Fitbit on the up after IPO

Wearables maker Fitbit saw strong growth in its share price following its Initial Public Offering (IPO), indicating that concern about its position in this competitive market is not dampening investor sentiment. Shares were initially priced at $20, above the range …

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Sony flagship finds US home with Verizon

Struggling smartphone maker Sony picked up support from US number one operator Verizon Wireless, which is set to offer a version of the vendor’s Z4 smartphone – albeit with a slightly different specification from its other incarnations. In Verizon guise, …

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Wearables market in rude health in Q1 – IDC

The worldwide wearable device market recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of steady growth in the first quarter of 2015, bucking the post-holiday slowdown in what was described as “a strong sign for the wearables market”. “It demonstrates growing end-user interest …

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Sony details mobile profitability plans

Sony outlined a number of steps it is taking to return to profit in its mobile business, including effort to boost its position in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. In a presentation to investors, Hiroki Totoki, president and CEO …

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Microsoft inks more deals to take Office to tablets – including LG and Sony pacts

Microsoft announced partnerships with 20 more Android tablet makers which will see Office apps and Skype pre-installed, with LG and Sony being the headline additions. The companies join Dell and Samsung, which already have agreements in place, and Microsoft now …

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Sony refreshes Z3 flagship line with Xperia Z3+

Sony Mobile updated its flagship range with the launch of Z3+, stopping short of badging it as a new range-topper. With several recent flagship devices – notably HTC’s One M9 – being criticised for offering little over the smartphones that …

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Coolpad joins list with Indian ambitions – report

Chinese device maker Coolpad is planning an entry into the competitive Indian smartphone market, according to The Economic Times. The company will offer devices using its Dazen brand online. It is also planning to set up a research and development …

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Sony updates selfie smartphone with Xperia C4

Troubled smartphone maker Sony unveiled its “next-generation PROselfie smartphone”, Xperia C4, which it said offers “a best-in-class 5MP front camera, a Full HD display and superior performance”. The device is a successor to the similarly-positioned Xperia C3, which debuted in …

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Sony forecasts fall in Mobile sales

Sony said it is expecting a drop in sales from its Mobile Communications business in the coming year, due to a decrease in its mid-tier handset sales “in an effort to improve the profit structure of the segment”. It is …

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