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Samsung dominates key tech industries

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. took up more than 20 percent of the world's market in its top four product lines for the second consecutive year in 2013, data showed Sunday. Industry data showed Samsung's global market share in its color TVs came to 21.6 percent in 2013, edging up from 21.1 percent from a year earlier by shipping 53.1 million units worldwide.

Smartphone sales double in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Apr 3 (EFE).- Smartphone sales more than doubled in Brazil in 2013, surging to a record 35.6 million units and surpassing sales of conventional cell phones for the first time, consulting firm IDC Brazil said. Sales of smartphones were up 123 percent last year, compared to 2012, when 16.1 million units were sold, IDC Brazil said in a report. Brazilians purchased 67.8 million cell phones, including conventional units, last year.

Samsung, LG win U.S. Energy Star award

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc., the two dominant tech giants in South Korea, said Thursday they each won the 2014 Energy Star Award in the United States for its power-efficient products. The award, given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1993, cited the companies' steady contributions in campaigns to save energy and protect the environment.

LG's smartphone sales projected at all-time high in Q2: analysts

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- LG Electronics Inc.'s quarterly smartphone sales are likely to reach an all-time high in the April-June period, analysts said Thursday, due mainly to improved sales of its low-end lineup. The South Korea's No. 2 smartphone maker is expected to sell 15 million units in the second quarter, the data released by Mirae Asset Securities Co. showed.

Apple in talks to buy Japan chip venture to secure iPhone supply chain

By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple Inc, seeking to secure its mobile supply chain, has opened discussions to buy control of a Japanese venture that makes key microchips for its iPhone screens, sources familiar with the matter say. The talks on what would be a rare acquisition in Japan for the U.S. technology giant come as competition heats up in the smartphone industry, with pressure to produce larger, sharper and less battery-draining screens.

Amazon launches new device for streaming video

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled a new media streaming device, ramping up its challenge for the living room against rivals such as Netflix. The Amazon Fire TV device, which fits in one's hand and connects to television sets, aims to boost the US online giant's efforts to capture viewers for its Prime Video service. "It's a tiny box with huge specs," said Amazon Kindle vice president Peter Larsen at a New York event unveiling the device. The box along with a remote control device also allows users to listen to music or to play games with a separate controller device.

Microsoft unveils voice assistant Cortana to rival Apple's Siri

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Wednesday formally announced it has developed a voice activated phone assistant feature called Cortana, a direct rival to Apple Inc's Siri. The feature has been rumored for some months and a test version was demonstrated by Joe Belfiore, a Windows Phone executive, at Microsoft's annual developer conference in San Francisco.

Samsung dominates other top 10 conglomerates last year

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Earnings of the country's No. 1 conglomerate, Samsung Group, took up almost half of the total of the top 10 groups in 2013, the latest reminder of a deepening polarization of corporate performance in South Korea, data showed Wednesday. The combined operating income of 81 listed firms affiliated with the nation's top 10 conglomerates reached 78.38 trillion won (US$74.16 billion) last year, rising 6.4 percent or 4.73 trillion won from 73.65 trillion won a year earlier, according to the data compiled by financial service provider FnGuide Inc.

Renesas has talked with Apple, others on chip unit sale: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp has talked with several companies, including Apple Inc, on a possible sale of its display chip design unit, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The source declined to comment further on the status of the talks. Renesas has been restructuring to focus on its business supplying semiconductors to the automotive sector and said on Wednesday it was considering a sale of Renesas SP Drivers, but declined to comment further.

Samsung dominates other top 10 conglomerates last year

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Earnings of the country's No. 1 conglomerate, Samsung Group, took up almost half of the total of the top 10 groups in 2013, the latest reminder of a deepening polarization of corporate performance in South Korea, data showed Wednesday. The combined operating income of 81 listed firms affiliated with the nation's top 10 conglomerates reached 79.77 trillion won (US$75.43 billion) last year, rising 7.5 percent or 5.54 trillion won from 74.23 trillion won a year earlier, according to the data compiled by financial service provider FnGuide Inc.
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