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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, a man leaves an Apple store in Beijing. Apple says it will roll out a new privacy control in spring 2021 to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Apple to crack down on tracking iPhone users in early spring

Jan. 28, 2021 12:02 AM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple says it will roll out a new privacy control in the spring to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people. The delay in its anticipated rollout aims to placate Facebook and other digital services that depend on such data surveillance to help sell ads. Although Apple...

A woman passes by an advertisement of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S21 Series smartphones at its shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its operating profit for last quarter rose by more than 26% as it capped off a robust business year where its dual strength in parts and finished products allowed it to thrive amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Samsung reports profit jump driven by strong chip demand

Jan. 27, 2021 10:26 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its operating profit for the last quarter rose by more than 26% as it capped off a robust business year where its dual strength in parts and finished products allowed it to thrive amid the pandemic. But the South Korean tech giant expects its...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, people wait in front of an Apple store in Munich, before the worldwide launch of the iPhone 6s. A European Union high court on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 ruled in favor of technology giant Apple and Ireland in its dispute with the EU over 13 billion euros, 15 billion US dollars in back taxes. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

Apple urges security upgrade to iPhones, iPads

Jan. 27, 2021 11:58 AM EST

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to update their devices to fix security flaws that might have been “actively exploited" by hackers. Apple made the software upgrades available Tuesday, adding a rare note suggesting it was a serious threat. The company credited...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Jan. 26, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft - Mojang 2. Bloons TD 6 - Ninja Kiwi 3. Procreate Pocket - Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 4. Heads Up! - Warner Bros. 5. Monopoly - Marmalade Game Studio 6. Geometry Dash - RobTop Games AB 7. Plague Inc. - Ndemic Creations 8. Incredibox - So Far So Good 9. HotSchedules -...

Residents practice tai chi at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A year after it was locked down to contain the spread of coronavirus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has largely returned to normal, even as China continues to battle outbreaks elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

Jan. 23, 2021 3:36 AM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world's first coronavirus lockdown, bringing the bustling central Chinese industrial and transport center to a virtual standstill almost overnight. It would last 76 days. Early Saturday morning, however, residents...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Jan. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EST

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 3. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 5. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 6. Incredibox, So Far So Good 7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 9. Da Vinci Eye: AR Art Projector,...

FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, an advertisement for Xiaomi is displayed at a subway station in Hong Kong. The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac). (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

Jan. 15, 2021 12:38 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to...

This photo provided by Samsung shows the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung’s next crop of smartphones will boast bigger screens, better cameras, and longer-lasting batteries at lower prices than than last year’s lineup that came out just before the pandemic toppled the economy. The three Galaxy S21 phones unveiled Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 during a virtual event will face similar challenges in an economy still hobbled by the COVID-19 crisis. (Samsung via AP)

Samsung promises new phones will deliver more for less money

Jan. 14, 2021 11:34 AM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Samsung’s next crop of smartphones will boast bigger screens, better cameras, and longer-lasting batteries at lower prices than last year's lineup that came out just before the pandemic toppled the economy. The three Galaxy S21 phones unveiled Thursday at a virtual event...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Jan. 12, 2021 12:41 PM EST

App Store Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 4. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 6. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 7. Da Vinci Eye: AR Art Projector, Cube MG LLC 8. The Wonder Weeks, Domus Technica 9. 75...

The logo of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin, Jan. 10, 2021. In the background on a screen is the platform's website. The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet Monday, Jan. 11, over ties to last week's siege on the U.S. Capitol, but not before hackers made off with an archive of its posts, including any that might have helped organize or document the riot. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

Right-wing app Parler booted off internet over ties to siege

Jan. 11, 2021 8:21 PM EST

The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet Monday over ties to last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol, but not before digital activists made off with an archive of its posts, including any that might have helped organize or document the riot. Amazon kicked Parler off its...