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Alibaba looks to rural China to popularize its mobile OS

Alibaba's YunOS is still struggling to become mainstream in China

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Google Project Fi

Here's what reply to Google Fi invite request looks like

Just in case you've been curious about Google's Project Fi wireless service but haven't wanted to get on yet another Google list, I've done the dirty work for you and asked for an invite for myself.

Zensors app lets you crowdsource live camera monitoring

Workers in the cloud can train machine learning tools to take over monitoring tasks

Google Project Fi

Google Fi: From disruptive to meh

This week's unveiling of Google's Project Fi, the search-messaging-phone-collaboration-broadband company's effort to shake up the wireless market in order to encourage people to use more of its services, has generated widespread...

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iPhone 7, Apple Watch mashup: Brangelina of tech gadgets

An elegant new iPhone 7 design concept blends an advanced Apple smartphone with a key component of the new Apple Watch, resulting in something of a Brangelina of tech gadgets.

Yahoo explores ears, knuckles to unlock smartphones

Bodyprint is an app that lets you unlock your phone with an ear, knuckle or palm print

Qualcomm hit by China fine, cut in Samsung business

The company has lowered its revenue guidance for 2015

Facebook releases a caller ID app for Android

Facebook's Hello app pulls data from people's profiles and displays it for incoming calls

Huawei to expand retail presence, as it finds success selling higher-end phones

Huawei is confident it can fend off the competition from rival Chinese brands

App opens up smartphone use for people with arm paralysis

Dowell can be used with assistive devices such as head-tracking sensors

To control your phone, just keep tapping it

With an app called Sound Tap, striking your phone on objects or tapping it can trigger various functions

Huawei plans to offer public cloud service in China

Huawei faces growing competition from local and foreign players in China's cloud computing space

Qualcomm looking to fast-track Snapdragon 820 with help from Samsung

Smartphones could have more features and battery as Qualcomm looks to Samsung to make the Snapdragon 820 using the 14-nanometer process

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Nokia wants back into the mobile phone business?

Although Nokia sold off its mobile phone business to Microsoft last fall, one of Nokia's remaining business units is eyeing a return to the consumer mobile phone market next year.

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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Killer camera on the way?

Apple’s confirmed-but-not-confirmed acquisition this past week of Israeli camera maker LinX has iPhone 7 watchers wishing, begging and hoping that the next great smartphone will incorporate advanced photo-taking technologies.

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WWDC 2015 to kick off on June 8

Apple this week sent out invitations for its annual WWDC conference.

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How smartphone sensors can make expensive weather-monitoring equipment obsolete

Collecting weather data, performing earthquake early warnings, and issuing flooding advisories are all tasks that can be crowd-sourced by smartphones.

Apple's ResearchKit is here, now open your iPhone and say 'ah'

The framework lets researchers gather health related data and lets developers build health related apps

Sharp develops 4K smartphone display, undecided on manufacturing plan

The prototype display has a pixel density of 806 ppi and 3860 x 2160 resolution

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