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Agency pledges tough action to buttress 'right to repair'

Jul. 21, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones, computers, videogame consoles and even tractors themselves, or to use independent repair shops, under changes being eyed by federal regulators. The regulators maintain that restrictions have...

Taiwan chipmaker TSMC says profit up 11.2% as demand rises

Jul. 15, 2021 07:01 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — TSMC, the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips for Apple Inc. and other global brands, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 11.2% over a year earlier to $4.8 billion as demand for smartphones and consumer electronics increased. ...

Dozens of states target Google's app store in antitrust suit

Jul. 07, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of states are taking aim at Google in an escalating legal offensive on Big Tech. This time, attorneys general for 36 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit targeting Google's Play store, where consumers download apps...

3D printed house shows potential affordable housing solution

Jul. 03, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A revolutionary way to build homes is coming to Virginia that could be a potential solution to constructing more affordable houses. You might have heard of a 3D printer making small, plastic items for doll furniture and models, but 3D printers can...

Pandemic-era Mobile World Congress tech fair kicks off

Jun. 28, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A major wireless technology trade fair kicked off in Barcelona on Monday with scaled-back attendance and beefed-up health and safety measures, changes that reflect the new reality for industry conventions in the pandemic era. Mobile World...

Microsoft debuts Windows 11, first major update in 6 years

Jun. 24, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

Microsoft has unveiled the next generation of its Windows software, called Windows 11, that has sleeker visual features and is more open to third-party apps. The newest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system announced Thursday will be a successor to today's...

EU's Google ad tech probe part of bloc's antitrust crackdown

Jun. 22, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s move on Tuesday to investigate Google over alleged antitrust behavior in the digital ad tech sector is the bloc’s latest crackdown on U.S. tech giants. Here’s a look at enforcement actions taken by the EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe...

UK watchdog examines Apple-Google mobile system control

Jun. 15, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. competition regulators are looking into Apple and Google smartphone operating systems, app stores and browsers, over concern that the control of "mobile ecosystems" by the two tech giants is harming consumers. The Competition and Markets Authority on...

Huawei rolls out its own operating system to smartphones

Jun. 02, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Huawei launched its own HarmonyOS mobile operating system on its handsets on Wednesday as it adapts to having lost access to Google mobile services two years ago after the U.S. put the Chinese telecommunications company on a trade blacklist. The...

Judge digs into Apple app store policies as Epic trial ends

May. 24, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The judge who will decide a case challenging Apple’s stranglehold on its iPhone app store indicated on Monday she would like to promote more competition but without dismantling a commission system that reaps billions of dollars for the technology powerhouse. ...