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Xiaomi faces challenge to reach sales goal, amid slowing smartphone growth

Xiaomi sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015

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What’s the future for Windows Phone?

Despite rumors that Microsoft is about to kill Windows Phone, some industry observers say that's unlikely for several reasons, especially the expected gains from the rollout of Windows 10, which will run on smartphones and other...

Xiaomi break outs of Asia, introduces phones to Brazil

Xiaomi is tapping Foxconn to build its phones in a local factory to reduce costs

When Steve Ballmer laughed at the first iPhone

When the iPhone debuted eight years ago, not everyone thought it was going to be a success.

Microsoft could write off billions on Nokia deal as early as Wednesday

Microsoft could announce a write-off of a big part of its 2013 Nokia acquisition as early as Wednesday.

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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Nixing those homely antenna lines; flexible displays on the way?

The latest Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 smartphone rumors involve the possible abandonment of unsightly antenna lines on the back of the devices as well as word that OLED screens might be on the way.

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My Firefly music festival iPhone survival kit

Sir Paul McCartney, Modest Mouse and Zedd didn't help me keep my iPhone going at Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, but Kensington's portable charger did

Fingerprint sensors on their way to more smartphones

Cheaper sensors and broader software support will make fingerprint authentication more accessible to app developers and service providers

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Review: Double your iPhone battery life with these 6 smartphone cases

There is a thriving aftermarket for smartphone cases, some of which just offer protection while others contain a battery that can recharge your phone. In this review, we looked at six of them.

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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Heavy metal! Fingerprints! A kinda-sorta-maybe release date!

Stepping in to provide you with the latest scuttlebutt on what may or may not be the iPhone 7.

Samsung to plug security hole on Galaxy smartphones

The vulnerability was found in the SwiftKey keyboard, which comes preloaded on the devices

Samsung wants court to review damages in patent fight with Apple

The South Korean smartphone company has asked all judges of the appeals court to hear the case

Want an easily repaired smartphone? Fairphone 2 might be for you

Fairphone's second-generation socially responsible smartphone will start shipping later this year

Facebook releases a separate app for private photo sharing

Called Moments, it will automatically detect people's friends in their smartphone camera roll

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MIT researchers find unemployed workers stay off their phones

The amount of time people in a given area spend using their cell phones shrinks when the job market begins to dry up, according to a study co-authored by researchers at MIT.

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CEOs don’t care about mobile, IoT or wearables, says report

You’ve got some more explaining to do if you want a boss to embrace mobile, IoT or wearable as a strategy. A report says many CEOs don’t think they’re ‘very important.’

Smartphone beacons power crowdsourced weather forecasts

Japan's Weathernews is giving out atmospheric sensors to improve its crowdsourced weather app

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iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Apple gets funny, iOS 9 drops hints

Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 rumor rollup includes: Apple gets funny at WWDC; iOS 9 drops clues about iPhone 7; all about the cloud.

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Report: Blackberry’s next devices could run Android

Beleaguered smartphone manufacturer Blackberry could go Android with its next device, abandoning development of its own platform in the interest of getting a much more robust ecosystem of apps into the hands of its few remaining...

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