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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

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Falling PC demand puts heat on Microsoft

Pressure to show it can move faster in revamping for cloud

Google’s average ad prices drop 7%

Wall Street shrugs off search company’s slight revenue miss

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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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

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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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ACROSS THE FT

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Fast-growing Amazon Web Services compensates for strong dollar and weak sales growth outside US

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Chipmaker blames missing out on Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones

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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