Consumer Electronics

Sony to shut down two-thirds of retail outlets in the US

Sony will shut down two-thirds of its retail outlets located across the US, with 11 out of the 31 stores near major markets to remain open, as part of its move to offload unprofitable units and reduce liabilities.

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US startup GOQii adds human touch to fitness tracking

Menlo Park, US-based fitness startup GOQii is helping people stay motivated with their healthy endeavors by combining its fitness wristband with human coaches who will provide advice and help them set their health objectives.

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Google Glass to be banned by States while driving

Some states have already undertaken measures to ban drivers from using Google Glass even if the search giant's wearable device innovation is still in its experimental stage, Bloomberg reported.

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Quanttus raises $19M in Series A round from Khosla Ventures and Matrix Partners

After the seed funding round led by Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, wearable technologies startup Quanttus received a $19 million Series A round from Khosla Ventures and Matrix Partners.

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Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien picks up minority stake in US startup Spritz

Irish telecom tycoon Denis O'Brien picked up a minority stake in San Francisco, US-based startup Spritz to see how the latter's easy reading app could help improve the literacy rate in developing areas.

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IBM and AT&T pair up to combat cyber threats

New York, US-based tech giant IBM and Dallas, Texas-based telecom firm AT&T struck a strategic partnership that will create a simplified service that will help businesses deal with network security problems and other cyber threats.

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Nokia threatened by Mozilla's $25 Firefox OS smartphone

Threatened by the news of the Mozilla Foundation developing a $25 Firefox OS smartphone, Finnish phone maker Nokia also launched its own set of new Android smartphones for emerging markets during the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona.

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Sony's SmartBand wearable to be released globally next month

Sony's wearable technology called the SmartBand SWR10 which was first introduced at the CES last month will finally be available in 60 markets in March, TechCrunch reported.

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Easy reading app of Boston firm Spritz to debut on Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2

Boston, US-based app maker Spritz said it will launch its app that will make reading easier on small devices on the soon-to-come smartphone Galaxy S5 and smartwatch Gear 2 of South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

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Huawei unveils five new devices in Barcelona tradeshow

Chinese gadget maker Huawei unveiled five new devices during the Mobile World Congress tradeshow held in Barcelona, including two tablets, one smartphone, one smartband, and a fast mobile Wi-Fi device.

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Windows unveils new Windows Phone hardware partners in MWC

Nine new hardware partners for its Windows Phone were introduced by officials of technology giant Microsoft at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, VentureBeat reported.

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Kantar research reveals Android still trumps rivals but real battle is among OEMs

Android still remains at the top for smartphone sales, getting 70% of sales in the last three months that ended January. However, the real war is among Android makers, TechCrunch reported citing data from Kantar.

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No settlement for Apple, Samsung on US patent row

The top smartphone makers in the world, Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, failed to reach a settlement agreement on their smartphone technology dispute in a meeting with a mediator in the first week of February, Bloomberg reported.

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Apple software security flaw may allow hackers to intercept encrypted communications

A major vulnerability found in Apple Inc's software for mobile devices could give the power to hackers to access encrypted communications like email, Reuters reported.

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