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  • SAO PAULO, June 30- Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world's most valuable technology start-up. Xiaomi's global vice-president, Hugo Barra, said in an interview on Tuesday that Brazil was "stage one of our Latin...

  • SAO PAULO, June 30- Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world's most valuable technology start-up. Xiaomi's global vice-president, Hugo Barra, said at a launch event on Tuesday that the entry-level Redmi 2 smartphone...

  • Sprint shoots for simpler bill. Does not score. Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 1:07 PM ET

    Sprint's new bills combine charges in an attempt to streamline, but add confusion, Re/code reports. Re/code reports.

  • Sprint rolls out all-included rate plan Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 30- Sprint Corp said on Tuesday it will offer an $80 a month cellular phone plan, including both service and smartphone device fees, hoping to draw users who dislike complex price plans and hidden costs. The "All-in" plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones such as the iPhone 6 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, chief marketing...

  • Phunkee Duck: Heir to Segway and commuting dream? Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 9:32 AM ET

    These entrepreneurs may have an answer for urban transportation, and they call it the Phunkee Duck.

  • LOS ANGELES— Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music...

  • The one war Massachusetts can win Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Atlas, an MIT robot, competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge this month. Here, Atlas is cutting a round hole in a piece of sheetrock.

    About 150 robotics companies have sprung up in Massachusetts as the state rivals Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh for industry supremacy.

  • A 'giant bubble' in tech? Don't sweat it: Pro Saturday, 20 Jun 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    Finger busting soap bubble

    Tech investor Roger McNamee says there’s a giant bubble in tech right now, but it could actually end up being a good thing for the economy.

  • TOKYO, June 19- Japan's once-mighty electronics makers have lost billions of dollars from TVs but Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp won't quit, saying retreating from the world's living rooms would close the door to more promising businesses. Consumer electronics account for a shrinking portion of income after restructuring focused Sony on gaming and image...

  • As Fitbit soars, what's the top 'wearable' stock? Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 3:39 PM ET
    UP by Jawbone (L) and Fitbit (R).

    After Fitbit's big debut, what's the best way to play the booming wearables market?

  • Can a wearable really fix your golf game? Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    A customer tries on a Microsoft Band at the company store.

    Golfers will be able to access TaylorMade Golf analytics on their Microsoft Band to manage their game, performance, and health.

  • HELSINKI, June 16- Nokia said on Tuesday that South Korea's LG Electronics has agreed a deal to use the Finnish company's smartphone patent license but royalty payments will be settled in a lengthy arbitration process. Nokia sold its once-dominant phone business to Microsoft last year, leaving it focused on its telecoms network equipment business while...

  • India 'the new China' for smartphone makers Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | 11:38 PM ET

    Just as China's long-insatiable appetite for smartphones wanes, India promises to be the next hot spot for explosive growth, a new report claims.

  • SpaceX announces Hyperloop design contest Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | 12:49 PM ET
    ET3 Hyperloop concept

    SpaceX will host a competition to build and test Hyperloop pods, a futuristic idea of Elon Musk's for high-speed mass transit.

  • Shazam, the musical unicorn with 100 million users Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    After more than 15 billion "Shazams," the company that makes the music identification app, is now worth more than $1 billion.

  • TORONTO, June 11- BlackBerry is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google Inc.' s Android software for the first time, an acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter. The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario- based company, which had shunned...

  • Russian groups crowdfund the war in Ukraine Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Pavel Gubarev, center, a separatist leader, in the parliament chamber in Donetsk, Ukraine.

    In Russia, organizations are using social media outlets to crowdfund the war in Ukraine, The New York Times reports.

  • MUMBAI, June 11- Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple's iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world's No.3 smartphone market where the U.S. firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players. India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones,...

  • The Information Technology Industry Council and the Software and Information Industry Association, representing tech giants, including Apple Inc, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, IBM and Microsoft Corp, fired the latest salvo in what is shaping up to be a long fight over government access into smart phones and other digital devices. White House spokesman Josh...

  • *Sony struggling to keep up with sensor demand- exec. TOKYO, June 9- Sony Corp aims to diversify its client base for image sensors beyond top customer Apple Inc, even as it expects orders from the iPhone maker to help lift sales about 20 percent this fiscal year, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Tomoyuki Suzuki, head of Sony's device solutions business which...