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Apr 11, 2015

Backlogged orders as shoppers get close-up look at Apple Watch

SAN FRANCISCO/PARIS (Reuters) – Customers preordering Apple Inc’s smartwatch on Friday will have to wait at least a month for delivery, a sign of strong early demand for company chief Tim Cook’s first new major product.

People flocked to Apple’s stores around the world to get a close-up look at the Apple Watch, the tech company’s foray into the personal luxury goods market, with Apple predicting demand would exceed supply at product launch.

Apr 10, 2015

Strong turnout in Australia for first glimpse at Apple Watch

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 (Reuters) – Consumers in
Australia flocked to Apple Inc’s retail store in Sydney
on Friday to get the world’s first up-close look at the tech
giant’s new smartwatch, which the company expects will be its
next runaway hit.

The Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook’s first new major product, was
available for pre-order online and to try out in stores – but
not take home.

Apr 9, 2015

With primetime TV, Apple hopes to hook customers for new Watch

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – As Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) debuts its smartwatch on Friday, the technology company focused efforts to drum up buzz on U.S. television, using expensive primetime spots to entice customers to the fledgling wearable technology market.

Since showing off the watch at a March 9 event, Apple has spent $38 million on its “Watch Reimagined” television campaign, according to figures from iSpot.tv, which tracks U.S. TV ads and digital responses in real time.

Apr 9, 2015

Apple expects strong demand in smartwatch consumer debut

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9 (Reuters) – Apple Inc
expects tremendous interest for its new smartwatch and demand to
outstrip supply as consumers get an up-close look on Friday at
CEO Tim Cook’s first major product.

The Apple Watch, which also marks the Cupertino, California
company’s debut in a fledgling wearable technology market, will
be available for pre-order online and to try out in stores – but
not take home.

Apr 3, 2015

Teardown of new Samsung Galaxy smartphone suggests deeper loss for Qualcomm

SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, April 3 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics
Co Ltd used more of its own chips to power the new
Galaxy S6 smartphone than it did for the predecessor S5,
according to an early teardown report, in a blow to U.S. chip
supplier Qualcomm Inc.

Samsung is not only using its own Exynos mobile processor,
as had been widely reported, but also decided to rely on its
in-house semiconductor business to source other parts, including
the modem and power management integrated circuit chips,
Ottawa-based consultancy Chipworks said in a web posting dated
April 2.

Mar 20, 2015

Investors eye data as stocks approach records

By Noel Randewich

(Reuters) – Investors enjoying near-record levels for major stock indexes will scrutinize housing data and other economic indicators in the coming week for hints about the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes to see if the rally will continue.

Concern about the Federal Reserve’s path of rate increases and the soaring U.S. dollar have resulted in big swings in the S&P 500 on a daily basis, even though overall expectations for volatility remain low.

Mar 20, 2015

Wall St Week Ahead-Investors eye data as stocks approach records

March 20 (Reuters) – Investors enjoying near-record levels
for major stock indexes will scrutinize housing data and other
economic indicators in the coming week for hints about the
timing of U.S. interest rate hikes to see if the rally will
continue.

Concern about the Federal Reserve’s path of rate increases
and the soaring U.S. dollar have resulted in big swings in the
S&P 500 on a daily basis, even though overall expectations for
volatility remain low.

Mar 6, 2015

Avago’s ambitions may spark more semiconductor dealmaking

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) – Avago
Technologies Ltd may be one of the pacesetters among
companies looking to make a purchase in the semiconductor
industry after its advanced talks last month to acquire
Freescale Semiconductor Ltd fell through.

Demand for cheaper chips and new products to power
Internet-connected gadgets is expected to drive chip industry
consolidation beyond NXP’s $12-billion purchase of
Freescale announced this week, analysts said.

Mar 2, 2015

Intel launches chip for new push into low-price smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp is shipping new mobile chips that represent the semiconductor company’s biggest hope for making progress in smartphones this year.

Responding to a growing market in China for low-cost handsets often priced below $100, Intel announced plans for the chip, code named Sofia, in late 2013 at a meeting with investors.

Feb 26, 2015

Qualcomm preps technology to reduce burden on mobile networks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm wants wireless carriers to set up new technology that would offer cellphone users better reception in places like subway tunnels and shopping malls.

The San Diego, California company said on Thursday it will start selling components this year featuring LTE technology adapted for a smaller scale than traditional cellphone base stations mounted on metal towers bristling with antennas and other electronics.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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