Monday, March 02, 2015 • 08:30
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Listen to the Jurassic Park theme played on a 3D printer
Ever wanted to hear a 3D printer's motors belt out the theme from 1993's 'Jurassic Park'? Well, do we ever have a treat for you.>
IKEA to sell furniture that can wirelessly charge your phone
You'll be able to drop a compatible smartphone on your IKEA nightstand for a quick charge.>
TelefĂłnica maps out 'journey to 5G speeds'
Spain's giant telecom comes to Mobile World Congress with demo speeds of up to 375 Mbps on its LTE-Advanced commercial network.>
​Myer CIO takes CEO reins
Myer has appointed Richard Umbers, chief information and supply chain officer, as the new CEO who will continue to oversee the company's transformation project.
See how the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge evolved
We put the metal and glass S6 and S6 Edge next to the S3, S4 and S5 to see how Samsung's design choices have changed over time.>
Can Samsung resharpen its edge against the competition?
As the parade of new devices from MWC marches past, for the South Korean juggernaut, this week will be more important than most.
Sprint's Best Buy plan gives you a phone and service for a flat rate
Sprint still isn't done inventing new plans and promos in hopes that you'll sign up. Its latest move? It's launching a Best Buy-only plan that gives you both a smartphone and unlimited service for $65 ...
​Mozilla to open first-world front in Firefox OS war
A partnership with Verizon and other carriers is aimed at bringing the browser-based operating system to wealthy countries. But don't expect ordinary slab-of-glass phones.>
Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal
Mozilla's major new ally will sell its Klif phone and six months' network service in 13 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Orange likes Firefox OS's inexpensive hardware requirements and expects to sell millions.>
Asia stocks edge up on China rate cut, dollar index at 11-year high
Asian stocks edged higher on Monday as China's weekend interest rate cut partially offset soft U.S. data, while the dollar hit an 11-year high against a basket of currencies. China on Saturday stepped up its easing tempo and cut its lending and deposit rates as the world's second largest economy tries to ward off deflation. Australian shares posted some of the biggest gains in Asia following the China rate cut, gaining 0...
China February HSBC PMI at seven-month high
Activity in China's factory sector edged up to a seven-month high in February but export orders shrank and deflationary pressures persisted, a private business survey showed, adding to the view that yet more interest rate cuts will be needed. Chinese policymakers are embarking on their biggest easing campaign since the depths of the global crisis as the world's second-largest economy is weighed down by a cooling property market, high debt levels and excess factory capacity...
Oil falls on supply concerns; pick-up in China manufacturing helps
By Florence Tan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil stayed in the red on Monday on supply concerns despite partly recovering from earlier losses after a private business survey showed an improvement in China's manufacturing sector in February. "The key drivers over the next few months are going to come from supply dynamics more than demand dynamics," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney...
Berkshire insurance 'superstar' could fill Buffett's shoes
Warren Buffett, at a news conference in Bengaluru in 2011, lavishly praised Berkshire Hathaway executive Ajit Jain for smoothly running much of the conglomerate's insurance businesses. Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer and chairman of Berkshire, said he would also support Jain if ever he decided to seek Buffett's post. Speculation has been mounting among Berkshire investors as to who will eventually succeed the 84-year-old Buffett...
Despite Greece, euro zone is turning the corner
The latest episode of Greece's debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe's main financial center and a hotbed of Euroskepticism. The heightened risk of a Greek default and/or exit comes just as there are signs that the euro zone is turning the corner after seven years of financial and economic crisis and that its perilous internal imbalances may be starting to diminish...
Ferragamo CEO sees higher 2015 sales after 'excellent' February
Italian luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo expects its sales to grow this year after the Chinese New Year contributed to an "excellent" performance in February, Chief Executive Michele Norsa said on Sunday. Norsa said a weaker euro, lower oil prices, buoyant financial markets and the impact of the European Central Bank's bond buying program were all factors supporting the 2015 outlook, despite ongoing global threats such as Islamic extremism...
NXP to buy Freescale Semiconductor, merge operations in $40 billion deal
By Nadia Damouni and Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chip maker NXP Semiconductors NV has agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and merge operations in a deal valuing the combined company at over $40 billion. The transaction is the clearest sign yet that semiconductor companies are regaining the confidence required to pursue big mergers and acquisitions at a time when their major clients, such as mobile phone manufacturers, seek to consolidate suppliers...
Nokia CEO sees 'business as usual'; no change to outlook
Nokia, the world's third-largest mobile equipment maker, has seen nothing in its business that would lead it to change its financial outlook, its chief executive said on Sunday. It is kind of business as usual," Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said in response to a reporter's question during a press conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. In late January, the company said that for its mainstay Nokia Networks' business, it expected net sales and operating margins in the first quarter to decline compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, typically a seasonally stronger quarter...
New Internet rules set up industry's next battle
Telecom companies such as AT&T and Vodafone have convinced U.S. and European regulators, finalizing so-called "net neutrality" rules, to allow them to dedicate network capacity to services such as providing connectivity to driverless cars and facilitating the exchange of medical data between patients and health professionals. The industry will be able to develop such "specialized services" as long as they do not hurt the delivery of the normal Internet to homes and businesses...