• Apple to pay $113M to settle iPhone slowdown complaints

    Apple to pay $113M to settle iPhone slowdown complaints

    Apple Inc will pay $113 million to settle allegations from 33 US states and the District of Columbia that it slowed down iPhones to mask battery issues and get users to purchase new devices, state
  • Google, Apple unveil built-in COVID-19 exposure notifications

    Google, Apple unveil built-in COVID-19 exposure notifications

    Alphabet’s Google and Apple on Tuesday announced a new system that will enable public health authorities to use smartphones to assist in contact tracing without having to build an app. The new system — called Exposure Notifications Express — will allow public health officials to submit a small configuration file to Apple and Google. The …
  • Microsoft launching a giant, foldable phone that will cost $1,400

    Microsoft launching a giant, foldable phone that will cost $1,400

    Microsoft plans to reenter the smartphone market next month with a giant, foldable phone that’s priced at $1,400. The Surface Duo — which features two 5.6-inch OLED displays connected by a hinge in the middle — is the thinnest folding phone in the world, Microsoft claims. Following nearly a year of teases since the initial …
  • Huawei adds temperature-taking sensor to newest smartphone

    Huawei adds temperature-taking sensor to newest smartphone

    Chinese smartphone giant Huawei this week announced a new phone with built-in sensors that can take a person’s temperature. The Honor Play 4 Pro has a sensor built into the phone’s rear camera array, and can take the temperature of humans and objects alike. The infrared tech can measure temperatures ranging up to 212 degrees …
  • Apple, Google debut COVID-19 smartphone technology

    Apple, Google debut COVID-19 smartphone technology

    Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The companies said 22 countries and several US states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software. It relies on Bluetooth wireless technology to detect when someone who downloaded the …
  • Coronavirus puts damper on global smartphone production

    Coronavirus puts damper on global smartphone production

    Global smartphone production is seeing its biggest-ever slump as the coronavirus pandemic has smothered global demand. Industry firm TrendForce said it expects production to dip 16.5 percent year-over-year to 287 million phones in the June quarter, continuing a slide that saw output drop 10 percent in the March quarter, when the outbreak spread and peaked …
  • Bluetooth apps that track coronavirus exposure show positive early results

    Bluetooth apps that track coronavirus exposure show positive early results

    When Singapore launched the first smartphone app of its kind last month to identify and alert people who had interacted with carriers of the novel coronavirus, the city-state of roughly 5.7 million people had 385 cases of infections. But even as cases in the country — which is in lockdown — have surged past 9,000, …
  • Cellphone tracking shows coronavirus damage to US economy

    Cellphone tracking shows coronavirus damage to US economy

    The millions of bits of cellphone data tracked by analytics firm Unacast show the economic impact of the coronavirus spreading across the US like a deep freeze — long-distance travel was hit early on, but eventually overall retail foot traffic slowed to a crawl, too. As the US started shutting down to fight the coronavirus …
  • Apple announces new iPhone SE as coronavirus ravages global economy

    Apple announces new iPhone SE as coronavirus ravages global economy

    Apple on Wednesday unveiled its latest budget smartphone, even as the coronavirus pandemic slams consumer spending worldwide. The new iPhone SE, which starts at $399 and keeps the same name as its 2016 predecessor, wasn’t announced with a splashy staged event, but instead in a press release, a first for Apple’s most famous product. The …
  • Apple sees iPhone sales rebound in China after dismal February

    Apple sees iPhone sales rebound in China after dismal February

    Apple’s iPhone sales in China look like they’re starting to recover from the coronavirus. The tech giant shipped roughly 2.5 million iPhones in the country in March, up from a disastrous February where it moved just 500,000 units thanks in part to a closure of all Apple retail stores in the country. Total mobile phone …