of a 4.1 percent drop. Gartner, a rival research firm, put the decline at 0.5 percent. U.S. and European shipments increased, boosted by...

  • HP faces uphill battle with newly minted PC unit Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    SEATTLE/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Hewlett-Packard Co's Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman appeared to be banking on growth markets like 3 D printing and a trickle back in PC sales when she announced on Monday a spin-off for the company's computer and printing business. Yet some questioned the move, expressing doubt over whether the newly christened " HP Inc" can...

  • *iPhone to reach China Oct 17 after regulatory delay. *Suppliers say no impact from China delay; have spare capacity. The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries.

  • The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries. Apple's suppliers said the delay did not have an impact on production, and are confident they can keep up with demand when the new, larger iPhone models hit China.

  • BOSTON, Sept 26- Palo Alto Networks Inc's flagship next-generation security firewall ranks as the least effective in a new test of such equipment by NSS Labs, results that surprised some analysts because the product is widely considered an industry leader.

  • SEATTLE, Sept 26- Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.

  • Five ways to protect yourself from data breaches Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- If Larry Ellison sailed off on his yacht for good tomorrow, who would really run Oracle Corp? Of 12 analysts who replied to an anonymous poll, five said Catz would likely run Oracle, while only one voted for Hurd, 57. Four said both would continue to run the company, one said neither, and one plumped for dark-horse internal candidate Thomas Kurian.

  • Retailers seen unlikely to warm up to Apple Pay Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    Sept 10- Apple Inc's launch of its own tap-to-pay system using near-field communication in its new iPhones and smartwatches may not be a game changer after all. Apple is betting on the popularity of its iPhones and the convenience and security of its payment system to prompt customers and retailers to make the shift.

  • Apple gives NFC chip technology a prized seal of approval Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10- Apple Inc's long-awaited launch of tap-to-pay technology in its new iPhones and smartwatch may be the seal of approval that near-field communication technology needs to become as commonplace as wifi, Bluetooth and GPS.

  • *Mobile is weak link in Sony's struggling electronics division. TOKYO, Aug 29- Japan's SoftBank Corp and its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the two technology titans confront daunting challenges in the U.S. market.

  • Aug 14- Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc said on Thursday its plan to slash 6,000 jobs will result in restructuring charges of $700 million in cash in the year ending July 2015. Shares in Cisco, still the world's largest networking equipment maker, were down 2.7 percent at $24.52 on the Nasdaq.

  • Aug 11- On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China.