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Alibaba set to offer mobile phone services

Alibaba's Tmall and Taobao sites already sell everything from clothes and furniture to car tires and medicines. But soon they'll also be offering 3G data and voice call plans as well, the Chinese e-commerce giant said Thursday.

Samsung, Amazon customize Kindle app

Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with Amazon.com to boost the content on its mobile devices.

Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces

Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

Connecting for Good wrestles Kansas City's digital divide

The digital divide isn't some esoteric, policy-wonk concept to Michael Liiamatta, president of Connecting for Good, a nonprofit IT support group based in Kansas City, Mo.

iPhone keyboard sales halted as injunction takes effect

Typo halted the sale of its add-on keyboard for the iPhone on Tuesday after an injunction took effect that bans it from being imported to the U.S.

Google details its Project Ara modular smartphone

For a potentially revolutionary smartphone, it wasn't the best start.

Would Amazon really make a phone? Of course

The idea of an Amazon smartphone, reportedly in the works for a September release, may seem far-fetched or foolhardy but isn't that big a stretch for the ambitious shopping, device and content giant.

Apple and Samsung spar over $2.2B damages claim

Apple outlined for the first time on Friday how it came up with the US$2.2 billion in damages that it wants a California jury to award it for Samsung's alleged "massive infringement" of five Apple patents.

Apple lays out its $2.2B claim against Samsung

Apple began to lay out its $2.2 billion damages claim against Samsung Electronics for the first time on Tuesday, arguing to an eight-person jury in California that Samsung's alleged patent infringement was large and significantly damaged Apple.

Apple designer's testimony recounts birth of iPhone

The roots of the iPhone can probably be traced to many corners of Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., but a Silicon Valley courtroom on Friday heard how some of the phone's most recognizable software design features were born of a team working in a dark, dirty, windowless room with special security to keep others out.

A day into the trial, Apple and Samsung already annoying each other

That didn't take long. The jury has only been sitting a day in the latest Apple v. Samsung patent battle and lawyers are already fighting about what's being said in court.

LTE smartphone specs shootout: Nokia Lumia 635 vs. EE Kestrel

The options are increasing for people who want an LTE smartphone, but don't want to spend a fortune or sign an expensive contract. Two new alternatives that won't drain wallets are Nokia's Lumia 635 and the Huawei-made Kestrel.

Three new Lumia smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia announced three new Lumia smartphones on Wednesday that will run the just-announced Windows Phone 8.1 OS, including a Lumia 630 with a dual 3G SIM variant that will cost $169.

Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed, with Cortana digital assistant

Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday, and confirmed reports that the new OS includes Microsoft's first voice-activated digital assistant, called Cortana.

Apple looks to buy Renesas chip joint venture

Apple is said to be in talks with Renesas Electronics to buy its majority-owned joint venture that designs chips for smartphone displays.

Apple exec takes jury back to dawn of the iPhone -- 2007

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller took a California courtroom on a trip back to 2007 on Tuesday afternoon, recalling how Apple 'bet the company' on development of the iPhone

BlackBerry won't renew T-Mobile pact

BlackBerry will not renew the license of T-Mobile U.S. to sell its products when it expires later this month, the smartphone maker said.

Apple, Samsung head back to court for next phase of patent battle

The never-ending legal battle between Apple and Samsung enters a new phase Monday when lawyers begin selecting a jury for a new trial that will address new complaints against a different set of phones.

$160 smartphone offers glimpse into LTE's future

The $160 price for U.K. carrier EE's smartphone Kestrel without a contract gives a glimpse of a future with low-cost LTE devices, and is also an aggressive move by Qualcomm as competition in the chipset sector increases.

HTC says its One M8 smartphone is like jewelry -- and great for selfies

HTC says its latest One flagship smartphone is akin to jewelry, placing it in the market as a premium product set apart from the competition.

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