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  • Chelsea sign huge shirt deal with Japanese firm
    Chelsea sign huge shirt deal with Japanese firm 19 hours ago

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League leaders and Capital One Cup finalists Chelsea agreed "one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed" with the Yokohama Rubber Company on Thursday. The tyre manufacturer will have its name on the front of Chelsea's shirts for five years starting next season. The agreement brings to an end the Stamford Bridge club's 10-year partnership with Samsung Electronics. "We believe Yokohama will play a key role in helping us drive our global expansion in international markets such as the U.S. where they have operated with distinction for many years," club chairman Bruce Buck said in a news release. More »

  • Chelsea signs tire company Yokohama as new jersey sponsor 19 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has signed Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama as its new jersey sponsor in a deal that could be worth more than $300 million for the English Premier League leader. More »

  • These Android apps are the ones that drain your battery the fastest
    These Android apps are the ones that drain your battery the fastest 22 hours ago

    Because knowing is half the battle. More »

  • Samsung Electronics to freeze salaries in South Korea for first time since  …
    Samsung Electronics to freeze salaries in South Korea for first time since  … Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition. The cost-cutting move is the latest by Samsung Electronics, which in January reported its first annual profit decline since 2011, as it lost market share to Apple Inc's new iPhones and cheaper Chinese rivals like Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL]. The wage freeze also comes as the electronics giant is widely expected to unveil its next Galaxy S smartphone at a March 1 event, hoping to revive sales growth momentum. Samsung Electronics had already frozen 2015 wages for executives as part of belt-tightening measures, a company spokeswoman said, confirming media reports. More »

  • Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers
    Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. More »

  • Q&A: 'Modern Family' producer talks episode shot with iPhone
    Q&A: 'Modern Family' producer talks episode shot with iPhone Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For this week's "Modern Family," producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices. Seen through the eyes of character Claire Dunphy as she uses a Mac laptop, characters only appear on her computer's FaceTime video-calling app. More »

  • Apple ordered to pay $533 million for patent infringement
    Apple ordered to pay $533 million for patent infringement Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc has been ordered to pay $532.9 million (344.03 million pounds) after a federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC. Though Smartflash had been asking for $852 million in damages, Tuesday night's verdict was still a blow to Apple. The jury, which deliberated for eight hours, determined Apple had not only used Smartflash's patents without permission, but did so willfully. Apple, which said it would appeal, said the outcome was another reason reform was needed in the patent system to curb litigation by companies that don't make products themselves. More »

  • Motorola targets first-time buyers
    Motorola targets first-time buyers Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. More »

  • Apple Fined $500m For iTunes Patent Infringement
    Apple Fined $500m For iTunes Patent Infringement Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Apple has been told pay $533m (£343m) after a jury in Texas found that iTunes infringes three patents. A jury deliberated for eight hours and found that the world's most-valuable company willfully used Smartflash's patents without permission. Smartflash had been asking for damages of $852m (£549m) - Apple says it will appeal the decision. The case began in May 2013 when Smartflash sued, alleging that iTunes software infringed on patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games. More »

  • Opera offers new feature for free access to mobile Web apps Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Norway's Opera, whose browser software has helped mobile operators sign up millions of users for free or low-cost Internet access, said on Tuesday it was introducing features that let operators offer subscribers free access to selected apps. Opera browser users could gain access to an hour or a day of free time on Facebook or music on Spotify using the software. What's different with the new feature, called Opera Max with App Pass, is that it is no longer confined solely to Opera browser users. Instead, App Pass works with any browser or mobile app that an Android phone user may choose to use. More »

  • Inside Vertu: English luxury phone company closer to Rolex than Apple
    Inside Vertu: English luxury phone company closer to Rolex than Apple Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A £6,000 Mont Blanc pen won't make your writing better than a Bic biro - and a £25,000 Vertu mobile phone doesn't improve your phone calls. As Vertu CEO Massimiliano Pogliani tells IBTimes UK, "no one needs one of these phones," they buy them - anywhere between £4,000 and £25,000 before you explore the bespoke options - because they admire the way they are built and the materials they are crafted from. On a tour of the Hampshire factory and headquarters, head of design Hutch Hutchison - Vertu's fifth employee - refers to the company's Signature handset as its "grand complication" in the same way a Swiss watchmaker would describe the movements of its most intricate flagship. Despite the gold, ruby, diamond and purple lizard skin options, Pogliani insists his phones are not for those who want to show off. More »

  • Inside Vertu: The British luxury phone company that is closer to Rolex than …
    Inside Vertu: The British luxury phone company that is closer to Rolex than … Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A £6,000 Mont Blanc pen won't make your writing better than a Bic biro - and a £25,000 Vertu mobile phone doesn't improve your phone calls. As Vertu CEO Massimiliano Pogliani tells IBTimes UK, "no one needs one of these phones," they buy them - anywhere between £4,000 and £25,000 before you explore the bespoke options - because they admire the way they are built and the materials they are crafted from. On a tour of the Hampshire factory and headquarters, head of design Hutch Hutchison - Vertu's fifth employee - refers to the company's Signature handset as its "grand complication" in the same way a Swiss watchmaker would describe the movements of its most intricate flagship. Despite the gold, ruby, diamond and purple lizard skin options, Pogliani insists his phones are not for those who want to show off. More »

  • U.S. raises concerns over 'made in Indonesia' smartphone law Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Charlotte Greenfield and Krista Hughes JAKARTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world’s last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), America's chief trade negotiator, said it was raising the issue with the Indonesian authorities and in multinational forums. Critics of the "made in Indonesia" rule, including an influential U.S. business group, say it could increase costs and restrict access to technology. "The United States shares these concerns, and strongly supports ensuring that information and communications technology, which can be instrumental to economic development, be openly available in Indonesia," said a USTR spokesman in Washington. More »

  • LG Elec plans OLED TV partnership with China, Japan firms
    LG Elec plans OLED TV partnership with China, Japan firms Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Tuesday it plans to partner with Chinese and Japanese firms in a bid to make organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display televisions more mainstream. LG Electronics, the world's second largest television maker after rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, did not say what the partnership would entail or name the companies. Its affiliate LG Display Co Ltd is the only panel maker that can mass produce OLED TV panels, and both companies are the biggest proponents of the technology for the TV market. ... More »

  • Google Wallet partners up to battle Apple Pay
    Google Wallet partners up to battle Apple Pay Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Google is teaming up with the mobile phone payment firm Softcard to ramp up its efforts to counter Apple Pay in the emerging sector More »

  • Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay
    Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. More »

  • South Korea's Samsung SDI to buy Magna's car battery pack business
    South Korea's Samsung SDI to buy Magna's car battery pack business Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    South Korea's Samsung SDI Co said on Monday that it has agreed to buy the battery pack business of Canadian car parts maker Magna International , marking a further push by the Samsung Electronics affiliate into a key automotive parts business. Samsung SDI, which makes rechargeable batteries for German automaker BMW's i3 electric cars, said it will acquire the entire battery pack business from Magna Steyr, an Austria-based operating unit of Magna International. More »

  • So what’s the deal with Smart TVs?
    So what’s the deal with Smart TVs? Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Almost every TV now comes with some kind of smart capability, but do they add anything to the experience? More »

  • Apple hiring big brains in car battery space
    Apple hiring big brains in car battery space Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    By Deepa Seetharaman and Paul Lienert SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A year and a half ago, Apple Inc had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis. The recent spate of hires and patent filings reviewed by Reuters shows that Apple is fast building its industrial lithium-ion battery capabilities, adding to evidence the iPhone maker may be developing a car. Quiet, clean electric cars are viewed in Silicon Valley and elsewhere as a promising technology for the future, but high costs and "range anxiety", the concern that batteries will run out of power and cannot be recharged quickly, remain obstacles. More »

  • Google wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over Android app limits
    Google wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over Android app limits Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Google Inc of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers that use its Android operating system to make the search engine company's own applications the default option. Consumers claimed that Google required companies such as Samsung Electronics Co to favour Google apps such as YouTube on Android-powered phones, and restrict rival apps such as Microsoft Corp's Bing. They said this illegally drove smartphone prices higher because rivals could not compete for the "prime screen real estate" that Google's apps enjoyed. More »

  • Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care
    Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic ... More »

  • Challenges for doctors using fitness trackers & apps
    Challenges for doctors using fitness trackers & apps Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key ... More »

  • Edward Snowden: US, British spies hacked cell phone SIM card encryption key … Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) and Great Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) hacked into the world's largest SIM card manufacturer, stealing encryption information, according to documents released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden and reported by The Intercept Thursday. “With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments,” the report asserts. “Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. More »

  • BlackBerry updates software, offers access to Android apps
    BlackBerry updates software, offers access to Android apps Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    BlackBerry rolled out a major software update on Thursday, allowing users of its entire suite of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10, Q10 and Z30 to access Android applications, and a host of other features, including Blend. The company said the BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 gives users the ability to access both the BlackBerry World appstore and the Amazon Appstore that provides access to a host of Android applications previously unavailable on the BlackBerry platform. In addition, BlackBerry said the new software will allow its users to access its new BlackBerry Blend feature that impressed many, when it was unveiled last year. More »

  • This is why Snapchat fully deserves a €16 billion valuation
    This is why Snapchat fully deserves a €16 billion valuation Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    While jokes about it may still fly around, Snapchat has become so much more than just a picture messaging app. More »

  • Analysis - Hard up miners turn to Asian contractors to help fund projects
    Analysis - Hard up miners turn to Asian contractors to help fund projects Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    By Nicole Mordant and Sonali Paul VANCOUVER/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Miners who can't get financing for new projects from banks or traditional equity investors because metals prices have collapsed are turning to an alternative source: the engineering and construction companies, many from China and South Korea, who actually build their mines. Several North American and Australian miners are in talks with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies to take equity stakes or bring along banking partners to provide debt funding in projects in return for the EPC group winning a contract. China's NFC and South Korea's POSCO Engineering & Construction Co Ltd are among the companies pursuing these deals as they look to make up for business lost because of slowing infrastructure growth at home. "The domestic order books of Chinese construction and equipment companies have been falling for a year, actually quite dramatically," said Ingo Hofmaier, director at Hannam & Partners, a London-based corporate finance advisory firm. More »

  • Apple poaching auto engineers to build battery division - lawsuit
    Apple poaching auto engineers to build battery division - lawsuit Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    By Deepa Seetharaman and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple Inc for poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that offered further evidence that the iPhone maker may be developing a car. Apple has been poaching engineers with deep expertise in car systems, including from Tesla Inc, and talking with industry experts and automakers with the ultimate aim of learning how to make its own electric car, an auto industry source said last week. Around June 2014, Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, the lawsuit said. The engineers jumped ship to pursue similar programs at Apple, in violation of their employment agreements, A123 said in a filing earlier this month in Massachusetts federal court. More »

  • Samsung buying mobile-pay co. in bid to challenge Apple Pay
    Samsung buying mobile-pay co. in bid to challenge Apple Pay Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones. More »

  • Samsung to buy mobile payment service provider LoopPay
    Samsung to buy mobile payment service provider LoopPay Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it would buy mobile wallet provider LoopPay as it tries to gain a share in the mobile payments market, which its archrival Apple Inc recently entered with Apple Pay. Apple Pay, launched in September, allows iPhone users to pay for anything at the tap of a button using near-field communication (NFC). More »

  • Samsung buys digital wallet star to take on Apple Pay
    Samsung buys digital wallet star to take on Apple Pay Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Samsung Electronics announces a deal to buy LoopPay, a young digital wallet firm challenging Apple Pay at retailer checkout terminals More »

  • Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind
    Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along. More »

  • What would James Dean look like as a 21st century hipster?
    What would James Dean look like as a 21st century hipster? Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Samsung have given some famous Hollywood icons a modern day makeover. More »

  • James Dean 'the original hipster'
    James Dean 'the original hipster' Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Rebel without a cause James Dean has been transformed into a hipster with a tattoo in an art project bringing some of Hollywood's biggest stars into the 21st century. More »

  • Sony sees 25-fold profit jump by 2018 through videogames, sensors
    Sony sees 25-fold profit jump by 2018 through videogames, sensors Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp aims to boost its operating profit 25-fold within three years by focusing on its more profitable image sensors, videogame and entertainment businesses, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Outlining his strategy for the loss-making Japanese consumer electronics icon to 2018, CEO Kazuo Hirai said Sony wanted to give its subsidiaries more autonomy in decision making to help drive growth. He also did not rule out an exit from smartphones and TVs, sectors in which Sony has been battered by cut-throat competition from cheaper Asian rivals and industry leaders like Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics. Sony would use return on equity (ROE) as its main yardstick for performance, setting a target of more than 10 percent by the end of the business plan to March 2018, Hirai added. More »

  • China's WeChat sends a message to Line and Kakao in their home turf
    China's WeChat sends a message to Line and Kakao in their home turf Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Ryan Woo SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Mobile messaging apps Line and Kakao Talk are busy trying to conquer overseas markets such as Southeast Asia and India. Among six messaging apps, WeChat saw the biggest upptick in usage in Japan and South Korea last month versus a year earlier, boosted by its gaming, e-commerce and multimedia capabilities, according to data on Android smartphones tracked by Mobidia. More »