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China's Huawei reports sales gain despite US sanctions

Oct. 16, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei on Wednesday reported a double-digit gain in sales despite U.S. sanctions that threaten to disrupt its smartphone and network equipment businesses. Huawei Technologies Ltd. said its sales rose 24.4% in the first nine months of 2019 to 610.8 billion yuan ($86...

Google touts privacy options, but still depends on your data

Oct. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's latest phone and smart-home devices came packaged with a not-so-subtle message: Google cares about your privacy. Does it? The tech company has had a complicated relationship with user information in the past. Google's latest steps offer consumers some additional protections,...

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...

Tough times for chipmakers as Samsung warns of profit drop

Oct. 8, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung provided the latest sign of the tough times afflicting computer chipmakers as it braced investors for a sharp drop in profit. The sobering forecast Tuesday wasn't entirely unexpected, given an industrywide glut that has forced chipmakers to slash prices to clear out...

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

Oct. 7, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been...

Correction: HP Inc-Job Cuts story

Oct. 4, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Oct. 4 about job cuts at Hewlett Packard, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the cuts will be made by 2020. The company plans to make the cuts by its fiscal year 2022. A corrected version of the story is below: HP Inc.'s new CEO unveils plan to cut up to 9,000...

Samsung ends smartphone phone production in China

Oct. 4, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Friday it has ended the production of smartphones in its last factory in China. Production at the factory in southern China’s Huizhou ended last month, the company said in an email Friday. It said it made “the difficult decision to cease...

Google strikes back with its own game subscription service

Sep. 23, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is offering a new subscription service for apps and games on Android devices days after Apple launched a similar service. Google Play Pass will cost $5 a month and give subscribers access to 350 games and apps. It will cost $2 a month for the first year in an introductory offer....

How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update

Sep. 19, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work. Among the changes: You'll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ID account rather than Facebook's or Google's....

Bangladesh's leading cellphone companies in legal tussle

Sep. 18, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's two leading cellphone companies are negotiating with a regulator over claims of about $1.5 billion in unpaid taxes as they face a possible loss of their licenses amid a legal battle that could hurt investor confidence. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory...