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  • Amazon's Alexa steals the show at CES

    With its voice assistant, the ecommerce giant is attempting to become an operating system for the so-called Internet of Things.

  • Jan 5- Alphabet Inc's Google quickened the pace of its push into virtual and augmented reality this week as its hardware partners announced new devices featuring the company's technology at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas. While the announcements expand the line-up of participating phones, Google still has much to do to take its technology to the masses,...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that its profits in the last quarter of 2016 surged 50 percent to the highest level in more than three years, despite the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. In its earnings preview, Samsung said it posted 9.2 trillion won in operating profit, up from 6.1 trillion won a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a...

  • LAS VEGAS— Alexa, are you spying on me? It's a fair question in light of attempts by authorities investigating the slaying of an Arkansas man to obtain voice recordings collected by an Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa digital assistant. At the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, which opened Thursday, Whirlpool, Samsung and other manufacturers are unveiling new ways to...

  • NEW YORK— T-Mobile said unlimited plans will be the only option for new customers even though they are more expensive than some of its old, limited plans. While some existing customers could switch to the $70- a-month unlimited plan and save money, others would pay more, according to prices on T-Mobile's website. For example, a family of four getting two gigabytes...

  • Jan 5- A senior Verizon Communications Inc executive said on Thursday that the company was unsure about its planned acquisition of Yahoo Inc's internet business. "I can't sit here today and say with confidence one way or another because we still don't know," Marni Walden, president of product innovation and new businesses at Verizon, said at the Citi 2017 Internet,...

  • Jan 5- A senior executive of Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday the company was unsure about its planned acquisition of Yahoo Inc's internet business. "I can't sit here today and say with confidence one way or another because we still don't know," Marni Walden, president of product innovation and new businesses, said at the Citi 2017 Internet, Media&...

  • LAS VEGAS— The Latest on the CES gadget show in Las Vegas:. At a CES panel Thursday, Samsung executive Nana Murugesan said that since the launch of Samsung Rewards in November, daily usage of Samsung Pay has nearly doubled, while the number of users who make purchases almost daily more than doubles each week. At the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, which opened Thursday,...

  • LAS VEGAS— Amazon doesn't have an official presence at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas but its Alexa voice control software seems to be everywhere. Whirlpool is adding Alexa voice control to its suite of smart-home appliances, including a stove and refrigerator. Jason Mathew, senior director of global connected strategy for Whirlpool, says voice is "the most...

  • Sony sold 6.2 million units of its PlayStation 4 console during the holiday season, the company said.

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 4- Ford Motor Co is expanding the use of Amazon.com Inc's Alexa personal assistant in its vehicles to allow drivers to talk to their cars- demanding anything from a nearby cheeseburger to a weather forecast- marking a leap by the Detroit automaker to incorporate a technology initially targeted for home use. The expanding alliance between Ford and...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 4- At one of the year's top technology conventions where "mobility" is the buzzword, it is a real pain to get around. Over 165,000 people from 150 countries descend on Las Vegas this week for CES, the annual show where exhibitors are boasting of ways to ease commuting. "Las Vegas is the poster child for dysfunctional traffic," said Gartner Research Director...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 3- Electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future showed off in Las Vegas on Tuesday a prototype of a vehicle set for production next year as the China- backed company strives to win credibility in the crowded sector and weather its funding challenges. Advance reservations for the car- which insiders say will retail for about $180,000- are being taken for...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 3- Electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future showed off its first production vehicle prototype in Las Vegas on Tuesday as the China- backed company strives to win credibility in the crowded sector and weather its funding challenges. Advance reservations for the car- which insiders say will retail for about $180,000- are being taken for $5,000.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 23- Caesars Entertainment Corp's bankrupt operating unit resolved a dispute with its lenders on Friday, paving the way for a consensual plan to push the casino group out of its $18 billion Chapter 11.. In filings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago, bank lenders said they had reached an agreement over their recovery terms and were withdrawing a...

  • Dec 21- Hotels in Las Vegas and Washington owned by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump reached agreements with their workers' unions that will end a series of cases alleging the hotels violated federal labor law, the Trump Organization and unions said on Wednesday. More than 500 food and beverage and housekeeping employees at the Trump International Hotel Las...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 21- The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog has opened a criminal probe of an FBI agent's leaks to journalists about an insider trading probe involving a Las Vegas sports gambler and professional golfer Phil Mickelson, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Joan Loughnane, chief counsel for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, disclosed the...

  • Dec 21- Hotels in Las Vegas and Washington owned by U.S. National Labor Relations Board against the Las Vegas hotel, union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said. Eric Danziger, the chief executive of Trump Hotels, called Unite Here Local 25, the union representing workers at the hotel, which is down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, an "important partner" in a...

  • Dec 21- Hotels in Las Vegas and Washington D.C. owned by U.S. The four-year contracts effective Jan. 1 will provide employees of Trump International hotels in those cities with annual raises and pension and health care benefits, Trump Hotels and four unions said in a joint statement. National Labor Relations Board against the Las Vegas hotel, union spokeswoman...