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Global Stocks Try to Regain Footing

U.S. stock markets rebounded Wednesday after falling sharply in the previous session on deepening worries about China.

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Hungary Struggles With Migrants

A standoff continued in Budapest, while train traffic in the English Channel tunnel was disrupted by migrants on the tracks.

U.S. Tech Firms Make Pilgrimage to Brussels

The giants of Silicon Valley are bulking up in the European Union’s de facto capital, hiring lobbyists and jostling for the favor of the Web’s most ambitious regulators.

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

Identities of gunmen in early-morning raid on sports stadium weren’t immediately known, as Turks in Iraq seized for a second time in the past year.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Rebekah Brooks to Lead News Corp’s U.K. Arm

News Corp said Wednesday that Rebekah Brooks will become Chief Executive of its News UK arm, returning to the post she resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal at now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Elves, Ninjas, Currency Power Lego Earnings

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Intel Bets New Chips Will Revive PC Sales

Intel is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

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The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

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Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

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Police Say Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Believed to Be Uighur

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EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

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Das One: HTC stellt neues Smartphone vor

Und da dachten alle, Spaß gäbe es nur auf dem Mobile World Congress in Barcelona…

In New York hat der taiwanesische Mobiltelefonhersteller HTC am Dienstag sein neues Flaggschiff-Smartphone, das HTC One vorgestellt. Wie zuvor bereits spekuliert worden war, arbeitet im Inneren des Geräts der neue Snapdragon 600-Prozessor mit vier Kernen und 1,7 GHz Taktfrequenz. Dazu gibt es zwei GB Arbeitsspeicher und 32 GB internen Speicher (in den USA auch 64 GB). Beim Betriebssystem verlässt sich HTC auch weiterhin auf Google. Android 4.1.2 steht bereit – bis das Smartphone in den Handel kommt könnte auch noch ein Update auf 4.2 erfolgen. Das Display ist 4,7 Zoll groß, verfügt über eine Auflösung von 468 Pixel pro Zoll und wird von extrem stabilem Gorilla Glass geschützt. Ungewöhnlich für ein Mobiltelefon: Die Lautsprecher sind nach vorne gerichtet.

Bei der Präsentation war zu erkennen, dass HTC die Nutzeroberfläche – bekannt als HTC Sense – überarbeitet hat. Das neue One verfügt nun über eine Funktion namens „Blink Feed“. Damit verwandelt sich der Startbildschirm in eine Mitteilungszentrale, in der ständig die neuesten Updates aus sozialen Netzwerken, eingegangene E-Mails und Nachrichten angezeigt werden. Auch Inhalte des Sportsenders ESPN sollen dank einer neuen Partnerschaft zur Verfügung stehen.

Viel Zeit widmete HTC bei der Vorstellung des neuen Smartphones der „UltraPixel“-Kamera. UltraPixel bedeute, dass die einzelnen Pixel größer seien, erklärte das Unternehmen und versuchte wieder einmal die Legende von „Je mehr Megapixel, desto besser“ zu zerstreuen. Stattdessen käme es auf die Größe der einzelnen Pixel an. Darum beschreitet das Unternehmen einen ungewöhnlichen Weg. Nur vier Megapixel löst das neue HTC-Flaggschiff aus. Dabei ist die Fläche des Bildsensors vergleichbar groß wie bei Konkurrenzsmartphones mit bis zu 13 Megapixeln. Ob sich diese Entscheidung auszahlen wird, muss sich erst noch zeigen. In ersten Tests werden die Bilder jedoch gelobt. Das One verfügt außerdem über verschiedene Kamera-Modi und soll – dank „UltraPixel“ – bei wenig Licht bessere Fotos als der Vorgänger machen können. Auch ein Videoschnittprogramm mit Namen „Zoe“ haben die Macher dem Gerät spendiert.

Das HTC One soll ab Mitte März auch in Deutschland in den Handel kommen. Die unverbindliche Preisempfehlung liegt bei 679 Euro. In den USA werden AT&T, Sprint und T-Mobile das Gerät anbieten, in Deutschland sind alle großen Mobilfunkanbieter im Boot.

HTC-Präsident Jason Mackenzie sagte, man erhoffe sich viel vom neuen Smartphone: „Das sind nicht einfach nur ein paar grundlegende Verbesserungen.“ Vielmehr wolle man das Angebot von HTC auf ein neues Level heben.

Und tatsächlich steht für HTC einiges auf dem Spiel. Nachdem das Unternehmen zu Beginn schnell Erfolge mit dem Android-Betriebssystem von Google feiern konnte, wurde es bald von der Konkurrenz aus Südkorea überholt. Mittlerweile dominiert Samsung den Markt, HTC hat eine Außenseiterrolle.

Laut einer Analyse von Gartner Research ist der weltweite Marktanteil von HTC im vergangenen Jahr auf 4,7 Prozent gefallen. 2011 waren es noch 9,1 Prozent. An der Spitze liegt Samsung mit nun 30,3 Prozent vor Apple und Nokia.

 

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Global Stocks Try to Regain Footing

U.S. stock markets rebounded Wednesday after falling sharply in the previous session on deepening worries about China.

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Hungary Struggles With Migrants

A standoff continued in Budapest, while train traffic in the English Channel tunnel was disrupted by migrants on the tracks.

U.S. Tech Firms Make Pilgrimage to Brussels

The giants of Silicon Valley are bulking up in the European Union’s de facto capital, hiring lobbyists and jostling for the favor of the Web’s most ambitious regulators.

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

Identities of gunmen in early-morning raid on sports stadium weren’t immediately known, as Turks in Iraq seized for a second time in the past year.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Rebekah Brooks to Lead News Corp’s U.K. Arm

News Corp said Wednesday that Rebekah Brooks will become Chief Executive of its News UK arm, returning to the post she resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal at now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Elves, Ninjas, Currency Power Lego Earnings

Lego said its 31% jump in first-half profit and 23% rise in revenue was fueled by strong sales of its Ninjago and Elves sets, but also by the weakness of the Danish krone and the euro.

EU Approves Shell’s Takeover of BG Group

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell cleared a significant hurdle in its planned takeover of natural gas firm BG Group after Europe’s top antitrust regulator approved the deal unconditionally.

South African Gold Faces Uncertain Future

South Africa’s gold mining industry must undergo radical change to cope with falling prices, intensifying labor disputes and the surging cost of ever-deeper exploration.

Intel Bets New Chips Will Revive PC Sales

Intel is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

Heard on the Street

Small U.K. Banks Show Big Rivals How To Travel Light

Picture a life without the baggage of the past. In the U.K., smaller banks are showing established rivals how that could be.

Commodity Drop Slows Canada Down

Canada’s woes are a harbinger of what could come for a small clutch of advanced economies that rely heavily on commodity exports, and demand from China, for their economic growth.

Two Red Cross Workers Shot and Killed in Yemen

A gunman opened fire on cars marked with aid group’s insignia as they drove from northern Saada province to the capital, San’a.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

Iran has reached a historic agreement with major world powers over its nuclear program. Here are the main points of the pact, and what supporters and critics are saying.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

Police Say Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Believed to Be Uighur

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Bush Takes Gloves Off, Attacks Trump Directly

After weeks of enduring rival Donald Trump’s attacks, Jeb Bush released an Internet video aimed at trying to muscle his way back to the front of the pack and undermine the celebrity businessman’s fitness to be the GOP standard-bearer. 314

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser Blumenthal

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 135

Biden to Speak at Florida Events Amid 2016 Speculation

The vice president is expected to decide this month whether he will make a third bid for the White House.

Search Continues for Three Suspects After Illinois Policeman Killed

As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying.

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes. 52

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Hungarian Police Struggle to Control Migrants

2:02

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3:34

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