Apple’s iPhone 5C: the tech giant sold 51 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2014. Photograph: George Frey/Reuters

Apple will post its second quarter results after the market close this Wednesday, and investors will be all ears to see if the tech giant can s(...)

 Apple  missed Wall Street’s target for iPhone sales over the crucial holiday shopping season and offered a weaker-than-expected forecast for this quarter, sending its shares down 6 per cent. Photograph:  Stephen Lam/Reuters

Apple missed Wall Street’s target for iPhone sales over the crucial holiday shopping season and offered a weaker-than-expected forecast for this quart(...)

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC reported a worse than expected net fourth-quarter profit, despite aggressive cost cutting and a one-time gain. Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

HTC, Taiwan’s largest smartphone maker, posted net income that missed analyst estimates for a fourth consecutive quarter as rising competition from Ch(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said falling unemployment and the bipartisan agreement over next year’s budget “gives us a much stronger outlook for 2014, which brings us to raising our forecast”. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

European stocks continued to indulge in their bullish pre- Christmas mood, advancing for a fourth consecutive day and the biggest four-day rally since(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wait for the Federal Reserve’s decision in relation to its economic stimulus programme.  Photograph: David Karp

Markets on this side of the Atlantic were again held back by concerns over what the US Federal Reserve would choose to do in relation to its economic (...)

A worker cleans glass in front of an iPhone 5C advertisement at an Apple store in Kunming, Yunnan province. China Mobile has signed a deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network. PHOTOGRAPH: WONG CAMPION/REUTERS

China’s legion of iPhone fans was busy sending messages on the country’s Twitter-style Weibo network last week, saying: “At last!”China Mobile, the co(...)

The plenum and the resulting decision were surprisingly light on corruption references, given how graft had dominated the domestic news agenda for mon(...)

On the move: 102.66 million mobile phones were sold in China in the third quarter of 2013 – a 54.5 per cent increase on the same period last year. photograph: darley shen/reuters

While the mobile phone market seems to have reached saturation point in many markets, China’s love affair with the portable phone remains ardent, as a(...)

Vodafone and Orange are part of a group of leading communications companies invited by the Myanmar government to pitch to team up with state operator Myanmar Post & Telecommunication. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Mobile phone companies that lost out in the race for two mobile phone licences in Myanmar are being invited to pitch for a stake in what is one of the(...)

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun speaking during the launch of one of its smartphones in Beijing recently. photograph: chinafotopress via getty images

Lei Jun, the founder and chief executive of Xiaomi, China’s hottest technology company, which is worth nearly €7.5 billion, is routinely described as (...)

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