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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, a Microsoft Surface Duo is displayed in New York. Microsoft is back to selling smartphones for the first time since it abandoned its mobile business more than four years ago.
The company began taking orders Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, for the Surface Duo, a new dual-screen Android device that costs $1,399 and begins shipping in September. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Microsoft back in the smartphone business with its new Duo

Aug. 12, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

Microsoft is back to selling smartphones for the first time since it abandoned its mobile business more than four years ago. The company began taking orders Wednesday for the Surface Duo, a new dual-screen Android device that costs $1,399 and begins shipping in September. The high-priced gadget is designed to...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, some people wear masks while using the New York City subway system during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. New York's mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in buses and subways. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

MTA asks Apple's help to solve iPhone mask issues

Aug. 10, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in buses and subways. In a letter to CEO Tim Cook obtained by The Associated...

In this Oct. 31, 2019 photo, man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Chinese tech giant Huawei kept its global business growing for almost a decade while Washington piled sanctions on the company and lobbied its allies to keep the company out of telecom networks. Now, Huawei is starting to suffer in earnest as the Trump administration steps up efforts to slam the door on access to Western components and markets in a widening feud with Beijing over technology and security. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Huawei: Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions

Aug. 8, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions and will be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive says, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from American pressure. Huawei...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York.  Apple has managed to shine amid the gloom, putting it on the cusp of becoming the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. With its stock already up 50% this year, the only question among analysts is whether Apple will pass the $2 trillion milestone before the release of its next-generation iPhones in October.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Apple shines in pandemic with $2 trillion value on horizon

Aug. 6, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

Early in 2020, Apple appeared to be caught in a horrible bind. The initial spread of the novel coronavirus shut down the factories in China that assemble its iPhones and also closed its retail stores in a country that ranks as the company's biggest market besides the U.S. Things looked even bleaker in March after...

This photo provided by Samsung shows the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, from Samsung.  Samsung aims to lift sinking smartphone sales with two new models that will test consumers' willingness to buy high-priced gadgets during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The company's latest Galaxy phones, unveiled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, during an online showcase, will cost $1,000 to $1,300.  (Samsung via AP)

Samsung's new phones test consumer demand for pricey gadgets

Aug. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Samsung aims to lift its sinking smartphone sales with three new models that will test consumer willingness to buy high-priced gadgets during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The latest Galaxy phones, unveiled Wednesday during an online showcase, will cost $1,000 to $1,300. Such prices are...

Officials: School laptops held up ahead of new academic year

Aug. 4, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

About 4,000 new laptop computers bound for an Alabama school district were held up over issues with manufacturers, weeks before the school year was set to begin with increased online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to education officials. Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby said...

FILE - In this April 30, 2015, file photo, a woman sits near the logo of Sony Corp. in Tokyo. Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video-game and other online businesses thrived with people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Sony's profit up as people staying home play video games

Aug. 4, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video game and other online businesses thrived with people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo-based Sony reported a 233 billion yen ($2.2 billion) profit for the...

An image provided by Google shows the Pixel 4A budget smartphone, which has the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models. The phone, unveiled Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by supply problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. It will cost $349, a $50 discount from a cheap Pixel released last year. It's also a major markdown from other higher-end models in the existing product line-up that start at $799. (Google via AP)

Google unveils budget Pixel phone as pandemic curbs spending

Aug. 3, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has started selling a long-delayed budget smartphone boasting the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models that cost hundreds of dollars more. The Pixel 4a unveiled Monday will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by...

A security officer talks on a phone in front of an image of an iPhone displayed at an Apple store in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Three contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones and South Korea’s Samsung have applied for large-scale electronics manufacturing rights in India under a $6.5 billion incentive scheme announced by the government, Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Praad  said Saturday. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Samsung, Apple to boost cellphone manufacturing in India

Aug. 1, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Three contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones and South Korea’s Samsung have applied for large-scale electronics manufacturing rights in India under a $6.5 billion incentive scheme announced by the government, a minister said Saturday. The scheme will extend cash incentives of 4-6%...

FILE - This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore.  Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 30, 2020, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Amid the pandemic, Big Tech reports mixed earnings

Jul. 30, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices. All four were affected by the pandemic, although in strikingly different ways. Google and Facebook reported slowing...