Latest Smartphones News

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...

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...

Cambodian leader says officials must master mobile internet

Mar. 28, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen declared Monday that he would not appoint anyone to be a provincial governor who is not knowledgeable in the use of social media and smartphones. Hun Sen, an avid user of Facebook, said at a hospital...

Apple's new budget iPhone will be faster and more expensive

Mar. 08, 2022 16:50 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its budget-priced iPhone that's capable of connecting to ultrafast 5G wireless networks, an upgrade that's already been available on the company’s upscale models for more than a year. The latest iPhone SE marks...

Valentino gets 'pretty in pink' in bold Paris show

Mar. 06, 2022 18:37 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — It was “La Vie en Rose” for Valentino, who headlined Sunday’s segment of Paris Fashion Week with a daring yet triumphant pink collection as VIP guests including Lewis Hamilton and Zendaya had to negotiate arrivals during a car-free day in the capital’s center. ...

Cherokee on a smartphone: Part of a drive to save a language

Feb. 28, 2022 15:30 PM EST

By itself, being able to read smartphone home screens in Cherokee won’t be enough to safeguard the Indigenous language, endangered after a long history of erasure. But it might be a step toward immersing younger tribal citizens in the language spoken by a dwindling number of their elders. ...

Propaganda, fake videos of Ukraine invasion bombard users

Feb. 25, 2022 00:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The messages, videos and photos flying across Twitter, Facebook and Telegram far outnumber the airstrikes raining down on Ukraine. They claim to show Russian fighter jets being shot down or Ukrainians dodging for cover in their own homes. Some are...