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Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting...

 

EXPLAINER: What's this craze for 'NFTs' all about, anyway?

LONDON (AP) — A digital art piece, tweaked using cryptocurrency technology to make it one-of-a-kind, sold at auction this week for nearly $70 million. That transaction made global headlines and buoyed already-mushrooming interest in these kinds of...

 

Online grocery services struggle to meet spike in demand

LONDON (AP) — A pandemic forcing everyone to stay home could be the perfect moment for online grocery services. In practice, they've been struggling to keep up with a surge in orders, highlighting their limited ability to respond to an unprecedente...

 

With painted faces, artists fight facial recognition tech

LONDON (AP) — As night falls in London, Georgina Rowlands and Anna Hart start applying makeup. Instead of lipstick and eyeliner, they're covering their faces with geometric shapes. Rowlands has long narrow blue triangles and thin white rectangles...

 

Sony, Amazon, others drop out of big tech show over virus

LONDON (AP) — Two big Japanese companies are the latest to pull out of a major European technology show due to fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Electronics manufacturer Sony and mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday they're...

 

Prince Harry to sue 2 UK tabloids over alleged phone hacking

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry is suing The Sun and the Daily Mirror, two of Britain's most popular tabloid newspapers, over alleged phone hacking. Buckingham Palace confirmed Saturday that claims regarding "illegal interception of voicemail messages"...

 

Hong Kong protesters form human chains to call for democracy

HONG KONG (AP) — Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement lined city streets and part of the city's harbor front Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago. Some raised linked...

 

Cease-fire in US-China trade war doesn't bridge differences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have hit the reset button in trade talks between the world's two biggest economies, at least delaying an escalation in tension between the U.S. and China that had financial...

 

New Samsung handset: Innovation hinges on folding screen

LONDON (AP) — When Samsung said this year it would launch a smartphone with a folding screen, the big question was whether the innovation was something people actually wanted or needed. Is the Galaxy Fold a gimmick to help sell more smartphones in...

 

US suffers setbacks in effort to ban Chinese tech company

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The U.S. government's fight to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from next-generation internet networks appears to be flagging. The two sides faced off Tuesday at the world's biggest mobile technology trade fair, in Barcelona,...

 

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

LONDON (AP) — In the battle for online privacy, Google is a U.S. Goliath facing a handful of European Davids. The backlash over Big Tech's collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to...

 

Facebook blocks 115 accounts ahead of US midterm elections

Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections. The social media company shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram...

 

Facebook pulls security app from Apple store over privacy

Facebook has pulled one of its own products from Apple's app store because it didn't want to stop tracking what people were doing on their iPhones. Facebook also banned a quiz app from its social network for possible privacy intrusions on about 4...

 

Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

LONDON (AP) — The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone? Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval. Women take their temperatures and track their menstrual...

 

China's exports rebound, trade surplus with US swells

HONG KONG (AP) — China's exports rebounded in April and its politically sensitive monthly trade surplus with the United States grew for the first time in five months as Beijing and Washington haggled over the chronic imbalance. U.S. officials...

 

US-China trade talks center on rivalry over technology

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and U.S. officials met face-to-face Thursday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over technology that has taken the world's two largest economies the closest they've ever come to a trade war. A high-powered U.S. delegation arr...

 

China has fewer rich lawmakers but their fortunes have grown

HONG KONG (AP) — Members of China's billionaire-studded ceremonial legislature are even richer than last year. It's all the more remarkable considering the number of superrich lawmakers dropped by about a quarter, according to wealth compiler...

 

US Treasury official presses Hong Kong, Beijing on NKorea

HONG KONG (AP) — A U.S. Treasury official said Wednesday she has urged officials in Hong Kong and Beijing to step up measures to counter North Korean smuggling and financing, as part of Washington's fine tuning of efforts to shut down Pyongyang's...

 

World shares rise on global growth hopes, US shutdown's end

HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets rose Tuesday, led by strong gains in Asia, as an upbeat forecast for global economic growth and the end of the U.S. government shutdown helped lift sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX climbed 0.6 percent to...

 

Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

HONG KONG (AP) — David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born...

 

Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

HONG KONG (AP) — David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born...

 

Asian shares mixed, US storm sends gasoline futures spiking

Hong Kong (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Monday after investors found no surprises from last week's key meeting of central bankers while gasoline futures spiked after Tropical Storm Harvey battered Texas' refinery-rich Gulf Coast. KEEPING SCORE:...

 

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