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UK sales for 2013 surge to $5.6bn, bringing its corporation tax arrangements back into the spotlight

Pace warns on profits as Japan quake hits supply

The set-top box maker Pace stunned the market yesterday with a warning on profits after it was hit by the supply chain issues exacerbated by the earthquake in Japan. The news wiped £190m off the company's value, almost 40 per cent, as the shares closed at 93p on the day.

Fingerprint lock for mobile phones

A smartphone that requires the owner's fingerprint to be scanned before it will allow anyone to access the web, play games or even make a call is launched today.

The hands that rocked the book world seek the fruits of success

It has helped a group of teenage actors become some of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, made a multi-millionaire of its author, and turned a small town near Seattle into one of America's hottest tourist destinations. Now the Twilight franchise is striking a blow for the fortunes of a cash-strapped New York hand model.

Mark Steel: No guns? They must be terrorists

Somehow, the Chilcot Inquiry has become like Big Brother. About once a month it pops up as a small item in the news and you think: "Oh blimey, I didn't realise that was still going on." Before long, like Big Brother, they'll come up with stunts to try and revive some interest. So they'll reintroduce contestants from previous inquiries such as Martin McGuinness and Christine Keeler, or make some witnesses complete a task of finding hidden ping-pong balls in the room or they have to give evidence blindfold.

Cable tells the world: no more location grants

After decades during which governments of both parties spent billions on attracting foreign investment, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has declared that Britain can no longer afford to "splay out" grants and subsidies to attract companies to locate in the UK.

Google Nexus One 'sales lag Apple and Motorola'

Google's initial sales of its Nexus One smartphone have significantly lagged the pace of Apple Inc's iPhone and Motorola's Droid sales coming out of the starting gate, an analytics firm said yesterday.

Motorola and Microsoft in deal to put Bing on phones

Motorola has reached a deal with Microsoft Corp that will put Bing search and mapping services on its phones that use Google's Android operating system.

Motorola to split business into two in 2011

Motorola said it aims to split into two companies in the first quarter of 2011, one to focus on cellphones and television set-top boxes, and the other on enterprise networking.

New tablet devices emerge as Apple looms

Call it a "slate" or call it a "tablet," the technology world is suddenly awash with a novel category of mobile devices seeking to grab the spotlight from a hugely anticipated product launch by Apple later this month.

Motorola to sell 'inside-out' phone

Motorola said it will sell a new "inside-out" Android flip-phone with a keyboard and display on the outside, and is considering joining the latest craze for tablet computing devices.

Review: Motorola Milestone

If you've somehow managed to get through the festive period without picking up a new phone and you have some change in your pocket to use to that end, there are many things to love about the Motorola Milestone, one of the strongest new contenders to the iPhone's well-deserved crown.

Motorola Droid set for December 7 UK launch

Of all the pretenders to the iPhone's crown, it is the Motorola Droid handset which has made the biggest impact, with sales of more than 800,00 racked up since the handset's release in the US on November 6. Now, the model previously dubbed too macho in appearance for the European market and passed up by major UK phone networks will see a release on this side of the Atlantic.

Phone review: Motorola gets smart with new Droid

Since its debut in 2007, millions of people have gravitated toward Apple's iPhone, wooed by its sleek hardware, simple user interface and abundance of applications.

iPhone rival Droid set for US launch

Verizon Wireless will start selling its answer to the iPhone - the Droid - for $200 (£121) in the US next week as the company taps into the growing appetite for smart phones that go far beyond making calls.

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