Fitbit said to be planning $40 million Pebble acquisition


Can Fitbit breathe new life into Pebble?
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Fitness band maker Fitbit is said to be in the process of acquiring Pebble, the company that kickstarted the smartwatch generation. Sources say the acquisition will cost between $35 million and $40 million, and will include the entire Pebble portfolio — including its intellectual property.

Samsung shareholders could prompt business split


We are never, ever, ever getting back together.
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Samsung Electronics has revealed that it is considering splitting itself into two separate companies, as the result of intense pressure from shareholders.

The South Korean tech giant will carry out a review to look at the implications of such a massive move, although in a statement it noted that such a review “does not indicate the management or the board’s intention one way or another.”

Apple smashes Samsung in India’s high-end smartphone market


Apple is dominating high-end sales in India.
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The iPhone 7 may cost half the average annual salary in India, but that’s not stopping it from trouncing rival Samsung when it comes to premium smartphone marketshare in the country.

While Samsung garnered just 23 percent of the Rs 30,000 and up ($437-plus) market last month, Apple almost tripled this with a 66 percent share of high-end smartphone unit sales. Google’s new Pixel smartphone slid into third place with 10 percent of the market.

Samsung rips off iPhone’s jet black finish for Galaxy S7 edge


“Glossy black,” not jet black.
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Samsung’s desperate to boost Galaxy S7 sales following the death of the Galaxy Note 7, so it’s turning to Apple (again) for inspiration.

The South Korean company is planning a “glossy black” version of its flagship smartphone that will take on the insanely popular jet black iPhone 7.