Apple Plans to Ship Less-Expensive iPhone to China Mobile

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By Daisuke Wakabayashi, Lorraine Luk, Ian Sherr and Paul Mozur   Apple Inc. is preparing to ship iPhones to China Mobile Ltd. , people familiar with the matter say, an arrangement that would significantly increase Apple’s distribution in the world’s biggest smartphone market. A deal would cap years of negotiations between the two companies. Apple has tried…

Samsung to Step Up Efforts in U.S. PC Market

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Samsung Electronics Co. is known particularly well for its smartphones, tablets and televisions.

Raymond Wah, an executive at the company’s computer division, wants to add PCs to that list. The former Hewlett-Packard Co. executive said Samsung plans to amp up its efforts in the U.S., where it still lags major competitors such as H-P Dell Inc Lenovo Group Ltd. and Apple Inc. in market share.

“Given that now we have market leadership in the smartphone space, you will see a lot more exciting new go-to-market strategies from us,” he said during an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show here.

Take-Two Builds ‘Civilization’ Game for South Korea

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Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is developing a new version of “Civilization,” one of its most storied franchises, featuring interconnected virtual worlds in which players compete. But it isn’t for the U.S., its largest market; this game is being developed for South Korea.

The New York company—best known for its “Grand Theft Auto” and “Borderlands” franchises—is the latest of a bevy of large U.S. game companies attempting to embrace the fast-growing Asian markets, where gaming consoles such as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 barely have a presence. Instead, gamers there typically play on a personal computer at home or in Internet cafes.

Apple Makes a Wrong Turn as Users Blast Map Switch

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Apple Inc.’s move to replace Google Inc.’s mapping software with its own on its mobile devices sparked a world-wide consumer backlash, marking a rare strategic blunder by a company more accustomed to rave reviews from users.

As Apple prepped its stores for the first sales of the iPhone 5 on Friday, the company faced vociferous complaints from consumers over the mapping application it released this week, which replaces the Google maps that have been part of the iPhone since the device’s initial 2007 release. The new maps come installed on the iPhone 5 and will be seen by other users who upgrade their iPhones and iPads to the company’s latest iOS 6 mobile operating system.