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Apple's next iPhone mirrors last year's, adds more storage

Sep. 14, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled its next iPhone line-up, including a model that offers twice the storage available in earlier versions and other modest upgrades to last year’s editions that proved to be a big hit among consumers devouring the latest technology during the pandemic....

SKorea to fine Google $177M for forcing software on devices

Sep. 14, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s competition watchdog plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems, in what would be one of the country's biggest antitrust penalties ever. ...

Apple fixes security hole reportedly used to hack an iPhone

Sep. 13, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Apple released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. Researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said the...

Apple eases App Store rules again, to allow outside signups

Sep. 02, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Apple is relaxing rules to allow some app developers such as Spotify, Netflix and digital publishers to include an outside link so users can sign up for paid subscription accounts. The iPhone maker said late Wednesday that it's making a small adjustment...

Survey: Owners frustrated when linking phones to vehicles

Aug. 31, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Automobile quality rose last year, but glitches in pairing smartphones with infotainment systems frustrated owners more than anything, according to a large U.S. survey of auto owners. For the first time, a brand from Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, ranked...

Report finds NSO Group's spyware used on Bahraini activists

Aug. 24, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nine activists from Bahrain had their iPhones hacked by advanced spyware made by the Israeli company NSO Group, the world's most infamous hacker-for-hire firm, a cybersecurity watchdog reported on Tuesday. Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Aug. 11, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 9 The Wall Street Journal on looking beyond alarming headlines from climate report: The world awoke Monday after a logy August weekend to some alarming news:...

Samsung slashes prices in bid to boost foldable phone sales

Aug. 11, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Samsung is hoping cheaper but more durable versions of its foldable phones will broaden the appeal of a high-concept design that's so far fizzled with consumers. The electronics giant on Wednesday launched its effort to turn things around with...

Without 'right to repair,' businesses lose time and money

Aug. 10, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

As software and other technologies get infused in more and more products, manufacturers are increasingly making those products difficult to repair, potentially costing business owners time and money. Makers of products ranging from smartphones to farm equipment can...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 06, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

Portland Press Herald. August 6, 2021. Editorial: Maine State Police justified in plan to use body cameras The equipment is expensive, but it will boost accountability and public confidence in the agency’s work. Vast stretches...