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FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, an Apple logo adorns the facade of the downtown Brooklyn Apple store in New York. Apple’s new iPad brings PC-like trackpad capabilities for the first time, as the company seeks to make its tablet even more like a laptop computer. Apple says the trackpad will offer more precision than fingers in selecting text and switching between apps.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Apple pinched by pandemic; profit, iPhone sales decline

Apr. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Apple's profit dipped slightly while revenues rose in the January-March quarter, reflecting early fallout from a coronavirus pandemic that shut down its factories and then forced hundreds of Apple retail stores to close. The results released Thursday give the first sign of how one...

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. On Friday, April 17, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that one can call a 1-800 number and enter your social security number to check on the status of the relief check the federal government is sending as part of the $2.2 trillion economic recovery bill in response to the coronavirus. The IRS isn’t currently accepting calls by phone because of the coronavirus. The IRS has warned Americans of scam artists who might try to swindle you out of your relief check through fraudulent emails, text messages, websites or social media posts that request your banking or personal information. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: More falsehoods around the novel coronavirus

Apr. 17, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Relief checks being sent to U.S. taxpayers by the government under the...

FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo the Apple logo is displayed at the Apple store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.  Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be dramatically cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall at a time when the economy was booming and the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t forcing consumers to cut back on their spending. The second-generation iPhone SE announced Wednesday, April 15, 2020,  will sell for as little as $399. That's a 40% markdown from the most affordable iPhone 11 unveiled last year.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending

Apr. 15, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending. The second-generation iPhone SE introduced Wednesday will sell for as little as $399, a 40%...

FILE - This March 19, 2018 file photo shows a Google app in Baltimore.   Apple and Google launched a major joint effort, Friday, April 10, 2020,  to leverage smartphone technology contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use Bluetooth wireless technology to track down people who may have been infected by coronavirus carriers.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Apple, Google to harness phones for virus infection tracking

Apr. 10, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

Apple and Google fueled hopes for digital technology’s promise against a fast-moving, invisible killer, announcing a joint effort to help public health agencies worldwide leverage smartphones to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use...

In this April 1, 2020, photo, a passenger holds up a green pass on their phone on a subway train in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Green is the

Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

Apr. 2, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, attendees walk past a display for 5G services from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Chinese tech giant Huawei says its 2019 sales rose 19.1% over a year earlier despite U.S. sanctions that hampered its smartphone and network equipment businesses. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China's Huawei warns more US pressure may spur retaliation

Mar. 31, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Huawei’s chairman warned Tuesday that more U.S. moves to increase pressure on the Chinese tech giant might trigger retaliation by Beijing that could damage its worldwide industry. Huawei Technologies Ltd., which makes smartphones and network equipment, reported that its 2019 sales...