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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 - This combination of April 30, 2018, file photos shows signage for a Sprint store in New York's Herald Square, top, and signage at a T-Mobile store in New York.  Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed its takeover of smaller rival Sprint, creating a new wireless giant that rivals AT&T and Verizon in size. The deal was announced two years ago and has taken a long time to close because of pushback from state and federal regulators.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Sprint and T-Mobile merge, creating new wireless giant

Apr. 1, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed the takeover of smaller rival Sprint, creating a new wireless giant that rivals AT&T and Verizon in size. The companies announced the deal, valued at $31.6 billion based on T-Mobile's closing stock price Tuesday, two years ago. It has taken a long...

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...

Members of the Rhode Island National Guard, left, and right, greet disembarking train passengers, Monday, March 30, 2020, at Providence Station train station, in Providence, R.I., to provide them with information about the coronavirus and advise them to self-quarantine for 14 days if they are arriving from out of state. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island extends remote learning to end of April

Mar. 30, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — School children in Rhode Island will continue distance learning through at least the end of April as the state grapples with the growing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday. Although online attendance rates have been higher than anticipated since the state's...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, a man walks past a satellite dish station in El Sombrero, Venezuela. Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, according to a government statement on March 26, 2020.  (AP Photo/Howard Yanes, File)

Venezuela's only telecoms satellite is lost in space

Mar. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped South American nation. The Chinese-built satellite was launched among much fanfare in 2008 under the watch of former President Hugo...

FILE -- In this March 10, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a face mask checks her phone as she walks at the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan, Italy. Across Europe, governments are increasingly using surveillance to try to curtail the lethal spread of the new coronavirus, tracking people’s movements with aggregated cell phone location data and introducing apps to keep the infected quarantined. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Europe eyes smartphone location data to stem virus spread

Mar. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

The Czech Republic has become the first European country to announce plans to deploy a powerful but potentially intrusive location-tracking tool for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as others consider similar moves bound to put public health in conflict with individual privacy. The effort announced Tuesday by...

FILE - This June 19, 2017 file photo shows a person working on a laptop in North Andover, Mass. Many now are working and studying from home to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, one that's testing how productive people can be in a pandemic. It's also challenging the capacity of the internet, home Wi-Fi systems and video-chat services amid unprecedented demand.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Teams, toddlers and cabinets: The joys of working from home

Mar. 24, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

In the early days of working from home to prevent spread of the COVID-19 disease, some Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers talking strategy on a video chat couldn’t help but get distracted by their team leader’s kitchen cabinets. “There was absolutely nothing special about them...

FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, a router and internet switch are displayed in East Derry, N.H.   With so much of the U.S. workforce,  and their families, now cooped up at home to combat the spread of  coronavirus, it's not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain. Will there be a bandwidth problem with all the devices going at once?  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Home internet jammed up? Try these steps before upgrading

Mar. 24, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

With so much of the U.S. workforce — and their families — now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, it's not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain. If you've had a business videoconference stutter while your teenagers play Call of Duty online, or found...

Survey eyes internet access, cell service on Navajo Nation

Mar. 23, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation residents are being asked to fill out a survey about internet access and cellular service on tribal land. The Farmington Daily Times reports an ad hoc group comprised of tribal government employees and technology professionals is conducting the survey and will use...

Judge says issues still to be resolved in cell tower suit

Mar. 20, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the zoning board in Delaware's largest city properly denied a request by wireless provider T-Mobile to install a cellphone antenna atop a high-rise senior center to improve coverage. The judge ruled this week that substantial evidence supports the board's...