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Ukrainian engineers scramble to keep mobile phones working

Dec. 02, 2022 02:12 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — With Ukraine scrambling to keep communication lines open during the war, an army of engineers from the country’s phone companies has mobilized to help the public and policymakers stay in touch during repeated Russian missile and drone strikes. The engineers,...

El Salvador journalists sue spyware maker in US court

Nov. 30, 2022 20:35 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Journalists from an investigative news outlet in El Salvador sued NSO Group in United States federal court Wednesday after the Israeli firm’s powerful Pegasus spyware was detected on their iPhones. In January, the University of Toronto’s Citizen...

Foxconn apologizes for pay dispute at China factory

Nov. 24, 2022 10:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The company that assembles Apple Inc.’s iPhones apologized Thursday for a pay dispute that triggered employee protests at a factory where anti-virus controls have slowed production. Employees complained Foxconn Technology Group changed the terms of wages offered to...

Protesting workers beaten at Chinese iPhone factory

Nov. 23, 2022 21:36 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Police beat workers protesting over a pay dispute at the biggest factory for Apple's iPhone, whose new model is delayed by controls imposed as China tries to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases. Foxconn, the biggest contract assembler of smartphones and other...

Consumer groups want grocers to ditch digital-only deals

Nov. 17, 2022 10:55 AM EST

A coalition of consumer groups is asking grocery chains to rethink their digital-only coupons, saying the deals discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones or reliable internet access. Digital-only deals __ advertised online or on store shelves __ can offer significant...

Ohio House OKs bill to stiffen texting-while-driving penalty

Nov. 16, 2022 17:29 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Drivers could be pulled over by police in some cases solely for holding or using a cellphone while driving under legislation that the Republican-led Ohio House passed Wednesday. The bill to crack down on distracted driving would stiffen penalties for texting...

Thousands of Portland mayor's texts were missing for years

Nov. 15, 2022 21:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of text messages from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s city-issued iPhone and the phones of other top officials went missing for years from the public record, including texts he sent after former President Donald Trump directed federal agents to the city to quell...

Free laptops, digital equity come to Charlotte families

Nov. 12, 2022 00:03 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tina Day remembers a time back in college when she didn’t own a laptop because she simply couldn’t afford one. Years later, money is still tight for Day and her neighbors at Evoke Living at Westerly Hills, an affordable housing complex in west Charlotte....

China eases some quarantine for travelers even as cases rise

Nov. 11, 2022 19:42 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Travelers arriving in China will spend less time in quarantine under changes to sweeping anti-virus controls announced Friday to reduce disruptions to the economy and society. The announcement came as an upsurge in COVID-19 cases prompted Beijing to close parks and...

Apple says iPhone supplies hurt by anti-virus curbs in China

Nov. 07, 2022 06:18 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc. is warning customers they'll have to wait longer to get its latest iPhone models after anti-virus restrictions were imposed on a contractor's factory in central China. The company announcement Sunday gave no details but said the factory operated by Foxconn...