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Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

2 hours 4 min ago
BARCELONA/SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech-savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown.

Nokia phones to expand to high-end while also striking nostalgia chord

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 23:57
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Seeking to capitalize on a remarkable comeback over the past year, Nokia phones are expanding to include their first premium Android smartphone model, as well as a remake of one of its biggest hits of the 1990s, the 8110 "slider" feature phone.

Nokia CEO sees big 5G rollouts nearly a year ahead of schedule

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 23:03
BARCELONA/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Telecom operators are accelerating their timelines for the roll-out of next-generation 5G networks, lifting Nokia's confidence of an uplift for its business this year, Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said on Sunday.

Telefonica launches 'Aura' voice assistant in six countries

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 21:14
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish mobile operator Telefonica on Sunday launched a voice-activated assistant, called 'Aura', in six countries, using artificial intelligence to interact with its customers.

Nokia CEO sees Europe lagging China, U.S. in 5G roll-outs

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:20
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Europe does not have the catalysts for rapid, large-scale rollouts for next-generation 5G networks, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said on Sunday.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs Microsoft overseas data fight

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major privacy rights fight between Microsoft Corp and the Justice Department reaches the Supreme Court this week, with the justices considering whether U.S. law allows prosecutors to compel technology companies to hand over data stored overseas.

Major firms learning to adapt in fight against start-ups: IBM

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:10
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Major corporations are learning to defend against start-ups that threaten their business models, hitting back by adopting the disruptors' playbook, according to a survey of top executives by computer services firm IBM.

Cisco says most network gear needed for 5G is ready now and can cut costs

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 18:04
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Cisco Systems said on Sunday it aims to disrupt the wireless radio access market led by Huawei , Ericsson and Nokia by backing challengers who make more flexible software versions of traditional mobile gear.

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:15
SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.

Dropbox files for IPO of up to $500 million

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 03:45
(Reuters) - Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc on Friday filed for an initial public offering of up to $500 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Self-driving cars with "remote" drivers could test on Calif roads in April: DMV

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 01:00
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel could be tested on California roads as early as April, the state department of motor vehicles said.

Mobile industry promises smarter everything at Barcelona show

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:42
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Two words - artificial intelligence - promise to upstage familiar technology industry themes like 5G, the Internet of Things and virtual reality at next week's Mobile World Congress, Europe's biggest annual technology industry gathering.

Virtual reality coronation takes dementia patients down memory lane

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:39
HINDHEAD, England (Reuters) - For 93-year-old Daphne Padfield, a dementia sufferer in an English care home, the arrival of a virtual reality (VR) headset offered a window back to the day in 1953 when Britain crowned its new queen.

Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:06
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday.

HPE shares soar on $7 billion repurchase plan, upbeat forecast

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:47
(Reuters) - Shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise rose 7 percent to a record in early trading on Friday after the company unveiled a $7 billion share buyback program, reported strong quarterly results and raised its full-year profit forecast.

IAC's Vimeo aims for $100 million in revenue this year: CEO

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:24
(Reuters) - IAC/Interactive Corp's video hosting service Vimeo is targeting 1 million in paid subscribers and more than $100 million in revenue in about a year, its chief executive officer said in an interview.

'Sooner, faster, now' - the companies surfing the e-commerce wave

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:33
LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon's assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence.

Tencent, buy stakes in Chinese retail chain

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:01
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings and will pay $140 million and $117 million respectively for minority stakes in a Chinese retail chain as China's tech giants extend their battles in the retail space.

Google starts taking payments for apps via Kenya's M-Pesa service

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:36
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Google Play apps and games store has started accepting payments in Kenya through Safaricom's mobile phone M-Pesa service to boost downloads in a market where many people do not have a credit card.

Easy Ride trial to mark Nissan's first stop on road to taxi services

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:16
YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous vehicle services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber [UBER.UL] and other technology firms.