Huawei releases new Honor budget smartphone, to be sold online
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd launched on Tuesday the Honor 4C smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc. The phone has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than the iPhone 6 and the same as Xiaomi's Mi 4 smartphone, and starts at 799 yuan ($129). To cut on marketing costs, the Honor 4C will be sold primarily online through outlets including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall, Huawei's marketing director George Zhao told the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:39:36 -0400
China iPhone sales boost Apple; shares up modestly
(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday as it sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time, but the company gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch. Apple's iPhone sales in China soared, increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year. Chief Executive Tim Cook said that China's expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales there, which is the bulk of the company's sales.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:11:42 -0400
Tencent takes on Alibaba, Xiaomi with open smart hardware operating system
By Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd launched on Tuesday an operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the smart hardware space. Tencent Operating System (OS) and TOS+ allow manufacturers and developers to freely use the platform if they agree to share revenue. This model mirrors Google Inc's Android mobile OS, and could help Tencent replicate the U.S. firm's conquest of the majority of the world's smartphones. Tencent is the dominant social networking and online entertainment company in China, and the success of its OS would deepen its control over users' screens.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:14:43 -0400
Facebook launches video calling in Messenger app
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc introduced free video calling in its Messenger phone app on Monday as the company seeks to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same reach as its 1.4 billion user social network. Messenger, with more than 600 million users, now has a video icon at the top right corner of its screen. Earlier this year, Messenger launched voice and video calling between computers. (http://bit. ...
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:59:31 -0400
Microsoft phones infringe patents: U.S. International Trade Commission judge
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Monday found that the software giant used InterDigital Inc's technology in its mobile phones without permission. The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital , a patent licensor, and said it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from being imported into the United States. Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital first accused Nokia Corp of infringing its patents in 2007.
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:52:08 -0400
Google launches portal to buy patents
(Reuters) - Google Inc said it would launch an experimental portal that allows interested patent holders to sell their patents to the company. Patent holders can tell Google about the patents they're willing to sell and the expected price through the portal, the company said on its blog. Google said it will let the submitters know of its interest in buying their patents by June 26 and expects to pay the sellers by late August.
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:07:12 -0400
Mobility move streamlines SJP Air operation
Moving to mobility and incorporating cloud-based services helped air conditioning installation and repair business SJP Air streamline its end-to-end operation.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:30:27 -0400
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