Latest Consumer electronics News

Davos updates | Urgent need in Afghanistan is saving economy

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Two high-level speakers at the World Economic Forum gathering say Afghanistan’s most urgent need is saving its economy from complete collapse. Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Program, said Monday in Davos that “we cannot...

Dutch leader faces pressure over old-school text messages

May. 20, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The long-serving Dutch prime minister is in hot water over his low-tech cell phone. Mark Rutte is facing unusual political and public pressure after revelations that he has been deleting text messages about official matters for years. Critics accuse...

Google gets more multilingual, but will it get the nuance?

May. 11, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — About 10 million people speak Quechua, but trying to automatically translate emails and text messages into the most widely spoken Indigenous language family in the Americas was long all but impossible. That changed on Wednesday, when Google added Quechua and a...

Google adopts an Apple-like approach for its Pixel products

May. 11, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google on Wednesday took a big step toward pushing its Pixel product line-up down a road already paved by Apple and its array of trendsetting devices. The latest additions to its six-year-old Pixel brand will include Google’s first smartwatch that draws upon...

Britain pushes tough tech rules under new digital watchdog

May. 06, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Big tech companies like Google and Facebook parent Meta would have to comply with tough British rules under a new digital watchdog aimed at giving consumers more choice online — or face the threat of big fines. The United Kingdom government on Friday outlined the...

Thousands of smartphones purchased by VA went unused

May. 05, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wasted nearly $2 million when most of the smartphones bought during the pandemic for homeless veterans went unused, according to an inspector general's report. The report, released Wednesday, found that the Veterans Health Administration spent...

New factory in Moses Lake to bring hundreds of new jobs

May. 04, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A battery materials company has purchased a 600,000-square foot facility in Moses Lake, Washington, to be used to manufacture lithium-ion anode battery materials for the automotive and cell phone industries. Sila, based in Alameda, California, said...

FACT FOCUS: Gaping holes in the claim of 2K ballot ‘mules’

May. 03, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

A film debuting in over 270 theaters across the United States this week uses a flawed analysis of cellphone location data and ballot drop box surveillance footage to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election nearly 18 months after it ended. Praised by former...

India seizes $725 million China's Xiaomi over remittances

Apr. 30, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities on Saturday seized $725 million from Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi, accusing it of breaking the country's foreign exchange laws by making illegal remittances abroad, officials said. The Enforcement Directorate, India's financial investigation...

Liz Weston: Tweak your tech settings to protect your privacy

Apr. 25, 2022 08:33 AM EDT

So much of our sensitive personal data is being tracked and sold that trying to protect our privacy can seem like a pointless exercise. We can disable the location tracking on phone apps only to find new apps stalking us the next time we check. We can turn off personalized...