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Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia

Nov. 19, 2019 2:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme. Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, called...

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

Nov. 15, 2019 4:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X, which unfolds to 14.6 centimeters (5.8 inches) wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei’s online store in China priced...

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nov. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...

Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal

Nov. 1, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

Amazon must decide soon if it will protest the Pentagon's awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft, with one possible grievance being the unusual attention given the project by President Donald Trump. Amazon was long thought to be the front-runner in the competition for the huge...

Ford to offer over-the-air software updates across lineup

Oct. 30, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Beginning next year, Ford's redesigned vehicle models will allow software updates over the internet or through cellular phone connections. The company says every model will be equipped with the technology as they are redesigned. The shift will reduce visits to dealers for service and...

Pentagon hands Microsoft $10B 'war cloud' deal, snubs Amazon

Oct. 25, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pentagon awarded Microsoft a $10 billion cloud computing contract , snubbing early front-runner Amazon, whose competitive bid drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals. Bidding for the huge project, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI,...

Microsoft expanding in North Carolina, will hire hundreds

Oct. 25, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is expanding its North Carolina footprint by hiring new workers to build out its engineering and quantum computing businesses. The software maker and Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Friday that the $23 million expansion in Charlotte aims to create 430 new jobs by 2023....

Apple has a lot to lose if it crosses China's party bosses

Oct. 10, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. And it has made it harder to find an emoji representing the...

China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police

Oct. 9, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements. HKmap.live, designed by an outside supplier and...

Adobe cuts off Venezuela clients, citing US sanctions

Oct. 7, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The software company Adobe says it is cutting off its accounts in Venezuela, the latest repercussions of U.S. financial sanctions targeting President Nicolás Maduro. The California-based firm on Monday cited sweeping measures by the administration of President Donald Trump...