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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...

Big Tech's eco-pledges aren't slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Oct. 2, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

Employee activism and outside pressure have pushed big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google into promising to slash their carbon emissions. But there's another thing these tech giants aren't cutting: Their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry. When Microsoft held an all-staff meeting in...

Ready student one? Universities launch degrees in esports

Oct. 1, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It's their introduction to the degree in esports they've all enrolled in. The group clicking away on their mice are at the University of Staffordshire, one of several...

Wells Fargo, Vail gain while Micron, Progress Software slip

Sep. 27, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday. Micron Technology Inc., down $5.39 to $43.21 The chipmaker gave investors a weak profit forecast and warned that the U.S.-China trade war could hurt sales. Las Vegas Sands Corp., up $1.23 to $57.11 The casino operator will replace...

Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor

Sep. 17, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump threatened to cut off Huawei's access to U.S. technology, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was pouring money into research that reduces its need for American suppliers. Huawei's founder says instead of crippling the company, the export curbs are...

Rhode Island launches mobile sports betting application

Sep. 5, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island launched mobile sports betting at one casino and plans to add it to a second casino next week. The mobile application launched Wednesday at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, according to the state revenue department. The department said Thursday there were no major issues,...

Protecting companies' systems needs to be ongoing process

Sep. 4, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can take steps to make their computers and websites less vulnerable to cybercriminals, but owners also need to be vigilant about protecting their data. Cybersecurity has some basic components, such as using anti-virus and anti-malware programs on all devices, and making...

Federal grand jury indicts woman in Capital One case

Aug. 29, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Amazon software engineer arrested last month on charges she hacked into Capital One bank and more than 30 different companies has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she not only broke into the company's computer system, but also stole computing power for her own...