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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, attendees wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk past a booth from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020 is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a senior security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G, calls China biggest threat

Oct. 20, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a top security official called China one of the country's biggest threats. The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday that four wireless carriers bidding for frequencies in an upcoming spectrum auction...

Satellite dishes inside Kevlar domes at the Kester Satellite Ground Station in Kester, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. This week, the site at Kester, which has been in use for decades but was totally overhauled in 2014, is set to fall under a new orbit, when NATO announces that it is creating a space center to help manage satellite communications and key parts of its military operations around the world. (AP Photo/Lorne Cook)

NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

Oct. 20, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

KESTER, Belgium (AP) — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some folks claim to have seen mysterious Russians in the area. Over the years, rumors have swirled that it might be a base for U.S. nuclear warheads. It’s...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. President Xi Jinping promised Wednesday new steps to back development of China's biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese providers. (Zhang Ling/Xinhua via AP)

China's Xi promises changes to promote tech center Shenzhen

Oct. 14, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping on Wednesday promised new steps to promote development of China's biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese suppliers. In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, visitors wearing mask to protect from the coronavirus walk past a 5G sign at the China Beijing International High Tech Expo in Beijing, China. A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people. To industry proponents, it’s the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it’s the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

AP Explains: The promise of 5G wireless - speed, hype, risk

Oct. 13, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people. To industry proponents, it’s the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it’s the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control. To many...

This image provided by Apple shows a display of the new iPhones equipped with technology for use with faster new 5G wireless networks that Apple unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Apple via AP)

Apple unveils new iPhones for faster 5G wireless networks

Oct. 13, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

Apple unveiled four new iPhones equipped with technology for use with faster new 5G wireless networks, hoping that demand for higher data speeds will spark demand for new phones. That might not happen as quickly as Apple would like. In a virtual presentation Tuesday, the company announced four 5G-enabled versions...

Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers

Oct. 13, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Tuesday there is virtually no risk that towers and communications equipment to be put up in military camps by a China-backed telecom firm can be used for espionage. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said installing the towers and equipment of Dito...

Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers

Oct. 13, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Tuesday there is virtually no risk that towers and communications equipment to be put up in military camps by a China-backed telecom firm can be used for espionage. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said installing the towers and equipment of Dito...

In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 photo provided by Stanford University, Robert Wilson, left, and Paul Milgrom stand for a photo in Stanford, Calif. The two American economists, both professors at Stanford, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for improving how auctions work. That research that underlies much of today's economy — from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecoms companies acquire airwaves from the government. (Andrew Brodhead/Stanford News Service via AP)

2 Stanford economists win Nobel prize for improving auctions

Oct. 12, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Auctions are everywhere in today’s economy. They determine how Google sells ads, what price consumers end up paying for electricity, and the way governments sell off the public airwaves to telecom companies and broadcasters. For helping make auctions run more efficiently, two...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, logos of Huawei are displayed at its retail shop window with the reflection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. A committee of lawmakers on Thursday Oct. 8, 2020, is urging the British government to consider banning Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country's next-generation mobile phone networks two years earlier than planned. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

UK lawmakers warn Huawei 5G may need to be banned earlier

Oct. 8, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to consider banning Chinese technology giant Huawei from next-generation mobile phone networks two years earlier than planned. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government in July blocked Huawei from having any role in building the...

FILE - This March 19, 2018, file photo shows a Google app in Baltimore. Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service. The products unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, focus on two areas where Google has struggled to make significant inroads. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Google unveils latest Pixel phone, rolls out new TV service

Sep. 30, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service. The products unveiled Wednesday focus on two areas where Google has struggled to make significant...