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App acts as a personal assistant for busy digital life

By Natasha Baker TORONTO | Mon Jan 7, 2013 10:03am EST TORONTO (Reuters) - Looking for a reliable assistant for your complex digital life? A new app that can detect tasks and help users to complete them could be the answer. Easilydo, which is available in English for iPhone and iPod Touch in 46 countries, a...

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Netflix to carry "Revolution", other Warner Bros shows

Mon Jan 7, 2013 7:22am EST (Reuters) - Netflix Inc will carry previous seasons of some popular shows produced by Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros. Television as it braces for stiffer competition from new video-streaming rivals. Netflix said its U.S. subscribers will be able to watch "Revolution," a drama set in a post-apocalyptic America, miniseries "Political Animals," starring Sigour...

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Hitting a high Note: 'phablets', chips to drive Samsung fourth quarter profit

By Miyoung Kim SEOUL | Mon Jan 7, 2013 4:50am EST SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.1 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets every minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes for mobile devices, including those for rival Apple Inc products. That run of five ...

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HTC fourth quarter net lags forecasts with 91 percent fall

By Clare Jim TAIPEI | Mon Jan 7, 2013 3:50am EST TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone company HTC Corp's net profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 missed forecasts and plunged 91 percent year-on-year as its models continued to be outsold by Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy range. The former contract maker has been suffering a sharp declin...

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Handset makers scurry to join Year of the Phablet

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Lee Chyen Yee SINGAPORE/HONG KONG | Sun Jan 6, 2013 4:19pm EST SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Call it phablet, phonelet, tweener or super smartphone, but the clunky mobile phone - closer in size to a tablet than the smartphone of a couple of years back - is here to stay. A surprise hit of 2012, it is drawing in more users, more handset makers...

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Riches in niches: U.S. cops, in-flight movies may be model for Panasonic survival

By Tim Kelly and Reiji Murai TOKYO | Sun Jan 6, 2013 3:56pm EST TOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp's answer to the brutal onslaught on its TV sales may be in a product the Japanese firm launched 17 years ago and which is a must-have for U.S. police cars. Two thirds of the 420,000 patrol cars in the United States are equipped with the company's rugged Toughbook compute...

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Google pact with FTC could affect other patent disputes

By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK | Sun Jan 6, 2013 12:29pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - While the focus of last week's agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and Google Inc was search, the deal's restrictions on how Google uses its patents could have a broader impact on the technology industry. Under the deal, which ended an antitrust investigation by the FTC and d...

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Cars, homes smarten up at Vegas tech extravaganza

By Noel Randewich and Sinead Carew SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK | Sat Jan 5, 2013 7:08am EST SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - At the world's largest technology conference that kicks off on Monday, the most intriguing innovations showcased may be gadgets and technology that turn everyday items into connected, smarter machines. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las...

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EU says its Google case not affected by U.S. ruling

BRUSSELS | Fri Jan 4, 2013 7:41am EST BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A decision by U.S. regulators to end a probe into whether Google Inc hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches will not affect the European Union's examination of the company. "We have taken note of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) decision, but we don't see that it has any direct implications for our investig...

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Samsung to widen smartphone gap with Apple this year: Strategy Analytics

By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL | Fri Jan 4, 2013 5:32am EST SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to widen its lead over Apple Inc in global smartphone sales this year with 35 percent growth, helped by a broad product lineup, market researcher Strategy Analytics told Reuters on Friday. Apple, returning the offensive, could roll out a smaller, cheaper "iPhon...

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