Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...

Sony's Walkman makes comeback in high resolution, for $1,200

Jan 7, 2015

Sony's Walkman makes comeback in high resolution, for $1,200

Sony Corp. is bringing back the Walkman, with a new model of the music player pioneer that comes with high-resolution playback and Bluetooth-connected headphones. The new Walkman, targeting audiophiles and set to cost about $1,200, is a high-end version of a model Sony released ...

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

Dec 18, 2014

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the ...

Sharp develops smartphone feature that speaks for itself

Nov 14, 2014

Sharp develops smartphone feature that speaks for itself

by Kazuaki Nagata

Premium smartphone models have become powerful communications and entertainment tools with bigger and clearer screens, high-spec processors and camera quality as good as their compact digital counterparts. But it has become tough for handset makers to differentiate themselves from their rivals, as hardware variations ...

Jul 29, 2014

Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company’s ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. The South Korean company had planned to start selling the ...

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

Jun 18, 2014

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

by Marco Lui and Takashi Amano

Billionaire Masayoshi Son wants to create Android for robots. A unit of Son’s SoftBank Corp. has unveiled an operating system that purports to offer a way to control robots just as Google Inc.’s software runs smartphones and tablets. The platform, called V- Sido OS, ...