| Aug 31, 2014
| 2:24 AM
Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion.
The world's biggest watchmaker, which sees the...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:49 PM
Amid the flood of recently announced smartwatches from technology giants Apple, Google and others, French electronics company Withings is releasing a classically designed analog watch with fitness-tracking features.
Withings' Activite, which is...
| Jun 15, 2014
Illinois has pledged $12 million over 10 years to eBay in exchange for the creation of 360 jobs in downtown Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Friday.
EBay last year acquired Braintree, a Chicago payment processor for smartphones and tablets. Now...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Luminari Capital, a small Silicon Valley venture-capital firm focused on digital video that counts Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB among its backers, has revealed its initial six investments -- and founder and managing partner Daniel Leff said he's planning to...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Motorola Mobility, the Chicago-based company now owned by Google, is closing its Texas plant that it designed to be the center American smartphone manufacturing.
The plant has only been open for a year, and already shed more than 75 percent of its...
| May 16, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have settled their sprawling patent lawsuits, bringing to a close — for the moment — one of the most bitter legal feuds in Silicon Valley.
Late Friday afternoon, the companies issued a brief statement announcing an...
| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
With the Moto E, Motorola set out to make a well-designed affordable smartphone with a long-lasting battery. Mission accomplished.
The Moto E is by no means perfect, and customers who buy the device will have to compromise on certain features. But the...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 2:24 PM
The vacant former Motorola Mobility campus headquarters in Libertyville has been acquired by a Washington, D.C.-based commercial real estate company that plans to remake the space into an “innovation campus.”
BECO Management Inc. said Monday...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Nearly 300 million smartphones were shipped in the second quarter of this year, up almost 25 percent from the same period last year, according to market research firm International Data Corp.
Samsung remained the market leader, with 74.3 million...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Google Inc. cleared out a key antitrust case, among other battles it faces, by agreeing to terms with European officials over allegations that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of competitors....
| Jan 13, 2014
| 5:08 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- For years, Google has been the search engine that connects people to all points on the Internet.
Now it also wants to be the company that connects people's homes to the Internet.
The search giant said Monday that it agreed to buy Nest...