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  • Now they're hoping that Apple will do it for them. Next week, Apple Inc is expected to stride into the market for wearable accessories that link wirelessly up to phones and create a template for other firms that have struggled to create products consumers would want to be seen in.

  • Hot new devices from IFA 2014 gadget show Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    CNBC highlights the major products that are drawing the crowds at this year's IFA event.

  • Asian stocks outside of Shanghai declined on Friday amid caution ahead of a key U.S. jobs report.

  • Microsoft targets budget consumers with new phones Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:27 AM ET
    Nokia Lumia 830

    Microsoft unveiled its Windows Phone 8.1-based Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 that aim to give budget consumers high-end camera features. Re/code reports.

  • Trading in Asia was cautious on Thursday with central bank decisions in Japan and Europe in focus.

  • Sony CEO: Why we need to stay in smartphones Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:39 AM ET
    President and CEO Kazuo Hirai delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Sony is committed to the smartphone sector despite calls for it to cut its losses, CEO Kazuo Hirai told CNBC at the IFA 2014 tech show in Berlin.

  • TOKYO, Sept 4- Japanese stocks were steady on Thursday morning, hovering around a seven-month high as most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the outcome of the Bank of Japan's policy meeting.

  • Clooney to direct film on phone-hacking scandal Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 6:12 PM ET
    George Clooney attends the British premiere of the film "The Monuments Men" in London.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment said it will make a movie directed by George Clooney on News Corp's phone-hacking scandal. The New York Times reports.

  • Sept 3- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched a virtual reality headset for its new Galaxy Note 4 phablet using technology from Oculus VR, a company that Facebook Inc acquired for $2 billion. Earlier this year, Google showed off a cardboard box that when attached to an Android phone transforms it into a virtual reality headset.

  • TOKYO/ BERLIN, Sept 3- Panasonic Corp unveiled a new line-up of audio products on Wednesday, reviving the Technics brand made famous by DJs after a four-year hiatus, as a growing number of fans seek out high-resolution audio instead of compressed digital music.

  • Sept 3- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched a virtual reality headset for its new Galaxy Note 4 phablet using technology from Oculus VR, a company that Facebook Inc is buying for $2 billion. Sony Corp too has a prototype for a virtual reality headset for its Playstation 4 games console.

  • Asian equities finished mostly higher on Wednesday following stronger-than-expected economic data from China and Australia.

  • *Modi takes veiled swipe at China. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations.

  • *Modi takes veiled swipe at China. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.

  • Asian stock markets rose on Monday as a positive handover from Wall Street offset disappointing Chinese factory activity data.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tell his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a summit on Monday that Japan aims to double its direct investment in India in five years from some $2 billion last year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

  • *Speculation about possible iWatch launch by Apple. *Swatch Group to make Swatch with fitness functions. BIEL, Aug 31- Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion.

  • Searching for the next Apple? Citi says look East Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 AM ET
    A LG G Flex phone with a curved screen

    Investors who missed out on Apple’s turnaround should eye Japan and Korea’s low-valued, “cash-hoarding” companies, say analysts at Citi.

  • *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.

  • *Mobile is weakest link in Sony's struggling electronics division. TOKYO, Aug 29- Japanese wireless operator SoftBank Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, selling a soon-to-be-launched Xperia in Japan, and in the United States via its unit Sprint, sources with knowledge of the matter said.