Latest Mobile phones News

Companies are trying to attract more smartphone users across Africa. But there are risks

May. 19, 2024 02:20 AM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Anita Akpeere prepared fried rice in her kitchen in Ghana's capital as a flurry of notifications for restaurant orders lit up apps on her phone. “I don’t think I could work without a phone in my line of business,” she said, as requests came in for her signature dish, a...

Changes from Visa mean Americans will carry fewer physical credit, debit cards in their wallets

May. 15, 2024 17:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Your wallet may soon be getting thinner. Visa on Wednesday announced major changes to how credit and debit cards will operate in the U.S. in the coming months and years. The new features could mean Americans will be carrying fewer physical cards in...

Illness took away her voice. AI created a replica she carries in her phone

May. 13, 2024 22:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The voice Alexis “Lexi” Bogan had before last summer was exuberant. She loved to belt out Taylor Swift and Zach Bryan ballads in the car. She laughed all the time — even while corralling misbehaving preschoolers or debating politics with friends over a...

Pennsylvania to ban cell phone use while driving and require police to collect traffic stop data

May. 09, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will join the majority of states that ban motorists from handling a cell phone for almost any purpose while driving, as backers of the legislation hope to reduce distracted driving accidents and deaths after nearly two decades of pressing the measure. ...

Maui sues cell carriers over wildfire warning alerts that were never received during service outages

May. 03, 2024 04:53 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Had emergency responders known about widespread cellphone outages during the height of last summer's deadly Maui wildfires, they would have used other methods to warn about the disaster, county officials said in a lawsuit. Alerts the county sent to cellphones...

Phones, Islamic books and currency exchange. Some businesses are making money out of Taliban rule

May. 01, 2024 04:05 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yunis Safi, a businessman in Kabul, knows very well the importance of showing off your phone if you want something done. “In Afghanistan, your phone is your personality,” he said, smiling, a jewel-encrusted ring on each hand. One boasts an emerald, the...

Pennsylvania moves to join states that punish stalkers who use Bluetooth tracking devices

Apr. 30, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania took a step Tuesday toward becoming the latest state to punish someone for using a Bluetooth-connected device to track someone without their permission. The state House of Representatives voted 199-1 to approve legislation that would make using a...

When Danish police pulled a woman over, she locked herself in her car and refused to talk

Apr. 25, 2024 07:25 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A routine traffic stop on a highway south of Denmark's capital turned into an unusual standoff as a 26-year-old woman locked her car and refused to speak to the police officer who had pulled her over, authorities said Thursday. The Central and West...

Light pole installation in Missouri hits fiber line, knocks out 911 service in several states

Apr. 18, 2024 18:45 PM EDT

Workers installing a light pole in Missouri cut into a fiber line, knocking out 911 service for emergency agencies in Nebraska, Nevada and South Dakota, an official with the company that operates the line said Thursday. Problems with 911 calls in a Texas city along the U.S. border...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Apr. 17, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

Uniontown Herald-Standard. April 13, 2024. Editorial: Banning use of handheld phones while driving a step in right direction Imagine it’s morning rush hour and you’re at a stop light. Your child is strapped into the back seat and you are driving her to day care. ...