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Apple edges out Samsung in global smartphone sales: Gartner
(Reuters) - Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple sold 74,832 smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73,032 phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner's report. The success of big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove Apple's sales in its first quarter ended Dec. 27.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:20:57 -0500
Exclusive: Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S.
By Edwin Chan and Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China's second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its youth-oriented "Honor" phone, Huawei officials told Reuters. The company's 2015 U.S. plans, which have not been previously reported, will encompass traditional advertising, online promotion and sports team sponsorships, said Huawei's U.S. spokesman Bill Plummer.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:33:00 -0500
EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race
By Julia Fioretti and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China and Japan and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies. Europe, once a leader in the 1990s in the second-generation GSM technology standard for mobile phone networks moving into the digital era, has fallen behind the United States, Japan and South Korea in the deployment of the latest 4G standard for mobile broadband services.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:55:47 -0500
EU's antitrust chief has met Google's Schmidt
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's antitrust chief has met Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as she seeks to resolve a four-year investigation into complaints that the Internet search giant abuses its dominance. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager met Schmidt on Monday, her spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email. In recent weeks Vestager has met more than a dozen Google complainants, including executives from Microsoft, German publisher Axel Springer, mapping companies and price comparison sites to get feedback on the case. ...
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:36:20 -0500
GM's Opel to offer cars with free Wi-Fi for one year
By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - General Motors is launching its digital Onstar connection service in Europe this year, offering Opel and Vauxhall buyers free car connectivity for the first year after purchase. Cars are equipped with their own mobile phone SIM card, enabling Opel to get in touch with a driver if an airbag deploys and alert emergency services, or to remotely unlock the car if somebody has locked keys into the vehicle. "Perhaps the most important launch for us in Geneva is Onstar, which offers emergency assistance, and connectivity services, connecting the car to the internet," Opel Chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann said on Tuesday. Separately, Neumann said that Opel and Vauxhall would need to make up for lost sales in Russia by boosting growth in other markets.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:53:23 -0500
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