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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York.  Apple has managed to shine amid the gloom, putting it on the cusp of becoming the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. With its stock already up 50% this year, the only question among analysts is whether Apple will pass the $2 trillion milestone before the release of its next-generation iPhones in October.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Apple shines in pandemic with $2 trillion value on horizon

Aug. 6, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

Early in 2020, Apple appeared to be caught in a horrible bind. The initial spread of the novel coronavirus shut down the factories in China that assemble its iPhones and also closed its retail stores in a country that ranks as the company's biggest market besides the U.S. Things looked even bleaker in March after...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

US talks tougher on Chinese tech, but offers few specifics

Aug. 5, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called for a big expansion of U.S. government curbs on Chinese technology, saying that it wants to see “untrusted Chinese apps" pulled from the Google and Apple app stores. Outside experts called Pompeo's proposal vague and possibly...

This photo provided by Samsung shows the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, from Samsung.  Samsung aims to lift sinking smartphone sales with two new models that will test consumers' willingness to buy high-priced gadgets during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The company's latest Galaxy phones, unveiled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, during an online showcase, will cost $1,000 to $1,300.  (Samsung via AP)

Samsung's new phones test consumer demand for pricey gadgets

Aug. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Samsung aims to lift its sinking smartphone sales with three new models that will test consumer willingness to buy high-priced gadgets during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The latest Galaxy phones, unveiled Wednesday during an online showcase, will cost $1,000 to $1,300. Such prices are...

An image provided by Google shows the Pixel 4A budget smartphone, which has the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models. The phone, unveiled Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by supply problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. It will cost $349, a $50 discount from a cheap Pixel released last year. It's also a major markdown from other higher-end models in the existing product line-up that start at $799. (Google via AP)

Google unveils budget Pixel phone as pandemic curbs spending

Aug. 3, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has started selling a long-delayed budget smartphone boasting the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models that cost hundreds of dollars more. The Pixel 4a unveiled Monday will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by...

A security officer talks on a phone in front of an image of an iPhone displayed at an Apple store in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Three contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones and South Korea’s Samsung have applied for large-scale electronics manufacturing rights in India under a $6.5 billion incentive scheme announced by the government, Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Praad  said Saturday. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Samsung, Apple to boost cellphone manufacturing in India

Aug. 1, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Three contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones and South Korea’s Samsung have applied for large-scale electronics manufacturing rights in India under a $6.5 billion incentive scheme announced by the government, a minister said Saturday. The scheme will extend cash incentives of 4-6%...

Deadline extended for tribes to seek broadband licenses

Jul. 31, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is giving tribes another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum that would help them establish or expand internet access on their land — far less time than what tribes had sought. Tribes pushed to be first in line to apply for...

Nokia profit up despite pandemic as new CEO takes over

Jul. 31, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia has reported better than expected second-quarter earnings on the back of improved margins for telecoms equipment and software despite the coronavirus crisis causing a substantial drop in revenue. The Espoo, Finland-based maker of new-generation 5G mobile and other networks said Friday...

FILE - The Amazon DTW1 fulfillment center is shown in Romulus, Mich.  Amazon is heading to space. The online shopping giant received government approval to put more than 3,200 satellites into orbit that would beam down internet service to earth. Amazon said the satellites could provide internet to parts of the world that don’t have it.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Amazon closer to launching satellites, upping internet reach

Jul. 31, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is one step closer to space. The company received government approval to put more than 3,200 satellites into orbit with the goal of beaming internet service to earth. Amazon said the satellites could provide internet to parts of the world that don't have it. It could also become...

FILE - This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore.  Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 30, 2020, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Amid the pandemic, Big Tech reports mixed earnings

Jul. 30, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices. All four were affected by the pandemic, although in strikingly different ways. Google and Facebook reported slowing...

South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel

Jul. 29, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization members on Wednesday created a dispute panel to rule on a complaint by South Korea against Japan over restrictions on exports to Korea of products used in semiconductors, mobile phone displays and television displays. Tokyo said it was “deeply...