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The future is mobile and all sectors, from telcos and game developers to financial services, venture capitalists and the music industry, want a foothold in an increasingly crowded market

THE LATEST TECH NEWS FROM ACROSS THE FT

Cyber security funding tops $1bn

Amount raised by start-ups in sector doubles year-on-year

Google overhauls search rankings

Experts say ‘Mobilegeddon’ will inflict pain on websites

Mobile technologies

Telcos seek to redefine their role

Competition from the likes of Google and Apple disrupts traditional models

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Will streaming save the music industry?

Takeup of services will not replace lost revenues just yet

Inside Tech

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Milk-buying robots may be the end of us all, says Maija Palmer
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Future of games is on smaller screens

Consoles are being supplanted by mobile devices

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Artificial intelligence and the fridge

Milk-buying robots could mark end of the world

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Venture capitalists bet on mobile start-ups

High valuations have attracted investors

Apple’s mobile payment system at work
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‘Year of progress’ for payment systems

Apple Pay is shaking up the market, but others are vying for attention in the same space

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Privacy woes colour smartphone’s success

Lawmakers scrutinise data collection on mobiles

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Wider benefits of emerging market apps

Demand for intuitive and easy-to-use products

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Investors flock to RSA gathering as online protection market booms

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Tech group should not split off its chipset business

Spectrum shortage fears drive bid frenzy

While US telcos race to buy more airwaves, others have taken a different approach

SMEs risk falling behind digital curve

Businesses that exploit mobile best grow faster than their rivals

The Internet of things

Has the internet of things lost its way?

In the short term at least connected objects will struggle to live up to expectations

Opportunity brings risk

US regulator Edith Ramirez warns on privacy

Network systems face a diversity of apps

Consumer devices are expected to favour 2G and 3G networks

Lamppost shines a light on smart cities

Sensors that can receive and transmit data help to increase urban efficiency

Law lags behind technology

Regulators slow to act on the potential legal implications of connected devices

Divide over a common language for devices

What is the point of being able to talk to your fridge, if your fridge cannot speak to your vacuum cleaner?

Slow progress in games for working life

Disillusionment has set in as technology fails to live up to ambitious expectations

EDF Energy encourages employee engagement

Utility uses digital games to tap workforce for ideas

IT to help you keep your house in order

To appeal to a wide audience, devices need to have practical applications

Tech groups look for next big thing

Techies challenged to invent breakout apps for internet of things

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