• smartphones Aug 7

    How to Save on Smartphones

    Consumer Reports has some tips for buying smartphones without breaking the bank, as well as how to maximize your phone’s battery live and how to free up storage on your phone.

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2019

    China's Xi Says Beijing Wants Trade Deal With U.S., Can ‘Fight Back'

    President Xi Jinping said Friday that Beijing wants to work for a trade deal with the United States but is not afraid to “fight back” to protect its own interests. Echoing the upbeat tone adopted by other Chinese officials in recent days, Xi told a visiting U.S. business delegation that China holds a “positive attitude” about the trade talks. “As...

  • BOSTON Nov 12, 2019

    Federal Court Rules Against Warrantless Searches of Phones, Laptops at Ports of Entry

    A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday’s ruling in U.S. District Court came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of 11...

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2019

    Trump Pushes Back on Reports US Will Remove China Tariffs

    President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official’s assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it’s imposed on Chinese goods. The Chinese official said Thursday that the two sides had agreed to a phased cancellation of their tariff hikes as part of an emerging agreement. Trump’s pushback suggested that negotiations haven’t progressed...

  • spokesperson Oct 29, 2019

    Survey: Kids' Appetite for Online Video Doubles in 4 Years

    The number of young Americans watching online videos every day has more than doubled, according to survey findings released Tuesday. They’re glued to them for nearly an hour a day, twice as long as they were four years ago. And often, the survey found, they’re seeing the videos on services such as YouTube that are supposedly off limits to children...

  • Washington Sep 13, 2019

    DC's Free Commuter Paper Ends Run With Shot at Smartphones

    The farewell edition of Washington’s free daily commuter newspaper depicted a trademark yellow Express box on its side and underneath the stark headline, “Hope You Enjoy Your Stinkin’ Phones.”

  • Facebook Aug 23, 2019

    Canada Halts Hong Kong Consulate Travel After UK Case as Protests Continue

    Accountants in Hong Kong marched Friday in support of the pro-democracy movement, while the Canadian Consulate banned its staff from leaving the city on official business after a British Consulate employee was detained in mainland China. The head of the cabin crew union for Hong Kong airline Cathay Dragon said she had been fired in retaliation for supporting the movement,...

  • PRESIDENT Aug 12, 2019

    South Korea to Remove Japan From Preferred Trade List

    South Korea said Monday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move following Tokyo’s recent decision to downgrade Seoul’s trade status amid a diplomatic row. It wasn’t immediately clear how South Korea’s tightened export controls would impact bilateral trade. Seoul said South Korean...

  • CEO Aug 8, 2019

    After Mocking Apple, Samsung Removes Headphone Jack From New Phones

    Samsung used to use headphone jacks on its smartphones as a marketing tool against Apple. But Wednesday, Samsung reversed course. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ Wednesday. Neither phone has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, a first for the Galaxy Note family which has traditionally tried to distinguish itself from Apple’s iPhones with features Apple doesn’t...

  • CEO Aug 7, 2019

    'Home Alone,' Like Everything Else These Days, Getting a Reboot

    If you’re fed up with remakes, you’re not likely going to be pleased with Disney’s plans to take on Netflix. But if you’d like to see an unsupervised child fend off a home invasion for the sixth time in 29 years, you’re in luck. In an earnings call Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company plans to reboot...

  • Amazon Jul 12, 2019

    Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

    Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manager David Monsees acknowledged the leak in a blog...

  • Amazon Jul 12, 2019

    Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

    Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manager David Monsees acknowledged the leak in a blog...

  • United States Jun 20, 2019

    Smartphones Linked to Bizarre Horn-Like Skull Bumps

    Two Australian researchers made a bizarre discovery while examining hundreds of X-rays of skulls, finding that about a third had bone growths, NBC News reported. The development of the growths may be attributed to extensive screen-time, the researchers said. Sustained “forward head flexion,” or bending the head down, and poor posture could be the reasons for these physiological changes, they...

  • United States Jun 20, 2019

    Smartphones Linked to Bizarre Horn-Like Skull Bumps

    Two Australian researchers made a bizarre discovery while examining hundreds of X-rays of skulls, finding that about a third had bone growths, NBC News reported. The development of the growths may be attributed to extensive screen-time, the researchers said. Sustained “forward head flexion,” or bending the head down, and poor posture could be the reasons for these physiological changes, they...

  • United States Jun 11, 2019

    Facebook Will Once Again Pay Users to Install an App That Tracks Their App Usage

    Facebook on Tuesday announced a new app that will let the company collect data on how people use their smartphones in exchange for money. The new app is called Study, and it is designed to give Facebook data on what apps participants install, how much time they spend on those apps, what features they use on those apps, what country...

  • United States Jun 11, 2019

    Facebook Will Once Again Pay Users to Install an App That Tracks Their App Usage

    Facebook on Tuesday announced a new app that will let the company collect data on how people use their smartphones in exchange for money. The new app is called Study, and it is designed to give Facebook data on what apps participants install, how much time they spend on those apps, what features they use on those apps, what country...

  • NEW YORK Jun 7, 2019

    Schools Reckon With Social Stress: ‘I'm on My Phone So Much'

    High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification...

  • Associated Press May 29, 2019

    Huawei Asks Court to Rule US Security Law Unconstitutional

    Fighting to maintain its access to major markets for next-generation communications, Chinese tech giant Huawei is challenging the constitutionality of a 2018 U.S. law that bars it from selling telecoms equipment to U.S. government agencies and contractors. In a motion filed late Tuesday in eastern Texas federal court, Huawei argues for summary judgment in the case in filed in March...

  • bank May 22, 2019

    ‘The Thieves Don't Realize It': Mexicans Buy Fake Cellphones to Hand Over in Bus Muggings

    Armed robberies have gotten so common aboard buses in Mexico City that commuters have come up with a clever if disheartening solution: Many are buying fake cellphones, to hand over to thieves instead of their real smartphones. Costing 300 to 500 pesos apiece — the equivalent of $15 to $25 — the “dummies” are sophisticated fakes: They have a startup...

  • Twitter May 20, 2019

    Huawei Faces Loss of Some Google Services After US Ban

    Google said Monday its basic services on Huawei smartphones still will function following U.S. sales curbs, but the Chinese tech giant faces the possible loss of other features and support. The announcement highlighted the growing damage to Huawei from Washington’s order. The company has said until now U.S. accusations it is a security threat have had little impact on sales...

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